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making a home
making a life

(a little weaving made from 100% sustainable and home-spun yarns hand spun by yours truly)
#theknittingqueenscastle

i miss waking up to your croissant in my bed.
#thetravelingcroissants
#theknittingqueenscastle

m o n d a y
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i'm weird. i normally like mondays.
i see them as a fresh beginning.
a chance to start anew.
be productive.
have the whole week ahead of you. but today i had what i think most people call "the monday blues". remedy?
buying myself a $20 bottle of wine (let me just say that this was a first), putting my sailing playlist on (i'm the #daughterofasailor if you didn't know) cleaning #theknittingqueenscastle and maybeeee not wearing pants...
so cheers to tuesday. 🍾🌿
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how was your monday friends?
#loveletterstomondays

I got this little sheep friend when I was in Iceland and he sits on my bedside table to remind me... 1. To keep the #sheepdreams alive

2. One day I'll return to Iceland again, a country that stole quite a large portion of my heart

3. The things that I possess and value most are often brought home from my travels. Save money for those things and the travels themselves. Don't waste it on temporary wants.
4. It's okay to be the black sheep of the group sometimes
#thestorythethingsweowntell | #theknittingqueenscastle | #theknittingqueentakesiceland

pause today.
even if just for a breath.
see yourself where you are now.
see yourself where you have been.
recognize both as valid and good in their coming about to bring you to this state known as: the present.

#theartofslowliving
#30daysofslowliving
#theknittingqueenscastle

no matter how late
no matter how early
there is just no place like home. •
i've been thinking a lot lately about how certain desires and goals obtained often cause us to have to let go of other desires and goals. there is often a trading of places that we have to dance with. maybe only temporarily. but there are often dreams that take up so much room that they're too big to hold both and too with another. having this place, this castle of mine, was one of my dreams. i still feel lucky to call it home, to be its queen.
but i have others. and i'm starting to wonder which one i should hold in my hands right now. which is the one for right-now and which is the one for later?
what about you fellow dreamers? what about a dream makes it apparent to you that it's time to chase it?

#theknittingqueenscastle

there are very few articles of clothing i own that aren't either thrifted, handmade (by me or other artists), vintage, or second hand. and most of the pieces that don't fall under one of those categories are from my high school years (although yes, yes, i totally have some dresses and a skirt i bought at urban outfitters three years ago... i'm not perfect okay?) this is a way i have of embracing my values. the things i believe. how i want to live out my life.
as an artist, i understand and want to support other artists.
as a consumer, i want my choices to be responsible and not harmful to other human beings or the place i call home. i want to shop local, and be an active supporter and contributor to my community and city.

challenge yourself to think more about what you're buying. how you're buying it. why you're buying it.
it took me years to arrive at the place i am now, and i still have things to work on and stuff to get rid of. but living a more intentional, minimal, slow and mindful life is something i believe is worth taking years to work on because the benefits are just too great. and we as a people and a society are suffering and deteriorating because of it.
#thestorythethingsweowntell
#thethriftingdiaries
#theartofslowliving
#theknittingqueenscastle

“Girls like her were born in a storm. They have lightning in their souls. Thunder in their hearts. And chaos in their bones.” ― Nikita Gill
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Because waking up to insane summer storms inspire me to take self portraits
#thisishowiwokeup | #theknittingqueenscastle

reposting this here (cc: @agirlnamedleney) because this little corner of my home is making me extra happy lately AND i need a photo to tell you that i have heaps of new treasures that will be going up this week!
keep an eye on that insta-story for some sneak peeks 😘
#theknittingqueenscastle

MOST RECENT

pause today.
even if just for a breath.
see yourself where you are now.
see yourself where you have been.
recognize both as valid and good in their coming about to bring you to this state known as: the present.

#theartofslowliving
#30daysofslowliving
#theknittingqueenscastle

no matter how late
no matter how early
there is just no place like home. •
i've been thinking a lot lately about how certain desires and goals obtained often cause us to have to let go of other desires and goals. there is often a trading of places that we have to dance with. maybe only temporarily. but there are often dreams that take up so much room that they're too big to hold both and too with another. having this place, this castle of mine, was one of my dreams. i still feel lucky to call it home, to be its queen.
but i have others. and i'm starting to wonder which one i should hold in my hands right now. which is the one for right-now and which is the one for later?
what about you fellow dreamers? what about a dream makes it apparent to you that it's time to chase it?

#theknittingqueenscastle

slow living. ah slow living has been quite hard lately my friends. at least in the actual pace sense. in the perspective/mindset sense i've been doing okay. but finding moments of pausing, of slowing, amidst the go-go-go that has been the past month or two has been a challenge. even as i type this my mind is beating "running-out-of-time-running-out-of-time-running-out-of-time". akin to the little white rabbit's "you're late, you're late, for a very important date, no time to say hello-goodbye! i'mlatei'mlatei'mlate!"
but the things we love and are most passionate about don't always have their due space and time created easily for them. there are seasons in which we have to work harder for them and times in which we have to push them up and above the noise and clutter of every day life to the top of our priority lists.
for, our priorities aren't what we say they are, but rather what we DO.
remembering to take things one at a time. and that little actions do count. all the small pieces make up that of the whole.
#rewilding
#plantmamadiaries
#theartofslowliving
#theknittingqueenscastle

hello new friends!
so many lovely new faces around here (thanks to sweet @_annalouise._ ) so i thought i'd do a little introduction.
brought to you by a very real 6am messy-grainy-rainy-Monday scene in #theknittingqueenscastle.
1. my name is Leney (pronounced LeeKnee) and i live in Richmond Virginia where i'm a full time artist. my life is my work. from the way i dress myself and my home to the things i make with my hands to the thoughts i think and the words i write. my business (A Girl Named Leney) has been my job for 7 years now and it's truly amazing to see it evolve and grow even still. i'm most grateful for that aspect of it: its evolution. my life is my canvas.
2. lately this has translated through the following ventures: •curating vintage to promote the idea of mindful consumption--->@folkling •sustainable knitwear (i process raw wool into yarn start to finish and design and knit garments from it) #theknittingqueen •writing. mostly in the form of short essays and poems. i post semi-regularly on my journal (link in profile) #writingsfromawouldbebeatnik •photography. primarily through travel and intimate lifestyle sessions + most recently in film. which i'm learning how to develop it myself. you can read more about all of these at www.agirlnamedleney.com/ventures
3. i reside in what i call #theknittingqueenscastle, where i spend most of my time. it's my sacred space, inspiration and home-studio-muse. it's always changing. and there are a lot (a lot) of plants in here. #plantmamadiaries
4. i'm passionate about slow living. i write a lot about it. if you're interested to know more check out #30daysofslowliving AND maybe come to the slow living event i'm hosting with @thevillagemagazine in July!
5. i'm the #daughterofasailor. i have water-bound adventures with my father frequently. we document them together over on @tumblehome.us. #anywhereonthewaterisaplaceicallhome
6. i'm mildly obsessed with sheep. i'd love to live/work on a farm with a whole gorgeous flock of them. but until that day... #sheepdreamsaremadeofthis

now tell me something about you! i want to properly say hey so introduce yourselves.
xo

no matter how many times i've rearranged my bedroom over the past two years, i've never moved these photographs.
i guess because they're my people.
they remind me who i am, where i'm from and where i'm capable of going.
#theknittingqueenscastle
#savefamilyphotos

hand thrown ceramic incense burner —$28 *sold*

sustainably made hand spun yarn wall hanging —$40

spending a little time being still and slow with some favorite quarterly publications for some mid-morning reading before starting the work day ✨

#theknittingqueenscastle

contentment grows from gratitude.
#theknittingqueenscastle
#nestandflourish
#shared_joy

woke up to a pink-purple sky and then grey and rain and the sound of tires on a damp street. truthfully this is my favorite kind of day—so long as it's not cold.
after getting coffee, opening all the windows and lighting my morning candles, i read a little of each of these books.
starting my morning with encouraging and inspiring words is one of those slow-living practices that helps me put the days events into perspective and take them one-at-a-time.
my appetite for reading has always been insatiable but all too often i let the busyness of life get in the way of my love for it.
but the warmer months are always ones in which i have an easier time making reading a priority. due to the decks of boats, sun splashed grass, ocean kissed shores and, like today, a calm fresh air filled castle swathed in early morning light and the promise of a new day ahead that will be whatever i choose to make of it.
#theartofslowliving
#theknittingqueenscastle

about to walk today's packages to the post!
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i always try to walk to the post office vs. driving because it breaks up my day and gets me a little extra exercise and sunshine. my @imogeneandwillie canvas tote has become my regular shipping carryall, thanks to those perfect long leather handles. i wish you all a happy weekend and hope you go outside and do something you love with people you love. 🌞

#shopslow
#shared_joy
#secondhandfirst
#thesimpleeveryday
#theknittingqueenscastle #sheepdreamsaremadeofthis

my favorite light and shadows debut on the earlier end of the morning.
this view is my favorite to wake up to (since i can't be on a sail boat all the time...). in my castle. surrounded by my plants and things i love that hold good stories and remind me of people i love.
i've never had shades or blinds or curtains to block the day from coming in. even growing up i remember waking up to 10ft tall ceilings a-washed in light.
i always feel disoriented and groggy when i sleep at hotels because of how dark they are.
this girl, despite being a moonchild (#moonchildleney), was meant to wake up with the sun.
#mystoryoflight
#theshadowdiaries
#theknittingqueenscastle
#thestorythethingsweowntell

i am having a virtual yard sale! //
been doing some spring cleaning these last few days, so today through tomorrow i am listing heaps of things on the ole instagram story for sale if you guys want to take a look! there's a lot. mostly clothes and shoes but some miscellany and housewares as well. DM me to purchase anything, i am happy to ship stuff. up for haggling and if you want multiple items i can give you a deal. payment through PayPal only (unless you're a real-life friend. then you know where i live and you can just come over to the castle/bring me tacos as payment.🌮) #theknittingqueenscastle

you are
wild
wonderful
in process.
this is your mess.
#theknittingqueenscastle

sun salutation 🌞

#theknittingqueenscastle

seating arrangements when you visit #theknittingqueenscastle ....
(i love you, sweet friends, for putting up with my hippie ways)
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#sheepdreamsaremadeofthis #sheepdreams #idonthaveenoughsheepskins #theknittingqueen #fromwhereistand #sheepskinrug

my personal #30daysofslowliving project is drawing to a close today. i am thinking about doing a summary on the journal on Monday. would any of you be interested in reading that?
let me know.
pursuing slow living has been a journey i've been on for about two years now but these last 30 days of extra intentionality really stretched me in new ways and made me consistent in old ways that was so good for me. it's been such a fulfilling, rewarding and very hard project.
though, truth be told, my favorite part of it has been reading all of YOUR posts you shared of your own projects! i lovelovelove seeing all of your beautiful interpretations of what slow living has looked like and being a witness to the promises you kept to yourself to enhance your life for your own benefit and those around you.
keep going.
i suspect that i will need another intentional 30 days in a few months, once my year starts picking up in full force. in that spirit: i want to encourage you to do the same if you feel so inclined. this isn't a one-time-project. i want this to keep going. i want new people to hop on. i want to be able to go under the hashtag and have new beautiful minded people to engage and talk with about these ideas.
you don't have to wait for the first day of the month, you don't have to post every day (or at all) about it. just do it for you—when you feel the tugging to.
pay attention to those tugs friends. in these topics and other ones of importance as well.
don't live so fast that you miss the most beautiful things that are right around and within you.
#theknittingqueenscastle #theartofslowliving
#thewildnesstonic
#rewilding

i have this thing where I sometimes can't let go of plants even after they're dead. i just think these little dried palm leaves are pretty though...🍶 🌾
plus i'm running out of things to keep in all the vintage vessels i've been collecting for @folkling
#plantmamadiaries

i know i literally just posted this photo on @folkling but i'm in love with this little palo santo scented sunday corner right now. also i just ate a donut while lying in the grass so life is just pretty excellent right now.
#30daysofslowliving #theknittingqueenscastle #sheepdreamsaremadeofthis

happiest when i can wake up before the sun in my little sleepy-grainy-grey home and have a slow morning before getting to work. 🌫🌚🍶 #30daysofslowliving #theknittingqueenscastle

in keeping with #30daysofslowliving i've kept a little jar of fresh lavender by my bedside (which is also where i try to keep my phone when i'm working in the other room...) to smell off and on throughout the day when i need a little moment of calm and self-love.
sending you all a little reminder to also love yourself, and others, in the in-between moments of your days. not just on a day designated for it.
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(although on this especially love-filled day i have to say that i am thankful for unexpected surprises🌻)

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