I am a big believer is using little indulgences for self-care. I think it's important to do something nice for yourself every day, just to promote that sense of well-being and comfort. In winter, one aspect of that is staying warm. My husband and I each have our personal blankets and snuggies that we curl up in to read or watch TV or just to sip on tea and listen to music. I think this is in line with the Danish principle of hygge and it makes perfect sense to me. Especially at home. Home should always be about comfort and peace; an escape from the rest of the world that whirls by crazily. This free pattern is perfect for that.
Review: Making a Life-Working by hand and discovering the life you are meant to live by Melanie Falick.
I first read about this book on the Mason Dixon Knitting daily news snippets that come to my email. It sounded interesting, so I added it to my Christmas wish list and was super excited when I unwrapped the box and saw what was inside. I highly recommend making wish lists, whether on Amazon or somewhere else. Then you get exactly what you want, but opening the box is still a surprise.
The book has a little of an anthropological tone, which was part of what interested me. I did some small research projects in college using a naturalistic inquiry approach and have always been fascinated by what you can learn from and about people this way. Melanie Falick interviews and chronicles the lives of different makers, some in the United States and some in other countries. Her goal was to answer two basic questions - (1) Why do people make things with their hands? and (2) Why do they strive to make them beautiful?
I have always had a problem throwing away clothes when they start to show signs of wear. I have clothes in my closet that are 20 years old and I still love them. Needless to say, I don’t spend a lot of money on wardrobe. I am one of the people that the fashion industry loathes. I consider the seasonal changes of new colors and styles to be nothing more than a gimmick to get us to spend money and I refuse to participate. Thrift store t-shirts and jeans are all I need most days now that I am retired and the few ‘dress clothes’ I have in my closet are plenty for my low key social life. I accessorize with different scarves or shawls I have knitted and call it good.
The fashion industry is notorious for the amount of waste it generates. Many fashion houses box up and burn their unsold goods to maintain their brand (1). Millions of dollars of perfectly usable clothing and shoes up in smoke. The fashion industry is way overdue for a sustainability makeover. Consumers can drive that demand if they just insist on more environmentally friendly goods and services. My small part of that is to make the clothes I have last longer by repurposing or mending what is already in my closet.
Hi there! I am Jeannine.
I believe that a holistic and balanced approach to life is a must when living with an autoimmune disease. I share gluten and dairy free recipes and all the other things I do here. I just like doing stuff and making stuff.
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