Jan 2013

Jan 2013

Throughout the afternoon I watched them there, Snow-fairies falling, falling from the sky, Whirling fantastic in the misty air, Contending fierce for space supremacy, And  they flew down a mightier force at night, As though in heaven there was revolt and riot, And they frail things had taken panic flight Down to the calm earth seeking peace and quiet, I went to bed and rose at early dawn To see them huddled together in a heap, Each merged into the other upon the lawn, Worn out by the sharp struggle, fast asleep, The sun shone brightly on them half the day, By night they stealthily had stol’n away.
 Excerpt from “The Snow Fairy” by Claude McKay

Happy New Year!

Okay, in the poem above,this is my kind of snow. Enjoy the beauty of the “snow fairies” all evening and in the morning but by evening again it has melted! I guess I’m not a “die hard” Minnesotan. Above is a lovely January photo…the outdoors always inspires for the indoors. I do love snow for Christmas and love decorating for it as well. When January comes, I’m very ready to put most all of it away.  However, winter is just too long to go back to such a “quiet” environment for me….so I put away all that says “Christmas” and continue with the snow and icy things throughout January. This way I feel as though I’m celebrating winter a bit or part of the “Winter Carnival” which is celebrated in St. Paul.

table scape

table scape

 

 

Pine and evergreens work well too. If yours is too dry purchase some faux from after Christmas sales.

 

 

 

 

This arrangement has a mercury glass candle holder in the center that works lovely with the snow flake ornaments. If you have just a glass or beautiful pieces of crystal that don’t get used much, this is a great time to use those pieces too. Here are a few glass trees I purchased some years ago which I love to leave out at this time too as well as a few crystal candle-holders:

Glass Trees

Glass Trees

For my buffet area, I left an evergreen wreath hanging above with white lights only.

Buffet

Buffet

The orchid which I showed in a previous picture for decorating for Christmas now has berries and ornaments removed. A little sprinkling of  “snow” around the base adds a nice decorative touch too.