I love winter.
I love its slow pace. I love having time to notice and appreciate life’s little wonders.
I love looking into the chilly darkness on my way home and see it flicker and wink back at me with holiday lights.
I love taking season’s decorations out of their box, finding postcards in my mail, counting days until Christmas.
I love re-reading old favourites. No new books until January! – is my strict December rule.
I love waiting. I really enjoy waiting for good things.
I am listening to Annie Lennox. I alternate between A Christmas Cornucopia and The Annie Lennox Collection for perfect Christmas mood.
I am looking for inspiration in Annie Diamond’s wonderful blog called Most Lovely Things. I love the fact that Annie uses simple and habitual stuff – kraft, wood, old photos, chalk – to create, well… magic.
Her Advent calendars are real revelation:
Seriously, have you ever thought that modest paper bags can be beautiful?
Next year I will try to do the same with my Christmas mail.
Annie’s creations are so simple and elegant!
(These photos are taken from mostlovelythings.com and used with permission)
I am falling in love with Rowdykittens by Tammy Strobel, an inspiring Instagram account of simple everyday life in a dreamlike setting. I especially love morning photos of Tammy’s coffee cup in the changing seasons.
(Photos taken from instagram.com/rowdykittens. Copyright Tammy Strobel)
I am reading (re-reading, to be precise) Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything is Illuminated. Enjoying every single word.
…if there is no love in the world, we will make a new world, and we will give it heavy walls, and we will furnish it with soft red interiors, from the inside out, and give it a knocker that resonates like a diamond falling to a jeweler’s felt so that we should never hear it. Love me, because love doesn’t exist, and I have tried everything that does.
Tell me about your own December inspiration.