Attempting to live more of the ‘slow life’ can actually be a bit of a balancing act, that requires regular questioning of why you do things, and if you are really slowing down, or simply giving yourself a bigger to-do list.
The idea of the ‘slow life’ is to get closer to the old way of living, before all the technology, pressure, convenience and mass production. It’s about slowing down, and taking in the moment, enjoying the process, finding pleasure in simple things, creating joy in your everyday routine, being present in the moment, rather than rushing around trying to achieve as much as physically possible in as little time as possible, and losing the joy of it all. It’s a rejection of the modern way of life, the fast paced rat race, of convenience, and technologies that disconnect us.
After spotting the lovely craft book ‘Playful’ I couldn’t resist, and had to get a copy. I love the idea of making more things for my family by hand. And this book, is so gorgeous and has some wonderful, modern well designed ideas. It has got my inspired to get the sewing machine out, and make some more things for Henry. Also keen to have a go out making wooden toys too.
So after over a year of my site being half finished, I had another major error occur, and seeing as I wasn’t completely happy with the theme (it wasn’t mobile compatible) and my wordpress database seemed to have some unidentifibale corruption, which caused continued errors and issues, I decided to start over! I removed all files from the host, and re-uploaded things individually and started over with a new wordpress installation using a fresh database. I imported my old posts, but all my old pages are lost, so I will have to start my portfolio from scratch now.
I was attempting to make a hand cream, but it seems I went a bit to heavy on the butter and coconut oil, resulting in a body butter instead! So back to the drawing board on the hand cream (though I think I am headed down the right path now to reformulate and get it right next time!). So I was left with some gorgeous soft pink Rose and Hibiscus body butter. What to do with it?? I decided to make a giveaway out of it! I have two to giveaway, so I have decided to giveaway one here on my blog, and another on Instagram.
Ok so it is technically Tuesday now, but in some parts of the world, it is still Monday, so it still counts!!
I had my 20 week scan on Friday, and everything is looking great, our little bub is growing well. I feel like my belly is really started to grow now too, look more obviously pregnant these days.
My little early bird, seems to like to wake with the birds. Lately he has been getting up around 6am, as soon as there is the tiniest glimmer of light outside. I much preferred the days he slept till close to 7am, once the sun is fully risen. There is something about getting up before the sun rises that just doesn’t feel natural!
All the wattle has come into bloom, it is so very pretty! It’s that first glimpse of spring at the tail end of winter. Wattle is little fluffy yellow balls of hope, with the promise the cold of winter will soon pass and the warmth and new life of spring is on the way.
As a designer and trend watcher, I always find is slightly amusing when something that was once considered a bit dorky or not very trendy gets a new name, is done well by some clever creatives and suddenly has been re-invented and become cool again. An example of this is ‘Ombré‘, the gradual blending of one colour to another, usually moving tints and shades from light to dark. Doesn’t that remind you of ‘gradients’ once a dorky and ‘please don’t use‘ in the design world, suddenly re-invented, renamed and cool and trendy again.
Henry woke up just after 6am this morning, the weather report last night said that we may have more snow in the morning, so I quickly puled back the curtains, to see if it was true, and yes the snow was starting to fall, as the sun slowly began to rise, such a pretty way to start the day. Sorry for so much snow spam, it is just so exciting when you have grown up in a climate that rarely sees snow.