Thursday, November 19, 2009

what makes YOU happy?


here are a selection of things that have made me happy recently:


this is a crazy little solid perfume I found at Sephora-it’s not only the scent that makes me happy- look at the adorable box it comes in, just too pretty.  I should have snapped a photo of the actual perfume- its like a tiny solid deodorant that rolls up and down.


another thing that makes me happy- Happytape!  This assortment, called oragami, comes in its own diminutive dispenser box. 


The tape is made from japanese washi paper, slightly translucent, and oh so fun!  I use it to package my baubles:


crazy eggs that my friend’s father’s chickens lay (I’m not even sure I got that right)


I didn’t do the greatest job of photographing these eggs so that you can see the differences in them. The front, white egg is an “extra large egg” from Costco, the middle brown egg is another one of Buzzy’s eggs, the last one is the biggest chicken egg I have ever seen.  Here are two close ups:

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The egg is actually all crinkled on top.  I just imagine that chicken trying to force that big old egg out- ouch!

my new work area makes me very happy!

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I haven’t moved everything down yet.  I move something, use it, figure out where to put it, maybe move it again.  The only problem I see is that the wooden potting bench that I am using is not “solid” enough (for lack of a better word) for any real hammering/pounding I may do.  When I punch out circles of metal, for example, I have to put the cutter on the floor because the surface of the table is too “bouncy” (I know there are actual terms for what I am trying to describe, but the vocabulary eludes me).  Anyway, it is very convenient.  Behind me, there is a double basin slop sink, one bay of which is completely stained with etching chemicals.  The other basin is fitted with a stainless steel strainer for my tumbling shot to be drained and rinsed.

The last thing that made me very happy this past week was “Fantasy Thanksgiving”, a holiday I made up so that I could spend time with friends and family who couldn’t possibly all fit around my Thanksgiving table.


Here is my lovely vegetarian  sister-in-law proudly displaying her first ever roast turkey!



IMG_8054 we set up a family portrait area





a family portrait (of family that was around at that moment)




snapped a shot three seconds before that little truck became airborn…




we had a kids activity table, and music and some games.  And FOOD, copious amounts of delicious FOOD, more food than you could imagine.  Throwing a potluck dinner is good fun, I highly recommend it.  I also can’t extole the wonderfullness of making up your own holidays- why should Hallmark get all that fun?  Pick a day, call it what you will, and get as many loved ones together as you can!

So, in honor of Thanksgiving, and what it means, think about what makes you happy, and what and who in you life brings warmth and a smile to your heart, and celebrate those people, places and things!

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  1. Very cool! Stay tuned for a 'what makes me happy' post on my blog - this is a fabo idea!!!

  2. love the HappyTape. very cool. I am horrible with bows, so the tape is awesome for gift wrapping. love your blog