Thursday, October 30, 2014

43/52: a portrait project


"A portrait of my tribe, once a week, every week, in 2014."


Miss Four| the best teacher a brother could have. Full of knowledge and stories.


Little Fox| there is immense joy in discovery. I love watching you learn new things.


Siblings| Nothing more Australian than the old vintage umbrella, a clam shell filled with water and loads of laughter.

~ Joining Jodi over at Practising Simplicity for the 52/2014 project ~ 

You can read all about last year's 52/2013 project and see all the 52 portraits of my tribe here

What have you been up to? 
X Mummafox

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

42/52: a portrait project


Miss Four| love and wild wanderings. 


Little Fox| love and simple things.


Siblings| Such a sacred time. Wild. Whispering. Woven. Ancient. To the depth of my spirit it speaks to me. Of family. Of being home. 

~ Joining Jodi over at Practising Simplicity for the 52/2014 project ~ 


We are running a giveaway over on Instagram @thepoppyfox of a custom made poppyfox creation, handmade in my studio in Melbourne.You can find our reversible Sunday pinnie's, fox pants, accessories and our Intentional learning resources all for purchase, along with custom orders. We will draw a winner of the giveaway once we reach 400 followers over on Instagram or 60 members here on the blog {that's only 3 away, got to be in it to win it}. With the market tomorrow I'm at the sewing machine getting things ready. There really hasn't been time for much else this week.

You can read all about last year's 52/2013 project and see all the 52 portraits of my tribe here

What have you been up to? 
X Mummafox

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

The invitation | Intentional living



These words resonate with me. The hum of truth. The call for acceptance. You are not your past. You are not just your story. You are not your ideas. You are not your labels or insecurities. You are not your thoughts. You are not your judgements and fears. You are not just your physical body. You are the soul and spirit that soars with a heart that feels and you have the capacity to dream and to love everything and everyone. When you get disorientated remember this. You are everything. 

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. 
I want to know what you ache for 
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.
It doesn't interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love,
for your dream, 
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. 
I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow,
if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain.
I want to know if you can sit with pain,
mine or your own, 
without moving to hide it, 
or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own;
If you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, 
be realistic, 
remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true.
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. 
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty even when it is not pretty every day.
And if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine,
and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, 'Yes.'

It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn't interest me who you know or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.*

Nurture your soul and you will see that you will be able to love more. Have gratitude for life and for others. And harvest a life that is joyful, creative and freeing.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

41/52: a portrait project



Miss Four| it was your absolute bliss, sunshine, the market, and a pony ride.




Little Fox| hanging out with his dad at St.Andrews




Siblings| such laughter in the tent

~ Joining Jodi over at Practising Simplicity for the 52/2014 project ~ 
Moments captured with a Cannon 50D with 28-135mm lens. When l get the chance to head to St. Andrews l sit in the chai tent, warm my hands with a cup of chai and take a long, deep refreshing breath. It is home to me. The sounds of drums, community, nature and the surrounds, people, colour and the vibrancy of independent art.

We are running a giveaway over on Instagram @thepoppyfox of a custom made poppyfox creation, handmade in my studio in Melbourne.You can find our reversible Sunday pinnie's, fox pants, accessories and our Intentional learning resources all for purchase, along with custom orders. I will be moving over to Etsy in the coming weeks with a more extensive range of products, once the market prep is finished in a few weeks. We will draw a winner of the giveaway once we reach 400 followers over on Instagram or 60 members here on the blog {that's only 3 away, got to be in it to win it}.

You can read all about last year's 52/2013 project and see all the 52 portraits of my tribe here
Lots of sewing for a market coming up and loads of new stock to be added to the shop, it's happening just slowly. It all happens around mothering. The ebb and flow of it all. It's felt wonderful being creative and creating beautiful clothing, home wares and the first of the wrap skirts.
What have you been up to? 
X Mummafox

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BITS + PIECES: Stills- a weekly collection.






I am and have always been a homebody, a nanna. Content with a cup of tea warming my hands and people around me. I like to travel and have adventures but I always return home. I can't help myself if l can make it, bake it, grow it or draw it I'll give it a go. I want my tribe to learn the same, to live intentional lives. 
Days are crazy during the school holidays but this week things have begun to slow down. Over the last few days there were adventures with dear friends, crafternoons, imaginative play, nature studies and time with Nana. The kids playing as l sit at the sewing machine finishing quilts and kilim cushions. Vintage sheets dry outside on the line, ready for the iron and cutting for new Spring clothes. I've got a market coming up. The kinder bag packed and ready for Miss 4's last term at kinder. The garden is lush and green and Spring is here. Beautiful sunny days, warm breezes, open doors, flowering gums, kookaburras high in the trees and daylight savings. The smell of jasmine at twilight and the birds feeding by the front window, a glass of wine and a book. This is my heart, my tribe, my home, everything that really matters.

This week's stills:
1. Apple eating, joyful little ones wearing felt bowls for hats.
2. Vintage homemade table tent, hours of fun right there.
3-9. Afternoon with friends at Heidi, having a picnic, collecting leaves, rolling down hills, searching for fairies {you can find the reversible Sunday pinnies in velveteen and also in cotton that they are wearing here, custom spots are available, plus all our other handmade goodness}.
10-13. Time spent in the garden, weeding, harvesting and doing intentional learning with Miss 4 {you can read the latest in our garden series here}.
14. We are a rainbow loving household here.

You can read all about the past Poppyfoxathome Stills here. I was thinking a lot about why l started this blog and it's still all about telling the story of our lives {you can read all about it here} amazing how much has changed and yet stayed the same. 

What's important to you?

x Mummafox

Monday, October 6, 2014

Spring - wild birds, giant broad beans and fields of lettuce| The garden series

Bare limbs, sunny days, and afternoon rain showers has been the sign that Spring is here at home. Hours spent learning about what's growing In the garden and harvesting produce daily for our dinners. I've attempted to do some intentional learning getting the tribe to help prepare the meals from our produce in the garden with varied success (imagine 21 month old and a head of lettuce). 
The sunshine and light showers brought strong growth to the plants and leaf growth. Lots of flowering and bee activity in the garden. The broad beans continue to tower over the beetroot and broccoli like giants. Pods are growing slowly promising great harvests for salads and felafel's for the warmer months. I've had such an amazing harvest of cauliflower and gathering continual broccoli and purple broccoli from two rows in the garden that has meant instant salads, antipasto platters and stirfry's. My lettuce is starting to shoot but we have had a couple of bbq's at sunset and harvested plentiful lettuce for bowls of salad. 
Over the weekend we enjoyed lazy mornings and afternoons spent in the garden. Miss 4 watered and harvested snow peas and sugar snap peas from the front garden. The snow peas were then pulled and the bean tepees cleaned up for future use. Near the walkway potatoes are about to go in with a big layer of compost and sugar cane mulch. This might provide a good harvest and not impact on the existing lettuce/spring onions. A new bean runner will be planted out near the front window for summer but I'm running out of room and have taken a step back until there is room for new plantings. One day I'll have the land to have the garden of my dreams. What have you got growing at the moment?





















Growing vegetables an update|

What's growing in the garden|
Chocolate mint + mint
Beetroot
Blueberry plant {new leaf growth and flowering}
Broad beans {1.5 m high and flowering, small pods developing}
Broccoli  harvesting daily from two rows, has started flowering. 
Carrots two rows 20 cms high still growing 
Cauliflower harvested the last one two days ago {the size of a dinner plate}
Chives
Coriander harvesting three rows at different stages of growth. One bed near front window planted out from seed collected from last summer.
Celery Two rows
Daffodils
Dill
French Tarragon
Garlic {seriously crappy crop not sure what l am doing wrong}
Lemon tree
Lettuce bed of mixed lettuces and Cos - harvesting for salads daily {starting to shoot}
Lime tree
Olive herb plant
Olive trees
Parsley {curly and flat}
Passion fruit { fruit still green}
Potatoes up from last season in the twine patch, Ceres box of potatoes coming up near the lemon tree. 
Raspberries {new leaf growth alongside the potatoes}
Rhubarb {new leaf growth}
Sage
Spinach- harvesting 
Strawberries {lots of green leaves, some flowers}
Snow peas {bowl harvested every few days}
Snap peas { 40cms high in the teepees and at the end of producing}
Thyme + Lemon Thyme + variegated thyme

Harvesting|
Herbs
Cauliflower
Rainbow Chard
Broccoli
Beetroot
Silverbeet
Snow peas + sugar snap peas
Spinach
Celery
Lettuce
Lemons


Ongoing tasks|
Watch the daffodils come up, two rows still coming up.
Plan new plantings as the winter plantings will take some time to harvest and space is an issue, pulled the cauliflower near the front window and will dig in manure and mushroom compost.
Looking at a new art project with the children using bottle tops and coloured fabric scraps. Will make a new bunting for the garden window too to celebrate spring and summer.
Ads to finish painting veggie tags with Miss 4 {at least the backyard has been cleaned up and this will be happening next weekend}
Working on cat proofing the plot-
Started using scat granules along with egg shells and fabric string lines and they have worked really well near the front door (hooray!!!) A cat moved out (YEY!) all seems to be going well.
Redo the worm warm and get it going for the warmer months in a cooler spot.
Weed garden across from us, add tubs for herbs, potatoes and possible lettuce beds. Bamboo is a problem that l can do little about in that bed so until l move to another property l will be gardening amongst the bamboo.

I'm joining the Garden Share Collective over at Lizze's The strayed table and checking in monthly with what's happening in the garden.  What's growing on your garden at the moment? Have any tulips, daffodils and sunflowers appeared in your garden yet?

For those interested in joining our giveaway, head over to Instagram @thepoppyfox {shop over here }.We are giving away a Poppyfox creation to one lucky winner to celebrate the shop opening. All you have to do is share the blog, spread the word and tag @thepoppyfox. If your not on Instagram leave a comment on the blog or over on our facebook page to be in the running. Open worldwide to readers. A winner will be drawn once we reach 60 followers here or 400 over on Instagram. 
Happy gardening.
x Mummafox

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