Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Hearth and Home :)

Each year, as winter weather approaches (snow showers expected today!) I find myself seriously "feathering the nest" - and this year is no exception. Even in the midst of this crazy schedule, thoughts turn to making the home and studio a place of warmth and refuge, a place of comfort, a place of welcome.

Despite the holiday disarray (there are still boxes of decorations strewn about, and more than a few wood pieces stacked up in the living room) there are touches of comfort; afhgans and down lap duvets are thrown over sofa and chairs, spicy scented candles burn, herbal teas are brewed, and meals turn to comfort food. Last night I cooked up a large kettle of homemade vegetarian chili with buttermilk cornbread, and I think the howling wind blowing outside made it taste even better than usual.

Soon the holiday baking will begin, although probably in the evenings this year, as the days will be spent painting the last creations of 2007.

The Witch's Yuletide Pantry and Snow Queen's Sleigh I've been promising are still in the works, as are a few more doggie and kitty welcome signs. Listed now is the piece shown above - one I was sorely tempted to keep - a ceramic pie plate titled "Blessings of the Hearth". I could just see the holiday mince pie coming out of the oven in this one. :)

Wishing everyone all the comfort of your own home and hearth this season!

~ Carolee


DesignsbyCK said...

Hi Carolee, your feathered nest sound lovely and yum...vegetarian chili!

You already know how much I love your current ceramic piece!

Like I said in group, I think you need a tribe of elves! haha '-)

Take care Diva!

Best always,
Me :)

Kitty Forseth said...

Hi Carolee!

I sure have miss all of my fellow Ehager's! When did you start doing ceramics? WOW! I can't wait to see your pieces in the works!

I hope to spend a bit more time in our group soon.

xo Kitty

*retro-rudolphs* said...

I am loving that colour of glaze... and I can see why you were tempted to keep a gem like this one! p.s. you made me hungry too!

Kristen Beason Designs said...

This is a great piece. Love your colorful, whimsical work!


Hi Carolee, come visit my open house party today on my blog 'Ms. Magickal Painter Of The Witches
& Black Cats' too... Your art work is alway's amazing!!!

I'm so excited, you'll have to see the nice comments I'm getting from around the world.


P.S. This is what PR is all about, they see you too because of all the added links...


Hi Carolee, thanks for visiting my blogsite today. Sorry you missed Sinter Klaas Fest! It was WUNDERBAR!!! You can still visit the Santa Claus Site anytime though. It was a lot of fun & great International PR.  

I won something from Germany for my Blogsite Santa Claus Day presentation too, I can't wait to see what it is.

Johanna is showing my Black Cat Cross Over Christmas Decorations on her blogsite & they look even more beautiful. I will be adding more of my favorite original Black Cat Art Christmas Cross Decorating to my blogsite. I think you'll be pleased...

Hope John is feeling a little stronger & you are staying well.

Fröhliche Weihnachten, Lyndy

vintagepaletteart said...

Wonderful writing, wonderful thoughts, amazing are one busy woman Carolee! I'm always in awe of all that you do!

Happy Holidays! =o)


Carolee said...

Thanks so much for the kind words, all, they're truly appreciated. :)

Hi Kitty! I've been doing the occasional ceramic piece for a couple of years now. It's been fun exploring a new medium!

Hi Lyndy, I'm sorry I missed your celebration too! Your blog is always so fun to visit! And thanks for the good thoughts for John. We're hanging in there. :)

~ Carolee

DesignsbyCK said...

Hey Diva,

I tagged you for the MeMe. Participation is purely optional!

Mine is up and ready 4 the world on my blog! Enjoy '-)

Chris :)