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 […]

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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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Celebrate Winter with Heartwarming Seasonal Children’s Books

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…

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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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“Let’s Play!” Whimsical Yuletide tablescape featuring MacKenzie Childs!

Let's Play! Whimsical Yuletide tablescape featuring MacKenzie Childs Tablecloth

“In busy days, we might lose track of what brings us holiday joy, but our spirit holds the answers. Look for what makes you smile! Notice the small wonders! Embrace what lightens your heart! Choose play when it’s offered! Listen to the whispers of your spirit and respond!” ~ Jeanne McElvaney Late December seasonal celebrations offer […]

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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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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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Joys of Gingerbread: Gingerbread cookies!

A bowl full of mini gingerbread men 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 gingerbread cookies gingerbread men gingerbread houses handcrafted

“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!

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 crackers holiday crackers favors handmade toys treats handcrafted Completed Yule Party Cracker

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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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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