Spring In My Step

AT LAST! Spring has sprung in New York and I couldn’t be more excited to see charming old towns come back to life after a long winter. Come along with me & Jonas to the Nyack street fair filled with loads of fun vendors, enchanted boutiques, and a Victorian house cafe on the most gorgeous spring day!

This is literally the first time in MONTHS that I’ve worn lashes, lipstick, and the best part…FLATS!!! Farewell, snow boots and winter coats!

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I finally felt a “spring” in my step again as the warm sunshine kissed my face this weekend. Oh, the wonderful feeling of curling your hair and letting it blow in the soft breeze. I’m thrilled that it’s hair scarf weather again, I knew I had to bust out my nifty 50’s scarf in “white” for such an occasion!

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When I saw the forecast for a warm weekend I knew it was time again to reach for my white and red poppy dress that I found at a Goodwill in Virginia last spring. I paired it with another lucky New York Goodwill find with this black and white lace cardigan with the cutest little pearl details.

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I was never much of a floral kind of gal until the last few years when my whole heart longed to be bathed in flowers and sunshine. Now, I have my eye on a quite a few floral novelty print dresses, hope to snag some soon and be able to dress on the outside what I’m feeling on the inside!

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The first snowdrops and crocus have started popping up around Buxton Cottage and I’m so thrilled to watch the spring awaken around our vintage home. Speaking of vintage homes, it was so fun stumbling across the Edward Hopper House & Art Center. A realist painter whose work inspired Alfred Hitchcock in films such as “Psycho”!

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I love that there is so much historic everywhere we go in this part of colonial America. I can’t wait to keep exploring it and plan more fun adventures as we head into summer. What about you, have you any fun fair weather plans?

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Wishing all fresh inspiration and to feel that “spring” in your step again! Bye For Now,

Lindsay of Sheaves

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20 LIFE LESSONS OF 2016!

Hello dearies and HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2016 was by far the most adventurous year of my life thus far traveling 19 states, living in 5 of them, + a 6 week trip to Sweden! I learned many a lesson through all the ups and downs of traveling, volunteering, working, and being homeless; which I am going to share with you now! I hope you can find some truth or inspiration from all the lessons I’ve learned through all my adventures & misadventures of 2016!

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  1. FIND YOUR ADVENTURE: What impossible dreams do you have? Life feel like it always gets in the way or your goals? It may be because the right thing is just around the corner but you need to have a spirit of adventure to see it! Here is a compilation of all our 2016 Tales of Sheaves adventures we captured for our Married Life YouTube channel:

2. LIVE IN THE MOMENT: When I’m stressed or depressed I often find myself either pining for things of the past or dreaming of the future. Those things have their place and time of course, but I realized that I was letting my days fly by and not being thankful for the precious seconds of my life as they were happening. Speaking of, it’s amazing what you can capture in 10 seconds. Here’s time lapse video of nearly ALL my Snapchat/Instagram stories from Nov 2015-Dec 2016 compiled into 5 minutes but *BE WARNED: FAST IMAGES*

  3. INSPIRATION COMES & GOES: As much as I love documenting our epic adventures on Tales of Sheaves and all my fashion adventures on Lindsay of Sheaves there are MANY times when I have no inspiration and I would feel guilty for not putting out enough content OR I wouldn’t put out anything new because I didn’t feel good enough. It took me FOREVER to finish my USA road trip lookbook  but it was worth the wait! It was in those times that I would post on my Snapchat/Instagram the most where I felt it was OK to be raw and unedited, and guess what…it’s helped me learn to love myself in every shape in form and realize it’s ok when you’re not feeling inspired, it will come back in the right time!

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4. LET GO: Saying “bye for now” to everything and everyone I love in California (again) was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do but over time I saw that by letting go of something in your life that isn’t meant to be is the best thing you can do and opens your heart to new possibilities, your mind to freedom, and life to new adventures!

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5. CLIMB MOUNTAINS: “Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow until you find your dream!” Those lyrics from The Sound of Music certainly inspired me during our time in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia and Virginia.

lindsay-of-sheaves-2016_spring6. TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY: We did a last minute “Gone With The Wind” photo shoot before we left Georgia to move to Virginia and had no idea the hard road of ahead of us. We encountered many dishonest people who took advantage of us but we kept taking it one day at a time and did some have fun adventures in the Shenandoah Valley despite the many misadventures.

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7. LIVE ON LESS: I definitely learned how to TRAVEL LIGHT and even came up with my own packing hack of using Ziplocs to stay organized in your suitcase that came in SO handy as we traveled by car across America and by plane to Sweden! Living on less has become a lifestyle and it’s always fun to see how everything you need comes your way even if it’s not what you “want”, it’s always enough.

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8. TIME HEALS: It’s no secret Sweden left me with a few scars both physically and mentally. I had carpal tunnel syndrome surgery there 6 weeks before moving to America with Jonas in 2015  and it was much longer recovery than expected. I felt guilty and pressured to find work but deep down always knew my body would tell me when it was ready and 2016 was finally the year of healing for my hand! It was bizarre passing the hospital on our Swedish summer trip and realizing how far I’d gone and how strong I’d become since then.

I was a little nervous of what it would be like going back to Sweden and a different language environment again and there were days where I had major anxiety and panic attacks…but I was ok! I knew how to navigate it better (though it’s never fun to go through) and had a glorious summer time of picnics by the sea, exploring castles with Jonas & his family, and you can see some of my Swedish summer lookbook here:

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9. EMBRACE CHANGE: When we moved to California (for all of 7 months) I had such aspirations of starting my #RoadToRetro and dressing vintage but all of that was changed when we decided to move to the East Coast and work on a farm. At first I was embarrassed that I had “changed” and wasn’t what my social media accounts expected anymore. I did lose a lot of followers but I realized…WHO CARES!

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10. BE UNIQUE: I have so many different aspects to my personality and interests and I should NEVER be ashamed of changing my style. In fact, I learned to EMBRACE change and run with it for that it truly when the magic of adventure happens. Plus, it’s just SO much fun to play with different fashions and who is to say you can’t be a faerie, or pinup princess, or retro spooky, or country western whenever you please?!

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11. TAKE RISKS: Workaway is the most rewarding thing Jonas & I have done with our lives so far. Helping others while they help you is just such a magical thing. We met such incredible people through this volunteer/cultural exchange program and will forever hold the adventures we had together near to our hearts. How could I ever had known that I’d be spending my 30th birthday in New England with my Workaway family in search of faeries?!

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12. BE POSITIVE: This can go SUCH a long way in beating depression when it hits. When a dark cloud of negative thoughts are swarming my mind I try to go for a walk in nature and remind myself of all the blessings I have! Positiviy and gratitude are powerful tools and I’m learning more all the time about the law of attraction.

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13. WORK HARD: If only my coworkers now, knew that I spent most of 2016 homeless, wouldn’t they be surprised?! The meaning of “work” and having a “real job” has certainly changed for me after my time spent volunteering. Working hard can mean something different to every person and you don’t always have to adhere to a “traditional” method of how you support yourself. Jonas & I had to think outside of the box when we we had no where to live and decided Workaway was the best all in one decision even though most people thought we were nuts to up and move across the country. Volunteering at bed & breakfasts gave me knew skills and experience on my resume PLUS references! We never went hungry, we never needed to ask for money, we worked on building our credit and eventually we were able to land really good paying jobs! We basically turned our whole lives around in 1 year from nothing! real-job_thumbnail

14. FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS: So many “impossible” dreams came true for us this year! I not only got to work with weddings but see dream destinations places like New Orleans, Sleepy Hollow, and even spend Halloween in Salem!!! Jonas got to be a professional pumpkin carver in New York and I  got to do my 1st collab (thanks Sourpuss Clothing!) and hope to work with more amazing companies!

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15. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED: When we moved to Georgia I had no idea when I’d see my family again. My mum planned a trip to Connecticut for November to see her best friend long before we knew we’d be moving to New York and I got to see her there and show her all my favorite places of Mystic and it was such an unexpected blessing! You never know when your paths may cross again with a loved one or WHERE it may be!

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16. BE READY FOR ADVENTURE: I’ve found that whenever we move to a new place the best thing we can do is look for local events and activities. We’ve experienced some once in a lifetime things just by keeping our eyes out at flyers or on social media! Who knew I’d get to see Frosty the Snowman parade in his hometown!

The same goes for looking for new opportunities, some of my favorite sites to check frequently (or signup on an email list so it comes automatically) are:

workaway.info // coolworks.com // indeed.com

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17. FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: Whether near, far, or new…friendship is such a blessing and I’m so thankful for all the beautiful souls I’ve gotten to share my adventures with in person or via the internet like dancing with a polar bear on Sinterklaas day or seeing Christmas in NYC with a life long friend! I’ve also enjoyed sending post cards to my pen pals from all the places we’ve visited; a fun old-fashioned way to keep in touch.

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18. LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE: This year I felt like many things and people tried to crush my sparkle but I learned how to reach deep down and always keep my inner SMILE shining. I learned to have COURAGE and be KIND to others even if they don’t treat you with the same.

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19. YOU’RE BRAVER THAN YOU BELIEVE: Strong than you seem and smarter thank you think… These words from Christopher Robin to Winnie The Pooh really rang true for me this year! I was faced with my challenges that I didn’t think I could ever conquer and I often felt totally inadequate but I learned to not be so hard myself and most importantly to believe in myself more!

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20. TRY EVERYTHING: Zootopia knows what’s up and these lyrics helped me through some of the craziest times!

 “I won’t give up, no I won’t give in
Til I reach the end and then I’ll start again
No I won’t leave, I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though I could fail”

Sometimes “failing” is exactly what you’re supposed to do and trying everything is the best way to find out what is the best fit for you! Jonas & I tried being innkeepers and realized it isn’t want we want to do anymore and that’s OK! It helped sharpen our focus for the future and we can’t wait to share what’s in store for 2017!
Bye For Now,
-Lindsay of Sheaves

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Mystic Moments With My Mum

Hello dearies! My mum came for a visit to the Northeast and it was the first time I’d seen her since we moved from California 9 months ago! It was such a joy to show her our “new home” and a few of our favorite spots in Connecticut and New York.

We were first reunited in Glastonbury, Connecticut where she was staying with a long time friend. We went for a walk and swooned over the charming colonial houses and all the gorgeous autumn leaves. mystic-november-1

A few days later Jonas & I picked her up and took her to Mystic, Connecticut! We found the perfect fika spot in the Stonington Borough at Indulge Coffee Shop! I loved showing my mom the old lighthouse museum and the stunning seaside view. I know how much she loves those things and ever since our time in Connecticut I had wanted to show her.

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 Although, we had actually been on a New England trip when I was a teen and went through Mystic but I don’t remember it much. It was so special to show her “our” favorite place and especially for her to meet our Workaway family at Brigadoon Bed & Breakfast! With whom we had a delightfully cozy dinner of Irish stew (thanks so much to our fellow Workawayer “Narnia”)

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On the last day we spent together she & her friend Kim drove to New York so we could show her our where we live now! It was unreal having her see the room we are renting and walking around the town together. We had brunch at my work and even got spoiled a bit by the staff, that was so special! We went looking for the Clinton’s home, got turned away by security, and had crepes even though we were already so full…we had to have a “birthday” fika for my mom (who’s birthday is actually tomorrow)!

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It’s hard living away from all of our family and I often think of all the things I want to share with them in person and it was so special to be able to show my Mother dear some of those things and especially to have made warm memories. I will hold them close to my heart and think on them when California and Sweden seem like planets away. I’ll keep believing that “The Best Is Yet To Come” and that it’s only bye for now ❤

-Lindsay of Sheaves

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Halloween in Salem + Witch City LookBook

Hello dearies! My dream came true of going to Salem on HALLOWEEN!!! My husband & I always combine our birthday festivities with Halloween since they are all within 4 days of each other, but we have never traveled for Halloween weekend before and we had the most amazing adventures in Connecticut & Massachusetts!

My 30th birthday was spent in Mystic, Connecticut in search of wee faerie villages with my Workaway family and of course a stop at Mystic Pizza!

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On Jonas’ birthday we went to Boston for a tea party and to see the pumpkins he carved for Rise of the Jack O’ Lanterns! You can see all our birthday adventures on Tales of Sheaves (COMING SOON) but on my blog I’m going to be talking all about SALEM!!!

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Ever since I first saw Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” I KNEW I one day I had to go to Salem in search of the Sanderson Sisters and the epic filming locations! On the Saturday night before Halloween we ventured into Witch City and it was the most magical experience (even after trying to find a free place to park for 1 hour).

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The first filming location we spotted was The Ropes Mansion and I gasped to behold it’s beauty in real life! It was the home of Max’s crush, Allison, and where her family put on the most fancy Halloween party. Speaking of parties, the Salem Old Town Hall was the location for the party Max’s parents almost “danced until they died” when Winifred sang her bewitching version of “Put A Spell On You” with her sisters.

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On Halloween day we got to explore a few more locations just outside of Salem. We found the “Hocus Pocus House” (Max’s house) at 8 Ocean Avenue. It was fun to see so many fans of the film stopping to snap a photo in their costumes and even chatting with others there. I truly felt the spirit of Halloween there!

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Our favorite filming location was at the Old Burial Hill in Marblehead, Ma. It’s one of New England’s oldest cemeteries and has the most stunning view over the water.

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We found the very graves where Jay & Ice met Max and bullied him into giving them his new shoes.

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It’s a lovely spot for an autumn stroll!

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I of course had to strut my favorite bat skirt from Sourpuss Clothing and as night fell upon All Hallow’s Eve I transformed my Halloween day outfit into a witchy night look!

All I had to do was switch my creepers and hat to pointy ones! Threw over my newly thrifted find of the century (this gorgeous black coat) and I was set for a cold Halloween night in Salem!

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I hope you enjoyed seeing my witchy wardbrobe for Halloween weekend + all the amazing “Hocus Pocus” filming locations!!!

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We had the time of our lives being in Salem for Halloween and I’m glad we could bring you along for the adventures! Until next time, bye for now!

-Lindsay of Sheaves

My WORKAWAY Volunteer Experience

Workaway has been the most meaningful & rewarding thing I’ve done in my life thus far! Click the link below to hear more about how this volunteer cultural exchange program CHANGED MY LIFE!
Travel cheaply and stay for free, whilst making a difference to the communities you visit. Put your existing skills to good use, or try something new you‘d never normally get to do and pick up new skills along the way.
-Lindsay of Sheaves

Tomorrow Is Another Day

When in Georgia on a historic farm I couldn’t help but throw together a “Gone With The Wind” inspired photo shoot!gone with the wind_wm (10)

The farmhouse at Mountain Laurel Farm was something out of my old fashioned southern dreams. Jonas & I were lucky enough to stay and volunteer here for 2 months this spring!

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Our host had this scarlet red dress that she insisted I use for a photo shoot! I put together a flower crown with red roses that were part of the wedding decorations at the venue.

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Jonas was gifted this oh so dapper suit and vest by our host’s mother, she sure knows our style!

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For these photos, I of course took inspiration from “Gone With The Wind” but with a gothic twist!

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I could totally imagine a real southern gothic wedding like this and I wish I had the opportunity to do more bridal styling. I still dream of having my own wedding business someday!

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Doing research for this I was reminded of some beautiful quotes from “Gone With The Wind” that truly resonate with me in this season of my life.

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“After all, tomorrow is another day!”

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As Jonas & I have been traveling for the last 6 months searching for where feels like home for us, I’m truly thankful each day and have learned to live life to the fullest!

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We’ve had some heart breaking disappointments but we’re always thankful for a new day, a new start.

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Bye For Now,

-Lindsay of Sheaves

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