This month I am:
Making... and packaging and selling and burning (and loving!) our seasonal tribute - the Spring candle. With notes of honeysuckle jasmine, cherry blossom and fresh lime blossom.
Loving... seeing our goods of ritual in beautiful spaces - such as our newest stockist, Reay's Place.
Organising.. our upcoming events. Our next seasonal gathering, the Spring Feast, will be held on Friday 6th November and we have a second 'Connect + Create' weaving workshop (due to the last one selling out!) coming up on Saturday 21st November. Tickets for both events will be released in the coming days and will be available for purchase in our online store.
Celebrating.. my youngest babe's second spin around the sun.
Listening.. to this album.
Determining to green up my nest. The spaces I love are, more often than not, filled with flora and so it makes sense that my little haven would be too. If you want some plant inspiration, you must head over to The Plant Hunter. The latest issue is all about ritual which you would know is at the heart of Nourish and Nest, so it is doubling worth checking out.
Planning.. a quick jaunt to Bali next month. Well, jaunt may not be the most accurate word to describe travelling with three little ones.. but you get the idea. I am excited to be working with a fair trade collective in Bali to produce some beautiful and functional goods to add to the Nourish and Nest range. Linen aprons will be the first of these goods and will be available soon.
Supporting.. the work of the ASRC (Asylum Seekers Resource Centre). I first became aware of the work of this organisation after reading a conversation with founder Kon Karapanagiotidis in Dumbo Feather. Kon is seriously inspiring as is the work that the ASRC does to support and empower refugees and to educate our community and promote compassion. $1 from every Nourish and Nest candle sold is donated to organisations who are doing their good and for the season of Spring, this money will be donated to the ASRC.
Appreciating.. our customers. I am really humbled by how many of our customers return again and again and the fact that their support allows us to support others. Money raised last month was donated to the A21 campaign which couldn't have happened without you lovely people - thank you!
Reading.. Burial Rites, Well, they are gone, and here must I remain, 7 Ways to Change the World and the latest issue of the Renegade Collective. And, possibly (ahem) a certain series of romance novels involving a Scottish highlander and a time-travelling doctor. The obsession is real..
Planting.. corn, capsicum, asian greens, silver beet, kale and lettuce.
Harvesting.. the last of the mandarins, and some herbs to dry.
Spring cleaning.. literally and figuratively! More on that to come..
Drinking.. our soon-to-be released teas and herbal tisanes. My current favourite is 'Refresh', a blend of organic Australian lemongrass, ginger and lemon myrtle.
Cooking.. Vietnamese pancakes with plenty of fresh vegetables,
Embracing.. slow Saturday mornings. Kids sport has finished for the year and the very full weekends that precede the festive season are yet to arrive. Which creates a window of opportunity to take things a little slower on a Saturday morning. An extra cup of tea, a flick through a book over breakfast, taking the time to make something delicious, putting on some chilled tunes to set the mood, not rushing to get out of your pyjamas. While the realities of a 'slow life' can seem unobtainable, pockets of slow are something I find much more realistic and oh-so good for the soul.
May September treat you well with happy things to celebrate, good causes to be passionate about, exciting dreams and plans, nourishing food on your table, inspiring books on your bedside and your own kind of pockets of slow in your week xx