The Making Winter project was dreamt up by myself and Mrs Thriftyhousehold one day in early autumn 2011. She was excited about wearing woolly tights again. I was not. We wondered whether we could hatch a plan to help those who are less than enamoured with winter to embrace the shorter days more, through creativity and cosiness. The plan was about taking a leaf out of Mrs TH’s book and having fun in winter.
The question is, did it work?
I know that being part of this project meant that the little ones and I reached for baking ingredients much more often. I’ve made Rebecca’s/ Lydia’s apple cake alone four or five times over the last few months. That is a very good thing.
Most Thursday evenings I have begun to meet at a friend’s house with a small portable project. Four of us have eaten cake and made things together round her fire. Sometimes we sipped ginger wine and watched, perhaps predictably, Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. I has become a regular craft night and a weekly highlight.
Lighting our fire became as essential as brewing tea this winter. We haven’t always waited for the evening to reach for the kindling We’ve realised quite how cheering it is.
All these things have definitely made winter easier for me and the grey sky days have felt a little lighter. There were lots of downright lovely days looking at the gorgeous collection of images and seeing the fabulous enthusiasm with which so many bloggers joined in.
Did anyone else find the project uplifting? There were so many fabulous blogposts (126 of them at least!) and hundreds of images in the Flickr pool but did they enhance winter for you? Did it help to peep at the mosaics? Did you try a new recipe? I would so love to hear from you about it.
Finally a stupendous thankyou from both myself and Mrs Thriftyhousehold for each and every contribution and comment. Truly, without them the project and indeed winter, would not have been so wonderful.