Saturday, December 21, 2013

Happy First Day of Winter/Solstice

Happy First Day of Winter;
also called Winter Solstice from old pagan origins.

All I know is it warmed up here and rained
and all our gorgeous winter wonderland of snow 
is ALL GONE and won't be back for Christmas.

 I soooo wanted it just to last a few more days
 to be a gorgeous White Christmas. Oh well.

The dark of winter wraps around us tight.
The lamps are fired, and flickering light
beats time to the fiddle as notes float softly down,
like the years' first snow.

While outside the window a blast of late December wind
whistles harmony to the drone of the pipes.
We push the old year back against the wall
so we can dance a jig for Christmas and welcome in the new.

~Reflections on a Scottish Christmas - by J. Cunningham

I  purchased this amazing
 plastic lined linen toile bag
 from my good blogging friend Dawn.

It deserves a much better lighting and picture presentation
but you know how busy the last few days
 leading up to Christmas can be!

I just simply filled with water, stuck some greens 
inside it and hung it on a mirror - simple understated elegance

Dawn's blog is called A Feathered Nest

Her lovely Etsy shop where I found this bag
is called Sew Many Roses.

There she has incredibly beautiful handmade
decor items. Here are just a few:

A aviary shadowbox:

PDF Bird Nest Assemblage Tutorial no shipping cost

An elven shoe:

Sweet Elf Fairy Shoe Ornament Tutorial

An antique French bottle:

Gorgeous Altered Antique Bottle with French Label and Glass Stopper

And you absolutely cannot miss her Etsy soap specialty shop


Mixed Egg Soaps in Peat Pot

Sea Shell Soap

Handmade Fleur-de-lis French Soap

Enjoy your first day of winter!

As always, thank you for your visit!



  1. Happy first day of Winter to you to, Michele. It warmed up here also,close to 70, and is suppose to rain and have thunder storms over the weekend...not wanting that!
    Have a Merry Christmas

  2. Oh wow, I love your pretty basket, it is just lovely and all of her things are stunning, Hope you have a super weekend. Hugs, Marty

  3. So many pretty things. Love the first photo with the little wicker basket and ~Reflections on a Scottish Christmas - by J. Cunningham. Dawn really has some lovely things in her etsy shop. Thanks for sharing her link.
    Wishing you a happy Winter Solstice and Merry Christmas

  4. Those are all darling - especially the elf shoes! Merry Christmas Michelle!

  5. Same here...rain rain go away...I want snow on Christmas Day!

    I too am disappointed about the beautiful snow turning to a wet gray muddy mess!!

    On to better thoughts, Dawn's items are so adorable, and I will be checking out her Etsy shop! Thanks for sharing!

    Michele I'm wishing you a very Merry Christmas!!


  6. It's raining here, too. Currently, the snow is perfect for snowmen. Tomorrow, though, it is supposed to pour and who knows what will become of our snow.

    Dawn makes the most beautiful things. She's a wonder with materials and give her some time in that studio of hers and she's going to whip up something quite extraordinary!

  7. Raining here too and in the 60's. No snow for us this Christmas. Dawn make lovely things!

  8. I've seen something similar used to tie back a pretty shower curtain when company was coming. It sure dressed up the bathroom nicely, I guess a faux plant would do as well~ have a merry Christmas!

  9. Happy Winter Solstice and Fourth Sunday of Advent!!!
    I enjoyed reading the Scottish poem. Lovely post, my friend!

    Merry Christmas!


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