Wool is Cool: Meet the kids

In the great saga that resulted from the realization, in May of this year, that there was no way I could use up 50 kilograms of raw wool on my own for my own little projects, we are now beginning the hero’s (ahem, the foolish creative person’s) journey. To catch you up, once Musa, theContinue reading “Wool is Cool: Meet the kids”

Refashion: The Amazing Yellow T-shirt

This refashion was not supposed to happen when and how it did. I had great plans for this oversized yellow t-shirt, yet another find from the 1€ rack. It happened when it did because when I was going to take my boys out to the park on Saturday morning, my youngest had a crisis andContinue reading “Refashion: The Amazing Yellow T-shirt”

Refashion: The Amazing Green T-shirt

I may have mentioned this before, but my philosopher husband (who you met in last week’s podcast!) has a very exciting take on creativity, one that I have taken as a license to invest in my creative endeavors with renewed enthusiasm. His philosopher’s hot take might sound a little bit strange, coming as it doesContinue reading “Refashion: The Amazing Green T-shirt”

Sustainable Motivation

As each year draws to a close, my indulgent husband and I do a little activity we like to call, “Where are you going, where have you been.” We’ve been doing this since we married in 1999. It’s probably the longest-running tradition I have ever held onto. The name of it comes directly from theContinue reading “Sustainable Motivation”

Furoshiki and me

In my attempts to do something a little bit differently and a little bit more sustainably this year, I have decided to try my hand at furoshiki, that is, the Japanese art of wrapping gifts in reusable or recycled textile wrappings. My interest in the subject was sparked by Marie Kondo, who last year hadContinue reading “Furoshiki and me”

It’s not yours to keep

Throughout this year of buying no clothes, I experienced a palette of emotions concerning what I own. There was the initial freak out and covetousness, the painstaking early period during which I tried to figure out ironing (short-lived, I promise), the time of careful, attentive alterations, followed by the wild and carefree era of refashioning.Continue reading “It’s not yours to keep”

Cave Dwellers

Today, I want to introduce you to the place that started it all: Le Vercors. I don’t usually bore you with talk about my novels, but it so happened that during a recent visit home to my in-laws, we visited the place that set in motion the wheels of creativity which, eventually birthed the KnownContinue reading “Cave Dwellers”

Unexpected benefits

A while back, as I was giving a rundown of my Ideal Life Themes, I wrote about the festering open wound which is the theme of keeping a clean house. I wish I knew why these everyday tasks are so abhorrent to me. I wish I were the kind of person who could just notContinue reading “Unexpected benefits”

Environment and Ecology

Thank goodness I don’t have only themes that force me to come face-to-face with myself and my shortcomings! Being a good steward of the space and resources that has been accorded to me is one of the areas I like to consider every few weeks in my Ideal Life Exercise. This has a broad meaningContinue reading “Environment and Ecology”