Monday, 9 September 2013

a green life

Blogs are the most wonderful sources of inspiration, and the people behind them are so generous sharing their ideas and creations. There is such joy in the simple act of doing something we love for others or for ourselves. I visit certain blogs for baking, craft, design and sewing ideas.  I love to read these blogs for their beautifully-staged photographs; the children's crafts that never seem to generate actual mess and that turn out picture-perfect every time, the happy, smiling children dressed in perfectly tailored handmade clothes, the neat-as-a-pin homes.  I know it is all smoke and mirrors, but for me, following these blogs is a form of escapism.  However, the blogs I return to are those that have a unique voice and it's their authenticity and honesty that draw me to them.  This is the reason why I love to read a green (and sometimes blue) life. Susan writes from the heart. Sometimes her message is confronting, but amongst all her turmoils is a woman who is trying to lead the best life she can with her family and carve out a small business too.

a green life's ethos is very simple; clothing and toys for children made using vintage and upcycled items.  Here are some of my favourites:

Sus has pretend play covered with these cool capes, cuffs and masks:

All photos from a green life

Or be regal with some doily crowns:

This marble set is a nod to the simpler past, which is exactly why I love it so much:

It's no secret that I love the vintage aesthetic, so I was always going to be a fan of hers, but I am proud to say she is a friend in real life too.

When she listed some old biscuit tins stuffed with new and vintage trims and notions, I leapt at the chance to buy one for my daughter.  It is hidden away at the moment waiting for the right time to gift it, but here is a sneak peek at its contents:

Would you like some awesome sauce to go with that? You can purchase one of these for yourself in Sus's Felt store and she is currently hosting a giveaway on her blog, so you can discover her handmade and thrifted goodness for yourselves.


  1. Oh Leanne I do do honesty and realism pretty well. I find that's what I need my blog for. I'm so grateful that you have shared a little about me, my blog and business. PS. I think your big girl would like her sewing tin now!

    1. My pleasure, Sus x. It has taken some resolve on my part not to delve into the sewing tin.

  2. Awww 2 very special ladies both with awesome blogs, and I know both of you genuinely are awesome in real life!

  3. Oh how lovely for sharing! I only visit occasionally so will make more of an effort! thanks :)

    1. You do so great keeping up with following blogs and leaving comments as it is, I don't know how you do it!


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