Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Morning Routine - Fall 2020

Article and YouTube video by Rain San Martin. *Picture of Rain by Winter San Martin.

The Morning Routine is one of the most impactful habits you can implement. Design one that gives you a peaceful start to your day. Include time cushions for interruptions and straightening. Allocate time spent on relaxation, lifetime goals, and cleaning or decluttering your living space. I will share with you my morning routine as it stands Fall of 2020. Upon reading this you may pick-up a few ideas for yourself. It should be noted that I am a full-time Homemaker and a part-time Blogger and YouTube Creator. I also carve out some creative work-time each week as a Classical Gothic Soundscape Composer.    

5:00am - 5:45am.

Awake to a clean home. 6:30am is the latest, if I have a late night. My clothes have been set out the night before during my evening routine making for a smooth start. The house is made ready by turning on the lights, and opening up curtains on the main floor. I boil water in my tea kettle for coffee prepared in the French Press.

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My favorite part of the day is when I sit in the rocking chair and sip a mix of Seattle's Best Coffee Post Alley Blend and Peets coffee Sumatra.  Autumn orange pillar candles flicker on the mantel and a few magazines are enjoyed! Three days per week (plugged-in days) I read my favorite blogs and visit Instagram as well as Pinterest on my iPad.  Note I have started a new habit of unplugging for 30 days each quarter.  This is with the exception of my essential computer household work as well as my creative business blogging & YouTube posts. During this time I consume no media. Two weeks per year I abstain from computer work and email during vacation, being 100% unplugged. 


Blog writing or outline-1hour. In the first part of the morning I sit at the dinning room table in our living area facing toward the front porch and mantle. A Thomas Edison desk lamp illuminates my notebook, where I draft content for Vintage Gothic Homemaker.  Alternate mornings are spent transcribing my handwritten content into my Blog Site and sculpting the final draft. 


Make breakfast. I switch up the menu a bit each month and season. For our 10 year old son I make Old Fashioned Blueberry Pie oatmeal with blueberries, brown sugar, butter, and a touch of milk. Sometimes I alternate with my original Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal recipe. For my husband, I toast a couple of pieces of Dave's Famous Bread with coconut oil and butter, served with sunny-side up eggs. A bit later I have yellow corn tortillas toasted on the Lodge Iron Skillet, topped with cheese, eggs, cilantro, and a side of salsa. This is followed up by kitchen cleanup immediately. Our 16 year old daughter makes herself a green smoothie. 


As a keeper of the home, I consider this element of the morning routine to be the most important: De-clutter or deep-clean! I aim for about one hour each day, which includes daily cleaning rituals.  On particularly busy days I will skip this on occasion. Flexibility is good, yet my aim is overall consistency. This, along with regular straightening and kitchen clean-up, keeps the home company ready. 

If you haven't already I encourage you to create an enjoyable morning routine for yourself, and be sure to check out my companion video on this topic.

Rain 🍂

Friday, September 11, 2020

Halloween & Fall Decorations-Michaels & more-2020

Post, YouTube Video and photography by Rain San Martin

At the end of August, I begin the prep work of setting the fall foundation. The porch is sprayed down. Spring / Summer decor is stowed away. Windows washed to make way for DIY Spooky Silhouettes. Come September 1st, I get autumn fever, which puts a spring in my step! This is when my husband and I do our annual pilgrimage to Michaels for an afternoon date-night.

A Pumpkin Spice Latte & Double Cappuccino at Barnes and Nobles officially kick off the season. With anticipation we walk through the outdoor Jefferson Pointe mall to our Halloween Headquarters. Michaels is bustling with customers excited to pick a few well-made spooky and whimsical pieces from this years freshly stocked treasure trove! Because our home is intentionally uncluttered, and we have a budget, we do not over-buy. This makes the trip more freeing. The isle that struck us was the packed 1940's Farmhouse Vintage-Inspired Halloween decor.  We also got a couple of year-round Gothic staples for our home.

This years, 2020, picks from Michaels include:

*A festive mid-century vintage inspired sign that reads, "When black cats prowl and pumpkins glow may luck be yours on Halloween." Upon a closer look, we observed most of the Halloween decor we purchase for our home was by Michael's private label Ashland. 

*Trick or Treat hanging sign.

*Scarecrow from Michaels, 2020

To top it off we drove to an epic sized Spirit Halloween store! There my husband got a high quality Circus Ringmaster jacket, top hat, and cane. This could easily work for a Neo-Victorian Gothic / Halloweenie Circus look.  

Putting Up Decor

The slate has been cleared and cleaned. A few new seasonal decorations are joyfully purchased. Now is the time to put on my mid-century Retro Halloween apron. The fun colors are in black, orange, and white, in a pattern of owls, cats, Jack-o'-lantern, and moons.  From the basement I pull out the autumn bin, along with fall foliage, and additional pieces stored on the basement shelving. In this years video, you'll see our 10 year-old son Orion and I dive into the decor and discuss each piece.

Our favorite decorations from previous years include: 

*2 Raven sculptures. (Michaels)

*Boo pillow from the Johnny Appleseed Festival.

*Fall Bucket List and Fall Gatherings Sign from Bloom'n Things (now in Shipshewana, IN, seasonally in Glenbrook Square, Fort Wayne, Indiana).

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*Bronze Candelabra 

*"Scream" by Ty Beanie Boos, which we named "Boo" (Originally bought in Michaels)

*Spooky, Spooky Little Bat (Finger Puppet Board Book, originally purchased inside Barnes and Nobles)

Black card stock
(for DIY Spooky Silhouettes and back of my DIY Vintage Halloween sign banner)
Darice GX-2200-02, 8.5"x11" (50 Sheets), Black



This Vintage Halloween Banner has gone up for the last few years on our mantel. Here is my DIY Vintage Halloween Banner tutorial:

May you have a magical fall season!

If you haven't seen it already, you can view my video here.

Rain 🎃

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