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Welcome! I’m Suzanne, the author and photographer of this blog. I hope what you find here informs and inspires you, and brings beauty and calm to your day.

Valuing common household objects

Valuing common household objects

I'm finally reading the book (I wrote about it here), The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo. I'm loving it. It's not only inspiring me to whittle our belongings down to the things I love, things that really matter, it's also inspiring me to value those things even more. Today, for example, I gave some much needed love and attention to anything made of wood that can be found in our kitchen - tongs, spoons, cutting boards and bowls. Just as our skin needs moisturizing, especially in the winter, so does wood.  So I made some board butter and gave everything  a good slathering. 

For the wood butter, I used two parts coconut oil and one part beeswax. I chopped up the beeswax and put in in a mason jar with the coconut oil, placed the jar in a pot with about an inch of water, and set it over low heat. I let it melt slowly until it turned into a pale yellow creamy butter. After letting it cool, I used my hands to rub and slather it on my faithful wooden kitchen tools. I let the butter rest for a bit (next time I might leave it overnight) and then buffed everything with a rag. No need to wear rubber gloves for this job; the butter is wonderful for softening up your hands too and the scent is subtle and fresh.

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Just that little bit of attention made such a difference. Everything has a healthy luster. I've been made happier too.

xo

No more home section in the New York Times

No more home section in the New York Times

Good to be home

Good to be home