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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Winter Solace



I lived in solitude in the country and noticed how the monotony of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.  Albert Einstein

  For the first time in many days, I’m in solitude.  I love my family, of course, and miss them when they are gone.  However, moments of solitude are like ice cold water on a hot, humid day.  I need this space to re-charge my batteries.  I am exhausted and looking forward to leading Winter Solace in January.  I often work the exercises& share my responses when I teach this course & this workshop is a gentle, inner retreat that I so need after the rush of the holidays; a time of inner reflection and hibernation. I hope you’ll consider joining me on this peaceful journey.

As far as what I’ve been up to besides the obvious…I decided this year to focus more on meaning and a homemade Christmas (not entirely, my youngest already experienced the “sack with a pocket” as we called it when I tried to make her pj’s last year!).   However, we have enjoyed some of our crafts this year like this simple centerpiece (bonus – I got to play with a glue gun!):


I found an interesting article about the History of the Christmas Tree

I also played with making scented, holiday soaps ~ “fail” as my oldest daughter would say.  And the homemade chocolate body scrub was disgusting…not in smell, & it does work but I couldn’t imagine giving it to someone because of the way it looks.  So, these fun jars (bought at the dollar store along with the jewels & snowflakes, ribbon half-price at the dollar store & coffee scoops two for $1) were filled with candies instead:


I made some ATC’s as prayer cards with verses &/or hymns on the back and put them in small drawstring pouches:


A closer look (images from Graphics Fairy)


I also made my own Christmas cards this year but forgot to take pictures.  Instead of the usual framed picture of my girls for the grandparents, I played with mixed media (sorry, light reflected off the glass so the pictures aren’t great):



And I’ve been making journal totes, with several more to go:





Finally, what’s the holiday season without a party or two (ps – love picnik for photos, I’m “winterized”):


In case I don’t get back or visit for awhile, I wish you all a blessed season in whatever way you celebrate.

(note to self ~ start earlier next year!)


  1. Ha ha I love the note to self, do you find yourself saying that every year like I do? What cute fun crafts...and you know the "fail" will be a great memory that your girls will probably share every Christmas! (they never let us forget) I'm still working on making my own cards,and with any luck they'll be done by Christmas, ha ha. That's ok my family knows me and knows what to expect!
    I hope you and your family enjoy a blessed holiday and that you get to enjoy having a little deserve it!

  2. All your creations are gorgeous. Clever lady.
    I really like your journal totes and atc's

  3. you look stunning! what a crafty human you are! I wish I could me more manual...but no, my art is limited to cooking- that's as far as I go! Merry Christmas!!

  4. What a sweet person you are. I know you have a deep spirituality. Many blessings, and enjoy your well deserved solitude.

  5. Hi,

    It sounds like your having a wonderful Christmas! Its always so much fun to stop by and read your posts. I wanted to give you a bloggy Christmas gift. When you get a chance to visit from now until Jan 6. I have your button on top of my page in the premiere ad space. Merry Christmas!

  6. So glad to hear from you all & thanks for the kind comments! Sorry I've been lame in visiting & posting!


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