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Seasonal Living Shopping Guide and Seasonal Planner
Happy Cyber Monday! I was thinking this morning about the essential elements of our seasonal life at Stony Ridge Farm and thought I’d draft a gift guide to help you use the holiday shopping frenzy to build your own seasonal home or help friends and family do the same.
First, the free seasonal planner…
I used most of my blogging time and energy in November to create a 2018 Seasonal Living Planner. It is a goal setting journal and calendar. The design helps you set your sights on winnable goals for 2018 and build your strategy for achieving them! I even created a little video tutorial to help you get the most out of the planner. It’s yours free when you sign up for our newsletter! It’s my gift to you, enjoy!
The Seasonal Living Shopping Guide
I’m not much of a Holiday shopper, and I expect that many of our readers live a minimalist lifestyle. But these are the Holidays and even I enjoy spending time thinking of gifts that will be peace, joy, and healing to the lives of my friends and family. After clearing out my email inbox this morning and reading a number of messages on this topic, I thought I’d add my voice to the conversation. This list of gifts suggestions is derived from those items that I use daily to help create a sense of seasonality on the farm. These items are especially important to me in the winter months when I have less access to the natural elements of a seasonal life.
A FIRE PIT
Our fire pit is ten years old. Bob gave it to me when we first started dating. We use it several times a week. I prefer it to an in-ground fire pit because we can move it around the property based on the weather and number of people enjoying its warmth and beauty. It is safe, appropriately sized, and flexible. Fire pits are perfect to create community, to cook on (we do this often), for rituals, and for personal meditation. I am sure I am not exaggerating when I say we couldn’t live without ours.
Reliable garden tools that are easily cleaned and stored are the second most important element of my seasonal life. If you have a small garden, your life will be made much easier if your tools are easy to find and a pleasure to work with. I have a hodgepodge of randomly purchased hand tools stored in a five-gallon bucket, but I like this kit for its efficiency and tidiness. If I had to start over I would go this route.
A fermentation kit and one reliable recipe book will help any person creating a seasonal kitchen be able to efficiently manage garden and farmers’ market surplus and build a winter larder. If you’ve read any of my fermentation posts, you will know I rely heavily on The Easy Fermenter and the Fermented Vegetable book by Fermentworks. People, if I can make successful and tasty ferments, anyone can! After so many ferment fails, I cannot recommend these two resources enough for success every time.
This is my guilty pleasure! I know a minimalist should use the library, but I like the ease and privacy of Audible. I have a fairly eclectic collection of fiction, how-to, self-help, podcasts, and resource materials in my Audible library. Most of my collection is listened to repeatedly over the course of the year. The first month is free and I’ve paused my subscriptions several times with no complications.
After listening to all those self-help books and reference resources, I often need to sit with pen and paper to write about what I’ve learned or how I feel about what I’ve learned. Like so many, I’ve been journaling since childhood. While often times a simple spiral notebook will meet the need, I do have a collection of handcrafted journals that I use to keep dream interpretations and special memories. I like this one. What do you think?
That’s it for now…
Because I handcraft so many of my seasonal items my list is limited. As a matter of fact, making soy candles is on my list of to-do items for this afternoon. I’ve decided not to scent them so that their use is more flexible while being cooped up in the house this winter. They say the cold weather begins next week and is set to stick around for a while. Maybe you should make some, too!
PS – Bob’s Posters are on sale!
There’s a big discount on these signed and numbered farm-themed posters! Check it out.
And, here’s the link one more time for the Seasonal Living Planner. Enjoy!