Happy Monday folks 💫
It’s been quite some time since I’ve plonked myself in front of my own camera, but on Saturday as I was driving past these beautiful views I felt the overwhelming urge to pull over and capture myself in the moment. The wind was crazy and ten cars drove past giving me strange looks but I know I’ll look back on this years later and remember this wild season of living and what it felt like standing there amidst it all.
What do you do when faced with opposition? Not for anyone else, but you yourself. I just painfully realized that I run. I will always defend Jesus and the ones I love. But, when it comes to myself....I don’t fight. I hide. I run out the door in heels and move faster than I realized my little legs ever could. I’m a human being who has become so obsessed with not failing that if I’m even close to it, I run in the opposite direction. I’ve done it with relationships, with jobs, with ministry....everything. I refuse to fail which means I refuse to grow. God didn’t make me perfect. He doesn’t ask me to be perfect. He asks me to be obedient. He asks me to trust Him...even in the midst of failing. Let me encourage you, on this beautiful autumn Sunday, that if you’re walking down a path that is being critiqued and you face the beginning feelings of defeat, stop and ask God. Double check your motives, your heart, and His calling. And, if you get the OK from Him, keep on that path. Don’t run away from it because you might stumble or people are waiting for you to fall. Hold your head up, dust your pretty knees off, and say ‘I am a servant of the Lord. I go where He sends.’ And you fight for your calling.
P.S. have a friend (@shelbie_toevs ) who brings you bundles of eucalyptus and hang it around your house for a perfect stress reliever. ☺️
Levi, you are so lucky to grow up with the best dad as a role model and support ✨
I feel the heavy weight sometimes of how important our job is as parents. We want to model the right behaviours, instill values, cloak them with unconditional love and unwavering support, foster enough confidence for them to say no and enough trust in us as parents to open up.
We say to each other so often that we are raising future world changers. I hope so much that Levi grows into a loving, kind, strong and capable man who always knows his worth and that he shines a light to all those who surround him 💕
And most of all- I want him to be happy.
Can't believe it's already Monday morning.
Take me back to Saturday sleep ins & playing in the sun, endless beverages & all the things I don't have time to do during the week. 🌻
Anybody else wondering where the weekend went 😭
Sundays in my home are pretty sacred. We focus on feeding our bellies and our souls so that we can gear up for another week of battle on Monday. Sometimes this doesn't always work out for mamas. Even though I have two kids I still consider myself a first time mom to a five year old. I have been pretty embarrassed to admit it but it has been a war zone in my house recently with some behavioural issues (A.K.A. fits). And today was the day I have come to the end of my rope and said enough! I had to swallow my expectations and take my own advice; which is to slow down and focus on the now. Life is an investment even if it isn't always easy. And if you think of me this week send love and prayers! #mynameismama#slowandsteady
Being present, in the moment......⠀
Leave your phone at home (or in the car) and enjoy being out in nature without the the distraction of notifications, phone calls and all things technical.⠀
How beautiful is this pic captured by @thesoukgourmet
We had the most wonderful day as a family and evening with friends wining and dining which ended with dancing moves to “up down funk you up” in the middle of the kitchen! That’s what Sundays are all about!!! We have NO family in the UK and friends like these mean the world to us! So cheers to great friendships 🥂 @helen_cooper2000 - now, what is the name of this flower??? I love it!
It’s official! Finally at the age of 28 we are now fully fledged adults.. after purchasing national trust membership 😂🙊 we’ve stuck our little sticker in our car window and are all ready to go 👵🏼👴🏼 Where’s your favourite national trust property? We really want to try some new places
Hello, autumn. Windows are open and blankets are on, and I'm not unhappy about that! Candles, chai and some sprigs of Verbena, Dill, Asters and Lavender are giving me a good dose of Sunday calm. I'm even cranking up the oven this aft. What the hell's come over me? 🙃
🌿 Peaceful 🌿
Peaceful weekends full of baking, dancing, singing, comfort food and playing with flowers are my favourite weekends.
I always feel bad that we’ve not been far or had much fresh air, but everyone has been so tired this weekend the joy of an outing would have been lost on us.
What have you been up to?
The transformation from string to cloth is a magical procedure.
Some years ago, before I start weaving, I had no idea how a fabric is made and the most disappointing thing is that I never wondered how.
Also, I need to make a confession. When I started weaving I was using acrylic yarn 😮
I now feel kind of embarrassed not only for using acrylic but also for not knowing that acrylic is bad (for too many reasons) and that I could find natural fibers all over the world.
It is never too late to find an authentic way to live. Being a weaver, experimenting with all natural fibers is my way to live original and I feel good about it. The most important part of this, is that now, I know. I know because I wanted to know, so I tried to learn everything that is related to my work and it feels great. I know who I’m helping by purchasing natural yarn, I know that animals are treated as they must be treated, with kindness and respect, in order to get these yarns and all these little things behind the scenes makes me feel really great when I’m working on my pieces.
So, the next time you’re going to shop a fabric, please remember that what you like is not only a color or a design. Respect yourself, the planet and other people by shopping something that you know one small thing about it.
No time for Instagram this week, it's been a full on week of getting shit done and it's been so rewarding. I don't say that lightly. I spent most of summer feeling utterly suffocated. Plus, summer without an actual holiday or any proper rest should be made illegal. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But one the past few days I've had a wonderful feeling of becoming 'unstuck'. And it's felt magical. Good routine has been restored after the disruption of summer, the creative floodgates have opened, some lovely work opportunities have presented themselves which will take me to Italy before the year is out, and speaking at a workshop for entrepreneurs in a couple of weeks time in London. We've made some super smart developments on our website for @lovemydress, I've made progress with some big projects that will evolve my brand (scary/exciting/pushing myself out of my comfort zone stuff) and best of all, Autumn is now officially here 🍂🍁 I so adore this time of year, it always feels so special, I think, because I associate the arrival of both my daughters with Autumn. And the light this time of year is sublime 👌🏼✨
What about you, how has your week been? Productive and rewarding on some level I hope :) #itsnotahat#lookalittlecloser
How delightful is this little framed piece hanging on the wall? 🤗
My lovely partner made the frame for me (he’s not a woodworker, he's an engineer who's much more comfortable working in metal than he is with wood!) - and I’m so pleased with how it turned out. It’s very much home-made, but I think it fits this little painting just perfectly 👌
In other news, I've have been updating my website recently (just images and text), but there’s a lot more to follow in the upcoming months - I thought I’d be able to get together a little collection of work for sale for the end of this month, but sadly this will no longer be happening. I underestimated the time to complete a commission, the time it takes to do DIY, the amount of work I still had left to do to complete… basically my optimism was based on ignorance!
However, I also want to give myself more time to develop my work: I feel like I’m on the cusp of creating something more cohesive than what I’ve been able to up to this point, and I don’t want to rush that process for an arbitrary deadline I set myself without really knowing what was involved. So for now, I’m putting deadlines to one side and deciding to focus on exploring and developing a creative process that works for me.
I’ve also decided to start seriously committing to the little ‘blog’ that is lying neglected on my website at the moment. Truthfully, I put it up there to remind myself to blog, and I’ve been just as guilty as anyone in rather mindlessly putting it there without really knowing what I wanted to do with it. But I’ve been doing a lot of personal work to really think about what it means to me and why I want to share my thoughts with others. and even though I know it’s a lot of what other people say, it’s still something that feels right for me to have a go and truly commit to this process (even though it’s scary and it’s not like I don’t have other creative works to be getting on with!). .
So there we are - I’ve got a little frame and a website and a dream, and I’m so excited to share it with you all - one little step at a time ☺️
Today marks the end of Kevin’s busy event season at work. Hurray! Not only is the summertime hard on me in general but having him gone so much adds a whole other layer of stress. Looking forward to having my partner in crime back home for a while. On the first day of Fall no less! 🖤
everything in @chloandclothesshop is 40% off until midnight (est) tonight! gotta get rid of my summer batch with all this rain. i’ve been living in my yoga pants this weekend, so here’s a picture that’s much prettier than what i’ve been wearing. ✨
We had a house fire back in 2008 and this table and chair set was one of the first things that I purchased when we started putting our home back together. It didn’t start out looking this way, then I painted it black and then white. Well, I missed the black and so I decided to go back to what I really liked. The power of paint is a wonderful thing!