Tuesday, December 9, 2014


 A snow storm is blowing in this afternoon, so I went out to gather twigs for decorating. Fallen branches make such beautiful winter bouquets. I have some tall vases on my mantle for the big guys and will make a mini one out of the smalls. I had to force myself out into the cold, but the crisp air punctuated by a bird call or two, left me feeling peaceful and uplifted. And made coming inside all more cozy! Simplicity around the holidays has been my motto for the last few years. I can't say that I achieve it fully, but I continue to strive for it.
I think this handful of sticks will be a good reminder of the silence outside as the earth quiets down for a long nap. This year has made me a bit sleepy too… Snuggling up in wool, sipping hot cups of chai and slowing down rather than speeding up should do the trick. 

P.s. I've announced the winner of a copy of Artful Christmas right here. Congratulations!

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  1. I love taking my walks with my dog each day. I have to agree it is peaceful, quiet and uplifting. It is one of my favorite parts of my day, the other, is sipping my coffee and/or tea listening to christmas music, reading my wonderful blog selections(like this one) and putting the christmas lights on, both outside and in :) Have a good evening!


  2. "earth quiets down for a long nap..." I like that. I like the silence of winter too.