We've had some wild weather around here this December. The other day, I braved life, limb, and automobile to take these photos for you, my dear blog readers. It truly was a winter wonderland. Everything was covered with a thick layer of ice (including the roads).
If you look closely, you'll see some coyote tracks heading out over the snow. It was the middle of the day but it sure was gray.
These rose hips were the only bit of color.
I loved how these birch branches look against the cloudy sky.
Our Christmas crafting is continuing. Being in our cosy house at this time of year with a wood fire in the furnace and snow outside feels so safe. Given the success of Julia's gingerbread house, I think this is the year she may be able to make some little gifts for her teachers. I've stocked up on glue (both Elmer's and hot glue), lots of glitter and lots of found natural materials including birch bark.
So about my new obsession with birch bark..... You didn't know about it, did you? It started with a visit to my sister Nancy at Thanksgiving. She showed me some terracotta pots she had covered with birch bark and then filled with paperwhite bulbs. I thought to myself - perfect teacher gift - cheap and thoughtful. Then the December issue of House Beautiful arrived and I fell in love with this room.
The home featured is in the Adirondacks and has so many amazing, handcrafted details. The walls and furniture in this sweet bedroom were covered in birch bark. I am crazy over this, even if it does lack color - but the texture was amazing. Buy this issue if you are at all interested - it will be off the newstands soon.
Out we went to scavenge the woods for fallen birch trees. I found some big ones and stripped the bark as Julia watched. Then we collected pine cones, lichen, moss and whatever else looked good and wasn't covered with snow. At the grocery store, I snagged lots of little boxes destined for the trash. Hot glue gun in hand, I built several little houses.
I used the different layers of birch bark for the siding. Julia's job was to coat each roof with liquid glue and then go crazy with the clear glitter. She had a blast. We added some more glitter to the windows to resemble ice and glued on some little pinecones and moss. Here they are - sweet, yes? No box is safe now and the glitter will probably remain in the floor cracks until the next century.