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 but yearning for a less formal event than the upscale seasonal dinner, why not consider a charming rustic berry brunch?! [Continue reading…]

August Family Fair Main Dining Table Décor

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 summer seasons nature blog berries main dining table decor tablecloth dishes candles favors august fair Lammas Lughnasadh

An August Fair is such a wonderful and natural celebration! A fantastic summer has now been upon us for some time, and the early signs of harvest are becoming increasingly evident all about! This is an excellent opportunity to share the joys of fresh vegetables of course, but also grains and berries. It was with these influences in mind, that I approached this table setting. [Continue reading…]

August Family Fair Sample Menu

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 summer seasons nature blog berries menu wine pairings salmon chocolate blackberry blueberry vignoles pairing chardonnay potatoes colcannon oatmean bannocks three sisters soup native american raspberry muffins lemon curd honey vanilla cream gluten free august fair Lammas Lughnasadh

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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What Can We Do at an August Fair Besides Eat?

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 summer seasons nature blog berries decorated mead berry bon bons gifts poetry crafts corn husk dolls august fair Lammas Lughnasadh family bonding

  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!

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 Summer Solstice Litha Midsummer summer seasons nature blog berries menu meal strawberry soup lammas corn husk dolls august fair summer harvest native american crafts

  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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Summer Fairy Table Setting!

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 solstice midsummer fairies candles table setting art glass fans mushrooms fairy formal fantastic tablescape table decor table centerpiece ideas June July sun sunny art glass Dibbern silk flowers yellow pink

Summer merrymaking is afoot! With vibrant hues infused wth glistening sun rays, daisies, roses, and pansies proudly strutting their rainbow fineries, and juicy, ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers bursting forth from the garden vines, it is almost impossible to deny there is magic in the midst! This year, I found myself inspired to create a most […]

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Random Acts of Kindness: May Baskets!

May basket

The tradition of spreading cheer to others by making and gifting May Baskets is a lovely way to celebrate this month!

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May Tablescape with a Touch of Victorian Elegance!

Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity vintage roses blog festival celebration seasons nature blog spring equinox easter ostara oestre beltane may day tablescape table decor Victorian sterling silver silverplate silver plate elegant chic shabby cottage french romantic alencon lace napkin holders raised pedestal floral centerpiece dancing figures lefton candleabra crochet cameo hurdy gurdies toffees lace tumblers sugar cubes heart tea cups Victorian Trading beeswax tapers lovebird placecard holders

The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life. ~Jean Giraudoux May, oh May! Love and passion most definitely ring through our midst. Flowers bloom everywhere while birds serenade us with their joyful mating songs! This is the time to celebrate love and to honor our passions […]

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Spring Photo Essay: My Backyard

Holiday and Hearth: green bough

  Even between holidays, there is just so much beauty in this season that sometimes it seems difficult not to become overwhelmed by its loveliness. Arboretums, flower shows, greenhouses, and public gardens are amazing, but true natural beauty sometimes sits right before our eyes unnoticed.

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Vintage Pearls and Hankies: Romantic Spring Dining Table Centerpieces and Décor!

Centerpiece Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity vintage roses blog festival celebration seasons nature blog spring equinox easter ostara oestre beltane may day tablescape dining table decor beads Bethany Lowe milk glass bone china bunnies chic shabby cottage french victorian romantic pearls china crochet crocheted cupcakes crystals decorated eggs decoupage

  Oh how I adore the spring!! Colors are returning. New buds are emerging. Time for all of us to bring forth our new thoughts, ideas, and imaginings, and let them blossom! Hope you love my spring-inspired table centerpieces and decor!

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