~"The human soul needs actual beauty more than bread."~
David Herbert Laurence

I believe we all love beautiful things...they don't have to be expensive...but they must be something we find pleasing to our eye.

I know in these troubled times you might shallow can this lady be.....posting about beautiful things...and I do know that many people are living on reduced incomes or are out of work at the current time .  That being said....I'm a Libra.....and of all the signs in the zodiac.....Libra's  MUST be surrounded with beauty....lest they wither and die, and having beauty around you does not need to be costly.  It just takes a little effort and desire on your part.

I had an astrological chart done many moons ago. At the time I was working outside the home in the corporate world.....the first thing the astrologer keyed in on was my being in the WRONG occupation.  She told me I should be working in a flower shop or in an art gallery.  Now I had a family to help support so I couldn't go out a quit my job....but I have always remembered her reading and have tried to incorporate what she told me into my daily life.

I use a pretty coffee cup....and set a pretty table....every meal, or at least I try.

I cover my tea pot with a pretty tea cozy.

I always try to have fresh flowers in the house.....sometimes from my garden...sometimes a reasonable price.

I use my candles when I take a bath....what are we saving them for?? LOL

I also use my bath oil and bubble is there to be used and enjoyed.  We are all so very worth it.

And last....but not least......I try to give myself the time to be creative....and it really doesn't  matter how you choose to express yourself......

Just take the time to make something special and beautiful to your eye.


Of any kind!!!!

"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything  beautiful~~for beauty is God's handwriting."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

Here's to ALL the beauty in blogland.



  1. This is a beautiful post and oh so true. Love your tea cozy!

  2. Hi Jo,

    I too use my lovely candles when I take a bath! Why must we safe them? I use everything right away! LOL
    Love your Tea Cozy.
    I also Create Art when I can!

  3. I have learned that my talent is being able to appreciate those of you who are creative and add beauty to my world.

  4. This was a lovely post. I really enjoyed your pictures and now feel inspired. Thank you.

  5. This reminds me of the old labour/union song "Bread and Roses" where women demand both bread (the necessities of life) and roses (beauty) as all women's birthright.

  6. What inspiring words to live by. You do seem to enjoy those beautiful things you surround yourself with. I can't remember the last time I soaked in a tub with a candle or nice scents in it. I really need to do that. I do surround myself with my flowers outside and spend a lot of time with them. Thanks for reminding me there are many more things that are special to me that I need to do for myself. Have a wonderful week.

  7. I too am a Libra & I feel like I will wither without being surrounded with my family heirlooms etc!! Lovely Post....
    Have a Great Day!!

  8. In times like these we need, all the more, to create art and surround ourselves with beauty. We have the ability to create an atmosphere of peace and beauty. are right it doesn't have to be costly.

    Thank you for sharing beauty.

  9. Lovely post Jo! So often in a busy day we forget to stop and look, really look at all the beauty God has surrounded us with. We focus on problems and challenges and miss the joyful and sublime.
    Thanks for the wake-up!
    Tina xo

  10. Beautiufl Jo..a Mega-fabulous post!! I agree...and wow...such gorgeous inspiring photos...wonderfully magical!! Hugs...thankyou for adding sparkles to my day!

  11. Good advice. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go light some of the many candles...

  12. You are a very wise soul to follow your heart. Beauty is to be shared and put into practice in our daily lives. and anyway...i love a good bath with bath salts and candles, not to mention a glass of wine...


  13. Great to meet you Jo. Thanks so much for your visit. This is a beautiful post with great photography. Your words are oh so true and yes we are one of the ones with a salary that has been dropped!! Take care I will be back. Diane xx

  14. Awww yes, Beautiful words from my amazingly beautiful friend! And yes, Libra's are about beauty. Me? I'm s Scorpio....I'm saving the candles for dancing in the dark.... :)

  15. Oh Jo, what an amazing post and your photos are so stunning. I could not agree more. I believe that especially when times are tough, one needs as much beauty surrounding them as possible as a reminder that while the social world is a part of our lives, feeding our souls is THE MAIN priority. I know you have certainly lifted me today with all of this beauty and peaceful surroundings. You adorable little Libra!


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