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A Beadwork Artist's Winter Day | Slow Living in the Foothills

Updated: Aug 16, 2023

Opals & Clovers YouTube channel celebrates the season of cold and pure white landscapes. As winter takes hold and covers the ground in a soft white blanket, I find solace in the enchanting beauty of the season. Join me on a captivating visual journey, where I explore the wonders of winter, my beadwork, art, and poetry coming together to create a tale inspired by the tranquility of my hometown in northern California.

Handmade Beaded Purse

Snowy forest in Northern California

Slow living is a concept that can be embraced in various ways, allowing us to escape the relentless pace of our busy lives. Personally, I choose to embrace slow living through my passion for beadwork, art, and poetry. These creative pursuits demand time and patience, providing an avenue for relaxation and contemplation.

Below are six ways to practice slow living during the winter season, each focusing on finding joy in the simple things and cherishing the present moment:

  1. Embrace nature: Despite the cold weather, venture outdoors to connect with the beauty of the natural world. Take leisurely walks, go on hikes, or try activities like cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Winter's slower pace allows for a deeper appreciation of nature's splendor.

  2. Engage in crafts: Immerse yourself in a seasonal craft or a project that unfolds gradually, such as beadwork, painting, pottery, knitting or crocheting a blanket, or creating a scrapbook. These unhurried endeavors offer a respite for the mind and body.

  3. Indulge in warm meals: Slow down and relish the process of cooking and savoring comforting, warm meals. Experiment with new recipes and delight in the flavors of the season.

  4. Cherish time with loved ones: Winter presents an ideal opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones. Slow down and cherish each other's company. Engage in games, share stories, or work on puzzles together.

  5. Get lost in a book: Curl up with a captivating book during the winter season. Take the time to immerse yourself in an intriguing story and allow your imagination to wander.

  6. Practice mindfulness: Embrace the essence of slow living by practicing mindfulness daily. Dedicate a few moments to sit quietly, focus on your breath, or indulge in a guided meditation.

Additionally, take advantage of the winter season to declutter and organize your living space. This not only creates a more comfortable environment but also facilitates relaxation and being present in the moment.

Remember, slow living encourages savoring the present moment and finding joy in life's simple pleasures.

To explore my vintage-inspired, handmade beaded purses, poetry, and art, visit the following links:

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For business inquiries, please reach out to Beadwork, art, and poetry by Dedra Weiss.

Special thanks to Deborah Owen, Jim Bowers, and Videvo for their contributions to this video.

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