Monthly Archives: May 2023

Simple Little Things That Make Me Happy- Hand Prints

I am very fond of the little kiddo that lives next door. He and his Mamma are good friends of mine.

The doorbell will ring and my little friend will announce that it has been 50 years since we talked, so we will sit together on the porch and have a chat. His Mamma sits on the grass and we all enjoy the moment.

Yesterday, I took paper and pen outside and drew around his hand and he astounded me with his mathematical abilities. Three years old and doing some pretty clever addition! wow….

We had a lovely time drawing lots of handprints.

Then I cut one of them out, traced it on wood and cut it out. I burned the date on it and am going to give it to my friend for Mother’s Day.

I haven’t felt up to doing any wood work for more than 6 months, so it felt sweet to say hello to my saw and sander again.

I made wooden handprints of my children’s hands when they were little, and still treasure them.

Handprints are magical. They make me happy.

What made you happy today? ❤



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Simple Little Things That Make Me Happy- A Bee and A Bear in a Plum Tree

Noticing lovely little things is a wonderful way to connect to beauty and that is so healing!

It creates an oasis of happiness, which is so essential.

Making Comfort Bears, especially the Clancy Comfort Bears makes me happy.

Here’s a link to the pattern and how to video so you can be happy making them, too. LINK

I went out to take a picture of a Clancy Comfort Bear in the Plum tree, which is gloriously in bloom, and smells divine!

And the scent of the blossoms was incredibly gorgeous!

A fuzzy, chubby Bumble Bee thought so, too! Delightful!

Tadah! 3 Simple Little Things that make me so happy!

What makes you happy?


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Simple Little Things That Make Me Happy- Beading

One of the things that I am learning about living with Long Covid is to be gentle with myself and stop just “pushing through”. I have had a very bad habit of over working all my adult life, and now, that’s not possible anymore.

So even though I am working to deadline on a new little book (thank goodness it’s a little one- I don’t have the wherewithal to do another ‘big’ book), I am taking time to enjoy some simple little things that make me happy….

What makes me happiest? My husband, our beloved family, our friends…. you know, all the truly BIG important things, so that all goes without saying…. even though I just said it! 🙂

Okay…. so a simple little thing that makes me happy?

Bead weaving. Last summer, I wove a new Goddess figure that was fairly complex…. but life has gotten complicated since last summer, (no time or energy for larger figurative weaving right now… but that will happen again- after the book is done and I am further along with making peace with Long Covid) so for now, I have warped up my little Mirrix Mini and have been weaving a super simple little band that might become a bracelet or a book mark or part of one of the new series of Goddess figures that is currently on hold until the book is done.

At first, my ‘Gremlins’ were all judgie: Oh this is not good enough, blah blah blah….

I told the Gremlins to shut up, as this is NOT about ‘good enough’….

it’s just a simple little thing that makes me happy.

My husband turned the beautiful wooden beading bowls for me almost 40 years ago.

They make me happy, too.

I hope that you are finding Simple Little Things that make you happy, too!


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