The Gift of Winter

In a cocoon of soft knits, fleece, cozy slippers, and generous soft lighting, it is easy to dream about spring. We are in January and still have quite a few, long months left. We are given the gift of Winter. For most of us who live where winter holds on a little too long, it forces us to slow down, and savor down time.

The sun is still setting beyond the trees a bit too soon for my taste. Snow sneaks in after midnight even though it isn’t supposed to. I enjoy visiting the local floral and gift shops in town. The scent of flowers is intoxicating and the wax melt pot can certainly transport your senses to another season. Here is my new favorite. I happened upon this while shopping. It truly smells like a garden with it’s highly fragrant floral scent.

Another place to look for spring inspiration is in vintage illustration. Winter is the perfect time to restore and create new botanical illustrations. I have added a Free Graphics tab at the top of the page. Once you click on the page, you can download the images I have shared. Use them for your own projects or art.

Here is one of my favorites. I believe it is from the late 1800’s-early 1900’s. The Calandrinia is a beautiful flower for rock gardens. I thought this specific one would look gorgeous on invitations, cards, botanical paper, and as a piece of framed art. Right click on the image to save to your device or visit the Free Graphics page.

I hope you are wrapped up cozy and dreaming of Spring!

Much love,



46 thoughts on “The Gift of Winter

  1. “…forces us to slow down, and savor down time.” Yes, that’s a gift! The days being short feels like a gift to me. At least that’s my spin.

    So glad you mentioned rock gardens. They always catch my eye. The flower is new to me, but I can see it in a rock garden.

    Savor the down time. Hugs from where I’ll see spring before you will. – Alan

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  2. Ha, so nice that you talk about vintage illustration… I just sent you by email a vintage winter poster! And of course it made me think of you Lisa. I like the flower, too. Great idea to add a “Free Graphics” button. Have a great week ahead dear friend. Much love and hugs!

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  3. I miss Winter! I left England before any snow had fallen (I’m not sure if any will, maybe in February) and my brain feels all confused without the seasons. I’ll be living vicariously through you for fleeces and cozying up! xxxx

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  4. I would love to spend a winter in England. It would be different not having four seasons, but nice at times, too. I hope you get a hint of winter this year…by next month I will be begging to trade you 😊 Hugs to you!!


  5. Out of interest, what time does the sun rise and set for you in midwinter? It coincides with when I am leaving for work or driving home during January, so that I can palpably see the days getting longer. I think this really helps me. That print is gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you!! Our sun usually rises between 8-8:15am and sets around 5:20 pm. I arrive at work before sunrise but am home just in time for sunset. I agree when its lighter in the morning it is definitely palpable 😊 i do miss the gardens this time of year.


  6. Beautiful, as always. It’s been incredibly chilly even here in San Diego. I found myself taking a moment to think about what a fresh flower garden might smell like and was transported to my mother’s beautiful flower gardens when I was child. Happy memories! Thank you for that. πŸ™‚ Hoping today has been kind to you! 🌸

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  7. What a gorgeous winter landscape! Your description of winter makes me want it to linger longer, though we have yet to have our first snowfall so I may feel differently in February!

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  8. A seed catalog arrived today. I’m never sure if I should see it as a harbinger of Spring or just a cruel joke. Either way, the snow looks beautiful even with the cold weather that accompanies it. πŸ€—β€οΈπŸ€—β€οΈπŸ€—

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    1. Ooh I love seed catalogs. Yes, it is a bit cruel to tease us folks that live in the cold. They know we are dreaming of spring. Snow and even ice is beautiful, but no fun to drive in. Wish we had a hot spring to enjoy but Im afraid Esme would be sitting in it πŸ˜‚πŸ’— Hugs my friend! Esme sends dog kisses!!

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  9. Your photos are wonderful and I do like winter for different reasons, but my favourite season here in England is Autumn. I always look forward to spring as it does put a spring in your step, but for now cosy warmth is required. We haven’t had any snow yet and only one frosty morn. Hope you have a lovely 2019.

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