2019 Goals and Resolutions

I’ve been recording my new years resolutions on the internet for… golly I think it’s been 8 years. I started with little recaps on tumblr and it’s followed me on every blog I’ve ever had. I’m not particularly good at keeping resolutions but as a newly minted women in her late twenties I feel slightly more obliged to actually doing the things I’ll say I will.

Reflecting on 2018: This year was totally ass.

This title is only… 60% clickbait. This year was fucking hard as balls. This year was kind of like a double entendre of being so stressed with my personal life that I had to forcibly tune out all of the buck wild shit happening in the world, like children being held in detention centers at the border and an attempted rapist being appointed to the supreme court. If you know me at all in person (actually this is probably easy to figure out online as well) you know i’m not usually a glass half full birds chirping in my ear kind of girl. But as hopeless as shit seems to seem right now in December of 2018, I do feel significantly tougher and like I have a better understanding of myself and my needs now than I did a year ago. So let’s talk about what I learned. 

Wild Horses: Deer and Doe Magnolia Dress Review

Hi ya’ll!

Good use of “ya’ll” I think considering the western horses in this dress. You probably do know, but if you don’t, I grew up as a competitive equestrian. I had a white horse and everything. I wasn’t in any way western- I was one of those prissy girls in tall leather boots and fitted jackets. Anyways, I like to think this dress is inspired by a dress I had when I was a teenager which I LOVED but was fast fashion and fell apart pretty quickly. I like to think this is a sort of wild resurrection of that dress, pictured here.

8.31.19 Tiny Acts of Self Care

Hope you guys are doing well. I'm 1000% OVER summer and hoping the weather sends me a fucking break in the next couple of weeks. It's supposed to be 90 degrees here the next week so I'll probably just melt into the concrete floor of the florist warehouse so you can catch me there. 

Ren Fest 2018: M7763 Angela Clayton for McCall's

If you know me at all in real life or have been following me for a few years, you know I indulge in one unabashed weird thing every single year: The Sterling Rennaisance Festival. Not only do I "attend" the festival, but I go all out. All the fuck out. No stops. I've been making full-blown gowns for 4 years now, and a few haphazard costumes for years before that. I usually attend with my best friend Stephanie (of firedfigments fame) and her partner Adam. This year we lost Adam to the trauma of lots of work, but I finally got to drag Sam. 

How I Feel After Losing 50 Pounds

I’ve been fairly quiet about the life changes I’ve made in my diet around the internet. Every once and a while I’ll post to my Instagram stories about it or mention it here on my blog. It feels inauthentic to leave this large part of my life out of the blog and off of my social media on purpose, and it also feels redundant to skitter around it with introductions and explanations every time I talk about it. 

Read Recently: Radical Extremists and My Favorite Book of 2018.

Podcasts are my bread and butter, but since increasing my work hours I've been reaching out to audiobooks to fill my time and satiate my need for long-form narrative. Something you may not know about me is that I grew up LOVING reading- the bookstore was a dangerous place where I would sometimes approach my mother with a stack of 10 books I "couldn't bear to live without." In college, I struggled to balance reading for fun with my workload and my adult brain. I'm still convinced that being medicated for manic depression affects my focus and makes reading very difficult for me as an adult. Anyways, audiobooks have been a huge saving grace for me as an adult, and I'd love to have a more open dialogue about what I'm reading as an adult. Goodreads isn't really my cup of tea, so the easiest way for me to share my thoughts is through here! 

Father's Day: Things I've Learned from My Dad

Dad and daughter relationships are complicated. In some ways, I feel like my Dad knows with the most painful accuracy what kind of person I am, and sometimes I feel like we’re on totally different planets. My dad is talented and knowledgeable about the kind of things I know nothing about: accounting, car fixing, general knowledge of directions. Here’s a list of things I’ve learned from my Dad in the past 25 years that I treasure most.

Wearable Basics: Gingham Seamwork Veronica

I've been working lately on making pieces that are work wearable and shift with a changing body. With the new job I have to look nice and wear actual makeup when I go to work! Things are different when you're not rolling around with the pugs in the flowers all day (floristry is not like this, for the record. It's just a really unexpectedly dirty job.) 

Ikat Tumbling Blocks Quilt

I knew I wanted to get back into quilting but I didn’t have a good excuse to do it until I received this beautiful genuine ikat from Fibers to Fabric. They have lovely hand printed fabric and real ikat for good prices and very quick shipping. The ikat fabric I received was stunning- rich color with a wonderful weave. It was a little gauzy and I was short on yardage to make a top but I really saw the ikat as a print in a homeware piece in our new apartment. So I set off making a quilt.

The Right Way to Attach a Patch

If you're anything like me, you love a good patch. It's the perfect way to spice up the clothes and accessories you wear every day, and you don't have to worry about it falling off like an enamel pin. However, I've learned from my days with non-DIY folk that a lot of them don't know how to attach a patch to your garment the right way. I figured I'd make a comprehensive post on the best way to attach a patch to your jacket, backpack, or who knows, even your knickers.

Sunday Drives: Weekend in Ithaca

Sam and I had the loveliest weekend away in Ithaca this past weekend and I wanted to share some of it with you. We stayed in the loveliest AirBnB right in the heart of downtown Ithaca. I wish we took more pictures in the apartment we stayed in but I had a few camera issues on Saturday. 

Sunday Drives: Eastman Museum Bulb Show

Hi Guys. This weekend Sam and I went to see the show of dutch bulbs at the Eastman Museum on its last day of exhibition. The Eastman house is a sweet Rochester Gem that I always overlook, but full of spring flowers it made me happier than a clam to waltz around all day and wander in and out of the recreated historical rooms.