7.18.2011

magic in the small things

I'm sorry for being extra absent lately! I've been on a mini vacation, and as it is hard to always get back into the swing of things, time away is always a nice time to reflect on the things that make you happy.

There is magic in the little things.


bows

retro glasses

fairy lights

sweets and coffee

the small details in architecture

sitting in a quiet place


What magic are in the things that make you happy?

Take a moment throughout the day to enjoy those things.

40 comments:

Kori Donahue said...

What a lovely post honey. Reading curled up by the fire makes me happy! Kori xoxo

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Kimia Kline said...

i love these images. especially those shorts! mangoes are my daily magic.

this free bird said...

I can so relate to being out of the routine...been taking time off and really not feeling like doing much of anything. Summer is divine!

xo,
C

Martina said...

What a lovely post! I adore these images. Sometimes, looking at pretty things makes me happy and provides a break from everyday hustle. Love the bow shorts, the fairy lights, the caoffee .... Have a lovely day!

Michele said...

The things that I really enjoy, that put magic in my day, are walking my dogs and looking at all of the beautiful trees and flowers as we go . I live in the city and two of my very favorite things are big beautiful fig trees that grow in my neighbor's yard. They get so lush, smell divine in the summer ans I love watching the fruit ripen! I also love when the branches that hang over the sidewalk have figs I can reach....

tinajo said...

I love these pics - you´re always so good at finding the best ones! Right this second, I´m happy because we´re going to see our relatives, they live far from us unfortunately. Will be great! :-)

t said...

Nice pics!

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Sara said...

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Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning sweet girl!

It is ALWAYS a delight to see you come for a visit or to see a new blog post from you! Your kindness is felt through the computer screen! For WORDS are all we have to share with each other through this medium, but it has been such a memorable time to blog and LEARN how to take inspiration on a daily basis and produce something with it. I LOVE what you are saying here because it IS in the little things. There is a quote, and the author's name escapes me at the moment, but here it is"

"It is easy to take the simple things and make them complicated. It is GENIUS to take the complicated things and simplify them." - He is referring to WRITING, that if you take a small concept it is easy to DRESS it up with ambiguous and lofty vocabulary.....even complicate it even more with opinions and such. BUT to take a LARGE concept and shape it in a way that ANYONE can understand, or to take the essential and highlight it, THAT IS MASTERY. I believe it to be with living as well. I think this may be my next blog post...but I think that in living, we have so many ARTS...not only the fine arts, but the art of living. It is in the simple things...hmmm....blog post! Your pictures are always so lovely sweet friend...how do you find this lovely shade of PEACH?

ENJOY YOUR TIME BACK HOME and thank you for your sunshine! Anita

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

These are all such great pictures. You are right we should take time each day to enjoy our blessings and think on special moments that make us happy!!

A Plum By Any Other Name said...

I have a stressful Tuesday coming up and your pictures helped me quiet my mind and remember the simple pleasure of bows and whipped cream coffee. Thank you!

ellie's desk said...

So inspiring. Oh..its so hot and humid lately, its hard to get inspired..but I did just about finish a slouchy hat last night. And of course, I have stories in my head that possibly make me smile more than they would anyone else. Yet, little conversation from folks I barely know..always help the day.

Meream said...

These are beautiful.
These days, the way the crooked tail of one of my kittens wags simply melts my heart. Even if she's being mischievous. :)

georgia~gigi said...

Happy Tuesday Poppie Girl!

Such a pretty pretty post! Oh, I want those retro glasses, and love the bow shorts!

And by the way I love waking up to your oh so sweet and sincere commments!

So glad to got to have a magical mini vaca! It is hard getting back into the grove after tho, huh?!

It's been really hot 100 in Iowa, so we haven't been outside much this week! I have been feeling so lazy inside ! I hate feeling like that!

Hope you have a wonderful Tueday!
Love you lots
gi gi

Annie said...

I love your list :) glad you've been on a mini vacation - me too kinda. ha So excited you're on Pinterest now!! you're going to LOVE it. xo

amy b.s. said...

these are definitely some great magical things.

Jordan said...

I loaf all of this! Specially the sweets and coffee. Yes please.

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cb said...

i am so glad you had a great time in sf and that you survived driving here! people here can be a bit crazy! how was the concert and the baseball game?

the magic is that all the things that make me happy make me smile. i love smiling and laughter is really the best medicine!

i am almost done with my post and will send it to you later tonight!

xo,
cb

Vintage is for Lovers said...

Beautiful post! I have been taking "mini" vacations this whole summer, even if they are just in our backyard. I think it is so very important to remember to notice the little things in life, for as they say, sometimes they end up being the big things! xo Samantha

Bad Joan said...

Those bow shorts are fantastic! Great post!

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Krystal said...

it is def hard to get back in the swing of things after vacay. my new flat is making me happy!

DolceDreams said...

Thank you for the reminder! Have a magical day,
Nathalie

Sienna said...

i love these. so inspirational

Bela said...

So much magic in sewing and being a mom, dearest friend!!! Magic in life...oh...lots of magic in life!!! Magic in love!! Magic in friendship!!!
I simply love this post, dear Shawna!!!
I am glad you had some holidays and you are probably fine!!!
Much love to you!!
Bela

tywo said...

My lovely, I hope San Francisco was wonderful!!
I'm going to the dentist on Friday. I put it off for the longest time, and now the tooth has decided to avenge the evil I put it through by making my entire head ache. ha. But I am fine. I drown in pain-killers!
Shall I tell you how satisfied I am these days? It is almost beyond mere humanity. I am hurt. So very hurt, but yet, I feel nothing but joy. It is kind of weird. sigh.
But please, tell me more about your trip.


LOVE!

About Last Weekend said...

Welcome back! Love the bows on the shorts...

Diana said...

I really love that first photo...its just so adorable and sweet! Im glad to hear that you enjoyed your mini vacation and took your time coming back. Sometimes we really need to just let things flow.

I know this might be corny but my husband's smile really makes me happy! Oh and ice cream! LOL!

hope you have a great day sweety!
<3

Rosie said...

Oh Shawna Girl you do make me Smile...I just can't help myself when you show me "fairy lights"...ahhhh.
And you went on a little getaway...San Francisco, how lovely. Have only been once when I was about ten, with the highlight being "Great America"...smile...good memories.
Blessing dear one, Rosie

Deidre said...

There is so much magic in steam coming off of a hot cup of tea! Or turning a baked good out of the pan for the first time and realising that IT WORKED.

This post was lovely!

jamie-lee said...

I agree - sometimes happiness is in the things that you take for granted every day :)

Josie said...

Those cotton clouds with fairy lights are just darling!

thingsIlove said...

I got a lot.

Riding on my bike underneath a sparking starry night or on breezy summer days.
Listening my favorite songs.
Picknick.
Your blog...and a lot more!

A Casa da Vá said...

Oh this is beautiful, there are so many little things that brighten my days... birds singing, my dog, fresh fruit, the smell of desserts getting baked in the oven... and the sunset! But I also adore the items from your lovely list too!

Enjoy your vacation my friend!

Hugs & kisses from Rio!
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Tee, Passports and Postcards said...

Your vacation must've been awesome if you need another vacation! I love your list of magic in little things. I treasure moments of laughter and happiness with my friends which were in abundant during our recent trip.

Yelena Starikova said...

OMG!!! I love it!! So Magical!!!

Thanks for inspiration!

Im your new follower!

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Miles Of Style said...

love these lovely images, the colours, the quote and just simply the feelings they evoke deep inside :))

shopgirl said...

I adore that quote at the top. There is magic in the little things. And the fairy lights are just lovely. I hope you had a good break Shawna! Speak to you soon!

xoxo

Reese

StephieB said...

Love those fairy lights! It's good to have a break every now and then so just enjoy it!

Hugs, Stephie x

Kate said...

Such pretty pictures in this post! Thanks for the reminder to find joy in the small things!

Marie said...

A good book will always make me happy.:D

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