This weekend saw a lot of snow. Beautiful, powder dry snow. I love weekends like this, because everything just looks like perfection. The cold is worth it, the wet socks are worth it, the numb feeling in your cheeks, it is all worth it.
Crafting with snow falling outside is always a bit of treat as well. I try and crawl up as close to the windows as I can, blanket covering, and knit until I am almost ready to fall asleep. It is especially enjoyable when I can look outside and watch the boys sledding, or building snowmen.
One thing that I have found myself completely immersed in lately is hand printing. Fabrics, paper, walls, I just can’t seem to stop. I love the idea of creating designs of my own choosing, and using different paints and inks to create what I want to see.
Small moleskin journals are always in use in our home, and after reading Printing by Hand by Lena Corwin, I decided to try my hand at stenciling a few of them to give as gifts in a stocking stuffer swap. I am so pleased with how each of these little books came out, and while there was a bit of trial and error, for the most part each design came through with ease.
I used a simple stencil, and just held it with my hand while I painted. I am sure that there is a more professional, less risky way of doing it, but it worked fine for this project. Now these small journals are on their way, along with a beeswax ornament, to 13 little ones to open on Christmas morning.
On Friday night, my mom and I attended the annual Girl’s Night Out in our town, and as always, we had a blast roaming through the downtown streets, tasting food, listening to carolers, and then tasting a bit more food (that really is the only reason to go). At one point in the evening, I stopped to taste a coffee that had the most enticing aroma, and had been roasted with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and what smelled like vanilla. I bought a small bag, and enjoyed a fresh cup on Saturday morning with my book in hand. As good as it was, I thought my husband might have a small heart attack when I told him how much I paid for it. As only my husband can do, he turned to me and said “why can’t you just make your own blend?”. While I laughed at first, and just went back to enjoying my cup, I started to think if it might be possible to do just that.
I remembered reading somewhere about making your own holiday blends to give as gifts, so I went into the kitchen, grabbed some nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon spices off the rack, and then zested an orange and dried it out in the oven for about 15 minutes. I also split a vanilla bean that I had in the cupboard (not sure how old that thing was, but it worked nonetheless), and then put it all together and stored it in the fridge over night. The result was much better than I expected, and I am so excited to have another little treat to both enjoy myself, and give as a gift this year. I guess that it just goes to show that there really is very little in life that we can’t make at home.
Happy Monday everyone