Thursday, February 21, 2013

Interview / Belle Fleur de Lis

Several months ago I wrote about the lovely Lotte's blog. She is a wonderful crocheter and lacemaker and I recently reached out to her for a  little interview. Any glance at her designs and blog make you fall in love with the pastel/minimalism signature that is purely hers. She so kindly answered a few questions and you should keep your eye out for her upcoming designs because I truly believe in supporting handmade goods such as herself. Lotte's blog shop flickr 

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Hello my name is Lotte and I live in a town nearby Antwerp in Belgium. I love Antwerp very much, when I visited aswell as other cities, I am always happy to be back in Antwerp again. There is a kind of atmosphere up there that I only experience...even just a little moment or action that is going on on the street or when you see someone just walking b can give me that feeling where it's all about and what makes me love this city.There are many nice cafes to discover, the botanical garden is certainly a place you have to see when you visit Antwerp and there is also a place hiding in a attic somewhere where you can visit a Lace-maker . When I am old I want to spend my time in a place like that as well, it's wonderful...

As a child I learned to crochet on the age of 7 years and already crocheted little pencil cases, I can remember I was very proud of myself. My mother learned me the basic stitches for knitting but very fast I noticed I love crochet more. I went to art school and it was a search of figuring out how I wanted to express myself.

Currently I am working on a crocheted cushion series and working out a design for crocheted grocery or marketbags and little crocheted hanging-bags that you can hang up in your kitchen to storage fruit in or vegetables. More about this plans I Will show on my blog soon.

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I always find it difficult to explain something in words and starting with my blog made it a bit easier, but maybe you notice here and there that the messages I write down are not full of clearness about what I want to tell, and that my pictures say more instead the words I write down. My blog became a collection of the things I love...flowers, plants, crochet, bobbin-lace and just the little things that I love in life..for years I knew I wanted to follow a Lace education and I am happy I took the step to Lace school almost two years ago. I also followed a florist education some years ago and my dream is actually that I can work as a florist again one day and combine it with being a professional lacemaker, working on projects (and hopefully I can teach others this beautiful technique/handcraft) and being a crocheter...This is how I'd like to see myself in 5 years...

My work schedule depends on how I feel ..if I have a good day I can do more..if I have a bad period then I can have days I can't do anything, it all depends on how the symptoms of my health problem pop-up from one moment to an other but..

I try to live in a calm way, and take my days as they come. The things that can really cheers me up or heal me in a way are meeting up with a friend and having a good talk, drinking a cup of tea or coffee, seeing family, taking care of my plants or to buy some flowers enjoying them for as long as i can and then drying them, working on my projects, going to lace school and the moment my dear boyfriend returns home from work...and just being IN LOVE

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Inspiration There are so many people out there who can be and inspiring...but actually the place where I get my inspiration is here in my inside garden-atelier. Most of my ideas and inspiration comes from here...I always liked light pastel colors and my working place is also very white and bright and I like to work with light colors, I don't think I need much to get inspiration when I have it all around me in my little atelier, even just a flower that I place on my table can be my biggest inspiration for a long period and this can connect again with everything else in my little atelier and also, I just follow my heart...

My piece of advice: "Try to do what you love to do, follow your heart "

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Healing.

Something I have realized lately - when we think of healing, the thought usually surfaces around time of illness, loss, prevention. The aftermath.

But maybe healing should be something we do everyday. Whether its healing foods, teas, herbs, journaling, developing affirmations, creating a vision or dream board, help others, volunteering, meditation, dance, visit an animal sanctuary, yoga, surround yourself with positive people, there are so many ways and methods to heal. We should nurture and discover ourselves within the process. We should be kind to ourselves and extend that energy to those around us.

We can heal and bring happiness all with a simple action or thoughts. We have the ability to make someone smile. To ease their pain, to bring hope or a new perspective, to inspire someone, to develop positive manifestos and discard negative ones, to help create, to heal. Not just our loved ones, strangers or beloved animal companions but ourselves

I think to change someone's life for the better is powerful. Not just others, but yourself too

I think sometimes we get so overwhelmed, caught up, lost, in dreams or elsewhere

We forget to live in the present. We must be mindful of what is happening

I am making an effort to be present. To focus whats happening in the moment - not the past, not the future but but right now. Are we losing touch with whats around us? Are we noticing the little details life has to offer us; a butterfly against flowers, a conversation that could lead to friendship, heads buried in new books instead of technology.




Sunday, February 10, 2013

CLOSED Giveaway // Lonely Moonchild Interview



Its time for a giveaway!! My darling pal Jessica, head of Lonely Moonchild on Etsy, where she sells her handmade wrapped crystal necklaces, and amazing thrifted vintage pieces. She is so graciously offering one lucky reader the chance to win her clear quartz pendant that is hand wrapped by her using cotton. I love everything to do with crystals, minerals, gemstones, and clear quartz is known to be a pwoerful amplfying and healing with a rich history. This is also the first of hopefully many interviews I am starting with beloved bloggers, artists, healers, and friends. Read on for a little interview with Jessica, her passion for gemstones and vintage and what heals her and then and enter to win her beautiful piece



Hi my name is Jessica and I am the proud owner of LonelyMoonchild. I create healing wrapped crystal necklaces as well as peddle vintage clothing. Crystal lore kind of fell upon me while in the UK in Glastonbury during Beltane and I have never turned back, I like to create necklaces to help the wearer achieve their intentions! Crystals have a lot to offer and to wear them is a pleasure! The energy ones gets is amazing!

I have always had a passion for vintage clothing, primarily from the 60s and 70s, groupie chic, Woodstock goer, Carefree and easy.

5 Things that Heal me...
+Finding crystals- I love finding crystals to use in my necklaces, you just get the right vibrations from the ones that want to be bought! I use a variety of crystals. I try to use a lot of clear quartz because it is an all purpose healer and amplifies the thing you are trying to better. Personally I love smokey quartz, moonstone and amethyst. You just know when you are drawn to a crystal you shouldn't force it, almost like the people in your life.
+Vintage hunting- I love thrifting, especially when it is successful! It is like finding buried treasure!
+Yoga- I love doing yoga and I go to my local studio about 3 times a week and being a calming space and being able to let go feels great because my mind is constantly on overload. Shout out to Metta Yoga of Dubois!
+A cup of tea- as simple as it is, the preparation of a cup of tea is almost like mediation. Getting it just right and focusing only on the tea itself!
+My room- it is like my little oasis, being 23 and still living at home is hard, especially when you are trying to find a job and make your way in life, I can just retreat to my little den, light some incense and relax.

People who have inspire/d me...
I am inspired by so many!! Pattie Boyd, Jenny Boyd and many other English models of the 60s, Anita Pallenberg, Grace Slick, and so many more! I can't even think right now!

In 5 years I want to....I want to be happy and living dreams. I would love to own my store and I hope this business evolves into a career, I couldn't ask for more!

Dream vision board.....Flowing ethnic fabrics, maxi peasant dresses, regency period empire waist dresses, 60s festival fashion, faux fur and velvet, oversized sunglasses, platforms, and flower crowns and capes in the english countryside! Again I could go on forever!!! 

What would your ideal day consist of?
Just relaxing, somewhere warm, surrounded by things and people I love and a delicious vegetarian meal!


GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED THE WINNER IS 


To enter to win this Clear Quartz pendant you must
+ Follow/be following my blog on bloglovin, google reader, etc and leave a comment on this post with your email address
+ Favorite Lonely Moonchild on Etsy or her Facebook page and leave a comment on this post with your email address

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Inspiration

Inspiration in these beautiful videos, dreamlike imagery and haunting lullabies. What are yout favorite videos? Sometimes I spend all day watching magical videos like these because its like watching a dream unfold right in front of you., capturing the perfect mood or vibe.a

1. Pamela Love's SS13 "Maia Collection" fashion film starring Crystal Renn with music by Devendra Banhart No words really. I think this is my favorite fashion video ever. I want to live within this dream realm. And those jewels!


2. Antlers, crystals and the forest From 2011 but LittleDoe is always inspiring. Why am I being drawn to summer?


3. Witches, girlfriends and late night love-spells Wildfox



4. Witches, the ocean, haunted doll like femmes. Lula