Buy Nothing Weekends

Buy Nothing Weekends

The fervor of the wintery season is being whipped up before our very eyes. Plans are being made for get-togethers, for gathering around the dinner table, and for some of us shopping and getting ready to receive presents. In the next month and some days over-consumption has the opportunity to take center stage. If you […]

morning quiet

morning quiet

what do you hear in the morning quiet before the birds wake at dawn a dripping faucet gas powering coffee stir, stir the morning has begun silent sipping lots of thinking loads of work to be done what do you hear before a child wakes your own thoughts on overdrive in the silence silently sipping […]

Simple Everyday Things Come in Time

looking forward to the beach

Each and every day we embrace simplicity, we must choose it consciously. For what should be simple everyday things are sometimes a stretch of our imagination – or time. And we all know that it is hard to beat time, you either have it or you don’t. When you have your morning coffee are you […]

Not so miserable like home

there is a way back up

In the moments of writing this post, there is a vicious wind blowing with the intermittent fast drumming of rain drops on the roof. The caravan (or camping house, as we refer to), on “stilts”, shakes from the bigger gusts and the rain sounds like falling on a very thin, almost precarious separation between us […]

Spinning without a wheel or spindle

the art of spinning with your hands

Don’t let the lack of tools inhibit you from creating. It doesn’t take a spindle or a spinning wheel to make yarn, but the knowledge of handspinning will certainly help. If your fingers know how to twist and the prepared fiber is at hand, a length of yarn can be truly hand spun. Recently I sold […]

To be inspired by nature…

lichen on hawthorn

… you have to get out in it. Immerse yourself in unique sun risings and large luminous moonscapes. Invest in the future and plant saplings native to your landscape. Walk every day (as often as possible) no matter what the weather. Get to know the flora and fauna and appreciate the many and varied uses […]

The power of hand tools

hands at work

Hand tools are the means of communication of choice between materials and you when it comes to the kind of thorough work that allows for spending time over details such as: deep understanding of the material self-respect health consciousness pleasurable labor self-development through meaningful learning I was asked to help knock down a one layer […]

Pencil-animated emotions

crying fish

chants into the thick morning fog twirls of your dancing figure jumps with explosive landing touches of your healing hands crescents spotted in the bright sky Mummy-Mummy all day long just pinning yourself to the universe securely like the grip of your fingertips on pencil focus on paper space rocket rips through it and emotions […]

8 ways to live with less…

live with less

Living with less (of everything) is exciting! It can help replenish your health, restore your faith in kindness and good deeds, strengthen relationships and even improve your cooking skills by using fewer ingredients. Whittle down to little, focus on what you actually have and begin to express gratitude from there. Live with: less additives – […]

From sense of home to sense of place and back

fireweed blossom

Home is where happiness resides. Much more does a true home mean than just that thin- or thick-walled physical structure you inherit, the shelter from nature’s rough-on-the-skin elements, the blinds that provide a respite from society’s demands. A home is itself a living organism the life-resonance of which the more time you spend in, the […]