{Ten on Ten} October 2017

Today has been a good day. We spent time with friends in the morning, managed to be a day late for our orthoptist appointment but got seen anyway (phew!), stocked up the kitchen cupboards, baked some birthday goodies, played in the garden, squeezed in some colouring, played hide and seek and had a family favourite for dinner – Macaroni Cheese! You really can find so much beauty and joy in the small things.

Linking up again with Rebekah Gough here are my ten shots trying to capture the beauty in the ordinary.

Ten on Ten October 2017 | The Open Home
A surprise splash of colour in the greenhouse this week.
Ten on Ten October 2017 | The Open Home
Favourite hide outs for these little hobbits.
Ten on Ten October 2017 | The Open Home
Peter Rabbit in his burrow.
Ten on Ten October 2017 | The Open Home
Leaves!!
Ten on Ten October 2017 | The Open Home
Our autumn treasures out on display.
Ten on Ten October 2017 | The Open Home
This season’s trending accessory, the giant leaf hat.
Ten on Ten October 2017 | The Open Home
Afternoon colouring session, as usual.
Ten on Ten October 2017 | The Open Home
Chocolate chip banana bread fresh from the oven.
Ten on Ten October 2017 | The Open Home
Happy hobbies.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?

{September Gratitudes}

Gratitudes September 2017 | The Open Home
For new ventures and ideas that turn out better than you planned.
Gratitudes September 2017 | The Open Home
For the fruits of Autumn.
Gratitudes September 2017 | The Open Home
For my little treasure hunters and family legacies that live on.
Gratitudes September 2017 | The Open Home
For order and beauty all in one box.
Gratitudes September 2017 | The Open Home
For sweet little babes and the celebration of life.

These are the inserts from our gratitude journal during September, reminding us that God is good and we are blessed.

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Daughter Diaries} #42

Daughter Diaries 42 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, you teach me to be patient and kind and you encourage me to be bold and courageous. Always remember that following your heart is not necessarily the easy thing to do, but it is more often than not the right thing. Take courage and do it afraid. Dear Bubbles, it’s amazing how much your young mind absorbs. Last week as we strolled through the park you found all the conker trees by looking for their golden leaves, pointed out which ducks were boys and distinguished (and then imitated brilliantly) a crow’s call. Your wonder and enthusiasm for learning is contagious. Dearest Daughters, living, loving and learning with you girls is both a privilege and a joy, may I never take it for granted.

What do the little ones in your life teach you?

{Dear Husby} 11 Years and Counting…

Dear Husby 11 Years & Counting | The Open Home

Dear Husby,

Eleven years have come and gone and life has changed so much along the way. Our family has doubled in size, various homes have come and gone and our careers and dreams have evolved along with us.

We’re very different people and a very different couple to the one that got married all those years ago. Many view change within marriage to be a bad thing, but it is in fact simply inevitable.  The important thing is that through it all, the good, the bad, the new and exciting, the same and mundane, the fears and frustrations, the surprises and the joys, we stick together and as we grow and change as individuals, we change together.

May we continue to walk through life together, growing and evolving as we dare to dream and strive to be the best that we can be.

Thank you for believing in me, but most of all thank you for believing in us. For believing that together we’re stronger and that together we really can do anything we put our hearts and minds to.

All of my heart…

… these eleven years and counting,

Wifey xx

Happy 11th Wedding Anniversary!

{Ten on Ten} September 2017

Today we had a family celebration so got all dressed up and went out for lunch. Despite the grey and wet weather the girls gave their summer “swishing” dresses one last twirl and then we came home to chill after all the fun. We jamified early, had a snuggly quiet time and then prepped for Blossom’s first day of “big school” tomorrow.

Linking up again with Rebekah Gough, here are my ten shots trying to capture the beauty in the ordinary.

Ten on Ten September 2017 | The Open Home
Less than 24 hours to go.
Ten on Ten September 2017 | The Open Home
My sweet babes.
Ten on Ten September 2017 | The Open Home
Changing up the seasonal display.
Ten on Ten September 2017 | The Open Home
All dressed up and ready to go.
Ten on Ten September 2017 | The Open Home
Sisterly love.
Ten on Ten September 2017 | The Open Home
Oink Oink.
Ten on Ten September 2017 | The Open Home
Rainy Sunday, quiet time snuggles.
Ten on Ten September 2017 | The Open Home
Uniform, ready.
Ten on Ten September 2017 | The Open Home
Lunch box, ready.
Ten on Ten September 2017 | The Open Home
First day of school photo prop, ready. 

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?

Outgoing in Summer

I’ve really enjoyed creating my summer mail art. My lettering has come more naturally and I feel like I am finally finding my style and seeing improvement. I’ve also had immense fun with my rubber stamps, which make even the simplest of mail art look utterly fabulous!

Summer also saw the launch of the Guernsey Letter Writers Society and I was delighted to gather with like minded people to writer letters and send a little love into the world.

Here are the stats for my outgoing mail during summer: I have sent 31 postcards, 7 letters and 8 cards to a total of 21 countries.

*(Armenia, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Guernsey, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, U.S.A.)

Here are some of the shots:

Outgoing in Summer | The Open Home
Outgoing to Germany in one of my go to colour combos, classic neutrals.
Outgoing in Summer | The Open Home
Combining my new loves of poetry and typing with my longstanding love of snail mail.
Outgoing in Summer | The Open Home
The last of my Grandmother’s postcard sent out into the world: France, Germany, Russia & the U.S.A.
Outgoing in Summer 2017 | The Open Home
Gorgeous seaside snail mail going across the Atlantic.
Outgoing in Summer | The Open Home
Can’t beat these panorama postcards when Postrcrossing.
Outgoing in Summer 2017 | The Open Home
A long overdue postcard swap heading out to the lovely Alena in Czech Republic.
Outgoing in Summer 2017 | The Open Home
Bonus mail on it’s way to New Zealand, because when you have a slow mail week your bestie gets extras.
Outgoing in Summer 2017 | The Open Home
A belated birthday wish to this sweet girl.
Outgoing in Summer 2017 | The Open Home
Mail sent out from the first meeting of the Guernsey Letter Writers Society.
Outgoing in Summer 2017 | The Open Home
A few thank yous for my fellow letter writing club hosts.
Outgoing in Summer 2017 | The Open Home
Getting ready for Autumn with this piece of mail sent out at the very end of summer.

 

Have you sent any happy mail lately?

 


 

Stationery Links:

Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Guernsey Letter Writers Society | The Open Home

Back in 2016 I decided to use both this blog and my Instagram account to share photos of my mail art and love of all things snail mail. During this time I’ve seen a growing interest in letter writing on the island and I therefore decided it was time to gather these like minded people together so that we can share our passion and encourage others to keep letters alive!

Thus I introduce to you the Guernsey Letter Writers Society, launching tomorrow evening with our inaugural meeting.

The Guernsey Letter Writers Society, or GSY LWS for short, is basically a social group for those interested in the art of letter writing. Each month on behalf of the GSY LWS I will be hosting a letter writing social where people can come to dedicate time to their handwritten correspondence.

Whether a veteran letter writer or a complete newbie to the world of snail mail you are welcome to join us at these monthly gatherings. Our first letter writing social takes place tomorrow evening, Wednesday 6th September and there are more details about this meeting and what to expect at a letter writing social over on the GSY LWS site.

Please note, I will not be advertising these monthly gatherings on this blog or on my personal Facebook account. If you are interested in joining us and want to know more then please consider subscribing to gsyletterwriters.com to receive email notifications and follow along on Instagram at @gsy_lws and @theopenhome.

When did you last write someone a letter?