Hats, mittens, scarves, belts, socks, change purses, cosmetic bags: these are things we can call haberdashery, commonly used for men’s accessories but now encompassing women’s as well. I handcraft these one-of-a-kind items with long-lasting use in mind. Mostly for women, but I’ll be fashioning the odd thing for men, too.
A simple home is deserving of attractive accessories that provide comfort and utility – things that add pleasure to our daily lives. I make the things I like with quality, natural materials that will last a very long time. They also make welcome gifts for almost any occasion. My family can attest to that!
Baby sets for the wee one in your life hand knit with soft, natural organic cotton. The yarn is grown and spun with none of the chemicals used on conventionally-grown cotton. Babies have sensitive skin, so you want to protect that tiny body. Various sets, some including a bath set with wash cloths and pure castile soap.
I’ll apologize right up front: I didn’t mean to send those last two posts at that time. I meant to write this one first explaining what I’m doing. I realized after the fact that I should have saved the posts in draft form until after I’d sent the update. So…here’s the explanation.
Handmade kitchen and dining accessories with a vintage appeal.
I’ve been making soap for more than 12 years the old-fashioned, cold process way. Handmade natural soap is a thoughtful gift for the person who doesn’t want more ‘things,’ but would love something both practical and beautiful. Everyday consumable items make the best gifts for simple living!
I love garlic and want to plant more this year. Last year I spent ages separating the cloves before planting out. This year I searched and found a really easy way to accomplish this little task…
In my corner of the world we’ve been pretty lucky so far. Our weather has had its ups and downs, but nowhere near what’s been happening in other parts of the world. This year has been different: apparently the current drought is the worst since 1959. Weathering challenging times like this will take more serious thought and ingenuity as climate change continues.
The Hazel Bird Nature Reserve is well worth a visit. It’s much more fun to explore than a playground! It comprises many different habitats including tallgrass prairie, sand barren, oak woodland and black oak savanna, which are all native to the Rice Lake Plains. On a perfect Spring day in early May we went for the first time.
I wonder if there’s a prize for being the most infrequent rambling blogger of all time?
I think as a blogger you’re supposed to post a new article a tad more often than twice a year or so. 😉 At least I don’t inundate readers with unwanted mail!
My biggest lesson from this is that one simply can’t do everything (at least I can’t).
It’s Spring, finally. It was actually over 20°C yesterday and the sunshine was glorious – a reminder that simple living really is as simple as enjoying a warm and sunny day! There are Loons on the lake and ‘our’ Pileated Woodpecker has been visiting. Both of these birds will disappear from this area when all the weekend visitors arrive, with their increased activity and noise. But for now it’s lovely to see and hear them.
This list of books adds to my first “books that inspire” post. I’m still a ‘book learner’ and love to share new discoveries.