Hello. It’s me. I’m in Minnesota grooving to Adele as often as possible, attempting to stay healthy this Winter, and feeling my way into 2016. For better or worse, my functional internet took a vacation over the holidays which meant more time for family, reading, writing, watching, and baking. Most importantly, it allowed for an unintentional, fresh outlook of the new year to fall gracefully on my lap…well, actually it arrived via journal writing but more on that later!
Before I get back to my writing, some highlights from 2015 and new ideas to share with you all…
Are you entering into 2016 with one word or a thought in mind? I’m inspired by the suggestions from The Chalkboard on ways to express this theme during the new year (maybe you’ll find your words at Goldpress where words are highly valued!).
If you did not get around to reflecting on 2015, there’s still time. Mother Mag created a thoughtful list of questions to ask yourself as the new calendar year begins. A simple gift to yourself.
Finally, If you need an excuse to get off the screens, phones and all social media, I’ve got it: another Mercury Retrograde has taken over the next three weeks. Just be sure to check out the Brown Ink Holiday Sale before you’re completely off the grid! Off to create my word for 2016.
This past February a dinner event was held in an uber-hip, Brooklyn loft put on by Kinfolk, a community of artists with a shared interest in small gatherings. Their hope is to encourage a natural approach to spending time with family and friends, a collaborative way of advocating the natural approach to entertaining.
What intrigued me most was the simplicity of the evening. No surprise that I loved the small touches like the handwritten welcome board, food cards and letterpress menus. It might be a little “too precious” for Nick but I think these elements bring a handcrafted, authentic feel to the moment. There is an understated and subtle energy behind these details which I appreciate.
Nicole from La Buena Vida was present to document the event.
To experience the simplicity of the evening have a look.
This only makes me want to entertain more…And why not? Some of the best memories I have are at friends’ homes for a meal or on our back porch enjoying good food, drink and conversation. The added touches of name cards, a handwritten menu, or whatever it may be, leave guests with a feeling of gratitude. It’s so easy to do.