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You are Loved – Sheepish Heart Bomb Results

For the third year in a row, I am completely blown away by the number of people who participated in the #sheepishheartbomb. It is amazing to see so many kind and creative people around the world take the time to make something and carefully place it out in the world. The collective wish is that someone in need of a smile will find one of these little hearts and do just that. My favorite part of the #sheepishheartbomb is when I receive notifications from the people who find these love notes out on their morning walk or tied to their shop door. What a beautiful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Thank you to everyone who participated! I am going to try to keep some of these hearts and notes in my purse at all times. That way I can just leave them at a coffee shop on a random Tuesday and keep the heart bombs going all year long! Would you be interested in participating in these throughout the year? I’ve done themed yarn bombs before like the Sheepish Bloom Drop and Sheepish Thanks. I would love to know your thoughts! Let’s keep spreading the kindness!

Check out the #sheepishheartbomb hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to see everyone’s beautiful creations from the weekend!

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Sheepish Heart Bomb 2015!

It’s that time of year again! I almost didn’t post about the Sheepish Heart Bomb this year because I thought I waited to long to get the word out for the third annual Sheepish Heart Bomb on Valentine’s Day. Then I realized it’s never too late to share a little love! No matter how busy, stressed, or caught up in our own problems, there is always time to let someone know they are loved. If you haven’t participated in this love-filled, yarn bomb event before, here are the details…

1. Crochet, knit, sew, make a little heart!

2. Attach a kind note that says something like, “You are loved!” and the hashtag, #sheepishheartbomb

3. Leave your heart on a park bench, coffee shop door handle, bike rack, and anywhere and everywhere in between.

The idea is that someone in need of a smile will find your heart on Valentine’s Day and feel loved! :)

Here are some photos of the hearts spread around the world last year!

It is such a small act, but it can have a huge impact on someone’s day. I know it is a little last minute but I hope you join me on Saturday and leave a heart out in the world. Click here for some heart patterns and other ideas for your creations! I can’t wait to see what you make. Are you in? Spread the word!

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Inspiring Items No. 1

Helloooo, Friday. My, you are looking good to me right about now.

How was everyone’s week? Mine felt extra long for some reason but Friday is here and the sun is shining. The literal light at the end of the tunnel, as it were. ;)

Do you remember when I would post my Weekend Plans photos every Friday? I loved those posts but I haven’t felt as inspired to do them lately. Often, my weekend plans aren’t quite as planned out anymore but that is completely fine with me! I still love shooting organized and styled photos so I thought I would start a similar post series called “Inspiring Items” and shoot a few things that are keeping me inspired at the moment!

– The February issue of W Magazine has the most incredible editorial feature shot by the great Tim Walker. He showcases actors and actresses from the best movies of the year in a perfectly “Tim Walker” fashion.

– These fingerless mittens have been keeping my hands warm in the office lately. I bought them several years ago from vKnit on Etsy and they are still my favorites!

– Only a few inches left on my headband! It will be finished this weekend. Or else…it won’t. Haha. But I’m hoping it will.

– I’ve been using these flower stickers on a lot of my letters lately! They are so perfect.

– Still working my way through the Women in Clothes book. It is really good but the interviews can get a little repetitive so it has been difficult for me to focus on it for long periods of time. Or maybe my Benedict Bookmark is distracting me too much. That couldn’t be it…

I hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with rest and creativity!

 

 

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Photo Adventures with Friends

This post is a little bit of a hodgepodge of photos but I’ve been wanting to share these for awhile now…so here they are, all at once! That’s what happens when I take a break from blogging. There is a lot to catch up on!

Over the years, I have experimented with photography and even picked up a film camera or two. I am constantly trying to learn more about the craft but I know I am still quite the amateur. That is fine with me! I like having a reason to learn.

Thankfully a lot of my close friends are incredible photographers and have taught me a few tricks of the trade. The photos above are from a rainy day photo adventure I went on with my friend Jordan. He has amazing video skills, too. He also shot my book party video! The photos down below are from a few different days spent with my best friend Sara.

If I’m honest, everything I shoot during these photo adventures doesn’t really have a purpose. However, the time spent with these friends has been incredibly purposeful.  Not only do my friends help me gain confidence in my photography, they turn their lenses around on me and force me to stare my insecurities in the eye. These photos might seem silly at first. I mean, could l look more like a hipster, sitting on a bench with frizzy rain hair? Haha. Thankfully I am at a place where I can see so much more than a setting or person in these photos. I see creative and talented people doing what they love and encouraging their friends through their art. These photos are such gifts to me.

The lovely Sara has definitely helped me gain the most confidence. In addition to being just an incredible friend, her photography talent has caused me to grow in unexpected ways. I no longer hide my face or become consumed by fear when someone pulls out a camera. When you have someone taking your picture and forcing you to see yourself for who you really are, camera anxiety begins to fade.

I am so thankful for my friends who use their gifts to build up everyone they meet. They inspire me constantly. Also, we just have a ton of fun together!  I was just feeling a little deep today…haha.

All of my photos were shot with my PentaxK1000 35mm camera. It is still my favorite and I can’t wait to get out and do some more shooting!

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Knitting + Spinning (Records)

I know I’m not the only one who, even with a menacing pile of unfinished projects taunting them in the corner, decides to throw caution to the wind (ha!) and pick up a new pattern/project/hobby anyway.

I recently started a knit headband pattern. Yes, I am stilll working on the knit vest even though it is currently sitting in a cat tote bag that says “I Meow You” feeling neglected and alone. I will get back to it soon! Sometimes I just need to change things up. I hope to actually finish this headband and wear it before winter disappears. My dreams of finishing the vest in time to wear this winter were pretty unlikely anyway…but I can keep trying!

So I spent some time the other day working on the headband and listening to records. One of my favorites right now is The 1975. I don’t care that they are suddenly “uncool” because of Taylor Swift dating rumors…I love their music. I also love Taylor Swift’s music now. I don’t know who I am anymore. Anyway…it was an enjoyable afternoon. If I am working on a knit/crochet project (or pretty much anything) I am always listening to music. It helps me focus and keeps my mind from wandering off to check Instagram, answer emails, respond to texts, and all other Internet distractions. (See also: Pinterest and Jimmy Fallon YouTube videos.)

I also started writing in a new notebook my friend Kelsie (@withlavandlace) made and sent me along with some other snail mail surprises. I think I have decided to dedicate this notebook to paper embroidery. I haven’t done that in such a long time! I have so many ideas and can’t wait to fill the pages with thread, photos, pressed flowers, and words.  To top it off, Kelsie recently designed a Miss Meredith iPhone 6 case for her online shop With Lavender & Lace. It is so perfect! She updated her shop with a few of these cases so head on over and check them out.

My goal is to finish this headband and start some paper embroidery over the weekend. Time to turn up the tunes and get started! What do you like to listen to/watch while you work on projects? I am always looking for new music recommendations!

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Hello, again!

Hello, friends!

Well…it’s been awhile, to say the least. For the last few months, every time I sat down in front of my computer to blog, I felt like I was forcing out words that were completely without  joy or passion. I couldn’t even bring myself to write a post about wanting to take a break from blogging. The break just sort of happened. A few weeks passed and I decided to really give myself some time away from One Sheepish Girl. I didn’t document any of the holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, or any of the days in between…they didn’t make an appearance on this blog.

But every single un-documented day still happened.

I spent time with family and friends. I actually knit/crochet some Christmas gifts for the first time in almost three years. There were delicious meals, long conversations, days spent at the movie theater, and so much laughing. It wasn’t perfect by any means…but it happened. Even if I didn’t take as many pictures or write as many blog posts, it happened and I am so thankful that it did.

When I started blogging, I used this space as a way to grow confidence, challenge myself, try new things, and express my creativity. Along the way blogging became a chore instead of a choice. Even though I didn’t want to admit it, I found my value and worth in the name One Sheepish Girl and the way she lived online. As I am growing and learning to love myself, I now find my value in Meredith, the woman God created, and recognize my life is just as valuable even more valuable offline. I’m excited to get back into blogging creatively with this new perspective and, moving forward, not be quite so scared of this space.

Since it has been awhile since my last post, I thought I would re-introduce myself here on the blog!

– My name is Meredith and I live in Dallas, TX.

– I started this blog over four years ago when I was in college. I picked the name One Sheepish Girl because I was exactly that. Today, I am still sheepish, but I am ridding myself of labels like fearful and fragile. Sheepish can stay but the others need to go.

– Knitting and crochet bring me a lot of joy. I also love embroidery, photography, baking, cooking, writing, journaling, reading, Netflix-ing, and so much more. I hope to bring more of those interests to the blog this year!

– During the journey of this blog I was blessed with the opportunity to write my own book of crochet patterns. Crochet with One Sheepish Girl was published in October 2014 and I still can’t believe it actually happened. But it did!

– In addition to blogging, I have a day job. Some days it is tricky to find a balance, but I am so thankful that I can still pursue my passions.

– I love Benedict Cumberbatch. A lot. Sherlock and all things related to the great Mr. Cumberbatch might be mentioned from time to time. You’ve been warned…

– I asked my best friend Sara if she could think of anything else I should add to this post. She said, “Remember that you will always be growing and changing and being a human being. Don’t get too used to the idea of a person, so much as accepting who that person is becoming!” I definitely needed that reminder. She is so wise!

Well, those are just a few things I want you to know about me! (The second to last one being the most important, of course. Ha.) If you are a long time reader or just stumbled upon this blog, I am so thankful you are here. Thank you for reading these words and being part of this creative community. Cheers to a new year!

 

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One Sheepish Girl + West Elm

I recently had the opportunity to take over the West Elm Dallas Instagram account and add some colorful crochet to their holiday products. They pretty much gave me free reign to create whatever I wanted as I shared photos throughout the week. It was fun to get creative and come up with unique ways to pair crochet with West Elm! I am so happy with how it turned out! I especially love the crochet Christmas lights…I can’t wait to make more next year.

I also plan on opening up my Etsy shop in 2015 so I will be selling items like the Christmas light garland and vase cover soon. I will also be hosting a workshop at the West Elm Dallas location in the next few weeks…stay tuned for details!

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy the rest of your holiday with friends and family. :)

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Wreath Making with Friends

A few weeks ago I went over to my friend Kadie’s lovely apartment to make wreaths. I even foraged around in my neighborhood to find some berries and leaves to contribute to our afternoon of wreath-making. It was my first time making a wreath ever and I had the best time! We definitely got into the Christmas spirit that afternoon. It was so nice to sip cider, listen to Ella Fitzgerald sing Christmas tunes, and make something just for fun.

Sometimes I feel guilty when I stop to create something for no real reason, just for enjoyment. I hate it when my mind immediately turns to guilt when I do something with friends or sit down with a personal knitting project. I hope to continue making time for the “just for fun” things in the new year. It is good for the soul!

I can’t believe Christmas is only three days away! Crazy!

I am almost finished (so close!!) with my handmade gifts for family and friends. What are you knitting/crocheting for gifts this year?

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One Sheepish Party + Video

Oh, I am so thankful to have a reason to think back on this night! About a month ago some of the greatest people I know all came together in one room to have some pizza and celebrate the launch of my first book! It was one sheepish party, that’s for sure. :) My incredibly talented and kind friend Jordan (@fiftyfiveonepointfour) did what he does best and shot some video of the party. I am just blown away by what he created.  Jordan, you are too good. Everyone needs to follow him on Instagram and Stellar to see more of his work! Thank you so much for capturing the party so beautifully…

When it came down to deciding what to wear to the party, the choice was easy. Remember when I went to Norfolk to visit the incredible Kelsie? She surprised me on my last day and gave me the vintage dress of my dreams as an early birthday gift. I knew I had to wear it on a special occasion. I guess a book launch party is pretty special!

All of the photos in this post are either by Jordan or my best friend Sara. She helped me get ready for the party and even gave me a vintage hairstyle. She is just so talented in so many ways!

I couldn’t be more thankful to know such kind and giving people. Every single person who came made the book launch party so special. It is because of their encouragement and support that I was able to create this book!

I am so glad we were all able to come together and celebrate!

 

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Crochet Christmas Light Garland

I recently had the opportunity to take over the West Elm Dallas Instagram account. They challenged me to add a touch of festive crochet to their products for an entire week. Take a look at their account to see the rest of the photos I styled. When they gave me the paper mâché moose head I was a little intimated…should I crochet antler covers or something?? Haha. Instead I went with a colorful strand of Christmas lights! I love how it looks against the white. It is such a quick pattern! You will have a pile of light bulbs ready for hanging in no time! I used worsted weight yarn and a size H8 crochet hook.

Christmas Light Garland

With the light bulb color, ch 2.

Round 1: Starting in the second ch from the hook, 4 sc. Do not join.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around. 8 sc.

Round 3: Sc in each sc around. 8 sc.

Round 4: *Sc in the next sc, 2 sc in the next sc repeat from * around.

Round 5-6: Sc in each sc around.

Round 7: *Sc in the next sc, 2 sc in the next sc repeat from * around.

Round 8-9: *Sc in the next sc, sc2tog, repeat from * around.

Stuff the light bulb firmly with fiber fill stuffing.

Round 10: Change to the black yarn. Sc in each sc around.

Round 11: Sc in each sc around.

Round 12: Sc2tog all the way around and join with a sl st. Bind off.

Make as many of these Christmas lights as you like in a variety of colors to match your home. String them all together on a black piece of yarn and deck the halls!

Happy Almost Thanksgiving to you. What are your plans for the holiday week?