Friday, December 3, 2010

Merriment and Warmth

wreath

After a long hiatus, my beloved Inspiration Circle got together this past week for a few hours of crafting and fun. It was really wonderful to spend some time at my friend Andrea's gorgeous home which is full of creativity and handmade love. I thought I'd share a few images of the works of my talented friends and the lovely setting we gathered in...

Emanuela brought her charming knitted Christmas elves!
emmanuele_gnome

Najma showed off the gorgeous knits that she will be selling at a local crafts faire
najma's goodies

Andrea works on the socks her son requested for Christmas (isn't that sweet?!)
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and I worked on a few tiny Waldorf dollheads to be made into finger puppets :)
little head

There is always so much inspiration to be found in Andrea's beautiful home. She made this fantastic Advent Calendar by hanging envelopes simply stamped...
Advent Calendar

...filled with holiday daily activities
advent_activities

I love the gorgeous knit tulips that she makes as gifts!
flowers

As our home doesn't have a fireplace or mantel, I really do take pleasure in hers so happily decorated for the holidays
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As always, it was such a joy to take time out of our busy days to simply sit and bask in the warmth of friendship. Listening to Emanuela share a tomato sauce recipe in her lyrical Italian voice, watching knitting needles busily flying... it's nourishment to my soul.

Thank you my dear, crafty mama friends near and far for sharing your talents and inspiration. I hope that all of you are having a wonderful holiday season full of love and light!

reindeer


11 comments:

momma rae said...

what lovely treasures! i am so happy for you that you have this incredible group to gather with. it is so nourishing for the soul, isn't it? wishing you a light filled season, rae

Andrea said...

Yeah! Thanks for coming again-it was so nice and I felt so inspired afterwards-as always. The tulips on my windowsill, Emanuela made for my birthday. After that I ran away with her charming idea and now give them to everyone:) Lovely pictures as usual.

karen said...

that sounds like lots of fun! I especially love the knitted elves, gorgeous.

Nicola (Which Name?) said...

Oh how lovely, Marina! I was wondering what was happening with that crafty group of ladies! Andrea's home looks so festive!
Nicola

petithappiness said...

Andrea, can I ask you where you got your wreath? Is is absolutely beautiful!

Andrea said...

The wreath was someone else's cast off-they were getting rid of it after a wedding. I'm told it might have been from Target but I'm not sure. It looks like a giant collection of pencil shaving! Sorry I can't tell you more.

petithappiness said...

THanks Andrea! I love your description of it!! lol

Heather said...

That is A LOT of crafty goodness in one place. Thank you for sharing the beauty with us.

Theresa said...

Great blog! Thanks for the inspiration!

Alyssa Spring said...

What great friends to have in your life! I love those tulips too and i wish SO BADLY that I could knit!

softearthart said...

Just loving those Christmas Elves, so cool, cheers Marie