(Life) Style Tips in January 2021

January Life Style Tips | Hedgefairy Tales

Good resolutions are like babies crying in church. They should be carried out immediately.

Charles M. Sheldon

Aaah, January, a month full of promise and promises alike, of good intentions and new beginnings. We love January here at Thistledown HQ (and I say we as if there was more to it than me on my cluttered desk) with its resolutions and the idea of a New Year, New Me. If you ever wanted to try being someone else, this might be the time – we’re still mostly in lockdown, home office, low live-action social contact, so why not take January as a month of becoming so you can burst out in Chrysalis (capital letters for capital concepts) later?
Cocoon yourself in blankets, neutral colours and soft layers, to dream of adventures – style and otherwise – to come.

Talking of hibernation, if you have trouble sleeping lately, try switching out your pillow to something harder or softer, put a lavender sachet into the cover – so it will be close enough to your nose to actually notice – or if all else fails maybe invest in a weighted blanket of about ten percent your own weight for an instant hug and comfortable weight without having to pile up ALL of the duvets.

January was a two-faced month, jangling like jester’s bells, crackling like snow crust, pure as any beginning, grim as an old man, mysteriously familiar yet unknown, like a word one can almost but not quite define.

Patricia Highsmith

January is as good as a time for tisanes as any, in this case steaming hot and maybe with some biscuits. Don’t just throw those unsightly packagings in a pile, though: Keep an eye out for pretty apothecary jars or old-fashioned tins and the thrift store or the cheap decor aisle of your choice, get a pack of craft paper stickers and a black pen and give your tea selection the makeover it so heartily deserves. If you feel fancy, try pretty cursive or blackletter and write down the Latin names of your dried leaves or the – arguable – very poetic names of pre-mixed infusions.

As much as we all love snacks with our tea many of us have “eat less sweets” on our list of resolutions every year, time and again, as dire a prospect as it may be. Try this approach instead of denying yourself the pleasure of sugary treats: Every time you feel tempted to buy sweets, look for an alternative option of the same kind, but twice the price. This way you might feel inclined to buy less sweets in general and you’re treating yourself to fancy ones if you do, that you might not even blindly scarf down as it might be the case with the cheap stuff. Win-win.

Lots of people go mad in January. Not as many as in May, of course. Nor June. But January is your third most common month for madness.

Karen Joy Fowler

Find or invest (or take out of storage) a sumptuous, huge shawl or scarf to wrap yourself up in and to protect your sensitive soul during this new beginning, the kind that reaches the tip of your nose when completely slung around your neck. It can be a cushy knit, a flowing pashmina or a big homespun weave that doubles as a blanket, but it should give you comfort and warmth, a cocoon you can take everywhere to spin yourself into when the world gets coarse and you feel like you should have a tiny haven of rest on the go.

Here’s last year’s January, just in case you want more, and July, for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere.

P.S.: Graphics used in the above collage are this New Year’s card (third from top) and the first two of these spoons from Graphics Fairy, the J (eighth row) from Pattern Maker Charts. The sticky tape is from Fuzzimo, the banner is mine and the font is DIY Tape by Ross Turnbull. While all these are free to use without credit I like sharing my sources so that others can use them, too.

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