"Winter is the warmest season
Oh, you say you want a reason?
Is it warm when snow piles high and wide?
It is if you are bundled up inside
When it's storming, when it's raining
I stay indoors without complaining
Other people like to ski
Or sled down a hill, but not me
While you're bundling up in your jacket
I'm tearing open a hot cocoa packet
I don't mind summer, I'll make that clear
But winter's my favorite time of the year."
Being inside a warm and cozy cottage
does make winter almost bearable,
so I have tried very hard
to leave the best of Christmas
and add some winter elements
that make it a comfortable place to be.
The best of Christmas that I left for winter are greens and garlands.
Our community is surrounded by cedars and pines
and they don't go away during winter
so they look very much at home, during and after Christmas, as decorations.
The cedar garland looks pretty surrounding the little rustic cabin
and the old house painting and the twigs that were picked from the winter garden
on the shelf above the sofa
in the sitting room.
As you might have noticed,
I have a lot of blue in the Cottage
and that tends to set the mood for a cooler space.
In summer it helps but in winter it needs
something extra to make it feel warm...
...the texture of the pillows, the old quilt piece over the back of the sofa,
the warm wood of the wagon
and the higher pile of the carpet
When lamps and candles
are lit at nightfall,
this Cottage comes alive.
The game table
holds most of what was a Christmas scene
on top of the old white cupboard
in the kitchen...
lies next to a large bird house made out of barn wood,
surrounded by greens and pinecones
and a wooly yarn wreath.
Besides the one pillow on the sofa,
I only brought one other snowman into the melee.
He is a tall, stately gentleman made out of cotton batting
and wearing a top hat and a thick wooly scarf.
He stands next to a little tree with snow tipped branches
that is left over from Christmas.
With a candle and a garland of cedar
and another small wooly wreath on the mirror,
he is ready to greet all who enter.
I didn't bring a whole lot of Christmas back into the dining room.
The red color of the walls is warm but dark
so I thought the familiar arrangement with its bright flowers
would add a cheery spot of color...
...and who better to bring it along
would be Goatzie who looks perfectly perfect still
on the table after Christmas.
The other Christmas left over
is a little tree that sparkles
from the light of the window
in the dining room.
is the parlor mantel.
I left the Christmas garland up
with the addition of a
string of wooly "snowballs",
entwined through soft greens and winter berries...
...wouldn't it be a perfect touch
for a winter wedding?
All of us here hope you enjoyed seeing the winter Cottage.
Our days lately are sunny and cold
so being snuggled up here is just right.
I hope you are warm and cozy
wherever you are.
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