Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014 - The Year that Was..

2014 has been a most wonderful family adventure. For us this year was all about making a home, finding a place where we could plant our seeds of change and transform our lives.  It's been a year filled with colour, joy, celebration, learning and nourishing.  A time to take the first steps to fulfill our dreams, to grow right where we are planted and to embrace, with love and gratitude our humble, conscious way of life. Here are a few of my favourite moments from 2014.

Celebrating Tallow's first birthday with our amazing family and friends
Growing our own food and embracing a homespun lifestyle
Moving to our little white cottage by the river
Reconnecting with old friends and celebrating my thirtieth birthday
Working with my mum and sister to grow Wilde Asher and developing a new range of homewares 
Taking on a new role, as a writer and stylist for Mildura Living Magazine 
Sharing a little bit about my life and work in interviews for the Australian Financial Review and Mollie Makes Photography
Connecting with mother nature, taking long walks, making flower mandalas & treading a little more lightly
Fulfilling many of my thirty goals
Finding my way as a mother, a homemaker and a creative and being able to share my adventures with such a caring community

And now begins a new adventure of 2015, an opportunity to truly live the life we've been talking about for so long.  The seeds are planted and now it's time to grow.  2015 is all about making dreams a reality, setting free ideas that have been nestled within my journal pages for far too long.  I hope to expand my creative work, both for Wilde Asher and my freelance writing & styling and explore new ways to connect creatively with the things I'm most passionate about.  I look forward to share more about my goals and my word for the year over the coming days.

Over the past three years I've created Thirty Goals to achieve over the year, as a way to inspire and challenge myself to achieve both fun short term goals and embrace long term dreams. Are you making goals for the year? I'd love to hear about them and I will create a little link up tomorrow so we could share our hopes and goals for the coming year. Feel free to pop by and join in!  You can also share them on Instagram with the hashtag #thirtygoals2015 and @herlibraryadventures. Whether it be one goal or fifty, it's a lovely way is to support one another's dreams for the new year.

Wishing you a wonderful evening, a time for celebration and reflection.  May your dreams engulf the skies and dance beyond the moon and into a vivid and truly magical 2015. 

Much Love
xxx

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Everyday Moments.. Our Christmas

Raspberries & gorgeous wrapping from my dear friend Katie..
A little handmade stocking hung by the chimney with care..
Christmas Eve, mince pie for breakfast and last minute stitching..
Frangipanis, my favourite scents of Christmas.. 
Homegrown additions to our little Christmas Eve feast..
Homespun table setting.. 
Our tree and table,bursting with thoughtful gifts & love..
Early Christmas morning, one delighted little pixie enjoying her new tea set..
Our favourite park, the perfect spot for our Christmas Day picnic..
Pure joy.. the sandpit was a hit! 

Much Love
xxx

Monday, 29 December 2014

52/52..

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

Tallow: Saturday afternoon exploring.. 

And here we are at that magic number 52.  I'm so happy I stuck out the year and captured so many sweet little details that pass by so quickly.  Afternoons in the garden, cheeky smiles and wide eyed wonder, these are the moments I will always treasure. In 2015, I'm going to embark on a new 52 project, one that's focused on treasured family time & our simple weekend adventures.  

Joining Jodi's beautiful 52 project
 Much Love
xxx   

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Everyday Moments - On the Eve of Christmas..

 Handmade crackers ready for our little family Christmas feast tonight..
My favourite little bird looking over the proceedings from our eucalyptus wreath..
Thoughtful gifts gathering.. and artwork from sweet cousins adorning the walls.. 
It wouldn't be Christmas without baking my Nan's shortbread recipe..
Last minute wrapping..
Festive treats from the garden..
Homegrown corn almost ready for popping, drying alongside the Christmas cards..

Wishing you and your loved ones a most magical festive season, wherever you are and how ever you celebrate.  May it be a time of peace, love, joy and gratitude.  We are looking forward to picnics by the river, time in the garden and summer evening wanders to the park.  I'll be back after the weekend, to wrap up 2014 and bring in the new year with a new list of goals and an inspiring new word for the 2015.  I hope you'll join me to share your goals too. 

Thank you so much for all your love, support and connection throughout the year.  It means the world to me that I'm able to share our everyday homespun adventures with you. 

Much Love
xxx 

Monday, 22 December 2014

51/52..

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

Tallow: The cutest peg holding assistant around.. 

 Joining Jodi's beautiful 52 project
 Much Love
xxx

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
xxx

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
xxx

Monday, 15 December 2014

50/52..

"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
xxx

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
xxx

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Everyday Moments - Feeling Festive..

Our eco-friendly handmade & foraged Christmas tree.. complete with embroidered eucalyptus leaves & cinnamon sticks.
A quiet moment of crochet for some special little festive handmade gifts..
And wrapping presents for Tallow's little cousins has never been so much fun.. 
Our first ever batch of apricot jam..I think I've found a new favourite past time.
On the kitchen window sill.. teacups & tomatoes.
In the garden.. Corn & pumpkins growing bigger everyday, hopefully there's some ready just in time for Christmas.

Much Love
xxx

Monday, 8 December 2014

49/52..

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

Tallow: Curls, overalls & dirt.. 

 Joining Jodi's beautiful 52 project
 Much Love
xxx