This weekend, in addition to visiting our favorite Cider Mill, I'm thinking through updating my zero-waste shopping kit. I'm estimating that each of our old (falling apart) bags have saved around 300 plastic bags- not bad- but an even better solution is necessary this time. I'm letting the old tattered bags go by using them to transport donations. My present collection of Baggu bags can be recycled when they no longer serve their present purpose. More soon.
This week I sewed the button back on one of Mr. Tribe's pants five pairs of pants (smiling at the thought of him standing in front of church...pants held together with the help of a scavenged binder clip). In looking these over, I was happy to find that they still have a lot of life left in them even though they are years old + have sustained a ton of wear.
I read Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism by Fumio Sasaki in two days this week. I'm also browsing the library's collection of Japanese sewing books in search of some inspiration for Julia's cold weather wardrobe.
Restoring ecosystem health with regional fashion.
First there were smocks + now there are frocks!
A handmade uniform. (Those pants in the very top photo are the ultimate!)
Culture. Joy. Movement. Pride. I want some. (thanks Jo!)
Sweetness to knit.
Hope you have a lovely October weekend, friends!
I love that all the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies can be found in bulk! I use a classic recipe (halved), but opt for fair-trade chocolate chips. Child labor + slavery are common in the chocolate industry, so this is an arena where consumers can make a real difference. Fair-trade chocolate does cost more, so we choose to make it an occasional treat. Seems appropriate...rather than sacrifice. :)
Felt + indigo = inspiration for reviving thrifted or worn pieces of clothing.
The power of empathy. Library hold promptly placed.
"Listening, and then taking what is heard/learned and using that to teach other white people, is the best thing white allies can do to help."
In case it was missed earlier in the week, listen. So important.
A few ways to let it go.
Now that's a uniform.
The minimal color palette in this small home achieves that cozy feeling simply.
Have a lovely, relaxing weekend, friend! :)
What I've checked out from the library + been reading lately:
Legendary Authors + the Clothes They Wore by Terry Newman
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
The Unsettlers by Mark Sundeen
A Year Between Friends by M. Vettesse + S. Barnes
The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
Social justice sewing academy + how we can help.
I've loved Jenny for years, so it was a pleasure to read her words regarding her small wardrobe.
Fashion Revolution podcast.
Julie Pointer Adam's lovely (small) home.
A great list of ways to help Houston. We've donated to World Relief's fund that will go directly to area churches helping victims locally. I think we may fill a box of useful bits to send this weekend.
Hope you have a safe + happy weekend, friends!
What happens to our clothes when we donate them.
Giving clothing a second chance.
Design his jeans (made in the USA).
The art of mending zine.
This weekend I am working on my wardrobe as it relates to my list...and feeling cheered on by this minimal wardrobe (and this one too) that makes it look possible + even easy. I believe the quote I posted yesterday + never want to promote unnecessary purchasing around here...but I'm listing just a few things as I go...if any of those pieces might be helpful in your closet. ;)
Hope you have a lovely weekend!
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
Becoming Wise by Krista Tippett
Wabi-Sabi Welcome by Julie Pointer Adams
Simple Fare by Karen Mordecai
"Whilst we might imbue our [clothes] with our own shape, and mould their form and appearance through our habits, we do not do so on a tabula rasa. For these garments have their own unique structure, made by, and embedded with, the traces of the actions and habits of invisible workers, in the prehistory of their existence as commodities." Hauser 2004
Loving this tight color palette, +this one, + this one.
These wise words.
How many times can this be recycled?
The journey of a t-shirt.
Have a wonderful summer weekend, friends!!
One of the loveliest reads that I've had in a long time is Wabi-Sabi Welcome by Julie Pointer Adams. While entertaining (the focus of this book) is not a strength of mine, the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi speaks deeply to my soul. I've read other books on the topic, but none has captured its essence for me quite like this one. Quiet beauty is a basic driving force for me. It is a catalyst for happiness, faith, + peace. Beauty communicates love and is the product of compassion. Simplicity is, for me, one of the purest forms of beauty...and noticing...makes all the difference. Queen Anne's lace plucked from the side of the road + plunked into a jam jar...a white linen curtain fluttering in front of an open window...terra cotta tiles under bare feet...handmade ceramics on an open shelf...
Julie Pointer Adams defines wabi-sabi as a way of life that celebrates the "perfectly imperfect". It is "beauty found in unusual, unfashionable places or objects, and in moments usually overlooked or unappreciated." It's about "paying attention. It is the habit of noticing and relishing small and hidden wonders." "It's a willingness to be easily delighted instead of critical, skeptical, or fearful." It's "unswerving from the everydayness of real life."
On its own, the Japanese word wabi is explained in part as simplicity and humility...someone being "content with little" + making "the most of whatever he or she has...always moving toward having less." I love this image of gentle process + quiet adjustment. Sabi is about embracing the imperfections, beauty, and authenticity of the process of aging. What a beautiful and peaceful picture the idea of wabi-sabi creates.
There is something amazing about reading a book that promotes humility + beauty. What a departure from the messages that bombard us today. Humility + beauty accept the signs of aging in both objects and ourselves as signs of utility and vitality. Humility + beauty see value in less and enough. Together they celebrate simplicity and function. A bed made up with white cotton sheets + duvet standing alone in the bedroom functions simply as the sanctuary it was always meant to be...humble + beautiful. Flea market finds made of sturdy, worn wood point to this humble beauty as well. Japanese paper lanterns with their delicate, wonky shapes formed from the humblest of materials, yet lending the warmest light seem to embody wabi-sabi as well. Perfectly imperfect. Allowed...noticed...embraced.
My current stack includes ::
The Furious Longing of God by Brennan Manning (love)
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier (thank you, Julie!)
Sunday Suppers by Karen Mordechai
Space Works by C. Clifton-Mogg, J. Simmons, R. Tanqueray, R. Winward
Julia is my sous chef. Every evening as soon as I start rattling pots or pans, she appears, ready to help. I love the time we spend together in anticipation of the good things we are about to eat.
In thinking about these summer months and trying to come up with ways for us to pass the time in fun ways...I thought that maybe I could find a cookbook to provide some inspiration. I don't currently own any cookbooks, because usually there are 0-2 recipes per book that I really want to make again and again. :) Most of the time I just use cookbooks as inspiration, so the library is the perfect source.
When my turn to check this book out finally came...I started recording which recipes I'd like to try...and soon the list was long enough to warrant the purchase. Feeding a Family by Sarah Waldman will be Julia's and my activity book of sorts...for the summer...and I'm guessing...beyond.
What I look for in a recipe:
-zero-waste potential (a few substitutes can be made)
-whole food ingredients
-vegetarian options or adaptation possibilities
Feeding a Family checks all of the boxes...maybe not every recipe...but a lot!
I suggested that maybe Julia would like to choose a recipe from this book each week to make together. She asked, "When? Tomorrow?" So...that was yesterday...and these pictures are from today! :) Yum...Leek, Red Potato, + Feta Galette. We will definitely be making this again...next time with our own potatoes! We sincerely recommend this cookbook...from the library or otherwise! :)
Jane + Julia
I love when my stack of library books reflects my interests in a varied + representative way! Here's what I've been reading + loving lately:
-None Like Him by Jen Wilkin :: exploration of the ways God is not like us
-Paris in Love by Eloisa James :: surprisingly funny + beautifully descriptive account of a year lived in Paris
-Grace A Memoir by Grace Coddington :: finally reading this one + enjoying this behind the scenes look at fashion + magazine making through the years
-Jack's Wife Freda by Maya + Dean Jankelowitz :: though I'm not a big cookbook reader...I've been really looking forward to this one...and it does not disappoint! oh. yum.
-The Quilts of Gee's Bend :: saw this one on the shelf and checked it out again...inspiring ladies...inspiring + useful art
A truly inspiring closet.
"There is a connection between the amount of stuff we have and the amount of waste we produce." ~an interesting listen :: Timo Rissanen on Awear World
The psychology of shopping fair :: Episode 69
A lovely, minimal apartment + wardrobe too.
Using the worn to make new.
Have a lovely weekend, friends!!
daring to choose fair one choice at a time