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…]

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…]

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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Joys of Gingerbread: Gingerbread cookies!

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“And I had but one penny in the world. Thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread.”~William Shakespeare What a wonderful way to share holiday joy! Gingerbread cookies are warm, aromatic, and delicious traditions guaranteed to add color, playfulness, and joy to your seasonal celebration. This year, I chose to focus on minis, and even found […]

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Yule Party Crackers!

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Watch your guests’ faces light up when they first notice these festive favors. Seasonal party crackers usher in fun with a snap! And handcrafting them truly multiplies their impact. You get to choose the colors and the contents: the toys, the riddles, the themes,… everything creating instant holiday favorites, anticipated and treasured celebration after celebration. […]

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Winter Holiday Table Setting: Playful & Peppermint!

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  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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Yule Plaid Jingle Bell Chair Treatments!

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I love chair treatments. Because they are relatively simple to craft, they provide a fantastic opportunity to personalize yet another aspect of the chosen decor. For this particular holiday, I decided to integrate plaid, bells, and grosgrain bows into evergreen sprays to create traditional yet delightfully playful festive accents.

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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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Yule Napkins… Why not make them?!

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Perhaps it is because their cost need not break the bank. Perhaps it is because their fabric is exactly the pattern and texture of your choosing. Perhaps it is because none are identical. Then again, perhaps it is simply because of all the love that goes into creating them. Whatever the reason, handcrafted napkins are […]

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Yule Personalized Wine Charms

Yule Wine Charms 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 personalized wine charms handcrafted

I love personalized wine charms! They stand out to me as a highly decorative and functional accent. They look stunning, and guests are often flattered to see their initials lovingly incorporated into a well thought-out table setting. In addition, the labels are truly useful in a multi-course meal served with wine pairings as the small, […]

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