may flowers and a little inspiration

May is one of my favourite seasons for hiking – nature is showing its lushest and greenest side, the moderate temperatures are perfect for spending many hours outdoors and my pollen allergy has yet to realize it’s time to start acting up again.

Hiking in Germany. little home by hand blog.

We enjoyed a beautiful and rather tough hike in the Eifel National park again last weekend (this one to be precise). Being out in nature always restores my peace of mind but there is something exhilarating about completing a challenging hike.

Hiking in Germany. little home by hand blog.Hiking in Germany. little home by hand blog.

Germany can be so beautiful. Discovering new areas and little gems like this medieval town (which was the start and end point of our hike) is a joy.

I have not been particularly active online lately but I quietly read a lot so here are a few things Iย  want to share with you:

Making

  • Have you seen Melody‘s new knitting pattern, the Blรณm Shawl? So beautiful!
  • Swooning over the gorgeous naturally dyed yarns Liesl added to her shop recently

Minimalism and living

I have been thinking of the clothes I wear quite a lot recently, partly triggered by getting back into sewing, partly because I am constantly purging and trying to reduce the amount of stuff I own.

I recently read Marie Kondo’s famous decluttering book and loved it. For someone who is intent on owning as little as possible she has a very deep emotional relationship with the stuff she does decide to keep. Her approach of ‘keep only what sparks joy’ has impacted the way I look at my things much more than the regular, rational ‘rules’ of decluttering. I dream of owning only what I need and truly love. How wonderful is the idea to come home to a space where every item in it brings you joy?

Some inspiring articles on the interwebs about clothing and minimalism:

  • Growing a minimalist wardrobe. This post on one of my favorite blogs ‘Reading my Tea Leaves’ really resonated with me. Why not wear clothes you love to pieces every day instead of having a closet full of things you are only mildly interested in?
  • 10 Step Wardrobe Revamp. I have yet to work through this but it looks very interesting!

Reading

  • ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed – touching and inspiring read!
  • The Moral Bucket list or How to become a better person – digesting this article will take me a while and a few re-reads
  • 5 Reasons Why People Need To Go Camping. Yes, yes and yes. This mostly applies to travelling in general as well. “We need to breathe new air, walk on new ground, and feel the awe of seeing something weโ€™d only seen in books, or not at all.”

How has May been treating you? Getting a regular dose of fresh air?

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7 thoughts on “may flowers and a little inspiration

  1. Ine

    I agree with your striving for a minimalistic wardrobe or at least making your own clothing. When the house constructing is over I hope I have more time to knit more cardigans for instance. Sewing my own clothing is a goal, but I need more practice!
    Love your photography and Germany is one of my favourite countries to go hiking in.

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    1. Kristina Post author

      Thanks, Ine! Curating a wardrobe is something you never stop working on I guess – I know I am constantly purging, adding new things (preferably handmade) and rethinking what I like to wear and feel comfortable in. Hope you’ll find the time to pursue your knitting and sewing soon ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Sera

    Beautiful!! Can’t wait for my summer holidays so I can get out in nature more.

    I would also love to sew more of my own clothes…need to get a sewing machine though ๐Ÿ˜‰ do you know anything about the Singer Tradition (http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B001CBZB5K?colid=1Q1FVXTOR9DCR&coliid=I1DK6ULTQDWJ8E&ref_=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl) – would it suffice for basic clothes? I can’t seem to find out if you can use a double needle with it.
    Also, do you have Amazon affiliation? if so, can you give me an affiliate link for the Kondo book? Would love to read it. (If you don’t I’ll just go through book depository).

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    1. Kristina Post author

      Hi Sera, I’m afraid I can’t give advice on sewing machines, since I sew on a 85 year old treadle machine myself ๐Ÿ˜‰ For knits I use a serger (and loooove it). Often you can find fully functioning machines in thrift stores, maybe go that route first to get into sewing and find out what functions you really need so you can then buy new?
      I don’t have affiliate links, but let me know if you like the book ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Martha

    I love your nature photos. So inspiring. I have been swooning over Melody’s new pattern too. I can’t wait to make one ideally with some Buckaloo view yarn.

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