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Bring the Outside In with a Winter Floral Arrangement

hyssop floral arranging

Hello friends! My name is Ann. I am the founder and owner of Hyssop, a floral company in Minnesota. Hyssop designs lean heavily on local and foraged botanicals, creating nostalgic designs that are seasonal and inspired by nature. I have designed for weddings, restaurants, and editorials, including Kinfolk and Tierra magazines. Today I am sharing with you one of my winter rituals for embracing the season and bringing beautiful bits of the outside indoors to make a winter floral arrangement.


Making at Home | Hand-Dipped Beeswax Taper Candles

local milk thimble and cloth hand dipped beeswax candle

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!) 


Reflections on Motherhood & Working From Home as an Artist

The Ups & Downs of Working From My Danish Home Studio by Silke Bonde, Guest poster on Local Milk Blog by Beth Kirby

Hello everyone! I’m thrilled to be a part of this wonderful Local Milk journey with all you creative people. My name is Silke Bonde, and I’m a Danish artist & designer living a little north from Copenhagen with my husband and our 1.5 years old son Norr. I run my own business selling my art pieces, and I also collaborate on various projects with other artists. I’m an educated brand designer, and I love the way of creating a visual universe on platforms like Instagram. Today I’m sharing my thoughts on motherhood & working from home as an artist. I hope you can take my experience and use it to create a more fulfilling home studio life yourself. 


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