Wednesday, June 2, 2010

~ It Only Takes a Few Minutes ~



Every day I try to take a few minutes to create a little warmth in my home. It may be picking some stray flowers in the garden, or making some cupcakes. It could even be as simple as lighting a small tea light candle. It doesn't take much effort. Today I couldn't resist my Camellia blooms. Straight into a cheap thrift store jug and on the bench top. A few candles and some extra prettiness = happy day today.
pictures by me: my camellia tree & inside my home today
winner of my coastal living comp chosen by random.org is #29 is Joely from twolittlefishes. Congrats please email me with your details.

45 comments:

  1. Wish I could grow Camellias... Our soil and weather isn't conducive... A little effort can make a big difference. :-)

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  2. Very pretty, Simone! :) xxoo

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  3. You're so right, Simone! Thanks for that sweet reminder! Got a yummy cake in the oven as we speak...!

    Your camellias are gorgeous! Hope you're having a wonderful night!

    Julie

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  4. Pretty! I did light a candle today and it felt really good...

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  5. I couldn't agree more! It's the simple things I'm learning:)

    xo
    LeAnn

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  6. Feeling warm and cozy in one's house is a good thing.
    Enjoy!

    Melinda

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  7. so true! love the stool cover.

    congrats to your lucky winner!

    xo
    elyse

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  8. I think I will go out and pick some sweet peas to refill the glass bottles on my mantle! I have never seen that color camillia...the prettiest!!!

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  9. beautifull simonne!!!!simple and special!! y las camelias son hermosas!!! l like very much the beautifull way you make beautifull days!!!!for me is so important HOW we can live...!!!!besos enormes!!!!

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  10. I completely agree! It is the simple little touches of ambiance that bring personality and joy to a home. The scent of a candle, the delight of a handful of wildflowers in a vase...BLISS...pure and simple! Your vignette is so lovely!
    Blessings!

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  11. Still waiting for my camellias to bloom - heaps of buds so am getting excited!!

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  12. So pretty Simone. I took a photo today of a flower in our yard called a "bubble gum" flower. It's our first flower since we planted this vine. I'm afraid to bring it in and put it in a vase until we've had at least a few more flowers bloom though.
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  13. Camelias are one of the good things about autumn. I amcounting life's little blessings along with you :P

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  14. I thought I'd tell you that the flower I mentioned is really called "Passion flower". We call it Bubble gum flower :-)
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  15. That is so true! It only takes a minure to add a little love to our homes. This is such a good reminder. Thank you!

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  16. It's always the simple things that make us most happy in life ♥

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  17. Aren't the camellias glorious at the moment. We planted a screening hedge of mixed pinks around our inground water tank last year and am delighting in picking several blooms every day to brighten our home.

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  18. Hi Simone, so simple but so fresh! Love the look. Thanks for visiting. I'm determined to keep in the blog groove! You're a constant inspiration! Kindest, Px

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  19. I love camellias! Here,we usually see deep pink or coral blooms. You are so right...taking just that little minute to "create warmth" helps to make a house into a HOME. My grown boys (actually MEN!) were commenting on this just this past weekend...the smells, the flowers, the laughter we have always had in our home made it a haven not only for them, but for their friends.
    Thanks for reminding all of us to take a minute....

    Jane (artfully graced)

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  20. I so agree...it doesn't take much..and you really do have the magic touch to make all things beautiful. xoxo

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  21. Those few little minutes you take each day Simone, certainly are worth it! How lovely do your camellias and candles look. You are always so inspiring lovely girl. ~ Tina xx

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  22. Something I try to do every day too. Last nite I bought flowers for a new pitcher I got last week with a gift certificate about to expire. Made me very happy to go to the store for milk and fresh flowers -- as long as my cat doesn't try to nibble on them. :) Happy day to you! Tammy

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  23. Lovely picture and lovely flowers! I've taken to lighting my oil burner with wax melts in it nearly everyday and enjoying the light fragrance wafting around the house. It's got honeydew in it at the moment and smells divine!
    Thank you so much for having your lovely giveaway!

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  24. Simone what gorgeous camellias and they look so pretty in that jug.
    It always amazes me that it is the litle things that really make a house a home.
    Alison

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  25. thanks so much for the comment! i really appreciate it, especially coming from you, because i read your blog religiously haha i always LOVE all your new posts and everything! thanks again!!

    http://elizabethfaraday.blogspot.com/

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  26. Such beautiful flowers! I always enjoy your blog when I come here!
    Thanks for visiting mine!!
    Take Care
    Brenda

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  27. this is sooo lovely. Just thinking of camelias puts a smile on my face:) Absolutely lovely blog
    I will be visiting again!
    RedPoppy
    http://www.redpoppyfashion.blogspot.com

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  28. Camelias ah they remind me of being a little girl growing up in Moorooka Brisbane and the fuschia ones that grew under the kitchen window, thanks for posting yours and taking me back in time ! lovely !

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  29. thanks for stopping by...as for the "dress pattern", no buttons or zippers I would have NO IDEA how to do either. Pretty simple, like I said I have never made anything such as clothing and I did it (patting self on back) the pattern has step by step directions with pictures! I bought a vintage sheet (with a pretty rose pattern on white) at a thrift store for $2 and am gonna make another from that.

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  30. so fabulous...and you are right it doesn't take much to make things look and feel welcoming and pretty! Loving the wonderful pictures.

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  31. So pretty!! I´ve got a Camelia at home. the header of my blog is my camelia. By the way, and your room, have you finished the reform?Kisses, Ana

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  32. So true, it is the simple things :)

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  33. Beautiful and serene arrangement! I just love the floral painting behind the flowers, did you paint that?
    I love the way it looks with the real flowers in front!

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  34. The simple things are the best things and it's lovely how you do something special each day for you and your family :)

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  35. Thank you for the excellent reminder :) It's amazing what flowers can add to a room.

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  36. You are absolutely, 100% right!
    It just takes a little bit of effort to surround ourselves with beauty, and the difference it makes in our lives is profound.

    Have a wonderful Wednesday!
    Anne

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  37. I love the foral painting in the background. Also the votive holders.

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  38. Pretty setting, love the use of colour.

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  39. Camellias are lovely and I've been meaning to research if we have the right lighting for them. I did bring home another climbing rose yesterday called America. It's a pretty coral shade.

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  40. That's true!! I did somthing similar today except for the flowers. It's been a cold spring here and I've been working for many weeks in another city - did't have time or oportunity to grow pretty flowers! I lit some candles this evening and now I'm enjoying a nice cup of Kusmi tea before bedtime. Simple pleasure, but it really works!

    Solrosa :)

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  41. Beautiful pictures and beautiful flowers/furniture/colors, everything!

    Hugs,
    Sheila

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  42. You are right it only takes a few minutes. We do always the same and it make life so much nicer you have to tread yourself everyday!

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  43. Your camelia bush looks so lovely - one of my favourite flowers at this time of year :)

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