I Am a Gardener

studio garden after

With a few weeks of gardening under my belt in two little patches of my garden, perhaps it’s a bit premature to call my self a gardener. The garden in our new home is huge and untamed. Clearly someone lived here in the past that was a dedicated gardener but the owners for the last 10 years were not. It’s weedy and overgrown but, as my mom keeps telling me, it “has good bones” so I should be able to return it to its former glory – with a lot of hard work!

studio garden before

My sewing studio is in the basement of our house but has french doors out onto the garden. I decided to get started on learning to garden just outside of my french doors. My mom is an avid gardener and is helping to teach me, one plant at a time. I’m learning what are weeds, how to encourage the plants that aren’t, and what I can add in new to spruce things up. Each tiny patch represents hours of work but I am SO PROUD of what I am learning and what I have to show for my efforts.

mom in rockery garden

If I compare myself as a seamstress to myself as a gardener, I don’t think it’s terribly out of place to call myself a gardener. I’ve been calling myself a seamstress since I was a young teenager, before I really knew much of anything about what I was doing. I had enthusiasm and a gung-ho attitude and that was about it. And that’s what I have now about gardening. And I think that’s okay.

Are you a gardener? Have you ever given yourself a label to encourage yourself to achieve it?


Each week this year I’m going to reflect on an aspect of myself and how it affects me as a sewist, crafter, or blogger. It may get deep, it may get emotional, it may get totally silly. It may be something I’m proud of, it may be something I cringe at, it may be something I aspire to. I may say a lot, I may say a little, I may ask questions, I may not answer them. I don’t quite know where the project will take me, but I’m excited about the journey. I’d be honored to have you join me on this journey. Chime in any time this year in my blog comments, on TwitterInstagram, or your own blog. Join me in my theme for the week or make up your own.

Comments 4

  1. Your mom looks adorbs in her coveralls. I can see many parallels between gardening and sewing. The necessity to visualize and plan, the use of color and pattern, and the satisfaction of creating something with your own hands are a few. I recently retiled my bathroom and was surprised to find that my sewing skills very much came into play.

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      Isn’t my mom the cutest!?!

      My mom (who is a very talented quilter) keeps talking to me about how gardening is just another use of artistic skills so it should be natural and easy for me after a bit more work :)

  2. My mom and I are doing the same thing with the garden at home (although I’ve found that I don’t have much of a green thumb and more of a ‘black thumb of plant death’ lol). I try my best! I’ve also been telling myself ‘you are totally an amazing decorator’ when it comes to planning out the decor and colours of my studio- fake it till you make it! lol great post :)

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      I’ve been known to have a “black thumb” in the past too! I agree that skills in decorating and sewing should transfer to gardening – so (armed with a little bit more knowledge to prevent plant death) we should be naturals, right!?!

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