I will be moving house soon. When I started looking for new places to live, the thought occurred to me that maybe I should move on from the shared house option to a single studio or small flat that would be just for myself. I am after all, no longer a student, I am working and earning money, and I am certainly of the age that merits living in my own flat. The idea, however, was (and still is a bit) scary. I’ve never rented something completely on my own! I’ve always had roommates, flatmates, housemates… and somehow that makes the responsibility and commitment less intense. But then I started thinking about it – not having to share the fridge, the cupboards, the bathroom, organising things by my own rules, decorating to my taste… My little nest. :)
I am still looking for the place. But the daydreaming about how to decorate it has already begun. :) Here are several items that will most definitely have very prominent places! They were gifts from my friends, handmade with me in mind, making me feel all special and warm and fuzzy. Just the kind of things a nest needs!
My friend Caroline made this for my birthday. Not only does it embody who I have been in recent years, but it also reflects Caroline so well (I would recognise her choice of second-hand vintage fabric anywhere!), as well as one of the many things that connects us – our mutual love of craft and handmade.
While Caroline is not only a friend but also a neighbour, this bird came from further away. She was handmade by the inspiring Francesca in Italy. Do not be fooled into thinking she is only beautiful. No, she is nesting among my yarn for another reason as well – her tummy is full of homegrown lavender, and she is making sure the yarn is safe from moths and smells nice as well!
And as for friends even further away, they also get a spot in my little nest – lately I’ve been nurturing the habit of always having some letters or postcards lying around, waiting to be sent off to dear people across the globe, just to remind them that someone is thinking of them… And to make sure they don’t get lost or scattered before they reach the mailman, this little brick pebble, decorated with crochet by Francesca, keeps them in place.
I am continuously grateful to these two wonderful girls for the little treasures they created for me.
And what kind of handmade lovelies play small but essential roles in your nests?