Bringing the outside in is one of my favorite decorating activities and I thoroughly enjoyed creating these mossy fern centerpieces. To start, I cut floral foam blocks (available at most craft stores) and soaked in water until wet. I placed the foam in a large basket within a box for leakage and two metal containers that can be filled - the foam should be misted/watered frequently to stay damp.
The walk in the woods to collect all of nature's gifts was frosty and delightful. While not Christmas-y in the snowy sense, the earthy smells and December silence were beautiful and evoked feelings of peace and gratitude. I found more Christmas cheer in the collecting and crafting of centerpieces than I ever could shopping and trudging through slushy parking lot snow. Not to mention, Uley is a perfect little elfin helper.
A warm fire was festive accompaniment to arranging the moss, ferns, and boughs with lavender and thyme sprigs from my herbs - many of these come inside during the winter as well.
Love and Light this holiday season and may the winter solstice bring cheer, graciousness, and harmony to all!