secret garden

Posted by sarah

I thrifted this dress for next to nothing and paired it with some vintage jewelry and shoes for an outfit I wore to my friend's wedding this past summer. Oh, how I long for a warmer climate now...

I loved the pattern on the dress when I first saw it, but it was an awkward length for me -- the bottom hem sat a couple inches past my knees. So, I shortened it a good 10 inches or so and used the excess fabric to sew in some hidden side pockets. It's casual enough for me to wear day-to-day now, so I do just that. Except I'm wearing it these days with a cardigan, tights, and boots (something like the pieces below) to stay toasty.


lara vincent

Posted by jessica

I am still very much in love with floral crowns. So, how could I possibly resist Lara Vincent's handmade felt floral headdresses?

Lara Vincent's trinkets evoke something magical. Of this, I am sure.

love yourself

Posted by jessica

Lately, I've been indulging in some new fragrances that I have added to my family of perfumes. One of my latest is "Bianca" by Tocca. It's a really beautiful blend of citrus and green tea, with top notes of lemon, mandarin and lavender. What I also loved about this perfume was the packaging it came in.
When I opened the box, I was pleasantly greeted with a little reminder: "Love Yourself". This made me smile. I think it's so important to be self-reflective and introspective.

I thought I'd also share a glimpse of a drawing I've been working on. I'm kind of obsessed with doing nature studies after picking up a book on birds for $1 at a book sale.

sarah mcneil

Posted by sarah
I can't get enough of Sarah McNeil's work. The lines, colours, and textures in her illustrations are so soft. You can purchase her goods at her Etsy store.


first quilt

Posted by sarah
I decided to make a baby quilt for my friend Chris' new little girl, Emily. It turns out that quilts are quite easy to make, but the process can be highly time-consuming. Choosing the fabrics alone was a little daunting, as The Workroom has a wide selection of very lovely and very quiltable fabrics; I spent a good 30 minutes or so in the store before deciding on the fabrics pictured below (click image to enlarge).

Measuring, cutting out, sewing together, and pressing all the squares required the most time. Other than that, all the topstiching was quick and easy -- they're only straight lines. The last image shows a close-up of the names I embroidered.