“If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”

-Percy Bysshe Shelley


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    Celebrations

    Advent “Wreath” in a Box

    I was born and raised a Southern Baptist girl and for whatever reason we never observed Advent. Why you wonder? Well I really don’t have a clue, but I can tell you that within the last fifteen years or so the Baptist Churches I’ve attended have started emphasizing the holy days and events on a more regular basis. I like this shift in spiritual focus and since I’m married to a Catholic boy, he appreciates it too. One of my favorite observances this time of year is the Advent wreath and the weekly candle lighting that leads up to Christmas. This year I decided to incorporate this idea into our home and created an…

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    Saturday Sparks

    Saturday Sparks — Pinecone Projects

    Today’s post is all about pinecones — yes, those completely free gems lying about the ground just begging to be scooped up for our holiday projects. With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away and Christmas quickly on its heels, pinecones are the perfect transitional decoration, and today I’m sharing a bit of inspiration for painting, cutting, glittering and gluing cones of all shapes and sizes. So take a walk in the woods, or your own front yard, and scoop up a few cones for some holiday bling.

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    Craftiness

    Mother and Son Autumn Swag

    My son and I enjoyed yesterday’s wonderful fall afternoon walking in the woods, gathering leaves and creating a beautiful autumn swag with our bounty. This was just a little project I dreamed up that I knew my little guy would enjoy and it was a good excuse to tromp through the woods together on a beautiful day. If you have a hole punch and a little patience, this is a perfect family craft project. We simply picked up lots of colorful, and some not so much, leaves throughout our walk and then used a hole punch to poke holes near the stem of each leaf (unless nature had already provided one), sorting them…