Blog - Nourish and Nest – Tagged "Behind the scenes"


New linen goods

Good news!

We are adding to our ethically-crafted linen range. Introducing tote bags and half-aprons!

These are available now for pre-order and will be delivered in early September.

Why the pre-order? We hadn't planned to release these new goods until later this year but the women who create them are in urgent need of income and so we are taking pre-orders now. This will help us determine exactly how many pieces to order. 


All of our linen goods are crafted by tailors in Indonesia that we have connected with through the Indah Project. This fabulous project supports self-employed Indonesian artisans. The main tailor who creates Nourish and Nest's linens is a young mother in Bali who uses her income to support her family as well as sending money back to elderly family members in Indonesia. We first met her a few years ago on a little team trip to Bali and have been working with her ever since.

 There has been little to no work available since the fall out from our current pandemic hit Bali's shores and we would love to support our tailors.

You get beautiful linen goods, they get a very fair income to support their families. It is a win for everyone!

Thank you for supporting us so that we can support them.

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The myth about doing it all

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit” 
E.E. Cummings

I have been involved in several conversations recently where someone (generally a female and often a mother) has put themselves down for not being able to do it all. Or have compared themselves negatively to someone else and scratched their head wondering how on earth 'she does it all?'. 

I know most of us have felt like this at times. Like everyone has it together except us. And I hear and read things that I know perpetuate these untruths. I adore reading interviews of inspiring people, especially dialogues done well, where people are asked challenging questions and they answer with courage and vulnerability. But it drives me a little crazy when people are described as superhuman, or they are questioned about how they do it all and they give any answer other than 'I don't..'

Now please understand that I am a bit of a time management nerd, I love productivity and hacks for working smarter. I want to live a life of purpose and am always keen to learn how to do life well (especially when managing a small circus of little people). But the truth is that whilst we can always be looking to improve, no one is actually doing it all. We can do absolutely anything, but we can not do everything. At least not well. Eventually something has to give.

The art of it all (in my humble little opinion) is being aware of the season you are currently in and assessing the following things:

What has to stay in the juggle out of pure necessity (if only there was a dishwashing fairy)

What you are valuing and prioritising at this season of life (hello my love, my family, my faith, community, my business and cups of tea in bed)

What you try and fit in when you can but accept may not always happen (such as my vegetable garden, the pile of books next to my bed, coffee dates, writing, doing my hair, thorough house cleaning..)

What has to be sacrificed temporarily but not necessarily forever (my sewing machine hasn't come down from it's shelf since my third daughter was born, my much-anticipated plans to do my Masters are still on the back burner)

What we are ok with sacrificing indefinitely (I have never found the time to watch the Bachelor and I am really ok with that).

This is not a very typical Nourish and Nest post, but part of our philosophy is to love extravagantly (including yourself) and to stay true to your path, so I believe it fits. I am also humbled that people really do come to this space and read what is (sporadically at times) shared and so if I can use this space to encourage one person today, it is a good day.

You are doing great. No one is doing it all. Everyone is fighting a battle of some kind. Love extravagantly, others and yourself. Let go of the unhealthy comparisons and stay true to your own path. 

With love xx

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Spring photo shoot - behind the scenes

What's not to love about Spring? As I mentioned in my previous post, it is a time of year that seems to invoke a sense of possibility for me. There is a rejuvenating freshness that makes me want to breathe deep and feel grateful. 

It was a real pleasure to work on the aromatic blend for our new Spring candle - honeysuckle jasmine, cherry blossom and lime blossom. It is a little bit of whimsy captured in a candle and I am enjoying burning it each night.

I thought I'd share a few behind-the-scenes photos from our Spring shoot (which took place long before Spring of course). Running Nourish and Nest mainly looks like a lot of time (usually solo) in my shed making and packaging and a lot of late nights in front of a computer screen, so photo shoot days are a particular treat. Along with my favourite dream team, I got to spend the day in a beautiful home (thank you Amy!), surrounded by an abundance of candles and flowers. I could think of many worse ways to spend a day!

Photography: Aaron Hughes

Model: Katelin Trollope

Styling: Chloe Skipp

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Winter Gatherings

A good memory from last Winter.

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. 
Edith Sitwell

When it comes to gathering with friends, whether it be as simple as stretching an evening meal to feed a couple of unexpected guests or as lavish as an elaborate weekend party, we often think of Summer as the rightful time of year for entertaining.

But allow me to argue the case for Winter gatherings. I think it is when evenings turn dark early and nights leave us desiring warmth that we need the solace of good company and good food more than ever. Where the warmer months bring with them a carefree whimsy and a quest for fun, Winter can allow opportunity for thoughtful conversations over bowls of soup, for sitting fireside and appreciating the warmth of good people, for being able to fulfil grateful friends' basic needs with a bowl of something nourishing and delicious.

And if you do want to gather people at this time of year, may I suggest a few sure-to-please meals?

Gnudi with wilted bitter greens (this was my favourite go-to recipe when I discovered it last winter)

Pumpkin, Spinach & Fetta Pie via Rethink Nutrition

Nigella's Gingery Hot Duck Salad

Hello Sweet Pea's Roast Pumpkin & Fennel Soup

Pioneer Woman's Rice Pudding (this indulgent and warming and involves a kick of whiskey. Enough said)



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An introduction.. albeit a belated one.

Let's just pretend that I am casually drinking a cup of tea, blissfully unaware that Aaron is taking a photo of me, ha ha! ;)

Hi there! I have been sharing in this space for 8 months now and the Nourish and Nest online store officially launched over 5 months ago so I figure it is high time that I introduce myself a little.

I am Tara, owner of Nourish and Nest. I hand-pour our candles and nourishing body bars (in our backyard shed that we are slowly turning into a legitimate studio) and curate the other goods of ritual that you'll find in our store. I live in a 100-year-old house on the NSW Coal Coast with my husband Josh, our 3 daughters (Savannah 6, Alexis 4 and Lucia 1), 3 chickens and a mango tree.

I desire to live passionately, love extravagantly, cultivate community, do my good and find the beauty in the everyday. The reality doesn't always match up with this desire but I am giving it a red hot go regardless.

I have big plans for Nourish and Nest and am humbled that people come to this space and love what we are doing - it blows my mind to be honest.

Jacqui from Rethink Nutrition (who shared one of her delicious recipes with us here) nominated Nourish and Nest for a Liebster Award and as that requires me to answer a few questions, I thought this was a good opportunity to introduce myself a little further. Thanks Jacqui xxx

Q1. What prompted you to start blogging?

It was (and is) as important to me to convey the philosophy behind Nourish and Nest as it was to sell our wares in the online store. The blog allows me to share that concepts of enjoying small rituals, embracing simplicity and finding beauty in the everyday. I also believe wholeheartedly in supportive creative communities (online and off) that inspire one another to live well. The hope that Nourish and Nest could be part of such community motivated me to actually begin this process.

Q2. Do you have a favourite local cafe?

I sure do. There is a decent little coffee scene emerging in my town and surrounds so there are a few good options at the moment but At All & Sundry is definitely my hang. Amy from the cafe is actually our guest contributor for Nourish and Nest Kitchen next month and I am more than a little excited to introduce her to those of you who don't have the pleasure of already knowing her.

Q3. List 5 food items you always have stocked in your fridge or pantry

Yoghurt, garlic, sweet potato, parmesan, cab sav.

Q4. A favourite quote 'Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder' - E.B. White

Q5. Tea or coffee and how do you take it?

Coffee - strong and out of necessity (I have 3 little girls and a habit of forgetting to go to bed at night). Tea - any which way and for pleasure.

Q6. What is one favourite place you have visited and one you would like to visit?

I have been blessed to have seen a few diverse pockets of our wide world including spending a brief amount of time in the south of India over 10 years ago. I can't wait to return to the beauty and the colour and the chaos of India with my little tribe in tow one day.

Q7. What book(s) is on your bedside table right now?

'The Architecture of Happiness' by Alain de Botton

Q8. Do you have a favourite, most thumbed-through cook book?

Hands-down Nigella Lawson's 'Feast'. It honours the soul-nourishing qualities of authentic, un-pretentious gatherings, which I love.

Q9. Are you a messy cook or a tidy chef?

Utterly messy. And old flatmate once dubbed me the Queen of dirty dishes, I wish I could say motherhood has improved me but alas...

Q10. Describe Rethink Nutrition in 3 words

Real, inspiring & delicious.

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Mi Familia

We had a visit recently from our friend, and crazy-talented photographer, Joe of Hindsight Images.
The days may be long sometimes, but the years sure are short and so I am really happy that he caught this moment in time with my three little loves.
My beau was working that day so it was a bit of a girl-fest (as it is even when he's around of course). I didn't realise until afterwards that all three girls were wearing denim, I am sure their future teenage selves will roll their eyes at my triple denim faux pas!
Whilst we are somewhat in holiday mode around these parts, we still have a special little sale happening in-store, we have restocked said store with beautiful Turkish towels and have some gorgeous new products arriving in the weeks and months to come.
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