Variations on a Theme: Late Harvest Raven Tablescape

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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 now.

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Reflective Late Autumn Celebration: Featuring Deco-Inspired Table Décor

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Autumn is nature’s gift for aligning with the energies of contemplation, for even as the season’s are indeed cyclical and therefore without a true beginning or end, they also exhibit undeniable patterns uniquely their own, and some of these patterns are of termination. Autumn leaves blaze forth in glorious reds, oranges, golds, and yellows, but then they fall. We often prefer to focus on the colorful display without acknowledging that its stunning imagery results from the dissipation of green chlorophyll, which signals that the life cycle of the leaf is coming to an end. This aspect too is part of nature and an autumn gathering invites us to reflect on what this means for the Earth and indeed for ourselves. [Continue reading...]

It’s apple season! A brief photo essay ❦

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“I brought home the traces: the breeze on my cheeks, the sun on my skin. But the longing lingers. I am home now, yet my heart snuck a few extra moments in the orchard.” ~Lisa Novelline Harvest Magic! It’s all around!! In my neck of the woods that means apple season! What a wonderful day my […]

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Harvest Dining Table Décor

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Autumn Equinox! It’s Harvest time! This is the true seasonally-sensitive time to celebrate and give thanks for the bounty of the season (by late November the harvest is well over). On a personal level, it is a magical time to celebrate your own accomplishments large and small. A wonderful symbol of this time of year […]

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Harvest Tablescape Featuring the Apple in Luxurious Grandeur!

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 Though we enjoy our gardens all summer long and perhaps, in some cases, all the way into October, September is the ideal time to celebrate and give thanks for the harvest, for it is the month most bursting with the fruits of the vines. The following tablescape is inspired by the magic of the harvest, […]

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August Rustic Berry Brunch!!

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“In August, the large masses of berries, which, when in flower, had attracted many wild bees, gradually assumed their bright velvety crimson hue, and by their weight again bent down and broke their tender limbs.” –  Henry David Thoreau In August, the sun is sizzling and the berries are bursting! If your looking to celebrate […]

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August Family Fair Sample Menu

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Creating seasonally-inspired menus during harvest time is perhaps one of the greatest joys of meal planning! In August plentiful fresh vegetables, grains, and berries make this delicious task almost too good to be true! As always, I cook with gluten-sensitivity in mind though I still have yet to hear my guests complain ;-)  As with the […]

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Yarn Bomb! Celebrate summer with a festive mailbox cozy!

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 Summer Mailbox Cozy Yarn Bomb Summer Solstice

One of the most joyous aspects of summer is the plethora of sun. And with this brightness comes the maximal ability of our visual receptors to process color. For this reason a joyous way to celebrate summer is through vibrant hues. I decided to share my seasonal bliss with my neighborhood by dressing up my mailbox […]

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What Can We Do at an August Fair Besides Eat?

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  We just had our wildly fun and successful August Family Fair! Two of the aspects of this and others of our celebrations that I am most asked about are: “What can we actually do?”, and “How can I introduce the concept of activities to friends and family without it feeling awkward or uncomfortable?”

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Share with your Loved Ones the Art of the Corn Husk Doll!

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  August is the perfect time to celebrate the early harvest (grains and berries), and August Fairs are traditions throughout many cultures all over the world. The Native American craft  of creating corn husk dolls is a wonderful activity to allow you and your family to create together and to really focus on the gift […]

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