Poinsettia: History and Tradition of the Christmas Flower

By FloraQueen

For some reason, Christmas isn’t always imagined as a time for flowers. Due to the December cold, many flowers don’t bloom outside and we tend to put more focus on winter foliage like pine, mistletoe and holly. However, there’s one big exception when it comes to Christmas flowers in the shape of the humble poinsettia.

Now in terms of definition, we are cheating a little as the poinsettia is not really a flower, but is instead a red-topped plant. However, it still manages to



How to Make Dried Apple and Orange Slices | How to Make and Do

Here’s how to dry apple slices and orange slices for use in swags, wreaths and fragrant potpourri.

Dried fruit slices and peels are a great way to give your home a country prim look. They are fragrant and can be added to potpourri blends, fixings blends, wreaths or swags. They also make pretty and fragrant gift package decorations. When they are placed around candles, especially bakery candles, they give a nice country prim look.

The picture shown at right is an orange fixings blend. It combines dried orange slices and orange peels with fragrant spices like cinnamon sticks, allspice, and cloves. The look and smell is very seasonal and makes a great addition to country prim home decor.

The easiest way to dry fruit slices is to use a dehydrator



Top Ten Ways to Decorate Like a Witch – by The Witch of Howling Creek

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A lot of books these days will insist that witches don’t really live in whimsical cottages and fairytale houses. And… it’s true. Most of us live in modern, everyday homes in cities, towns and the suburbs. But one of our most powerful tools is our imagination and the whimsical cottages and fairytale houses are an inspiration to many of us. So bring a little bit of that spirit into your home with these tips:

  1. Many witches have a deep connection to the pentacle but may not want to display it prominently in their homes or yards because of stigma. But one thing that is often forgotten: the pentacle is really just a star, an image readily available in home décor! Gift and even craft stores almost always have wall-hangings, throws, pictures and trinkets featuring five-pointed stars you can proudly have in your home, no matter who may visit.
  2. Tie bundles of herbs together and hang them upside down in the kitchen, dining area or even the bedroom. It is appropriately witchy, attractive decoration and practical.
  3. Even if you don’t have a greenhouse or conservatory, you can still achieve



How to Make Your Bedroom Warm & Cozy for Fall. Restonic

warm and cozy bedroom

Snuggle up and sleep better this autumn

Fall breezes transport the sweet smell of changing leaves, warm color schemes and the need to feel a little cozier in our living spaces. Want to spice up your bedroom and embrace that fall feeling? By making a few changes you can enjoy the beauty of the fall, inviting a healthy dose of snug and comfy into your bedroom.

Autumn additions

Throw blankets are a fun and simple way to spice up your décor while also keeping you toasty. Place a throw on your bed to play with color, on a reading chair to make it more inviting to you and your favorite novel.

Changing up decorative pillows with rusts and other darker hues freshens the room with a fall vibe. Experiment with new pillow cases with fall patterns and warm colors that welcome autumn inside without the crisp air.

Candles are perfect to, not only add warmth to a room but also to surround yourself with the signature scents of fall—pumpkin, apple, vanilla and cinnamon to name a few.

Layering isn’t just for your wardrobe. Layer throw rugs to create contrasting textures and patterns while introducing relaxing and inviting tones into your bedroom. You can also layer your window treatments to play with colors and textures while helping to keep the cold from filtering in through drafty casements.

Autumn decoration on rustic background

Dig into your attic to add personalized pieces to your fall décor. Use kids’ artwork or family heirlooms to impart a different kind of comfort to your fall design.

Other ways to bring that pleasant and cozy feeling into your bedroom is with faux furs. Try furs while layering your rugs, thrown over a chair or adding a throw blanket at the foot of the bed. Changing your lighting to a softer feel allows you to indulge in the glow of fall and save money by using a lower wattage bulb. Use a 40 watt bulb or lower to add to the ambiance.

Play with colors

With the variety of deep and rich colors in the autumn, creativity is as easy as a look to Mother Nature. Mix what you already have with her palate of colors from outdoors. Monochromatic and matchy can be boring. Use a combination of 2 or 3 colors in your bedding, punctuating with a warm color scheme (reds, oranges, yellows etc.) or a cool color scheme (blues, greys, greens, etc.).

If you’re not confident in your decorating abilities, copy what you love from a picture or post until you find your own style. For an easy way to cheat your way to a designer bed set follow these tips:

  • Medium color choice – display with your top sheet and 2 of your pillows.
  • Dark color choice – display with your duvet cover and bottom fitted sheet.
  • Light color choice – use a white or off white to display with 2 of your pillows.

When in doubt, use a throw blanket to play with color. This a great way to find out if you like a color combination without investing in a complete overhaul of your bedding.

Create your own warm space

When the weather becomes chilly, creating your snuggle sanctuary is more than a luxury – it’s a need. Picture it. A soothing reading nook to cozy up with a good book and some hot chocolate – a picture-perfect way to enjoy a

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