INSPIRED BY NATURE: REBECCA DESNOS

Rebecca Desnos explains why she is inspired by Nature, what she loves about botanical dyeing, and why her work encourages her to slow down. Read more on Geoffrey & Grace...

I’m really excited to share the next instalment of the ‘Inspired By Nature’ series with you today. I first came across this lady on Instagram and just loved the creativity and colours in her feed. She is a natural dyer, who loves to forage for plants. Last year she wrote and self published her first print book. When she’s not dying scarves, fabric and wooden beads, she is experimenting with plants and kitchen waste such as avocado skins, pomegranate skins and tea bags to make dye. She also has an E-book available, which I can throughly recommend. It’s a brilliant guide if you want to try your hand at natural dyeing but don’t know where to start.

Please welcome Rebecca Desnos

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SLOW LIVING FOR LIFE WINTER FAVOURITES

How to make time for some slow living moments in your day. Photo by @darlingbudsofme for #slowlivingforlife Winter Favourites

photo by Lisa @darlingbudsofme

It’s been a while since I shared any of the wonderful photographs that are captured using the hashtag #slowlivingforlife, so I thought I would pop in with some Winter favourites. Here are a selection of images that make me exhale and feel calm just by looking at them.

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REFLECTING BACK AND LOOKING FORWARD

I like to start the year by reflecting back at the previous year, I have also been thinking about what is coming up in 2017, what I am hoping to fill my year with, and what dreams I would like to nurture. If you would like some inspiration and some encouragement to believe in your creativity, read on.

Happy New Year to you all. I feel like I could hibernate for another month, but life and reality have been calling to me this last week, and I am gradually easing myself back into things.

After a blogging and Instagram break, I feel like I have lost my voice a little, and ironically I actually did lose my voice, and have been croaking my way through this week.

I like to start the year by reflecting back at the previous year, I have also been thinking about what is coming up in 2017, what I am hoping to fill my year with, and what dreams I would like to nurture.

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Holidays – dedicating August to a month of slow

Why I am dedicating a whole month to 'slow'... How to find a slower rhythm and why it is so good for your well being. Read more at Geoffrey & Grace...

There is something hypnotising about the summer that encourages a slower pace. I have written about it before, that particularly during the warmer months people noticeably have a strong desire to slow down.

Traditionally it’s when people go on holiday, which automatically invites a different rhythm from the rest of the year.

Bound by school terms for a large portion of childhood, maybe it’s ingrained in us from an early age, that the summer is the time to kick back and play. As adults with children, the free summer months still represent later starts and no school runs.

Perhaps also the warmer weather invites a slower lifestyle. Heat can definitely make you feel lethargic, after all the tradition of siestas became commonplace to help people avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day.

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Slow living reflect: moments captured

photo by Ellie @petalplum for slow living reflect on Geoffrey & Grace
Photo courtesy of Ellie @petalplum

June’s focus for the #slowliving_ project was ‘reflect’. Again, it was a word that summed up how both Danielle and I have been feeling of late, as the project reaches its one year anniversary at the end of the month.

It’s only natural to feel reflective when something is coming to a close. For those that are new to the project (and a little reminder for those that have been present since the beginning), here is why we started the slow living collaboration

After a busy few months at the end of last spring I wrote a post about ‘My Summer of Slow Living‘. It seemed to resonate with so many people, and I was suddenly aware of this deep desire to slow down. Not just from myself and my family, but from friends and blog readers too.

There seemed to be this instant community of people looking for an alternative way to live their lives. Longing for a slower and more meaningful approach, as opposed to the busy hustle of life that we sometimes find ourselves automatically falling into. After a bit of thought, it seemed pretty clear to me, and actually very simple too… we are all after the same thing… those wholehearted and connected moments that fuel our existence. When we are whizzing through the day it’s so easy to miss those bits. By slowing things down, and taking a breath every now and again, we create the space required to be present in those wonderfully wholehearted moments.

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