Tomorrow is the first of December, the beginning of Winter, and the first day that Bailey will open her homemade and natural Advent Calendar. The seasons have shifted once more, and our mornings have been magically frosty this last week – they have had us reaching deep into our pockets in search of mittens, and wrapping up in our soft scarves.
I’ve managed to make time to finish Bailey’s natural Advent Calendar just in time for her to open the first little brown parcel tomorrow morning.
Happy nearly weekend. For the second part of the new ‘Inspired By Nature‘ series, (catch up with part one here), Kaity from Fare Isle is back sharing a wonderful recipe for vegan muffins – Pecan Streusel Spiced Sweet Potato Muffins.
Something to have a go at making this weekend. Enjoy.
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.
The new blog design is now completely finished. To celebrate, I wanted to hold a competition to say thank you to all of you who stop by for some wholehearted and slow living inspiration. I love to share little snippets of our days with you, things that I am thinking, and how we are managing to live more simply and slowly. I am very thankful that you make the time to read, it really means a lot to me, and I hope this blog always inspires you to find a moment of calm and creativity in your day.
This is doubly exciting because I also get to share with you one of my favourite products. These Bee Eco wraps are handmade on the sunshine coast in Australia, and are a fantastic sustainable food storage. I have had mine for almost a year now, and I absolutely love them. The smaller wraps are great to cover pots to store food in the fridge, and the larger wraps are perfect for sandwiches when we go on picnics. Anything you would use tinfoil, clingfilm or a plastic pot for, you can use these wraps instead, but brilliantly there is no waste.
photo courtesy of Geraldine @devine_tribe
There are over 3,000 photos in the #slowliving_create gallery this month, thank you to all that joined in. We decided to re-visit the word ‘create’, as prioritising time to be creative is so fundamental to our well being. As always we have loved looking through the gallery and seeing how you make space for creativity in your days.
Here are my favourite slow living create moments captured for March…