In the middle of each month, I round up 10 of my favourite pictures in the #embracingtheseasons feed, and here are April's. As always, such total Spring beauties that make me feel all itchy and cooped up sat here at my desk- get me outside!Read More
Welcome to the February Sunday Supplement! The first few days of February held Imbolc- a festival to mark the half way point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It's the start of a slow, sleepy wake up from winter hibernation. I can feel it deep within me, can you? I'm waking, shifting, stretching and readying myself to leave my winter cave. The darkest days of winter are behind us.
Here are 10 ideas of things to Make, Do and Celebrate in the Month ahead.
- Celebrate love in all it's forms. Its true that like lots of the best holidays, Valentines has been turned into a corporate schmaltz fest but over the years I've come to quite enjoy this month, especially when you expand your definition of love to your friends, children and even the earth.
- Keep those candles going. I think I recommend lighting candles in every sunday supplement but February holds candlemas- the festival of lights. It's been held this month since pre-Christian times to celebrate the virgin earth of spring. A nice way to celebrate this festival is to dig holes in the earth and plant candles in them and then light the candles to warm up the earth and encourage spring (children love this). It's a lovely excuse to fill the house with candles too.
- Hunt for Snow Drops and enjoy their delicate beauty. If you have children you could make a circle of pebbles around the snow drops to protect them.
- EAT ALL THE PANCAKES. All month. Oh yes. This is one of my favourite months of the YEAR.
- Experiment with different types of flour for your pancakes and try some unusual fillings too. I’ll be making pancakes with buckwheat and almond milk this year.
- Have a crocus picnic. Have you spotted them yet? Those tender soldiers of the spring are pushing up through hard ground and filling our parks and woodlands with blankets of purple, yellow and White. Find a bare patch of earth nearby to spread a blanket to enjoy them up close.
- Be your own Valentine. Make time for YOU this year! We think loving yourself is the most important thing to do this Valentines.
- Celebrate your female friendships on Galentines Day! Make like Leslie Knope and throw a brunch for your close female friends. I have two gatherings booked in and am more excited about these than I am about Valentines day! (Sorry Dave)
- Book your tickets for WOW festival next month. This is one of my favourite festivals. If you're not in or near London, there are 'feeder' events happening all over the country, and there are some sessions streamed live too.
- Plant or gift Rose Bushes! I think they make gorgeous and much or eco valentines gifts, don’t you?! Providing there’s no frost, roses can be planted out now.
So yes, FEBRUARY. I finally feel ready for this year!
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December festivities are well underway and we are so excited about all there is to come. We have been working through our December Sunday Supplement list of wonderful things to make, do and celebrate; including making lots of wreathes (along with the whole of blogland apparently), lighting the candles over breakfast, donating toys and books (aka major decluttering), watching the starling murmurations and star spotting with Frankie-Rose. I am off to do my first stint of volunteering at our local food bank tomorrow too. Our advent calendar this year is little stamped envelopes each containing Something Christmassy to make, do or give, and this has also brought a lot of (very) early morning joy to our house. Baking christmas biscuits in our pyjama’s at 6.30am was rather…. unforgettable. We’ve made paper snowflakes and paper chains, fed the birds, visited our Christmas market and lots of other delightful things I now can’t remember in my groggy-should-be-in-bed-but-want-to-blog state. This is Frankie’s first cognisant winter and it is delightful to see her understanding of the season unfold. I dreamt about creating winter and Christmas traditions with my kids before having Frankie, and I am profoundly aware of that dream, and this privilege. In fact I'm grasping it with white knuckles, lest the other stresses and strains of the season that threaten at the outskirts take the magic away.
Here is my December Styling The Seasons post. These pictures are always taken so quickly, often with Frankie-Rose temporarily entertained for a limited amount of time next door, but I love capturing how we’re celebrating each month in our home and how we’re bringing whats happened outside in each season, inside.
P.S I am running an Instagram giveaway to win one of the gold Christmas tree posters, featured above, from The Pippa and Ike Show. Check the Seeds and Stitches account for the details.
P.P.S only one day left to enter to win a pack of Nose Baker biscuits (the very best biscuits there are) on the last blog post!
December! Month of glitter and shimmer; feathery frosts, dazzling moonlight and flickering candles. The winter season is here, and we’re all feeling pretty excited! We’ve been reveling in blankets, candlelight, evergreens, and cosy time with our families.
Similarly to last year, we are opting for a simple Christmas focused on experiences, rather than ‘stuff’, and taking conscious steps to make things easier for ourselves and our families in the coming weeks, whilst creating magical moments worth remembering.
10 Wonderful things to make, do and celebrate in the month ahead
1. Make. Decorations, simple gifts, wreathes…Winter is a wonderful opportunity for turning inwards and creating; so let your creativity flow IF you have the time and energy. (-Really; there’s nothing worse than stressed crafting, trust us!)
2. Hygge. Light the candles in the mornings and leave them lit until lunch time. Pile the sofa up with blankets. Cook comforting food.
3. Give. Go through kids books and toys with your children and encourage them to give things away they no longer play with. Do the same with your own stuff.
4. Volunteer. Look up your local food bank or shelter and see if there’s any slots that need filling or things they need.
5. Go outside. Yes, it’s cold, but there is nothing nicer than the woods in winter. Or the beach, for that matter. Don thermals and your woollies and enjoy that crisp, frosty air.
6. Watch the Moon. The dark evenings make moon and star watching, especially with children who are normally sleeping, possible. Go on a lantern/torch walk round your local park to see the constellations better. Plus, torches= the most fun ever.
7. Look up. starling murmerations; those great cloud like bird formations twisting and turning in the sunset, are in full swing, and are utterly magical.
8. Celebrate the Solstice on the 22nd. Put the date in your diaries and do something to celebrate the shortest day of the year; and the fact that we’ll enjoy more light from this point. We’ll be making ice votives and having dinner with friends.
9. Shop local, or better yet, don’t shop at all! Make, swap, or simply agree not to buy gifts.
10. Look after yourself. December can be such a busy month but don’t forget to carve out rest time. Eat well, drink lots of water, enjoy hot baths, move your body.
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Things are starting to feel decidedly Christmassy around here. I’d like to tell you that it’s the influence of my 3 year old, but that would be a lie. She seems vaguely excited at the prospect of gifts, but really rather oblivious about the whole thing. We are focussing on the seasonal aspect of Christmas; the solstice, and what’s happening outside which I suppose is why. I on the other hand, although outwardly composed and sufficiently grown up about it, am internally running around in excited circles and throwing glitter and pine needles in an rainbow arc above my head. We’re off to Bolton this weekend to have a mini Christmas with my family, so i’ve been busy buying and making gifts and wrapping and gathering materials. My mincemeat and Christmas puddings are done and I have also prepped quite a few Christmas posts too. This is so unheard of, and quite frankly, out of character, that I feel I deserve some sort of trophy.
What I’m trying to say is that things have been feeling festive around here for a while, as it should. Anything that helps us to focus on the brilliance of Winter should be encouraged: it's life affirming and also SAD banishing. It actually feels good to celebrate winter greenery and candle light, and dark cosy nights.
Since the Sisterhood Winter Supper a couple of weeks ago, which I styled, I haven’t been able to resist starting to style some wintery/christmassy goodness into my home. My mantle has looked like this for a couple of weeks now, and will probably look pretty much the same in December too. It is basically lots of handmade wreathes from the sisterhood supper, clipped with vintage candle clips from eBay. My current obsession is beeswax candles. They smell divine and burn beautifully, with none of the chemicals in most normal candles. The stumpy shaped ones were £3 and £5 a pair from Frankie-Rose’s Advent fair at her Steiner school (bargain! I snapped them up!) and the little beeswax candles in the clips are German, and from eBay.
And here is my winter flat lay for this months Styling The seasons challenge; a Make Light Studio and Styling The Seasons Flat Lay.
Happy November to you! May winter's brilliance be with you.