Monday Miscellany

Inspired by gathering my Spring candles for May's band of bloggers, I briefly considered sharing my entire candle collection. Upon further consideration, there was no way I could capture all 100+ of them in a single photo (not even on panoramic) not to mention the destacking and unpacking of crates, hauling up from basement storage,... Continue Reading →

The Crafted Van-Read Happy plan

Bookmarks may not be the subscription plan of the coolest kids, but for a bona-fide book geek, like myself, it's a fun monthly reward to look forward to. You can't help but acquire numerous bookmarks working in a library, which means I have one for nearly every book I own. Then again, can one really... Continue Reading →

Band of Bloggers-April

It's that time of year again! As the warmer weather soothes stiff joints and brushes off the last vestiges of winter, homes beg for the same fresh start everyone promised themselves at the beginning of the year. Clothes are donated, rooms are scrubbed, and yards are tended. While the fauna leave their winter dens or... Continue Reading →

Best & Worst/January

Apparently, by surrounding myself with the comforts of home and lit candles, I've embraced the practice of Hygge this month without even realizing it. "Hygge represents finding happiness in mundane pleasures, such as drinking a cup of warm tea while under a blanket, reading next to a cozy fire and having dinner at home with your friends."... Continue Reading →

Tea and transformation

At the beginning of each yoga class, we are asked to set an intention for that day's practice. It could be a phrase, a word, or a goal to focus on. At the end of the practice we offer that intention up, as if dedicating it out into the world. My intention should be to... Continue Reading →

Book pins and a reading challenge

It is said that the way you spend your New Year's Day will predict the way you will spend your year. I don't know if there's any truth to that old saying, probably passed down by grandmothers and mothers advising their children not to overdo it on New Year's Eve. But if so, I enjoyed... Continue Reading →

Fall fun-Color Collage

Glorious golden color displayed on a perfect little tree in the village park near the library where I work. With brightly hued foliage so resplendent this tree deserves a place in the setting of a classic tale by Washington Irving, Edith Wharton or Nathaniel Hawthorne. At least the subject of a stanza or two in... Continue Reading →

Fall Fun-Spooky melts and decor

*If you're just here for the decor pics, see below. Hi there Fall Fun friends! If you've wondered where my Halloween decor post has been, know that I had the best intentions in going all out with displays for the Halloween prompt but alas, it wasn't meant to be this year. I won't get overly... Continue Reading →

Deep Sea

  The closest I'm getting to the ocean this summer is a visit to a water-park.  So, in an attempt to bring the sea to me, I'm melting beachy, seaside scents this month.  Deep Sea is a bright cobalt blue candle from Yankee's Summer 2014 Pure Radiance line.  It appealed to me because it offered... Continue Reading →

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