Thursday, December 10, 2009

Natural Decorations...

To decorate for the season, we went outdoors in pursuit of inspiring, natural decor.

My brother went ahead to look for any hints of color...

These leaves and branches will look perfect on the fireplace mantel!
My sister and brother... still searching for more decor...

The weather was *very* windy and cold (I know my brother's wearing short-sleeves...but believe me there was a chill in the air!!)

I wore a knit sweater and shawl, and was still cold!
Hmm, it's time for wool coats/dresses!
We decorated the parlour & lit the candles just in time for a family who came over for dessert... We had a wonderful time sharing about our transition to the country life, the outrageous characters we meet in town, and my new interest in heirloom gardening! We had a lovely time :)
I'm looking forward to our December project (Dec 11-25) which starts tomorrow! I'll be off the internet, but our one free day will be the 19th, so I'll update you then!

Yours Kindredly,


Cinnamon said...

Very nice simple decorations. Those really are the best and so pretty!

I'll miss your sweet posts and check back in on the 19th~

~Mrs. Kerschner

Kateri Scott said...

I, too have an interest in heirloom gardening. Also, I'd like to raise quail. However, this Spring it will not happen because I'm growing something else even better....a new baby due July 3rd.

My bittersweet swag has since been tossed in favor of evergreen boughs, however, amid the snow-covered backdrop behind my cottage alongside the blanketed alfafa field, the bittersweet vines still rise high with their orange-red berries standing out against gray of winter.

Jenna said...

Isn't it fun to decorate with the natural beauty? I'm sure that your cottage looks so cozy and welcoming:)

Have a wonderful December project, though I will miss you too. Make sure to update on December 19!!


Jenni said...


I think it is wonderful what you are doing. There is a family where I live (Which is Michigan) That completely lives off of the grid. you could check out there blog.

I wish I could convince my family to live this way. Your family is such an inspiration. I love to read about your quaint little life in the country. My hubby would not find this to be a good idea. So I live simply and love it. Do you have a pattern that you use for your wool dresses or skirts. I would be interested. Even pictures of them would be great to give me some ideas. I love to wear dresses in the summer but have not been able to figure out how to incorporate dresses in the winter since it is soooo cold here.

Anonymous said...

Honey your photography is beautiful. You are very talented. Very inspirational.

The Girl in the Pink Dress said...

What a wonderful idea for decorating!
Lovely pictures- looks like a beautiful day. I agree, the colours are splendid. Do you make your own shawls? If so, do you have a pattern, or do you simply make them up yourself? I can't find any patterns for sewn shawls, just knitted, and they aren't practical (as in warm.)
The Girl in the Pink Dress

Anonymous said...

Your clothes are so beutiful! I have been following your blog for a while and would be interested in hearing about any books you have found to be inspiring in persuit of your simpler, old fashioned life. We too decorate with only natural decorations, I love to get a wooden bowl and put in it dried leaves off all different colours, conkers, fir cones and cinnamon sticks- beautiful :)


Anonymous said...

Dearest Mia,

I have been thinking throughout this week about your family and your upcoming "lights out" days.

I often wonder what it will be like to just forgo electricity and return to the simplicity of candlelight.

Our changes, here in the cottage, have begun slowly towards a more simple life. I will have to speak to my husband and the children and see if we can give this a try :)

I pray that the Lord fills those days with peace and productivity.

May He bring you and your lovely family closer together during this Season of joy!



alex said...

I love your "season of simplicity" idea! I might try it on my family. :) Have a blessed Christmas.

In Christ-

The B's said...

Beautiful finds, Mia! Have a wonderful break with your family, and be sure to share some pics of your home all decorated for Christmas when you return! =)

Merry Christmas!

Emily said...

I just put a salt-glazed crock filled with pine and winterberry branches on my kitchen window. Simple is so beautiful. I love the way you go outdoors to see what the Lord has provided to beautify your home. Have a blessed, simple Christmastime.

Aunt B said...


I was excited to see that you are interested in heirloom gardening. I started last year and hope to improve this coming year.

I had the privilege of visiting the Bakers Creek Heirloom Seed Co. in Mansfield,Mo. They also have a magazine,"The Heirloom Gardener.

God bless and keep us inform of your new discoveries in Heirloom Gardening.

Aunt B Mia,

I was excited that you are interested in heirloom gardening. I was blessed to be able to visit the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co., in Mansfield, Mo. this summer. I would love to use only heirloom seeds. I tried last year but didn't quite make it.

Keep us informed of any new information that you might find.

Bakers Creek Heirloom Seed Co., does produce a magazine called," The Heirloom Gardener"
God bless and thank you for sharing.

Aunt B

Miss Jen said...

what wonderful ideas...
dear Mia!! :)

Many Blessings~ Miss Jen

NatureNut4 said...

Just came upon your blog and was so blessed! You and your family are an inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Mia, you still have so many natural elements available there. Here in northern PA, everything has already been hit by snow or rain or frost and is so wilted looking.
Lovely job!

Prairie Momma said...


I recently found your blog and was so glad I did!! I, too, am an apiring homemaker. I know that I will be able to gather encouragment From Him through your blog. Keep up the good work. your decorations are lovely.

God bless (I can't wait to see what it is on the 19th either!)

In Him,

Emy said...

Thank you so much for your blog! You have so inspired me to make some simple changes in my life and seek out God's will in a few areas I had not been entirely open to before. I love what you write about, the standard that you portray in your modesty and faith, your artistic flair, even the photos you have up are encouraging! LOL I'm almost thirty years old now and am married with a small child, but I wish I had had some of your ideals when I was your age, it would have saved me much heartache being away from the Lord and His will. Keep up writing and posting! I foresee great things from you, young lady!!


Mrs. Erin Stratman :)

Katya said...

Your posts are such a blessing to me, Mia. I am nourished each time I visit. Thank you!

Grace and peace,
Katie Rose

Anonymous said...

What did you do about taking showers?

Mia said...

Thank you, thank you for your encouraging commments!!!
The 'girl in the Pink dress',
Right now I just purchase my shawls (since I can buy them for less than $3!)But I do plan on crocheting one too. If I do, I'll let you all know what pattern I used!!
We have a propane gas tank, which we use to heat our water and for the stove! Luckily there were nice showers!! :) Thanks for stopping by!

In Christ,