Smallbones Studio: Accessories for Your Simple Home

House & Home: Smallbones

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!

Rambling with the Infrequent Blogger

window on winter

Winter rambling…
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).

Before making the final decision…Smallbones

Victorian lace Christmas ornaments

I became an official senior citizen last November. (I really think we should come up with a better name, as most of us don’t feel very “senior” when we’re in our 60s and 70s. I kind of like “Revered Elder” – just kidding, sort of).

Moving Forward…Smallbones & Me

Jane Weeks of Smallbones Studio

I fell in love with my heritage house on sight and decided that I wanted to live within its old walls before I’d even been inside. It was built in 1855 by Gore’s Landing’s first boat builder and coffin maker. (His photo is in the Peterborough Canoe Museum.) It’s a small and simple dwelling that retains most of its original character. Gore’s Landing is a wonderful hamlet with its very own open-twice-each-week library in the community hall.

Sustainable Living Extends to the Holiday Season, Too!

Santa's reindeer woven cane

Since opening my shop on Etsy, I’ve made many ‘Etsian’ friends and found many people who are contributing to the environmental ethic by making new things from recycled materials, or selling vintage items that were made to last! “Green Gifting” is a natural for those who care about sustainability (which is presumably everybody who would like life on Earth to carry on). Here are some ideas to get the ball rolling for 2013!

60 Ideas on How to Live Sustainably

Earth from Space

There are many steps we can each take to reduce our impact on the environment, saving money & our health at the same time. Here are 60 tips: most are free and easy, and they’ll all make you feel good about doing your bit!

Simplicity My Way

Smallbones is about sustainable, natural and simple living. I often think about what life was like for the family that built my house in 1855.

What is an eco-artisan?

I was asked today to write a 200-word definition of eco-artisan. This is what I came up with. Do you agree or can you add something? If you delve a couple of hundred years into human history to see how people lived, you’ll find that almost everybody was an eco-artisan. It was natural to grow and make the things that you used every day.

What’s a Sally Garden? Basket Willows!

basket willow colours

I get excited about old-time crafts very easily, especially if they require no cash outlay and my own two hands are the tools. I’ve been known to bite off more than I can chew, but sometimes the excitement leads to marvellous new adventures in sufficiency! A sally garden is a willow (salix) garden. Next to growing food, I think growing basket willows is about the smartest thing you can do with a bit of soil. Chair caning led me to basketry, and weaving baskets led to wanting to grow my own basket willows.

11 Free & Simple Things You Can Do for a Happier, Healthier Planet — Be a Doer!

A short list of absolutely free and simple things everybody can do, some so simple that we sometimes forget. A quiet example can have positive affects that we may never know about. It’s often difficult to bite your tongue (as I know so well) and that’s where a gentle suggestion and doing your personal best may do the trick.