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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Winter

Wine cellar or hobbit house. by Tales of a Magpie

I do love winter. I enjoy summer too and am not sure which I prefer. I sometimes think that winter is a bit more 'me', more subdued and quiet than summer, that sometimes seems too brash and bold, the loud girl a the party.

wish we had had so much at Christmas by Tales of a Magpie

As I've been missing from blogland for so long, I thought I'd do a winter catch up post, of wintry days indoors, sparkles, books to curl up and read and places to visit.

As we get snow here, unlike some parts of the world, I thought it could be nice for you to see some snow pics.

Never mind Easter... Eliska thinks it's Christmas, we have so much snow! by Tales of a Magpie

A smidgeon of snow today. by Tales of a Magpie

I drew the pic below for Eliska.

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In a place where it sometimes reaches minus 15 during the day, you really need a good wood store. Our wood is in the barn in our garden.

A visit to the log store in the barn. I need the fire on. It's freezing. by Tales of a Magpie

Lots of kindling by Tales of a Magpie

I love being by the fire. It grounds me when I feel stressed or anxious.

Tea by the fire. by Tales of a Magpie

I do love love love my polar bear candles.

The air smelt of snow... by Tales of a Magpie

I spend a lot of time reading. I read online a lot nowadays and don't read magazines often as I have to buy them from the UK. My friend brought me these over.

Going to sit here before I go to work. by Tales of a Magpie

I bought this sticker book for Eliska, for those cold days when you need to snuggle up indoors. She loves the cold a lot though and is never happier than when she is rolling around in the snow.

One of Eliska's Christmas pressies. I can't wait to dress Belle up! #belleandboo by Tales of a Magpie

I also got this amazing book for Eliska. It is a retelling of the Snow Queen with illustrations by Miss Clara, who I have long admired.

She sparkled like pure, ice cold perfection. by Tales of a Magpie

I also bought this book for Eliska, illustrated by Miss Clara. I think it might be a bit old for her but the illustrations are spellbindingly beautiful. #missclara by Tales of a Magpie

I love the illustration below which looks like a little necklace.

Oh I just love it! by Tales of a Magpie

Gerda reminds me of Eliska.

I think she looks a bit like Eliska! by Tales of a Magpie

When it's freezing outdoors, I do love to wander around the shops. This is the most beautiful of shops, a pure dream of a shop.

Shop heaven! #greengate by Tales of a Magpie

I love everything in it and would move in quite happily if they would let me!

More treasures! #LisbethDahl by Tales of a Magpie

I love the cups with the butterflies on them. #LisbethDahl by Tales of a Magpie

Drool. #Apropos #Brno by Tales of a Magpie

Winter always seems a time to retreat and reflect, perhaps to think rather than do. I love to create a cosy atmosphere at home. Lamplight always creates warmth and homeliness. I found this lamp in my inlaws' attic. I painted it and I love it. The wolves remind me of Game of Thrones.

Cooking lunch with my little lamp on. by Tales of a Magpie

What would winter be without sparkle, the light in the dark, glitter on coaldust? I made this little fairy with a sparkly crown.

You shall go to the ball #handmadedoll #fairydoll by Tales of a Magpie

I saw the little cottage decorations in a shop before Christmas. I like the dusting of snow.

Little Christmas cottages. by Tales of a Magpie

Eliska recieved a sparkly Peter Pan collared dress for Christmas.

I bought Eliska this little dress for Christmas. I love the sparkly Peter Pan collar. by Tales of a Magpie

Santa also brought a sparkly mask too.

More stocking fillers for Eliska. A little cat mask and butterfly clips. by Tales of a Magpie

So I've been wearing tights...

Tights in summer. Boo! by Tales of a Magpie

Eliska has been wearing hats, sometimes two at a time!

Snacking. by Tales of a Magpie

We wandered the streets in the city centre and found this magical rabbit in a shop window.

My other favourite shop in Brno had a fairy lights rabbit. Swoon. Sorry for the blurry pic, Eliska was pulling my coat. by Tales of a Magpie

We also saw these lovely decorations in the shop of dreams at Christmastime.

Dotty hearts and Parisienne decorations. I could happily live in this shop. by Tales of a Magpie

Door to our wine cellar. by Tales of a Magpie

I spotted this lovely logstore in our village and am rather envious of it.

There's something about a big stockpile of wood. by Tales of a Magpie

I got some lovely things from Rose and Co for Christmas. I used to love going in the shop in Haworth. How sweet is the packaging?

I got this lip balm as a stocking filler for Christmas. Love the packaging. #roseandco by Tales of a Magpie

Lovely things from rose and co. #roseandco by Tales of a Magpie

Eliska also got this super cute bag for Christmas. I found it in Monsoon. I love that shop!

Sweet little bag for Eliska for Christmas. by Tales of a Magpie

I made Eliska the dolly below,

Finally made dolly some legs. by Tales of a Magpie

I also made this doll .

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Doll I made Eliska for her birthday. by Tales of a Magpie

I hope you enjoyed your wintry visit. Now curl up, close your eyes and dream.....

Full beautiful... a faerie's child... Keats by Tales of a Magpie

xxx