Saturday, 20 December 2014

Conscious Living - A Love List..

"If you have time to worry about things you have no control over, then you certainly have time to make a difference."

List #004.. 
A collection of blog posts, articles, short films & links to inspire and invigorate a more conscious way of life. 

For me this time of year is all about reflection and making new goals for the new year.  I love this article from Becoming Minimalist about intentional ways to challenge consumerism, some really helpful tips that I'm looking forward to applying to our my journey. This article about 'taking control of your stuff' also had some really useful advice.  

So much food for thought to see how it's possible to set up a self-sustaining homestead on just one acre.

This remarkable little film really inspired me this week. The hybrid situation of the old techniques coming together with the new technology is something that truly fascinates me. And the house is so wonderful.

And speaking of handmade homes, I've been catching up this week on the first season of Man Made Home.  I've got such a soft spot for Kevin and I just love the philosophy of making and doing rather than buying and consuming.

Nick and Kirsten from Milkwood have been hugely inspirational to us and I really enjoyed reading about their journey in this interview.  I also loved Kirsten's beautiful blog post about gratitude and preserving fruit.

I've been fascinated with natural dyeing since I studied textiles at University and one of my goals for the new year is to work more with natural dyeing in my own creative processes. This article about growing a dye garden on The Plant Hunter made my creative soul very happy indeed. I can't wait to get planting.

Another one of my goals for the new year is to make our kitchen plastic free.  It's the kind of goal that requires a little by little approach and a great first step is with alternative storage solutions.  I found some great ideas over at Attainable Sustainable. You can also find more ideas about ditching disposables over here.

I've been thinking a lot this year about breaking up with the supermarket.  While we try to get as much food as we can from alternative sources, we still use the supermarket for some store cupboard staples. A recent article that from 1 Million Women sparked my attention and got me feeling like I might be the only one who is feeling this way.  For some supermarket break up tips, this article is great read.

The Bharani Effect is one of my favourite websites and I was so delighted to read this interview with Mel, The Bharani Effect's inspiring creator.

Instagram is brimming with beautiful, creative souls connecting through a love for humble, conscious living. A few I particularly adore are Nurturing Soul, Fare Isle and Dancey Pants Disco.

Wishing you a wonderfully inspiring weekend!
Much Love

PS. You can find previous Love Lists here 

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Everyday Moments..

This year's handmade, foraged & upcycled festive mantlepiece.. 
Pretty florals fresh off the line and still warm from the summer sun..
A little handmade 'Flowersaurus' awaiting the finishing touches before going under the tree..
And a very special Christmas stocking in the making.. Hand printed with violas from the garden..
The cutest little hand-me-down, (now strawberry strained) t-shirt.. and a peg in each hand.
Our lone zucchini who defied the odds (and the slater bugs) to grow big and happy..

Much Love

Monday, 15 December 2014


"A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Tallow: Summer snack time...This little artist likes to paint with her yogurt 

 Joining Jodi's beautiful 52 project
 Much Love

Friday, 12 December 2014

Thirty Goals 2014 - An Update..

For the past three years I've written thirty goals on the first of January to achieve in that year. It's become such a fun tradition.  Some goals are big, some small, some really meaningful and some just for fun.  I love having a list to refer back to, to keep me on track and to tick off and as I've looked back this year I've been pleasantly surprised at the number of goals I've achieved. I noticed that on this day twelve months ago I wrapped up my goals for the 2013 and I thought I'd do the same again this year.  It's lovely to take a moment to reflect on the year that's been and journey that we've been on as a family. 

Embrace handmade holidays - After last Christmas I decided I wanted to change the way we celebrated our holidays.  I wanted to make, forage and upcycle as much as possible and really make the festive season a time of joy, sharing and caring for our beautiful mother earth. It's been such fun and will now become a regular part of festive tradition. 

Connect with the Seasons - Never before have I connected with the seasons the way I have this year.  From planting out our garden, to noticing the little details on our afternoon walks and making seasonal gratitude flower mandalas, I feel like I've been able to embrace and connect with the earth in a really special and poignant way. 

Bake a weekly loaf of bread - Ok so I haven't quite baked a loaf a week, but we've done pretty well. I've been so inspired by bread baking and I'm really looking forward to refining my skills next year and getting a bit more creative.

Grow, harvest and blend my own tea - For almost two years I'd been dreaming of my own wonderful herb garden and little by little it's finally coming together.  I adore mint and have plenty of lovely varieties to make tea.  Next year I'd love to be more adventurous and grow some more exotic herbs and play with different blends.

Continue my ethical fashion journey - This year I've been really committed to not only buying ethically, but researching, emailing and ensuring the companies I'm purchasing from are committed to ethical and sustainable practices. I've pared back my wardrobe, bought considerably less clothes, only wear what I really love and am truly passionate about supporting everyone to become more conscious about the clothes they are purchasing.

Practice yoga and meditation regularly - This year I've been really focused about fitting my yoga and meditation practice into my everyday.  Carving out that soul nourishing time has been a really important part of my first year of parenting. In those few moments on the mat, whenever I get the opportunity, I am able to find a balance and mindfulness that I can take into the rest of my day.  I also love reading inspiring books like The Power of Now and listening to beautiful music like Sacred Earth throughout my day.

Write MORE Letters - At the beginning of the year I embarked on an epic penpal adventure.  I must say it's been a little daunting and I haven't written as many letters as I would have liked, but I'm putting this one back on my goals for next year and can't wait to keep writing and connecting with beautiful people.  I just love writing letters and I've decided that even if they are a little bit slow, it's called snail mail for that wonderful reason.

Make Tallow some toys - I love dreaming up toys to make for Tallow and I have a little to make list on the go all the time.  This little bunny was part of her Easter present and this weekend I'm making a special something to add to her Christmas basket.  I think I might make it a festive tradition.

Simply our home - This was a big one on my list and I'm so happy we had the opportunity to move house, find a little cottage to call our own and really work on simplifying everything in our lives.  While we still have a way to go, I feel like we've really achieved this goal and can't wait to keep refining how we go about our simple ways.

Get a new piece of ink - Just two days ago I added to my ink collection with a very special new piece, in memory of our Little Wing.

Have a stall at the local markets - This is goal I'm so delighted to be able to tick off my list. With special thanks to my gorgeous super hero friend Sarah, I was able to set up last weekend at the Riverfront Boutique Markets for our first ever Wilde Asher stall.  We had so much fun and loved meeting so many lovely people.  It's something I'll definitely be doing more of next year.

Continue to grow our own fruit and veggies - For us this year has been all about nourishing ourselves with as much organic, homegrown produce as we could grow.  It's been an amazing journey and one that we feel so blessed to witness everyday.  Little successes, like this broccoli harvest, have reminded me that not only is growing your own food totally doable, even in a simple garden like ours, but also incredibly fulfilling.

Make Do and Mend - Part of our homespun philosophy has been making, making do and mending throughout the year.  I've loved making our own dishcloths, upcycling furniture and reinventing my thrifted clothes.  There's always more to do and I can't wait for our next make do challenge.

Organise the studio cupboard - The hardest parts of simplifying our home, for me, has always been my creative space.  I'm a bowerbird by nature, I keep things just in case and love a well stocked studio cupboard.  Bit by bit I've been letting things go, not buying unnecessary supplies and being mindful of the projects I conjure up. Although the studio doesn't always look this tidy, I'm finding a conscious approach to crafting really helping to keep things simple and it's something I'll be sharing more about in 2015.  

Live Simply and Love Greatly - My motto for the year, which has really become the motto for my life.  Throughout 2014 I've consciously worked towards a more happy, simple, soulful and present life with my beautiful family.  As I reflect on our year and on my blog posts and adventures we've had, I know in my heart I've done my best to live by my motto, and to live and love each moment with passion and gratitude.

You can see the rest of my list over here.  There's a few on there I don't think I'm going to get to tick off this year, like going surfing, but hey there's always next year.  Did you write a goals list in 2014? How did you go ticking them off?

I can't wait to write my 2015 list and hope you might join me with your own and celebrate the big and little goals in life.

Much Love