Do you have the "winter blues? I have to admit I've been thinking about spring this past week. It comes early here in Texas but I know alot of the country has 5 feet of snow on the ground! :0)
Photo from Grandma's Graphics.
I've been reading through old issues of Victoria and also Sarah Ban Breathnach's book "Simple Abundance" and came across some ideas for brightening up the long winter months.
China tea, the scent of hyacinths, wood fires and bowls of violets-that is my mental picture of an agreeable February afternoon. -Constance Spry
Flowers are an easy way to cheer things up...
-Gather some pansies in a basket and let their little faces cheer you.
-Treat yourself to one perfect long-stemmed rose for your desk.
-I floated a few of my leftover Valentine carnations in a daffodil teacup....
"People from a planet without flowers would think we must be made with joy." -Iris Murdoch
-Light candles all over your home. Relax and see how different the world seems without electricity to blur the distinction between night and day.
-Add some spring colors to your kitchen table....
My friend, Clarice from Storybook Woods sent me this beautiful tablecloth for my birthday.
The robin's egg blue is perfect for spring.
Thank you, Clarice! I love it!
-Read Elizabeth Barrett Browning and then delight in "everyday's most quiet need."
-Revive the leisurely, "After Dinner Delights" customs of the past...
"At one time, guests lingered in the parlour or sitting room over "silver trays of perfectly riped cheese or hand-dipped chocolates, port in crystal decanters, steaming pots of coffee or tea." The book, "After Dinner" will inspire you to reinvent those pleasant slip-away hours.
"The mere chink of cups and sauces tunes the mind to happy repose" -George Gissing
-Wear perfume everyday.
-Add a bit of lace to a pantry shelf...
I hot glued this pretty lace to the shelves of my piesafe.
The doors are open here but when they are closed, you can still see the lace hanging down.
-Make a batch of old-fashioned chocolate fudge.
-Browse through gardening catalogs. You can buy them, but even better visit your local library and read though their back issues and some magazines that you normally wouldn't subscribe to.
I hope these ideas are helpful! Do you have something special you do to chase away the winter blues?