Winter is full of wonderful things - even if you don't have snow on the ground and record low temperatures outside. It's a time to nest, bake, simplify, slow down, curl up with a book, make a fire, and enjoy precious quiet moments with your family or by yourself.
Here are some winter inspirations from around the web...
Make a paper-mache igloo out of vellum - find all the details on Bloesem Kids.
Whip up some hot chocolate - the secret ingredient here is lavender! From A La Mode's beautiful blog...
Make yourself a scarf. Pinterest is filled with dozens of DIY versions - we fancy this one from PurlBee.
Stitch a blanket. We love this cozy version from Purl Bee but you can surf the net and find one that suits your skill level.
Bake some bread. There's nothing like the smell of a fresh honey whole wheat wafting from your kitchen. Whether you go gluten-free or whole-grain, quick bread or yeasted, the web is filled with recipes to suit every taste.
Stir up a batch of homemade bath salts - Martha Stewart's website has all the how-to's.
Create some candles to warm up your home. From Stylizimo blog, we like this idea, using a mason jar, herbs, and a handcrafted leather strap.
Whip up a homemade hair conditioner to ward off the winter frizzies - all it takes is yogurt, egg, and lemon juice.
Penguin Art - a cute and easy project to do with the kids on cold and blustery days!
Indulge yourself - bake a pie! This is a great cooking project to do with the kids or by yourself on a quiet, rainy day. The one pictured here is Maple Buttermilk, the work of Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks.