Cozy spots abound, especially the bedroom where sunshine streams through the windows. Quilts add layers of warmth, and pots of moss, pinecones, and greens can remain after Christmas passes to keep the room fresh and inviting.
Evergreens and holly tucked in a firebox and a string of little mittens cut from cotton quilt batting (they're held on the twine with miniature clothespins from the crafts store) add inviting winter touches to the room.
The moss pots are white-washed terra cotta. To create the look, wipe unpainted terra-cotta pots with clear water to clean. When they're dry, dilute white acrylic paint with water until it's the consistency of milk, and brush it on the pots. While the paint is still wet, wipe away some of the paint with a clean, dry rag.
The moss is a good year-round touch of nature that simply becomes seasonally perfect in the winter. Simply fill the pots with dirt and top them with fresh moss purchases from the florist.
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