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Lately I’ve been getting to a bunch of projects around the house that had previously been forgotten. It feels good to attend to those small things around the house that irritate me; improving one tiny thing after another. So far I’ve:

  • replaced the boob light fixture above my desk with this paper lantern
  • installed hooks for guests to hang towels on
  • mounted my favourite vintage door knob and escutcheon as a closet curtain tie back; also, finally hemmed that curtain
  • finally got a bath mat that the bunny won’t destroy
  • sanded and Danish oiled plywood that will soon be a new desktop surface, and a new dresser surface for the guest room
  • organized the closet (what a relief!)
  • touch-up painted around the apartment (more of this to do)
  • hung a world map in the guest room, and strung up all the thank-you notes I’ve received :)
  • re-arranged the bedroom furniture so that there’s enough space for my yoga mat
  • drop a huge load of stuff at goodwill
  • re-organize and clean the back stairwell so it’s no longer scary

These things have kept me busy these last few weeks. I’m realizing how much I enjoy designing and improving my environment. My mood, energy levels, and ability to focus are greatly influenced by my environment, and I feel so much more focused and purposeful. It’s the same feeling as balancing one’s checkbook. Anyway, this weekend I hosted a lovely French couple and their three year-old daughter Aimee. She was so sweet and well-behaved! It was impressive to see how her parents hovered over, constantly encouraging her to talk clearly, walk slowly, and play gently. What lovely people! Saturday night we went to the grocery store together, and they invited me to eat dinner with them. See that lovely salad below – with avocado, tomatillos, and grapefruit!  I tucked in early, then spend all of Sunday in Lakeview celebrating LOVE.

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LOVE makes a family.
Happy #PRIDE!

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Why am I changing the products I use? It feels good to be closer to the earth. It’s a way of loving myself. I’m a firm believer in natural beauty, and less is more. I believe that everything from the earth is inherently good, healthy, and wholesome, and that there’s no need to dilute it, process it, compound it, or add chemicals to it. I believe not only that products can be simple and pure, but that simpler and purer products are better! For they are closer to the earth! Doesn’t that sound amazing? To be closer to the sun’s warm rays,and the wind’s fresh air? That what I use to moisturize my hair came from a coconut that spent its life basking in the sun? But it goes beyond pure ingredients and simple concoctions: there is tremendous importance in choosing the right ingredients. Simplicity, but intricate simplicity!  This means knowing the ingredients, where they come from, how they interact with the human body, and how they interact with other ingredients. Matching the powers of natural ingredients to our bodies’ needs.

 

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School pictures made into magnets! Happy Father’s Day!

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Oh spinach, soon you will nourish me!

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Starting to look, smell, and taste like cilantro!

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Completely handmade. Book binding’s not too bad!