January 14, 2013

Glowing Things

I’m doing pretty well this year, but right about mid January, the winter and lack of light really start to mess with me. Good thing my birthday comes this month so I can celebrate (myself) and have some cake to look forward to! #cakeismyBFF

I’ve found that having as many illuminated, glowing things around the house as I possibly can goes a long way towards lifting my spirits and elevating my mood…(that’s the fancy-pants way of saying that all these lights help to keep me from being a complete raving lunatic banshee…)

_DSC0007(love, love and more love for my Ikea star lights)

_DSC0015_DSC0006(lights-in-a-jar stay up until the end of February)

I very rarely make the bed.

_DSC0017(Julia got this Hello Kitty clock during the holidays. The bed posts function as a little nightlight! Hello Kitty is the harbinger of all good dreams. Unless you've angered her. Then she becomes wrathful.)

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My kiddo's Twilight Sea Turtle makes those little stars. One of the best purchases we've ever made for her. She's loved the thing since she was three. 

(For those who are wanting to know stuff about stuff, like me: The Ikea star lights are called Kilometer, but I can't find them online to provide a link. The fairy lights on the mantel are so much fairier that most fairy lights, I'm here to declare. They're called Starry String Lights from Restoration Hardware, and I think they were $15. The weird ghosty thing is an Ikea Spoka. We have three Spokas. We will only have three Spokas, no matter how hard a little girl I know begs for another one....)

I feel badly about my electric bill, but when it's dark at 8am and dark again by 4pm, YESSIREE my house is pretty much lit up like a Christmas tree. In about one month's time, I'm going to be very very excited because by the end of February, you can tell that hope is on the horizon, light-wise. It's not pitch black at the end of the afternoon anymore. Has anyone experienced Scandinavian or Alaskan winters? Like, how does one DO that?  How do people live with that kind of light deprivation? Is it cool? Is it awful? Does it feel like living in outer space? 

20 comments:

  1. I can't imagine having that much darkness, then again I'm from Florida so we don't worry much about that :p

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    1. I've NEVER been to Florida, can you believe? :)

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  2. OMG I adore the ones on the mantel. They're fantastic.

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    1. They come with a small battery pack, and the batteries last for about a month, if you use the lights a lot -- I've only had to switch the batteries out once since early Dec :)

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  3. I totally need to get some twinkly sparkly lights too. When our Christmas tree was up I felt like the lights kept me company every night - they always cheered me up every time I walked by.

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    1. Leanne I'm a BIG believer now in the 'second tier' of seasonal lighting displays, to combat the holiday let-down feeling!

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  4. I know you'll probably think I'm crazy, but I love the shorter days of winter. I love that you use pretty lights to keep your spirits up. They're all so pretty!

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    1. Sweet Michelle! Not crazy! I will try and adopt your peaceful and zen attitude towards winter days:) I'm a big big fan of February actually, b/c after that....SPRING! xo

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  5. I need more glowing lights around the house, too. We have some in our bedroom, but that's all. And yours are so pretty! They make me feel like I need to run to Big Lots or something and take my chances that they may still have some Christmas clearance stuff left. Our new Hello Kitty clock does not have a nightlight, but it does project the time on the ceiling or the wall REALLY BIG. I'm sure if Big Sis has trouble sleeping, it will feel as if Hello Kitty is YELLING THE TIME AT HER!!! all night long. I actually love cozy dark days. I hate daylight savings time.

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    1. I would light more candles all the time but I'm worried the cats would knock them onto the floor....:)

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  6. I love the snapshots of your home...very lovely! And your fairy lights are awesome! I still have my fairy lights around our kitchen window...until the end of February! The are actually twinkling right now...it's a rainy, grey day. I miss the light so much this time of year. We have had a very grey winter so far. It's amazing how a sunny day totally changes my mood!!!

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    1. It's supposed to be sunny for the next few days and I'm SO EXCITED! I'm thinking of all the books I need to photograph....:)

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  7. I love the snowflakes on your stick tree. I don't think I told you yet, but we made a rapunzel stick tree for Juliet's 6th birthday. I have photos and intend to write a post at some point, but who knows when that will occur. It looked lovely and I thought of you and your tree everytime I looked at it! Thank you for the inspiration! HOpe the sunlight returns soon and warms you up.

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    1. I CANNOT WAIT to see that Vanessa!!! Julia is soon to turn 7. Where does the time go?

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  8. I almost never make my bed, either. I actually read somewhere that it's better to let everything air out anyway. Lucky I'm so lazy! I have to admit that I love when it's dark a lot. Crazy, huh? Of course, it's not dark as long here as it is where you are. I have noticed the days getting slightly longer, though. Spring will be here before we know it!

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    1. i have a thing for spring. (tee hee)

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    2. And yes I've heard that too about the airing out of the bed!

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  9. your house looks so warm and inviting! I think I need to hang up some nice warm twinkly lights now too- maybe that will help me beat the chill around here. (high of 8' today... gah) SO- about the turtle light of Julia's, we got Kit a similar contraption for Christmas this year on a whim. It's been the Christmas Miracle of the year! Because she's never been good about going to bed. We put the boys to bed and Kit would never go to bed too- she always just bopped around with us till she fell asleep in my arms or something. BUT with her new ladybug constellation nightlight she stays in her bed every night! It's the most amazing thing ever. Yeah, so that a fantastic invention.

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    1. 8 degrees! THAT IS COLD. I have a friend who got her little girl the Light up Lady Bug, that one is super cute! There are few products I can say that I would go out and get again for Julia, the Twilight Animals definitely make the cut.

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