The Little Things

Have you ever noticed that it is the little things that make you happy?  This evening I took a break from lesson plans and paper grading to make cupcakes for my friend’s birthday.  We’ve been friends at school for a long time and I know she’ll be very happy with a cupcake surprise to celebrate her special day.

I truly believe that giving gives one just as much pleasure as receiving.  Does anyone else feel that way?

I think my friend will really like the leaf sprinkles that jazz up these cupcakes.


I love my Martha Stewart cupcake carrier that I purchased at Kmart years ago.  It really is quite large, but it looks small beside this gift bag.


Little things like doing something thoughtful for a friend make a person feel so good!


  1. Cute, Paula! I know she will love them and the act of friendship you present by giving them to her!


  2. Allie and Pattie says:

    She will LOVE them- I know I would! You’re a great friend 🙂
    xoxo Pattie

  3. So cute Paula. And, yes, when you give, it is return to you at least 10 times over.

  4. Southern Lady says:

    Cute cupcakes…you are a good friend. Carla

  5. Of course she will love them! And I agree–it’s so much fun to give things like this! I LOVE to do little things for my friends–it makes me feel good to show that I think they’re special. A win-win!

  6. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    OH, I totally agree!! Sometimes those little thoughtful things can turn a person’s whole day around. 🙂 The cupcakes are so pretty!

  7. Rambling Girl says:

    I know I would love them so I am certain she would…who wouldn’t? I love giving also and yes, it makes you get that great feeling inside.

    I am going to have to find that same cupcake tote. I love all Martha’s stuff.

    I know I have missed your post but do understand. I am still trying to catch back up from where I left off. Have a great weekend!

  8. KM @ This Plate is Full says:

    totally !! making someone smile is a great feeling. She will love those cuppie cakes.

  9. FrouFrouBritches says:

    I’m with ya. It makes me feel so good to do just a little something for someone else, especially when it’s unexpected! She’ll love the cupcakes! YUM!

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Little Things

Little things can really brighten my day. Yesterday I put together a quick table arrangement and it has already given me such pleasure. Every time I walk by it, I smile. It’s nice to have something pretty to admire. I haven’t had time to do anything creative or do any decorating or even cooking. It’s funny how doing one simple, little thing can brighten your day. I got the ideas for this from The Pleasures of Homemaking. I saw her pretty picture the other morning before school and it inspired me!

We are playing in our club championship tennis tournament this weekend. My partner and I are already in last place. The format for the ladies is to play 12 games. The winner of the tournament will be the doubles team with the most winning games. We lost the first match 9-3 and the second 11-1. In our defense, this is our first tournament, we are 3.0’s, and all of the other ladies are 3.5’s. This morning we play two ladies who were moved down this winter from 4.0’s to 3.5’s. One of the ladies is the daughter of our former pro and she used to be the pro at another club in town. I doubt if we’ll win any games against them. I just hope they are nice to us. Our next match this morning won’t be any easier. Oh well, we were the only 3.0’s in the club who were brave enough to sign up! Sunday is mixed doubles and that should be a lot of fun. The weather should clear up by then, too.

Hope all of the NC ladies are safe in this storm!


  1. Hey-playing up is the best way to improve. Try being the weakess link on a strong 4.0 team. Boy did I know my place! Alot is mental-attitude, which I lacked in!!!

  2. The hydrengeas are very pretty on the table. I agree, it’s so nice to appreciate those little things….that just make you “smile”.

  3. Love the centerpiece!

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