Today I'm celebrating the first day of winter in my part of the world.
Oh, how I long for this season when it's gone...but today my favourite season of the year has come to visit, to rest my mind and body, to bless me with cooler winds and breathing space.
Winter in the tropics is beautiful, not cold at all, but cool at night with warm spring like days. I wish I could pop some of my lovely winter in the mail and send it to you. As I write to you this morning I'm wearing a sleeveless tunic top with black leggings and considering whether I should go find my very old and worn black cardigan that feels like a hug when I wrap it around myself?
My newest morning routine before I step into the office is to brew a pot of chamomile tea and once settled at my desk to pour three hot cups, one after the other, of this golden liquid until I've drained the pot dry...
I buy Nerada organic chamomile tea because it's grown just a bit north of here and when we drive past their lush green tea fields I get excited about enjoying local tea, about supporting local agriculture, about feeling a closer connection to the region we call home.
And it tastes wonderful too.
Perhaps it's the welcome delight of winter's arrival, but today I'm not doing any work in the office. A day off every once in a while is good medicine for the soul, and my soul feels in need right now.
I've pulled out a magazine project that caught my eye a couple of months ago...
"Log Cabin Home"
Isn't the sentiment perfect?
- family makes this house a home -
I bought the Spring 2017 issue of Simply Vintage magazine specifically for this wall quilt pattern and today I will pull out fabrics and maybe even prepare some of the applique.
I'm two months ahead with Stitchery Club designs so I might gift myself a week to play in the sewing room...
Another project I intend making, though this will be a long term one over the next year, is "Vintage Heart" by Emma De Stefano of Treehouse Textiles in Victoria.
I saw this on her Instagram page and fell in love...
...but as I'm not familiar working with these colours or prints I decided to purchase the starter kit of 30 fat sixteenths as well. This way I can more easily shop for similar fabrics to complete the quilt.
Gosh, it's different to be planning projects that don't need hand embroidery (or very little of it) or require my mind to design.
Perhaps wanting to make a quilt is another winter inspired thing?
Whatever the answer I know these projects will be fun.
One more lovely addition to this first winter morn of 2017 is a vase of snapdragons...
I saw them at the supermarket yesterday for $3.50 a bunch and promptly bought two. The other bunch is on the dining table.
It's been months since I bought flowers, unusual for me, and they have been missed. Floral displays in happy colours brighten our home and lift a tired heart.
Time to return to this joyous habit.
I wonder what you're planning for the first day of winter?
Or perhaps you're in the northern hemisphere and about to embrace summer?
May your day be blessed, and filled with wonderful ideas to enjoy in this new season!