Grocery Store Plants Are My Secret Favourite?

I bought a pot of these huge yellow mums at the grocery store the other day. When Molly was about one and a half I guess she and Jason went to the grocery store and he said offhand “I guess we should buy some flowers for mummy!” and then for about half a year she would say that exact phrase every time we went in the store. And now even though she is four and hates the grocery store, every time I walk in and see the flowers I think “We should buy some flowers for mummy! Yep. And we will. Bahaha!” (Sometimes I say that all out loud including the evil laugh and people give me side eye).

Botanical Sketchbook: Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

This milkweed grows in our front yard, by our driveway in the summer. I always look for monarch butterfly cocoons but I haven’t seen one yet! Maybe I need more milkweed plants? I wish it would spread but that whole area is surrounded by hostile and rapidly spreading ground elder that I will one day deal with when I don’t have small children (HA)

One Rose Four Times

Here is my issue with sketchbooks: I WANT THEM TO BE PERFECT. One imperfect page and I am ready to light that thing in a bonfire. I don’t know why that is the case, because if I make an error knitting, I usually just move on and don’t even rip back and fix it?

Botanical Sketchbook: Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos Spectabilis)

This bleeding heart plant came with our house and grows (grew) along the side of the garage. Shortly after I took the photo references in 2017 my husband and father-in-law dumped a bunch of dirt on it during the winter without asking me and destroyed it. (And then my husband had the nerve to suggest to me that we should invest in more perennial plants. Grrr.) I’m still hopeful it will come back one day!

February Blues- 2019 Edition

I’m embroidering around the faded neckline of this handmade Darling Ranges Dress (The fabric is by Martha Negley). I thought you would prefer this image to my grumpy face. Ha.

It’s been very icy and cold and generally gross out and I can feel the seasonal depression hitting me hard.

Popcorn Sweater and Musings on my Wardrobe

I finished my new popcorn sweater last night - I haven’t blocked it yet, I imagine it will grow a bit in length and width, as washable wools tend to do! I’m very happy and excited to wear it.

I’ve been struggling with my wardrobe since having James. I still really passionately care about sustainable, ethical fashion but my clothing size has changed AGAIN

Oil Portrait of my Dad

I painted this portrait of my dad and finished it up today. In the interest of blogging more of my projects and not just throwing them on social media (It’s so easy to not blog! ha!), here is a bit of the process.