Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Taking Stock - SEPTEMBER..



Making : Clay name tags and a macrame arbour hanging for my sister's wedding.  I can't believe it's next weekend. 
Cooking : Birthday cakes! So many of the people I love most are born in September, I feel like I've become a birthday cake making machine. 
Drinking : An extra lovely coffee at Fine and Sunny today.  I don't drink coffee very often and it's usually when I'm styling and playing with pretty things, so it's always a treat. 
Reading:  Peppermint Magazine, the gorgeous Slow Living issue and Michelle's wonderful book for  Tallow's birthday cake recipe. 
Wanting: More hours in the day.  Thank goodness day light savings isn't far a way.
Looking: Forward to seeing my family next week!
Playing: In the mud.. Everyday.  I had forgotten how much fun it was to make mud pies. 
Deciding: What to pack for our whirlwind trip Byron Bay.  
Wishing: I could have a whole day to just make stuff. The creative energy the full moon brought with it this week has been intense. 
Enjoying: Spring sunshine, afternoon wanders, gathering flowers and leaves for new natural dyeing experminents. 
Liking: The thought of a whole day at the beach.
Wondering: How my dining table ended up looking like the aftermath of a craft workshop, (otherwise known as a craftermath). 
Loving: That we just taken the first step into an exciting new venture.  There's a new trailer parked in our garage, just waiting to be transformed. More details coming soon. 
Pondering: Creating an online portfolio.  I'd love to have everything in the one space. 
Buying: The sweetest simple little gold flower girl shoes for Tallow.  
Watching: This beautiful film of India Flint.  Such an inspiration.  
Hoping: To get some jazzy chickens soon.  I'd love some tips on vareties that work well with little onses. 
Marvelling: At how quickly the year has flown by!
Needing: A spring clean of my kitchen cupboards and some sturdier toddler proofing on the doors. 
Smelling: Beautiful orange blossom in the garden. 
Wearing: My new favourite Little Tienda summer dress.  
Noticing: Every leaf and flower I wander past and wondering if it would make a lovely coloured dye. 
Thinking: About love, weddings, family and the precious moments of everyday life. 
Admiring: The moon this week.  It's been truly amazing. 
Sorting: My newly curated, minimalist, conscious wardrobe. It's been three years in the making and I've got it down to under 50 items, that are ethically made, pre-loved and handmade. It's making me very happy indeed.
Getting: Ideas for summer. I think a little family road trip might be in order. 
Bookmarking: So many wonderful concious living articles.  A big love list coming soon!
Opening: The cutest little package from Opposite of Far, a little owl mask and wings for Tallow's Dancey Pants Disco doll, Daisy.
Giggling: At Miss Tallow, making friends at the shops with a little girl and then asking her to dance. Too cute!
Feeling: Giddy with excitement to be the maid of honour for my sister.  I also get to style her big day with the help of the lovely people at The Wedding Shed and I just can't wait!
Wishing: For beautiful weather over the next few weeks!
Helping: With some exciting projects for beautiful people.  
Hearing: Stevie Nicks.. She's so fun to wash up to. Dance party in the kitchen!

Much Love & Light
xxx

PS. Thanks to the lovely Pip for the fabulous Taking Stock list.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Capturing the Weekend - 39/52..

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

Sunday 11:30am - Blowing out the candles on her birthday cake was one of her favourite party moments..

Much Love & Light
xxx

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Journal Your Heart Out - Week Four..

We've made it! It's the final week (with an extra two sneaky prompts to cover the last two days of the month).  I hope your journal is feeling loved and full.  Take a moment to flick back through the pages and acknowledge your journey. Even if it's only a few days, those moments are so valuable and wonderful for your soul.  

Week Four of Journal Your Heart Out finds us finishing with life affirming, positive and joyful prompts to get you thinking about what's to come, hopes, dreams, community and the big picture. Use this as an opportunity to really let loose and embrace the words and images that find their way to your pages. 

As always, feel free to play with the prompts or journey your own path.  It's all wonderful. 


- Slow it Down: My own personal mantra at the moment and a beautiful way to really get in touch with your words and images. Boil the kettle, a really take a moment, to slow down. Write a line or two, the amount isn't important.  It's all about the intention.  Try to stay in the moment.  Flick through your journal pages. Listen, feel and enjoy the gentle pace.

- Who am I: This can be as simple or as complex as you like.  A true investigation into what makes up you.

- Hopes & Dreams: What are your hopes and dreams? How do they take shape? Let them out, watch them soar, write them into being.  Feel them as a part of you. 

- Even more Gratitude: There is always room for more gratitude. A simple list or something more,  it's beautiful to make this a daily or weekly practice.  

- Time: What does time mean to you? Is it fleeting? Are you making the most of it? Would you like to abandon the concept of it all together some days?  Find out how time plays a role in your life. 

- Nurture: Who do you nurture? Who nurtures you? What makes you feel loved, safe, happy? Embrace those moments, the tender details. 

- Nature: Go outside, let the wind brush your cheeks, inhale, catch the last rays of the afternoon sun.  Be there, truly grounded and present and then find a way to capture the essence of that feeling on the page.

- Community: Who is your community? Who would you like to be in your community? How do those people help to shape your life and lift you up?

- Reflection:  Reflect on the month, on your pages, experiences, challenges, joyful moments.  Enjoy looking back at what you have achieved, how far you've come and think about where to from here.


My soul journaling tip for the week.. 

Write with gratitude and love.. A really powerful way to connect and rediscover your voice through journaling is to write with love and gratitude. Filling your pages with positive affirmations, gratitude and moments that bring you great happiness will free your mind, ignite your passions and fill your soul with joy.  It's magic and all kinds of wonderful.

 I hope you've enjoyed this year's Journal Your Heart Out as much as I have.  I'll be back next week with a full list of the prompts so you can go back, catch up and reflect.   Make sure you pop over to Instagram and check out the #journalyourheartout hashtag and add your images too.  And if you're blogging along, be sure to leave a comment so I can check out your posts


Happy Journaling!
Much Love & Light
xxx

Monday, 21 September 2015

Capturing the Weekend - 38/52..

Sunday 6:10pm - Watching the sunset.. 

Much Love & Light
xxx

Friday, 18 September 2015

These Days - Early Spring..

These days, the Spring flowers are inspiring a touch of eco crafting. These free beeswax food covers worked a treat thanks to lovely Clare's instructions. 

These days, snack time is always outside and always an occasion for a tutu and handbag.

These days, our little veggie patch is bursting with good things to eat and the prettiest kale & rocket flowers.   

These days, are for celebrating.. Married nine years to the love of my life.  

 These days, I revel in the beauty of Spring time blooms, the sweetest gift from my love.

These days, as we wander, I study each tree and flower, wondering what colours might be hidden within.  This wattle was a wonderful surprise, adding a touch of sunshine to merino wool, silk thread and cotton.

These days are wonderfully full, as we prepare for my Sister's wedding in early October and Tallow's second birthday.  We're having a little garden fairy morning tea at her favourite park next weekend and I can't wait to make a few fairy inspired treats and decorations.

Much Love & Light
xxx

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Journal Your Heart Out - Week Three..

So here we are at Week Three. How have you been going so far? I'd love to hear about your journaling experiences.  Perhaps you've been making up your own prompts or just writing as your thoughts take you.  That's sometimes the best way to go.   

Week Three of Journal Your Heart Out, sees us going from the world around us to the world within. This week is a time to meander gently through the past, to acknowledge and set free, to celebrate and to look to the future with an open heart and outstretched arms.    

Use these prompts as a way to open yourself up to ideas, feelings and emotions.  Be kind to yourself, nurture your space and fill it with love.  


- Where I Write and Create: Take a moment to enjoy your writing space. The light that's seeping through the window, the worn old table.  Perhaps you don't have a designated space, why not write outside or manifest your ideal retreat, a little cabin in the wilderness, a Kombi parked by the sea.. Oh the possibilities.

- 10 Year Ago: Go back to a moment in time.  It can be big or small, whatever it is that comes to mind.  If that thought is fleeting, try again.  Find the beauty in the moment, the divine joy of a day with a loved one, or a sweet ephemeral hour. 

- Daily Rhythm: What is your daily rhythm like? How would you like it to feel? Perhaps you're looking to slow things down, to make the most from your days? Here is a lovely space to find out how you want your days to really be.

- I Remember: This is an opportunity to capture moments of childhood joy.  A favourite celebration, holiday or sweet memory.  Notice where your mind wanders to, what fills you with happiness.

- Embrace Silence: Try to find a few minutes of total silence.  Devices off, shoulders dropped, deep inhale.  If all you do is sit with your journal, that's perfect. If you find words or images that fit the moment, let them flow.  Embrace the silence, especially these days, it's a truly magical thing. 

- Love: Feel it, draw it in, nurture it and express it however you feel.

- 10 Years from Now: Here's an chance to dream and manifest those beautiful, wild, spectacular dreams. Get them on paper, notice your emotions as you write.  Give them substance and detail. Revel in the feeling that your dreams give you.

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Journaling from the soul opens up so much within you, so remember to be kind to yourself.  Here are a couple tips to help through your soul journey journey this week. 

Trust your intuition..
Writing can be daunting and at times even scary and that's what I feel makes it a truly incredible form of self expression.  It's important to trust your intuition, because once you begin you never know where your words may take you.  Perhaps to somewhere beautiful, or to a distant memory  that you were not ready to revisit.  From my own experiences, I've learnt that some of those moments are the most powerful for self healing and understanding, so trust in your soul and the transforming journey you are embarking on. 

Embrace your words..
Whatever you find tumbles onto your page, embrace your words, for they are some of your most intimate thoughts (and of course a whole lot of rambling thrown in for good measure).  Try to write a whole page without reading back over it or analysing what you are trying to say.  Just let the words flow, even if it doesn't seem to be making any sense.  Read back over it a few days later or even a month and I promise you will find something remarkable within your musings.  Allowing yourself to find or rediscover your writer's voice, is a beautiful and powerful gift.  

Happy writing! I can't wait to see your journals and spaces on Instagram. Be sure to hashtag #journalyourheartout so we can pop by and visit.  And if you're blogging along, be sure to leave a comment so I can check out your posts. 

Much Love & Light
xxx

Monday, 14 September 2015

Capturing the Weekend - 37/52..

Sunday 5:45pm - Warm evenings have returned! Our favourite time of day..

Much Love & Light
xxx

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Journal Your Heart Out - Week Two..



Hooray! One week finished! How is your journal looking? How are you feeling about the whole process? I've just loved seeing everyone's pages on Instagram, it's always so inspiring to see what you're creating.  Don't worry if you've missed a day here or there, what's most important is that when you are sitting down to write and create, you are doing so from the heart.  

I've created this week's prompts to be spontaneous and fun.  Journaling doesn't always have to be serious and I think those gentle moments, in between those deeper journeys of self discovery, can be a really nice way to balance out and lighten your journaling practice. 

As always, feel free to adapt, change or ditch any of the prompts, they really are just a place to begin.  Where you take them is up to you. 


- Films and songs that shaped you life: It's always amazes me how films and songs resonate on so many levels.  When I was 17, I was Amelie in a little old theatre in Sydney and the whole experience really had a remarkable impact on my life. Go back to those films and songs, rediscover them, and how they made you feel. 

- Cut Outs: Find a magazine or newspaper filled with great words, cut them out and rearrange them to make something new and glue it in your journal (see above image for one of mine).  Don't worry about grammar, just go for it. See each word in a new way.  (Inspired by the Bob Dylan method of song writing).

- Inspired by Images: Find an image that resonate with you and use it as inspiration for your page.  This is an especially great exercise if you are lost for words or ideas.

- Journal Date: Take your journal on a date, beyond your home.  Let it soak up the atmosphere of a coffee shop or afternoon sunshine at a park.  Explore what it is to write somewhere new. ps. Don't forget a pen or two!

- Walk it Out: Go for an intentional 10 minute walk (without any devices if possible). Notice your surroundings, be mindful as you walk.  When you get home, write about your experience.  You might even choose something in particular to focus on while you walk, a sound or colour for example.   

- Capture the Season: The seasons are a beautiful way to create chapters in your journaling, especially if you're not one to write dates on your pages.  Capture your favourite parts of the season, take time to notice the things that invigorate you during this time of the year.

- Collections: What do you collect? Memories, places, things? How do these collections shape and define you? What was your first collection? What would you love to collect? 

I hope this week will get you thinking outside the traditional form of journaling and invite you to play, to move and to notice the world around you.  Make sure you pop over to Instagram and check out the #journalyourheartout hashtag and add your images too.  And if you're blogging along, be sure to leave a comment so I can check out your posts. 

Happy Journaling
Much Love & Light
xxx

ps. If finding time to journal is something you're struggling with, check out my tips for making time to journal. Even if it's only five or ten minutes, remember every little bit counts. 

Monday, 7 September 2015

Capturing the Weekend - 36/52..

 
Sunday 1:20pm - High flying love on Father's Day.. 

Much Love & Light
xxx

PS. Thank you so much for your thoughts and support of my post last Friday.  It's so wonderful to read others are feeling like I am. It certainly helps to gain a little more perspective and feel a little more open and relaxed about sharing life and stories only when my heart yearns to write. 

Friday, 4 September 2015

Reclaiming Life Offline..

Lately I've noticed I'm spending less and less time online.  While I still enjoying popping into my favourite blogs and websites and reading articles that inspire and invigorate my soul, I'm just not resonating with social media and the curated online world the way I once did.  

Last month, I took a week off social media and at the end of the week when I returned, while I enjoyed catching up with my friends, I kind of wished I taken a little longer away. I realised the time I was wasting, just browsing social media for no reason.  I noticed a lightness in my whole being, when I wasn't thinking about what I was posting next, who I needed to reply to, what emails I hadn't returned.  But most of all, I just adored really connecting with my own life again.  Noticing, finding an awareness that I didn't have when my head was down looking at a device.  Since then, I've deleted Facebook and Bloglovin off my phone and I've stopped putting pressure on myself to create online content for the sake of it.  But most of all, I've started really living my own life, instead of comparing myself to others online and without thinking about how I could capture each moment, or turn it into a blog post (which I'm sure a part of me has done almost every day for the past seven years).

With all the time I've reclaimed by turning my phone off and putting my lap top away, I've found the freedom to spend more time outside, time playing, gardening, noticing and teaching my little dirt girl.  I've found time to learn new skills, particularly experimenting with natural dyeing, something I've been longing to reconnect with since I studying it at University. And I've found that words are so much more rich, real and beautiful when they come from a real page. I've been journaling so much more and I've been slowly devouring a stack of wonderful books and magazines I've been collecting over the past twelve months.  

For so long I thought if I wasn't online, I was missing out.  I thought if I wasn't sharing, people might forget who I was and all those wonderful connections and friendships I'd made over the years would disappear.  Really, the only person who was putting pressure on me to be 'online' was myself.  But it's become so obvious to me now that like everything, this world, the 'online world' is just a fleeting moment in time, one that could all so easily disappear, it seems with a click of a button.  So while I love writing, sharing and being a part of this world, I'm realising now, how important it is to put more of my love, time and energy into the offline world, into my local community, my home and my own personal growth and well being.  

How are you feeling about the online world at the moment?
I've love to hear about how you find a balance between online and offline.

Much Love & Light
xxx

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Journal Your Heart Out - Week One..

  To celebrate the change of season, the unfurling of possibilities and the beautiful handwritten word, I'm so excited to be hosting the second annual, Journal Your Heart Out project throughout September, here on the blog and on Instagram. 

I find around this time of the year, as life happens and the days are filled with doing and being, journals that were started earlier in the year are often left on the shelf, gathering dust. So the aim of this project is to get inspired and nurture the soul journaling experience, by creating a page a day in an existing or a new journal.  You can write, draw, collage or a mix of all, whatever brings your soul joy and then share your pages and words (whenever you feel like it) on your blog and Instagram throughout September.  I'll be featuring participants pages throughout the month and sharing some of my own too.

This year I'll be posting a list of prompts each week, throughout the month to get you dreaming, thinking and inspired.  Feel free to make use of them or just follow your own intuition.  I'll also be sharing weekly tips, thoughts and ideas here, to help you make the most of your soul journaling experience.  

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So welcome to Journal Your Heart Out.  You can find out a little more about the project from last year here and a bit more about me (if you're new to the blog) here.  I'll be sharing more about my own soul journaling experience as the month progresses but for now, I would love for you to connect or reconnect with your journals and start creating.  Below you'll find a list of this week's prompts.  These are just to get you thinking, so feel free to use, adapt and transform them in anyway you like and in whichever order you feel.  The main aim of the first week if just to settle in, to go gently and ease into the process.  Those blank pages can be daunting sometimes, so hopefully these prompts might be a good spring board from your ideas.  

If you're using a journal you've been using previously, I suggest starting on a new double page.  If you're using a new journal, leave the first page blank and dive right in. 

- Welcome: To settle into your pages, welcome yourself, perhaps with a little introduction, your favourite quote, an inspiring image.  Go gently and let the words find you.  Forget what you've written or created before and just start fresh.

- Home: What does home mean to you? Perhaps sit in your favourite spot while you write or make a note all the sounds you can hear in your home.  Describe it, revel in it, embrace the everyday beauty,

-You Ideal Day: What is it like? What would you do? Who would you be with? Immerse yourself in the experience.

- Gratitude: This can be as simple as a list of what you are grateful for or deeper expression of gratitude for people, places and experiences. Go gently and enjoy expressing this beautiful feeling. 

- Inspirations: Who and what inspires you? What gives you those butterflies of excitement and makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning.  Why do your inspirations make you feel this way?

- Tribe: What does tribe mean to you? Who is part of your tribe? Are you searching for your tribe, where would you like to find them?

- Life List: Create a life list, things you would love to do in your life.  Big, small, everyday or wonderfully wild.  A list of 20, 50 or even 100, whatever you like.  Make a note of the items on the list that really make heart sing, the ones that give you that feeling.  They are the most important of all.

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If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed by all those blank pages, check out my tips for starting a new journal.  

I'd love to see your journals so feel free to leave a comment with your blog details and use the hashtag #journalyourheartout on Instagram and Facebook.  And be sure to spread the word and invite anyone you think might enjoy the project to join in.

Happy Journaling!
Much Love & Light
xxx