Smallbones is about sustainable, natural and simple living. I live very simply. Simple living is empowering. It’s thumbing your nose at mass consumption & manipulative corporate power. It’s learning what’s important in your world.
I’m a gardener, learning more about growing my own food every year. It’s a challenge as I’m surrounded by beautiful, towering Black walnut trees that exude a substance toxic to many vegetables, so this year I’ve joined a local CSA as well.
I was very fortunate to move from downtown Toronto to this tiny hamlet on a lake in 1998. I’m the happy owner of a simple, old (1855) house, complete with vestiges of the original builders. I love things that have withstood the ravages of time, especially if they were originally made by hand with love and care.
This website used to be a selling site with a blog; now it’s a simple blog. Also, I used to have a shop and my office in the front part of the house – they’re back to being the ‘front parlour’ and the guest room now. Part of simplifying my life was making my home life more simple as well. I no longer have to stay indoors in case a customer arrives (although I still welcome local people who call ahead). I now sell mainly on-line from my two Etsy shops, one containing the natural things I make and used to sell here (plus more) and the other is mostly antique and vintage things inherited from my mother. Part of living simply is not trying to keep everything, even if it is beautiful. Letting go of some things isn’t easy.
Simple living also means more time is available to you (at least in theory) – more time for family and community, the things that really matter.
Anyway, please have a stroll through the posts. I hope some will resonate with you!
My Handmade Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SmallbonesJane
My Vintage Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SmallbonesStudio