As the days get longer and the sun shines down upon our home, I'm constantly filled with gratitude that I'm able to spend these days of my life, making, creating, playing and marvelling at our corner of the world with my little family. And while not every moment in our nest is beautiful and perfect, they are times of learning, understanding and nurturing and loving, and they are so very precious. Here's a little of how we've been spending our days.
Over the past few months I've been working on a little collection of sacred treasures baskets for Wilde Asher. They are eco-friendly, made from hemp thread and paper twine and created especially to hold crystals, precious jewellery and sacred treasures. If one calls to your soul you can find them over here, with more being added over the next few weeks.
Whenever we can, we find ourselves outside, often wandering around the neighbourhood or by the river enjoying all the beauty of the season. I marvel at Tali's love of nature, her growing understanding of animals and plants and her treasure collecting nature.
And we return home with pockets filled with fallen leaves and gumnuts, the occasional feather, stone, twig or pinecone. This little pile will become part of our handmade Christmas decorations.
I'm excitedly embracing another handmade, upcycled and ethical Christmas this year and slowly working on some handstitched decorations created from pieces of silk I've been naturally dyeing with leaves and berries collected on our walks, herbs from the garden and kitchen scraps.
Over Spring I've been making space around our nest, slowly letting go of things that no longer serve us, allowing the shelves and little nooks some breathing space and making room for possibilties. A few special things still decorate the mantelpiece, collected bottles, feathers and a beautiful map of our favourite place, Byron Bay. There's something so magical about the area, we say that every time we visit, it really does feel like home. We are already planning another visit, perhaps a farm stay next time. If you know anyone with a farm in the Northern Rivers that might like some hard working helpers, let us know.
This time of the year fascinates me.. As we begin preparing for Christmas, writing lists, making plans, looking ahead, deciding what needs to be finished up by December and what can wait until the new year, November really gets the raw end of the deal. Here in my little corner of Australia, Spring has well and truly finished, but Summer has yet to offically start, so even seasons forget about November. Our garden, isn't impressed this month either. The little zucchinis and corn took a beating from our wildy enthusiastic and at times unruly snail population, so we've had to begin again in new raised beds. And while our potted tomatoes and new strawberry patch are coming along, I can't help but feel like we're behind in our summer crop and I keep longing for it to all just grow already.
All this planning, making, looking ahead, longing, wishing, waiting for the weekend.. I know it does me no good at all. I know while I'm designing necklaces for the holiday season, finishing deadlines for a summer magazine, planning Christmas decorations and homemade cards, I'm missing all of the right now moments.
Right now the jacarandas and silky oak are in bloom. Right now Tallow wants to walk by herself with us around the block every afternoon to search for treasures. Right now the river is warm and perfect for early evening swims. And right now, on this New Moon, is the perfect oppotunity to let go of the old, embrace the new and set intentions for today and tomorrow. So that's what I'm going to do.