Friday, 29 May 2015

Five On Friday

Today I have some little things to share which have made me happy over the last week.  Nothing very exciting, but happy things aren't necessarily about big or exciting things are they.  It is all about the art of being happy in the small things - apparently!! 

As I get older though I realise that the small things are more and more important.  This week I was pleased to see the way a colleague handled what could have been a difficult meeting in the most wonderful way.  I also enjoyed seeing two of those bobbing flowers on the dashboard of a car in a car park.  The car was parked, but the flowers were still bobbing up and down looking cheery.  As well the sun has been shining and that always makes life better doesn't it.

Another wonderful thing was the comments on yesterdays post - thank you for them all! - as some of you mentioned remembering the same post that I did last year.  It was so lovely to think that you remember my wittering's as I never write with any expectation, so to know that the post stuck with you so much was very surprising and very amazing.  So thank you for all of the comments, and especially thank you for letting me know that you remember what I write.  I cannot explain, but it is lovely!

On though to my five moments that actually have pictures to go with them!

1.  I love to go for a walk round the garden first thing - with a watering can in hand - and sometimes in the evening with hubby - with my camera in hand.

These are just a few things I captured this week.





2.  I know that I have already told you this, but I am soooo pleased to see the back of the skip!  We just have the memory of the shape of it in the grass now.  It will soon turn green again though and be ready for mowing.  We are now done with skips!  Barring anything major of course...  They say you should never say never!


3.  Work is progressing on my tapestry.  Now that I have my floor standing frame all set up how I want it to be I have been working so much more quickly on this.  Two squares of nine are completed and I have nearly finished the background of the third.


Square number one.


Square number two.


The nearly completed square number three.


4.  Just so that you don't think I am totally off crochet!  I made these two items this week.  Any guesses as to what they are?  I am still at the playing about stage right now.  Really I should be writing up other things but you know how it is.


5.  I had totally forgotten about this little ladybird whirligig thing but we found it tucked away in the shed in a box of solar lights that we put away for the winter.  The wings have been spinning round in the slightest breeze.  Although it is a silly and little thing, it makes me smile when I see it!  See.  Small things!!


There you have it, five very small things really, but things that are making me happy.

I hope that you have a very happy weekend and week ahead.  Whatever you are doing.  Big things or small.

Amy

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58 comments:

  1. Happy Friday Amy. I so enjoyed seeing your lovely pictures. The tapestry you are making is amazing. I love the intricate design and colors. My best to you. Enjoy your weekend :)

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  2. Such lovely things Amy. Those flowers are so pretty, such vibrant colours, and the tapestry is beautiful. There is no end to your talents! Love the little ladybird. Have a fantastic weekend :)

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  3. I am guessing they are sunflowers reading to be made into bunting for the mantel. It really is the small things in life that made you happy, a thank you, a smile, a stranger saying hello. Have a great weekend.

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  4. Such beautiful flowers - I can almost smell that rose. I love your tapestry - I'm thinking of recovering our piano stool and could do with something similar. Sunflowers? Have a lovely, sunny weekend. xx

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  5. Little things make me happy too ... beautiful post ... and your needles work is great ! Have a lovely and creative weekend !

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  6. Your tapestry is beautiful - I'm very impressed with your diligence. I'm afraid to admit it but I have an incomplete tapestry lurking down the side of the piano - haven't looked at it in a year or so. But on the good news - I am getting on with the 10 year old jumper. Are you going to publish the sunflower pattern or is it from a book? Have a lovely weekend, Judy.

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  7. Focusing on the pleasures of small things does help us deal with the bigger issues doesn't it? Your tapestry is lovely and I had to smile about you passing a car with a bouncy flower in it - we see one often parked up as if the person who owns it has gone to work and the flower on the dashboard is always bouncing. Have a lovely weekend:)

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  8. I would be happy too with such a gorgeous tapestry work :-) !
    Where do you buy your tapestry-projects ? I find it hard (not to say impossible) to find those tapestry projects here in Belgium. I know that Liberty's in London sells them, but oh my, those prices ! Every time I'm standing there, I always change my mind and don't buy them, thinking, no, there must be a place where they sell them at more normal prices... Unfortunately, I have never found out where ;-))) !

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  9. It's definitely about the small things Amy, your garden is looking beautiful, everything seems to be springing into life! Your tapestry is lovely too! Have a fab weekend and thank you for hosting xx

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  10. Lovely things they would make me happy too Amy I love your cute little ladybird it's great to find things we had forgotten about. Your garden is looking so much healthier than mine! I love LOVE your tapestry, I used to enjoy doing that too along with cross stitch but my eyesight stops me doing it now, however if I saw a canvass that I liked I would be tempted to try again. I love your little sunflowers too so cute have a great weekend. :) xx

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  11. Your tapestry does look lovely. I find it's a bit fiddly getting the stitches to fit within the lines of the pattern. Such beautiful flowers too, it gives you a big spring in your step just to see them. Happy Friday. Karen x

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  12. The ladybird to brilliant.
    Your tapestry is looking wonderful too. Many hours work already I'm sure. Have a great weekend.
    X

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  13. This was one of those days when I saw your post and was surprised to see it was Friday. How did that happen?! Five lovely things, I can imagine how satisfying it is to see the back of the skip. As you say, the grass will recover quickly at this time of year. (Especially if you're having rain this morning - we are!) The tapestry is looking lovely. I've made them in the past and I love how meditative it is working on them. I shall look forward to seeing your progress. Wishing you both a good weekend. CJ xx

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  14. All lovely things, I especially like your tapestry. A great way to unwind, I think, because it's something that can not be rushed but has a soothing relaxed rhythm to it. Enjoy your day.

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  15. Lots of lovely things here, Amy, that have made up happy moments in your week. I love that beautiful rose and admire the tapestry. I think that's the sort of needlework I would enjoy doing too, I'm so pleased for you that all the major jobs in your house have been completed and, yes, the grass will soon green up now that the skip has gone - hooray! Have a lovely weekend :)

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  16. The tapestry is beautiful. Sure looks like a whole lotta work. The older I get, the more I do enjoy the simple things. No more rat race for me. Each day should have purposeful peace. That's what crafting is for me. Best wishes, Tammy

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  17. Happy Friday Amy, hope it's the beginning of a lovely weekend x

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  18. Have a happy weekend Amy, filled with little happy things! I think I detect the beginnings of a sunflower or two.

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  19. Lovely photo's Amy. Your tapestry is really coming along isn't it. It's going to lovely when it's completed.

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  20. Cute little lady bug pinwheel...I have a blue one in my yard, but I like YOURS much better.
    Beautiful flower images.

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  21. What a beautiful piece of art you are working on, Amy, as for me, anything creative, whether it sewing, painting, drawing, singing, etc, is art! I adore the colour combinations of it, as they are my favourites, and have used them throughout my own home. Wishing you a wonderfully inspiring weekend!

    xo
    Poppy

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  22. Your tapestry looks amazing.I love your five on Fridays, it always gives me food for thought. Have a lovely weekend

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  23. Garden flowers looking lovely Amy and I do like the look of your tapestry...have a lovely weekend.
    Amanda xx

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  24. That tapestry is amazing. I've almost bought a kit in the past, but they are just so expensive. I guess it is worth it - all that time stitching and seeing a piece of art grow.

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  25. It's definitely the small things that matter, Amy. The tapestry is coming along so well. The colours are beautiful. Thank you for sharing. X

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  26. You're so my kind of Gal Amy! Those small things are the best things!!

    Your flowers are looking beautiful! I love that tapestry - just gorgeous! And those look like some lovely crochet sunflowers (for a summer mantle perhaps?) ;)

    That ladybug is adorable and she'd fit right in with Annie's garden. Great minds think alike! xoxo

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  27. Beauty and joy are definitely to be found in little things too! What an amazing tapestry you are working on!
    Best wishes
    Christine

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  28. I am guessing sunflowers! Yup, it's the small things around here too that make me the happiest. Your tapestry is amazing!! Your flowers are so pretty, love your lady bug! We have a portable skip , a big pickup truck so it's always full of something this time of year. These houses create never ending work but we are lucky to have a home. Have a super weekend

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  29. Wonderful little things and a great craftwork.
    The cerastium have too in my garden, will show it tomorrow.
    I haven't managed to make a post today, it was many stress in this week... next week will join again (my other posts are often prepared and planed without "Five on friday")
    Have a nice weekend

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  30. Your tapestry is very impressive. I love the colours. Your garden is looking very colourful too xx

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  31. Hey you!!! You had me chuckling at the bobbing flowers in the car....I feel the same way when I see them! Your collection of blooms today really made my heart sing! I wish my roses were blooming. And that tapestry is a work of Art Amy! That is a sensational piece! I hope your weekend is full of flowers and yarn! Nicole xo

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  32. Love the tapestry. Will aim to get my post in before bed.

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  33. Small things, but good ones ... that ladybird is such fun!

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  34. “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” (Mother Theresa)

    "It's the little things that make the cement into which the big exciting rocks of life fit." (Me)

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  35. I was going to suggest that your crocheted flowers were black-eyed Susans but I see others have suggested sunflowers so I'm beginning to doubt myself. Your tapestry is going to be fabulous! :o)

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  36. Your tapestry is BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    I admit ....I had to look up the term "skip". I didn't know what that was. Apparently it is the same thing we Americans call a "dumpster".

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  37. Lovely five Amy, I especially love your tapestry, beautiful colours.xx

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  38. Skip...I'm stumped, but will look back and figure it out! The pink on the rose is such a dreamy shade. Your tapestry is lovely as the sunflowers are...could be wrong on calling them sunflowers...not on being darling, though. Have a splendid weekend!

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  39. I think it's important to be happy in the small things - they are what make our day to day life!
    I enjoyed your photos today - such pretty flowers and your needlepoint is coming along nicely!

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  40. Love the tapestry, it looks so old world :) And the little sunflowers (hope I'm right!) are so cute. The birds have planted a few sunflowers for me in the gardens this spring! Your flowers are always so beautiful, and the lighting through that delicious pink rose is just perfect! I thought the dead grass square was a new garden ;) Glad you got rid of that skip now. Happy Friday to you, and enjoy your weekend Amy!
    Wendy x

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  41. Learning more and more every day that it's the small stuff that is important. Wouldn't want it to be any different. Your work is beautiful!

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  42. I love walking around my summer garden in the evening with a glass of wine, enjoying what is flowering and noting what needs weeding. I won't be doing that for a while now cos not much grows in mine over winter.

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  43. Hey Amy,
    I totally agree with you about the smallest things giving the biggest amount of joy. I am admiring your tapestry very much. I just couldn't do something as intricate as that. How clever of you. It's been an early start here this morning, and I admit I was rather (ok very) grumpy about it all. But then I noticed a collection of Lego creations and a picture Olly drew of him and I together ( I am holding an ice cream), and that cheered me up. Two little things that warmed my cockles.
    Lovely post Amy. I do enjoy Five On Friday. Have a great weekend. I shall think of you wandering around with your watering can, as I wander around with my cup of tea ;))
    Leanne xx

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  44. Love the tapestry - I have a half finished one in my work basket, but I have become bored with it as all that is left to do is all one colour - boring.

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  45. I love wandering around the garden first thing in the morning too, seeing what has started to flower and how much things have grown. I need to get a new windmilly thing as mine is in a sorry state now! x

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  46. I enjoyed your five things, Amy......like you I love to look round the garden each morning and there is always something new to discover. Your tapestry is coming along so nicely, and I like your flowers very much....are they sunflowers??
    Happy weekend.
    Helen xox

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  47. The tapestry is amazing! Well done you :o) Also love that rose- beautiful xx

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  48. gorgeous blooms!! i wonder what the purple blooms are the 1st shot? love the white ones too. i hope the grass turns green very very quickly. we had a wild rain storm last night & i was so frustrated because i had just watered the plants & washed the windows i wish i had know it would happen because i would have not washed the water or vinegar to wash those windows. funny how things work. oh well, i guess i could say lesson learned but not really. ha. ha!!! you have a nice weekend. take care. ( :

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  49. Truly beautiful..
    I agree it's the simple things in life that are the very best.
    God is good.
    Woolie Blessings

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  50. The little things amongst all the bigger more worrying things, always make things bearable don't they?! Your ladybird made me jump as I remembered we have one exactly the same in my garden and I haven't seen it for a while. It is such a simple little thing and it must be amongst the overgrown plants at the back of one of my borders. I will go and search! Have a great weekend xx

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  51. Oh My Gosh! I am in love with that tapestry!!! Is that needlepoint? Oh dear, I just can't add another passion to my repertoire of interests!!! I just can't.... is that your own design? I'm in love, it's too late... now I know I have some needlepoint canvas somewhere around here...LOL!
    Hugs,
    Beth P

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  52. I'm guessing that your crochet flowers are sunflowers. Will they be included on a wreath or are they for your mantel, time will tell. I love your little thrift flowers, I've never had them in this garden, I don't know why as they're one of those happy little blooms.

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  53. I remember "happy"...! Joking aside, I know what you mean about comments. Love your photos. Astonished to see your roses are out already - no sign of buds in the frozen north yet. And we're just glad to see the back of a skip too - full of rubble from our garden!

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  54. I really enjoyed your photos. I wish you a lovely weekend.

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  55. Yes, small things are the best, aren't they? That pink rose is amazing and I love your ladybird too! xx

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  56. How you get so much done is beyond me :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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  57. Enjoyed visiting your lovely blog and seeing all of your creative projects.

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