Everyday Handmade: Mini Retreat Kit

I hope you're having a peaceful and joy-filled week! For me this has been a week of introspection, and so I thought this installment of Everyday Handmade would be the perfect opportunity to create a mini retreat kit of sorts. Here are some lovely handmade items to get you started on an afternoon or evening of peace and deep thought.

First, draw a nice hot bath and luxuriate in the quiet with this Handmade Soap Gift Basket from Sweet Sally's Soaps. Find it here.

Then cozy up in this beautiful Big Olive Green Cardigan from Love and Knit. Find it here.

Then get in touch with your mystical side by wearing this Purple Pink Gold Agate Necklace from Sumikoshop. Find it here.

And settle in with this gorgeous handmade Black Bird Feather Journal from Three Trees Bindery. Find it here.

And contemplate your wild life, inspired by this photograph "The Dream Gatherer" by My Antarctica. Find it here.

I hope you enjoyed this collection and will use it as an excuse to take some time out and relax! Here's some wisdom from one of my favorite poets to get you started:

"You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves."

-from Wild Geese by Mary Oliver


Nicolas Hall said...

First of all, I ADORE the words of Mary Oliver. Few writers can find the essence of our existence and the depth of nature as she can.

Second, thank you so much for including my imagery here! I love that you found my work to fit with such a beautiful and inviting theme.

And the gift extended, to anyone reading, is in the invitation of self-healing. Of being free to allow the fury of the world to slip away around you and to sink into the present moment. . .
To feel alive in one's own breath
In one's own silence
To find the true miracle
Of any given day


Celia / TheSlyFox said...

What a lovely idea!

Sofie said...

Oh yes, I could seriously use a retreat like this ~ thanks for the great reminder. It is so important to take time our for ourselves.

IKABAGS said...

Nice and lovely idea :)

Thanks for reminder too :)

steinschmuckdesign said...

wonderful Nicole!

Eve's Little Earthlings said...

Stunning Items and a great idea!