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making me happy.

March 2nd | finding beauty, photography



loving all the flags in the urban outfitters window.

their clothes don’t fit me, but i love some of their housewares.

and any time the sun manages to peek it’s head out of the clouds, i’m happy.



freshly potted flowers on our porch

and a quick trip to the zoo on sunday to visit the meerkats (matty’s fave).



i’ve been complaining about the rain,

but i can’t say i mind the beautiful green hills, puffy clouds,

and even a little rainblow behind that windmill.



two boys who are almost done with antibotics and feeling much much better.




ferris bueller at the fremont. maybe a date night?

my fave movie from high school-he was just so cool.

other faves-uncle buck, and breakfast club.

what were some of your favorite movies from high school?



a couple more pretty pics just for you.


please share, what’s making you happy right now?

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  1. Renae says:

    I guess it would be my boys spinning and spinning and spinning (and then falling down) in the kitchen! And maybe all of your photography. Have you ever shared your tricks on making everything so muted and vintage looking? If it’s on Picnik i’ll have to check that out!! Thanks Lisa…beautiful as always.

  2. Heather K. says:

    Some Kind Of Wonderful was my fav in high school. Now that I think about it, it probably still is. Ferris Bueller’s at the theatre sounds like a great date night. Glad the kiddos are feeling better :)

  3. Whitney Hill says:

    My boys, as always – but more than that, today I found those big fluffy marshmallows covered in toasted coconut and they made my day. :) Love your photos – glad the boys are on the mend – this winter has been rough in the sick department. Oh – and Top Gun was what I watched pretty much every Sunday throughout high school…

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Today I am happy to have checked off almost all of the items on my “to-do” list. Those last few items? Not a big deal. Tonight, I am going to take some time to crochet instead. LOVE your pictures!!

  5. Megan Crume says:

    The small glimpses of spring…..

  6. Claire says:

    I am having my kitchen painted this week and it is GOING to make me happy. I am not so happy with the mess right now, but happy is around the corner.

  7. Kim says:

    Sunshine, warm weather, gentle rain, good dinner and a husband who loves me…

  8. Yes, Ferris Bueller was a high school favorite. If that was on at a local theater, it would most definitely be a date night. What a cool looking place!

    What a wonderful personal exercise – looking for (and photographing) those things that make you happy. :-)

  9. Dana says:

    My new Lisa Leonard necklace!! Love it! You are so talented!

  10. Southern Gal says:

    My boy is feeling pretty good after his tonsillectomy yesterday and that makes me happy. You know how you would trade places with your babies when they don’t feel well. Prayers were answered and he’s doing well.

  11. lisa says:

    some kind of wonderful and top gun…so so good! love it.

  12. Right now a yummy Ghiradelli brownie is making me terribly happy…my thighs might not agree, but my taste buds sure are enjoying it!

  13. Sharon says:

    Lisa, I always enjoy seeing your posts. They’re just so soothing and pretty. They make ME happy : )

  14. jeannett says:

    sweet friends who take time out of their busy days to chat.

  15. Dianne says:

    We just watched Uncle Buck a couple of days ago. LOL!!

    Hearing my teenage boys playing together and giggling. A few moments to sit quietly and read a book. Playing Settlers of Catan with my guys. Sunny, warm days at Garden of the Gods with my boys and my camera.

  16. Amy says:

    Making Me Happy: My BFF is in town for 2 weeks visiting! Yay! : )

    Oh man, favorite movies from high school; Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire….LOVE.

  17. Whitney says:


  18. Heather says:

    My favorite high school movies: Dream a Little Dream (my all-time fav); Breakfast Club; and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

  19. rebecca says:

    lisa your pics are awesome!

  20. beth says:

    catching that rainbow….how amazing is that ?

  21. kerry says:

    Ooooh, I loved Dream a Little Dream too! I had almost forgotten about that one. Say Anything was my fave! Today I am happy that I had almost two hours of time outside in the sun and (relatively) warm temps (43ish).

  22. lisa says:

    oh say anything. looooved that one!

  23. Tami says:

    Favorite HIgh School Movies…Oh, so many! Ferris Bueller, of course, Pretty in Pink, Sixteeen Candles, Breakfast Club, The Karate Kid Movies (SOOO Hokey, but fun!), And, does anyone rember the name…it had Christopher Reed, there was some kind of time travel or something. Oh my goodness, I LOVED it but can’t remember it.

    Happines? Suprises in the mail, crossing major jobs off the to-do list, and the first episode of Parenthood tonight. LOVE it! Some of my all time favorite actors/actresses are in it and it’s just so good. I cried at least 5 times. It’s pretty real and touching, and funny. OK I dont work for NBC or anything. I”m just excited to have a show to watch regularly again. It’s been years (since before I had kids!) since I’ve been into anything!

    Love your blog, as usual. Glad the boys are getting better.!

  24. Patti says:

    Love your movie pics!!! How could I not ~ they were all filmed right here in my sweet home Chicago!
    Breakfast Club was filmed across the street from our first apartment and another fav Blues Brothers filmed a scene down the street from our current home.

    Your photos today made me smile :)

    Blessings, Patti

  25. blissmamaof3 says:

    Haircuts today for all kiddos and a haircut and highlights for me!

  26. Bonnie says:

    I found this site called the 365 Project and it is definitely making me happy. If you haven’t heard of it, you essentially post one photo for the next 365 days and everyone that is there can comment and leave you feedback. It is a great site for anyone wanting to challenge themselves and who loves taking photos.

    Your photos always make me happy!!!

    Best wishes,


  27. Gussy says:

    a little Gussy lovin’ from the LA Times website — that makes me happy :)

    And Uncle Buck was my FAVORITE movie — haha… that old {at the time} creepy man with the quirky comments. Loved it :)

  28. Seeing Meerkats sounds like great fun!! :)

  29. I love the picture of the green hills….here in cold ‘ol Colorado, we just have frozen tundra to gaze upon. Come on, Spring!

  30. Amanda says:

    My guess is that you were at the famed Atascadero Zoo. Well, I think it is now called the Central Coast Zoo. We have spent many an adventure there. I just made a batch of cake balls tonight, so those always make me happy. But, when I am in SLO, the drive-in, H&G, and Firestone make me happy. By the way, I noticed you had a photo of the boys in Morro the other day from outside the Silver Seahorse area. Too bad my girls have grown out of it. They still love that little exploratorium upstairs with the binoculars. They beg to go there and then I try to sneak over to Paper Moon. All those things make me happy!

  31. Daniela B. says:

    Beautiful picture of the rainbow!!gorgeous :-)

  32. Sharon says:

    my two sweet boys, drawing, painting, taking pics, messing with the pics I take, thinking up things I want to make, the rain, all making me happy

  33. Peggy says:

    We are days away from meeting our new granddaughter. I’m ready to buy some frilly clothes (along with the jeans). So far, during my daughter’s pregnancy, I’ve been pretty laid back. But now I’m ready. Yes, I’m happy. Giggly happy.

  34. Sharon says:

    oh yeah and the fact that I am pretty sure my husband ordered me your be still necklace:)

  35. Jessica says:

    I think the time travel movie is Somewhere in Time. Other favorites from my teen years: Can’t Buy Me Love, Beaches, and the drama Dying Young.

  36. janine says:

    I’m sneaking a bit of internet time during school and I have to say your blog is making me happy right now! Loved Ferris Bueller – The Outsiders was another big fave. Must check out availability next time I’m renting a movie :)

  37. I love Ferris too! We quote it all the time here at our home. “anyone? anyone?”

    This morning I am happy about warm coffee, a light dusting of snow and quiet while I check my blogs. Thanks again for the lovely pics!

  38. Tiffany says:

    My favorite movies from way back when: Clueless and A League of Their Own. Oh how I still giggle and cry whenever I watch them.

    Right now I am loving a little sunshine, brisk walks and hot chocolate with Marshmallow Creme. Yummy.

  39. In high school I loved The Breakfast Club, 16 Candles, St. Elmo’s Fire.

    At this very moment getting to relax and read my favorite blogs is making me happy.

  40. Cat says:

    the meerkats are my favorite too!

  41. denise says:

    footloose and say anything were favorite h.s. movies.

    what a blast it would be to see ferris beuller in a theater!

    the green hills, puffy clouds, and wild flowers on the hills around my house (and in my heart) are making all the rain worth it.

  42. jenjen says:

    Lisa —

    I loved this post. Such beautiful pictures and such an inspiring message. I loved Ferris Bueller too — still do! Have a wonderful, wonderful day! I hope you don’t mind, I shared this post with my readers.


  43. Your photos are stunning! I stopped by via tatertots! Beautiful blog!

  44. I love your pictures. I guess right now, I’m happy looking forward to’s just around the corner!!!

  45. Vivienne says:

    Gorgeous photos! Ferris Bueller (and anything John Hughes directed) definitely good for a smile or three. Came over from Tatertots & Jello. Have a great day.

  46. Ashley Rader says:

    I found your website from country mouse city mouse and am so glad I did, this blog entry made me so happy. Thanks for all the beautiful pictures and I was in SLO this weekend and was thrilled to see they were playing Ferris Buller’s Day Off, it’s been forever since I’ve seen it, what great nostalgia.

  47. Renae says:

    The Christopher Reeve movie Tami mentions above is called A Moment in Time…fantastic tear jerker and that hotel! The grand hotel on Marinac Island in the U.P. of Michigan…i’m going to visit someday and THAT makes me happy.

  48. Kim says:

    stopping by via tatertots blog! what is making me happy right now? My warm cozy slippers!! your pictures are great!

  49. I love your thoughts on being happy…that is my goal for this year..Be Happy! Come say hi 😀

  50. Dee says:

    I just stopped by via TatterTots, (thanks for the link with Jen). I would have to say little girls playing dressup and tea parties, my girls are getting to be older (grrr teenagers). I love warm sun on my face and the the feel of the dirt when working in my garden. As far as any movies, almost everything from the 80’s ROCKED! Love you site and YOUR jewels!

  51. I’m visiting from Jen’s blog…nice to “meet” you! I really love all your beautiful pictures…you write so well, too! What’s making me happy right now? The fact that my 18 year old daughter decided NOT to go back with her ex-boyfriend and that both of my girls are happy and healthy and that I have a wonderful marriage (20 years!).

  52. Claudine says:

    Footloose with Kevin Bacon….it actually was junior high, but still so great!

  53. Philippa says:

    What’s making me happy? Having a very important plant breeder in my home for dinner last night! Little ‘ol me! Have always been in awe of this man and he paid me the ultimate compliment ‘I feel as though I’ve known you for years’ is what he said the first time he met me. Last night was the second time I’d had the pleasure of his company and the first time my husband met him. To an incredibly passionate plantswoman, meeting an incredible plant breeder is just way up there on my HAPPY list! Love your photos as always Lisa, just gorgeous! Smiles

  54. Philippa says:

    Yikes fav movies from high school were ‘Grease’, ‘Flashdance’ (oh how I love to dance!!!) and ‘Footloose’

  55. Suzy says:

    Your local theater reminds me of the one down town – it’s now a community theater for live productions, but when I was young they showed “new” movies. My sister & I went to see ET every week for 6 weeks – or maybe it was 3 months because it was all that was showing. I ought to remember more about it than I do…Sunshine makes me happy! Seeing my daughter’s face light up when her daddy drives into the driveway at the end of the day fills me with joy.

  56. After a really stressy day, a few moments gazing at your blog instantly calmed me…thank you

  57. Fav movie from high school — Goonies. :) After Ferris, of course.

  58. Allison Zehnder says:

    Reading this beautiful blog is making me happy right now! Thank you so much for being a bright spot in my day.

  59. Jen says:

    I came here via TatertotsandJello today. Stunning photos and thoughtful words. Lovely blog!

  60. Anne taylor says:

    Your photos are making me happy right now! They are happy, joyful and full of life!


  61. Michelle says:

    Sixteen Candles and Weird Science…and if you can ever watch a version of Weird Science made for TV..? DO it…it is SO hysterical the replacements they make for the curse words. I laughed harder at the TV version!

  62. Virginia says:

    Everything makes me happy. Life is good. The rain has made the flowers for us to enjoy! I also love Caddy Shack, Uncle Buck, Sixteen Candles, all of them – all those fun, feel good, make you laugh movies!

  63. Just jenn says:

    I have to ask… where is the Fremont??? 😉 It looks very familiar to me!! 😉
    love those 80’s or 90’s?? movies!! love them! 😉 man I feel old!
    Just Jenn ~

  64. Bronwyn says:

    I wanted to tell you, I love your photos! They’re so well done…and in focus, which is always my personal challenge…Your beautiful photos just brightened my day!

    I also wanted to let you know that I entered Jenny Matlock’s giveaway for a necklace of yours…I’ve actually been entering basically every giveaway involving your products, that I can find. I just love your work!

    Thanks and much joy to you and yours!

  65. Lorie says:

    Being outside with my kiddos. The weather has finally settled down here and I think this is the first time in the two months that we have lived in Austin that we have been able to play outside all day!!

  66. Anne says:

    Ferris Bueller! Such a great movie. Some more of my faves from middle school/high school:

    Sixteen Candles
    Pretty in Pink
    The Breakfast Club
    Less Than Zero
    Weird Science
    The Goonies
    Dirty Dancing
    For Keeps
    Can’t Buy Me Love
    The Lost Boys
    Risky Business

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