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Pre-Order Crochet with One Sheepish Girl!

I can’t believe it!! After all of this time, I am finally able to hold my book in my hands.

I received a few advanced copies of Crochet with One Sheepish Girl from my publisher in the mail and cried sobbed tears of joy as I looked through every single page. I never thought this day would come! I am so proud of the finished product and all of the work that went into making this book a reality. I can’t wait to celebrate the book when it is officially released on October 7th!! There definitely needs to be a party…dare I say…a par-tay. Haha.

Crochet with One Sheepish Girl is available for pre-order on Amazon right now! Click here to order your copy. Thank you so much for your encouragement and support along this journey. It is because of One Sheepish Girl and the amazing readers from around the world that this book became a reality. I can never thank you enough! I can’t wait for you to get your hands on a copy and see photos as you work on the projects with your friends! So…thank you again for being so wonderful. Prepare yourselves, because I will be saying that a lot over the next few months. :)

The big day is almost here!! Let the countdown begin!

 

 

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With Lavender & Lace Vintage


One of the best parts about my trip to Norfolk, VA was spending time in my friend Kelsie’s beautiful shop, With Lavender & Lace Vintage.

First of all, the sign for her shop is one of the best I’ve ever seen! It is just so unique and looks so dreamy all covered in ivy. From the moment I stepped inside I was overwhelmed with beautiful vintage frocks and sweet vignettes of unique treasures. I truly enjoyed browsing the racks of clothes illuminated by my favorite round bulb string lights. Kelsie really knows how to style her products in a beautiful way! I kept muttering to myself, “Oh my, I love that shelf…wow look at those crates…”  I love it when a shop owner goes the extra mile to create an environment that is inspiring for the customer. It is an art form and a beautifully styled shop always gets my creative wheels turning.

I truly admire all of the hard work and passion it gets to open a storefront! Kelsie is such an inspiration to me. The idea of opening a store of my own has appealed to me for years. Who knows if that is the direction I will take but I love hearing about how Kelsie got started and the amount of work she puts into every single day.

If you are ever in Norfolk, Kelsie’s shop is the place to be! Thank you for allowing me to shoot these film photos in your lovely space.

 

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Norfolk Botanical Garden on Film








After years of using my Pentax camera and 35mm film, I still get so nervous waiting for the photos to develop. There is always the chance that the snapshots will become victims of possible film fatalities. Overexposure, underexposure…who knows what will happen! Thankfully, during my recent visit to Norfolk, my film photos turned out better than I could have ever dreamed. Most of that has to do with the fact that the beautiful and talented Kelsie was behind the camera for a few of the shots. She has some serious skills! The lighting in the first photo she captured is amazing!

I am so happy I was able to spend the day with her in the nearly empty botanical gardens, taking pictures and exploring, all while wearing the most beautiful vintage dress of all time. Even in the heat and humidity, we had a wonderful adventure and I am so thankful to have these memories from our day together.

I knew Kelsie was an amazing woman and friend before I met her in person. After spending a few days with her in Norfolk, I am proud to say from experience that she is truly one of a kind and has such a big heart. While we were getting ready to head out to the gardens, she pulled out the dress I am wearing above and said I should try it on. I’ve never worn such a beautiful vintage dress! It made me feel so confident. When we returned to her apartment, I felt a little sad as I carefully hung the dress back up amongst her other vintage treasures. However, as I was getting ready to leave for the airport a few days later, Kelsie blew me away by giving me this beautiful dress as a gift. She gave it to me with some of the kindest words I have heard in a long time. I wish I had a recording device at that moment because, due to exhaustion and emotions, I can barely remember everything she said. All I know is that her generosity made me cry tears of joy. I am so blessed to know her and call her friend.

Thank you Kelsie for your giving heart and capturing these precious photo memories with me.

Stay tuned for more photos of Kelsie’s beautiful shop and more adventures in Norfolk. I just love how they all turned out. I hope you are having a great week so far!

 

 

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The Blush List – To the Moon and Back…

Knitting //  I love this Wool and the Gang knit top and skirt modeled by Maja Wyh.

Knitting 2 // This b-e-a-utiful Endellion sweater pattern is one of the many gorgeous knits found inside the latest issue of Pom Pom Quarterly.

Wish List // If you didn’t know this already, “to the moon and back…” is one of my favorite lovey-dovey things to say. This hand illustrated plate is definitely on my Etsy wish list!

Art // This bashful postcard by Liekeland caught my eye recently.

Style // It is peach season after all! I love this darling clutch.

Food // In the summer, a popsicle a day…is just plain necessary. I would love to try making a batch of these strawberry cream pops.

Happy Sunday to you, dear friends!

I’ve missed putting a blush list together every week so I thought I would jump back into it today! I just love curating all of the things I love across all genres into one, visual collection. I hope you enjoy it, too!

If only I could bring this list into reality!! You know…I would wear that first outfit while eating a strawberry popsicle, holding the moon plate underneath so I won’t drip on my peach clutch where my Liekland postcard is tucked inside. That seems totally doable, right? Right.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. I enjoyed some time with my dear friend, took a trip to the farmer’s market, and did my best to relax when my mind tells me to “go! go! go!” almost every moment of the day.

How was your weekend?

 

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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!