These are just a few colorful and joyful moments that I shared on Instagram over the past few weeks. Recently I started a “see it, crochet it” creative challenge for myself. As a result I have crocheted a few tubes of lipstick and a surprisingly soft cactus. I have a long list of random items that I want to transform into crochet! I’m excited to see where this challenge goes. I am just letting my imagination run with it. Nothing is safe…it will all be turned to crochet. Haha.
I’m also thankful for a beautiful birthday celebration in August, getting even more excited about my book launch, being a bridesmaid in my cousin’s wedding, rejoicing with friends, celebrating community, and preparing for my #MollieTakeover this week!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. What are you excited about these days? Travel plans? New projects? I would love to hear!
Follow along on Instagram @one_sheepish_girl!
I can hardly believe the following words are real life…so bear with me through this post. I’m just a little bit excited!! Plans have finally come together and I can officially announce that I am traveling to the UK next week!! My arms are sore from all the pinching so I’m pretty sure this is actually happening. I have the opportunity to visit the beautiful city of Bath for the first time in my life and I could do a cartwheel just thinking about it! Well, maybe not an actual cartwheel. A metaphorical cartwheel, at the very least. My flight arrives in Bath on Tuesday, September 16th and I will spend a few days exploring the city. There are three main reasons why Bath has been at the very top of my list of places to visit for most of my life.
1. Jane. Austen. (Even though I hear she didn’t like Bath very much…oh well!)
2. The Jane Austen Museum. Haha.
3. Last, but not least, the Mollie Makes headquarters!!
I am so thankful for the opportunity to explore everything Bath has to offer and walk around with Captain Wentworth’s dreamy words from Persuasion floating around in my head, “You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan.” The best part about this trip is that I get to meet the incredible and inspiring ladies of Mollie Makes magazine who have supported my work for years and shown me such kindness. On September 18-21, I will be taking over the Mollie Makes Instagram and Pinterest accounts for the first ever #MollieTakeover! I am so honored! It is going to be so fun sharing snapshots of the city of Bath, the Mollie Makes office, and the incredible work showcased at The Handmade Fair in London.
Mollie Makes is also offering my readers a free digital issue of their current issue!! It is filled to the brim with creative goodness. So many projects I want to try! This will run until the 30th September 2014.
to get the latest issue!
Voucher Code = MEREDITH
Step 1 – Download the app
Step 2 – Ipad – Tap ‘voucher’, iPhone – Tap ‘help’ then ‘voucher’
Step 3 – Enter voucher code MEREDITH
TERMS & CONDITIONS: Voucher valid from 09/09/2014 – 30/09/2014. Voucher redeemable in respect of iPad/iPhone apps available on the App store only. Use subject to our Terms & Conditions for in-app voucher codes. Offer is non-transferable. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. No cash value.
Follow along with my #MollieTakeover on Instagram (@molliemakes
) and Pinterest
! I can’t wait to get started!!
If you are in the Bath during that time or plan on attending The Handmade Fair, I would love to meet up with some of you! Reach out on Twitter and hopefully we can make something happen
Time to start packing my bags!
Happy Monday, friends!
I have a lot of exciting opportunities happening these days and I am feeling so incredibly thankful. October is going to be one crazy/wonderful month. In addition to launching my first book I will be teaching my first crochet workshop with the ladies of Fullosophie here in Dallas! Jess and Tarin approached me about teaching a beginner’s crochet course a few months ago and I couldn’t wait to get started. They recently posted an interest form on the Fullosophie website to see how many students want to attend the class. If you are going to be in the Dallas area on October 16th, add your name to the interest form to get information on when tickets become available for this event!
I will be teaching basic crochet stitches and techniques at Sip Stir Cafe. We will be sipping on cappuccinos and learning how to make a potted crochet cactus! Everyone will get to take home their own crochet cactus and never have to worry about watering it!
I can’t wait to have some crochet fun with new friends! Sign up here and I hope to meet you in October.
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!
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.
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!
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?
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.
– 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!
– 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.
– 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!
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.
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!