Recently I added something just perfect for my theme, it delights me to no end and is made by the very talented Val, Queen of Miniatures. Her marketplace page is on her blog here. My little treasure just over there by the tall blue bottle, but let me zoom in.
Here is my little beach hut. I can just imagine sitting here and sipping something cool, the smell of salty air, the sound of gulls and if I'm lucky a light breeze. It was the seahorses that first caught my eye when I saw Val had this for sale. My grandmother loved seahorses and so they always remind me of her. There is something very very appealing about them, I agree.
Here is a better look at the beach as seen from the beach hut.
There are many people enjoying the sun and sand. Just like the view out my window we can see sail boats with colourful sails and fluffy clouds piled up in the sky. Val's talent for and patience with conceiving of and assembling these miniatures amazes me. I have always loved miniatures and in childhood fantasised about both large realistic dollhouses and electric train sets with detailed landscapes surrounding them, but I have never actually tested my ability to put such things together.
I love how the reds of this little beach hot pop out from all the blues and greens I have on my mantle and yet balance the warm tones of the painting at the opposite end.
Sewing is not really my thing so this is still pinned and who knows when I will get around to properly sewing it. I actually have two identical such curtains placed in two different doorways where a solid door was not useful to me. One is a storage room which also contains the litter box. Thus I want it easily accessible by Sophie but hiding the contents. The other is a tiny laundry room off the second bathroom. Again, I wish to hide the contents but this time I want a bit of air flow that I don't get when the door is closed. The 'curtains' are thrift shop bed sheets and I have pinned them onto a tension rod.
Sophie also loves to hide behind this curtain and then leap out at me. Her timing is a bit off and she tends to leap out when I am half way down the hall.
My other little bit of pleasure is also curtain related and is an upgrade to my bedroom curtains. I once tied them back with twine but have since done something much more clever. (shameful boasting) On the day I went to Qualicum with my sister-friend, I dressed and put on my red leather flower bracelet and thought to myself, 'I need a pair of these to use as curtain tie-backs. They were magic words I uttered because I happened upon some in a shop in Qualicum that very day.
And there you have some little things making me happy in a big way. The parcel from Val contained something else in addition to the miniature beach hut but that is yet another post.