Tuesday, May 26, 2015

20/52: a portrait project


  
" a portrait of my children, every week, for 2015."



Little Fox| those cheeks and smile. 


Miss Five| playing in a driftwood teepee with your friend and your collection of leaves and wind wands. 


Siblings| together enjoying a market ride. 
 
I'm joining Jodi over at Practising Simplicity for the 52/2015 project. Moments captured with a Iphone 6. Poppy sporting a Poppyfox Reversible Sunday pinnie in Winter velveteen and our wind wands available here. I'm finishing sewing up the Nepal prayer flags for an Oxfam fundraiser organised by Bec. They are $10 if your local and interested in raising money for aid for Nepal. Just email me at poppyfoxathome@gmail.com. I've been busybplsntingout the winter garden, organising orders, having meetings about  workshops and generally doing the motherhood thing. Tomorrow I'll be back to it. What have you been up to? 


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Monday, May 25, 2015

The blessing of an Intentional life | The wellbeing series



As Autumn comes to an end, I pause this morning to acknowledge the blessing of holding and living this life with my tribe. To embrace the loud, rich filled life that's full of doing, many pots of tea, milky chai in the mornings, woolen socks on little toes, piles of washing to fold.

Returning once again to planting out the seasonal garden, digging trenches for sprouted garlic and tiny carrot seeds. Watching the nights grow colder and the fire burn hotter to warm the hearth. Embracing the Autumn table filled with art and story, and sharing with my little ones the change of the season around us. Taking in the nurturing quiet, the warmth of the fire and such colour. It is a time of potent beauty, warmth and learning. 

Be blessed today all of you. In this moment, be present with it all. Breathe it all in. 

May the blessing of light be on you - light external and light within. May the blessed sunlight shine on you like a great peat fire, so that stranger and friend may come and warm himself at it. And may light shine out of the two eyes of you, like a candle set in the window of a house, bidding the wanderer come in out of the storm.

And may the blessing of the rain be on you, may it beat upon your Spirit and wash it fair and clean, and leave there a shining pool where the blue of Heaven shines, and sometimes a star.

And may the blessing of the earth be on you, soft under your feet as you pass along the roads, soft under you as you lie out on it, tired at the end of day; and may it rest easy over you when, at last, you lie out under it. 

May it rest so lightly over you that your soul may be out from under it quickly; up and off and on its way to God. And now may the Lord bless you, and bless you kindly. Amen. 

You can read more of the Wellbeing Series on Intentional living here.


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Scottish Blessing

Friday, May 22, 2015

Around here| thoughts on living an Intentional life




Around here...... I've been mindful about taking some time to take in the last days of the Autumn season. I've planted out our seeds for our Winter veggie garden. Fire's on, quilts on the couch, beeswax candles alight. Warming broths, immune boosting meals, eucalyptus balm rubbed on chests before bed, wooden jumpers and beanies. Slowing down to eat, rest and have nature play. The long list of chores and work will always be there. But my tribe won't always be small. I'm being present and taking it all in. It's been a busy, noisy week so instead of being busy in housework, sewing and writing I took a break. I craved to clear my head and make some space. Always exploring, Tully needs to connect with nature every couple of days, as a tribe we all need it regularly. It's our place to commune with God and bare witness to the season's.
We took some time to collect things for our winter table and head to the river this morning. A stop at the bakery, the playground, to the river and the ducks and a walk. It was soul nourishing. Embraced by the moving current, sitting still taking in all of the river's beauty and life.
The river has always been a special place for me. It helps me return to what is true and become grounded no matter what's happening. 
A river can give a city it's very soul. Spending time by the river teaches us many things one of them the flow of life, it's constant movement and it's clear that an enchanted (Intentional) life demands an appreciation of its flow. ~Thomas Moore


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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

19/52: a portrait project


  
" a portrait of my children, every week, for 2015."



Little Fox| you are forever collecting sticks and creating. 


Miss Five| teaching your brother from the animal cards and sharing stories with him. 



Siblings| digging up the garden readying it for planting out our Winter seeds. This week our Intebtional learning is centred around tactile play. Digging, making trenches, planting seeds, rolling clay and dough, cooking bone broth. If we get time gingerbread and pots of tea. 
 
I'm joining Jodi over at Practising Simplicity for the 52/2015 project. Moments captured with a Iphone 6. Poppy sporting a Poppyfox Reversible Sunday pinnie in Vintage cotton and our Intentional learning Animal Cards to purchase head here. Custom orders always welcome. I'm still sewing Nepal prayer flags for an Oxfam fundraiser organised by Bec. They are $10 if your local and interested in raising money for aid for Nepal. Just email me at poppyfoxathome@gmail.com. It is my hope that once l have sewn all the bunting strings that l can finally get the Etsy shop finished and launched. Everything takes longer than you think. Have a great week everyone. Blessings.



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Reflections on forgiveness | The Wellbeing Series





The unravelling of wisdom often comes in tiny, sparkling moments amongst the mess and chaos of everyday life. It's like a bright jewel lost in tall grass. Or the filtered sunlight through the redwoods. You only find it if you stop, happen to search for it or stumble over it. Deep seeded within me despite all the loud, is a desire for spiritual and emotional transformation. I am a pilgrim. 
A long time ago I acknowledged that the way to living an Intentional life is such a long, wild and often long stretching path. Unpaved, bumpy, wild and at times wonderfully surprising. I've walked confidently in the journey and other times, lost the path and veered off course when it has all been a bit much. It gets hard to achieve a slower pace to do soul work. Life doesn't slow down nor does the responsibilities and pressures to achieve, do and be.

With paint, brush and pen I have been attempting to find space for 'me'. To reflect on my life, find my joy and also let go of emotional strongholds. These past months l have spent much time contemplating forgiveness. It's remarkable the ease in which bitterness and resentment manifests itself in life and the realisation that holding it in isn't healthy, positive or life-giving. For years l buried it down and submerged it within Christian platitudes without fully acknowledging it and taking the opportunity to learn from it. When one truly embraces those negative emotions, gives them audience and then lets them go, it's amazing how quickly forgiveness and understanding can be practised in daily life.

There will always be careless actions, harsh words and wrongdoing but I have realised that it's in these moments to take a deep breath, speak our truth and realise that this too shall past. For so long l have longed to let go of emotional ties, bitterness and situations that have left me confused, disorientated and often feeling such immense self-doubt and guilt. I've been skilled at adopting the blame and not realising that it's often a dance between our imperfections and another's. It takes time to work through issues and realise that freedom comes from letting go, loving others and forgiving. It's been a really strong theme over the past few months and it's been a struggle. I am imperfect and broken and yet over time l have found immense beauty in accepting it in myself and others. 

So when the negative hits you, because at some point it surely will. Realise this. Everything you are feeling at this moment is valid. Your thoughts, ideas and feelings are all worthy of your attention, witness and love. Don't simply react, don't lash out for the sake of emotional release. Embrace the whole of your experience completely. Acknowledge it, sit with it and then let it all go. Adopt a life filled with grace, forgiveness and compassion for others and especially yourself. Take the space needed to be still and acknowledge all that is going on. Speak your mind if it's true to your heart. Be authentic in all you do. And embrace imperfection, God's limitless love and grace that moves us to wholeness because then we are truly able to live an intentional life, honestly and with true grace.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Being grateful in motherhood



Feeling so incredibly blessed and grateful for my tribe today. 
That I was able to hold, carry and birth my babies. 
It's transformed my life. Taught me to love more. 
To embrace life fully and walk in grace and mindfulness.
They are such a part of me out in the world to make their mark and join in the tapestry of life.
Little feet, arms outstretched and wide, holding, embracing and loving each other. 
Their creative, passionate, independent and wildly free personalities and their full spirits so open to life and adventure.  
So blessed to mother, nurture and hold these two. 
It's chaotic and wild, ever changing and yet such an abundant dance. 
I light candles for my beautiful mother who birthed me. Who has taught me to accept my imperfections and love my children with all that I have. Today I acknowledge that she gave poppy and tully the chance of life as well through giving me life. 
I light candles for adam's mother and grandmother that bless us with love for our tribe. 
And a candle for my two grandmothers passed, the sacred feminine + my ancestors no longer earthside. I give thanks to mothers everywhere. Be blessed. 
And to those that mother and care for others tribes by nurturing,  happiness and blessings to you.
I'm blessed by many friends such as these. 
I'm giving thanks today. 
Happy Mother's day to all. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Around here

My tribe after endless days of fever and virus are back to full health. Lots of bone broth and alphabet noodles, cups of tea and movies were watched. I've been busy doing Autumn inspired Intentional learning with my tribe. Leaf rubbing using our monster rainbow crayons. Threading Autumn leaves, making our Autumn table and role playing with our wooden and schleich figurines with our wind wands. Lately, we have had a strong focus in play on storytelling. It's beautiful to watch tully and Poppy engage one another in imaginative play.

I've had a full week of sewing Poppyfox orders - Reversible Sunday pinnie's in velveteen, fox pants in turmeric yellows and bear brown velveteen, storage tubs, classroom bunting and skirts. Head over here, Custom orders always welcome. We've got lots of products available to buy in the shop and over on Instagram just message me to order. I'm sewing for the Nepal bunting fundraiser with a bunch of other creative women for Oxfam over the next couple of days and it feels like a blessing to do something with my sewing that can provide aid to those in need. I'm praying as of Mondsy I'll be back blogging and listing new items in the Etsy shop. 
What have you been up to? 

18/52: a portrait project




  " a portrait of my children, every week, for 2015."



Little Fox| So independent and happy amongst the giant trees and redwood forest.


Miss Five| Leaves were collected, you danced amongst the leaves and looked very much at home here.


Siblings| We have been recovering from a nasty virus. Lots of rest and old school Disney movies. It's been pretty miserable this past week.

I'm joining Jodi over at Practising Simplicity for the 52/2015 project. Moments captured with a Iphone 6. Poppy and Tully sporting Poppyfox Reversible Sunday pinnie in Cord and Velveteen and our Waldorf wind wands, to purchase head over here. Custom orders always welcome. I've been finally finishing orders and cutting vintage bunting for an Oxfam fundraiser organised by Bec. They are $10 if your local and interested in raising money for aid for Nepal. Just email me at poppyfoxathome@gmail.com. It is my hope that once l have sewn all the bunting strings that l can finally get the Etsy shop finished and launched. Everything takes longer than you think. Have a great week everyone. Blessings.



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