There are a few adaptable, staple meals that we eat on repeat. One of them involves roasted potatoes + whatever other vegetable is in-season. This week's summery variation took advantage of tomatoes + peppers from our garden as well as corn, avocado, scallions + hot sauce. Colorful + delicious! It's always nice when someone at the table says, "I could eat this every day!"
This morning I decided to paint for the next thirty days. Since really embracing simplicity, I've found it hard to let my creative juices flow unimpeded. I used to make clothes, paint garage sale furniture, make books, craft with my girls, make toys, decorations, cards, quilts, slippers, gifts, anything I could think of...I would try making it. These days I often think about not wanting to create future waste (harsh, right?). My girls are no longer small...needing new clothes each season, always excited about a new piece of dollhouse furniture or kite or doll clothes or game.
Anyway, I'm going to paint in my sketchbook with no real purpose...just mental health + creative outlet. Some people commit to writing morning pages...but why not paint them instead. I moved my desk in front of the window + will just keep everything in place for ease + motivation. Some music is chosen instead of the news or a podcast, so my mind can just wander.
It crossed my mind that this could be a good excuse to purchase a beautiful paint set, but I think that I will make that a sort of carrot for myself. If I paint every day for 30 days + want to continue...then I will allow myself to consider purchasing some beautiful paints. For right now, our old paint set + Ikea brushes will do just fine.
Hoping this will bring a little more color into these pandemic days. Hoping you are all finding some beauty in these days as well.
I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart +
stand up for what you truly believe.
In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate
that the way of peace,
the way of love
is the more excellent way.
Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.
When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century,
let them say that it was your generation who
the heavy burdens of hate at last + that
peace finally triumphed
over violence, aggression and war.
So I say to you,
walk with the wind,
brothers and sisters,
and let the spirit of peace + the power of everlasting love
be your guide.
Bright colors are making me smile these days, so here's a little more colorful inspiration. Wear a little bright or go all in + wear it head to toe. Stick with different tones of one color or mix it up. Pull all of the brights to the front of the closet, borrow, or plan a dye project. Brights might be a great thing to search for secondhand. They will be easy to spot at the thrift store. :) Happy pop, pop, poppin'!
All happy photos via links.
Bright colors have been catching my eye lately...looking fresh + new. Adding a bright piece to a more neutral wardrobe feels like it just might add a little jolt of joy + fun to these subdued days.
Keep it simple by pairing a bright top with a pair of white shorts...or a bright bottom with a plain white or black tee. Embrace color by pairing an emerald top with a cobalt skirt or a hot pink top with some red pants. Some great brights (like these) can be found thrifting. Choosing simple, classic shapes like button up shirts + tanks keep these colors looking modern. Silk + linen are natural fabrics that hold up well over time.
Adding a little, extra pop of happy is a good thing...especially right now! If you're not in the market for a new piece of clothing, maybe some bright, berry ice cream is just the pop of color to try! :)
All lovely photos (of secondhand beauties) via links.
This month was a good one for letting go of a few things + getting them into the hands of people who will use them. It's nice to make a little money (especially when it's tight), but I try to hold that somewhat loosely. I've already spent the money to buy the items in my home, so any money I make is something more than nothing. I'm more focused on getting the things that are no longer serving me back into service elsewhere.
Some of the ways we moved a few things on this summer:
Just a few reminders:
Last summer, I tried on a pair of shorts at Madewell. While Madewell does have a few pieces that are made in a fair-trade factory, those shorts were not part of that collection...so I did not make them part of my wardrobe. This summer, I found those short secondhand + since I knew that I liked the fit of them...I did not hesitate to buy them (secondhand)...twice.
I decided to try dyeing one of those pairs of shorts in indigo to make them a deeper, richer blue. The indigo dye obscured the varigated nature of the original fabric which was not the look I was after.
Since these shorts fit well + don't come in any other colors, I decided to sacrifice this pair of shorts in order to make a sewing pattern. Many sewists are able to make rub-offs of beloved pieces of clothing without taking them apart. I want a precise fit, however, and I find that the best way to achieve that is to have a precise pattern made up of the actual pieces of the garment (b).
I used the scraps from a pair of happy pants that I made a few years ago to make the first pair of shorts from this "pattern". I had to piece a couple of pieces together in order to make these shorts. The print camouflages this well enough for me (f). I didn't have enough fabric for the pockets + made them out of gingham fabric left over from another pair of pants (e). I used the elastic from the original shorts in these (b + c).
These shorts fit like a dream, have pockets (!), sewed up relatively quickly + feel like a zero-waste win! I'm looking forward to making a few more of these + think this whole progression is at least part of what slow fashion is all about...keeping a piece in use, keeping resources out of the landfill + being creative all the while.
Nettle Studios makes me smile. While they do stock the ubiquitous, ethical fashion pieces such as the wide leg pant, cropped tie-front or back top + boxy dress...they come in non-typical, popping hot pink, hot red + lavender. I'm particularly drawn to the translucent fabrics that would layer interestingly over more basic pieces.
The pieces offered by Nettle Studios are designed + made in-house in San Fransisco. They offer inclusive sizing + use natural fibers. Thank you for injecting a little happy into my day, Nettle Studios! :)
All lovely images via Nettle Studios.
on a journey toward zero-waste, simplicity, + compassion :: daring to choose fair one choice at a time