Flowers From My Garden ♡

She sprouted love like flowers, grew a garden in her mind, and even on the darkest days, from her smile the sun still shined. -Erin Hanson

I seem to be having a bit of a hard time stepping back into blogging consistently. For one, I am the opposite of a creature of habit (or something like that)... I don't know the proper term for it, but if I quit doing something for a while I have a really difficult time getting back into it. This goes for everything from drinking coffee, to eating right, to talking on the phone. I have some serious quirks. Please tell me I'm not the only one like this! Haha. It creates some real challenges in my life. To put it simply, if I quit a "habit" or skill for even a short time, I have to create the habit or skill all over again, which is annoying.

Another thing going against me for blogging lately is that I am not a "progress pictures" sort of girl. I enjoy creating beautiful, styled images. It's an art form for me. I really don't enjoy taking pictures of messy projects one little bit, and I don't like posting them either. I'm working on that because I know that many of you enjoy seeing the work in progress, and I do want to include you guys in all the projects we're doing around here, it just isn't very glamorous right now.

The final reason I am having trouble with consistent blogging is because we are just ridiculously busy right now. It seems as soon as I wrap one major project up, I have to start another, and as soon as evening or the weekend rolls around, we have a whole new set of objectives to accomplish. You ever get in those seasons where you know you're not doing all sorts of things you ought to do just because there doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day? That's our life right now. Not complaining because we have SO MUCH to be so grateful for, but there's definitely a point at which you have to reorganize and prioritize your time to make best use of it and keep your peace and make room for the vitals.

One thing that is bringing me so much joy is the work we are getting done in our flower gardens and landscaping. I can't even tell you how long I've dreamed of being able to go out into our garden and gather a beautiful bouquet like this one! It was pure happiness to be able to go out this morning and pick lilacs, anemones, Iceland poppies, ranunculus, lavender, pincushion flowers, carnations, hydrangeas and heuchera for this little photo shoot!

I combined some of my absolute favorite things here. Fresh flowers from my garden, a beautiful antique book by Oliver Optic, piles of antique blue and white transferware, and hand carved dreamware made in my family's workshop. Sometime soon I'm going to show you all the "workshop" we are currently making all of our dreamware in. It's rather amusing, in a cramped sort of way. But that's the other thing. We are a messy family of workers. Therefore, it is difficult to show our work area on any average day in any sort of pretty way. What can we say? True creatives are messy. It's just a fact. You should have seen this table before I cleared it off for this shoot ;)

I hope you enjoyed these pictures of my flowers, because half the fun of growing these beauties is being able to share them with all of you. Leave a comment and let me know if you can relate to all of my creative personality struggles! :))

I hope you all have an amazing remainder of your week! Talk to you soon!

xo, Loran