winter thoughts....

My thoughts have gently shifted these past few days.

With warmer than normal temperatures we are still waiting for our first snowfall!  This is making it very difficult for me to think winter is really here.
I dug this photo out to try and help me feel winter.
Most years I clear out all signs of Christmas on Boxing Day, scrub the house down and start fresh before we even ring in the New Year.  This year I am taking everything slower, allowing more time to absorb the moments (or maybe it's just laziness!)  The tree and decorations are still up (...for now) but my thoughts are starting to drift towards what I'm going to do next.  I like to have a few ideas about what I'm going to use to decorate with to get the creative juices flowing.  Decorating our home is something I really enjoy, it changes every season and I seldom repeat ideas. 

What I do know is that I want to continue to keep things simple and natural so I have been brainstorming what natural materials I can use to decorate once the Christmas things are carefully organized and tucked away into the basement. ;o)

This is my list, please feel free to offer any suggestions that you have...

Wintery natural materials to decorate with…

 ~ crystals, gem stones

~ clear glass

~ dusty miller, white sage, rosemary, paperwhites, baby’s breath, variegated ivy, snowdrops, white tulips

~ blue spruce bows

~ white, grey, blue, black river rocks, speckled and sparkly quartz

~ birch bark

~ white shells, starfish, sand dollars, driftwood

~ blue mussel shells

~ natural cotton, gauze, linen, burlap

~ white knit wool mittens, scarves, blankets, hats, tea cozy

~ white, grey, navy, periwinkle roving, wool felt

~ eggs – speckled, brown, white

~ natural handmade papers, brown kraft paper

~ white clay/pottery

~ white, blue, purple playsilks

~ salt crystals

~ pussy willows

~ raw wood (pine)

~ sheepskins

~ jute rugs

~ beeswax candles

Other ideas….

~ votive cups wrapped in wire and beads

~ raw wood hearts on string garland

~ white stars on string wrapped around a mini fir in a burlap bucket

~ clear glass stars

~ snowflakes

~ white painted wood (distressed)

~ baskets filled with throws and blankets

~ plump cushions

~ jars filled with hot chocolate, marshmallows, loose teas

Has this got you thinking too?  Please share your ideas!
~ joey ~


  1. oooh, such great ideas! I love to decorate with natural materials as well but have very limited space. I'm also taking it slow with taking down Xmas. We put it up only a few days before Xmas so we're not sick of it yet. Can't wait to see what you do!


  2. Hi from New Zealand Joey, lovely ideas. cheers Marie

  3. Thank you Marie!
    I have long admired your needlefelted creations! You truly have a gift with wool!
    So glad you stopped by!
    ~ joey ~


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