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Slow Travel Guide | 9 Sunny Stops in Mexico’s Yucatán

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Hi! I’m Sophia van den Hoek, also known as Unfolded. I was born and raised in the Netherlands and am currently residing in Rotterdam. I photograph restaurants, chefs, hotels, beautiful places, and get to work for magazines such as Milk decoration, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and Suitcase. Besides photography, I also develop concepts based on food and design under the name of Studio Unfolded. So, I’m always on the lookout for new exciting places, concepts, flavors & designs. Today I’m sharing my favorite sunny slow travel stops in Mexico’s Yucatán region.


The Alchemy of Making Paint From Dirt & Sand

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Hello, my name is Stella Maria Baer, and I am a painter and photographer. I grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I live in Colorado with my husband Seth, our boys Wyeth and Whitman, and our sheepdog. In my work, I explore the mythology of the desert and the cosmology of space. In my paintings, I work in watercolor and oil. In my photographs, I look at the relationship between how we see women’s bodies and how we treat our land. Six years ago, I started asking more questions about where the paint I use comes from, how it’s made, and what it is made from. These questions led me to start making paint from dirt and sand – to create work not just inspired by a landscape but made from the land itself.


Making at Home | Hand-Dipped Beeswax Taper Candles

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Hello, Local Milk readers! I’m Lindy, I share about home and using our hands for meaningful work through my online shop Thimble & Cloth and Instagram. As a PNW native, I’ve learned to consciously incorporate ways to thoroughly enjoy these dreary winters rather than just enduring them and wishing for sunnier days. They almost invite you to stay in, take a bath in the middle of the day, knit at 2 pm, or sit on the floor doing puzzles with your kids. Candlelight only aids in this slowing down. A maker through and through, candlelight becomes even more enjoyable when dipping the tapered candles myself. Making hand-dipped beeswax taper candles is a relatively simple, cost-effective, and worthy way to spend a winter day at home. It’s also a great project with toddler age helpers, (just so long as they understand that the wax is hot!) 


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