Friday, December 7, 2018

By Frost and Candlelight

The dark nights are upon us. A time of lighting fires, candles and curling up with a book to escape into other worlds.  A time for woolly tights, (I have a favourite spotty pair) soft jumpers, boots, cosy scarves. Time to get my little wooden cups out for warm spiced drinks. It's also the time of planning. Christmas, new year, what seeds to plant in next years garden and to dream up new adventures. 
I thought I'd better pop in and share my winter cards before they all disappear. Available to buy now in the shop. There are still some some available.
I've edged these two below with golden glitter. Not real glitter though, only printed (I'm trying my hardest to keep away from micro plastics and even the tiny stars in my pictures get carefully put away and reused in photographs)
There are also lots of notebooks. Shown below,  is one I'm particularly fond of.  Using the painting I created after my magical Finland trip back in 2016. 
Do pop across to the shop and take a look. I have ordered more calendars as two lots have sold out now. The last bunch should be arriving later today and then that will be it.
It's been a sad time here in the Moonlight and Hares household. We recently had to say goodbye to our dear little Willow, who became poorly quite suddenly.
It won't be the same without her. She was a sweet girl and we were blessed to share 11 and a half years with her. We buried her beneath the apple trees that she used to love climbing so much.
Until our souls meet again one day, we treasure the happy memories.
As the days go ticking by too quickly, outside the holly has fruited in abundance.
It does this every year and we are so lucky. By the end of November though, all of the berries have been eaten by the birds and it's bare again.
I do pick a few sprigs beforehand though and keep them in the greenhouse in a bucket of water. Today it was time to begin bringing a little inside, along with a some other garden seasonal foliage. 
I thought the reindeer needed cheering up too, so gave him a sprig. 
And finally I can share another winter painting that's now finished. It's been on the desk for a long time as you can see from the photo, with the sun shining and roses still being picked.
It's been such a busy Autumn for orders and I honestly thought I would never get it done at one point.  But here it is...
By Frost and Candlelight 
Prints are available in the shop and I will be getting some cards in next week for the last minute shoppers among us.


  1. Ahhhhh you make such wonderful paintings !!!

  2. Beautiful artwork and photos, as always! Hope you have a lovely Christmas, despite the loss of that gorgeous cat of yours.... They are such precious companions, aren't they?

  3. I am so sorry for your loss of beautiful Willow, although I can well imagine the orchard joys she is experiencing now beyond the rainbow bridge. I love your art, one day I will finally have one of your gorgeous notebooks, it is on my top ten goals list ;-) Have a beautiful season.

  4. It is clear where you pull your inspiration from! You are surrounded by so much natural beauty. And I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet Willow, but she clearly had a spectacular life. Warm winter and Christmas greetings to you from the other side of the pond! :)

  5. So sorry to hear about your loss of lovely Willow, but hope you have a magical and Happy Christmas.
    Gorgeous paintings and photos xx

  6. Thank you again Karen for sharing your thoughts and pictures. So sorry to hear about Willow 😢 I hope you have a peaceful Xmas.

  7. I love the new winter painting. Sorry to hear about your cat, hard to lose them.

  8. Hallo! I have just found your magical and fabulous blog and in this post I see photos of your beloved cat and I just wanted to say that I know just how that feels. I still miss my beautiful girl, Pippi, and I posted something just for her when I lost her back in April last year.
    I will be visiting your lovely blog again - love your photos and if you trawl back three or so years, you will find quite a few hares who used to be our neighbours until we had to move! I miss them. Magical and mystical creatures. Best wishes, Amanda


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