December 16, 2012

Into the woods for holly & ivy

Oh for a wrapped up warm, wintry wander in the forest.
A favourite treat of ours during these shortest of days.
We loose ourselves in this place, filled with natures magic
amongst the silent & majestic bones of these ancient trees.
 And as we step deeper amongst the branches
the trees twist & turn & take on most mysterious shapes
We wander of the beaten tracks and explore
 glimpses of vivid lichens we spy tucked away here & there.

Yet these are not the things we quietly hunt
We are collecting bright prickly holly & starry leaved ivy
to carry back through the falling dusk, to our wee cottage
for there we "deck the halls" and bring the outside in
to celebrate the  coming of Christmas.
like our ancestors before us.

* Long ago holly was often planted near homes to protect against lightening strikes.
Nowadays scientists have discovered that the spiny parts of the leaf do indeed
conduct the lightening away from the holly bush & surrounding area!

December 04, 2012

Wintry crafts & traditions

Wintry days are upon us, with a chill in the air & frost sprinkled ground.
This is the time we worked towards through the days of Autumn, 
cutting fallen trees in the wood and humphing then into the log shed
I love these cosy nights in, snuggled by the fire, with a book & a cup of tea
I love trying different crafts and have been busy making
candles to burn on those darkest of nights
 and driftwood Christmas trees to decorate with stars.

 Also newly in stock my card " While angels sing", in my shop here
along with my other Christmas card designs too.
My Blessing tree prints are now available in poster/A3+ size prints, 
and folk have been buying them as Christmas presents, yay.
If you are in Dumfries you can now find my work at the lovely
 Art Room within "The old School " a veritable Aladdin's cave of goodies.

 I also just happen to love family traditions
and on the 2nd weekend in December we have one tradition
that always brings the excitement of the beginning of the season for  us.
We all gather at the forestry Kirroughtree visitor centre Christmas tree day,
 where we pick our own trees, eat mince pies & drink hot chocolate.
 and afterwards we all troop back to Mom & Dads for homemade soup & chatter.

I do so love traditions, do you have a special Christmas tradition to share?
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I have also set up a new tradition of my own over on my Facebook page
as i love making & crafting so very much, every Friday I now share a
 "Project for the weekend", different crafts & how to's that I come across
as well as lots of other news & happenings both mine & others.
Do hop over and take a peep here and like my page.