Brown paper packages tied up with strings

Don’t you love the fun, little inanimate things that surround us? These are some of my current happy things – things that make me smile. Some can be found at Inklings Bookshop, but this post isn’t about advertising, it’s about urging you to look around you and find similar things that bring a little extra joy to your life. My first photo is beautiful paper. Paper is a weakness of mine – I love to write even my grocery lists on pretty paper. My mother used to collect stacks of fabric. I collect stacks of pretty paper.

Red Nalgene Water Bottle I know, I know. Some are saying that we should only be drinking from glass now, but this bottle matches my car and makes water taste better!
Mid-Columbian Magazine – a very new magazine featuring Central Washington. You may find people you know and their homes and businesses in this quality magazine that you will keep on your coffee table for months. This month’s issue features Yakima Valley artists and includes Jackie Prout from Oak Hollow Frames.

Steve Larson’s Watercolor Cards – this local artist never disappoints with his beautiful watercolor cards with matching envelopes. Sometimes whimsical, sometimes with an Asian or Native American influence, they are always stunning.

Love Your Local – It is so encouraging to me that Yakima people really get the buy local concept. We are so blessed to have such loyal customers who value the individuality and strength that local stores bring to our Valley. Urge your friends to shift at least 10% of their buying dollars to local stores and help ensure that they will still be here next year.

Hyacinths. Does anything smell better than a hyacinth? Their appearance, along with their colorful friends, the crocuses, daffodils, tulips and forsythia, seem to herald the season of Spring that then takes off at a full gallop! I find myself wishing it would all slow down a bit so I could savor each step from swelling bud to full bloom. Don’t miss it. Get outside a bit everyday for the Vitamin D and the beauty.

This gorgeous stained glass has been one of my happy thoughts for almost nine years. A sweet friend, Diane Wolterstorff, made this when we opened the store and it has been hung proudly in a prominent window ever since. What a gift of time, talent and love! Thank you once more, Diane!
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