I'm investigating Delight~Full Living today - those simple things or moments that can make our soul feel joy~filled. It's easy to lose sight of Delight~Full Things in February, when the weather has been cold and dreary for weeks on end, and we feel as if the warmer weather might never arrive. A succulent way of living is very necessary at this time of year and to me, this is all about happy feelings and finding pleasure in the ordinary.
I'm going to share some of my ways of Delight~Full Living with you - read on!
I like to fill my home with colour and my wool stash is a very pleasant corner of our home - the sight of all those colours make me smile and feel oddly satisfied deep down. Wool to me is about comfort, about creating something snug and wearable or pretty and colourful for my little house and the people in it.
I have a very pretty rose polka dot oil cloth on my table now which is just the lovliest thing and sets off that Cornish Ware jug and happy yellow daffodils a treat! This oil cloth is from Dunelm Mill. It's very good and practically identical to the Cath one but at a fraction of the price. Would you be able to tell the difference?
Good stuff - delicious discovery, happy colourful mealtimes and pennies saved too!!
When the weather is fine, we take advantage of the sunny cold days and go outdoors.
Get yourself out in nature, listen to bird song...
...look for new buds and shoots appearing in secret places...
...and discover new paths and magical rocks...
Have you any idea just how good for the soul fresh air and sunshine is? Of course you have!! Turn your mobile phone off, stuff it in your pocket and forget about it, take some good deep breaths and I'm sure you will catch the scent of spring in the breeze.
And of course, when you come home you could always bake something warm and tasty to eat! Baking is one of my weaknesses that I indulge these days as a special treat - but eating something special once in a while enhances the pleasure of the moment for me!
There is nothing I like more than settling in a comfy armchair (or in bed) with a good book. Book cases are magical places for me. I'm an avid bookworm and absolutely adore the worlds that can open up within the pages of a book. Here is my favourite bookcase - not just books on there if you look, but inspiring art cards, candle holders, vases and crystals which delight me each time I see them all together there! Book heaven!
And you know that painting is also a very delight~filling obsession of mine...
Which reminds me - I have just released a new range of individual greetings cards which you can now find on my website. I've been planning to do this for a while and I am so happy that it's all come together at last! Creating is a very succulent pass time indeed and makes me feel marvellous. If I don't do it, I feel strangely empty and detached.
Good sea air, the sound of gulls, colourful fishing boats, crystal water on ochre sand...it's a tonic and an inspiration for me. There is something about the coast the makes me feel intensley happy and content.
Whilst it's a little cold and too far to visit at the moment, I do like to order the odd brochure to look through of an evening and plan for a little holiday in the summer. It is a grand feeling indeed to put the date on the calendar and count down the weeks and days until your departure!
And that brings me to camping *happy sigh* - camping is a random, fabulous and exciting thing that me and my family discovered last year for the very first time (well, since girl guide camp anyhow). And already we are planning several jaunts, with summer weekends in Norfolk and Northumberland on the cards (fingers crossed).
Well - if you've got this far, I'm impressed - it turned out to be a bit of a longer post than I first envisaged and I can think of many, many more things I could write about but for now I'm calling it a day.
I'd love to hear how you live in a Delight~Filling way, will you share with me?
Thanks for dropping in today, sending you bright pink hyacinths for your bedside table, hot chocolate and birdsong...
Love Julia x x x