Last May, for the second year running I attended Sisterhood Camp. A creative retreat for women, a chance to gather, to feast, to laugh, to create, to find community. A chance to escape from it all for a whole weekend and dedicated the time just to you and your well being.
This week I had my first proper go at botanical dyeing, and it’s been such fun. One of the things that I’ve noticed about the process is it really is a ‘slow’ craft. You can’t hurry or rush dyeing your own fabric, and the more time you can give to each step of the process the better. It doesn’t take much effort, it’s just a matter of letting the fabric sit at various stages in different pots – the perfect activity to have ticking along in the background.
Natural dyeing is something I’ve wanted to try for a while, and I knew I wanted to start by making a curtain from a piece of muslin for the work room. Back at the beginning of the Summer I bought a copy of Botanical Colour At Your Fingertips by Rebecca Desnos. It’s a brilliant informative e-book available on Etsy here, (you can now also get a paperback version). It’s perfect if you want to dye natural fibres and not use any chemicals, which is exactly what I was after.
September’s skies saw two new moons, and a spell of glorious weather. An indian Summer meant bonus time on the beach and even paddling in the sea.
Before October properly takes hold with it’s cool crisp days, let’s look at the ‘Monthly Voice’ for September. Here’s what’s inspired me this month, and some lovely things we’ve discovered that have had my heart…
photo courtesy of @veronikagphotography
It’s been about a month since Danielle from Hippie In Disguise and I started the new slow living hashtag ‘slow living for life’ and today I wanted to share my first selection of photographs from the gallery.
Thanks to all that have participated so far. Remember the hashtag has no monthly theme now. Anyone can join in and share a photo on Instagram, you just have to put the hashtag #slowlivingforlife in your caption. I’m really looking forward to seeing the gallery grow full of slow living inspiration.
Here are my favourites moments shared from September and there is a grid over on Instagram too.
When your family is spread around the world it can’t help but alter what being together feels like. Once or maybe twice a year, if we are lucky, do we all get to exist under the same roof for a day or two, and back in July we had a whole week of family time.
Even though July’s vacation seems a long time ago, the memories are lasting, and I still carry the essence of our time together. I hope when Winter comes, and the sun seems far away, I will be able to close my eyes and transport myself back to our Summer in France. If not, I have this to remind me…
Stories from France…