These days, Autumn is coming to a close.. I take time to find delicate leaves and embrace the last of the season's beauty.
These days, are perfect for endless cups of tea and beautiful, inspiring reads.
These days the dining table is busy with makings and doings.. And while finding a spot to have dinner might be tricky, it's a sure sign that dreams are coming true.
These days, are for redecorating and making the living room nice and cosy for Winter..
These days, there's projects everywhere I look, things to make, photograph and write. If only my hands could keep up with my ideas.
These days, are perfect for slow adventures and wander by the river.
As Autumn draws to an end, I can't help but feel a little sad about saying goodbye to my favourite season. I remind myself to breath it all in, be gentle on myself, move with the natural rhythms and embrace the new season. Winter days in Mildura can be so lovely and I'm looking forward to making the most of the winter sun, getting into the garden and working on some exciting new projects.
“When we try to pick something out by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe” - John Muir
List #007.. A collection of blog posts, articles, short films & links to inspire and invigorate a more conscious way of life.
It's nearing the middle of the year and it seems for so many, including me, it's a time when we often have our heads down, working through our to do lists, getting through the weeks. And sometimes it's hard to see through the busy and everyday happenings, to the inspiring and thought provoking. So this is why, I love to create these lists, so that over the weekend, we can all find a moment to be invigorated again, to feel that creative energy deep within, nurture those ideas and go outside and reconnect with the earth beneath our feet.
The more we grow in our little patch, the more I begin to recognise, the profound connection we all have with the earth and our food . I found this essay a wonderful exploration into reclaiming the sacred in food and farming.
How beautiful is this farm and creative family. I just adore natural dyeing and it's something I can't wait to do more of in the future. This article just makes my heart sing.
Oh Milkwood, you've done it again. Every time I visit the Milkwood blog I get inspired to go outside and get dirty. This article on making your own seed raising mixture is just fabulous.
In the midst of a hectic last few weeks, I've been missing my daily yoga practice. I really enjoyed this article, about commitment to consistency and am very much look forward to getting back on the mat over the weekend.
Kirsten Rickert's world is just so enchanting. Not only is she an talented creative, she's also the most gentle and inspiring soul. I just adored this film she made with her gorgeous girls about helping save the bees. You can also find a divine in depth interview with Kirsten about her projects and life philosophy over at Spiral Elixir.
Tiny homes, I just can't get enough! While I don't think we'll ever live in anything this tiny, I love exploring homes like this one, as inspiration for ways I can better organised, refine and de-clutter our own little cottage. I especially love the open shelving!
And just because two tiny homes are better than one.. This gorgeous home, featured in a short film from The Design Files is sure to make you want to pack up and go tiny!
Have you seen this breathtaking short film? It's such a beautiful insight into how wolves are an essential part of natural eco-systems.
And speaking of short films.. This is one if you are feeling unsure about the future generations of the planet. So inspiring to see vibrant young people changing the world.
Also on my to make list.. Chai! It's certainly chai weather here. I'm still trying to recreate the perfect Confest chai blend, so I love trying out different recipes. This one from Matt & Lentil looks so tasty!
A series of raw musings, straight from the pages of my journal. Thoughts, about life, change, dreams, the future and finding home.
Written on the May New Moon..
"There is a magic to this Autumn day, a promise of great and beautiful thing to come. A change in the air and a time to let go, surrender all the fear and embrace all the possibilities. The gentle quiet, the afternoon sun, the deep joy of hearing the pen make its way across the page, reminds me how much I miss visiting this corner of my world, and how I need to come by far more often. I feel at ease, just getting the words out, a chance to untangle the day, to be in the moment. Within each breath and each idea, there is a stillness that washes over me. And a certain joy that the new moon brings. It is a time to shuffle the deck, draw a card, let it all go and breath deeply into all the wonderful possibilities.
Our journey to find our home is on its way. I can vision the gumboots at the door and the smoke neatly curling from the chimney. And there is peace and quiet, the bliss filled quiet that comes from cultivating a conscious life. "
Over the years I've always enjoyed reading everyone's Taking Stock posts, but I've never actually written one myself. And it just seems like the perfect kind of post for today, in the middle of the month, in the midst of exciting happenings, makings and doings. Thank you lovely Ashley for reminding me about these great posts and to the wonderful Pip for her Taking Stock concept.
Wanting: A new couch. A nice, comfortable, squishy, cosy, afforable, toddler proof couch
Looking: At the beautiful last flourish of snapdragons
Playing: In the garden, our dirt girl would dig to China if she could, I'm sure
Deciding: On a plan of attack to organise my studio desk once and for all.
Wishing: There were a few more hours in the day (in the best way possible!)
Enjoying: The Autumn sunshine through the kitchen window
Waiting: For the kale and rainbow chard to grow big enough to start harvesting
Liking: Bloglovin for fixing my posts! Hooray, it's working again!
Wondering: When the oranges on our tree will be ripe enough to enjoy
Loving: That we are nearly ready to relaunch the Wilde Asher store
Pondering: How best to tackle the up coming Mercury Retrograde. I think I'll start with a list.
Considering: Moving all the bedrooms and studio around. I'm a bit of a gypsy and can't keep everything in the same spot for too long.
Watching: Rachel Khoo and Poh & Co. on SBS on Demand. Such inspiring ladies! Hoping: I have enough time for a little new moon yoga this afternoon Marvelling: At beautiful, kind and supportive online community
Needing: Another cup of tea
Smelling: My new beeswax candle
Wearing: My awesome pair of $4 thrifted jeans.. everyday.
Lately I've been thinking about the concept of 'Simple Living'. It really does seem to be the 'buzzword' of the moment. Just the other week I while we were in Surfers Paradise, I popped into Coles for the first time in ages, to grab a few things for our picnic and I noticed a sign down one of the isles that said something like, 'Cole Live Simply Range' and I had to do a double take. While I love the idea that simple living is becoming a mainstream, achievable way of life, I couldn't help but worry that it could also turn into another money making fad. Ever since, I've been wondering about what it really means to live simply.
And it seems I'm not the only one pondering simple living. Lovely ladies and fellow simple living advocates, Brydie and Julie have been writing about it too. So, inspired by their posts, I thought I'd explore what simple living means to me.
When I look around at my home, it doesn't seem all that simple. It's often busy, probably too cluttered and never picture perfect. There's toys, a washing basket or two, crafty projects, assorted shoes and ephemera all about the place. The dining table is very rarely empty and almost as soon as I pop all the toys back in their baskets, they are back out all over the floor again. The shelves are busy too, with rotating vignettes, candles, found feathers and leaves and I won't even start on the craft room (although if you do want to see it in fine form pop over here). Mine is not the home of a minimalist, it's the home of a creative family.
So how do we live simply? Well even though there might be a bit of clutter about and the washing basket is never really empty, we try to buy and use less and be conscious of how we spend our days. When we moved last year, we let go of a great deal of our belongings and as we live in a cottage without much storage space, what is out and on display is all there is. For me, living simply isn't just about de-cluttering though, it's a whole lifestyle and a way of thinking and being. And this kind of being is not always innate, especially if like us, you haven't always been living this way. It takes daily reminders, persistence and passion. I have days where I feel like I'm not doing enough, where I wish I could update all my cleaning equipment from plastic to lovely wood and metal and have a curated wardrobe of beautiful organic, ethical clothing. Some days I want to live the kind of 'simple life' I see on Pinterest, but I have to remind myself, that those images aren't totally real and that by me feeling that way, they are achieving their purpose.
So I live simply, my way. I give myself a little high five when I harvest a few veggies from the garden, when I notice that the worm farm is working and whenever I make a batch of homemade washing liquid. It's hard some days to measure the results, there's no voice over to narrate your journey and tell you how far you've come. But for me, it's moments when I look around and I'm truly happy in our home, when I'm calm and content, not rushing, or frantic. When I open a jar of my own homemade jam or bake a loaf of bread. That's when I know I'm living 'my simple life' and I don't need to compare my version of simple to anything else.
Have you been think about simple living lately? What does it mean to you?
Much Love & Light
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It's often so easy to slip into the routine of the everyday, just putting one foot in front of the other, allowing the days to become weeks and then wondering where the month has disappeared to. Well, at least it is until life reminds you just how precious those days are. It's been a challenging past month, one that's made me really stop and appreciate just how blessed I am each and everyday. Over the past month, both my parents have had health scares and it's really the first time I've seen them both so vulnerable. All that worry and waiting for results, hoping and praying for the best, over thinking and feeling totally out of control, while still trying to go about everyday life, has been an altogether exhausting and stressful process on us all. Coupled with my own bout of mastitis and the initial scare that comes along discovering a lump and I've found myself in quite a surreal space, putting everything aside to just focus on getting from one day to the next, eagerly awaiting any bit of good news. And I'm so incredibly full of gratitude that good news has now come to us all.
There is nothing like that kind of stress to make you reevaluate what is really important in life. This morning I woke up to a new day, a new beginning, a true awareness of the blessings I have and a profound greater love for my family and gratitude for good health. And through all of this, I've found an immense clarification and a burning fire in my soul, to set aside my fears and really begin making my dreams a reality.
Much Love & Light
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