Come on in; an informal home tour {spring}

This blog began {& still has} the intention to share our home. Somewhere along the way, it got tied up with my instagram account, which I keep pretty styled and sparse.  Our home, as you can see, is neither of these things. It’s comfy, it’s pretty small and it serves our family beautifully. Continue reading

When incidental turns into intentional ~ creating space to create A space 

Well, that’s one of my more random blog titles, for sure! 

Hi there, 

I’m sorry it’s been so long, and yet it feels like it’s been no time at all. 

  Like any great friendship, time means nothing, distance even less. It’s the heart connection you create that means the world…& more & more I realise this blog is just an extension of my heart connection with you all. 

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a little romantic, a little whimsical, hugely emotional & creatively expanding…I say that, because I’m pretty sure that you’re all just a beautiful reflection of me, & I think that’s just delightful! 

(Of course you don’t have to think you’re any of those things above to be reading this…it’s massively subjective, but that’s beside the point).

Anyway, I wanted to share a little bit of the WHY I’ve disappeared…online, that is.

What began as an incidental blog break in January, has become a break in activity across all my online outlets. 

The difference; now it’s with pure intention.

  
January saw me (just me!) travelling to New York & Costa Rica. It was wild, it was wonderful & it was a complete indulgence. I landed back in the UK & went straight off on a family holiday with Ross, Lily & gorgeous friends. It made the winter blues of January all but disappear, & with it my ability to get non-stop wifi (my choice). It was a chance to get ‘real’.

Since then I’ve been hunkering & exploring. Yep, a complete juxtaposition of verbs I know! 

It’s truly the only way to explain it. 

Hunkering or hygge-ing (if that gorgeous Scandinavian concept could be a verb) 

To make yourself comfortable in a place or situation, or to prepare to stay in a place or position for a long time, usually in order to achieve something or for protection.

I’ve been hunkering in many senses; in myself, in my home…I could babble on this subject for hours, but the essence to share is that I’m just getting comfy. From here I can start to unfold my next chapters…

On the exploration front…

…to travel through (an unfamiliar area) in order to learn about it.

I’m currently experiencing a time in my life like no other. I’m happy, content & increasingly feeling healthier & stronger in my mind/being & body without having ‘done’ anything.  Either that or I’m just noticing what I have & becoming so ridiculously grateful for it.

And the amazing thing, to me, it’s reflecting into our home.

This part is still so vague to me…my intention being, that if I can explore how & what has helped me to get here, then I can better share it.

Some blogs are great at creative DIY’s, recipe-sharing & tips for how to incorporate coconut oil into your diet, how to avoid sugar, why to avoid sugar & the plethora of other ‘how to’ guides available …but you guys don’t need any of that (albeit very helpful & meaningful advice) from me. I’m not planning on sharing yoga tips or mindfulness techniques either…

But I would like to continue to create a space online for you to escape a little; and to express my fascination for how our surroundings make us feel. It’s that link between the inner-being & expression in the home that I’ll continue to delve into.

I guess in order to do that I’m claiming my own space. My own quiet time, so that it can be better reflected to you.

  
So excuse me while I remain quiet. 

I’m still posting from time to time on Instagram, and I would like to make sure I’m available again on Mondays, as I’ve really missed our #mymondaymoodboard community…to see you all still gathering in the gallery each week warms my heart. I promise I’ll be back at the helm soon.

Sending you love & light, 

Jess x

Happy New Year ~ say YES!

hello friends, 

…a heartfelt happy new year to you!

There are little gems all around us that can hold glimmers of inspiration. 

 woodwoven carved wooden gemstones 
I’ve been a little quiet of late. Quiet here on the blog, quiet over on Instagram & generally pretty quiet. 

The reason, should you need one, is a combination of the usual winter hunkering (I’m a daylight lover!) & a 3 month period of unexpected co-sleeping with Lily. (Many evenings of which have been spent gently coaxing her to sleep, and mornings of not being able to creep downstairs without her) …time, which I now appreciate, has been my much needed ‘me-time’. 

 woodwoven carved wooden gemstones  

woodwoven carved wooden gemstones Anyway, I just wanted to stop by & let you know I am taking a pause on all things blog & Instagram-related for January…

I’m flying tomorrow, leaving my gorgeous family at home, & am off on adventures to New York, Brooklyn…and then on to Costa Rica.

make your own magic!

For those of you that know me, this is not at all my ‘normal’ behaviour! But an incredible chance came, & I’m going with the theory that everything awesome always starts with one big YES!

I’m so completely excited to immerse myself in this adventure, to indulge in ‘me’ & can’t wait to share it with you when I’m back. 

What are you up to in 2016?? Whatever is is & wherever you go, I’m wishing you a magnificent start to your year, and hoping you keep saying YES too!

Love & adventure,

Jess x

 woodwoven carved wooden gemstones Ps. All images above are taken from the glorious @woodwoven Instagram account…You can find out more about Alex, of Wooden and Woven,  here.

How to make a Christmas tree flower garland ~ as seen on Kirstie’s home made Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Christmas began early for me this year…appearing on Kirstie Allsop’s channel 4 show ~ Kirstie’s home made Christmas*.

…& I’m here to share the flower garlands that I made for the show. 

  
Travelling down to Devon for filming meant packing all my floral decorations into a suitcase, which technically a stretch, gave me this great idea to make the garland in six-inch sections, thereby making it super easy to pack away {& store year after year}.

  To make the garland in sections, you’ll need:

 

vintage beads
old beads / necklaces
  
fridge dried flowers
fridge-dried flowers ~ tap this image for link
  
christmas garland
small sections of paper covered wire ~ we picked this up in the garden section at waitrose, but its also available online

1. Snip your necklaces apart & gather beads into a bowl.

  
2. Thread randomly: the beads & flowers onto garden wire.
   
 3. Attach each section onto garland of your choice ~ I used fine copper thread fairy lights

   
   
And there you have it…floral garlands! Lovely to attach to your Christmas tree…

Or perhaps, like me, you’ll make a garland for your wall/window/mantle…

{photos of mine to follow}

*oh, and in case you missed the show ~ you can watch it again on More4 catch up.

Enjoy!

Jessica x