Â Are you a woman tending her own small world...and also thoughtful about the earth around you (or want to be)? You may be weary of the clamor everywhere and seeking support for a quieter, simpler path? I am also that sort of woman and have created this private haven in response to those longings.
"Wisteria & Sunshine is a haven because you have an innate ability to distill into words what we all would like to say about life! Just you being willing to be transparent in how you approach life and make it so real & hopeful is a true inspiration for me." -Lindy
Wisteria & Sunshine is an online journal, a quiet village well to gather 'round, an encouraging and lovely respite whose doors are always open for you. I know how challenging it can be to keep on the path of living a Whole-hearted and Whole-some life, as a woman today. It is natural and inevitable to find ourselves having lost our way a bit and my hope is that the words and images you find here each day will be breadcrumbs to follow back...
The Weekly Rhythm at Wisteria & Sunshine includes:
An Everyday Almanac post with a gorgeous moon-collage which reflects both the season, the phase of the moon and our current focus, as well as inspiration, links (just a few, never too many!) and seasonal observations to companion us for the rest of the week.Â
A Small Ways post where we explore living more lightly upon the Earth. There is so much information on how to go about it these days, that it can feel overwhelming. That is why my approach is very gentle, with little piece by little piece falling into place, as they can when you pick up a new approach to something when you visit a friend's house.
There is usually A Banner Day post every week or two, when we celebrate the turnings of the year and other festivals and also honor the birthdays of those who have added to our Everydaysâ€¦.Tasha Tudor, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Louisa May Alcott...and so many more.
Our Monthly Focus gives us the opportunity to pay attention to something in our lives, our homes or our days that will be nurtured by some loving care and activities. We've centered in on Uncluttering, Rest, Spring Cleaning, An Unhurried Christmas, Replenishment and many others. Little attentions, spiraling 'round, bringing more delight and order with each task.
And the Wisteria and Sunshine week will always end with a Quotation-deep...meaningful...uplifting-embellished with vintage images or one of my photographs, to take you into the weekend with some thoughtfulness and beauty.
"You and W & S help me stay focused on this mindful, heart-centered and earth-centered path I am trying to walk.Â If I can stay on the path, perhaps I will be able to encourage others to explore it as well." -Dori
- Each month I create printable calendar pages for the month ahead, offering a little layer of order and beauty to your days. And whenever it adds to our journey, I design other "lovelies", both practical and pretty.
- More than two years of posts and pages and conversation about home-making, rhythm-finding, simplicity-seeking are there for you to wander amongst and find what may help you.
- A kind and gentle community of women to get to know, if you like.
- Something new to read and see, most everyday, for I've found that surrounding ourselves in a daily way with what is "useful and beautiful", as William Morris noted, is a fine way to actually "meet with success unexpected in common hours".
"I am a long-time member because of the gentle and artful outlook of W & S. I find it inspiring without it overwhelming me with an unattainable lifestyle.
It feels genuine." -Jen.
Who am I?
I love Homeâ€¦I love Beautyâ€¦I love Peace, inside and out and Iâ€™ve been seeking out the heart of these things for nearly three decades now.
I am in love with what I like to call the Everyday Deepâ€¦for I find that our Everydays have all the scope for imagination one could want.
I am no homemaking guruâ€¦I have more questions than answersâ€¦but the questions make for interesting adventures-in homemaking and in tending all our tendrils of connection to each other and the planet and all within our care. It is a delightful privilege to explore all the joys and challenges, here, with you...
"Stopping by Wisteria and Sunshine while sipping my coffee quickly
became a part of my morning routine. I have been a member for over a year now and it has always been such a restful lovely space.Â I think my absolute favorite thing are the moon collages. There is a softness to your photos and offerings that help bring a little peace to my soul." -Donna
Perhaps You are Wondering?
-What is the cost of membership? I set the price low intentionally so that there is little hindrance to your joining. Just $8.00 a month or $84.00 if you pay annually (that is almost two months free!).
-Will I have access to all the archives and past posts and offerings?Â Yes, you will. It is all waiting for you, once you become a member.
-Does membership require participation? Not at all...for some, Wisteria & Sunshine is an escape (tho' an inspiring one!) and a place to come to for pleasure and beauty-like a magazine. For those who are looking for a community of kindred spirits, Wisteria & Sunshine is that, as well. We have both small and large conversations in the comments that go with each blog-like post. Members have profiles and pretty avatars and can join in as much or as little as they wish.
-May I cancel at any time? Yes, every recurring payment email from Paypal has directions for cancellation.
-May I receive a refund for the monthly or annual payments? That isn't really possible, due to the nature of the offerings. The monthly investment is a small one, and can be canceled at any time. And if you invest at the annual level, you are probably quite certain that Wisteria & Sunshine is the place you have been seeking, and I will gladly do my all to make sure that you are happy with your choice.
What Members Are Saying...
"Wisteria and Sunshine has made a real difference in my life, in ways I can not even begin to explain. Some have actually not even been about homekeeping, but about friendship and gratitude and wonderment. But itâ€™s also true that Iâ€™ve begun looking more closely at what I want my home to be. You used the word â€śwholesomeâ€ť in your post, and I think that encapsulates for me the ideal of homelife I wish to recapture â€“ from my food to my cleaning to my daily life. W&S has encouraged me to be more mindful.Â - Sarah Elwell
"And all of this is because of the gentle, stirring encouragement I receive here at Wisteria & Sunshine! Sometimes all it takes is catching a quick glimpse of one of Lesleyâ€™s inspiring illustrations to refreshen my commitment to simplicity and to help me â€śunplugâ€ť and get back to the quiet rhythms of living well."Â - Valerie
"I to feel that Wisteria and Sunshine has made a big change in the way I look at things. Like Sarah, I canâ€™t begin to explain. It (you dear Lesley as well as all of the members), give me daily encouragement to follow a path that I have been drawn to since I was a teenager but have not always followed. It is a path to easily pushed off by influences around us. I am happy for this daily encouragement. - Gwyn