Rhodia notebook that I log everything in. It's very simple. Get a pen and write down...
It doesn't matter how big or small; everything is valid. This could be a holiday you took, a fabulous summer dress you purchased, or moving into your dream apartment. Whatever the highlights were for you. I write things down bullet-point form; seems to be enough. If you do this with others it's nice to share as you go whatever you feel comfortable with. A year is a long time, and you might be reminded of a few things that are worthy of being on your list.
This could be from a shitty weather during your summer holiday, your new boss, your pet who died. Whatever was not good in your life in the year that was. Purge.
OK, so it gets slightly more tricky to take a look at your inner self, but I don't get too carried away, I always keep it pretty top-level. It may be, for example, that through the experiences of 2013 you have discovered you have more inner strength than you thought, are ready for a new job, really need to cut back on coffee, are shocking at time management, have found 'the one', just cannot pull off hats, or really hate chunky pate*. Again; nothing is too small to make it on the list.
I've been doing this little ritual since 2002 – just before I left Australia for The Netherlands – and it's quite amazing to look back and see over the years what my hope and dreams were. And even more satisfying to tick off the things you achieved.
Images by Kanae Sato.
Friday, 31 January 2014
Thursday, 30 January 2014
Other Wordly is a Tumblr blog of unusual, ancient, and forgotten words. It's beautiful to see how language tries to capture the world around us, our thoughts, and feelings. I picked out a few of my faves –
apartheid...little bit sad.
I guess my oriflamme would have to be the southern cross. More so than a country's flag, or any other symbol I can think of. That, or a squirrel.**
I F**king Love Science, this is actually caused by bacteria being released from the soil into the air. Whatever. I still like the smell.
And I'll end here. There are many many more wonderful word discoveries waiting for you on Other Wordly. Go ahead and devote your next hour to discovering them instead of doing some online oniochalasia.
*Technically he is Catalan, just for the record...
**My husband and I have a running squirrel joke to the extent that it's kind of become a symbol of love in our relationship. (I know... puke, right?)
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
These little kitty cats are adorable, right? Found trawling Pinterest on my mobile in the wee hours while nursing my little one. They're made from recycled plastic bottles and I think they're fab easy craft. I might keep them as stackable containers for floor or bath time play. I might make one for myself for use as a desk caddy. Stay tuned for the result...
Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Noriko Komurata. 380 whimsical animals to stitch into whatever you like. I'm thinking some cute things for the baby and not sure what else. Above is the Chinese version, and below I believe is the English translation of it, available in May. Not that it matters, as I think you just have images you can copy.
Monday, 27 January 2014
Minifanfan here to brighten up your Monday. Stickers, thread holders (yes, you need one), pillows, puppets, and more stickers. Yay for cutesie Asian style.
Friday, 24 January 2014
Amersfoort. We were there to visit a friend of my parents and were met at the station. From there it's an easy walk into the old centre where we wandered about and were given a tour of the nicest parts of the town. A lovely town that's the perfect size for a day trip.
Thursday, 23 January 2014
Three King's Day (main Christmas holy day in Spain). The red one even has leather backing. I do feel like I double-dipped this year with Christmas AND King's Day pressies... Spoiled rotten, again. Thank you, Edu.
Wednesday, 22 January 2014
Dash & Albert might make things even cozier! The pink rhapsody rug is a vibrant statement I'd love in my living room! Too wild? Maybe more calm and classical blue vine is your thing, or if the pink is too passive, try the rather fabulous kinda granny-esque flower-power rug. Whatever you're into there's pretty much a rug for you on this site.
Tuesday, 21 January 2014
House of Rym? All lovely. Maybe it's time for a re-fresh of my cups and mugs for the new year.