Happy Friday my friends. I started the Teasdale shawl last night. I stopped late in the evening, when the tiny pattern charts started to make my eyesight a little crazy. Even with glasses. The pink yarn did boost my winter blah attitude, which I'm aware of lately; especially when clouds are heavy like today and wind chills remind the whole house there are still cold days ahead. There are signs of spring that I keep looking for and I'm appreciating, but while I'm certainly ready for it, apparently the weather is not so.
There were new books delivered in the mail this week, The Yarn Whisperer recommended by Andi, (love her and her blog,) and The Life Giving Home, that Ginny and some of you have been reading. I just opened The Life Giving Home for a glance and I think I'll really like it.
The flower beds and garden are looking as though they will need a lot of attention this spring and I'll gladly oblige when that time comes. We don't have any raised beds and I'd like to start putting them in. Our local library has a community garden and they increase the size by two raised beds a year. That would be a fine start here as well.
Looking for a little cottage inspiration this week, I found this little place. Isn't that covered porch and brick walkway adorable? I've read many Amish books over the years and know that I definitely need electricity, but I do like the Amish's plain decorating style. I mean, you can't go wrong with clean, bare floors, candles, and quilts.
Then, there is this top ten list of how to make your house more like a cottage. I love these ideas, especially the plants on the porch. I usually have one or two, and now I see how having more plants on the porch does creates that cottage feel. Yes, to more plants then!
This Saturday could be our first visit this year to our local Farmer's market. Over the winter, I expressed to my husband that I'd love to visit a different market each weekend this year. That is sounding ideal right now.
Well, my friends, I hope this Friday brings you home to a place of cozy, calm, and pure joy. Jeannine
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