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f&f Family Journal

Summer Robertson

I am a mother of 4 beautiful children living countryside in a tiny home with my sweet family. We founded fawn&forest in 2007 with an intention of creating a shop that reflects our love for living simply with children.

Room Stories

by Summer Robertson

The fawn&forest Room Stories series is an inspirational collection of children's rooms rich in heritage & sentiment. I could not think of a more perfect illustration of my vision for the series than to start with today's Room Story that Rosina Lapp is sharing with us -- the nursery space for her second baby, a son due in December. You know Rosina best from her beautiful clothing company, Tortoise & the Hare.  

I am not alone in the feeling that Rosina's simplicity is absolutely refreshing, her sentiment is rich and the depth of her vision inspirational. Thank you, Rosina for sharing with us.   - Summer

I always strive to have our tiny apartment reflect what we truly care about- our neighbors, the earth, and each other. I believe God called us to tend the earth and do what I can to make the world a beautiful place by being responsible and creative.  I like this poetry from Robert Frost:

“But yield who will to their separation,
My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.”

All a baby really needs is a few blankets, some warm socks, and warm outfits, diapers, and a mama’s love. Here’s a little peek at what I think is essential to the comfort of mama and baby...

 

The bassinet is one of the most special pieces I own and I was so happy to be able to pull it out of storage for our December baby. My babies are the fourth generation to sleep in it- that’s a lot of sweet baby dreams held in one bassinet. The locker and changing table were thrifted and refinished.

 

Only a few feet from our bedside, the nursery is a collection of handmade, heirloom & thrifted pieces with a few new handmade items created by other mamas who have . If I can’t make what I need, I keep watching at nearby country thrift stores first where I can often find hand knitted sweaters, booties, and caps as well as vintage clothes. Of course, I like to support my mama friends who are makers as well.

 

You know what they say, “it takes a village…” and it truly does. Early this fall, my mom came over and spent a day helping me get ready for our baby’s arrival. We made cloth wipes, burp cloths, fitted sheets, swaddles, and changing table cover. It only takes a few hours of time, a few scraps of fabric. I don’t enjoy shopping all that much so when I can stay home and create what I need with things I already have with people I love, I’m one happy mama.

Shop Rosina's collection of beautiful linen & organic cotton/hemp children's clothing, Tortoise & the Hare.

 


Nature Collection Tray

by Summer Robertson

fawn&forest nature collection trays

 

“In the meantime, relax. Take a break. Look at the clouds. Listen to the wind. Let the birds do the heavy lifting." ― Richard Louv

We love to tromp around in the woods with our children, to explore fields and climb trees. Along the way, children gather. Leaves are picked up, rocks & acorns find their way into pockets, pinecones in hand. Your children will love to see their gatherings come alive in our fawn&forest exclusive Nature Collection Trays, a satisfying way to end a good walk outside. 

Shop our Nature Collection Trays, here.


welcome, november

by Ahead Works

The month of November always holds such meaningful and sweet memories for me, a month I always look forward to. It's the month I became a mother & the birth of my first son, the month my husband and i married all those years ago ... the grand kick off to the year's final celebrations. Plus, endless soups and evenings of beeswax candles, spiced apple cider and all the pie you could ever really wish for. 

My daughter, Lucy at the patch. I love linen for myself and it's even better for children. It can withstand the muddiest play and doesn't mind being wrinkled. I've stocked the shop with the loveliest linens from Tortoise & the Hare, be sure to have a look.

(shop)
black linen alice dress
goat-milk striped tights
furry rabbit ear bonnet


my weekly gatherings

by Summer Robertson

A gathering of things that I have been reading, doing & making. 

Ginger kombucha (pregnancy) mocktail would make you feel extra special then and would be a delight after baby is born. 

Wool acorns are an Autumn decoration that has more longevity than the whole lot of most fall decor and is a fun project to do in the company of children. 

> If you follow Katrien on Instagram you'll find this interview lovely and inspiring. You can follow along with her beautiful life in the Italian countryside with her family, here!

> & if it's something your babe deals with, i found these natural solutions to sooth and deal with baby constipation very helpful. 

     

     


    welcome to the tip sheet

    by Summer Robertson

    The pace & tone I've set for fawn&forest is one that is a natural extension of my own life.

    My desire is to share my love of living simply with our children which sometimes has to do with a heirloom baby hairbrush or merino wool sleeper but often times not. It's the stories shared that inspire family rhythm and encourage us in motherhood, to experience life more intentionally. It's this very sentiment that inspired us with the idea of a weekly Tip Sheet, a nugget of wisdom and inspiration for the week, a gentle nudge and a hand of comfort for this season of motherhood.

    You can sign up for the Tip Sheet here and of course join in on the conversation on Instagram at @fawnandforest.

    I would love connect with you, feel welcome to send me a note at summer@fawnandforest.com with your thoughts, inspirations and tips that make your life of intention and motherhood beautiful. 

     

     

     


    handmade teethers & paci clips

    by Summer Robertson

    Our much loved and eagerly awaited hand crocheted teethers and paci-clips by Nomilu have arrived! 

    Baby will love these beautifully made essentials ... and somehow little objects like these will encapsulates this special moment in time with your babe, a keepsake for the baby box that'll have you in tears in like 10 years, feeling all of feels of when they were itty bitty.

    Shop Teethers & Paci-Clips.


    natural baby basics

    by Summer Robertson

     

    There is just something so cozy about dressing baby in simple, natural cottons in off-white creams and sweet little stripes. I am pleased to partner with a very special company, L'ovedbaby, to create a very thoughtful and natural baby layette with your little one in mind, that is both perfectly simple and classic and so wonderfully soft. 

    I particularly love the Kimono One Pieces, so sweet.

    Shop L'ovedbaby.
    Wooden Sheep & a new brand of Natural Rubber Pacifiers

     

     


    a peek into our fawn&forest life

    by Summer Robertson

    You can take a peek into our fawn&forest life (with a few motherly sentiments added in for good measure) by following along with us on Instagram, @fawnandforest

    As I shared in my last entry, my husband and I recently bought 20 acres in the heart of Oregon Wine Country just outside of the tiny little town of Yamhill. And though there are plans of building the perfect farmhouse in the coming year, we're enjoying the little house life right now. Literally. Our home is 160 square feet, a little home on the hill and we're loving every moment of it with our 4 children (3 boys and a baby girl), 2 Dwarf Nigerian goats, 11 Swedish Blue Ducks and 18 hens, a rooster, 2 barn cats and our trusty ol' German Shorthair Pointer pup of 12 years. Next? The family milk cow, a Jersey as soon as the barn is built. 

    And what I shared on our About Us page rings so sincere, I wanted to share it here... 

    As our family has settled into country life these past few years it has deeply impacted us. The sweet connection to nature and seasons, but also the respect for heritage and intention, for family and real meaning.  As shop owners, we've grown dissatisfied with the hustle of trying to pawn off the trendy new whatever, such a fragile race to run with fleeting value!  The new f&f is a reflection of our love for living simply with children.  You do not need much, but what you do have should be with intention and of lasting quality.

    That is us, that is fawn&forest, true and authentic in a nutshell.
    For daily peeks, just follow along on our adventure.... 

     


    hello summer!

    by Summer Robertson

    summertime summertime | fawn&forest

    It's starting to feel as though we've lived in Yamhill, Oregon forever but we moved into the little house just less than a month ago. The house is tiny (literally, a mere 160 square feet plus a loft for the kids' sleeping area) but the land is magnificent, 20 acres in the heart of Oregon Wine country. Our home is at the top of a gentle ridge with rolling hills, hundred year old oak trees and valley views abound! All the fresh air and endless projects is just what my family needed and we have fully embraced the dramatic change in our life. 

    And amongst those endless projects, settling into the little house (for now, a proper farmhouse is to come!) and making ourselves at home on our land, we do have a few things on our summer to-do list. 

    Read

    • We are currently in the middle of Swiss Family Robinson, such a perfect book to set the tone for fearlessness and adventure!

    • I found the complete collection of Beatrix Potter's stories, all 22 little books and those amazing illustrations, we can't wait to dig in. 

    Do

    • Plant a herb and flower garden. We're a bit late to plant a summer garden this year. We may get around to a winter plot but in the meantime the kids and i started a handful of plants including white swan echinacea, calendula and arnica. I love the interesting seed selection from Mountain Rose Herbs.

    • Work in our field journals - paint, sketch and collect! This will inspire you.

    • Foraging. Our property is filled with treasures. We're identifying which trees produce what, where the best blackberries and truffles are and how to harvest those hazelnuts! This book peaks my interest, so much to learn.

    • A rope swings for the kids! We have a grove of ancient Oregon White Oaks where it's thought the first homestead site was. We've put up a few hammock chairs for mom & dad but a few rope swings for the kids is in order.  

    Go

    • A visit to the Oregon coast, our middle son's 8th birthday request! It's only an hour away and makes for a beautiful day.

    • We live in the heart of Oregon's Wine Country. Countless vineyards growing Pinot Noir dot the countryside and I'm convinced there is no place more beautiful place that this. We visit vineyards regularly, a few favorites are Willakenzie (child friendly and the estate is lovely), Eyrie (Oregon's first vineyard and such a treasure) and Argyle (a fun spot in Dundee with the most amazing sparkling wine)

    • A relaxing Saturday morning brunch / Valley Commissary & coffee / Flag&Wire ... 

     

    I'll save our list of summer projects and recipes to share on another day. Have a wonderful weekend filled with intention and love.

    / Lucy is wearing a Briar Handmade Bonnet in Ivory Linen and the sweetest white Pointelle onepiece by Goat-Milk.

     

     


    pre-summer peek

    by Summer Robertson

    When I think of early Summer i'm inspired by all the little things popping up, the strawberries and mint and and who can resist the lightness of baby in off-white and linen? Early morning walks while the day is still warming up and late evening soaks in the bath before the sun sets...

    We have many special new things coming into the shop this next week including an organic cotton L'ovedBaby layette (natural kimono onepiece), new swaddles from Little Unicorn (those berries!) Root & Coco bath soak for Mom  and a handful of new bandana bibs by Ollie & Tate, perfect for summer. And your favorite pixie dolls and wooden animals are back in stock!

     


    Summer Robertson

    I am a mother of 4 beautiful children living countryside in a tiny home with my sweet family. We founded fawn&forest in 2007 with an intention of creating a shop that reflects our love for living simply with children.

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