Spring Fever

Some of my favorites from the last few days. Something about vibrant colors and the feeling of happiness that these pictures evoke. Spring fever perhaps?

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With much love,




Poundbury – a new town with a difference!

This weeks Reblog Sunday is from Love Travelling. I love the photography and travelling right along with the posts. I especially enjoyed this post “Poundbury – a new town with a difference!” and the story behind it.

With much love,

Love Travelling

As we were visiting the Dorset stretch of the Jurasssic Coast, we decided to take a short detour to Poundbury to see what it looks like for ourselves. Poundbury is a thriving new urban development on the outskirts of Dorchester, West Dorset. The town was designed by Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales who outlined his pioneering ideas in his 1989 book ‘A Vision of Britain’. It’s an experimental new town built on land owned by the Duchy of Cornwall.

Parking our car in Queen Mother Square we were charmed by the elegant mock Georgian architecture. On one side of the Square stands this impressive yellow building, opposite is a branch of Waitrose in an equally elegant building and at the far end of the Square a block of high end apartments are under construction. Waitrose, Poundbury

Walking round the town we found it to be a unique and fascinating…

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It Makes Scents


There is just something about a scent so heavenly you can’t help but close your eyes and inhale a little deeper. Some scents trigger happy memories, loved ones, and even a moment when every planet seems to align. Breathing is life. So breathing in a heavenly scent just adds the extra goodness to the days that seem partly cloudy.

Online flower shops make scents. Although you can’t actually smell the flowers, your imagination can. The heavenly eye candy for the soul is so worth a visit to their page.  For a pick me up, I like to visit their .com. This is where dreams are born.

Here are a few of the items that brighten my day!

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This is one of my favorite stores. Their soaps are luxurious, silky, and the scent is out of this world. Every soap I have tried, I have fallen in love with. The packaging is simply delicious. Since I do not live near their store, I have to shop online and the experience has been 5 star. Well packaged. The natural cleaning concentrate and laundry soap are packaged in glass containers, they have always arrived in perfect condition. My home smells just like a ginger blossom.

Solabee Flowers & Botanicals


They use the fresh botanical gems their area has to offer in beautiful ways. Their light-filled shop also does events and weddings as well as in-house interior greening consultations. Their secret garden designs are spectacular. The shop also sells pots and wares hand-made by local artisans. This is a site I love to browse. They offer botanicals for the soul.

The Flower Appreciation Society


The Hackney-based Flower Appreciation Society enjoys an English floral bias, promoting seasonal blooms with a discernible aroma. Decorating bouquets with whimsical illustrations makes their designs unique. I visit this site often and dream about touring the corners of London collecting armloads of fresh flora. I could go on for days about the greatest florists in the U.S. and London 🙂

What are some of your favorite scents that make you happy?

Happy Creating!

With much love,


Sunday Reblog – Our French Oasis

This weeks Reblog Sunday is from Our French Oasis. I love the photography and stories of this series. The countryside and architecture settle into ones soul. I could move right in. I hope you enjoy!

With much love,

This is a time of year when we can literally feel spring coursing through our veins. It’s a season full of rebirth and new growth, a time of endless possibilities, and a time of innocent hope. Whilst our climate is generally mild here on the coast and the risk of a frost is pretty much gone […]

via The Optimism of Spring in Our Garden — Our French Oasis

There’s no book

This week’s Reblog Sunday is from Street Photography Tom Plevnik. One picture can truly change your life. If you love travel, places of beauty, and photography browse the posts. This series inspires me to look well beyond my own back door. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I cannot say enough about the Paris shots! My heart is smiling!

With much love,

Tom Plevnik photography

…or painting, or symphony or sculpture that can rival a great city. All these streets and boulevards as a special art form. – Midnight in Paris Movie Quotes

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DSC_2515-01 Rue Norvins

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Inspiration. Creativity. Genius


  1. the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

And who doesn’t like the word genius! Even the synonyms make the palate water with the desire for the sense and comfort that creativity brings.

Visual stimulation sparks inspiration in me. I am a sensual type person. Let me tell you I have a nose of a dog, bad smells make me rabid. Using my senses drives my mood. Thought provoking photography, nature, and collections stir that special spot in my soul. Whenever I need inspiration, I turn to Pinterest, it’s my favorite go to. I have hundreds of boards, a bit of a pinning hoarder, but I can’t help it.

Here are a few of my favorites that spark me. Visit penpaperandpetalsstudio.com to see what I have been up to. I am creating a line of journal printables. I will be posting some free ones here soon 🙂

Happy creating!

With much love,

Lisa 💞 🎨