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10 Things to Do at First Snowfall, Early Winter Holiday Traditions 2019

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Painting It White!  The trees, the walls, the cracks between garden stones, the sky, the chimney, the windows, and the page.  A world transformed over night!  There are many fun things to do at the first snowfall, and here are ten ideas to try.  Happy Early Holidays! XOXO ~Amor MilagreAmor Milagre 10 Things to Do at First Snowfall, Early Winter Holiday Traditions 2019 Ethical Organic Gift Shop Handmade Art Baby & Child Parent Family paper snowflakes kids amormilagre.com

At first snowfall this year, we’re doing these 10 things and lots more to come:

  1. As the seasons change, so do we.  We slow down by changing mindsets from gardening outside to playing in the snow:  making snow animals & angels, taking snowy strolls, and going sledding.
  2. The music selection changes to more cheerful holiday favourites, cozy moody winter songs, and ancient lullabies.
  3. The menu switches from light garden fare to sumptuous soups and stews, homemade bread, and sweet roasted vegetables such as squash, pumpkin, and potatoes.
  4. Journaling to process the previous season, which was quite busy, is always a good relief, source of relaxation, and goal inspiration for the season ahead.  This helps to live in and enjoy the present moment.
  5. Attention to the other side of nature, the structures, is a fascinating study of mine, and will soon be reflected in new Winter Collections.  How do the branches intersect?  How does each snowflake lay softly down?  Who darts up trees and perches by your window in beautifully coloured furs and feathers?
  6. The quiet stillness is a productive time for empaths and creatives.  We can unwind and let go, thus allowing so many new positive messages and expressions to be effortlessly released.
  7. Decorating is so much fun for all ages.  We love having Dear Ones over to decorate the tree.  Little touches, simple and uncluttered, allows us to see the room and the baubles.  At the first sign of snowflakes, we swiftly got out the white paper and scissors, and made our craft for the day:  windows of snowflakes, each one unique.
  8. We adore letter writing and card sending with picture updates and newsy notes on what is happening here, in town, and with Dear Ones.  Decorating the back of envelopes is fun for little artists.
  9. As the snow lightens the exterior, we lighten the interior with fresh paint to reflect the natural light.
  10. A delicious pleasure is to change out accent pillow cases, bedding, art in frames, and little dinnerware pieces to be more full of holly, velvet, and wintery warmth.
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The Favourite Series: Winter Holiday Gift Guide for Children of All Ages 2019

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For fun learning in the day, and soft peaceful sleep at night, there are many gifts to give this holiday to help little ones thrive, play, and rest.  The best one is Love.  Here is a list of some children’s gifts that we appreciate.

This gift guide list is a part of my new ‘Favourite Series’ which I’ll add to each season.  The only books and gifts on the lists that I know for sure are ethically made are from my own handmade collections.  The items here are chosen by the young, and as a parent, I agree that these are helpful, fun, and beautiful.  This is the children’s list!  Happy Gift-Giving! XOXO ~Amor Milagre

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We love these:  (using healthy, cozy, non-toxic, sustainable materials)

  • ***Kindness, hugs, kisses, stories, songs, compassion, patience, peace, respect, conversation, listening…Love…
  • Safe fun experiences, exploring Nature in fresh air, holiday traditions new & old
  • Music Boxes & Snow Globes
  • Books, Audiobooks, encouraging positive healthy messages (Amor Milagre Books, library books, Children’s Reading Book List)
  • Puzzles (Smaller number amount for younger kids)
  • Soft organic sleep toys and pajamas
  • Sweet lamp with dimmer, cozy reading chair
  • Baby gear:  for home, travel, nursery room
  • Live plants & trees in durable decorative pots
  • Special boxes to keep treasures
  • Ornaments, handmade, non-toxic
  • Memory games
  • A Mini Hurdy Gurdy is a great stocking stuffer.  It’s a tiny music box that cranks specific a well known song, and the boxes are often decorated in beautiful famous paintings and holiday cheer.  Little hands love to play music wherever they go
  • Russian Nesting Doll
  • Stationery, personalized and winter-themed, thank you cards
  • Cooperative games
  • Souvenirs, handcrafted, from trips around the world
  • Library kit with date stamper and book cards
  • Wooden cars, train sets, blocks
  • Framed 1st Footprint & handprint with baby name, birthday, height, weight, and memorable notes about their birth.
  • Holiday clothes – soft, organic, non-toxic, natural vegetable colour dyes, good fit
  • Modeling clay, homemade play dough (recipe in our A Day with Sage Book)
  • Colouring supplies, craft materials, recycled FSC Certified blank paper sketchbooks
  • Instruments, mini pianos, ukulele, bongos, percussion, rain sticks, and more
  • Slippers, robes, coats, mittens, hats, scarves, leg warmers (soft organic boiled wool and cotton, in soft matching colours)
  • Jewelry, family picture lockets, in sustainable materials, sweet simple designs to grow into
  • Paper dolls & magnetic dress up dolls
  • Bookshelves, desks, craft table, chairs (no MDF)
  • Bookends, canopies, mobiles, mirrors, lovely closet organization baskets & bins, & nursery room decor (beautiful for when older, too)
  • Bedding:  Sheet sets, knit blankets, quilts, comforters, curtains (vegan organic soft hypoallergenic)
  • Mini trampoline, slide, swings, sandbox
  • Kid’s garden tool set
  • Kid’s snow sleds, shovel, snow suit, snow boots, a carrot, some raisins, 2 sticks, a scarf, a hat
  • Gardening flower seeds & bulbs
  • Holiday music
  • Jingle Bells
  • Song books, sing along music
  • Reused items, made into new items
  • Sewing Kits, everyone can learn to sew, to take care of what they have
  • Fun and practical school supplies (we homeschool)  Felt board, chalk board, paint, easel, paper, brushes, crayons, pencils, workbooks, books
  • Tea set, puppets & stage theater, acting & dress up costumes, holiday reindeer /angel /elf ear headbands
  • Baby dolls, animals toys, toy clothes, toy cradle beds & bassinets
  • Rocking animals
  • Organic Cotton Apparel, cozy sweaters & socks (soft, neutral colours)
  • Dollhouses, dollhouse toys
  • Customized gifts:  Personalized names, letters, initials
  • Kits:  Learn to make new things like a pot holder loom, art kit, bead kit, lego building kit, or any kid-safe specialized skill-building kit.
  • Greeting Cards, handmade or bought (recycled FSC Certified) with sincere hand written messages waiting inside
  • Special holiday decor, figurines, ornaments
  • Seasonal Artwork, and picture frames, change with the seasons for a cozy homey feeling
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  • Hand-carved wooden animals
  •  Picture albums, empty or full of family with names labeled to teach children about their family members who live near and far
  • Trikes, bikes, scooters, helmets, wagons
  • Baby bassinet, swing, cradle, blankets, stroller, stroller blanket, snuggies, hat, onesies, teether, rattle, ball
  • Healthy foods in a basket, glass food contains with lids, fun themed lunch boxes and travelling drink cups with lids, teaching little ones how to cook & bake, inclusiveness
  •  Silly made up bedtime stories, and more hugs and kisses.

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Music of the Moment:  Let it Snow, by Sammy Cahn & Jule Styne

 

 

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The Favourite Series: Fun Winter Holiday Children’s Book Reading List, Gifts & Library

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As the first snow falls, reading books become even more of a sacred practice and pleasure.  We like to read books from the local library before we give them as gifts to ensure their values and dearness.  Here are a few fun ones to explore this holiday season!

This Children’s Book Reading List (View More Here) is a part of my new ‘Favourite Series’ which I’ll add to each season.  I can only recommend the books on this list in the means of imagination, and not always for how each book is made.  The only books on the lists that I know for sure are ethically made are my own handmade books.  All of my books feature the benefits of learning.  The books here are chosen by the young, and as a parent, I agree that these are helpful and beautiful.  This is the children’s list!  I won’t write our impressions, as it’s best to allow your first impression to be purely your own.  Many more children’s book reading lists are coming up!  Happy Reading! XOXO ~Amor Milagre

 

We connected dearly with these and read them many times over:

  • Mix It Up! – Hervé Tullet
  • When Santa Was A Baby – Linda Bailey, Genevieve Godbout
  • Dream Animals – Emily Winfield Martin
  • The Animal Book, A Visual Encyclopedia of Life on Earth – David Burnie
  • Paddington’s Day Off – Michael Bond
  • Made for Me – Zach Bush
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance – Giles Andreae
  • It’s Great to Keep Calm, Let’s Get Along Books – Make Believe Ideas Ltd, Stuart Lynch
  • Hug Machine – Scott Campbell
  • Five Minute Bedtime Stories – Sam Taplin, Ag Jatkowska
  • Dear Girl (and… Dear Boy) – Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal
  • Antonia’s Bakery – Amor Milagre

A most sincere Thank You! to all of the people who made the books above!

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The Favourite Series: Cozy Autumn & Winter Rainy Day Children’s Book Reading List

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Snuggle up on a cozy rainy day this Autumn & Winter with humble, sweet children’s books.  So funny, so darling…you’ll laugh and read the last word feeling refreshed, remembering how lovely the simple pleasures of life truly are.

This Children’s Book Reading List (View More Here) is a part of my new ‘Favourite Series’ which I’ll add to each season.  I can only recommend the books on this list in the means of imagination, and not always for how each book is made.  The only books on the lists that I know for sure are ethically made are my own handmade books.  All of my books feature the benefits of learning.  The books here are chosen by the young, and as a parent, I agree that these are helpful and beautiful.  This is the children’s list!  I won’t write our impressions, as it’s best to allow your first impression to be purely your own.  Many more children’s book reading lists are coming up!  Happy Reading! XOXO ~Amor Milagre

 

We connected dearly with these and read them many times over:

  • A Little House Picture Book Treasury – Laura Ingalls Wilder, Renee Graef
  • Owl at Home – Arnold Lobel
  • Mouse Soup – Arnold Lobel
  • Once Upon a Northern Night – Jean E. Pendziwol, Isabelle Arsenault
  • Love, Z – Jessie Sima
  • Around the Year -Tasha Tudor
  • The Mitten – Jan Brett
  • The Snowy Day – Ezra Jack Keats
  • Sage in Winter – Amor Milagre

A most sincere Thank You! to all of the people who made the books above!

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Music of the Moment:  Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too, Shel Silverstein

 

 

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New Illustrations: Golden & Earthen: The Enchanted Tree: New Children’s Book & Art Collection

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My favourite recipe:  Evening, Painting, and Magic!  View the New Illustrations for this very special upcoming children’s book, The Enchanted Tree.  For the Love of Nature and All, XOXO ~Amor Milagre

The Enchanted Tree

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Music of the Moment:  Ancient Melodies

 

 

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

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New Film: Golden & Earthen: The Enchanted Tree: Children’s Book & Art Collection

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Magical and golden.  Restful and shimmering.  A peaceful inspiring story of Nature.  Beautiful celestial stationery and artwork options for the home, office, nursery, and any space!  Gifts for the Self and for Dear Ones.  All ages can enjoy these two new Autumnal Collections:  Golden & Earthen, The Enchanted Tree.  View the 1st post for this A Gentle Life Collection release here.  More NEW paintings will be added in this week, XOXO ~Amor Milagre

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Happy Halloween!

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Sweet friendly magical ones wish you a Happy Halloween today!  Have a safe, fun, spooky, joyful, memorable, and lovely Halloween.  As you fall asleep, remember your Dear Ones who have passed.  See them smiling in the stars and sliding on the moon.  Make a Wish on a Pumpkin for them and for you!  XOXO ~Amor Milagre & The Crayon Club

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Exploring in town is bewitching this fall with: picturesque views, interesting antique tales, Halloween decorations, and costume parties for all!
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We had a lot of fun decorating our new house this October with an Autumnal witch, a pumpkin here, a mouse mummy there, and candles all around. So many new stories are inspired by home. Winter holiday decor imagery is coming up!

 

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Music of the Moment:  Con Toda Palabra, Lhasa De Sela

 

 

 

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Ethical Stationery Collection: ‘Tis the Season for Letter Writing

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A pen on paper, scrolling letters, a soul unwinding.  Evening at a desk or morning in bed.  A note from a park bench or a postcard from a mountain peak.  A story, a song, a dream, a wish!  How lovely to write a letter to old and new Dear Ones!  Where will the lines take you?  What kind of letter will it be at the last “Love, your friend…?”

There are so many fun things to do with a letter.  Frame it, keep it in a favourite box to reread later on cozy fireplace holiday nights, scrapbook it, share good news with friends, and reply to it.  Adorn the envelope in mail art:  children’s masterpieces, funny & beautiful postage stamps, love notes, doodles & comics, riddles & jokes, hearts & holiday symbols.  Will your letters give enjoyment to the mail delivery people?  How can we share joy with everyone we encounter?  What kind of energy are we sending out? 

Enjoy designing your own personalized address stamps and stickers with themes that reflect your passions and interests.  Not only is sending a letter a beautiful experience and practice, but gifting stationery sets for friends, tailored for their unique everything, is fun to ponder and peruse.  What feels like them?  What do they like?  Stamp sets are fun to play with each time you write to someone Dear to you, letting them know of your week.  You can celebrate your life and the changing seasons with snowflakes in the corner and funny anecdotes dancing down the page, in your current handwriting style.  All ages can write, draw, and share.  There are infinite ways to communicate.  Everyone is included and can keep in touch.  Send audio-letters or video-letters, braille books, and music to express your emotions and stories.  It doesn’t take much time to say “Hello!”  See?  Think creatively.  Care packages are fun to make and receive.  Look for sustainable materials when shopping for stationery.  Reuse what is going to be recycled or was recycled.  There is enough material out there to reuse without needing new materials.  What are you celebrating this year?  Big or small, it all counts as something to Love.

So much can be expressed in a letter.  Let someone know you.  Speak out, and be purely you!  Be safe.  Love being purely you, and Live in the Light!  Get out, walk to the mailbox, breathe in the fresh air, and see the leaves change.  You’re alive and can do so many wonderful things!  Write for positive change, write for Love, write for Peace!  Write to help.  Everyone loves to get mail, feel loved, and give Love out into the Universe.

Natural light on the page, a note held in your hand, feels good.  Energy was given here.  So much adored, so much forgiven, so much loved, so much shared, so much sensed, and so many laughs and smiles prompted upon opening.  What would you like to write in a letter…to your friends, family, and Self?  Who you are pours onto the page.  This is a good way to get to know someone, no matter their age or relationship to you.  My favourite penpal was my grandmother.  Always loving and fascinating, and all in beautiful cursive penmanship.  Subtle advice, but mostly updates on ‘goings on’.  We both preferred letters to the phone.  It’s much easier to hear one another in a letter.  There is time to hear and re-hear.  What words come through that are not specifically written on the page?

Letters are a way to support, gently, even when far from home.  Letters connect you.  Keep them in your pocket and in your heart!  You can even write one for the person in the next room.  Leave a love note in a coat pocket or at the breakfast table, no postage needed for these very local ones.  The excitement of giving & receiving mail is lovely.  What Autumnal treasures and events would you like to explore and share stories about this season?  Let someone know when you’re thinking of them, any day of the year.  Happy Letter Writing & Happy Holidays!  XOXO ~Amor Milagre

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Home & Garden Renovation Design Diaries & Tips: Planting Spring Flower Bulbs & Seeds in Autumn, Soil Health

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After long rains, we ventured out into puddly soil and fresh morning air in wellies and our ‘Monty Don blues’ (a favourite before we knew of him and that he adores blues for gardening, too.)  Dear little plants nestled into their newly raked flower beds.  Many deep roots and overgrown misplaced plants were moved and removed from beds near the house to allow for lower evergreen perennial gardens.  This design plan helps the house look grander, cozier, visible, and darling.  It also allows for more plants.  A symphony of beautiful plants, timed to the rhythms of the seasons.  Whites, creams, apricots, plums, and pinks are on the planting menu this month.  Tulips, alliums, and daffodils of varying textures and hues pair well with an old bulb digger shovel.  A faerie garden for white and apricot foxglove and other English cottage garden flowers is carefully being planted, each wonderfully beautiful seed at a time, in between delicate moss and mushrooms and under a carpet of golden leaves.  We’re careful not to tread on anyone sleeping under leaf tents while planting magic for Spring.

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For a natural planting, think of the wind and soil!  How does the wind carry crisp Autumn flower seeds to new homes?  How do bulbs expand their homes naturally under the soil and how do animals help?  Plant in small groups, here and there.  Not lined up, but in cozy clusters, with the recommended spacing and planting depth.  Think of how plants look in Nature, huddled in little families by a river bank or dotted and spread across a field of infinite plant species.  Think of the heights of each plant, the colours, the textures, bloom times, sun exposure, wind, temperature, soil, and drainage.  For many bulbs and seeds, Winter’s cold temperatures activate the plant to grow in the Spring & Summer.  It’s important to learn which ones needs this and which need immediate planting in warm soil, like tomato seeds in early Summer.  After lots of planting, stretching the legs with a walk about the garden is good before washing up.  How simply luxurious it feels to get your hands ‘dirty’ while planting exciting colours for Spring!  

Have fun, too!  If you’re upset or rushed when planting, it may show when time comes for blooms.  Singing or humming to your plants is positive energy that will help them grow and please yourself as you plant.  Researching your plants and taking pleasure in learning about them will help create an ease before planting time.  No need to mark everything while mixing your bulbs and seeds, as the whole garden would be covered in markers.  Developing a memory of plants is a good practice, and a journal helps keep track of plants between seasons (Coming Soon to My Shop!), as well as video diaries and pictures.  Add in other perennials amongst them.  How beautiful it is to have a mixture of unique beings all together in one garden bed!  What a joy it is to express through the living medium of gardening.  No painting is as delicate and breath-giving as a shimmering velvety translucent flower petal, thought of by the ever impressive Mamma Nature.  An idea, first mapped out through paints on paper, then come to life in the Earth, breathing fresh air and swaying in the wind!

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Remember the magic from centuries and eons ago.  It’s in the soil!  Everything grows from the soil.  Once upon a time, soil health was at the forefront of all minds because, as it still is today, it is vital for our existence and daily life.  It is also the source of great imagination!  Stop pollution and take great care of our past, present, and future.  (Paving is a type of pollution).  Organic composting and caring for our garden soil is of great importance for all.  Soil health is a big resource, priority, and responsibility.  Think of all who live in the soil.  Worms are a great resource, as are all wildlife.  Grow your own organic foods for optimal health and great enjoyment.  Gardening is helpful exercise for body, mind, heart, and soul.  Growing plants from seeds and bulbs encourages strength and hardiness for the plants.  It aids in a positive personal character and growing lasting patience for the gardener.  It teaches us which plants like to grow where.  There is a relationship there, if gardeners listen to the Earth.  So many answers speak to us.  What colours, textures, shapes, scents, and senses would you like to encourage to grow in your garden?  Think long term.  Take care and time.  A garden can grow in any size space from pot to field.  Everyone is a gardener.

More gardening posts are coming up, and stay tuned to see these darlings bloom next Spring & Summer.  Little voices whisper to each bulb and seed as they’re planted, “Sleep well in your Winter bed, see you soon, sweet dreams, I love you!”  Happy Autumn Gardening!  XOXO ~Amor MilagreAmor Milagre Home & Garden Renovation Design Diaries & Tips Planting Spring Flower Bulbs & Seeds in Autumn Trees Golden Leaves Ethical Gift Shop amormilagre.com

Many of our beautiful garden plants and this text will appear in my upcoming children’s books, artwork, and stationery collections.

New Home & Garden Renovation Design Diaries & Tips:  More from this new series is coming up!

 

Music of the Moment:  Celtic Winter Folksongs

 

 

 

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Pleasures for the Weekend: Autumn 2019

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A quiet walk under the swaying trees.  Laying on a blanket of uniquely beautiful leaves.  A harvest festival in town or garden.  Revealing treasures from a box marked “Autumn” and a sip of warm spiced cider kindle our hearts.  Bunny ears and witch hats patiently wait on the mudroom bench for their big day.  There are so many delights this season for us all to enjoy!  We’re washing sweaters and trying on last year’s coats, hats, and mittens.  Little ones grow with the trees.  Puzzles and ghost paintings sleep scattered on tarped floors.  Closets change over into plum knits and sienna layers.  Anise stars spin in pots on the stove, waking the Autumn elves each morning.  Crows soar and call all day, and pumpkins line the lane.  Spring flower bulbs are tucking into their new garden beds.  Paint swatches are being untaped from walls, and rollers kiss the dust away.  Windows are now clean and clear to view the rustling trees, and soon sweet delicate snowflakes.  Yesterday, Nature’s colours were bright, and overnight, they’ve turned crisp, golden, & earthen.  The leaves are falling fast, so let’s all get out and dance:  crunch, scuffle, shuffle!  Happy Golden Leaf Week & Happy Birthday Autumn Babies, Make a Wish!  XOXO ~Amor Milagre

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XO in Cinnamon Sticks and Star Anise. Love everything you do and feel it in your food!
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A birthday apple party is fun and scents our new home in a warm spicy cloud of Autumn’s fresh orchards.  What do you wish for this season?
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Vegan hot cacao is easy to make and very delicious. Use an organic nut milk and raw cacao. If you need to add something sweet, date syrup or agave syrup is nice. Just use a tiny bit and mix all together. Don’t forget the cinnamon, breathe, and enjoy! New Organic Vegan Cookbooks are coming this Winter 2020.

 

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New products and collections release each week!

 

More ‘Pleasures for the Weekend’ can be found on this organic lifestyle journal page and in an upcoming book series, with many more to come!

Music of the Moment:  Kindle My Heart, Liesel Matthews, A Little Princess Film Soundtrack 1995

 

 

 

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Golden & Earthen: The Enchanted Tree: New Children’s Book & Art Collection

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Rain drips from golden leaves outside my window.  Last night, I watched them dance in the windy night and I painted my first picture in our new home, at Christmas Rose Cottage.  Inky gold dust sang a lullaby, and a release of joy to be useful again burst from brushes and charcoal!  Another followed, and an entire story filled hungry pages.  A children’s book and artwork (originals, art prints, and stationery) for this fresh fall collection will breeze into the shop this week & more this Autumn.

Shop This New Collection! Golden & Earthen


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My collections appear in the shop, available to purchase, as they are made.  This allows my dear customers to snap up the original paintings, first prints, first greeting cards & stationery sets, and first book printings as I am working on the collections in real time.  They are new for me and for you!  The Enchanted Tree Collection will be the first in the Golden & Earthen Collection, new additions and a part of my Growing Collections.  This collection of artwork has backgrounds and imagery adorned in Earthen hues and glorious golden dust.  The soft colours feel beautiful for your interiors and senses. The golden pieces catch the light so you Live in the Light from morning to night.  The Figure Drawing Collection will grow and be added into Golden & Earthen, as well as other categories.  The collections are not only seasonal, but rather they grow as the years dance on and as positive memories are made here at Amor Milagre.  This year, many collections will be released, several who have been waiting patiently for us to move and unpack.  The Enchanted Tree is like these collections in the encouragement and Love for Nature and A Gentle Life!  It is lovely for all ages.  More Soon, XOXO ~Amor Milagre

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The Enchanted Tree

Coming Soon to the Shop:  This Week & Autumn 2019

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Responsibly Sourced Materials, Non-Toxic Materials and Natural Colours.

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Live in the Light!

Music of the Moment:  The Old Gypsy, The Paganini Duo, Gustaw Szelski on violin, and Georg Mertens on guitar, in the Cathedral Chamber, part of the Lucas Cave at Jenolan Caves, world’s oldest Cave (340 million years).

 

 

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Happy Autumn Sale! Shop Ethical Loving Unique Holiday Gifts for All

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Happy Autumn Sale!

Save 15% Storewide on All Products with Checkout Code: FALL19 (Now through Nov. 30th)

This is my favourite season!  It is also my favourite time to stock up on holiday gifts to inspire a lovely, relaxing holiday.  I’ve enjoyed my shopping, and now I can have fun in other ways like: cooking, decorating, painting, and rustling through leafy seas.  Here is a helpful sale for you find unique, personalized gifts for your Dear Ones.  All collections are ethically handmade with positive energy and the greatest care.  For books, message your inscription details.  For custom orders, message your ideas.  For you, I hope your Autumn and Winter are dear and loving!  I love being a part of your gift giving surprises!  XOXO ~Amor Milagre

Music of the Moment:  This Will Be (An Everlasting Love), Natalie Cole

 

 

 

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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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Home & Garden Renovation Design Diaries & Tips: Right Plant Right Place

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‘The right plant in the right place’ gardening principle is all about choosing the right plant, that you love, and placing it in the right conditions (soil, wind, air, water, sun, temperature, etc), but also in the right place in the garden. 

Our house renovations extend into the garden as the overgrown shrubs and trees were placed too near the house walls, windows, and doors years ago.  Choosing the right plant for the expected mature growth is also very important.  Yes, all the baby plants look tiny and darling when you first tuck them into their new beds, but oh how they will grow!  The plants in our garden here are over 30 years old and many look lovely as a hedge border, but too many are sick because they are too near manmade structures and are not getting the proper amount of light and air circulation.  House foundation and siding issues are common for old houses that have large, deeply rooted, plants too near the house walls.  This week, we’ve been busy removing such large plants, but it’s sad to cut any living plant.  For empaths, it hurts.  It’s very important to choose and place your plants in a well-planned spot because they spend their whole lives striving, growing, and surviving the conditions you place them in, only to be cut down at their beautiful peak.

Everyone can design their gardens with the knowledge of plants so that we may look out the windows to admire them, sit amongst them with a cup of tea, take care of them over a long loving lifetime, and so they may proudly grow in beauty and age undisturbed.  Research your plants before you add them into the Earth, move them, prune, or remove them.

*All ages enjoy Nature, gardening, and plants.  Nature calms the nerves, solves problems, and restores us to our real Selves.  This state opens our ‘Light of Love’ up to the knowledge of the Universe, and this helps us, here, in our daily lives.  Be kind to your plants and they will continue to take great care of you, too.  Live in Nature, where life makes sense…Shop Amor Milagre Garden Redesign Home & Garden Renovation Right Plant Right Place Autumn 2019 Ethical Romantic Gift Collections amormilagre.com

Plants provide beautiful sound barriers as well as creating fresh oxygen for us all.  They are dependable homes for all living animals and insects, and inspire us to live outside more.  If you do have to cut branches, place them in the woods or in a spot in your garden to make a nice organic compost pile.  This also makes a nice home for your garden dwelling wildlife.  Today, we made a kind of burrow stack in the side woods and invited all the animals and faeries to nestle in before Winter.  Back into the Earth to renew and provide nutrients for a most precious gift, Soil.

How difficult are the roots to remove?  Probably very as that is their beautiful design.  Will everyone like the plants you’re adding?  Yes, at some point, we all move on and new gardeners come in.  It’s tricky to please everyone as plants keep our connections and memories, but if we let go and sense the plants as they truly are, we can appreciate them as they are, connected in Nature.  We couldn’t help but notice that rhododendrons are tricky ones.  Roots spreading sideways like walking trees…so many roots and shoots.  These plants need space, so next to a house is not a good place for them, especially if left to grow into a hedge.

Our new garden plans are coming up so please stay tuned!  In the meantime, take a wander outside into the botanical world and browse your library.  Experience the marvels of Nature.  You can save seeds and spread Nature everywhere again, while keeping in mind to preserve our silly manmade structures, so we use less of Nature’s resources to rebuild our neglected, non-living contraptions.  Exploring how Nature grows proves human invention nonsensical.  How truly smart Nature is…how she weaves all her creations together in such a harmonious world of inclusiveness.  We are the ones who are getting in her way.  Oh, how I wish I were the wind, a snail, a fox, or a more natural human…perhaps I once was and will be again…but for now, I’ll take care of her and us.  Happy Nature Explorations!  XOXO ~Amor Milagre

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Many of our beautiful garden plants will appear in my upcoming children’s books, artwork, and stationery collections.

Coming Up:  New Garden Beds and Planting Spring Bulbs and Seeds

New Home & Garden Renovation Design Diaries & Tips:  More from this new series is coming up!

 

Music of the Moment:  Scarborough Fair, Simon & Garfunkel

 

 

 

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Home Renovation Design Diaries: Good Morning, Christmas Rose Cottage

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For months prior to moving, I planned the designs for our new home.  Only after removing the layers of days lived before could I recognize this house as our home.  Good Morning, Christmas Rose Cottage!  We’ll help you to be a cozy reverie before the winter holidays visit.

The dusty & dysfunctional:  curtains, carpets, plumbing, fixtures, cabinets, windows, doors, and heating system need removing, updating, and fixing.

This month’s renovations include:

  • New flooring (cork underlay and FSC Certified sustainable engineered wood flooring)
  • Editing the gardens to allow for Spring bulbs and new garden designs
  • Updating bathrooms
  • Washing Windows
  • Testing Heat Efficiency
  • Parging textured walls and fireplace
  • Paint swatches everywhere including the exterior, patching, and painting
  • Measuring for new furniture, designs to build, and lighting
  • A general unpacking of our things and tidying/selling of things left behind

There is much to do and little time, but the breeze is lovely and Autumn is letting her hair down in golden leaves.  More renovation inspiration to come.  Happy Autumn Leaf Enjoying Days and Happy Renovating to those walking in our dusty shoes!  XOXO ~Amor Milagre

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New Home & Garden Renovation Design Diaries & Tips:  More from this new series is coming up!

Music of the Moment:  The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”

 

 

 

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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!

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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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New Home Renovation Design Diaries: First Dusty Days

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In the midst of our sneezing party, carpets and curtains caked in age old dust make a swift exist through our newly seen doors.  We explore the light and air in each room, finding secrets and mysteries of the house, cleaning along the way, and leaving paint marks behind like rainbow snails.  Boxes pile to the ceiling, revealing more work to be done, and things, here and there, are tucked into their new place.  New appliances test the nerves of old fixtures.  A garden tour reveals seeds from Summer blooms.  The ‘have you seen the’ and “just over there please’ echo about our new home.  We learn new sounds and are thrilled to have left the old ones behind.  Autumn greets us in every window.  We are very pleased with the sounds of air in the gorgeous garden trees, (open windows), and more renovation design journal posts will travel to your inbox soon, (subscribe below).  Our first calm day ever is here, and our times ahead will be even better once we soothe this old heating system’s sore throat to ensure our sweet, quiet dreams.  Happy October!  XOXO ~Amor MilagreAmor Milagre New Home Renovation Design Diaries 1st Dusty Days 2019 Ethical Organic Gift Shop Handmade Gift Shop Art Autumn decor sugar fruit garden bay windows amormilagre.com

My favourite aspect of a room are the windows, natural light, and connecting the gardens to the interior so it all feels like one peaceful design.

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Coming Up:  A cozy plum living room and fireplace makeover!

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Always be careful when removing old flooring because you don’t know what kind of, now rusty, staples and hardware were used to attach it.  Opening windows and covering your mouth/nose, especially if you have allergies, can help keep dust and dander from making you ill.  Old flooring and the layers underneath are very unhealthy to inhale.

Removing any flimsy, eye-blocking window grids (not for structural strength) helps you see out into Nature and prevents splinters for all ages.  It’s less distracting, it helps to keep windows clean, and the room feels less stuck for optimal design and mindful reflection.  There were many windows here with these grids barely hovering on the windows, but unfortunately the few newer windows have this inside the glass, so we’re stuck with those for a bit.  My designs are centered on openness.  The less lines that divide the home the less that lines will divide the mind.  All is connected.  Be free and open in Nature…

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When choosing paint colours, the natural light and room purpose are important to consider.  Look for healthy no-VOC paint options.  Find the family of colours you like, then choose one with enough earthiness for a soothing countenance.  Try it on every wall to see the shadows at all times of day.  What feels comforting to you?

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New Home & Garden Renovation Design Diaries:  More from this new series is coming up!

Inspiration for Kindness:  When leaving a home, give the gift of a clean space, less to do for new owners, and remove all old dusty items as part of the house sale.  Many people have allergies and are tired during a move.  Be kind by caring about every little thing, because it takes a lot of energy and time to remove every dusty little thing, and it’s nice to come home on the first day to a pleasing, healthy space to unpack and exhale.  🙂

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Music of the Moment:  Cool Autumn Breeze in the Trees

 

 

 

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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 atelier design studio artist amormilagre.com

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. 

 

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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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Colour Mood: Autumn Picnics

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Green to golden, crimson, plum.  My beloved Autumn has come.  Tangerine, apricot, chestnut.  Dusty hazy seeded sky…and what?  A walk under the trees.  Let’s speak in leaves.  A basket of deeply coloured wild berries, fresh bread, cucumber tomato balsamic salad, hot cacao, and a cozy plaid blanket unwinds your senses with a picnic in the country forest, a city park, your back garden, and anywhere you desire.  Pause and connect with Nature.  Feel the changes.  All throughout Autumn, picnics of small and grand scales are waiting.  Safely explore the beautiful light of arching rainbows and tree limbs above.  Hear the rustling of furred friends below, preparing for Winter’s cold snow.  What flavour combinations do you Love?  Olives and marmalade?  Anything goes!  Fresh from the garden, from shops, and handmade.  Let’s get outside where Fall memories won’t fade.  Happy Autumn picnics to you and your Dear Ones!  XOXO ~Amor Milagre

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Little explorers Love to bring:  A compass, map, journal, camera, and lots of extra wild berries!

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Coming Up:

~A New Painting Series and Greeting Cards to Match!

~Organic Vegan Cookbooks and Healthy Lifestyle Books.

 

Music of the Moment:  The Old Gypsy, The Paganini Duo, Performers are Gustaw Szelski on violin and Georg Mertens on guitar.

Shop Colour Mood:  Autumn Picnic

 

 

 

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A Tomato that Tastes like a Tomato

Amor Milagre Heirloom Tomatoes Organic Garden Farm Summer Harvest 2019 Ethical Organic Gift Shop Handmade Gift Shop Art Baby & Child amormilagre.comTo grow a tomato that tastes like a tomato, the old ways are beautiful, flavourful, and healthy.  Let the bugs roam, let the sun shine, let the rain fall, and let plants be natural in Nature. 

We love to plant organic, non-GMO, heirloom tomato seeds, in a sunny spot each year, on a fresh layer of homemade organic plant compost, in our organic no-dig edible plant garden.  Clear other plants from the bottom layer for optimal air flow and remove lower leaves after they’ve grown strong and healthy.  (No sprays or chemicals.  No tools needed).  Enjoy the colours and taste of all kinds of lovely tomatoes!  Plant organic basil nearby for a delicious salad picnic in the garden.  Guiding the plants, watching the flowers and bees, and being a helper of Nature feels amazing.  We love to take a closer look and thank Mamma Nature for her beautiful designs, colours, textures, scents, sounds, and tastes.  We’re fascinated by her natural packaging, recycling, and life cycles.  We also save the tomato seeds for planting new plants and label with the date.

Heirloom tomatoes taste wonderful and have old origins.  The seeds were passed down from generations of gardeners.  They are heirlooms like a beautiful antique gift from your ancestors, but these gifts produce gorgeous food over and over again to sustain a healthy family of growers.

Remember to:  Support your local organic plant farmers and gardeners at local markets, restaurants, and shops.  Get your hands dirty.  It feels good to connect to the Earth and grow healthy food for yourself, Dear Ones, and your community.  Children love to grow and eat their own garden.  One handful of seeds grows an abundance of healthy food to be eaten that day and preserved for the year.  Grow flavours, colours, quality, and good health in your garden all year round.  Plants are best when eaten when in season, ripe, fresh, and kissed by the sun.  Happy Late Summer Foods!  Enjoy Nature: The Best Show on Earth!  XOXO ~Amor Milagre

 

Coming Up in 2020:  New Organic Edible Gardens

 

Music of the Moment:  Stone on the Water, Badly Drawn Boy

 

 

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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

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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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The Favourite Series: Library Themed Children’s Book Reading List

Amor Milagre Library Themed Children's Book Reading List September 2019 For the Love of Learning Favourite Series Ethical Organic Gift Shop Handmade Gift Shop Art Baby & Child amormilagre.com

Libraries are beautiful places to visit and explore!  Their magic is elevated up to the stars when you meet a kind librarian who knows the sense of each book spine, cover, and ribbon bookmark.  All the ideas of those before us inspire our minds to open to new clouds of thought, sensed by us long ago and once again.  What revelations will you have today?  A library can be a community’s heart.  It’s that time of year when many children go back to school.  For us, as year-round homeschoolers, it’s another season to learn wonderful, dear stories.  Here are a few we love. 

One of my upcoming books includes a wonderful story of lovely librarians.  All of my books include families who love to learn.  There is power in understanding and empathy.  Live in the Light!

This Children’s Book Reading List (View More Here) is a part of my new ‘Favourite Series’ which I’ll add to each season.  I can only recommend the books on this list in the means of imagination, and not always for how each book is made.  The only books on this list that I know for sure are ethically made are my own handmade books.  All of my books feature the benefits of learning.  The books here are chosen by the young, and as a parent, I agree that these are helpful and beautiful.  This is the children’s list!  I won’t write our impressions, as it’s best to allow your first impression to be purely your own.  Many more children’s book reading lists are coming up!  Happy Reading & Library Explorations! xoxo ~Amor Milagre

 

We connected dearly with these and read them many times over:

  • The Library:  Sarah Stewart, David Small
  • Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré:  Anika Aldamuy Denise, Paola Escobar
  • Bunny’s Book Club:  Annie Silvestro, Tatjana Mai-Wyss
  • Library Lion:  Michelle Knudsen, Kevin Hawkes

A most sincere Thank You! to all of the people who made the books above!

 

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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:  Gnossiennes: No. 5, Modéré, Erik Satie