** Incorporating handmade into my days is so very important to the functioning of my home. Each Friday I will be sharing a way in which I honour the spirit of handmade alongside my friend Melanie who blogs at Our Ash Grove. **
Autumn has officially arrived - the season that suits me best. It is this season that I feel most at home in. And while I would love to say that I am spending time knitting and sewing and making soup, the reality right now is something quite different. I am trying hard to find my footing - farmhand work, while providing the stability of a regular paycheque does not leave much time or energy for the seasonal homestead prep that I love so much.
I did manage to switch out my Summer books for the Autumn ones. A truly sentimental tradition. They don't get much action anymore but are as much an acknowledgement to seasonal shifts as collecting acorn caps, putting up Christmas trees or planting seeds. A collection of books contributes so much to the idea of a handmade home. A carefully curated selection of words and pictures that reflects all that one holds dear.
With the end of one growing season rapidly approaching, plans begin for next years additions. A process requiring a firm balance between living in the moment and thinking towards all that lies ahead. I suppose that at the heart of it all, this is the ultimate benefit of a handmade life. That of balance. Making one appreciate those moments of stillness in the frenzy that is often the reality of the everyday.
Happy Friday all.