Monday was Thanksgiving here, the first that I can remember in a long, long time that didn't involve hordes of people descending on our home for turkey and pumpkin pie. With my husband's family out of town, it was the perfect opportunity to lay low, eat leftovers, and take time to quiet our hearts and minds long enough to count our blessings.
We went on a hike in the maze of trails near our house, our short walk turning into a 3 hour marathon of missed turns and minutes lost up a tree or under rocks chasing snakes. Along the way we picked up fallen leaves and fuzzy plants and bark that snapped and crackled beneath our feet.
When we (finally!) made it home, we laid out our treasures and got to work wrapping up candles in our own unique design.
The instructions are simple:
1. Get outside!
2. Look up, look down, look all around and gather bits and pieces of nature's beauty.
3. At home, gather candles, long sewing pins, strips of leather, and/or clear fishing line.
4. Begin placing your found items around your candle, pinning the pieces in the soft flesh of the candle or tying them up with your leather or string.
5. Light and enjoy!