Some people are planning their gardens, buying tulips for their tables, and even rejoicing as crocuses push their way through the soil. Not me. Around here, winter is a hard, solid fact for almost three more months. Especially this winter with record snowfalls and below zero temperatures. And because my husband is a CPA, I never think spring arrives until April 15 anyway, and he climbs out from underneath the pile of 1040s he's been buried under, and we, here in Michigan, can maybe crawl out from under the snow.
With that in mind, the best course of action is to decide we might as well enjoy it best we can. Truth be known, winter has become one of my favorite seasons. I love an excuse to stay by the fire with a good book and a pot of hot tea nearby.
I think the Old Country Roses pattern by Royal Albert has such rich, warm colors that it is perfect for tea in winter.
My daughter made this gorgeous from-scratch chocolate layer cake. What could be better with a cup of tea?
These beeswax votives smell so good. I love that they are all natural, and not emitting paraffins into the air. Aren't these matches adorable? They came in the box of candles. I found them at Whole Foods. The little mercury glass votive holders came from Sur La Table. They were way back in the corner near the floor, the last of the Christmas clearance.
I usually don't wear red nail polish as it shows chips so quickly. It really is only good for about three days, and that's if you're careful. But I found a new nail polish brand at Sephora the other day. The bottle was so cute I had to try it. The shade is called January. Better get it on quick before the month is over!
Here are some other winter pretties that I hope inspire you to enjoy the season, and not to rush it. Spring will come, with all its marvelous blessings, but don't miss the beauty in this season.
Linking with Rose Chintz Cottage, A Delightsome Life, and French Country Cottage. Thank you to these lovely ladies for including me in their beautiful link parties.