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Wear the Story

This is day 4 in my 31 Days series on sustainable dwelling. For an introduction and more posts, head here!

This month is (among other things) Fair Trade Awareness month. What better way to celebrate than by highlighting fair trade/local fashion every day this month? I'm wearing at least one thing every day that meets those parameters - beginning with one of my favorites, the Fair Trade Friday Earrings-of-the-month club. You'll be seeing a lot of these, because it's a monthly subscription that sends a pair of earrings to your mailbox every month. For less than $15, I'm helping a woman somewhere in the world support herself and her family, and getting an awesome new pair of earrings, too (or a head start on Christmas, for the ones that shout someone else's name to me when I open the bag). {Also, we use mugs instead of regular glasses, and all of ours are different - why not remember a favorite local business while also enjoying a favorite tea?}

{Not real - although, it's not a bad idea...} Because there are as many ways to raise awareness as there are people - jewelry, accessories, clothes, home goods (more on that later), coffee mugs, and even permanent (or temporary) reminders.

I love bracelets. Unfortunately, I have unusually small wrists so I have trouble finding bracelets (at least, ones designed for "typical" Americans...) that will stay on. But I've found some, like 31Bits and those pretty beaded ones like I used in the button for this series, that must be made by cultures that share my tiny wrists, because they fit!

Hey, remember those beaded bangles I just mentioned?

Despite the fact that I already have several bracelets from her (she knows my name... I sort of follow her from fair to festival), I succumbed to this Bella Vita bangle at a food truck rally yesterday. I could have gotten a T shirt (and they were super-cute - I {heart} FOOD, but with a food truck instead of a heart), but this is a memory that I'll wear more often, and loving local/fair trade is what I do!

You don't have to sacrifice your personal style in order to wear a story - you just need to keep your eyes (and heart) open to opportunities to reclaim consumerism!


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31 Days of Unraveling Designs

It's that time of year again... the 31 Days writing challenge starts today! Bloggers from all over will be writing every day of the month of October on the topic of their choosing. This will be my fourth year participating - the first year I did 7 for 31, and spent a month going through Jen Hatmaker's book 7. The second year I did 31 Days of Sustainable Dwelling, and wrote about local and fair trade living. Last year I was busy but still wanted to participate, so I went the easy route with 31 Days of Everyday Beautiful.

This year I'm diving into my greatest passion: knitting! I'll spend this month looking at past designs and talking about the inspiration behind them, so there will be plenty of regular life mixed in with the stitching - and there may be discount codes for the patterns that I write about. You'll just have to read and see!

Pattern index:

Pageturner Mitts
Hogwarts House Tie
Urban Artemis
Graffiti for Humanity
Love Out Loud
Strange Jacket


In order to change your knitting, you must first change yourself. I've lost track of how many times I've said that, or how many people I've said it to. Frustrated new knitters wondering why their work is loose or tight or uneven or really anything less than perfect. But something I love about knitting is that it's a record of your inner dialogue. That swatch knit at the yarn store table with a cozy cup of coffee and a helpful (and more experienced) knitter nearby is going to be a lot more relaxed than the sweater begun a week later while sitting next to a hospital bed - just like the knitter.

Unfortunately, this also applies to my own knitting. For years, I was apparently unaffected by the shifts and turmoils in my own life, so I assumed that I was exempt from the rule - when the reality was, in fact, that I wasn't really experiencing any of those on anything deeper than a surface level because everything was deadened by depression. When I finally started to really…


A few years ago, I was introduced to the concept of replacing the traditional list of resolutions with a single word. It appealed to me - I am not a big list person, but I love language and words and meanings and etymology and metaphor and... ahem. Ennyhoo. I liked the idea.
I've never chosen the word. It's always presented itself to me - and last year was no different. Pacific was very insistent, even though I tried to argue with it. Pacific? What does that even mean? What am I supposed to do with that?
But I accepted it, and I'm glad I did. I learned about depth and calm, about storm and nurture, about faith and adventure - and about the unstoppable ocean of God's grace, that overwhelms to fill and cleanse and bring blessings unasked.
So I'm bidding pacific a very fond farewell, and welcoming spark and whatever lessons it would like to bring. I invited it in with a copper wire punctuated with tiny lights and wrapped around my mood board, and I've got an empt…