Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments and emails about my last post! I know so many of us are in the same boat, and it's good to know that we are probably harder on ourselves than anyone else ever could be.
Today I thought I would show you some new goodies I picked up since the first of the year. I can't believe that March is right around the corner and that I bought these items at the beginning of the year...which seems like just yesterday!
I have this obsession with small vases, I love them and whenever I find one I snap it up. I think it goes back to when I was a child and I used to love to pick little flowers like buttercups and forget-me-nots and bring them in to my mother. She always had little vases or juice glasses that she would put them in and then keep them by the sink in the kitchen so that she could enjoy them while she cooked or did the dishes.
I came across this little green vase that I knew would be perfect for short stemmed flowers like pansies and violets, and I loved the deep emerald color. It was a great price too, and at a favorite local store, Lola Belle Co. so I snapped one up because I knew they would likely go pretty quickly.
Then, a few weeks later, I went to Home Goods and found these wonderful embroidered bee towels. I love bees, and have for a long time, even before they became so popular so there was no question that they were coming home with me.
I also have a bit of a hand towel obsession, and in a big armoire we have there are two full drawers devoted entirely to towels! I come by this honestly though as my mother loved napkins and pretty guest towels too.
And here is another weird little tidbit about me...I think some weeds are pretty! Yup, I think that dandelion flowers are kind of pretty, and as much as I hate the fact that they are weeds, I love blowing their little heads when they go to seed. When you are surrounded by old farm fields like we are, you learn to embrace all of mother nature's beauty...or you go mad trying to control and tame it.
Mr. Tide's theory on having a beautiful lawn is that if it looks green and good from a distance, well then that's good enough for him. I'm glad he doesn't obsess over the weeds because if he did it would become a full time job, and we would never get to enjoy where we live and jump into the kayaks whenever possible during the summer months.
And I'm glad I'm crazy for hand towels because I love when I visit someone else's home and they have a beautiful towel hanging in their bathroom or kitchen...even if you know they are just for show they still bring a smile to my face. And I hope that others enjoy the ones I display in my own home.
Today I attended the funeral of a distant relative...a man I didn't really know, but a good man who had touched others during his long life. I know my mom would have gone, she was good about things like that, so I'm sure she was happy that my sister and I both went.
It's funny how those bits of character that our parents pass along to us shine through in unexpected ways. I thought I would end this post with an email I received from another family member, my mother in law, regarding my last post. It was a lovely surprise to find in my inbox and I don't think she will mind if I share it with you all.
I just looked at your current blog; that definitely is a lovely pitcher you featured. I like the shape of it and the color combination. I loved how you accessorized it in your photo's - very lovely, simple but just right.
As has been mentioned before, you and your mom had the touch in how to use stuff as you did in this blog and all your others. I have learned a lot from you in that regard but not enough yet :-)
love. Mom XXX OOO
Wasn't that a kind thing to say? She actually has a lovely home, and a great sense of style, I even joked with her last time we visited that her outfit one evening was very hip and fashion forward...which it was! I think it's nice when people support one another, whether it is through a comment on a blog post, a nice email, or reaching out to someone to let them know you care. We all need that in our lives...friends and family who don't just say they love and support you, but show you through their kind actions.