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…
Last week was half term here in England. It was also my Birthday and to help me celebrate we had some family come to stay. The house was very full as my sister and brother-in-law have a nearly two year old, and a four month old. The hallway was filled with the happy sounds of little feet and giggles, plus I got some birthday ‘baby cuddles’.
Hannah, from Seeds and Stitches has invited me to share some thoughts about ‘love’, so tomorrow I will be over on her lovely little corner of the internet taking about ‘love… and learning to love yourself‘. I do hope you will hop over for a read. I will give you a gentle social network prod tomorrow as a reminder.
Since my thoughts have been focused on ‘love’ for most of the month, after all it is February, I’ve been writing the aforementioned guest post, plus it’s the theme for our slow living project, I thought it was a good time to share something a little different here on the Geoffrey & Grace blog – a poem.
Back at the beginning of the summer I was sitting at Blogtacular, notebook and pen in hand, ready to listen to Grace Bonney’s keynote speech. The previous 6 months had been busy ones. We were preparing for the summer at Margot, and still establishing what we wanted to do with the beach hut. Personally I was identifying and developing my style as a maker, whilst of course, sewing, designing, and making some stock. Plus I was balancing that alongside blogging, and doing some freelance writing.