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Places to Visit in Nashville…

These Instagram snapshots from my time spent in Nashville are some of my favorite memories of the trip. I had no idea what to expect from the city or the people I would meet. Practically every hour of the trip I thought to myself, “Is this actually happening?”

So many wonderful memories! Are you going to Nashville any time soon? First of all, take me with you. Second of all, here are some of my favorite shops, restaurants, and places to visit in the city. We had some pretty cool Nashville natives show us around so all of these places come highly recommended. :)

Shop:

- Old Made Good - An incredible shop filled to the brim with colorful, vintage, and handmade finds.
- White’s Mercantile - Beautiful paper goods, unique gifts, and incredibly kind owners.
- Imogene + Wille - This place was everything I hoped it would be. Even just browsing is a great experience!

Eat:

- Mas Tacos - This place is an essential East Nashville experience. Get the eloté and fall in love!
- Marché - A great place for brunch!
- Fido - Delicious salads, sandwiches and other lunch foods. I also spotted some delicious slices of cake behind glass…please get the blueberry lavender cake and think of me!
- The Pharmacy - We were told this was the best place to get a burger. As a person who doesn’t really like burgers, I was convinced! I tried the Mission City burger and it was delicious.
- City House - A slightly upscale place with great pizza. Perfect for dinner!
- Las Paletas - Delicious ice pops that can be dipped in chocolate. Enough said.

Do: 

- Shelby Street Bridge – If you go downtown, this gives you a great view of the city!
- The Parthenon – A pretty random and wonderful sight to see.
- Pinewood Social – Pinewood has great food options, too. It is also a great place to be “social”, hang out with friends, have a drink, or ever bowl if you can get a reservation.

Thank you, Nashville, for being so good to me. I can’t wait to see you again!

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Nashville Film Photos















1. I think this photo of Ruthie’s dining room table is my favorite film photo I’ve ever shot. The light makes my heart happy!
2. Ruthie’s home is like a dream. Can you spot her sweet puppy sleeping on the sofa?
3. I loved the lighting in this room. So dreamy.
4. The blooms outside the guest room window.
5. I call this one, Flower Face. Haha. I love it. Sara knows that I’m crazy for florals!
6. The gorgeous JL. I am so so thankful I met this sweet lady.
7. If Sara were a brooch…this is it! It is a rock hanging from a delicate bow. So unique…just like her!
8. We stopped for an ice cream break during the Nashville Instameet. I instamet some of the coolest instapeeps around….pretty much instantly. Ok. I’ll stop now.
9. Ok, only Payden and Jordan got ice cream. The rest of us were boring and stuck with water. I’m a tad ashamed…
10. Beautiful flowers I spotted during our trek around downtown Nashville.
11. We had an impromptu photo shoot in the back of a parking lot one afternoon. Such a fun day.
12. Payden is too cool for school.
13. I love this shot of JL! The imperfections are the reason I love film so much.
14. Dreamy lights and a hidden Meredith inside Woodbine Coffee Co.
15. That place was perfect.
16. It was even raining outside.
17. The delicious latte and honest conversations I experienced made my last day in Nashville more than memorable.

I am so thankful for the time I spent in Nashville and the incredible people I had the pleasure of meeting. My friend Sara and I planned this trip months ago and really had no idea why we were going. We just hoped for some time to rest, explore new surroundings, and hopefully meet a nice person or two. I never EVER expected to get connected with such incredible people at a random Instameet that I honestly didn’t want to go to at first. I was a little tired. Haha. I am so glad I went! Meeting Jenna Lane, Payden, Justin, and Jordan made my time in Nashville an experience I will never forget. At the top of the list of incredible Nashville people is the oh-so-lovely Ruthie Lindsey. I was lucky enough to stay in her home, eat Jeni’s ice cream on her couch, and talk about life with such an incredibly inspiring woman. She is like a sister to me now! I can’t wait to go back and give her a big hug!

During the trip I saw a lot of great sights, ate delicious food, and took all kinds of photos. However, those memories pale in comparison to the time spent being open and living life with such incredible people. For the first time in a long time, I felt the Lord showing me a hopeful future that includes a community of people who accept me for who I am and a mind that is rid of fear.

That is a gift I will cherish forever.

 

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Moments to be thankful for…

Even in the midst of a a difficult season, I have so much to be thankful for. Here are a few memories I snapped on Instagram over the past few months that brought me a lot of joy. I am so blessed to have friends and family who care so much about me. What would I do without their love?

I am also pretty darn excited to be heading out on a much needed vacation with my best friend tomorrow! We will see you soon Nashville! I will share pictures along the way on my Instagram account, @one_sheepish_girl. If you have any tips on places to visit, please share them in the comments. I really appreciate it!

I hope you are all having a lovely week! I also announced the Belle & Chloe giveaway winner!

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CLOSED: Bella & Chloe Brooches – Gift Card Giveaway

As we all know, I have an affinity for brooches of all shapes and sizes. The joy I experience while hunting for a unique brooch at an antique shop is difficult to describe. I go a little bananas for the brooches, ok? When Belle & Chloe offered to send me a few of their beautiful, vintage sterling silver brooches I was blown away. It was such a difficult decision, but I finally picked out the victorian green agate bird brooch and the blue rhinestone swirl brooch. They are so unique and lovely! Of course I had to browse the rest of their beautiful jewelry after ogling the brooch section…

Bella & Chloe is also offering a $250 gift card to a One Sheepish Girl reader! This giveaway is open to international readers. Here’s what you need to do to enter…

1. Follow Bella & Chloe on Instagram: @bellaandchloeshop
2. Go to www.Bellaandchloe.com and pick out your favorite piece of jewelry.
3. Once you have followed them on Instagram and/or picked our your favorite piece from their shop, leave a comment below with your email address.
Only leave one comment per person! I will use a random number generator to select the winner. This giveaway will end on July 4th and I will announce the winner over the weekend.
Good luck!
UPDATE 7/9: Congratulations Sheryl! You are the winner of the Belle & Chloe Giveaway! Thank you so much to everyone who entered. I will send you an email with details about your prize soon!
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The Blush List – Something Sweet

Yarn //  I want to be friends with this stylish llama sporting colorful yarn tassels. So cute.

Weaving // I loved reading this interview with the incredible Maryanne Moodie.

Wish List // The cutest charm I’ve ever seen from Fifi Lapin.

Style // Brooches + suede + a  cage heel = Hello, dream shoes. The Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2014 shoe collection is definitely one of my favorites.

Art // The sweetest peach hat print by Petit Reve.

Food // The sweetest thing of all…strawberry high-hat cupcakes.

It has certainly been awhile since my last post. I’ve been trying not to let the guilt of not blogging for a little bit weigh on me, but it inevitably comes crashing down and makes me feel awful. I’m going through things right now that aren’t exactly “blog-able” topics and I think that’s ok. I’m growing, changing, and learning so much about who I am and the woman I want to become. I plan on opening up a bit in the next few days and sharing a post I’ve had sitting here in my drafts just waiting for a moment of bravery. Just know that I’m still here and thankful for this space. I’m just learning to grow “offline” for a little while and it’s definitely for the best.

So, to end the weekend I wanted to share a few sweet finds with you. I hope you are doing ok and enjoying your Sunday afternoon. If you are currently experiencing a difficult time in your life, don’t feel guilty for being unable to appear happy and put together online. Your well-being and happiness matters so much more. Know that you are not alone. Please feel free to send me an email if you need someone to listen.

Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful dad and all of the other fathers out there. Thank you for everything you do for us.

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Inspiring Knits – Good Night Day Pre-Fall 2014 Lookbook

It’s never too early to start thinking about fall knits. Hopefully I will be able to finish my current vest project in time to wear when the weather cools down again.

Oh man…summer hasn’t even begun and I am already planning the sweaters I will pile on this winter. Some things never change.

Speaking of fall knits, the talented and inspiring Tara-Lynn Morrison recently shared her Good Night, Day pre-fall 2014 lookbook collection with me. I have always been a fan of Tara-Lynn’s creations and unique knitwear style. Everything she creates is so modern and highlights the beautiful textures of the knit stitch.

The pieces from the pre-fall collection feature fair trade wools sourced from Uruguay and exclusive hand-dyed colorways from an independent fiber artist in Maine. I can’t get enough of the Bloomfield Blanket Lace Wrap. It looks so cozy and stylish draped over a hunter green jacket. The styling of her knits gets me every time!

Take a peek at the collection and get inspired. What fall projects are you hoping to conquer this summer? I want to see!

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Knitting by Design – Rainy Day Vest

This post has been a long time coming! My friend Emma Robertson recently published a beautiful book of knitting projects called Knitting by Design.

When I say beautiful, I mean b-e-a-utiful. Seriously.

The images are stunning and her talented styling skills shine through each page. Most importantly the projects are too cool for school. Aside from the fact that the last few months have been quite the whirlwind of emotions, it was such a struggle picking out one pattern and getting started! I know I will eventually tackle as many patterns inside this book as possible, but I finally decided to finally cast on the Rainy Day Vest. I love seeing the lovely Jen modeling several of the patterns in the book, too!

I am still in the beginning stages of the vest but I can’t get enough of the Madeline Tosh Vintage yarn I picked out for this project. It is the prettiest emerald green color! I can’t wait to wear this beautiful vest with dresses and jeans in the fall and winter. Now I just need to actually finish the vest! I’ve just got to believe. Haha. I will defeat this UFO if it is the last thing I do. Knitting on this project a little bit every day is definitely therapeutic right now.

I am so proud of you, Emma. It was such an honor to receive a copy of your book. I still need you to sign it! You rock.

Have you had a chance to check out Emma’s book or knit any of the projects? What other projects are you working on these days?

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The Blush List – Fresh Fruits

Knitting // It is so difficult to pick a favorite pattern from the latest issue of Pom Pom Quarterly. The Baya shawl pattern is definitely at the top of my list…

Crochet // I love these beautiful bits and pieces of crochet work by Koey.

Etsy // This sweet set of handmade ceramic dishes features couples dancing across the surface. What a great wedding gift!

Style // These dresses from Kolonaki are so gorgeous and breezy. Of course, this blue floral beauty is my favorite. :)

Art // Tropical Fruit print by Naomi Wilkinson

Food // I can’t remember the last time I baked something…I’m pretty sure it was around Christmas? Ugh. So unlike me. These strawberry lemon curd doughnuts need to come to life in my kitchen this summer.

 

When life gives you lemons…you go find some strawberries and make strawberry lemon curd doughnuts. That’s a thing right? Man…it’s been quite the month. I apologize for being so silent here on the blog. I’ve mentioned that my family is currently going through a hard time after a recent death. Unfortunately things keep getting harder for everyone in my family. It’s just a difficult season of life. However, this season is reality. So, I don’t really feel guilty for not blogging quite as much right now. It’s definitely a struggle for me to let go of that guilt….a big struggle…but I am constantly reminding myself what is truly important in life. Some days you just have to turn off the computer and be around people who love you.

I just wanted to share a few fresh finds that made me smile this week. I hope they bring a little happiness and inspiration to your Sunday. Please bear with me as I make my way through this season. It’s hard to believe, but some days it is hard to find joy in knitting and crochet. I would love to spend some time this evening working on my vest from Emma’s book, relax, take a few breaths, and find rest in a hope-filled future.

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday. How was your weekend?

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April Memory Mood Board

Goodbye, April. You were a month filled with unfortunately heavy amounts of stress and sadness. Thankfully I have a loving family and incredibly supportive friends to hold me up on the days I feel like I can no longer stand. I am also thankful for the little moments I was lucky enough to experience in between the overwhelming days. Here a few little memories from April…

Clockwise from top left:

- A few of my Instagram photos were turned into wood, metal, and coster creations by the InstaThis team. I was so excited when they offered to transform a few of my photos into these beautiful keepsakes. Expect a giveaway from InstaThis soon!

- I finally started a new book! I have been wanting to read The Supreme Macaroni Company for months now. It is by one of my favorite authors and I am already loving it.

- A funny mask from the coolest local shop.

- A temporary tattoo from Melt Ice Creams.

- New brooches for my collection/obsession.

- Pretty blue nail polish my mom gave me for Easter.

- Yarn ready to be knit into a beautiful vest from Emma’s beautiful book!

Thank you for your encouraging words on my last post. Your kindness means the world to me.

I hope you are looking forward to this new month! Let’s get creative and make some memories.

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Thankful Beyond Words…

Most days I allow the tiniest of frustrations to affect me so deeply that I forget my many blessings. You know the days…whether it’s an overwhelming, “I’m Consumed with Worry” Wednesday or a trivial, “I Have Two Giant Zits” Tuesday morning, I very rarely remember all of the good things in life. Over the past few weeks, my mailbox has served as a continual reminder of my many MANY blessings.  I am constantly in awe of the Lord continually providing opportunities for me to pursue my passions. He is the reason that I have the ability to express my creativity and all I can do is hope to glorify Him through my work.

I was so excited and honored to discover these features in three of my favorite yarn magazines! I currently have an interview on the last page of Knitscene Summer 2014 issue. Thank you to the editors for reaching out and including a little bit about my blog in your magazine!

The lovely ladies at Simply Crochet asked if they could use my crochet birthday cake image for their magazine anniversary celebration. Happy Birthday to you, Simply Crochet!

I also have a fun Mother’s Day project in the May issue of Crochet Today! They challenged me to use a new yarn and create a piece of jewelry perfect for a Mother’s Day gift. I decided to create a scalloped bangle bracelet. You can find the pattern inside the magazine.

Thank you again to the editors and magazines who continue to feature my blog in your publications. I couldn’t be more thankful!

I planned on sharing this post last Wednesday, but right before I pressed “publish” I received a phone call from my mom. I experienced a tragic death in my family last week so I apologize for the blog silence. Even in the midst of tragedy, all I can do is remind myself of the many blessings in my life and continue living my life for the Lord.

I hope you are all having a great week so far.