Embracing Winter

Embracing Winter

Well folks, like a lot of the country, here in VA we got a taste of Snowmageddon this last week.  We got some snow, some ice, some really cold temps, and schools were closed the entire week!!!  And even though it’s been in the low single digits with the wind chill and it’s starting to look like the Arctic around here, I am NOT complaining because we’ve had power and heat the whole time and I know a lot of other folks out there have not been as fortunate.

I think we just don’t have any other choice but to embrace winter in times like this, and so embrace it we have.   This last week, the hot chocolate and hot tea have been a flowin’, and the Jiffy Pop has been a poppin’!  Remember Jiffy Pop???  We’ve been on a Jiffy Pop kick lately, and I gotta tell ya, Ashley has really refined her Jiffy Pop popping skills.

I honestly don’t mind the cold weather that much because it just gives us a great reason to do some creating and crafting inside.  So this past week, we did a little more winter decorating because just having only the winter mantel didn’t seem like quite enough.  First thing I did was add these simple winter decorations in the kitchen window:

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And I also decided our front door was in need of a winter wreath.  So I went online and did some Googling to look for inspiration.  I really liked these natural-oriented wreaths:

C&B paper-wreath pine cone wreath

But I really didn’t want to make something that would be bulky to store – our basement is overflowing as it is – and fortunately,  I stumbled upon these Christmas sprays at Michael’s at 80% off (yes 80%!!!!):

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With some silver spray paint, white snow flock and silver hair spray (yes hair spray, but I was trying to be resourceful and use what I had on hand!), it was pretty easy to “winterize” the Christmas sprays:

2012 Mummy Pumpkin

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Then I made a bow with my Bowdabra and put the winter sprays into my Southern Living bucket that I’ve had forever:

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So I guess we ended up with a natural winter arrangement, with a little bit of glitter.  I can never resist the glitter:

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See you next time friends, and keep staying warm out there!

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