after 6 weeks at our first farm it is time to move on and learn some new things. we have three more lined up: 1 in bulgaria with a horse and cart and no electricity, 1 in czech republic with bees and goats and wine, and 1 in italy with a eco house to build and homemade toothpaste. lots of interesting things to see and learn.
to thank our wonderful host in france we made a collage to commemorate our stay.
jeff’s website: http://jeffanimaux.free.fr/
of all the places in france i have somehow (unknowingly) arrived in a town with one of the only dedicated bookbinding schools in the country. it’s been making me think lots about the future and possibilities. seeing this video today, i’ve been thinking about all the materials involved in making a book and how it would be good to start from scratch with all of them, making the tools, paper and leather yourself. maybe i’ll find someone along the way who knows something about it…
as well as the books i made for christmas, i also made my sister some chai teabags…
these were really easy to make! i cut out circles of muslin and sewed a running stitch around the edge leaving a long tail of thread. i then spooned a little of the mixture into each circle, pulled the thread tight and knotted it. i also made a jar to put them in by sticking a plastic bunny to an old jar and spray painting it white – my sister loves bunnies (i think?). i made a prototype batch for myself and it tastes really good! i got the recipe from here.
december is moving really fast – i’m nearly halfway through my advent candle already. i’ve been spending my dark winter nights paper mache-ing and making decorations out of old oranges.
the one on the left is the beautiful advent calendar that louis bought for me and the one on the right is the one that i made him (it’s got homemade white chocolate buttons inside…). my friend showed me how to do the orange slice thing – you just slice up an orange, in a much neater way than i did, and put the pieces to dry out on the radiator. then you can do anything with them – i’ve tied red bows to mine and stuck them to the wall.
paper, paper everywhere – a magazine christmas tree and a paper mache bowl in the making…
another old orange i found in the fruit bowl – i made a pomander to make our hallway smell less strange. it’s looking more christmassy – but sadly we still do not have a tree.
this literally took 5 minutes to make and was totally free cos i took the empty carton from work. all you need is scissors, staples, an elastic band and a tetra-pak carton. so frugally fashionable.
i followed the instructions on this website: http://www.bicycology.org.uk/tetra_pak.htm. it’s killa easy and you can decorate the carton and whatnot before or after you chop it up to make it a little more pretty… i just liked to keep the name soya soleil,