Monday Encouragement

Just wanted to share a post and thought from my favorite blog, The Simply Luxurious Life.

Shine brightly  The Simply Luxurious Life shared by Oysters & Pearls

Her post today, 3 Ways To Design a Life That Works Best For You, really spoke to me…  Especially on a tough Monday morning when I needed a little extra encouragement just to get out of bed. Take a moment to read it if you can.  Don’t stop hustling, and don’t forget to savor those rewards.

Shine brightly, friends!

Until Next Time


Ever been tagged in a “What I’m Doing Now” post?  I have once.  But today I’m tagging myself in one here.  I haven’t shared much personal stuff on O&P in a minute, so I thought it was appropriate.  I also am gearing back up to bring you some more stories about people besides yours truly, which I’m really, really excited about.  As y’all know, O&P changes along with my interests, and I love, love, love learning about new things, trying out new hobbies, and sharing things that tickle my fancy in this space.

So, here is #whatimdoingnow, in no particular order:

1) Baby loving

My niece Elah is just the sweetest, cutest baby on the block, and none of us can get enough of her.  And check out that adorable newborn Easter dress!

Natalie & Elah on Easter | Oysters & Pearls

Elah's Easter Dress | Oysters & Pearls

Tezzie and Elah on Easter | Oysters & Pearls

We took her for her first #ladieswholunch outing in Thomasville at Jonah’s Fish n Grits last week, which was an awesome break from a long work week.

Natalie & Elah at Jonah's | Oysters & Pearls

 2) A little thrifting

I haven’t done much thrift shopping as of late, but I did make a quick pit stop into Kaleidoscope last week and scored these bee needlepoint smoking slippers (that fit perfectly!) for $20 bucks.  I almost can’t wait for fall to wear them.  Almost.

Bee Needlepoint Smoking Slippers from Kaleidascope, Thomasville | Oysters & Pearls

 3) yoga

I mentioned this before, but I’m just so grateful to have finally found a form of exercise I really identify with and love.  It’s made such a drastic difference in my body, as well as in my mental and emotional health.  I also want to give a shoutout to my awesome yoga instructor and owner at Lotus Yoga & Holistic Wellness, Lindsey.  I’ll be sharing more about her as she opens her new studio, but until then you can find her current class schedule here.  She’s helped me reach yoga goals that I never, ever would have thought I could do when I started back in January.

Lotus Yoga Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls

 And speaking of yoga… I’d like to be

4) stand up paddleboarding.

I learned how to yolo/sup/stand up paddleboard last weekend at the beach with some gal pals.  It is SO MUCH FUN.  After seeing it on Instagram, I decided to also try some SUP yoga… Talk about a core workout!  I promptly began saving my pennies for my own paddleboard.

YOLO  | Oysters & Pearls

SUP Yoga in St. Andrews Bay | Oysters & Pearls

5) seeing the Avett Brothers 

A couple of weekends ago, we were lucky enough to go see the Avett Brothers in concert in Tallahassee at Cascade Park.  They put on a great show and we had a blast.

Avett Brothers at Cascade Park, Tallahassee, FL  | Oysters & Pearls

Avett Brothers at Cascade Park in Tallahassee, FL | Oysters & Pearls

Have I mentioned that Wheat broke his neck as well?  Yes, this freak accident happened on Easter weekend.  Boys and girls: never carry heavy, wrought iron chairs over your head… especially whilst walking on slippery, wet decks.  He has a slight compression fracture in his C5 vertebrae,and we’re hoping he’ll be out of that awful neck brace very soon!

6) Maiden South

Art & Wine Walk at Maiden South | Oysters & PearlsWe participated in the downtown Bainbridge Art & Wine Walk last weekend and it was so much fun!  We love having Mills Brock’s photography in the shop.  Come by and see if it you didn’t make it in last weekend!  We’ll actually be closed this Thursday night, but we’ll be open Friday and Saturday!

7) Spring Beekeeping

It’s spring, and our sweet bee hive has swarmed no less than four times and is still kicking. With all the rain, we haven’t been able to check our two backyard hives in a couple of weeks, which we thought would be a real problem. But the sun came out yesterday and we got in both hives, and they’re both doing great. No queen cells really to speak of, and we met the new Queen Bee in said swarming hive. Meet Beeatrice! 


8) Hitting Pause

Trying to make a conscious effort to hit the pause button and enjoy pretty little moments like this view of a sunset and some Lady Banks roses a couple Fridays ago at the Bainbridge Country Club.

Bainbridge Country Club, Bainbridge, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls

Happy Hump Day, y’all!!

Until Next Time

What I’m Knitting Now

I haven’t done any updates about what I’ve been knitting lately, mostly because I was knitting a little surprise for my sister’s sweet baby. :)  I also knitted a surprise for my niece and nephew, Maggie and Cullen, back in February and sent it to them in Virginia.  I’ve found now that the initial knitting fever is over, I most enjoy knitting stuff for everyone else. :)

Here’s the infinity scarf/cowl I knitted for Maggie.  I couldn’t find a free pattern for a cowl for kids ANYWHERE, so I made one up. :)  I did it to match her hat I made her at Christmas.  It’s a K3 P3 rib.  I cast on 90 in purple Cascade 120 Superwash (similar Cascade yarn here) and K3 P3 on circular size 11 needles.

Hand Knitted Infinity Scarf Pattern for Kids | Oysters & Pearls Hand Knitted Cowl Pattern for Kids | Oysters & Pearls

I hope she loves it like I love her!  I also knitted Cullen another Super Soft Merino Hat to replace the one his dog ate. Boys… ha.

Next up was a bigger project!  A sleep sack for my new niece Elah!  I chose to teach myself how to cable with this project, and I’m oh so glad I did.  My sister LOVES owls, and this little owlie sleep sack was the perfect baby gift for her new baby.

Owlie Sleep Sack in Progress | Oysters & Pearls

Owlie Sleep Sack and Hat in Off White| Oysters & Pearls

Owlie Sleep Sack and Hat | Oysters & Pearls

And here it is on little Elah in her newborn pictures!  Next two wonderful, beautiful photos are by Ben Hall, a photographer and friend of our family in Blountstown, Florida.  Thanks, Ben!

Hand Knit Owlie Sleep Sack and Hat on Elah, Photo by Ben Hall Photography | Oysters & Pearls

Hand Knit Owlie Sleep Sack and Hat on Elah, Photo by Ben Hall Photography | Oysters & Pearls


Sadly, the hat is a little bit big for little bitty Elah.  She’ll be able to wear it for a long time, but in the meantime, she needed a smaller hat.  So I knitted this basic newborn hat pattern in leftover superwash cotton yarn to match the sleep sack (which Elah uses all the time – best knitting decision ever) to keep her little head toasty.

Basic Newborn Hat Knitting Pattern | Oysters & Pearls

Poor tiny gal had to have some minor office surgery a couple of weeks ago.  And I swear, I think she liked her hat, despite her face.  ;)

Harold had to try on one of Elah’s hats, too.  He’s feeling sorta left out these days.


Needless to say, baby hats and sacks are my new favorite thing to knit.  It helps when someone else comes and takes professional pictures of said baby knitting.  :)

All my knitters out there: what are you knitting now?

Until Next Time