'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.
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)
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.
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.
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..
PS. Are you a fellow collector? How do you 'control' your treasures?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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)...
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!