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Wherever you are, winter evokes large, cozy sweatshirts. That makes it the perfect time to hole up and add your own personalized design touches to the stock winter layer. This how-to from Instructables has all of the steps you need to take an old winter favorite and turn it into your own personal canvas à la this owled white sweatshirt (from Etsy seller sealmaiden).
This striped umbrella tutorial from What I Wore is simple, inexpensive, and makes a world of difference in a sea of plain black umbrellas. I could see polka dots or a plaid design working well with this approach, too.
This felt flower scarf from Watch Me Daddy is super simple and quite lovely. Some sewing is required, but if you can get a thread through a needle hole, you can make it. It's perfect for us Southern Californians whose winters require only the slightest of neck coverage.
A mason jar wall planter from Not Just a Housewife will let you keep your green thumb active while the cold winter weather wreaks havoc in your garden. You can grow any number of herbs, small plants, or flowers indoors in jars like these. And when spring finally arrives and you can take your plants back outside, reuse your boards to store the dried herbs.
In this household, winter isn't complete without a cup of hot chocolate and some homemade marshmallows. If you have never had the homemade kind, get started with these, stat. The decorative shape of these sugary delicacies (via Martha Stewart) add a nice touch to any kitchen space. When they're not melting into a cup of hot chocolate, display them in clear, glass jars on your counter.
If your winter is anything like "winter" here in L.A., then you're currently experiencing something more akin to fall. For those of us who long for winter wonderlands and white Christmases, bring a bit of the white stuff to your season with these mason jar snow globes from Gentri Lee. It's like having the fun of snow without the mess of shoveling your driveway.
For my own project this week, I made a simple update to one of my countless pashmina scarves. I don't love the color of this scarf, so I hardly ever wore it. But I thought if I could add some color or texture to the fabric, it might rekindle my interest. With some fabric paint and stencils, I added a blue block design to the edges. Now? I kind of love it and totally wear it. I'm thinking of adding some more stenciled designs.