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

you just have to see things through a different lens sometimes. change your perspective on them. not in a denial, ignoring reality sort of way. but more of a seeing a different side and changing your attitude sort of way. and then you just practice that. until your gratitude outweighs your perception of lack.
and then you'll notice beauty in the most unexpected places.
even amidst piles of dirty laundry.
#morningthoughts
#theknittingqueenscastle

i've liked waking up to these 1970's Hang Ten overalls hangin on my door all week here in #theknittingqueenscastle... now the question is should i keep them or let one of you guys have them... 😉

happy friday friends!

#overallobsessedwithoveralls
#vintagehome
#1970style
#vintage

“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
//
Because waking up to insane summer storms inspire me to take self portraits
#thisishowiwokeup | #theknittingqueenscastle

i try to love all the spaces in #theknittingqueenscastle equally but my bedroom usually wins hands down. perhaps because it is the holder and overseer of so many of my dreams? my sustainable and handmade duvet by @hellomrdraper certainly helps the calm and peaceful vibes. •
for sale:
—vintage 1970s cotton hand crocheted blanket $59
—haitian made paper maché vase $44
—Virginia grown cotton stalks $24
—large sheepskin $89

DM for more photos and to purchase!

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

So happy to wake up to this little sun washed corner of the world on this summery morning.
It's so nice to have a place to come back to and call home before-during-after travels and adventures. Always reminded how blessed I am in that way, every time I walk over this old creaky threshold. //
I hope you have a wonderful Monday friends. Make it one for the books.
#loveletterstomondays | #theknittingqueenscastle

Hung out with this babely bandit today and made art. Get ready for magic on all social media platforms soon.
Also, fun fact: Those brown things are pine needles from when I threw my Christmas tree out the window.

#theknittingqueenscastle | #hellofromtheoutside | #theadventuresofleneyandmeagan

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

the most beautiful peacock chair —$150 *sold* •
rainy mornings are my favorite. happily greeting September in this cozy little corner of #theknittingqueenscastle with lots of hot coffee and tagging some last minute pieces for tonight's pop up at @68_home! i have heaps of vintage clothing and accessories for you guys to check out from 5:30-9:30 tonight during @rvafirstfridays! •
#rvashop
#rvafirstfridays
#vintagehomedecor
#sustainableshopping

you just have to see things through a different lens sometimes. change your perspective on them. not in a denial, ignoring reality sort of way. but more of a seeing a different side and changing your attitude sort of way. and then you just practice that. until your gratitude outweighs your perception of lack.
and then you'll notice beauty in the most unexpected places.
even amidst piles of dirty laundry.
#morningthoughts
#theknittingqueenscastle

a corner of lovingly curated vintage gold picture frames. to house once-upon-a-times, special memories and faces you love. to be seen and celebrated daily and to spark a little bit more joy in your home. —$39 for the lot DM to purchase *sold*

#theknittingqueenscastle

today has been a free flowing sort of work-at-home day that i haven't had in a while and was very much needed. i got to wake up slow, (at 7am, but hey that's sleepin in these days so i'm not complaining. plus it's when this light happens so....) and i've been tackling the to do list one thing at a time ever since at a pace that isn't hurried and limited. feeling content in my space, physically and spiritually, and i'm excited about what's on the horizon because of that. •
#theknittingqueenscastle
#amomentofwonder
#theartofslowliving
#houseplantclub
#heitermoments
#happyselves

would you just look at this wild haired beauty? she's been hanging in the window but i think she rather likes this vintage wooden pedestal i put her on for a @folkling photo.

also to the left is a ladder i made from driftwood i foraged from a tiny little island in Maine. literally kayaked it back to the mainland over several trips (and made @thewildcomposition help me...). the things i do to bring nature into my life...🌿

#learningtoletalittlegreenintomylife
#theknittingqueenscastle
#momentswithsunday
#plantmamadiaries
#driftwooddecor
#houseplantclub
#rewilding

i try to love all the spaces in #theknittingqueenscastle equally but my bedroom usually wins hands down. perhaps because it is the holder and overseer of so many of my dreams? my sustainable and handmade duvet by @hellomrdraper certainly helps the calm and peaceful vibes. •
for sale:
—vintage 1970s cotton hand crocheted blanket $59
—haitian made paper maché vase $44
—Virginia grown cotton stalks $24
—large sheepskin $89

DM for more photos and to purchase!

the photo i was going to post to share this little story was going to be one from the picture-perfect greenhouse but, let's be real, that's too easy and something like this is way more *me*. •
it's been a long week of working all of the jobs all at once (not complaining, i'm very grateful for the work, but it's been harder than usual to take care of myself) and i truthfully haven't been sleeping well lately either. slow living has been harder to implement but, i've learned, all the more rewarding when it is because of that.
this evening's dose entailed going to @strangesrva because my
sweet friend @lostandfoundhome gave me a gift card (she gets me) which i'd been saving for just such a needed moment of self-care. (yes. buying plants is self care.)
i chose these three little plant babies and i'm happy to wave them up and into #theknittingqueenscastle amongst all my other greenery. just taking 45 minutes out of my day to do this was so rewarding and just what i needed. •
for some reason i've been hesitant and guarded with sharing my normal amount around here -in regards to thoughts and photos- perhaps because i need some breathing room in more ways than one. but this space has always been an encouraging one for me so though i might be a little quieter around here for a bit, it won't be for forever.
i'm just craving a little bit more of real life these days i think.
so now i'm off for an after dinner walk without my phone.
enjoy your evening my friends. •
#rva
#rewilding
#livingslow
#houseplantclub
#thewildnesstonic
#plantmamadiaries
#theshadowdiaries
#30daysofslowliving

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!
*
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

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