fawnandforest Covid-19 has had a dramatic impact on so many people. Food Banks across North America need our help now more than ever. They provide meals to those in their communities who are affected more severely by COVID-19’s economic impact, and to those families and individuals experiencing food insecurity.
Starting this week Monte Designs will be donating 5% of all sales to The Daily Bread Food Bank.
Stay safe and shop to support.
fawnandforest During this unsettling time, we could all use a hug. 💛
Due to social distancing that is not a good idea.
☝️However, sinking into our Como Glider gives you a feeling of being hugged because the back cushion features a super soft down alternative polyester fill that envelops you and hugs your body to create a very relaxing feel. The gliding mechanism further promotes relaxation with it’s calming and soothing motion. The back of the chair is one of our higher models, so lay your head back to rest on the cushion. If you prefer more neck support you can use the provided lumbar pillow behind your neck.
The arm height is ergonomically designed for exceptional comfort. The Lumbar pillow can also be used for elbow support while nursing or feeding. When those late-night feedings happen, we have a matching ottoman so you can put your feet up and relax. We are extremely proud of our Monte products, as they are sustainably produced with the highest materials in Canada.🇨🇦 📸:@sincerelylennon
fawnandforest To our fawn&forest family,⠀ ⠀
We just wanted to reach out and let you know that we are thinking about you. We hope that you are staying well and are able to find some peace during these confusing times. ⠀
While it's easy to find ourselves in a state of panic, we encourage you to take this time to step back and reflect on all the little things that are good. We believe in the power of positivity and the value of strong community support; know that we are here for you. We hope that this time, although it can be scary and disconcerting, will provide you a few extra moments of quiet time with your family and loved ones. With changing plans, canceled trips, and schools shutting down, we find ourselves in a state of constant change. Change is not always easy and disappointment can be hard to swallow, but we know that if we stick together and help each other out, we can make it through anything. ⠀
We are working hard with our manufacturers to keep operations running as smoothly as possible. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to better serve you and your family. ⠀
Stay strong & be well,⠀
xoxo Whit & Kari xoxo
fawnandforest (extra cozy) bamboo robes, baby brushes made with (extra soft) natural goat hair, and (extra smooth) combs made out of natural beech wood.
Can it get any better?
We’re excited to add Natemia to our shelves and hope you love their goods as much as we do!💛
fawnandforest Sweet little cheeks in sweet little bonnets and footies.
Thank you @briarbaby & @lovedbaby for outfitting the cutest babes in the world.💕
#fawnandforest #daysofsmallthings #aweekendwhimsy #smallmomentsofcalm #shared_joy
fawnandforest 👋Guess what!👋 INCY IS BACK IN THE U.S.! So excited to be able to offer beautiful bedroom furniture from our Aussie friends at @incyinteriors again! 🤙
Come check them out now!
#fawnandforest #asecondofwhimsey #seekmoments #happyselves #momentofwonder #ofquietmoments
fawnandforest Congratulations to last month’s gift basket giveaway winner, @kaleydeffinbaugh!
Thank you to everyone who participated and shared their favorite Christmas family traditions with us!❤️ #fawnandforest
fawnandforest Homemade healing balm is pleasantly simple to make but it requires a length of your heart. It’s not for the restless and it’s not just for herb-y people who diy everything. It’s for you, a mother perhaps, who loves to nurture those in her care. Your balm is for those bumps & scrapes that perhaps don’t need anything at all. But in the moment of peril the sympathy of your motherly love & tenderness toward your children, your gentle voice and a bit of your balm gently rubbed on, oh! It heals all. —
I think the inclination is to rush online and just buy what you need to make things, what’s needed to make balm — beeswax, oil, dried calendula. It’s certainly quicker but I’m not so sure that’s how to really make something, you’re robbed of the satisfaction & melody of planting, harvest & gathering in. Having the money to do something quickly is the great cheat of our current age. —
I challenge you in this, if you’re interested in slowing down a smidge. Purchase a packet of calendula seeds (or whatever else that perks your interest that’s balm-worthy). Find a pot or patch to plant in this spring. If you don’t know how, just figure it out. Calendula (also known as pot marigold) grows well in pots so don’t be thinking this is a big gardener thing. And just be joyful in the process. Money cannot buy joy. —
There are many how-to’s & balm recipes online, follow a few and then come up with your own recipe, the process is not fussy. The magic of it is that you infuse oil with an herb, flower, botanical for a good length of time, and then after removing the flower from the oil, melt in a dab of beeswax to make the whole bit of it a solid, balmy wonder. Pour your gold in a tiny crock or jar and you’ll be so throughly invigorated with the process, adding such things as “planting calendula seeds” to every spring must-do, forever. —
A few more thoughts on oils & beeswax will be in my stories, I’ve carried on here a bit too long!
fawnandforest I feel like I share a lot about how essential it is for our children to just be outside — in an ordinary, everyday backyard sort of way. I don’t think connections are forged through every once in awhile epic hikes or a thematic unit on birds but through the ordinariness of a small patch of time in our own outside. —
It’s true. Going outside is free and it literally changes our children’s life. I’m not talking about outside entertainment with like bouncy houses but good old fashion secret hideouts under bushes and rolls-pollys found under rocks and little areas of the garden that are pure magic. —
I’ve let our outside ritual be simple — bundle up, gather essentials (bucket, Journal, cup of coffee?) and breath the fresh air. By simplifying the process in my mind and not budging, it’s not a chore. Let going outside become a habit, weave it into the rhythm of your day. My own children have become so well versed, they get their little sister bundle up and head out themselves. Why? Because I’m not sure they know otherwise, it’s such an ordinary part of their day. — 🌳 [Rooted in Nature set] /shop link profile.
fawnandforest OUR TINY HOUSE — all gussied up for Autumn. Some of you may know and perhaps others don't but my 4 children, husband and I live in a 160 sq. ft tiny house on 20 acres outside of Portland, Oregon in the countryside. We never actually set out to live in a tiny house, laughed even at the idea of it! It was the 20 acres we were after. Our bit of land is incredibly special, perched on a hill with hundred year old oaks and nestled in the midst of wine country. It was too incredible to pass up! The tiny house came with the land and so we said what the heck and jumped right in. — we knew what we were in for, it was in our deepest desire to set out on a wagon heading west to the land wild & free. We wanted the change and depth that comes from life being hard & gritty. We wanted the deep connections as a family that comes from being in it ...together. We wanted to forge deep roots and firmly settle in a place forever called home. We wanted to dig in and give our children true heritage. — On the better days it's beautiful and hard and i would have it no other way. And tough days it's flipping impossible and I want to throw everything overboard as we try to cross the raging river. It truly feels as though we're in a wagon, mud, dust & all. — Having such a minimal amount of space proves your true colors, there is no place to hide anything, everything suddenly has to have meaning and value and purpose. — as you see in the photo we do have a couple extra outbuildings (pumphouse which has the washer / dryer) and a small storage shed. We also have converted a shed into a living room of sorts complete with hardwoods, electricity & a big picture window that we call our cottage. In total we have about 300 sq ft of living space. — swipe to the 2nd photo, the view from the front door. This is the spot of the forever farmhouse. Our goal is to start building in cash and by our own hands this next year. —
fawnandforest I’ve been a bit quiet, again. I can’t help myself much! It’s spring and I’ve been involved with composting matters and watching things grow out of nothing and potato plantings and gathering wild daffs and closing my eyes when the birds sing. .
We have a few pots simmering on the stove, tasty bits that I can’t quite share, yet I know how frivolous that sounds — my apron is on and my hands have been kept busy in the background. I’m sort of bursting with excitement to share, also, patience. .
The good news is that you already have everything you need (except maybe more books.) — I love to nestle my face in my children’s necks first thing in the morning because each little fold still holds the warmth of a good nights’ rest. Pure love. And my husband and I have taken to the habit of reading for hours in the first moments of the day, still cuddled in bed, also frivolous and also pure love. Our quietness together carries a sweet melody of it’s own.
fawnandforest i'm humbled, really. — at the time of writing this we have 36 hours left of our kickstarter for the Kinship Family Journal. we are 638% funded by almost 300 backers. I feel like this has all been an incredible barn-raising party, a collective action of our community that asserts the very act of being, raising, forming a FAMILY ....matters. that heritage and forging deep roots is important. That the strength found in our own family story will not be forgotten! — one word at a time, a story, a memory, a drawing. so, thank you! Truly. — Kickstarter link in profile! 🌲 also, I'll share a bit more about our nature collection tray turned advent calendar in my stories... 🌲 #kinshipfamilyjournal
fawnandforest Our Valentine’s morning was pure joy — And it hit me. If you desire for your children to be content with the little stuff, the homemade valentines and the hand embroidered hearts from mama, then it’s essential to remove everything from our lives that doesn’t sing in harmony with this desire. —
I think we tend to idealize living a simple life. We want to put the puzzle pieces together to fit just right but it’s not in the stuff— it’s in the being & doing & choosing where living a slow life takes up home in us. —
I didn’t buy anything for Valentine’s this year. I wanted to prove to myself that I already have everything I need. All I needed was to carve out a handful of moments. These moments were not taken in rush or obligation but in gladness. I had all the ingredients to make my family homemade chocolates (patched together a few recipes from Pinterest) and hand stitch hearts embroidered with each of my children’s names, stuffed with wool & lavender. —
And you know what? Each of my children, spying in on my secret moments working on my surprises, was inspired to do the same, with what they had. My oldest made coupons for each of his siblings, my middle son gave everyone a playing card from his collection & a poem and the youngest two were very industrious with their drawings. It only takes time & heartfelt merriment.
fawnandforest I read this interview with a mom talking about her child's capsule wardrobe. My ears perked up a bit because, out of necessity (tiny house life!) my children have a very limited, intentional wardrobe. As the interview progressed she carried on about all of the fancy (expensive) brands that her children loved & hadddd to have and it got me thinking and as a shop owner, a bit embarrassed. Must we dress our children so expensively? I think some things are worth the expense (quality merino long johns or clothes that wear well & will be worn for a long time or by several children) and other things are so ridiculously overpriced, I guess it comes down to personal preference and use. — Mix this with #slowfashionoctober and it's a handful of thoughts. Is a second hand Gap dress more or less ethical than an America made linen dress with fabric sourced from China? What about China? Is Everlane's transparency important? Zara can't be any better than Old Navy. Does it matter? My son's sweatshirt, handed down from his older brother was made in China. —We speak in terms of ethically made, but what about ethically priced? I know for a fact that a $120 linen dress for a child is not exactly fairly priced (to the consumer) unless the brand is literally sewing the dress themselves, you're paying a seamstress for a custom made dress. Thoughts to consider! — I've let our clothing category in our shop dwindle a bit as I figure out what is honest & true, that I feel confident putting my name on, items that are classic & evergreen, that are fair priced & quality through & through. Maybe not the best business move to have a hole in the clothing category but I am resolute on being authentic. 🍂 I've had numerous questions about my daughter's sweater. I bought it second hand for $16 on eBay. It's a classic wool fisherman's sweater made in Ireland. A bit big that will surely last her a few years .. which by that time, how could I ever get rid of it with all those memories worn in? — out of curiosity, how do you shop for your children?
fawnandforest I’ll have to confirm with my ma, but I always remember my grandmother having a beautifully potted amaryllis every winter, sitting on top of the dryer in her laundry room. It was just off the kitchen, but still, when I think about it now, a rather odd place for such a special flower. I never thought to ask why, perhaps she knew the secret of sparking joy? — Each year about this time, when the holidays are but a memory and before the spring flowers emerge, I think of my grandma. Her amaryllis, her gentle joy. —
You really need not buy anything to force winter bulbs indoors except for a few inexpensive amaryllis or paperwhites, as everything can be gathered from around the house — used pots (or jars, even), gravel or leftover dirt from outside, composting leaves for the bottom & moss pulled off tree branches as a nice blanket for the top. As I share my grandma’s gentle ways and the quirky story of the winter amaryllis with Lucy at my elbow, she captures a bit of me in her heart, when I was a little girl. And with it, my grandmother’s gentleness is woven in a little deeper.
fawnandforest This morning I gathered a handful of our favorite books about loooove & togetherness to add to our morning basket.
These little holidays like Valentine’s Day that come & go offer us a moment to pull our children a little closer — invoking generosity & thoughtfulness of course but also spark conversation about loving what you do, what’s in your heart (Emma, so beautifully illustrates this!) and being lovable no matter what (You’re Lovable to Me). —
On while we’re on the topic, one thing. Buy books used, please. A well loved book gets fussed up anyways, so no bother that it’s used. I find used books on eBay (usually less than $4!) but also love other sources (thrift books, Abe books etc) as well as good ol thrift shops. Every time I go to a thrift shop I never leave without rifling through all the books & snagging an armful. —
Valentine’s Book list in comments! ❤️[glockenspiel, rainbow, heart cookie cutters etc. in the shop/ link profile] #fawnandforest_readaloud
fawnandforest We all found something cozy to do in our little cottage during our “snowed-in” weekend, and I was reminded of some thoughts (& fears) I had pre/early motherhood. —
I didn’t want our home to become overrun with baby/child stuffs and above all, I wanted it to at least be aesthetically pleasing. It makes me laugh a bit now, but I think a lot of us have been here. We buy the wood and the natural but somewhere along the line I realized that I had it all wrong. —
In truth though, we create a whole home to nurture the whole child, not just make do with having children by staying true to our aesthetics, withstanding the temporary clutter or sticking the children in a corner with a basket — your toys, your mess, the rest of the house is mine. —
I was reminded of this as Lucy stood here for a moment, strumming at the melody harp. The soul of a nurturing home isn’t about stuff at all (even all those beautiful wood toys), but about letting the atmosphere of our homes be filled with gentleness & inspiration & care, the feeling of it all. I think that’s why we can live with a lotttt less in such a tiny space and not feel malnourished, the atmosphere is rich and warm & simple. —
There’s a lot more to say about a nurturing home but for today, I’m content with this reflection & little lesson on a snowy day.
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