Winter is such a beautiful season here with snow covering the hillsides and trees. While I’m not a fan of being out in freezing temperatures, I do love to stay up late and watch the stillness of the season. This week’s inspiration board is an idea for a bit of a different twist on a winter wedding. The icy winter blue paired with a bit of warmth in rosy and blush colored blooms. What do you think? What would your winter wedding look like?
Stephanie Sunderland is one of my favorite photographers, so when she asked if I’d design a paper suite for her styled shoot, Golden Pink, of course I said, “Yes!” The golden colors of the fields and the dusty light are so pretty together. You may remember the story behind my cone flower suite, which was perfect for this shoot since the nature of watercolor mimics the sheer layers of her gown and the translucent skies.
It’s Wednesday, which means we are halfway through the week and, today, just about halfway through the month. I’m not sure how I feel about that yet. My kids have started talking about the fact that Christmas is only 6 weeks away. I feel like I spend most of my days watching my kids grow in disbelief; willing them, with every power I can muster, to stop growing up so fast. I remember being in the trenches of babyhood and having days that felt like 10 years, with people telling me how fast it goes and me not really understanding. I loved having babies. There were hard days, don’t get me wrong, but I so love being a mother, that I have only vague recollections of the tough days. I would love to go back in time and just rock each of my babies just one more time. But, since that isn’t possible, I’ll be thankful for the near-tangible memories instead. I’ve decided that those ratty old baby blankets and stuffed toys that kids keep forever are really for the moms – so we can hold them and be taken back to the days when we had no time for showers or hot food – some of the best days of my life.
Anyway…on that note, I made this download for you (and me) as a reminder to be thankful for the little things that make life so amazing.
For Thanksgiving this year, some of our most loved friends are coming to stay with us. We all used to live close to each other and spent every holiday, celebration and ordinary days together. As life moves forward and things change, we’ve all moved to different parts of the country. Getting together to share a meal again is going to feel like “home” again and I can hardly wait! I’ve started thinking about how I am going to set the tables (there will be lots of us!) And what I can do to make the celebration special without a big fuss. With this crew, the food is going to take center stage, so I’m going to keep the centerpieces to a minimum; tall candles are a must! As are simple white dishes. I love this menu idea with the greenery. We will have a few little girls who love to letter and this is the perfect way for them to add their touch to our gathering.
Traditionally, we display or share what we are thankful for. This year, I’m going to string twine with herbs and branches and ask each guest to write one or two things they are thankful for to create a display wall. How about you? Any heartwarming plans for Thanksgiving?
I saw this quote on Verily MagazinesInstagram feed earlier this season. It sums up exactly what this time of year is for me and is probably why it is my favorite time of year. We love to have friends and family over to share a meal and spend the evening laughing and talking. Being food-lovers, with cold weather food being high on our list of can’t-live-withouts, this season is ours.
I’ve made this print available as a free download here. Happy gathering and being grateful for those you gather with!