I used to have an apartment that didn't have a fireplace, but i really wanted one for Christmas to hang the stockings... so i made one out of paper... i found embossed paper that looked a little like molding and i cut out "bricks" too and glued it all together on a background with a black center, and put it against the wall. Then i put candles in glass jars and put them on the floor in front of it. Silly, hunh? but we enjoyed it.
Tomorrow i'm looking forward to teaching. I get to open up the store. We're going to be making winter hats... they look interesting. I think it will be fun. I'll be knitting more mittens, too. I have been developing the pattern for them, and am knitting it in many sizes and different yarns.