It is with a little bit of sadness (but mostly just excitement about new beginnings!) that I write my 300th and final post here on Mezz Makes Stuff. It's a total coincidence that this post is number 300, but it feels nice to finish on such a nice, final, rounded number, don't you think?
Hundreds and Thousands Mag with fellow blogger Taz, which has been a pretty huge project that stemmed from the ideas and connections I have made through this blog. I also document many aspects of my life, including all the thrifting, making, baking, and music making I get up to over on instagram (@mezzcoleman) and finally (drum roll please!) I now have a pretty great website over at www.mezzcoleman.com which will be devoted mostly to my music and zine, but I do plan to blog there (sporadically) about other bits and pieces as well when the inspiration arises!
www.mezzcoleman.com and check it out!
Slow, quiet, late nights, sleep ins, a new pet, getting lost in the world of Harry Potter, setting goals, dreaming dreams, BBQ's, road trips, watching old episodes of Sherlock, trying new recipes, school holidays, blogging, lots of tea, mild weather, an few unexpected trips to the Dr, learning about the lunar cycle, discovering change is ok, catching up with family, quality time with my kids, creating, and picking flowers.
How was your January?
Making : The next Issue of Hundreds and Thousands magazine!
Cooking : From scratch. It hit me recently how often I wasn't doing that, so I'm trying to take my cooking back to basics.
Drinking : Tea. Proper tea! I've ditched the tea bags and am brewing lovely pots of tea again. So much nicer and I'm enjoying the whole ritual of making tea.
Reading: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Wanting: Routine! These school holidays have been great, but I'm ready for some structure again in my life!
Looking: At the night sky a lot these days as I try to learn more about the moon and the lunar cycle.
Playing: With our new bunny, Snowy. He is too cute, and helping me overcome some pretty serious animal fears!
Deciding: How I'm going to timetable my work this year to fit with my hubby's job and family stuff.
Wishing: I could go on a super long holiday. Super long.
Enjoying: The very mild weather in Melbourne this week. It's summer, but only in the low 20's.
Waiting: For work to start back! I work in a school so get holidays (yay) but I am a casual so they are unpaid (not yay)
Liking: Joni Mitchell's album "Blue"
Wondering: How I can best do housework without it getting on top of me.
Loving: JK Rowling. I think she's a genius!
Pondering: What the next ten years or so might look like.
Considering: A new tattoo.
Watching: A Room with a View, Man Down, Sherlock, Midsomer Murders. All the good ones.
Hoping: That I manage my stress in a healthy way this year.
Marvelling: At the human body. My daughter's cracked collarbone is healing so quickly all by itself.
Needing: Rhythm, routine, balance.
Smelling: Hay. It's for the bunny. It's a new smell in the house I'm not used to yet!
Wearing: PJ's. Its the last day of school holidays so why not?!
Following: Creative and clever people over on Instagram.
Noticing: That I wake up every morning very dehydrated.
Knowing: I've got songs and stories and ideas I want to share with the world.
Thinking: About finding a beginners yoga class.
Admiring: The people in my life who live with mental illness, and live well.
Sorting: Through all the food and drinks my husband brought back from dumpster diving the other day. Have you heard about Dumpster Diving before?
Getting: Excited about releasing my EP of new songs soon!
Disliking: The constancy of housework. It literally doesn't end.
Opening: Windows and letting the breeze into the house. "Airing" out the house each morning has become a favourite little ritual of mine.
Giggling: At myself and my Harry Potter obsession. It's hit me later in life as a 30 year old, but it's hit me quite hard I must say! I get what all the hype was about now.
Feeling: Aware of all the things I need to do this year, but not overwhelmed, which is generally my default position. Hooray for not feeling overwhelmed!
Snacking: Home baked goodies.
Coveting: High waisted vintage style sailor pants. I really want some but they are expensive and hard to find.
Wishing: I was a more motivated and productive person. I've always been very creative but turning my ideas into real things requires a certain work ethic and discipline which is not in my nature.
Helping: My kids and myself.
Hearing: Cars and trucks. I live on a busy road!
I have quite a few cute nephews! My son who is 8 is the oldest boy of the cousin brood on both sides of the family, and I just love the younger little fellas in our family. Perhaps it's because each of them in some way remind me of my own Mr 8, while all are completely and utterly unique too.
I have amazing, beautiful, clever and talented nieces too! I'm super lucky.
Over this recent gift giving period, a few of my nephews have recived these personalised shirts made with a whole lot of love from Aunty Mezz. I have loved the simplicity of these handmade gifts.
To make your own personalised shirt for a cool little guy in your life all you need is a plain-ish thrifted t-shirt, some felt and a sewing machine. Cut the letters of your little one's name with felt and sew onto the shirt with your machine. Done!!
This past week, I....
...went on a little road trip with my family...
....caught up on some mending....
...tried a new recipe....
...began early morning walks/runs again after about 6 weeks of not bothering too much....
...and discovered some treasures in country town opshops! (country town opshops are my fav!)
Our other "little adventure" this week involves our little miss breaking her collarbone. poor darling.
....made my own exfoliating scrub. This one is equal parts brown sugar, bi carb soda and olive oil....
...created a summer inspired "mood board"....
....added some flowers and plants that were growing in our garden to my homemade Christmas wreath. Now it's a "summer wreath"....
....and began working with Taz on our next issue of our little mag, Hundreds and Thousands. We have also reduced the prices on what's left of our stock so we can clear out and start afresh!! Feel free to have a little look see at our online store.
How has your week been?
This past week....
I picked flowers and apples in my mum's gorgeous backyard...
...breathed a sigh of relief along with the rest of Melbourne when the cool change arrived after 2 days of 40+ degree heat...
....culled and reorganised my craft stash (upcycled milk crates make the best shelves by the way!)..
...upcycled a vintage children's doona cover into a new-for-me dress..
...and enjoyed picking teeny tiny tomatoes from our teeny tiny urban garden!
What did you get up to? We have had a slow, sun filled, creative and restful start to the new year, and I certainly hope you have as well! (or snowy and cosy, if you are in the Northern part of the world!) Mezz x
Simple Beauty Week 1/52- Our new lavender plant growing, flowering and smelling divine on this sunny summer's day.
One of my greatest joys last year was searching for and finding beauty wherever I went, often capturing photos along the way. It's so easy to find beauty once you begin opening your eyes to it, don't you think? Whether it's in a sunset, a handshake, a flower or conversation, beauty is all around, and its so important to acknowledge these little moments. So each Friday this year I intend to post a photo capturing a moment of Simple Beauty from my week.
I invite you to join me as well. Label your blog post "Simple Beauty" marking whatever week we are up to (such as 1/52) and share a pic. Feel free to link back to my blog, but don't feel you have to. How easy and fun is that!!?
Once again I am writing a list of 30 personal goals for the year, inspired by the lovely Sophie (aka Her Library Adventures.) I have spent the last few months ditching a lot of the lists that seemed to be taking over my life (you can read more about that here) but I have decided this list is a little different. Sitting down to reflect on the things I want to do, and more importantly who I want to be is such an invigorating way to begin a new year. I look forward not so much to "ticking things off" this list, but letting it guide me through my year. Some of my goals are simple while others are pretty huge, so I'm choosing to be relaxed about it and just enjoy the incredible journey that I hope 2015 to be.
My 30 Goals for 2015...
1. Go fruit picking with the kids.
2. Decorate and clean our home guided by the seasons.
3. Blog regularly
4. Listen well, and think before I speak.
5. Do small amounts of housework, often.
6. Do a beginners Yoga class.
7. Ride my bike locally whenever possible.
8. Grow my hair.
9. Get my new tattoo.
10. Wear a touch of vintage style each day.
11. Make my own homemade skin and beauty products.
12. Release and launch my EP.
13. Play some fun gigs.
14. Record a lovely Christmas album.
15. Embrace early mornings.
16. Discover more about the Luna cycle.
17. Reduce my screen time.
18. Finish reading the Harry Potter series.
19. Read a Jane Austin novel.
20. Cull and reorganise my craft stash and space.
21. Get a piano, and teach vocal students from home.
22. Try a new recipe each month.
23. Be frugal and organised with our finances.
24. Drink lots of water each day.
25. See some live comedy.
26. Make clothes for myself and my family.
27. Give up something significant during Lent.
28. Practice mindfulness daily.
29. Go for picnics, discover the outdoors, sit under trees.
30. Live a life of creativity, simplicity, handmade, thriftiness and love.
I am really looking forward to blogging more regularly again this year, and sharing how I'm going with my goals every now and then. If you're interested, you can see my 2014 goals in the post below. And most importantly, feel free to join in and come up with a list of your own 30 goals and dreams for this year! Please visit Sophie's blog and let her know if you join in!!
Here's to a wonderful New Year!!