The days are certainly feeling shorter now that the darkness descends upon our little house so early. My thoughts have turned toward the holidays, gatherings, gifts, and feasts. The last few years have taught me so much about simplification. My focus is now on spending more cozy time with my favorite people and not get swept up in the chaotic energy that arrives with making and buying stuff. Of course, it goes without saying that I love handmade and there are tons of ideas and projects I'm excited about, but the pressure to MAKE gifts with all of the deadlines that this season presents can feel oppressive and overwhelming if I'm overly zealous. I'm sure you know that feeling. So, I'm giving some careful thought towards how I want to proceed. Managing time with gentleness rather than a crowbar, trying to cram as much into each day as possible, seems like the intention I'm looking for. The crafts, decor, and meals I'm brainstorming are less about ambition and more about pleasure and fun. Doesn't that sound so good? I can't be the only one that loves the idea of abundant delicious ease. On that note, the crockpot is coming out of the cabinet after I press post!