Surviving January


As little T’s dog eloquently put it, January can be a difficult month.  The days are long and dark and often, it is wet and cold too.

I knew the house would look bare once I’ve stripped off all the Christmas decorations.  I was prepared for it and was even for the very first time, relieved that the decors were gone, normally I dreaded it.  But one day, as I sat in our living room tapping away in the dark morning, that really looked more like later afternoon, I began to feel really weary of all the gloom around me.

Doc and I would stomp defiantly on the headland in the rain and glare at the grey sky.  Day in and day out I would pass by these forlorn-looking dry tree branches and would always think how sad-looking they were.


And then one typical sombre day, I stopped and looked closely at them.  They actually weren’t bad-looking at all.  And then had a eureka moment.

Our next walk, I made sure I brought along a pair of secateurs with me, and stopped along the dry tree branches and managed to get one-dried branch.

As soon as I got home, I got an empty vase, put another smaller one inside, and made it steady by putting in small stones.  Then stuck my chosen branch between the stones.


I knew what I wanted to do with that branch.  You see, I have a small collection of glass baubles, which I’ve always wanted to use year-round, but didn’t really know how, till now.  So off I went to our cold and dusty attic and hauled my precious baubles back down.


But first, I decided to wrap the branch in fairy-lights – I wanted to brighten up a particularly dark corner in our house.



Here’s the finished product.  Since it was only a small branch though, I was only able to use a few of my glass baubles and my two birds made of glass.  And instantly, my mood was lifted.


It may be dark outside and all the shades of grey, but inside my little warm home, I have a small branch to literally brighten up my day 🙂  Doc is right, the trick is to focus on small joys and I’m following his advice and you know what, it’s definitely working!

What about you?

Do you also dislike January?

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  1. I think my Mum just paid £90 for a similar looking thing! Who knew she could have made it herself! I think this is so creative and I really want to try it myself!

    I like January because I see it as new beginnings, and it’s my sons birthday on Monday. I don’t like it because I am so overly skint it’s unreal!

    Laura x x x


    • £90?! Good lord! That’s too much 🙂 You should, especially there are loads of dry branches out there are the moment. That’s a good way of seeing January. I wish I could see it that way too, but if little T’s birthday is on this month, it probably won’t be so bad! One of the mums of little T’s friend also complained about being skint! Don’t worry, you’re not alone 🙂 xx

  2. Dean!!! That is beautiful!! I love how you found inspiration in the middle of the gloom and doom and brought the outdoors in and made it so light and happy!! It looks awesome!
    And I love the addition of the fairy lights!

    • Thanks Kate! As you can probably tell, I’m desperate for some small joys. I’m learning though ever since I moved to England, you have to just keep looking for them 😉 xx

  3. Oh, that is so lovely! I don’t like January either, though funnily enough, I bought some fairy lights in the sales and they, too, have been cheering me up this month. It is the little things! Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  4. Absolutely beautiful. What a great way to brighten up your room and to bring a bit of the outdoors in x #wotw

  5. That’s so pretty! I’ve been thinking it would be nice to make more of an effort with decorating the house year round rather than just waiting for Christmas. Love this idea 🙂 xx

  6. Very pretty! I have a little led cherry blossom tree that I originally bought for Christmas but now I can’t bear to pack it away. It’s a little bit of colour and comfort in the dark months 🙂

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