Friday Finds

It always seems to me as if the lavender was a little woman in a green dress, with a lavender bonnet and a white kerchief. She’s one of those strong, sweet, wholesome people, who always rest you, and her sweetness lingers long after she goes away.

– Myrtle Reed

It’s almost that time of year again, prepare for the purple haze!

A good read, image via Pinterest

book and lavender

Windowsill, photo by Jonny Lindh:

lavander in windowsill

Wedding favors, floral design by Twig and Petals, photo by Pictilio:

lavander wedding favors

Lovely details, floral design by White Ribbon Boutique Events, photo by Yiannis Alefantou:

napkin with lavander

Honey Lavender Macarons by Megan of Hint of Vanilla:

honey lavander macarons

Happy weekend!

Fruzsi

Advertisements

On Decluttering, Hygge and Happiness

cup with hearts

It may sound strange, but I feel like the new year has just begun. To me, it’s not NYE that really marks the end of last year and the start of a new one: I wake up on January 1st and tend to be quite melancholic. Everything looks and feels the same as it did the day before, it’s still winter and it would be for at least a good two months longer.

(Not that I have anything particular against winter; every season could and should be enjoyed no matter which climate zone the place you call home happens to be in.)

But only around this time of the year do I actually start feeling resurrection: when the sun begins to set a little later, its rays are slowly gaining back their strength, birds are singing again and nature is awakening. Everything is fresh and new, a carte blanche.

I hope I’m making some sense here! 🙂

Spring has finally begun showing her lovely face to us here in Central Europe and on this much-anticipated occasion, I’ve decided no recipes today. Here’s what I have in store for you instead: elements of happiness. Oh, yeah!

I’m sure you guys are familiar with the international bestsellers The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo and The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking. These books are definitely the talk of the town these days.

I think we’ll all agree I’ve picked some pretty hot topics to discuss in today’s post as those catchphrases in the title are #trending like crazy for some time now. Everyone’s sharing an opinion on these two subjects, so I had to see for myself what the buzz was all about.

I’ll be frank with you, I did feel the need for regular wardrobe purges before I was advised to do so and I’m beginning to think I should’ve been born in Denmark, as I was always naturally drawn towards things with a high hygge-factor (is there anyone not obsessed with cinnamon buns and throw blankets anyway?).

Finding nothing really groundbreaking in either one of these books, I still enjoyed reading and will probably refer back to them multiple times. Like anything else in life, you have to pick and choose the elements that work for you and your situation.

Admittedly though, my longing for a fireplace reached all-new levels and I also have a newfound sense of minimalism concerning my whole life, not just the underwear drawer.

Because even if you already know/do/have experienced some (or most) things listed in these volumes, it’s nice to put a name to a feeling that’s hard to describe (that would be hygge) and to have a system handy for keeping your spaces tidy (the KonMari Method).

As an introvert, the idea of a well-organized home, coziness and slow living is very appealing to me anyway. But could saying goodbye to pilling sweaters and lighting a bunch of candles really be the key to happiness (in the including but not limited to sense)? I kinda think so!

Let me elaborate.

As Benjamin Franklin put it: ‘Happiness consists more in the small conveniences of pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life’.

In my mind, his words translate to appreciating the now, savoring the moment and being grateful for simple pleasures as key factors in the pursuit of overall wellbeing. And you can only do so when you have order and predictability in your life.

So here we are at my bottom line: it’s important to dream big, have focus and work towards your goals, wether it’s having more time, money or whatever it is you think would make you a happier person.

But the content you feel in those silent moments when you are snuggled up cozy in your favorite spot at an orderly, functional home with a good book and a steaming cup of hot chocolate is what real happiness looks like on an everyday basis.

It’s in the small things. Remind yourself of that!

Love,

Fruzsi

Have you read these cult books, or are you familiar with their concept? How do you feel about them? Are you planning to incorporate some aspects to your lives on any level? I’d love to know!

 *Disclaimer: Reviews or any other refernce made to publications on My Chest of Wonders represent my genuine and unbiased opinion, I am not being compensated in any way through sponsorship, commissions or gifts.*

“Cup with hearts inside” photo by valeria_aksakova / Freepik

Friday Finds

Adulting is hard. I remember how I thought some days were boring, but ever since I’m out of school, every summer just seems to fly by. I hope you pack these sunny weeks with adventures. To me, these following images bring up vacation memories. Cheers to another Friday and all the fun that’s awaiting us!

What we all need right now (spotted on Tumblr):

160708-friday-finds-book

“Ancora imparo” wrote Michelangelo, at the age of 87:

160708-friday-finds-quote

Splash by Ticknor Photo:

160708-friday-finds-wave

Tie-waist striped trousers, serious outfit goals:

160708-friday-finds-style

Details of a road trip to the beach found on The Beach People:

160708-friday-finds-mussels

Happy weekend!

Fruzsi

 

DIY Felt Bookmark

DIY Felt Bookmark title image

I commute every day from the suburbs and the inevitable trek from my front door to work and back is not the shining moment of my day by any means. Like most of you, I feel the need to lug a ton of crap to and from, toting around half my life (plus gym change) and finding the number of my bags multiplying and getting more ridiculous in size by the minute.

But enough of the misery! What makes that train ride considerably tolerable is the books I also carry with me. Always love myself a good read! Helps shutting the world out and the journey just flies by.

Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.

Mason Cooley

I must be old-fashioned but still prefer paper to an e-reader… And with my love of books comes the constant need for new bookmarks. The card stock ones I used to having quickly got destroyed or lost, so I decided to DIY more durable pieces for myself and the bookworms in my life. Pinterest was full of great ideas, and I chose to make some cute heart-shaped felt bookmarks.

Not much was needed: some felt material, scissors, pencil, thread and a needle. After a quick pit stop at the drapery shop on the way home, everything was ready for crafting. I have to admit sewing was never really my thing (although I try to improve), but this project is really what they call stupid easy, you’ll see.

This is how it goes:

First, design your template on cardboard (make corner right angle to fit pages). With a pencil, trace it on your material twice for each bookmark, cut out hearts.

DIY felted bookmark collage

Now you stitch them together, making a pouch for the page. Time to show off your fancy needle technique! I am sure most of you could do this part in the blink of an eye while watching TV but for me, it took some time. Had fun though, despite the pinpricks. 🙂 I was using gold embroidery thread, and this is the outcome:

DIY felted bookmark ready

DIY Felted Bookmark on bookpage

Next time you buy someone a book, top it off with this little personalised, hand-made present.

Have an awesome week!

Fruzsi