Friday, December 7, 2012

Natural Elements of Home

We enjoy our outdoor laundry room...
Dashing back and forth, with warm, fresh clothes in hand--
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Hearing the familiar sounds of family conversation and laughter...
'tis the everyday comforts of home.
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The warm tones and textures of well-loved baskets.
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In the kitchen, preparations begin for a hearty stew for dinner...
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Near the woods, my mother gathers wild pear leaves.
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 We couldn't forget about the pinecones!
They're for the wreath we'll make soon.
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I walked with my mother as we gathered up decorations, and glanced back at the cottage-- it's view surrounded by the beautiful colors and plants of the season.
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Soon enough, the basket was full to overflowing with berries, leaves, & branches.
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On the front porch, cheerful blossoms greet us at the door.
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This week I had prepared a 19th century gingerbread recipe,
and so my sister took out the batter today, and began to bake!
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Many of these cookies we'll be giving to relatives as we go visiting soon.
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Taking an afternoon break on the porch.
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The dining room table is filled with fragrant pine needles and greenery-- waiting to be arranged and displayed around the hearth and home :)
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I'm so thankful for the beauty of this season, 
All praises go to our Creator--the true artist.
 
 
 

68 comments:

Stephanie said...

Wonderful post, as usual, Mia. I am always so inspired by your posts...they are so simple and heartwarming. We have lived on land for about a year now, and I am just now able to put the things I have learned from your blog into practice. Thanks so much for all you share!

~Stephanie

http://hopefulforhomemaking.blogspot.com

*~Sarah Lynn~* said...

Merry Christmas Mia! As always love your stunning photos. They are always so calming ad vintage. You are very blessed. :)

Magnolia Tea said...

Hello there, your post is so inspiring. My laundry room pales in comparison to your lovely outdoor one. Have a wonderful weekend!

Anonymous said...

Thsnk you for the lovely pictures. They are so beautiful and homey. Can you give us the recipe for the gingerbread cookies? They look delicious!

Amy Jo said...

I was so happy to see a new post! Those cookies look good! And your laundry room is very inspiring. I have been redoing mine and am still working on it.

Blessings to you and your family,
Amy Jo

Julian said...

Your home always looks so inviting,thankyou for giving us a small glimpse. Its always nice to see a new post.
Christina

Simply Shelley said...

I have missed you :) Do show us your sweet cottage all decorated for Christmas...I am sure it will be just lovely.....blessings sweet friend.

Country Mouse said...

Lovely as always, Miss Mia! Can't wait to see how you use your natural decor.

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Your posts are always so warm and full of contentment.

Michelle Marie said...

Beautiful. It made me feel all heart-warmed. :)

Donna B. said...

Everytime I read one of your posts I feel I have received a gift. Blessings!

Salina Kenyon said...

Yet again, another beautiful post. I plan on making some gingerbread cookies as well next week. Take care!:)

bayrayschild said...

It's always so nice to see you post.
A lot of what you post remind me of my youth when Summers were spent in the south on my relatives farm. That kind of life is the one that I hold closest to my heart. It's where I learned that working with my hands could be so rewarding.
Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Audrey

wendyytb said...

Another wonderful post! Thank you! Miss Mia, do you think your brother would be willing to share his recipe for skillet apple pie? It looks delicious!

Fanny said...

As always, your photos make me feel warm and fuzzy... thank you for sharing them with us!

Leslie said...

Your house is so cozy and homey--it's how I'd like mine to be. I just love getting these little glimpses of your life--they really do inspire me to live better. Thank you for the beautiful post!

Julia said...

Hello Mia,
these gingerbread cookies look so good! Could you maybe share the recipe? I would be very happy to make them, too.
Beautiful post!

Bonnets and Boots said...

What beautiful pictures! Your family is truly an inspiration.

For His Glory said...

This is such a wonderful post. I have really enjoyed your blog very much. I love the "poetry" and deep thoughts that were in this post. It just made me realize that I need to make a list of everyday things that I am thankful for and enjoy. Once again, this is very encouraging post.
~Corina Dickson

kitty25 said...

Lovely post...again (as always) feel that I've had a visit with a wonderful and welcoming friend. Could you please, please, please, share that gingerbread recipe? I can already smell that beautiful aroma wafting through the house!

Kim @ Light Cottage said...

Dear Mia, The light in your photos is absolutely beautiful! Each one is filled with Light and Peace. Thank you for sharing them with us. Blessings,
Kim

Alisha Ann said...

beautiful pictures miss mia...i love having you back :D

serving HIM,
Alisha

www.alishainprogress.blogspot.com

Linda said...

Another beautifull post, thankyou Mia :)

Daughter of God by grace. said...

I love your blog so much.

Sandy said...

What a beautiful, peaceful life you lead. May your family be blessed this Christmas season.

Ginny said...

Lovely! Just Lovely. and that goes for you. Love your ways.

Katie in FL said...

So glad you are back as I miss your recipes. Great photos as usual!

The Desert Dragonfly said...

WOW ... I have missed You and your beautiful family. Mia, your wonderful posts lifts the spirit. I guess the blessings of having a warm winter is that the harvest season is extended. Wishing all a fantastic Christmas season =D

Angelia said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family - natural elements are the best:) I absolutely loved seeing the cast iron on the wall in your previous post. I hope to one day have the wall space for our own collection. Thank you for the lovely inspiration.

BLD in MT said...

True artist, indeed! Happy holidays to you and yours!

amy said...

Thank you~Mia....Lovely post as usual. God Bless and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Aniesa said...

I always look forward to your new posts. They are so warm and inspiring, and they always make me hungry, lol. God Bless!

elizabeyta said...

I am thoroughly enjoying the pictures. I was just thinking that I should make gingerbread but I do not believe I will have time. Let us know how it turns out please.

blessings,

elizabeyta

Anonymous said...

I happened upon your beautiful blog. I'm so glad I did. It's so amazing. I love your heart.

Sarah with an "h" said...

Beautiful! I just found your blog today and love it! You live a life I dream of. Merry Christmas!

:o)Sarah
restlessromantic.blogspot.com

Dorothy Adamek said...

Beautiful and inspiring, as always.
Blessings from Australia,
Dotti

rachel said...

I always get so excited when a new post from you pops up! Beautiful pictures and lovely thoughts as always :) happy holiday season to you and yours! X

Julianne said...

So good to move away from all the artificial glitter of Christmas and focus on Him! God bless you!

Anonymous said...

you are a lovely young lady :)
May God Bless you and your family .
this blog is a blessing on such a difficult day

Rena said...

Oh Mia, I'd given up looking for you! THANK YOU for two beautiful posts. Beautiful mellow autumn just flows out from these photos, and grateful serenity, as usual, in every word.

janice15 said...

Ginger bread recipe sounds divine maybe one day soon you can share it with us. So glad to see you post again. pine needles remind me of visiting with my grandmother...thanks for the lovely memory ... wishing you a most lovely Christmas Mia, to you and your family. with love Janice

Kennesa O'Neill said...

Thank you for another wonderful post, Mia! I've been thinking about you and am happy to see that you are doing well. I look forward to another post, sometime in the near future... :)

Love you!
Kennesa

Kennesa O'Neill said...

Oh, and I just noticed that the can of tomatoes is from Westville... LOL


Twocans said...

What a refreshing young lady you are! I just found out about your blog, so I have bookmarked it.
God bless!

AJ said...

The natural decorations look so pretty. Oh the smell of gingerbread cookies baking...hmmmm :) I too did baking for gifts this year. So many people look forward to homemade goodies this time of year. :) You, your sister, and your mom have lovely skirts...I really like the lace trim.

May God Bless You and Your Family this Holiday Season and into the New Year.

Anonymous said...

Hey Mia! Your most recent blog post is absolutely heartwarming! You should consider photography school- you've got great natural talent! Your pics are beautiful! Your Thanksgiving was wonderful, beautiful. And your brother's Apple Pie!?! He's been holding out on us!!!! :)It looked soo scrumptious! You're a beautiful blogger keep it up. KeshaB

Alpine Flowers said...

I have been a follower for about a year, since I found your blog on Pinterest. I just love everything about it and find it to be one of the prettiest and most inspiring blogs of this sort out there! I share a lot of the same interests as you do and it is a comfort to know there is a young woman out there like me!

I just started to blog, visit anytime! I live on a rented farmstead and will be writing about gardening, vintage things, cookery, old-fashioned living, and my budding yarn business.

http://alpineflowerchild.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Just found your blog and I love it. You live a beautiful life. Please keep writing for us. I love your writing style. Thank you!!

Alisha Ann said...

I love your pictures Miss Mia!! You and your blog are such an encouragement to me :D

I'm inviting you to follow my blog :D

Serving HIM,
Alisha

www.alishainprogress.blogspot.com

Tiff :o) said...

I am so glad to see you posting again! I found your blog right after you started your break so I have been witing for more. :o) But even without any new posts, you inspired me to do more this summer/fall. I am finally starting on a 1840-50's dress. I just LOVE that green skirt with the lace underneath. Thanks for sharing these snippets of yuor life.

Marie said...

I always love love love your blog. I visit every so often and when I do it is like a breath of fresh air. You all are so inspiring!

Donna B. said...

As always a beautiful post. Can't wait for your next entry. God Bless.

Sandy said...

Wishing you updated more often.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mia, what a beautiful and inspiring blog. I have recently discovered this and truely believe God has led me to it. I am a stay at home Mum in New Zealand with 3 young sons. We are a Christian family and I desire to raise my boys in a way that sets them apart from the world. We live in a city suburb but I am a country girl at heart, love to grow my own vegies, preserve, sew and many other craft hobbies. I have always been old fashioned and love all things old, I have been a fan of Anne of Green Gables since I was 8 years old. Your blog is a beautiful ministry, you are a blessing to others and to your family. Your photographs are lovely and yours words so sweet.

Many blessings to you and your family,
Fiona

Heart Vine Ministries said...

Absolutely enjoy your blog everytime I visit. It's beautiful, heartwarming & full of life. So much inspiration for homemakers. You give us a glimpse of a life of simplicity in it's true beauty. Your photography of your life is lovely! Thank you so much for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mia,

I've just discovered your blog, so fresh and inspirational! I just can't stop reading about your life, your family, your style and I really hope that you will continue blogging, please!!!!
warmest regards from Italy!
Elisabetta

Anonymous said...


Hello Mia and Family
I so enjoy your blog -the photos are as if from another time-I adore the simplicity -hope you will be back again soon
Blessings
Fiona

Lynn said...

Beautiful post :) It looks like you all have been busy at home.

Janet said...

I found your blog through Mrs. B's website. I wanted to tell you how much I love this post. It's so peaceful. I hope you'll be back to writing again soon.:)

Connie said...

I just found your blog and it is wonderful. Your photography is art museum quality . . . do you do art shows? I love the fact that we have singing and guitar playing in common. I go around and play is nursing homes and at the farmer's market and county fair . . . sometimes with our local Old Time Fiddlers group and sometimes solo. I believe that if the good Lord gives us a talent . . . it should be for sharing and spreading joy.
Your blog is amazing:)
Your newest blogging sister, Connie :)

Colleen said...

Hope to here from you in 2013! Have you considered putting some of your sewing patterns on your site? I really like your skirts!

Pamela@ Our Pioneer Homestead said...

Hope to see you back here at Blogger soon:) your photography is so inspiring!

Anonymous said...

Come back soon :)

Sarah, lovely wife of... said...

Hey Mia. I love your blog and the peace that is evident in your home. Where have you been? I cant wait for your next post. BTW, I love your skirts in your "afternoon break" photo! I just might copy it!

And now that I finally have myself a daughter, I am eager to see what kind of woman she will become. I love the way your parents reared you, as you seem to be God-fearing, gentle, creative, intelligent, and all-together lovely. They really did a great job.

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jolynn said...

As I read and look at your pictures I of the simple things of life give me the most joy and very humbled as i read and feeling very blessed. God has been so good to me.

Lisa Hallahan said...

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Anonymous said...

Looking at your post is like looking at Heaven. Beauty and peace and joy. It is truly inspiring. You're an angel.