♦Simple Summer Pleasures♦


Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!

I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand.... Simplify, simplify.
- Henry David Thoreau



The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. 

~Hans Hofmann



Well, here it is mid-August, already…I thought it would be nice to pop in and

extend a  friendly “hello”!!

I hope you’ve all been having a great summer….[minus the dreadful heat and humidity], it’s been a beautiful summer here.

I’d like to invite you to share just a few of the simple pleasures I’ve enjoyed over these past summer weeks….

some gardening, a little bit of crafting, relaxing by the pond and having hubby cook for me over the campfire ….just a glimpse of some of my favorite summer things as seen through my [camera’s] eye and narrated by the words of others’…[using some of my favorite quotes & sayings--did I ever mention, I’m a “quote” collector!]

Hope you enjoy your visit and are enjoying the simple pleasures of these last dog days of summer….Autumn is just around the corner…and….

I know that makes us all SMILE just a little bit bigger!!



My Plain and Simple Days of Summer

005  Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are.  When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. 

~Lao Tzu



Nor rural sights alone, but rural sounds,
Exhilarate the spirit, and restore
The tone of languid nature.
~William Cowper




There is more to life than increasing its speed. 

~Mohandas K. Gandhi



*garden sign made and gifted to me by Amy

Gardens are where heaven touched the earth

~Author Unknown




A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. 

~Ingrid Bergman




When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other. 

~Chinese Proverb



How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!  ~Emily Dickinson



051In my garden there is a large place for sentiment.  My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams.  The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful.  ~Abram L. Urban



008 Adopt the pace of nature:  her secret is patience. 

~Ralph Waldo Emerson



Gardens are a form of autobiography.  ~Sydney Eddison




Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.  ~Sam Keen



025 Nature is my medicine. 

~Sara Moss-Wolfe




I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it....  

~Alice Walker




 To poke a wood fire is more solid enjoyment than almost anything else in the world. ~Charles Dudley Warner



010 The story of barbecue is the story of America:  Settlers arrive on great unspoiled continent, discover wondrous riches, set them on fire and eat them.  ~Vince Staten



034 It's so beautifully arranged on the plate - you know someone's fingers have been all over it.

~Julia Child




All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. 

~John Gunther



018 Life goes faster on protein. 

~Martin H. Fischer



024All sorrows are less with bread. 

~Miguel de Cervantes 



027 The belly rules the mind. 

~Spanish Proverb




  ♥What I need to live has been given to me by the earth.  Why I need to live has been given to me by you

~Author Unknown




 In the sky
an infinitude of hope,
a canvas of glory
all possibilities mine.
~Neroli Lambent



 Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.  ~William Morris




•From my Workshop•



Really we create nothing.  We merely plagiarize nature. 

~Jean Baitaillon




Love, and do what you like.
- Saint Augustine




Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes.  ~Author Unknown





If you don't have time to do it right you must have time to do it over. 

~Author Unknown




Out of the strain of the doing,
Into the peace of the done.
~Julia Woodruff




Some pursue happiness, others ‘create’ it. 

~Author Unknown  

* Baskets made and gifted to me by Pam


Beeswax Goodies


~ Lantern Lighters~


 Manifest plainness,
Embrace simplicity,
Reduce selfishness,
Have few desires
-  Lao-Tzu



~Lantern Lighters Keep~


Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.

~Franklin D Roosevelt  1882




bonnet made and gifted to me by Maurine

Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing.
- Oscar Wilde



Prim Acorns ~Bowl Fillers

009 …relish small, simple pleasures



Bundt cake


Simplicity is an exact medium between too little and too much.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds



Mini Cinni’s ~ bowl fillers


The simplest things give me ideas.
-   Joan Miro



Prim Pumpkins

042 The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person. 

~Frank Barron



Autumn Harvest Fixin’s

Fresh cut flowers, berries and some dried corn….

all Hand-dipped in beeswax then powdered with spices, some dried orange slices have also been  thrown in the bowl too!


Simplicity, carried to an extreme, becomes elegance.
- Jon Franklin



Pantry cakes

made from antique molds


Making the simple complicated is commonplace;
making the complicated simple,
awesomely simple, that's creativity.

-  Charles Mingus



Mini Prairie cakes ~ Bowl Fillers


Simplicity is the essence of happiness.
-   Cedric Bledsoe




I will end with one more, VERY favorite, quote of mine….

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.   It turns what we have
into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos
to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes
sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.
-   Melody Beattie


As Always, and with much gratitude, I’m so happy you stopped by, I’ve missed you guys a lot…and…

hopefully, with the changing season, I will have more time to be on here.  

I’m already looking forward to my next blog entry…it will be full of

AUTUMNAL Goodness!

~Until my next post~TGC, friends~


‘ ♥’Felt Blessings, Kath