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#EyesOnThePies February Pie: Black Bottom Lemon Curd

I haven’t given up on pies yet! February is a difficult month for me when it comes to after work activities, being a florist at Valentine’s Day and all. The first half of the month is spent basically working my ass off and the second half feels like a long term recuperation period. I have gotten almost no sewing done this month, but I have done a bit of knitting at knit nights with my gals!

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

Beauty as Self Care: My Current Routine.

I mentioned in a post during summer that I was feeling pretty blah about my appearance lately. My hair was unreasonable and unruly, by skin was dull and itchy, and i just wasn't excited to get up and look pretty in the morning. I discovered a couple of holy grail products that helped me deal with these issues instead of living in itchy skin grumpy town. I thought I’d share these with you incase you’re looking to boost your inner and outer radiance. 

Last Minute Galentines Gift: Reusable Makeup Pads

Last Year my good friend Stephanie of Fired Figments made me one of her classic dragon mugs in my favorite color (pink, duh) for Galentines Day and I did nothing. Let me tell you I looked like a DICK. So here's my suggestion to my seamstresses in the house for a quick sew that every gal can appreciate: no-waste reusable makeup pads. They may not be mosaic portraits made from the recipient's favorite soda, but they're do the trick. 

2018 Maker Resolutions

We've all seen everybody's Make 9 on instagram by now. I've even got one or two of mine out of the way already. But there are bigger things than a few specific patterns I want to pursue and learn in 2018. I've compiled a list of new creative things to explore in the new year, and I figured I'd share it with you to keep me accountable and help me along with your tips and tricks. 

Ready-to-Wear Bloggers Who Influence My Sewing Style

It sometimes feels like i've been reading style blogs ever since the birth of the internet. This is not true, I mostly played the Sims in the birth of the internet, but I remember very specifically the heart filling feeling of discovering my first fashion and DIY blogs when I was 14 and 15, and realizing that "fashion" is more than what my mom told me looked nice on me. I even started my own unbelievably terrible style blog when I was 16, which i hope no one ever looks at besides me for laughs. Every time I tried to start a ready-to-wear style blog I personally found it difficult and uninspiring, unlike the small home I feel I've found here with sewing and weird junk I think too hard about. But just because I can't handle a "style blog" doesn't mean I still don't consume them like cheesy chips. Today I thought I'd share some of the ready-to-wear style blogs that inspire my personal sewing, and hope you'll share some of yours too! 

New Home Studio Tour

I finally am moved out of the Hungerford and into the new studio space in our house. I've made a few things in the space, but I think the true moment of new beginnings came when Sam installed my AC all of 2 hours ago. Speaking of which: what the heck? it's 90 degrees here in rochester today. I'm so sweaty I may just straight up melt into my own carpet. 

Sewing Fundamentals: Things I Actually Need to Add to My Wardrobe Instead of More Party Dresses

I started sewing because I wanted to make party dresses. This is a sad fact, reflecting on it now. I definitely have a different lifestyle and necessity for my sewing these days. I started as a kid in a candy store, shoveling sugary treats into my mouth, screaming with my mouth full out of pure joy. Now i'm realizing that you can't live off of candy, and it's not reasonable to only make party dresses. Especially if i'm prone to jeans and a cute tee most days at work. So here's my list of wearable garments I hope to (need to!) make in the near future.

Sonnenberg Picnics: Butterick B6318

I planned a picnic for Sam and I at Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua on sunday and I decided it was the perfect time to sport my newest make: B6318. I've been admittedly avoiding those "big 4" patterns as an attempt to support indie makers and movers and shakers, but when I saw this dress start to pop up on instagram I knew it was a must-make.