Thursday, 30 January 2014

Everyday Moments..

 On my bedside table..
Bath time..
Summer basil going to seed..
My first nature mandala -inspired by my herb garden..
This week's bread - a Ben and Sophie bake off.. 

Much Love
xxx

Sunday, 26 January 2014

4/52..

"A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014."
 
Tallow: Big smiles after bath time..
 
Joining Jodi's beautiful 52 project
 
Much Love
xxx


Saturday, 25 January 2014

Making & Doing..

 
'A weekly document of little thoughts that dance around my head at 3am.'
 
This week I've been watching old episodes of Grand Designs and have been dreaming up our own perfect home.  I'm currently fascinated by earth ships, log cabins and anything made my hand.
 
My process of decluttering our lives has been amazing.  I feel so much better knowing what we have is what we actually use and that what we didn't need is going to loving homes.  Next to refine and create a completely ethical wardrobe, a big project that I can't wait to tackle.
 
I couldn't be more proud of our little corn harvest, it's amazing to see what you can grow in a tiny area.  Next we have a mountain of lettuces and some lovely tomatoes on the way. 
 
I'm loving using my own herbs for tea and can't believe I haven't tried it earlier.  With the knowledgeable assistance of Healing Herbal Teas, I'm looking forward to a year full of lovely infusions. On the top of my list, perfecting my own Chai blend.
 
Memory capturing has been on my mind lately and I've been thinking about all the photos I need to print and get into albums.  I'm really inspired by this post and feel some scrapbooking is in order very soon.
 
I really want to paint something in Radiant Orchid - a chair perhaps?
 
Today I created a giant binder folder filled with magazine pages, stickers, envelopes, paper, cards and vintage ephemera, so that all my supplies are in one place.  After years of collecting random bits and pieces this was a triumphant moment and is going to make letter writing all the more fun.
 
After weeks of designing, making and photographing, I'm so excited that our new range of jewellery is available at Wilde Asher.  It's such a wonderful collaborative process working with my mum and sister and I love that each piece we create has a unique story to tell.
 
I'm thinking about creating (or rather getting Ben to help me create) a palette bed.  Loving this gorgeous example.
 
Loved this amazing blog post by Holly.  So powerful and inspiring!
 
On my wish list - a proving basket and a pretty dust pan and bush (how very domestic)
 
 And my inspiration for the week..
 
Hope you're having a beautiful weekend and Happy Australia Day for tomorrow!
Much Love
xxx
  


Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Everyday Moments..

 
Beautiful roses in the local florist window..
Very happy to be at the park..
Super cute Valentines card created by the lovely Michelle..
My first crusty loaf from scratch.. I'm a happy little baker
Our first corn harvest..
 
Much Love
xxx
 

Sunday, 19 January 2014

3/52..

"A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014."
 
Tallow: At the park on a magical Sunday, making friends with the gorgeous Miss Bijou
 
Joining Jodi's beautiful 52 project
 
Much Love
xxx


Saturday, 18 January 2014

Making & Doing..

'A weekly document of little thoughts that dance around my head at 3am.'
 
I've been totally inspired by Man Made Home to create an off grid wonderland and am now dreaming of a little ramshackled handmade cottage with two alpacas and some lovely hens.
 
And I've been blown away by this Zero Waste Home.. so many amazing tips.
 
I'm loving this beautiful blog, her tiny apartment and her thoughts about ethical fashion. So happy to be continuing my ethical journey for the whole family this year and joining in with Pip's Year of Ethical Fashion.
 
There is 10kg of bread flour sitting in our fridge.. Yes my bread baking adventures are in full swing and I'm totally hooked.
 
Right now I feel like our little family is finding its daily rhythm and I'm treasuring the moments.
 
I'm keeping a little craft basket close by at all times just in case inspiration strikes.
 
 I'm embarking on an exciting snail mail exchange with over thirty lovely ladies from around the world. It feels so wonderful to add a lovely bit of mail into a sea of bills and supermarket brochures.
 
This week Daughter of the Sun and Kirsten Ricket's Instagram feeds are making me smile.
 
I love finding a little moment or two to delve into the pages of my journal and awaken my soul.
 
I've been decluttering our world, making space and living by a 'less stuff, more life' motto. In the process I've uncovered some hidden treasures, made peace with the collector within and am beginning to feel ready for our future adventures, wherever they may take us.
 
This year I'm all about embracing a lingering approach to life.. and today that means enjoying the sunshine whilst hanging out the washing and taking an afternoon wander on the beach with my loves.
 
Have a beautiful weekend!
Much Love
xxx
  

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Living Simply - Tales of a Collector..

I stand here at a cross roads.. I am a collector in search of a simple life. 
For me the part of my life that isn't all that simple right now.. are my collections.  Over the years, little by little I've gathered bits and pieces, created my very own little vintage museum.  I've fossicked, foraged, thrifted and searched, for treasures that speak to me from days gone by.  And it was all very well when I had a whole room to keep my treasures in (as well as all around the house).  These days though, space is more limited and while I still love fossicking and foraging, it's taken a back seat right now for cuddles and story telling.  And while Ben and I sit and chat about our next step and wonder where we will roam to next, I can't help but feel like I'm being weighed down by the things I've collected along the way.
So, as this is my year to live simply and love greatly, over the weekend I made the first step.. I opened boxes, unwrapped beloved finds and began slowly to let treasures go that no longer spoke to me.  And you know what, I am beginning to feel liberated, free from the tea cup walls I was beginning to build around me.  But I know now, this is just the beginning. For there are still many treasures that are too precious to find new homes just yet and there is still to much 'stuff'' and too little space.  I don't feel life is simple enough yet, not quite at least.  I mean really, do I need ten tea pots? Exactly how many people are ever going to join me and the Mad Hatter for afternoon tea?
There is perhaps no easy solution to my collector's dilemma, other than to slowly but surely, piece by piece, let go.  And then what happens when I spot the most wonderful Staffordshire tea set or my dream pink Royal typewriter? Well I'll have to cross that bridge when I come to it.  In the mean time, if I've forgotten I ever owned it, it's going to a new home. If I wouldn't buy it today, see you later. If it doesn't make my heart skip a beat, it doesn't make the cut.  Yes indeed, I'm being ruthless, but in the long run, I know that my simple life is waiting for my little collecting soul to take a nice long vacation... somewhere without any thrift shops. 
I'll keep you posted with my progress and vintage withdrawals..
Much Love
xxx
PS. Are you a fellow collector? How do you 'control' your treasures?

Monday, 13 January 2014

Everyday Moments..

 
 Rediscovering vintage favourites & looking for lovely new recipes
Finding Adele (Tallow's special doll) in all kinds of interesting places
Little dresses waiting to be worn  
Sunday baking - homemade soda bread
Afternoon story time
Our veggie patch adoring the summer sun
 
Much Love
xxx
 
Joining the fun and inspiring images at The Shack hosted by the gorgeous Em.


Sunday, 12 January 2014

2/52..

"A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014."
 
Tallow: With pursed lips, wide eyes and total concentration, she explores the garden.
 
Joining Jodi's beautiful 52 project
 
Much Love
xxx


Friday, 10 January 2014

January Seven Vignettes..

 
 I was so excited to see seven vignettes return for another year.  This time last year I began the seven vignettes challenge as a way to kick start my creativity again and throughout the year it was one of my very favourite create outlets.  I love the ephemeral and story telling nature of vignettes and I find as each month rolls around I'm always day dreaming up different themes, colour palettes and ideas.  To begin the year and being the middle of summer I wanted this month's vignettes to really embrace bright, bold colours and used my set of vintage Kingsley-ware cups as the this months stars..
 
Day 1- One. Inspired by one beautiful day for creating & dreaming.
 
Day 2 - New. Inspired by new ideas, scribbled in a new journal for the new year. 

 Day 3 - Anniversary. Inspired by @truthbejess's gorgeous print summer romance & love letters.
 

Day 4 - Favourite Gift. Inspired by my leather journal, one of my favourite gifts from my husband. 
 
Day 5 - Pair. Inspired by the cutest little pair of shoes around. 

Day 5 - Hangover. Inspired by my love for all things retro.. A fabulous pattern filled 'hangover' from the 60s & 70s.
 
 Day 7 - Fresh. Inspired by fresh produce from the garden & a necklace fresh from the studio workbench.
 
 
This month's stars.. One of my favourite ever thrift finds.. (which I just realised, I've never actually used for their intended purpose)
 
And a little outtake- Where I stash my props.
 
With some super fun and a few challenging themes, this month really had me thinking outside the box.  My favourite day was definitely 'Fresh', I just love how the colour palette turned out quite serendipitously.  As Seven Vignettes continues to grow, I'm always blown away by the wonderful, generous and supportive community.  It really is so much fun! Pop over to Interiors Addict for more info and to check out the amazing winner, Dee (@picturedthoughts) an absolute vignette master and inspiration.
 
Have a beautiful weekend!
Much Love
xxx


Thursday, 9 January 2014

Three Months..

 
Dearest Tallow,
 
You turned three months last week and my what a big month it's been! Our first Christmas together was so much fun, you got to spend time with all your family, play with your cousins and even hang out with your fabulous great nan.  Opening presents with you on Christmas morning was one of my favourite ever moments. You've done some serious growing and are almost ready for a whole new wardrobe! There's been lots of learning too and with a wonder week now in progress, I think you'll be rolling over in no time. You've decided the car isn't you're favourite place to be, so our trip back from Nanna and Jimpop's house took five hours instead of one. We are hoping you'll learn to like it soon, because we have lots of exciting adventures planned.  You've moved into the big girl's bath and you'd stay in there all day if you could.  It's been so hot lately, you've also had fun playing with us in the pool. We've sung songs, read stories and played lots of silly games. You love the airplane game with Daddy and you like it when Aunty Phoe, Nanny and I dance around like members of High 5. Your smile lights up the room and your determination is truly inspiring.  Miss Tallow you are growing up to be one amazing little person.
 
You Like:
Sophie Giraffe
The sound of your own voice
The swimming pool
 
You Dislike:
The carseat and car trips
Not being able to crawl already
Spending too long in one spot
 
We love you to the moon and back!
 
Much Love
xxx

 

Monday, 6 January 2014

My Word for 2014.. Nourish


It's amazing how one little word can really sum up a whole year.  In 2013, just by chance I chose embrace as my word of the year.  Within the first few weeks of January I found out I was pregnant and in that moment came a huge wave of emotions.  It had only been a little over four months since we lost our dear Cohen and everything was so raw, our world was only just beginning to rebuild and dealing with all the emotions that came with that positive test was totally overwhelming. It was my mum who during those early weeks reminded me to embrace whatever life had in store for me and it couldn't have been a better word to see me through the most amazing and emotional year of my life. 
 
Now as I embrace my incredible husband, my beautiful little girl and the memory of our precious Littlewing, I look to the future and the wonderful adventures that this year holds for us and it is the word nourish that encompasses my 2014. 
 
My goal this year is to live simply and love greatly, to nourish my family, my home, my garden, my work and myself.  As we continue our journey to get back to basics, to find simplicity in the everyday and become more self sufficient, I aim this year, to grow our little family consciously and mindfully. From what we eat and wear, to making do, growing more and finding the balance between want and need. For me this year is all about nourishing my world and the world around me.    

What's your word for 2014?
Much Love
xxx   

PS. Thanks so much to everyone who joined in and shared their 2014 goals! I can't wait to check out what adventures you'll be having this year.  I'm leaving the link up open for the whole month, so feel free to join any time.



Sunday, 5 January 2014

1/52..

"A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014."
 
Tallow: A week of finding her feet, her voice and her favourite Sophie Giraffe.
 
So happy to be joining Jodi's 52 project again this year. 
 
Much Love
xxx
 

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Thirty Fabulous Fun Goals for 2014..


Back at the beginning of 2012, I wrote a little list of fun goals to achieve throughout the year. IN years prior I'd always created these big resolutions that later seemed so intimidating and loomed over the year like an essay deadline. So  I decided in 2012 it was high time my goals we fun, inviting and achievable, they were after all just for me, so why shouldn't they be! Although in the past two years I haven't managed to tick off all of my thirty goals, I've been able to cross off many from my list and in the process found a nice balance in my own goal setting and feeling content to simply do my best.  
Looking back through my lists always gets me excited to dream up new things to as well as remind me of adventures I still need to have.  This year I really want to crafty, embrace family adventures and nourish my soul.  So here they are (in no particular order)...
1. Connect with the seasons
2. Read The Odyssey
3. Bake a weekly loaf of bread
4. Continue my ethical fashion journey
5. Make Nan's chutney recipe
6. Grow, harvest and blend my own tea
7. Practice yoga and meditation regularly
8. Create a scrapbook of Tallow's first year
9. Work on our caravan makeover
10. Take Tallow camping
11. Experiment with a new craft
12. Write MORE letters
13. Make Tallow some toys
14. Simplify our home
15. . Get a new piece of ink 
16. Have a stall at the local markets
17. Continue to grow our own fruit and veggies
18. Visit somewhere I've never been
19. Practice embroidery stitches
20. Play with water colours
21. Journal everyday
22. Reinvent date night
23. Embrace handmade holidays (especially Christmas)
24. Make do and mend
25. Crochet a blanket
26. Learn to play the ukulele
27. Organise the studio cupboard
28. Go surfing
29. Go to bed early
30. Live simply and love greatly
I really love my goals this year and have included a couple I didn't get to achieve in 2013 (like the ukulele playing).  Living simply and mindfully is really my focus this year and I look forward to sharing this journey with you.  I hope to capture all these goals on Instagram throughout the year and do some more regular updates here too.
So now it's over to you.. I'd love for you to share your goals for the year.  Big or small, one, thirty or somewhere in between, what are you doing to make 2014 one to remember?  If you've shared your goals on your blog, feel free to add your link below and share the love.  There is something very special in the air, I can feel it already. Here's to a magical 2014!
Much Love
xxx