Autumn Colours

It’s Autumn and I’m happy about it! I love the colours going on this time of year. I feel much more serene and at peace when the weather is cool and colourful. I feel like the earth is soaking in every last drop of water after the long, dry summer it endured. The world renews itself at this time, in a different way to Spring, but no less beautiful.

Autumn colours

Autumn colours

Seasonally appropriate things are going on in our house. Our fireplaces have been cleaned and are ready to have their first fires lit in them this weekend! This will be our first woodfire since buying our home. A big truck with a tonne of firewood came to our doorstep this morning. We stacked it all into a pretty old pile and I can’t wait to start using it! The usual level of baking and slow-cooking is going on around here too. I recently made this passionfruit cake for my friend’s birthday, using fresh passion fruits from another friend’s tree. It – was – yum! Butter is awesome.

Passionfruit cake

Passionfruit cake

The perfect firewood pile?

The perfect firewood pile?

In other homely news, I recently completed a few more sewing projects, and have, for now, taken a break from sewing group. I’m enjoying doing the odd bit of sewing at home when I feel like it, and am instead putting my weeknight energies into an interior design course. I’ve been interested in interior styling and design for a while. I spend a lot of time looking at interiors magazines and blogs, and wandering through shops that sell lovely things for the indoors, most of which I can’t justify to buy, but inspire just the same. I know I’ve got those good brain chemicals happening when I do this stuff, so I want to do more! We are doing lots of projects at home of late, both with existing items and new finds, and this has formed part of my inspiration for a project I’m working on that I will say more about soon. I’ve been inspired by the Free Range Human philosophy of Marianne Cantwell, and I think if you’re like me and many others and have diverse interests, none of which your day-job satisfy, you should read this lady’s excellent blog.

sewing: apron

sewing: apron

sewing: lunch bag

sewing: lunch bag

The latest interiors purchase: world map

The latest interiors purchase: world map

On that note, I feel should mention that few weeks ago marked my one year anniversary having begun this little blog. It was around the time of Greek Easter, which we celebrated again last weekend. The level of creative home-making in general that has transpired since then has made me very happy. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows of course, there’s always bills to pay and endless chores and stress at work and all that going on too, but really, it’s all good. It’s all ok, right at the now. And I’m thankful for that.

Red Easter eggs

Red Easter eggs

So til next time, I hope the sun is shining where you are, and that things are ok for you too!

Love,
Nikki xo

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A Thousand Words

The first quarter of 2013 has flown by. I always find this. The beginning of a new year brings so much promise of ample time and fresh starts to do all the things on our respective “to-do” lists. But generally speaking, I find the start of the year the most busy in terms of tasks mounting at work, family commitments and celebrations, and ticking off all the less exciting things on that “to-do” list so that they don’t hover over us for the entire year. It’s a bit of a fallacy perhaps, the whole new year/fresh start thing? I think any new day can be a fresh start and a chance to seize on what inspires and fulfills us. Sometimes it’s about letting the house get a bit dirty so we can actually take the chances that present themselves to us. I am learning this but I do struggle when I feel my housekeeping isn’t up to my self-imposed standards.

Earlier in the year I had made some new years resolutions. I wanted to let you know how I’m going with these, lest it highlight my point about the fallacy of the “new year.” I’ve had some moderate success around using social media a bit less and caring about it less, and I’ve been diligent about buying clothes with a sustainable story attached, to the point where I’ve hardly purchased myself anything all year. This one has been harder than I anticipated but I continue to look outside the square so to speak to find special, preferably locally handmade items. Where I have dismally failed however is in plastic bag land. My calico bags are warming the boot of my car, and are a distant thought until I’m at the check-out slapping my forehead for forgetting them…again! I got so desperate on one trip that I was prepared to purchase a number of new ones from the check out, but was told none were available to buy. I’ve since made a complaint to my local supermarket about this, but it hasn’t changed my own behaviour yet. I am determined to make this a habit. It’s not a new year anymore but this resolution remains firmly in place until the day I master the simple task of getting the calico out and using it for a grocery shop. It’s not hard, but I’ve learned that breaking life-time habits and patterns is hard. My automated ways are more pervasive than I had realised.

Aside from the randomness of my resolution success, I’m happy to say that this year has thus far been filled with many blessings. Lots of family have visited us and spending time with them has been wonderful. We’ve had backyard gatherings throughout the summer, and have been working on some fun projects around the house. Outside of home we’ve been working hard and recreating in equal measures where possible. Having taken advantage of many of the summer’s festivals, events and entertainment, we’re looking forward to and getting ready for a cosy winter. As the old saying goes, a picture speaks a thousand words, so I thought I’d share a bunch with you that capture what’s been happening in our world.

We kicked off new year in nature - Esperance

We kicked off new year in nature – Esperance

Family visiting - love my little cousins

Family visiting – love my little cousins

Coffee love. Too much love, perhaps

Coffee love. Too much love, perhaps

Mini project - Cheap old frames made fresh and new with paint

Mini project – Cheap old frames made fresh and new with paint

Fringe World Festival

Fringe World Festival

Still sewing - my first skirt for me!

Still sewing – my first skirt for me!

Just relaxing whenever possible...

Just relaxing whenever possible…

Upcycling - hubby turns old tired chair into something fun and colourful

Upcycling – hubby turns old tired chair into something fun and colourful

Cooking from my beloved cookbook What Katie Ate

Cooking from my beloved cookbook What Katie Ate

Cooking more Greek food like these finoikia or honey biscuits, and attending some Greek cooking classes!

Cooking more Greek food like these finoikia or honey biscuits, and attending some Greek cooking classes!

I hope this year has had many blessing for all of you too. I would love to hear how your own resolutions are going and what those blessings have been for you!

Although I’ve been quiet for a little while, I really value what this little blog brings into my life as it’s helped me to understand who I am and where my true passions lie. I’m planning a spin-off in the near future, something that I hope will be the next chapter and a natural extension of donkeyblu. Watch this space.

Love, Nikki xo