Fanning the fire midweek, we are tossing you a spontaneous quote, question, or conundrum related to Monday’s post. We invite you to riff on this prompt or share a story—heartbreaking or hilarious—to spark further conversation about the path of motherhood.

I am pleased to announce that Heather and Kaarina are the lucky winners of Monday’s giveaway. A special thanks to Janet Lucy and Colleen McCarthy-Evans for spreading the seeds of The Three Sunflowers. And, now for a little more on beauty and another giveaway. ‘Tis the season.

Beauty is a card that is close to my heart; I feel something akin to a school-girl’s crush when I see Amaterasu’s radiant face surface in my deck. I could happily devote my life to Beauty in any and all forms, but I get bogged down in life’s details and practicalities too often for my liking. Or, like yesterday when I sat down to finish sewing new pjs for my son, I feel a little guilty when I neglect my ‘to do’ list to indulge in a few delicious moments of beauty-making. I took Amaterasu’s fortuitous arrival during two consecutive card draws as full permission to indulge to my heart’s content.

Paper Snowflake

Sewing

In all the busyness of the holidays, how does one carve out more time to bask in beauty? For me, the best strategy is to court beauty with my children. For some inspiration, my son and I went to the Becoming Van Gogh exhibition to witness how beauty can enliven and possess the soul. At home, we have been cutting paper snowflakes (a perennial favorite), making candles, felting soaps (thanks to Wendy Cook’s ‘Wintry Workbook’ at Mighty Girl Art), sewing, knitting and finger knitting (chicken scarves, anyone?), and telling winter tales. Now we are all aglow with the season’s splendor.

Chicken Scarf

I wish I had time enough to handcraft all my gifts, but alas there is also dinner to make and fences to be repaired. In gratitude for all the abundant blessings that have come into my life through this blog and the deck, I do want to channel some beauty through my hands and into a giveaway for you. Here, for one lucky mama, is a copy of The Mother’s Wisdom Deck with a handcrafted pouch for the cards made out of embroidered fabric straight from India—a country that exalts beauty as an expression of the divine. Thanks to Elizabeth for the fabric, and thanks to you all for mothering your children with soul.

Card PouchEnter to receive this small gift of beauty and humble token of our gratitude by leaving a comment on today’s post. Share with us how you have been dancing with beauty of late. We’ll close comments at 8 am mst on Friday, December 21st and announce the winner in this week’s ‘Mothering Muse‘.