Saturday, February 4, 2012

~random happies~


Yay it’s February! I always find January so bleak and wet, at least by February we are inching towards spring. Really we are, please don’t burst my bubble!! Today is gorgeous and sunny with blue skies and it just makes my heart sing!


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I did get some decluttering and tidying done around the house in January, which feels good, though there’s a lot more yet to tackle. Isn’t that always the way, sadly I just don’t ever see myself becoming a true minimalist. Though I subscribe to a minimalist mentality, in reality I love collecting and grouping treasures. I would have to classify myself more as a hunter-gatherer, I know many of you can identify! And yet I do like a clean, uncluttered look. Guess I am a confused hunter-gatherer!


Comfort food was also high on the January agenda, after really feeling uninspired in the cooking department mamma got her groove back and I got to try some new recipes too. Since cooking, and specifically baking, are a large part of home life around here, I plan to do a few more posts on them this year, so look out for those coming up.


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This recipe was Forty garlic chicken from Sarah at A Beach Cottage. Yes forty garlic cloves! I didn’t actually count them, and the great thing is you throw the cloves in with their paper skins on, no peeling them. I used a free range chicken for this and let me tell you, if you haven’t roasted an organic or free range chicken yet you are missing out. The flavor difference is awesome!


When the weather is gray I do what all good girls do {other than eat too much chocolate!}, I brighten up my home with flowers. I adore wax flowers, I’m not sure why they’re called that but they have such delicate little blossoms and last forever. If you don’t know them they are real flowers, not actually wax.


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Here’s a super big bunch I put in a big white pitcher and plonked down next to my cute vintage kiddies chair. 


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Sometimes a single stem is enough...

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sometimes I love a whole big bunch!

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I guess this chair is one of my happies too! I have not been able to bring myself to paint it or part with it, so here it sits, perfect just as it is.


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I love the simple flowers against the worn wood. I have a problem with cute little chairs. 


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Anyway, wax flowers, here’s a pink wax flower stem I popped in a favorite glass bottle.


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don’t you love how it is reflected in the mirror…
 

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chippy mirror frame, glass bottle, wax flowers = pretty


So, some random happies to keep me smiling!
Oh, and one last thing, yesterday I woke up and found these on my front porch. 


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Hmmm. Mr RGV has sighted a rather large racoon skulking around the neighbourhood, and clearly he spent some of his time skulking out on my porch {the racoon that is, not Mr RGV!}. It’s made me a little nervous to clean away the last of the winter greenery, just in case he is lurking beneath the porch waiting to pounce {I know, I know, I have an overactive imagination}.


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So what are your random happies this spring February?

Tracey

5 comments:

MARY PERNULA said...

Wonderful post!!!!! Hugs Mary

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

I just bought those same tulips today at the market AND I almost got the wax flowers......exact same color on both. Of course I did (we like the same things, right?)! I have really been buying a lot of flowers lately, I think it's because of dreaming of spring. I would be looking over my shoulder for Mr Raccoon, too. Cute that he left tracks on your porch. That chicken sure looked good! Yummy!

~Shanon

Tracey Ayton Photography said...

I woke up this morning with the sun shining in my window and I thought, honestly, I haven't felt better. Is it because of the sun? Possibly. Put a pretty bunch of flowers in the mix and I'm feeling pretty darn good. Thanks for the inspiration Trace!

Vintage Home said...

Oh Tracey...thanks for the beautiful images! Your tulips are the perfect pink!
Thanks also for sharing the picture of your chair! I have one similar & will never sell it...
Thanks for the visual yummy too...hmmmroasted chicken! It looks so very perfect for this time of the year!
Are you interested in what Birch & Bird are up to???
I can't wait for the news!????
Have a great week and I hope we can see more sun!

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh I have enjoyed your happiness moment with you by looking at these beautiful pictures! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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