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Colour Mood: Black Mulberry, Personal Style Tips

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To be ‘impeccably dressed’, comfortably in harmony with the Self, and feel effortlessly chic are one in the same.  I love well-tailored, good quality, ethically made apparel.  I have a few pieces and wear them often.  I make much of my wardrobe to fit the whole ‘me’.  Dresses are my go-to.  I root down, here in our new home at Christmas Rose Cottage, and I’m getting back to my origins…which include soft ballet wrap sweaters and trousers…my painting clothes, but with extra attention to quality tailoring and cozy, responsible fabrics. 

Once we love that ‘perfection’ does not exist, except in the harmony of Nature’s designs, we are free to explore our soul connections and today’s choices.  Here is today’s colour mood of Black Mulberry for your berrylicious moody reading day pleasure.  Self care means staying true to the inside of you, and expressing that outwardly, too!  Wisely choosing clothing to last is a pleasure, even though it takes time to research and find items, it can be a positive strategy like choosing your food, environment, or interior design.  It is there for a long time, so let’s choose what we love, what coordinates with the rest of the wardrobe, and what helps us have a…. Good Morning:  Washed, skin-cared, dressed for the day, and ready for new inventions and adventures! 

The word ‘impeccable’ can be a positive word, to mean mindful and trying to be done well.  Nothing about the idea of perfection, but rather it could be about a feeling of ‘put together’, ‘ready’, and ‘gently confident’…one can look chic while feeling comfortable!  If your body is healthy and at ease, your soul, heart, and positive light are the focus.  Comfort is not only a physical texture, but an aesthetic.  No need for fussy things, especially when you work from home, but setting a good example for the Self, family, children, and friends is a love-booster for all.  Care and respect for your Self shows others you care for them, and shows them how to care for their Self.  Children are impressionable and learning their ‘norm’.  So…pajamas all day?…or…day time clothes, a time saver, all ready to go to town or for a stroll in the garden?  This sets the mind for ‘doing something’ instead of ‘laying around’.  One mindful action inspires another positive thought.  If you’re ill, try getting dressed, and see if it changes anything.  Lightening a mood changes chemicals in the body, and fresh air heals and aids in sleep improvement…and sleep is…very healing.

I like to dress in the colours of my favourite foods…berries!  This personal amusement and magnetic connection to colour inspires me to eat more berries, which as we know, prevent and heal so much illness.  And…berries are beautiful to sense.

PS My new novel series, The Love Letter Diaries, features Leona and a loving town…including beloved tailors!  I believe this is a field of skill that needs to come back to every town as a necessary part of everyone’s wardrobe for clothes that fit and last.  This would allow for creative, custom organic non-toxic designs to more aptly suit skin tones and silhouettes, sensitive for skin and body, while boosting community spirit by supporting local businesses.  This would greatly reduce waste and toxic materials being used in the fashion industry, and help lower the cost of things.  Too much is overpriced right now, especially poor quality items.  Sustainable design of positive, healthy products and systems can heal the world.  XOXO ~Amor Milagre

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Everlane Trousers and Cashmere Wrap Cardigan, Ethically Made.  A weekly part of my long-term wardrobe.

Traditional European Style Tip:  A neck scarf keeps us warm while allowing different moods

to change an otherwise neutral outfit into something new to view!

 

Coming Up:  More from The Colour Mood Series.

 

Music of the Moment:  Spooky, Dusty Springfield

(love melody, but wish for more positive lyrics, like most songs)

 

Shop Colour Mood: Black Mulberry

Magic in berry tones, appearing in shadows as a soft black. 

Black is none and all of the colours…depending on perceiving or mixing…

…so an outfit, room, or painting of many deep shades can read as a neutral…a beautifully rich and romantic neutral…layer it up, but keep it simple…

 

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Organic by Design: Unpacking Colour & Light on Market Day

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I love market day! There are so many fresh organic  plant foods in every colour, texture, and flavour.  A new day, a new recipe!  My upcoming vegan organic cookbooks will release in 2020!  Renovating is an important step for us to feel settled, productive, and healthy.  It is also very important for this chef, and any little chefs in training, to have a functioning, serene kitchen to marvel at Nature’s beauty and to combine lovely flavours together.  When we eat well, we feel well, and do well.

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Be it a favourite book, a cozy painting, or a darling toy, unpacking colours and textures at a new home is like seeing everything in a different light, for the light is new to us here.  Where to hang this or set that?  Natural lighting is key for a healthy lifestyle, but it is also very important for curating your home.  For custom designs, please send a message.

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Reusable gift boxes and bags that match your home are beautiful decor and a good investment for your pocketbook and the environment.

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Soft light, in the newly renovated living room, kisses the gentle painting scenes for an even more tender feeling.

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When a space feels uncluttered, the mind unwinds and beautiful stories and imagery comes through.  My new novel series will release in 2020.  I just finished the 5th book, and I am in Love with them.

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Gypsy Gentle Dancer Pastel

Designer Tip of the Day:  When hanging art frames containing glass, be mindful of the reflections it will cause.  Set the pictures on the wall at the right height and in the right spot to avoid glare.  For example, a reflective glass frame can go on side walls, not opposite your view when seated on a sofa, chair, or bed.  Soothe your senses with healthy design!  Visit my shop for new artwork to freshen and cozy up your space!  Custom orders are now available, too.

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Healthy Child & Parent Recipes are coming up!

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Renovation Tidy Up:  Spring Cleaning is early for us, here in our new-old home, at Christmas Rose Cottage.  We’re rinsing the sand out of our leeks and life, keeping it where it belongs, in our beloved garden.

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Happy Holiday Decorating, Eating, and Celebrating!  XOXO ~Amor Milagre

New Home & Garden Renovation Design Diaries & Tips:  More from this new series is coming up, including the rest of this living room transformation!

For Custom Paint Colours & Interior Design, please send your messages and details here.

Music of the Moment:  Tender, Blur

 

 

 

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Colour Mood: Snow White & Frosted Periwinkle Blue Mermaid Goddess, Personal Style & Home Design

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It’s December.  We stroll along frosted garden moss.  Air, crisp and cool.  Raining and snowing, freezing and thawing, the water and ice activate seeds of beauty for Spring blooms.  White ruffles and velvety family bedtime tales cozy up in this special room, ready to be made over.  After painting and flooring, this master bedroom renovation reveal will soon be shared.  What a pleasure it is to collect items for each room’s mood over time.  Oceanic artwork, cuddly pillows, poofy comforters, and frosty curtain mornings invoke ancient stories, falling onto jeweled journals, and the teacup swirls.  Shell studies from walks on the beach lay on open pages of hand-torn printing paper.  Feel the edges and textures here.  Precious, adored, delicate, strong, powerful, and wise.  A room that feels like floating on ocean waves and tucked up in a soft shell, safe and sweet, yet cool, energizing, and centering.  For custom interior design, message me with your details.  What do you want your space to feel like?  Which moods do you Love?  From Christmas Rose Cottage, I’m wishing you a serene holiday season full of rejuvenation and peaceful rest…XOXO ~Amor Milagre

New Collection Coming 2020:  La Mer

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Coming Up:  More from The Colour Mood Series.

Music of the Moment:  Silver Bells

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The Favourite Series: Ethical Brands for Beloved New Baby & Child, Holiday Gift Guide

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Our children are precious gifts!  They are miracles and absolute truth and beauty!  They deserve sensitive items for their sensitive everything.  For our family, we research and strive to find the healthiest brands before buying children’s apparel & items, from sweaters to spoons, and from books to bath soap.

There have not been many brands we love yet, or feel confident to share as responsible, ethical collections.  How could we really know?  Here are some that we have used for a few years, and whose company information seems to be nicely transparent.  What are your favourite ethical brands? 

We like certain items from these companies:

  • Jamie Kay:  The organic cotton items are now on our shopping list each growing season.  Beautifully designed and made, adorable to look at, cozy to wear in soft colours, easy to dress in, and timelessly photogenic for beautiful childhood photo albums and daily life.  This brand fits in with our Gentle Life of natural beauty and allowing the child’s essence to be the focus.  Easy shipping from New Zealand, and last for years +.
  • Babyganics:  Bath Time Soap
  • Under the Nile:  Lovey doll, wash cloths, toys, hats, bathrobes, swaddling blankets, sleep gowns, sunhat
  • DorDor & GorGor:  Infant onesies, tops, footed pants, scratch guard mittens, sleepsacks, sweaters
  • Natursutten:  Natural Rubber Pacifiers
  • Nook:  Nursing Pillow
  • Pure Baby:  Organic Cotton Coat
  • ErgoBaby:  Organic Carrier
  • Hape:  Wooden 1st Toys
  • HALO:  Sleepsacks
  • Niteo:  Overalls & Apparel
  • Naturapura: Tights & Apparel
  • Garden of Life:  mykind Organic Non-GMO Vitamins for Whole Family
  • Zoog Organic:  Bathrobe with Natural Dyes
  • Coyuchi:  Bedding
  • Seventh Generation:  Soaps, cleaners, laundry detergent, bath tissue, wipes, diapers
  • Caaocho:  Natural rubber bath toys
  • EcoLunchbox:  Stainless steel lunch tray dish
  • Green Sprouts:  Non-toxic Glass Cups/Bottles
  • Little Spruce Organics:  Various brands sell organic winter apparel and accessories.  We like choosing matching hats, mittens, coat, and scarves.  A great source for organic cloth diapers, inserts, and diaper covers.
  • Stonz:  Natural Rubber Boots
  • Handmade Organic Apparel & Accessories by Mindful Artists, Craftspeople, and Family Knitters (Local, and Online such as on Etsy)
  • Children’s Books that use FSC Certified Paper and non-toxic coatings, such as my Amor Milagre Bookshop.

Amor Milagre:  A Gentle Life Collections, including items and organic apparel we make here first for our family, and soon will add to the Shop.  New Organic Cotton Apparel Collections are Coming Up in 2020!  Shop my Growing Collections for Baby & Child!

There were more brands, but we sold or donated the items, and I lost track of the names in the busy first years of babyland.  I left out the others that we did try, but didn’t use, didn’t work well, or sadly are not now in business.  That pile was bigger than this list.  Everyone needs different things, but it took a while to find brands that are gentle for our sensitive skin, eyes, body, senses, budget, and lifestyle.  We often buy apparel a size bigger so the items are worn for a few years.  We buy quality items over cheap fast fashion, as they last longer, and in the end this saves money when well taken care of.  Well made items don’t have to be expensive, and with sales, very often cost less than the fast fashion/trendy items.  This post is not sponsored; I’m just sharing things we’ve found so far.  I hope this saves you some time.  I wish this list was given to me years ago.  It takes so much research to find healthy things we need.  As babies grow older, less items are needed, and fewer brands required, so finding our favourites becomes an annual pleasure to explore and way of expression.

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I made this list for you and the people in town who ask us where we get our clothes and other useful things.  We are drawn to well-made items using natural fibers that can be worn for many years, even during a big growth spurt.  We are old souls who connect with timeless, old fashioned, vintage styles in soft natural colours, using materials that are loving for highly sensitive skin and the senses.  Like the universe, the internet is a endless sea of connections and links, and I’m glad, Dear Ones, you found me here.  It’s not easy to shop in this time period in certain ways, but when we do find something we love, we wear it every day with confidence and appreciation for the maker.

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Except for my own company, Amor Milagre, I don’t know for sure how ethical and responsible these other companies truly are in practice, so feel free to research on your own, ask the companies questions, and message us if you find any unhealthy issues!  🙂 I inspire all companies to become responsible, so shopping may be effortlessly enjoyable.

And, for clothing, a general size standard could be redone, right parents?  It’s difficult to shop for baby & child when the materials and sizes are not what you need.  Custom tailored apparel can be a very good practice again for big and small companies, so the items fit and last many childhoods and lifetimes.  I may add a ‘lightly worn’ section to my shop soon for the beautiful organic items outgrown by little ones.  We buy quality and wear lightly so these heirloom pieces would be ‘like new’ for new little ones. 

Tip:  Read laundry labels for how each garment wants to be cared for.  Items last longer when not worn out or shrunk in the wash.  Take your time, listen to music, and fold with Love.  Little Ones love to put their things away, learning and contributing something, too.  We have a curious pattern here of having to patch only one knee in all pants.  *Learning to sew and care for clothing is a great gift to teach to children.

This gift guide list is a part of my new ‘Favourite Series’ which I’ll add to each season.  Happy Growing, New Babies, & Gift-Giving!  XOXO ~Amor Milagre

Colour Mood: Dusty Rose

This is our favourite apparel colour.  It suits rosy cheeks in soft natural dyed tones.

Coming Up:  More from The Colour Mood Series.

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The Ethical Bookshop

A Gentle Life Collections by Amor Milagre.

Romantic Ethically Handmade Gifts for All Ages!

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New products and collections release each season,

please check back for your custom, unique gifts!

 

Music of the Moment:  Our Homemade Lullabies

 

 

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Colour Mood: Plum & Burnt Umber, Personal Style & Home Design

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Velvety rich tones of plum petals and golden burnt umber leaves deepen a caramel cream colour mood base into a deliciously relaxing layering of spices and comfort.  This sitting room renovation reveal is coming up.  Wishing you a romantic holiday season full of simple pleasures, storytelling, favourite music, pajama dancing, and starlight!  XOXO ~Amor Milagre

Coming Up:  More from The Colour Mood Series.

Music of the Moment:  All Day And All Of The Night, The Kinks

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Holiday 2019 Ethical Gift Guide: Reused & Recycled Leather & Post Consumer Materials

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Shopping for the holidays is fun, but it’s more fun to feel good about your choices.  The choice of materials used to make your gifts is an important one that affects everything and everyone. 

When I saw how much waste there was in the fashion industry, I was very upset, especially as a vegan seeing a room full of shoe leather samples about to be thrown away.  So, naturally I asked for them, as they thought it was garbage.  With permission, I carried home 700 animals on my back that hot NYC summer, and the sample room was saved.  (That is, until new samples arrived, but by then I had quit).  Not easy, but my conscience wouldn’t let me leave it there.  How much is wasted?  What chemicals and treatments are used, altering the original materials so they are not healthy for all involved?  How much did not need to be there in the first place, especially anything to do with animals and toxic chemicals?  How have these toxins affected the makers?  What we can do now is to use any materials that are already made, and stop making the new ones that are harmful to animals, the environment, and us.

I informed the company owner, while sharing an elevator ride, of these wasted materials and proposed how he could use them for smaller products.  I also explained the need for recycling bins on all the floors.  He said thank you and that he’d look into it… Recycling bins did appear the next week and were immediately filled up.  Not sure if he decided to use the samples, but in many companies now, recycled items are even more expensive than the regular material ones.  It is a trend and it often costs more/uses more energy to recycle and process old materials into new ones.  In some cases, depending on the product, we can use the old materials as they are to make something they were meant for.  The preference is to buy fresh items, so could there be a new recycling process that is efficient, affordable, and responsible?  This early work experience expanded my intention to have my own company and make healthy collections for all ages.

I made and sold many wallets, handbags, apparel, business card holders, etc out of the rescued/recycled leather samples and have now sold out of them.  I included information about how these products were recycled.  The downside to making things out of leather, even if recycled, is that it still visibly promotes the making and selling of animal skins, so…if you do buy recycled or vintage leather pieces, it’s important to tell others that they are recycled and not new.  When you get a compliment on an item that was recycled or repurposed, you can thank them and add this special talking point of what it was made of.  Then soon, word will spread, information will be known, understood, and accepted, and all the materials sitting around in warehouses and storage rooms can be used.  People will understand the importance of wearing healthy materials on their skin and how harmful chemicals can injure their body.  New, very sustainable plant materials can be the replacements, inviting positive inventors to come up with new lovely ideas and designs.  Smaller collections can be ‘the thing’ again, with more attention to durability and detail.  Oh, how all of the animals, empaths, vegans, children, pacifists, animal activists, and Mamma Nature will cheer!

There is a valuable wealth in what is already here.  How can we use it well?

Organic fabrics and materials made of plants, from sustainable sources, are great for apparel, handbags, throw blankets, tents, shoes, outerwear, upholstery, and for all!  What materials are being wasted in your industry?  How can you promote a redirection for new uses of these otherwise wasted materials?

When holiday shopping, research for ethical, responsible companies.  Buy less for your Dear Ones, but perhaps the things you do buy will be so very much appreciated in their positivity and healthy meaningfulness, the recipient will feel even more loved and adored.  I inspire you to have a beautiful and healthy shopping experience.  Ethicals brands are spreading, and also, many of these makers have so much fun inventing unique and powerfully positive gifts for you!  Happy Holiday Shopping and Happy Creative Recycling!  XOXO ~Amor Milagre

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Some old recycled/vintage gifts you could give are:  Records & record players, vintage handbags, family heirloom jewelry, handmade cards, reusable annual gift boxes, handmade gifts using unwanted materials (can be very nice as long as you craft it well), custom tailored apparel, raw materials to recycle as the imagination sees, antique books, and repurposed antique furniture, if not too dusty.  Many community places would love craft materials, such as a jar of buttons for your local library’s children craft day every week.  Fabric, felt, scissors, thread, etc would all be good to donate.  Crafty teens, and all ages, like to frequent vintage clothing shops, so donating unwanted clothing and items would be fun for them to browse and recreate old into new.  (Look for non-toxic, well made items in good condition to last another lifetime).

Gift Ideas to Prevent Too Many Materials to Be Recycled are:  Reusable daily items in healthy materials such as glass containers for drinks, organic cotton tote bags and natural woven baskets for weekly shopping, washable lunch containers for all ages, and flower seeds from your garden (perfect time to gather seeds is now in the Autumn).  Fresh fruit and vegetables are a wonderful gift as they are beautiful, delicious, and the packaging is edible/compostable.  If a friend handed you a sweet pear as a holiday gift, wouldn’t you hug them?  A basket of squash, pumpkins, broccoli, spinach, and apples? Lovely, my shopping for the week is done!  A picnic or walk outside is also a wonderful gift:  The gift of your company and friendship.

Support your community!  Shop local, when available, to save shipping materials, fuel use, and to promote local makers.

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For our good health and yours, Atelier Amor Milagre makes magical collections using responsible materials.  For more information, please see the Ethical Materials Page.  New Art & Design Studio Interiors are coming up 2020!

Shop:  A Gentle Life Collection

Happy Autumn Sale! Save 15% on All Products with Checkout Code: FALL19

For all custom orders, please send a message here.

 

Music of the Moment:  Trouble In Paradise, Rufus Wainwright

 

 

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Colour Mood: Caramel Cream, Personal Style & Home Design

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New! Children’s Book & Artwork Collection: Golden & Earthen, The Enchanted Tree.

Golden caramel and cream are soft and toasty in the home, cozy to hug for Dear Ones, and as scrumptious as a gingerbread heart.  As I design our new home, these warm neutrals are lovely for all seasons and play nicely with spicy red plum walls, skin tones, wood textures, artwork, holiday menus, and evolving wardrobes.  Check back for a caramel cream bedroom and sitting room & dining room accents in these cuddly colours.  Snuggle up in your favourite hues and textures this Autumn as holiday spirits rise into Wintery winds.  XOXO ~Amor Milagre

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Coming Up:  More from The Colour Mood Series.

Music of the Moment:  Valse Sentimentale, Tschaikovsky, Performed by Georg Mertens on Cello and Gavin Tipping on Piano.

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Ethical Beauty: Favourite Brand for Healthy Skin: Derma E

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Once you find something that works for you, be it a style of hat or a health-boosting favourite food, you enjoy repeating it, and folding it into your daily routines.  The same goes for skincare brands, which given the many different skin types, seasonal and hormonal changes, and exterior stressors, this is very important for taking care of the body.  I found this brand of products at a local organic food shop.  I was trying out a few other ethical brands, but this one really worked in a very gentle and natural way.  It’s been around a long time, but was not readily available in shops here before, so…a new joy for me!  The varied products work well together as a collection and routine so you don’t have to mix many brands or products.  It’s easy and simple.  As a parent, this is key.  As a sensitive person, unscented products are hard to find, but these work very well to not be included in the expensive list of unusable, perfumed products.  This brand’s practices seem honestly ethical and eco-friendly, but I haven’t seen it first hand, so you can research for yourself before trying.  Gentle, soothing, and light…an enjoyable routine morning and night.  The texture of the products feels unique and calming, almost like kissing a baby’s cheek?  No makeup needed with this one, not that I do, but just in case you were wondering, yes it’s that lovely for improving skin health.  Thank you to this company for caring.  I hope you find what works for you!

I don’t promote other brands, but since using this one, I’ve really loved their products and wanted to share the info.  (My posts are not sponsored).  Here is my new favourite ethical skincare brand for you to explore if you don’t already know it:  Derma E

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For more, please read my Books and upcoming Organic Beauty journal posts (The Favourite Series).

Organic Beauty Favourites & Tips: Adorable Healthy Skin

Happy Loving the Skin You’re In!  XOXO ~Amor Milagre

 

Music of the Moment:  Dream, The Pied Pipers

 

 

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Autumn Halloween Sale: Handprinted Organic Toddler Tees

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Happy October!  Save an extra 15% with code:  HALLOTEENY on All Organic Toddler Tees!

Size 2T or 4T

Tee Collection:  Organic Cotton Apparel is 100% Certified Organic and GOTS Certified.  The fabric is very soft and washes well.  The ink is eco-friendly, sustainably made, and non-toxic.  A small amount of this tee collection is available from the limited printed series of original graphic designs from my Children’s Books, the Collector’s Edition (Hand Designed, Silkscreened, and Cured.)  Snap up these fun, spooky gifts for your little trick-or-treaters!

We moved to our lovely new location and now All New Orders are Ready to Ship!  Happy Halloween!  XOXO ~Amor Milagre

Music of the Moment:  Monster Mash, Bobby Pickett

 

 

 

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Custom Built Home Design Moments: Goodnight, Dove Cottage

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Here are just a few images and snippets of the home we built with loving hearts and hands.

Goodnight, Dove Cottage

Our new house renovation will begin soon!

XOXO ~Amor Milagre

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Amor Milagre Custom Built Home Interior Design Moments Goodnight, Dove Cottage 2019 Ethical foxglove english cottage garden amormilagre.com

Amor Milagre Custom Built Home Interior Design Moments Goodnight, Dove Cottage 2019 Ethical Seashell dining table grey wood amormilagre.com

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Amor Milagre Custom Built Home Interior Design Moments Goodnight, Dove Cottage 2019 Ethical botanical vegan life cosmos amormilagre.com

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Amor Milagre Custom Built Home Interior Design Moments Goodnight, Dove Cottage 2019 Ethical kitchen dining room amormilagre.com

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The new house designs are planned and will be excitedly shared here as each room is updated.  Good designs take time to grow just as a garden evolves in time.  A house is not finished and full all at once.  Over the years, we can make and stumble upon things to adorn the walls and sketchbooks.  Renovations will be appearing in this Amor Milagre journal and design books in the coming seasons.  Our new home will provide more time for me to release many collections, as well as a quieter lifestyle for our family.  We hope no one pollutes our new reverie as they did our darling Dove Cottage.  All the good memories we do have from this house are layered with the stress of the sound pollution.  We look forward to truly wonderful and healthy memories.

My book characters were born here, inspiring silly dreams at bedtime, many of which are still waiting to jump into the Shop.  My husband hand-cleared the land for the house, made paths in the woods by walking his adored daily stroll in the trees years before we met.  Later, we married in our wooded haven.  We watched a family of deer cross the snowy yard every twilight.  Toys danced on the new FSC Certified flooring and little hands circled their first crayon masterpiece, making first storybooks.  New vegan recipes shined in the organic no-dig garden and were enjoyed at the table.  Illustrations graced the walls, beautifully papered with non-toxic, unscented materials.  Radiant heat kept us cozy in the cold months, and mini-split heat pumps cooled us on hot days.  All would have been more enjoyable if we could feel the breeze through our new rooms, but the sound pollution from machines, highways, deforestation, and disrespectful new neighbours increased to a level so hard to exist in, our beautiful new large windows that brought Nature in, had to stay closed.  No open fresh air means ill health, even with a mechanical ventilation system.  Where is common curtesy?  Where is compassion?  Where are manners and human dignity?  Where is Love for all living things?  We’re hopefully moving there…or at least we will continue to encourage these loving practices wherever we go…

‘Dove Cottage’ is only now ‘finished’ because we are leaving it.  A home is never ‘done’, but rather it changes over time and when in new hands.  We only just now finished the interior projects in order to move, some varying from our plans, and after all of our work, we haven’t even been able to live in the finished spaces due to our hastened move caused by sound pollution.  Though we did carve out some lovely exterior gardens, we haven’t had time to finish the garden plans around the house to share.  Our sacrifice, work, money, muscle, patience, and every second from the past several years was dedicated to Dove Cottage.  All was done by our loving hands and imagination with good health in mind for each choice.  We told the house to share the Loving Energy we gave her to the new owners and visitors.

***Amor Milagre, and our family, is in no way associated with any new owners, but our original designs of this house are copyrighted:  All Rights Reserved © 2011-2019 Amor Milagre.  I will finish and release some projects that include imagery from this house, but if any images of our house are shared online that are not by myself, Amor Milagre, then please remember that it is not us and we are not responsible for them or any messages or actions they put out into the Universe.  The internet sometimes connects images, but the sources are often lost, so please do not confuse Amor Milagre with anyone else.  The house will look similar to how it does now, as fixtures, wallpaper, paint colours, curtains, and other items are staying.  Of course, any changes to the designs going forward are not done by us and we are not associated with or responsible for new or changed designs after we move.  We are not them, and they are not us.  We simply designed and made this house.  Our new house will be our home and the new place of Atelier Amor Milagre (Design Studio & Office).

*Humans need to realize what they are doing to their own lives and everything all over.  Deforestation destroys ecosystems and sound barriers.  Machines (and neighbours even after speaking to them and then reporting them) need to stop polluting in every way.  We hope to regain our hearing that was lost and to recover from illnesses and stress made by constant sound pollution.  It is very serious and needs awareness to be made for it in order for healthy long-term changes to be made worldwide.  We hope to build a new home to last many lifetimes in a peaceful place for good health, and not suffer anymore from the selfishness of others.  That was what our Dove Cottage was supposed to be and why every second was pushed for it so that at some point we could settle in and truly live.  The nomadic life is exhausting and upsetting.  Everyone craves ‘home’, wherever that is for them.  We simply want to go home.

Leaving our home was made worse by the current system for selling and buying.  The real estate system is dysfunctional and massively problematic to endure.  It has failed us since Spring.  It is completely unorganized, out of order, and one late email or misplaced paper from any one of the many people involved can cause an entire deal to fall apart after the last second is up.  The incredibly hectic, unrealistic way it operates is unacceptable.  Everyone who speaks of it has their own terrible tale.  We have informed the ‘people in charge’ of this system of healthy ideas for a complete redesign of this industry.  You can use your voice to change this system.  Find your state board of realtors to let them know how troubling this system is.  They are aware of the issues, but don’t even apologize for it.  “That’s the way it is…” they say.  For everyone’s sake, they need to change it.  It’s not a nice work day for them either.  For us, it’s been yet another challenge to untangle.  We don’t want to just get through it, forget it, and move on to more positive things because, if there is an issue that affects everyone, we must try to change it to be positive for everyone.  It is still our problem even after we move.  What if we have to move again, or our friend needs to move, or anyone needs to move?  We don’t want the same system to impair our children’s life later on..or now.  There is no steadiness for planning.  Everything is last minute and you can’t count on it.  It causes you to tell your children unreliable information and that is confusing and distressing to your daily life, memories, and planning.  Every detail of life is on hold and disturbed for who knows how long.  The fees are too high, and not affected by poor performance; there is no pay reduction consequence for missing deadlines or poor communication.  We had to do most of the work ourselves to get anything done.  Another industry that needs more care, healthier options, and to charge less is the construction business.  We build our houses ourselves because we have to, even though we have very little time with both of us working full time jobs and parenting.  The local contractors overcharge and don’t provide healthy practices or good craftsmanship.  They also pollute your home, as does the real estate system, even when scent/pollution rules are set for showings and appointments.

***We really care about what we do, whether that is making a family dinner, designing our home, or painting up collections for the Amor Milagre Shop.  What we all do matters greatly to everyone and our Selves.

Each industry needs a re-design with Good Health for All as the focus.  What industries have you been involved in or have experience with?  How can you make healthy choices and changes?  Let’s not ignore problems.  Let’s resolve them.

We dearly hope to at long last be settled and sleep well, even though we have to start over once again, rebuilding an old house, after building an efficient lovely new one with amazing healthy features and non-toxic sustainable beautiful materials.  It’s amazing how truly hard it has been, having a baby, being ill, working, building, enduring and rebuilding our life every day just because the people around us do not care about their effect on the world.  All with little to no sleep due to neighbours and highways (deforestation).  Not being able to open the windows due to sound pollution causes so many illnesses and all can be prevented.  Fresh air, oxygen, is vital.  The nervous system and immune system need to feel safe, quiet, calm, and nurtured for good whole health.  Trusting your instincts is important, but exhausting if all you hear is threatening sound pollution.  Life does not need to be so difficult, complex, and painful.  Life, by Nature, is absolutely beautiful, if we let it be beautiful for all of us, every day connecting with Nature.  Be aware, be kind, be sensical, be gentle, be loving, be purely you!  XOXO  ~Amor Milagre

We Moved! All New Orders Will Ship Upon Reopening Oct 8th.

Thank you for your Patience.

 

Coming Up:

New Home Renovations!

New Book:  The Art of Packing & Moving

More Sustainable Home Design journal posts and Design Book Collections, including content from this post and my website. 

 

A Few Related Posts:

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“The Art of Packing & Moving” New Home Health Tips

10 Helpful Tips For Healthy New Beginnings

New Home Shopping Tips: House & Land Search

New Home Design Series & Books, Interior Design & Sustainable Building

10 Quick Tips for Building a Sustainable House, Organic Home Design

 

Music of the Moment:  Farewell and Goodnight, The Smashing Pumpkins

 

 

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Autumn 2019 Collections & Halloween Organic Toddler Tee Sale!

Shop Homepage Autumn 2019 Collection Amor Milagre

New Autumnal treats will be migrating into the shop this October, including new ethical Stationery and Book Collections!

A Spooky Halloween Tee Sale is going on now through October 31st:  Save an extra 15% on All Organic Toddler Tees!  Limited designer hand-printed series.  Very soft, non-toxic, and fun for your little trick-or-treaters!  Use checkout code:  HALLOTEENY.

The Shop will be ready to ship new orders beginning again October 13th.

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Happy Autumn!  XOXO ~Amor Milagre

 

Music of the Moment:  The Lonely Spider, Lhasa De Sela

 

 

 

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Colour Mood: Thank you Summer, Late Summer Days

Amor Milagre Colour Mood Late Summer Days Thank you, Summer 2019 Ethical Organic Gift Shop Handmade Gift Shop Art Baby & Child beach picnic wild tea rose ocean amormilagre.comCarpets of moss stretch over stones and trees.  Foxglove sway in the dewdrop morning breeze.  Sweet roses scent the air at home and beach.  Thank you, Summer for your glorious, loving kiss.  Nature is where I find inspiration for my gentle life & my A Gentle Life Collections.  What inspires you?  Happy Late Summer!  XOXO ~Amor Milagre

Coming Up:  More from The Colour Mood Series.

Amor Milagre Colour Mood Late Summer Days Thank you, Summer 2019 Ethical Organic Gift Shop Handmade Gift Shop Art Baby & Child creeping thyme cottage garden amormilagre.com

Amor Milagre Colour Mood Late Summer Days Thank you, Summer 2019 Ethical Organic Gift Shop Handmade Gift Shop Art Baby & Child foxglove flower moss cottage garden amormilagre.com

Amor Milagre Colour Mood Late Summer Days Thank you, Summer 2019 Ethical Organic Gift Shop Handmade Gift Shop Art Baby & Child grass beach stone wall ocean amormilagre.com

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Amor Milagre Colour Mood Late Summer Days Thank you, Summer 2019 Ethical Organic Gift Shop Handmade Gift Shop Art Baby & Child beach ocean surfing amormilagre.com

Welcome Home, Autumn…

Coming Up in Winter 2020:  Loving Collections I made this Summer

 

Music of the Moment:  Gypsy Hymn, Johnny Flynn

 

 

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La Mer, Oceanic Ethical Art & Design Collection 2020

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La Mer

Once upon an ocean, there was air to breathe and love for all…

An Original Oceanic Collection by Amor Milagre

Ethically Handmade Art, Photography, Stationery, Organic Apparel, Books, and More for All Ages!

Coming 2020

A Gentle Life Collection

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Amor Milagre La Mer Ocean Inspired Collection Summer Autumn Winter Nursery Ethical Handmade Gift Shop Art Organic Baby & Child Woman Mermaid amormilagre.com

Music of the Moment:  La Mer, Charles Trenet

 

 

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Colour Mood: Summer Fruit, Organic Home & Garden Design

Amor Milagre Summer Fruit Peach Colour Mood Organic Home & Garden 2019 Upholstered Chairs Tapestry Ethical Handmade Gift Shop Art Apparel Organic Vegan Baby & Child interior design amormilagre.com

This morning, we relished in our first peach of the Summer Season.  Apricots, plums, peaches, and nectarines kiss sandy tapestry prints as I choose new colours and healthy materials for our new organic home.  This year, I’ll be posting ‘before and after’ designs, tips for non-toxic material choices, fresh colour moods, and new art collections so you can follow along with our renovation adventures.  We’re saying goodnight soon to this beautiful organic home that we designed and hand built with Love.  Design highlights are coming up!  Today, we’re happy to have a fresh fruit salad and new ideas breezing around blank pages.  Inspired by Nature and the Senses.  Happy Summer!  XOXO ~Amor Milagre

Coming Up:  More from The Colour Mood Series.Amor Milagre Summer Fruit Plum Colour Mood Organic Home & Garden 2019 Upholstered Chairs Tapestry Ethical Handmade Gift Shop Art Apparel Organic Vegan Baby & Child design amormilagre.com

There are increasingly more ethical materials to choose from when you’re buying furniture, bedding, plants, and more for your home.  Looking for the organic, healthy options will boost your health in the moment and in the long run.  Ask questions to find what options are best for your specific needs and design desires.  This comes in handy when registering for wedding gifts, new baby presents, holidays, birthdays, and gifts to celebrate your Self and Dear Ones.  These new dining chairs are custom designed by me and ethically made by a local company.  They’re so comfy and built to last.  We’ll be releasing ethically handmade (completely by us) furniture collections here at the Amor Milagre Shop in upcoming seasons, including children’s toys like dollhouses and customizable gifts for all ages.  It’s so much fun to design these collections for you.  You can choose goodness for yourself in every thing you do!  Breathe deeply, knowing your home is a healthy one.  For design advice and custom projects, please message me here.

Amor Milagre Summer Fruit Peach Apricot Plum Colour Mood Organic Home & Garden Fashion Personal Style 2019 Ethical Handmade Gift Shop Art Apparel Organic Vegan Baby & Child design amormilagre.com

Coming Up:

~New Colour Moods & Pleasures for the Weekend

~Fresh New Designs for Home, Garden, Food, Art, & Organic Apparel

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The Sweet Flavours of Summer…

Which colours do you Love to eat, wear, adorn your home in, and plant in your garden?

Gift Guide by Colour Mood

Below is a gallery full of fruit infused inspirations

for your home and personal, customizable gifts for your Dear Ones.

Visit My Shop to view each item’s product page.

To me these colours are:  Sweet, juicy, soft, fuzzy, adored, and creamy.

XOXO ~Amor Milagre

 

 

Music of the Moment:  Mio Cuore, Vanessa Paradis

 

 

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Colour Mood Outfit & Gift Guide: Lilac & Black + Ethical Fashion & Personal Style Tips 2019

Amor Milagre Spring Fashion Personal Style 2019 Lilac Purple & black clasp vintage handbag 1940's colour mood Ethical Handmade Gift Shop Art Organic Women's amormilagre.com

A vintage handbag is a marvelous traveller.  With her dusty pleats and still working clasp, a chic bracelet handle carries me back to her first wearer’s energy, in the 1940’s.  How did she waltz all over the world?  In understated style.  This post shows that a simple pairing lends effortless style to your daily wears.  Lilac is the light tips of emerging iris bulb blooms, and black is the shadowy Earth below.  Inspired by Nature and the Senses, XOXO ~Amor Milagre

Coming Up:  More from The Colour Mood Series.

This journal post is a part of a new series by Amor Milagre that provides Designer Tips for a Gentle Life:  Ethical Fashion Design & Personal Style.  Many more Colour Moods for women, men, Baby & Child are coming up!  Film will follow shortly here.  There are so many connections made by colour.  Memory-driven and emotional connections.  To explore this further, please check out my upcoming Design Books.

Amor Milagre Spring Fashion Personal Style 2019 Lilac Purple & black vintage handbag 1940's colour mood Ethical Handmade Gift Shop Art Organic Women's amormilagre.com

Designer Tip of the Day:  Simple Pairings

(Featured in my Upcoming Design Book).

A pairing of 1-2 colours keeps an outfit chic and simple.  Here, a pale silky lilac lace camisole and a dusty ribbed black crop trouser create texture contrast and complement one another softly.  Delicate gold jewelry subtly smiles in the mirror of the hardware on a favourite vintage 1940’s handbag.  This simple way of throwing together an ensemble is effortless to do and to perceive.  Pair with espadrilles in a pale nude pink, a straw hat or black beret.  Have a stroll about the gardens and wander through town, settling at a local cafe for hot chocolate and music.  A gentle outfit helps a gently thoughtful day unfold.

Amor Milagre Spring Fashion Personal Style 2019 Lilac Purple & black silk lace camisole colour mood Ethical Handmade Gift Shop Art Organic Women's amormilagre.com

For more information about finding and evolving your very personal style,

check back for more journal posts and new books!

 

View the Colour Mood Journal Post & Gift Guide for:

Raspberry Plum

Cream Blush & Pink

Navy Blue & Black

Amor Milagre Spring Fashion Personal Style 2019 Lilac Purple & black vintage 40's handbag colour mood Ethical Handmade Gift Shop Art Organic Women's amormilagre.com

Amor Milagre Spring Fashion Personal Style 2019 Lilac Purple & black Sylph colour mood Ethical Handmade Apparel Collection Gift Shop Art Organic Women's amormilagre.com

Coming Up:

~More Colour Mood fashion & personal style tip journal posts & books.

~Sylph:  A New Amor Milagre Apparel Collection, made with Ethically Sourced, Organic Cotton Fabric in Natural Cotton Colours as well as organic vegetable-dyed hues.  Pieces will be available to purchase soon for Summer 2019, here on the Organic Apparel & Toys Collection page, for women and toddlers.  Menswear and baby clothing is coming up, too!  A journal post to celebrate the release of these lovely, handmade garments will appear on this NEWS! page this Spring season.  Subscribe at the bottom of the page to stay tuned!

Gift Guide by Colour Mood

Below is a gallery full of lilac purple and black inspirations

for your home and personal, customizable gifts for your Dear Ones.

Visit My Shop to view each item’s product page.

To me these colours are:  Gentle, dreamy, and sweet yet daring, playful, and bluesy.

XOXO ~Amor Milagre