Well, we survived another polar vortex here in Chicago.
The temps have risen and now the next snowstorm is on its way...
The sub-zero temps have meant lots of ice on the Chicago River.
These pictures had to be taken quickly so I could put my gloves back on :)
I thought that I would share my January mantle before it is time to pack it away.
I have a large Rubbermaid tote of "decorations" for each month of the year.(OK, some months have more than one tote lol)
I love to celebrate each season and the "special-ness" of each month.
I like to keep little white lights burning throughout January to help with Christmas Light Withdrawals and also to brighten those long January nights.
You can't see them here, but I have timer tapers in each of the punched tin lanterns to help appreciate the beautiful workmanship.
I also have a battery operated candle in my antique foot warmer as well.
I love my little antique box with hand-carved hearts and cross. It stays out all year long, but next month is its "special" month :)
This is my newest "January" addition.
I love the winter scene painted on this vintage bellows.
Sometimes it is sad to pack away a month, it feels way to soon to put items away - not to be seen for another year. But then as I open the February bin, I find old favorites that have been forgotten over the year.
Wishing you love, comfort and contentment this weekend.
"Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
for I put my trust in you.
You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
abounding in love to all who call to you.
Hear my prayer, Lord; listen to my cry for mercy."