Celebrate Winter with Heartwarming Seasonal Children’s Books

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Feeling a touch of winter blues?

Children’s literature often expresses moving, honest, and heartfelt messages. Whether or not young ones are about, reading these seasonal tales can help reattune all of us to the beauty, wonder, and magic of the snowy season… [Continue reading…]

Luminous Icy Crystal Winter Tablescape!

Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity decorator blog festival celebration seasons nature blog Winter Christmas Yule yuletide Winter Solstice December gorgeous icy crystal winter tablescape decor

 “Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.” ~Pietro Aretino

Celebrating winter can be amazingly uplifting. From a seasonal standpoint, this can be a tough time of year for many as it is often quite cold, and the limited sunlight can affect one’s moods. A winter holiday allows families to support one another through the seasonal chill and turn it into an opportunity for a loving, nurturing get-together, celebrating the ice rather than lamenting it. And what could be a finer end to a magical winter evening than gathering with loved ones by the warmth of the hearth sharing inspirations and ideas for the upcoming spring?!   [Continue reading…]

Sparkling Winter Votive Holders!

Group of Votive Holders Trimmed With Rhinestones Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity decorator blog festival celebration seasons nature blog Winter Christmas Yule yuletide Winter Solstice December craft votive holders rhinestones sparkling

If you guessed that I am planning a deliciously icy winter celebration, you are right! I saw very similar votive holders for sale from an expensive retailer, and I thought… I can make these myself! Easy and lovely… here are the details…

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Winter Candy Box Place Cards

Winter Candy Box Place Cards Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity decorator blog festival celebration seasons nature blog Winter Christmas Yule yuletide Winter Solstice December gorgeous icy crystal winter tablescape decor Imbolc Imbolg Candlemas

What a fun way to combine favors and place cards!  They look like little matchboxes, and indeed, you could cover actual matchboxes. I decided to construct them myself, however, and this turned into a fun and easy holiday craft that could be enjoyed with children as well. Specific details and instructions follow. Have fun!

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Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity decorator blog festival celebration seasons nature blog Winter Christmas Yule yuletide Winter Solstice December craft punch snowflakes garland glitter homemade handcrafted

Anxious for more graceful flakes of snow? Why not make them yourself?! This simple, enjoyable, and lovely craft can not only be a fun and bonding family activity, but it can also provide gorgeous seasonally appropriate decorations and embellishments! 

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The Napkin Clip: A Great New Display Form!

Winter Tablescape Napkin Treatment lace lacy Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity decorator blog festival celebration seasons nature blog Winter Christmas Yule yuletide Winter Solstice December napkin clip winter festival winter fair table setting tablescape formal dining embellishment

Ever feel struck with the desire to go beyond napkin rings or fancy folds? The answer… napkin clips! The beauty of these embellishments lies in their seamless ability to incorporate an additional fabric! Think of the possibilities… added color, texture, patterning, whatever tickles the imagination!

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Winter Holiday Table Setting: Playful & Peppermint!

Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity blog festival celebration seasons nature blog winter solstice yule angels wooden pyramids Steiff teddy bears natural candy canes table setting Spode Woodland Grove formal fantastic tablescape table decor table centerpiece ideas December Christmas burgundy French quilting burgundy Boutis placemats silver Shaker lace tablecloth Piccadilly and The Fairy Polka

  With so many religions and cultures celebrating meaningful moments at this very special time of year, December Solstice is a magical time for a family festivity!

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Yuletide Dining Table Décor: Gingerbread & Angels!

Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity decorator blog festival celebration seasons nature blog Winter Christmas Yule yuletide Winter Solstice December yule handcrafted homemade Yuletide Dining Table Décor napkins placemats table linens favors tablecloth dishware glassware centerpiece chair covers chair sashes personalized wine charms place cards hurdy gurdies

This stylish table setting is based on the traditional seasonal color palette of red and green. Though this year I got the urge to shake it up a bit… I decided to add multi-colored mini gingerbread houses to each place setting, and also, and perhaps more daringly, a bit of black in the napkins, the […]

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Plaid Yuletide Tablescape Featuring Nutcracker Charm!

Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity vintage blog festival celebration seasons nature blog winter december winter solstice yule christmas tablescape decor decorations table nutcracker nutcrackers beeswax candles plaid tartan silver knife rests gingerbread trees Clara Marie Drosselmeyer tablescape table setting Boston Ballet Christmas Yule

“Brew me a cup for a winter’s night. For the wind howls loud and the furies fight; Spice it with love and stir it with care, And I’ll toast our bright eyes, my sweetheart fair.” ~Minna Thomas Antrim Winter Holidays are such warm and merry affairs! Seasonally, most celebrations fall on or near the winter […]

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Variations on a Theme: Late Harvest Raven Tablescape

Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity vintage blog festival celebration seasons nature blog autumn october samhain halloween family bonding harvest reflection introspection raven ravens journal journals personalized favors placards tablescape table setting

A tablescape reflective of the late harvest season almost feels as though it requires the care, thoughtfulness, and diligence commensurate with the awe inspiring power of this season of deepest reflection. Accordingly, I have put great care into developing a variation on last year’s theme, and I am most pleased to share it with you […]

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