Styling the Seasons | March 2016

I'm sneaking in yet again a little late with my thoughts on March for the lovely Styling the Seasons project. For the most part March has been a pretty calm month. After a busy start to the year it's been such a joy to rest and recuperate. I have finally got my act together and joined a local gym, which means I can begin once again with my swimming endeavours. In fact, just a couple of weeks ago - for the first time ever - I managed to swim a full length with almost the correct technique. Before this (last summer) I had to stop every couple of strokes to come up for air... not entirely efficient. Learning to swim as an adult has not been easy, in fact it took me three different teachers to find the right one, along with a whole lot of practice and determination. But I am so so happy I persevered. It's served to remind me that goals are there to be reached - no matter how far off (or scary) they seem. As spring comes into full bloom, it feels like the perfect time to rest and relish in the changing season, while looking forward to the summer months. And whether that means getting stuck into a new fitness routine, taking time to get out and enjoy some fresh air or sitting down to enjoy a book - it all counts.

Aside from setting new goals for my physical fitness and wellbeing, March is also a poignant time for me since Easter falls in the last week of the month. As a Christian this celebration means so much, and so while I of course love spending time with God every day of the year, at Easter it takes on a really special significance. I've been enjoying my daily readings as part of the She Reads Truth lent bible study - they've opened my eyes to so much beautiful truth that I'd previously overlooked. So, in celebration of this time my styling the seasons surface is our dining table - complete with a cup of tea, a hot cross bun and my bible. The perfect cosy reading spot.

Styling the Seasons - March 2016 | Gathered Cheer blog

In this photo above you can also see my completed Sukhi felt ball rug. Isn't it a beaut? Handmade especially for me in Nepal by Hira Lama. I just love how I know who made my rug, and I can even send her an email to say thank you! What a wonderful idea. If you read my blog post all about Sukhi, you'll know that they are all about fairtrade and ethical production of beautiful rugs. (If not, you can nip here to read all about it!) Now that I have my very own rug I'm delighted. It's a beautiful quality and looks amazing wherever I put it, and I think it looks lovely as part of this set up. 

Styling the Seasons - March 2016 | Gathered Cheer blog

Who doesn't love soft pink ranunculus flowers? (And buttered hot cross buns, obviously...) I just can't get enough of grey, pink and white right now; it's a combination that seems to bring spring to life. Complementing this styled scene perfectly is my new cushion (see below, sat happily on my Sukhi rug) made using Kauniste fabric, sweetly called Sokeri or sugar in english. 

Styling the Seasons - March 2016 | Gathered Cheer blog
Styling the Seasons - March 2016 | Gathered Cheer blog

Wishing you all a peaceful and happy Easter, whatever you're up to! See you after the long weekend. 

-x-

Styling the Seasons is a project initiated by the lovely Katy at Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte at Lotts & Lots. Join in by blogging your own styled surface or by instagramming / tweeting a photo tagging it with #stylingtheseasons

All photos shot and styled by Ruth Garner for Gathered Cheer