Saturday, January 25, 2014

Staying warm in January

                      

I know I'm not the only one with a case of cabin fever these days due to the record low temperatures this winter. So after being sick for a few weeks I'm doing my very best to keep warm and busy, it's a bit of a challenge with the "busy" part this winter because I'm more apt to want to read a good book under a cozy throw or find a movie with Melanie (home for winter break from college) and escape a bit. I have a feeling my sweet daughter would find more thrills back in her "home away from home" NYC dorm life than here for sure, but hopefully in a couple weeks I'll feel a hint of Spring and feel rejuvenated. I'm hopeful ;) I wish so hard for the first couple magical snowfalls and then admittedly, I am done. Onto the next breath of fresh air and season ahead.  In the meantime, I did get a little bit accomplished this January. Very little though..... ;) 

                              
                                  


A few sweet miniatures made for an upcoming bakery project....


                             

I decided to make curtain/shades (above) for the bakery windows from cotton burlap and they made me smile ;)


                                   

A few warm nights by a fire with movies on....and a couple days were spent making homemade soap with Mel. I loved this easy and rewarding craft project! Thanks to a Pinterest search: "Homemade goats milk soap" and we were off and running ;) I also enjoyed another great escape... A little retail therapy. Again, I didn't have to go too far on the snow packed roads, but instead, right to Susan Branch's online shop. I've wanted these sweet lambs below for awhile for the mantel and I finally treated myself to them. Aren't they wonderful? Every time I look at them, I think of the sweet Spring ahead! 

                        

Because of all our snow lately and beyond freezing temps, it's harder getting motivated to get out and about. But I was ready with my new Hunter boots when they were called for... I love Hunter! And I was happy I had some nice shopping excursions to wear them out and about besides walking around the slushy town.  Melanie and I love this antique and reproduction shop a few miles away and it was a nice escape for a day. 

                                     

I would like one of everything! ;) I picked myself up some treats, but I also get so many ideas for minis when I'm out too.... 

                                      

Love this... 

                                       

I bought this candle too , it smells like the ocean and is perfect for a sensory vacation in the middle of winter. This is how I'll get through the cold, pretend pretend pretend!! :)

                                       

Green depression glass Celtic S&P shakers came home with me too... 

                                       

Now it's time to focus on the beautiful season ahead for me... Hurry Spring! Hmmm, but it's not even February you say!?! Yes lol, I know, but because I do have to work on the Spring issue of Mini-ologie, I luckily will be living in that frame of mind. ;) 

Dreaming of roses, Spring flowers, light colors, shabby loved pieces, delicious sweet bakeries, and magical beautiful things from real life into miniature forms for everyone to see! 

                                     

I hope your winter is finding you in less snow than we have, and warmer temperatures than here! If not, you're not alone, so let's hang in there together!!  A little trip to the book store helps a bit too, I gathered up some Spring inspiration there and this one below was just the perfect one for me! I think you'll love it too! 

                                        


Hugs and love sweet friends!! xox

Cynthia 











     




16 comments:

12Create said...

It is good for the soul to give into winter now and then and snuggle up with a good book or movie - a bit of rejuvenation - as well as trying new things such as the soap project with your daughter. I could get lost in that antique reproduction shop - it looks wonderful. As for your Bake curtain I love it - so simple yet so effective. Lovely post with some lovely photos.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You've got the right idea...get a little Spring into the house now! I love looking at pretty things online and buying a favorite magazine. It gives us a lift! Sweet hugs!

ARTESANATO EM GERAL said...

Olá Cynthia.

Suas miniaturas são perfeitas, são as mais lindas e perfeitas que já vi. Parabéns pelo bom gosto.

Lauriane - Brasil.

minwks said...

Hi Cynthia, I can sympathize with you. I feel Asia Imhave been in hibernation. Very nice post. Soon up will be noticing signs of Spring and all will be well with the world.
Regards. Janine

minwks said...

I did type " I feel as if I have been in hibernation"
Janine

Rosethé said...

bonjour Cynthia ! Ici l'hiver n'est pas encore réellement arrivé, mais, j'ai aussi hâte que le printemps soit là, pour sa lumière et sa douceur, mais aussi pour découvrir le premier numéro de Mini-ologie 2014 ! Vos dernières réalisations sucrées sont "délicieuses".
Prenez soin de vous!
Amicalement. rosethé

ScrapbookingButterfly said...

Winter brings with it its own blessings...I really enjoy the time to work on indoor hobbies like miniatures before the gardening season begins. A snowy landscape, cuddly clothes and a lovely fireplace have their own beauty. I love to savour each season as they pass by quickly enough. A beautiful post with sweet miniatures good enough to eat!

Daphne said...

Cynthia,
I am right there with you. I've felt so much guilt because I've been so non-productive this month. This January has been so rough! Flu, super cold temps and snow and ice. Blurgh! Here's to getting back to 'normal' and 'busy'!

XO
Daphne

Deb said...

So very lovely. Your miniatures are just a delight to look at. Your fireplace is so warm & inviting. I loved all your pictures in this blog. We have been unusually dry here in the PNW. The temps have been very mild. 50 degrees yesterday, supposed to be about the same today. The lambs are darling, a worthwhile splurge! Stay warm. Your Seattle fan & friend, Deb.

miniacollection said...

Winter has been harsh for you in the US this year. I hope you feel better now. I enjoyed seeing all your photos. Take care!
Geneviève

Contrastes-Rosa Mª said...

Me alegro que ya estés mejor, suele pasar con los rigores del invierno.
Sus trabajos son fantástico y las compras también. Feliz semana:-)

Lindsey Domer said...

Love depression glass... and those S&P shakers are lovely! I have the same pink floral scrapbooking paper in my dollhouse too. :) Isn't it just precious?! Love the burlap shade too!

Just a little something from Judy said...

Your burlap shades made me smile too, this morning. I enjoyed seeing the choices of things you purchased, and I especially like the salt and pepper shakers, and the white lambs. I purchased the magazine you shared also, and I really like the way it is done.
Another lovely visit here, and another time of leaving your blog, inspired and with a smile.

Val said...

Lovely, all. I especially like the photo with the hen-on-nest, and the texture in your cake-slice in the first photo. :)

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Joyce said...

I'm wishing for Spring too.:)Love those miniature mugs in your first photo.♥ Really enjoying your blog...thank you.:)