Etymologically, the origins of the name Ikebana comes from two Japanese words: ikeru, which means to give or conserve life, and hana, which translates as flower. There is an old Japanese saying relating to Japanese flower arrangement that goes kokoro wo ikeru, which literally means to give life to your heart. In all cultures, nature has always been an essential source for healing of the soul. In Japan, the use of flowers to enrich the spirit has been part of the culture since ancient times. By extension, Ikebana is also considered a form of artistic expression meant to enrich and heal the spirit.
Seasonal Decorations _ For those of you that desire to have your house decorated for each season, here a couple tips. Rather than decorate everywhere with everything possible, choose a few areas to keep festive for the seasons. This cuts down on storage needs and overall work. This could be a calendar area that is designed differently each month, or a shelf on the wall with craft items. Changing the clothing of a stuffed animal to reflect the seasons is a nice, safe way to decorate if you have little ones at home. One way to save money and space is to reuse what you have. Sometimes what may be considered as a very season_specific decoration can be adjusted to fit other seasons as well. Retooling your wreath is one way to save on space: instead of having a wreath for every occasion, use one wreath base and change out its decorations.