Pre-Spring Décor: Brightening More Than Just Your Room

When its cold outside, and spring is still weeks away, home décor can lift your spirits and put a spring in your step. Pre-spring décor can brighten more than just your room.

Today is a dreary day. It’s cold, winter-looking out and a bit cloudy. I am in the mood to rearrange and shop my house for new-ish décor, but the weather is not lending to spring decorating. Perhaps it is because it is not time.

Pre-Spring Décor: Brightening More Than Just Your Room

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laugh in flowers

When we were in San Francisco, there was a lovely man who owned a little sidewalk flower shop in the neighborhood of North Beach. (right down the street from the gelato shop!) We stopped and bought flowers from him and I am so glad we did.

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Mark buying flowers in San Francisco

He was an Italian and had a lovely accent and was so happy when Mark told him to keep the change.  He hugged Mark and gave Danni and I a long stem rose each.  It was a nice moment that I won’t forget.

I wish Waco had a place like this downtown.

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It’s what the sunflowers do

I have always had a mantra that I believe in.

Make your own sunshine.

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Don’t depend on others to make you happy. Only you can make you happy. Only you can choose to be happy.

Don’t depend on others to make you happy. Only you can make you happy. Only you can choose to be happy. #write31days Click To Tweet

My parents used to tell me as a child, when I was most likely being a brat, “You better put a smile on your face.” I don’t think that ever worked. I think that simply made me madder. In the end, I always returned to happiness, I just had to do it on my terms.

What makes you happy?

I have a long list of things that make me happy; make me smile. You will learn about thirty-one of those things in my writing challenge–if you follow along. (that would make me happy!)

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Sunflowers are one of those simple things.img_9658

“I don’t think there’s anything on this planet that more trumpets life like the sunflower. For me that’s because of the reason behind its name. Not because it looks like the sun but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the sky. A satellite dish for sunshine. Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that’s such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life.” Smart, enlightening words by Helen Mirren.

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Vincent Van Gogh liked sunflowers. He even took credit for them. “The sunflower is mine, in a way.”

The smallest things warm the heart. And sunflowers do that for me.

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Coming home from Lubbock, last year, after Cameron graduated from Tech, we saw a large, sunny field of sunflowers. We pulled over, got out and took the silliest, most wonderful pictures.

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That made me happy. Pictures with my girls make me happy.

Helen Keller had the right idea when she said, “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what the sunflowers do.”

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Yes, there are much prettier flowers out there. After all, sunflowers don’t smell up a room. But they are bright and lovely.

Be bright, sunny and positive. Like a sunflower.

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Love and blessings~dd