In Case Of Pregnancy: An Open Letter To My Daughter

I have this annual tradition of writing a birthday letter to my daughter. And this year, when I sat down to draft my little love note, I noticed an old file on my computer, titled: “Letter to Future-Violet as a Mom” …I had completely forgotten about this letter. I wrote

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Let’s Chat About Mother(s) Day

dear beth, (dear me) dear naive sweet-eyed girl of 12 hours ago. i’m so sorry to hear that your Mother(s) Day was… a disappointment. if it’s any consolation, your husband is surely kicking himself square in the balls. and like, you can always “sleep in” when you’re dead. plus, you

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Motherhood (A Poem)

And when you find you have arrived, there will be no applause; No comfort or assurances that you indeed belong. You will not find it right away; Alas! the growth is slow. But once you’re there, you’ll feel the air has lightened undertow. In truth, it is the absences that

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My First Hand-Knit Sweater

On November 12th, 2018, I cast on my first sweater. I had no idea it what I was in for. It was a “flax sweater” intended for my husband’s Christmas gift, knit from Berocco Vintage yarn, in a duck egg blue that had been in my stash for years. I

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My New Favorite Craft: Knit and Crochet Toys

It’s been a quiet December on the blog-front, because… well… when you’re a parent, Christmas is a lot of WORK! I mean, of course I enjoyed it! (I don’t want to sound like I’m in a huff. LOL). It’s a privilege to impart that Christmas magic to my daughter! To

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How My Mom Modeled Joyful Homemaking

K, raise your hand if you have ever known someone who *liked* to do laundry. Anyone? Any takers? …*crickets chirping, as NO ONE raises a hand* … …Well, I HAVE. YUP! Ding-ding-ding! It’s… My Mom!!! Haha, I’m being dramatic. I actually love that my Mom likes doing laundry. In fact,

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Community Is Queen: Free Printables

I was inspired to draw this illustration as a tribute to all the wonderful friendships I’ve made through Swift and Bloom! So I’d like to share this with everyone, with love and gratitude. You are welcome to use these files below as a DIY art print and a DIY notecard!

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