10 December 2008

things that bloom in the winter

Okay, so I'm still recovering from last weekend, so I apologize if things are a bit slow around here. In the meantime, I've been seriously loving some of the holiday decorations that I've been seeing around the blogs and flickr (like this, this, this, this, and definitely this). This is always kind of a weird time of year for me, since I don't celebrate Christmas and there really aren't too many Hanukkah decorations out there. Hanukkah just isn't the same kind of decorating, baking holiday that Christmas is. So here's my dilemma: I really want to get into the festive, seasonal spirit, but without getting into Christmasy stuff. Hmm, any suggestions? I'm feeling like I want to spruce up the house a little for the holidays so I'm on the lookout for wintery decorations. I'm planning on making some of these soft trees--possibly tonight so I can have them out in time for a little gathering we're hosting on Friday. Any other ideas for non-Christmasy decorations? I'd love to see more of what others are doing out there.

In other news, as a result of the massive sewing frenzy over the past few weeks, I hadn't been taking too many photos. Amazingly Jared bought me a Lomo lc-a for my birthday and it arrived a couple of weeks ago, yet I only first had the chance to go buy batteries and film for it on Monday! I'm really excited to experiment with it this weekend (when I have no plans, woohoo!), so I'll be sure to share the results with you as soon as I get them back. I also finally tried out my spectra closeup kit. It came with the camera when I bought it a couple of months ago, but never had anything closeup that I wanted to test it out on. When our Christmas cactus that our former neighbors left us began to bloom for the first time, I knew this was the perfect excuse to give it a go. I think it turned out pretty sweet.

And speaking of polaroids, check out Sarah's new shop! She's got a few really beautiful polaroid prints as well as some notecards. I'm so excited for her new venture and that she's sharing her beautiful photographs with the rest of us.


  1. Although I'm not Jewish I don't celebrate Christmas in the religious sense either. To me there are two parts to the festivities that mean something to me. One is the santa end - a tree, magic stories for the kids and gift giving. The other is the start of winter. As I hate the idea of decorating for only a couple weeks - other than the tree, I try to keep my decorating more winter oriented. This year I've been very interested in snowflakes. I want to cover all my windows in snowflakes - paper ones, beaded ones, pipe cleaner ones..... I think evergreen trees fall into this too - I've wanted to make that tree softie since last year as well!

  2. Julia!
    okay-here's a list for ya:
    -i would keep this up all winter
    -light is a glass jar
    -pretty paper garlands in the window
    -dot garland i kept up for months
    and candles, lots of candles!
    I've been saving up these ideas because I think we're going to cancel the tree this year.
    I hope this helps. Have a great weekend, my dear.