Monday, 25 May 2015

Capturing the Weekend - 21/52..

A portrait capturing our weekend, each week, in 2015."

Saturday 1;00 pm: These two, searching for treasures along the Greater Darling Anabranch.. 

Much Love & Light
xxx

Friday, 22 May 2015

Conscious Living - A Love List..

“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.

I always love Belinda's articles on The Planthunter and have these lovely Australian native smudge sticks on the top of my to make list.

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!

And I just love this collaboration.. She grows it, he cooks it. Some great vegetarian recipes!

Oh and another must make recipe this weekend.. The gorgeous Lunch Lady's Lemon Curd! Oh yes, I will make it happen.

After some weekend reading? I really enjoyed this article about the ever inspiring multi-disciplinary visionary, Joost Bakker.

If you're after a book, I can highly recommend the stunning A Table in the Orchard.  I don't want it to end!

Perhaps something to listen as well? Here are two great podcasts, from simple living, minimalist gurus, Joshua Becker and Erin Boyle.

And in case you missed it, here's what simple living means to me.

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What have you been reading, watching and enjoying and been inspired by lately?

Wishing you a gorgeous weekend, with plenty of great meals, happy adventures & the perfect amount of dirt.

Much Love & Light
xxx

ps. You can find my previous Love Lists here.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

From My Journal..

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. "

Much Love & Light
xxx

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Taking Stock - MAY..

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.

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Making : Prayer flags for Bec's #prayerflagsfornepal campaign 
Cooking : Chicken broth with extra lemon and turmeric
Drinking : Tea - Earl Grey
Reading: Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams and A Table in the Orchard by the divine Michelle Crawford
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. 
Following: The beautiful Spirit Weaver Gathering days on IG. 
Noticing: My to do lists creeping back onto random pieces of paper and post its today.  (I've been attempting bullet journaling and loving it. Time to reign the notes back in)
Knowing: That doing things one at a time, is far better than multi-tasking, especially for an easily distracted creative. 
Thinking: I need another solo thrift outing for another pair of jeans (and vintage florals of course!)
Feeling: Excited and grateful! So many wonderful things happening at the moment. 
Sorting: Product photos and descriptions.. And the washing basket (of course)
Buying: All kinds of wonderful seasonal produce from the farmer's markets.   
Bookmarking: Almost every article on Sacred Ecology
Disliking: Trips to the post office, with a cranky toddler.. in the rain.
Opening: My notebook.. Ready for list making
Giggling: At toddler dance sessions in the kitchen.. in gumboots.  Cuteness overload!

Much Love & Light
xxx