the day I learned to weave.

beginning weaving with maryanne moodie

Last weekend I treated myself to something I’ve been wanting to learn for a very long time. I took a weaving class! I’ve been admiring the craft from afar over the course of the past year and when Maryanne Moodie posted about her beginning weaving class in Brooklyn I immediately signed up. Lickity split! And I am so thankful I did. I convinced my sister to sign up too (hooray!) and we made a day of it. We drove down to Connecticut on Friday night to stay at my grandmother’s house and then headed into Brooklyn in the morning. The class took place right in Maryanne’s Industry City studio, which I thought was amazing! So inspiring to learn in the space where MM makes her magic! It was so bright and cozy, I just loved every minute of it.

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Can you imagine if this was your office??

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Baskets and baskets of yarn! Dream!

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We were treated to snacks and champagne! My favorite is the tray of nuts that resembles a weave. Perfect!

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Maryanne is absolutely the loveliest. I could listen to her voice for hours {Australian accent, yes!} and she is truly a wonderful teacher. She began the class by telling us a little bit about her background and how she came to love weaving, and then went through each step and technique of working on the loom clearly and methodically so it was easy to understand. She also encouraged us to take videos, which were SO helpful to me later.

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A lap loom is the type of loom that you would usually get when taking a beginning weaving class, but the small looms did not come in time for our group so we were able to use these larger stand looms instead and then purchase them at the wholesale price if we wanted. The other option was to wait for the smaller loom to come in the mail. I decided to get the larger one in hopes that I will try some bigger projects someday!

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The photo above is my weaving progress by the end of the class. I was so glad there was some pink yarn to work with. Favorite! I tried my hand at basic tabby, Rya knots (love) and loops. We also learned how to Soumak which I didn’t do during the class but I did try later at home. It’s so fun to think about all the creations you can make by just knowing a few easy weaving techniques— and that’s exactly what it is! Easy! I might try some shapes on my next weave. They look like they would be hard, but really they aren’t. Patience and time is all you need. Plus it is relaxing to no end.

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Me, Maryanne, and Meg! ♥

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And! One week later… my first finished weave!

I am so so happy with it.

I went to Michael’s to pick out some more yarn and just sort of added loops and Soumaks here and there until I was please with the look of it. Sometimes I took weavings out if I didn’t love it. Mostly I just kept going, adding a little bit here and there each night until it was finally complete. Oh, how good it felt to take it off the loom and admire it on the wall.  So glad! So pretty! And so excited to start my second! :)

boston ballet // shades of sound

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Earlier this week my good friend Katie offered up some Boston Ballet tickets and I jumped at the chance. I LOVE ballet and LOVE the Boston Ballet, so instantly my response was “ME!! Yes! A dream!” Also, Zan was going to be away and I had no plans but to type and print out invitation envelopes all weekend, so this would be a perfect Saturday night getaway for me. I asked Zan’s sister Nell if she wanted to see the show with me and we made plans to head into the city Saturday night for an evening of dancing and music.

Shades of Sound was so lovely. There were three completely different pieces of ballet set to three different pieces of music and I very much loved it all. The photos above are from George Balanchine’s “Episodes”, and of all three pieces this one was my favorite. I love the simple leotards and classic dance moves. Completely gorgeous and so much of it reminded me of my studio days which at this point feels like a lifetime ago. Point shoes and seamed tights and some of the best memories I will ever have.

I read a few weeks back how Rachel went back to taking classes this past year— it’s always something I think about but never end up doing. Maybe someday, though. Seeing the Ballet last night inspired me instantly. I always get goosebumps and the urge to get those arms in fifth position, to stretch my arches and leap + twirl all the way home.

Thank you for the tickets, Katie! You absolutely made my weekend! xo

// Photos c/o the Boston Ballet

Also if you’re interested,
some behind the scenes videos
here, here, here and HERE. :)

{the last one is so good!}

new print // “the rain”

the oh hellos print

I made this pretty photo from my instagram feed into a new print.

{thanks for the encouragement.}

You can listen to the song {a favorite} here.

And buy my print here.


{Please link back to my blog or shop if you pin this image or use it on your own site.}

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I have been humming this song in my head for weeks. It’s one of those feel good melodies that you can just take with you wherever you go. When I listen in the car, I press the back button at least three times, each time, maybe more. I just love the words. So reassuring, I always think.

Sunday I strolled through Beacon Hill in the rain. I went out to brunch with friends, one of those, I-could-have-stayed-all-day brunches. You know the kind— so good for the soul. And then, I walked through the rain some more. I don’t usually love the rain, but I did on Sunday. On Sunday, the rain was beautiful.

I hope you had a beautiful day, too.

a wish for spring


{art print + pretty pastels + coffee + shoes + mint necklace + ferris wheel + stripes + clutch}


Bright is good, right? Especially on the rainiest + coldest of days. I’d like to ask what happened to the sun? It was here and now it’s gone. Yes, it definitely came out for a little while, which counts in my book, but it slipped away before I got too satisfied. On top of that, they say there’s a storm coming in.

NO. I want to shout. Enough, winter. Get going on your way, already. I am over you.

Lately I’ve been feeling that itch for spring. It’s a good itch, one that prickles at each part of your body and gets your senses going– revving up, starting fresh, starting new.

I know it’s not quite here yet, but I’ve got the itch.

I’m listening to new music, making plans for the months ahead— getting exited for daylight savings, dreaming of switching out my clothes, and lusting after bike rides through the breeze. My mind is racing with possibility. I want to travel and visit friends, I want to explore the city + my little town, I want to walk with Zan in the evening as the sun dips low in the sky. This time of year always swells up my heart.

I am so ready.

I know it’s not quite here yet, but I’ve got the itch.

I can feel it coming from somewhere.

More every day. Every minute. Every second.

I can feel it coming.

… Can’t you?