What is hygge?
I like that hygge isn't just a marketing push to stock up on cushions and throws for Winter, it is something that you can find with friends, with a loved old jumper, a vibe you can bring to your space and to your interactions. A feeling of cosiness, gratitude, contentment, security and haven.
Comfort and cosiness cannot be the single goal of our lives - often our greatest feelings of fulfilment and purpose are derived from situations that we feel rather uncomfortable in - doing things we've never done before, meeting new people, standing up for causes we believe in - living passionately often equates with having courage and moving beyond our comfort zones. But that's why I think we need hygge all the more. When we do have our times of rest, when we gather in our homes and have some precious down time, it's important that we know how to replenish ourselves. And not just for ourselves - personally, I think it's a pretty beautiful feeling to bring a little hygge into our interactions, into other people's lives as well.
It seems commonsense - having small rituals that help us enjoy the simple things, finding things to be grateful for, choosing contentment over comparison, but sometimes we need the reminder.
So I have attached below Meik Wiking's Hygge Manifesto for your home. Your personal guide to hygge may look a little different but his suggestions might be a good place to start. If you're living hygge 24/7, maybe the reminder for you is to stretch yourself, even just a little bit, to be moving out of that comfort zone and doing something small every now and again that scares you but helps your grow. If your downtime doesn't restore you like it should - maybe these simple suggestions will help you find your hygge groove.
Enjoy the season of cosy!
This month I am:
Relishing... the true beginning of Autumn. The beautiful light at dusk, the refreshing crispness in the air, pumpkins in my garden and the freshness that comes with a change of season.
Reading... The Little Book of Hygge. Consider me officially on the bandwagon.
Listening to... A Seat At The Table by Solange
Watching... Borgen. There is definitely a Danish theme going on here.
Burning... our 'Autumn' candle which fills my house with the aromas of chai tea, sweet pear and mandarin.
Harvesting... butternuts pumpkins! It is the first time we have grown them and they taste incredible (and do well despite neglect - win!)
Eating... pumpkin soup, roast pumpkin salad, mashed pumpkin.. (see above)
Making... candles in our three new aromas. They're finally here and I can't wait to share them. More on the blog in the coming days and you'll find them in our online store next week
Planning... on attending this dreamy weekend.
Working on... a really exciting project for Nourish and Nest.. to be released next month. I can't wait to share!
I was sharing in this post that it's taken me a little while to find my groove this year. You know, adjusting to the new schedules of the fresh year, emerging from cruisy January with some focus and purpose and finding a rhythm to the day that works in this current season of life.
I love a good list and also find that having a daily focus, small rituals to look forward to and gratitude reminders all help me fall in to a good groove.
So I put together a daily list with a few little Nourish and Nest-style extras to help myself along.
There's a place for the necessary 'to-dos' but also somewhere to write down a simple focus for each day, some self-care rituals to incorporate into our rhythms plus space for notes and gratitudes.
Sound like something you'd be in to? Then print yourself out a few copies of the Nourish and Nest Daily Rituals sheet, click on the image to download.
Sometimes creating things is as much about the act itself as the end result. The slowing down, the therapeutic mindfulness that comes from concentrating on the task at hand. And when you're using elements from nature and the resulting work is both beautiful and simple, I believe the act becomes rather soul-filling too.
What could make it even better? If you are crafting something that is a total breeze to create.. Cue, the flower garland!
I first made one of these for my youngest babe's birthday (her 1st, 2nd? the details are hazy..) We had a whole lot of marigolds growing in the vegetable garden and I had loved the idea of trying to create this style of flower garland since seeing masses of them in the markets of India on a trip years ago. The simple little garland I made from those marigolds was the perfect backdrop for my little babe blowing out the candles on her cake.
I actually think a flower garland works for all kinds of gathering. Admittedly, they last a few days at most, but it makes them all the more special while you have them. You could experiment with using natives that dry beautifully to give your garland some longevity.
It's a fun and relaxed thing to do with friends too, kind of reminds you of making flower chains as a kid.
This garland has been created with all the flowers close together but you can also spread the flowers out to give you more bang for your buck when it comes to garland length. Completely up to you!
I didn't have an abundance of of marigolds on hand this time, so we used carnations instead. Any flowerhead that is sturdy and has a dense structure would work.
Here's the simple how-to:
1. Cut flower heads off stems.
2. Thread a long, thick needle (like a mattress needle) with cotton.
3. Starting at the base of the head, push the needle up through to the top of the flower.
4. Gently push your flower head down the cotton.
5. Repeat until you have used up all your flower heads.
Currently I am:
Setting myself a few creative, fun goals for the year ahead - one of which is to sew these gorgeous overalls. I've got the pattern and the fabric... now just to remember how to work my sewing machine ;)
Getting back into candle production so that we can re-stock the online store, including our two new aromas!
Planting radishes, leeks and plenty of greens.
Harvesting tomatoes, eggplants, basil, cucumbers, cos lettuce and more (basically.. Summer in the veggie garden rocks!)
Loving this interview with Elizabeth Antonia. I have been reading her blog since my eldest was a babe and love her simple but beautiful motherhood inspiration.
Looking forward to launching a few exciting new ventures for Nourish and Nest this year - stay tuned!
Trying to remember that Autumn will be here before we know it and taking the opportunity to eat meals outside, feel the sand between my toes each week and linger outside when I can of an evening.
Loving pretty much every single piece in this collection and the ethos behind the brand.
Feeling like I haven't really found my groove yet this year. I'm looking forward to creating a little more rhythm in our days, starting as always with a few small rituals throughout the day.
I hope you're finding your groove for 2017 and are enjoying the possibilities of the year ahead.
I am incredibly proud of our teas. They are organic, fresh & vibrant with an intense flavour. The herbs are sourced nationally where possible and the blends are our own unique recipe, mixed & packed ethically here in Australia.
But at the end of the day, what matters most to me is that they taste sublime & are the perfect addition to our daily small rituals.
The preparing, brewing, pouring & sipping of tea is an ancient ritual. It has the ability to uplift, restore, energise, comfort & calm.
And yet it is so very simple and accessible to all.
But rather than just wax romantically about my love for tea, I thought I'd share my day in tea, as it is currently.
Some days I just have just one cup, maybe first thing in the morning or late at night. I go through stages of drinking the same blend of tea all day long. Other days, like yesterday, our different blends serve me in their own way during the different stages of the cycle of the day. It's all good.
So here it is, my day in tea... excuse the dark and grainy photos but it is rather rainy and gloomy in my part of the world at the moment and these pics were captured on the fly on my phone yesterday.
Early, not long after waking up: a pot of 'Refresh' herbal tisane (lemongrass, ginger and lemon myrtle).
Not a cup but a pot, brewed for 10 minutes. A morning person I am not. I can get up early and generally have to, but no one would ever describe me as chipper in the morning. 'Refresh' is energising enough to rouse me but it does so slowly, and by the second cup I feel like I can almost whisper 'you got this'. It is also a cleansing and detoxifying tea so it is perfect to start the day with. It works really well as an iced tea so I will sometimes brew it the night before and drink it chilled on hot days (with a squeeze of lime juice and little mineral water).
8:45am, time for action: a mug of English Breakfast (a blend of premium black organic teas from India and Sri Lanka).
When I need to get down to business, it can only be our English Breakfast tea. If I drink it first thing in the morning, I brew a pot-full and add milk, cradling my mug and finding solace. But when I hit the 'business' hour of the day, I drink it black, generally whilst putting together a plan for the day. I make it with an infuser and brew for 3-5 minutes.
10pm, when the coast is clear: a small cup of our 'Settle' herbal tisane (all-Australian peppermint, spearmint, liquorice root and marshmallow). Brewed for 10 minutes.
Home from a night out, with the babes settled in bed and the miscellaneous evening jobs done (well, some of them, let's be honest), this is my happy place. Curled into the corner of the lounge with a couple of books and a soothing cup of tea in my hand. The blend of herbs that comprise 'Settle' make it delicious post-dinner and it is a beautifully calming tea for both the body and the mind.
And that's my day in tea. What our love about our rituals is that they are exactly that, ours. Personal and individual and able to change with a season or a whim. I hope our range of beautiful organic teas, or any of our goods of ritual, if they find a place in your daily rhythms, bring beauty and pleasure to your day too xx
This past weekend, we held a little backyard gathering to thank those who have worked for Nourish and Nest and Nourish Creative this year. I am grateful for all of them and for what was a beautiful night to ease into the festive season. I thought I'd share some photos from the night, taken by Joe of Hindsight Images (thanks Joe!)
It was a relaxed evening, under a rather brilliant sunset. We sat and feasted at a grazing table prepared by Reay's Place, followed by paella cooked in front of us and drank Island Green Tea punch (recipe to come). Special thanks to Event Lighting Hire for installing gorgeous lights for the evening.
Here's to gathering and celebrating as the year comes to a close and being grateful for the people we do life with xxx