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The Simple Things

The Simple Things December 2018

The Simple Things is a beautiful, useful, quirky and fun magazine about taking time to live well. We cover mindfulness and microadventures, eating and growing, forgotten wisdom, home life and slow moments. It's for people who love their lives but want to take the pressure off and remember what’s really important. We like tea & cake, learning stuff, being outside and the satisfaction of a job well done. Do you?

United Kingdom
Iceberg Press Limited
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1 Min.
christmas time

is overflowing with meaning, yet sometimes the chance to take stock, remember absent friends and think of others seems to disappear among the flurry of preparations. How much better then to weave in a quiet side this December, to celebrate the whole midwinter season, making advent a more contemplative, less perfect but just as joyful a place. Where suppers with old friends, silly jumpers and the odd Blue Peter-style decoration feel right at home. This is a countdown to Christmas, The Simple Things way.…

4 Min.
things to want and wish for

MAKER OF THE MONTH Sprig’s gorgeous knitted accessories are designs we’re warming to Wristwarmers, snoods, scarves and beanie hats – all knitted using traditional machinery – make up Sprig’s Scandi-inspired collection. This small knitwear label is the work of Antonia Sullivan. From her studio at home in Hampshire, Antonia creates fair isle-esque patterns inspired by objects or scenes of nostalgia such as vintage matchboxes, candlelit rooms and boiled sweets. Her aim? “To bring brightness on those bleak winter days with colour, softness and warmth.” Job done. sprigknitwear.co.uk A KIND OF MAGIC Every day can be amazing in Bernadette Russell’s The Little Book of Wonder A self-confessed “relentless optimist”, Bernadette Russell wants us to rediscover wonder. It is all too easy, she suggests, to get trapped in the kind of daily routine that’s guaranteed to sap…

2 Min.
things to note and notice

The candlelit carol service at the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth can also be watched live via webcam at 5pm. (Remind yourself why we all love a donkey on page 19); thedonkeysanctuary .org.uk. What’s the weather like today? Go for a walk and think about how it makes you feel. FASHION SCHMASHION It’s Christmas jumper day on 14 December. Get your naffest knit out and raise money for Save the Children. Resist buying cheap from the high street and check charity shops and ethical retailers instead; christmasjumperday.org. “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change” Wayne Dyer, speaker and author WORTH A SNOOP Fans of Peanuts can combine ice-skating at Somerset House’s outdoor rink with a visit to an exhibition of original drawings and contemporary works, ‘Good Grief, Charlie Brown!’. Exhibition…

1 Min.
the gift of frankincense

Frankincense & cypress oil face mask A wonderfully warming remedy, this mask magically heats when it comes into contact with the skin. Makes approx 100g 10g (2 tsp) kaolin (or a little extra if the mix is too runny)25g Epsom salts60ml glycerine10 drops frankincense essential oil10 drops cypress essential oil Baking tray 1 Preheat your oven to its lowest temperature (100C/Fan 80C/Gas ¼ if you have it). 2 Place the kaolin and Epsom salts on a baking tray and put in the oven for 30 mins to sterilise the kaolin and desiccate the salts. (The warmth of the mask is generated when the Epsom salts regain moisture from the dampness of the skin, so don’t skip this step.) 3 Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Place the dry ingredients in a clean, dry bowl…

2 Min.
magical creatures

With a furry face that can’t fail to inspire festive feelings, the donkey is inextricably linked to yuletide, having carried the expectant Mary to Bethlehem – a feat celebrated in the 1959 carol ‘Little Donkey’. Europe alone has 17 breeds, and donkey milk – for which they’ve been domesticated since 4000BC – is reputed to have near-miraculous properties. It’s drunk by those allergic to cow’s milk and made into soothing soaps that are reported to clear up skin problems such as psoriasis. This member of the equine family is a beguiling mix of nobility – see its default expression of melancholy, the mysterious cross-shape marking on its back and appearance of heavily kohl-lined eyes – and comedy (those over-long ears, the short, upright mane, the tufty coat, that broken voice). Recently,…

2 Min.
simple style

Of all the earrings in the world, none are as stylish as the gold hoop. Studs may bring a flash of interest to an otherwise neglected lobe, and dangling, diamante shoulder-grazers can enliven an evening outfit, but neither are as chic as a pair of gold hoops, especially those of generous proportion. Sade, that epitome of effortless style, knew this only too well and wore hers all the time, with her hair pulled back for maximum display. Now, a new bunch of stars, including Beyoncé, Rihanna and Victoria Beckham, have rediscovered them and have brought them back into the shops and on to our ears. (To gauge the size of an earring, measure the distance between the bottom of your lobe and the end of the earring. This is known as…