December has arrived and life has turned to indoor projects with only an occasional venture out to gather greens from the cold frames or things from the root cellar. We started eating vegetables out of the freezer also - peas were a real treat in chicken noodle soup the other day. We are also enjoying the abundance of tasty potatoes (last year I sold too many and we ran out in December).
One of our indoor projects has been candlemaking for Christmas gifts. We melt down recycled candle wax and pour it into various containers. Old tea cups have been our favorites and we even included a silver spoon in some. Another project has been making several batches of homemade paper for cards. Here are some collage Christmas cards I had fun creating. This week I was able to teach others the fun of papermaking as I led a class at Heartland Point in Orrville this week. It was good to watch the group adding flowers and other goodies to the cards they got to take home. A few weeks ago I also began contributing to a new blog gathering local artists, most of whom who have agricultural roots. You can visit email@example.com to see what's happening.
During these winter months I'll be posting garden journals only once a month, when the sun shines again and more exciting things start happening I'll return to weekly entries. Stay warm and enjoy these months for rest, reading and such.