After gardening this afternoon, here are a few pictures from our early darkness (we moved our clocks back last night). It was so quiet in the greenhouse, the leaves rustling in the big tree, but otherwise completely quiet.
Here’s what we used for a 14th birthday party where we weren’t doing “loot bags”. It was a murder mystery party and the participants took these home – a little candy standing up in glasses. Simple, colorful and inexpensive. They enjoyed the candy, recycled the paper and kept the umbrellas. More important to put any money into the experience ( in this case buying the murder mystery on line- they are a lot of work ahead of time, but a lot of fun! ) and having great food at dinner.
In our family we always make our Valentine’s cards.. here are some “roses” I made. I got the idea here. The ones I made with the bottom of a lettuce worked out better than the celery bottom I used. The egg carton from recycled bottles was a good size to put the paint in.
I found this silver tray at a garage sale and it shone up beautifully. I was able to increase the light, by placing the candles on top (the little red ones were also a garage sale find).
The Christmas season for me is all about cozy memories and creating memories. The little picture below is a painting that my Dad did years and years ago of a small ornament that our friend had given me from a trip to Germany. The embroidery is something that my mother gave me – either she made or my grandmother did. And the berries, a gift from my sister, add a nice structure- as we celebrate advent–week 2
We will have a few simple decorations for our guests at Thanksgiving-this is something that I played with for a shape that was fun. I had thought I would make them all the same, but the rosemary wanted to break instead of bend today–so I ended up with some variations. It’s something that people can take home and use in their own cooking or let it dry and add a little red ribbon for Christmas…