It seems that one of the recurring themes I have written about over the past few weeks is the weight of the winter season. The time of year where there is less sunlight, temperatures are colder and for what seems like months on end, there isn’t much on the horizon. This is how I’ve been feeling anyway, and perhaps the reason why this topic keeps popping up week after week. The weight of winter has been on my mind. Do you feel the same during this time of year?
What I’ve learned however, is that if you pay close attention to the calendar, there are things to look forward to throughout the season. Two weeks ago there was a fresh snowfall and I took the opportunity to go for a long walk in the woods. There is nothing like freshly fallen snow, blanketed throughout the woodlands. A few weeks ago there was a supermoon. I made sure to go out to my balcony that evening to gaze at the giant golden balloon that lit up the night sky. This past week was Valentine’s Day and while it is a commercial holiday that I have always been somewhat reluctant to celebrate, this year; I had a change of heart.
I decided to go all in and embrace the spirit of Saint Valentine by creating some retro decor for the holiday. Whether it’s celebrating Valentine’s Day with a vintage twist or gazing out at a natural phenomenon like a supermoon; find time this winter to embrace the season. What I’ve realized is that Valentine’s Day no longer just represents the celebration of love, for me, it marks the halfway point. That spring time will soon be upon us, but until then, to love the winter months and all the experiences it brings.
A Vintage Recipe
There’s nothing quite like dusting off an old cookbook and making one of your favorite family recipes on a winter afternoon. One of my favorite retro recipes is Rice Crispie Squares – super easy to make and always a crowd pleaser!
Break Out the Crystal
On special occasions, my Grandma would always bring out the crystal. At Christmas time, she would line her coffee table with crystal dishes to fill with nuts or gherkins. I decided to honour the same tradition for Valentine’s Day. I found this crystal candy dish at a second-hand store to fill with Valentine’s Day candies.
A great way to get inspired for developing your own vintage style! Check out last week’s blog for tips on thrift shopping for a vintage inspired outfit!