I went to lovely book launch a week ago. It was to launch “How to Hygge” by Signe Johansen
I know it’s the latest thing, following in the footsteps of feng shui, Marie Kondo etc, books to help us feel better about our selves and our surroundings, but I did have a lovely evening! It was helped by Baltzersens who hosted the event with free coffee and as much cake as you could eat! Then I went to a new wine cafe and shared a bottle and a chat with a good friend – very hyggelichy!
The concept is widely described on the Internet, but for me it is about finding joy in those things you can do on a daily and weekly basis, having coffee and cake, get outdoors, meet up with friends, share meals and light candles. I think I do all these things anyway, but it’s good to be reminded and refocus. Candles and gin are a good place to start!
One of the concepts I picked up from her book was about doing things to a level that you enjoy. For example I cycle and swim, but I won’t be aiming for a triathalon anytime soon! I got to thinking about my sewing, which is a form of self sufficiency, I would never buy the number of clothes that I make, and I love feeling that what I make is unique.
I am mainly sewing jersey dresses at the moment. I could push myself more in terms of techniques and difficulty, but this is what I am enjoying now. I also get loads of pleasure from wearing my hand made dresses. I will get to a point where I want to sew something different, but this is ok for now. I’m working on this pattern and fabric.
Just to point out the fabric, I saw it on this blog
she is Canadien and the fabric came from chienvert.com
a Belgian website. There was still some left, so obviously I bought some. So for me it feels like a shared experience across the world, something really pleasing about that now, given recent events.