In this month’s newsletter: seeds of hope, steamy romance novels, and some of my favorite things.

Audrey Hepburn once said, "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow."

If that's the case then hours spent poring over seed catalogs in late winter just might be the ultimate act of hope. I know that I begin each growing season imagining a better version of myself. One where I eat better, skip out to the garden
 each morning to pick tender greens for my salad, and hang baskets of fresh squash and tomatoes on my neighbor's fence post. The reality looks nothing like that, but I'm always hopeful.

A few great catalogs:

Johnny's Selected Seeds
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Park Seed
Seed Savers Exchange
Pinetree Seeds I like that you can order small packs for your home garden.
Elgin Sidewalk Sale
Saturday, February 6th, 10-2 pm
at Firewild on Main

Join us and enjoy an amazing brunch at Firewlid and shop for local handmade valentines, paper, jewelry, and botanicals for your sweetheart or yourself.

Bean & Noodle | The Paper Quillory
Blythe Studio | Shamba Farm
Ear's a little snapshot of what I've been up to lately. These cards and more will be available this Saturday at Firewild on Main. Check out my Instagram to see more, or DM to purchase @beanandnoodlegram
Watching & Knitting: All Creatures Great & Small

I'll confess I never read the book or watched the original on PBS, but now I really want to dive into the early series. I was already pretty sure it was sweet and charming but had no idea it was so funny.

I did notice the stunning knitwear and apparently, the knitwear was a big hit on the original series too. 

Once again, contempt prior to investigation made me almost miss a wonderful show. That said, I'm still not sold on Call the Midwife.

Watch on PBS
My Favorite Things This Month

The origins of Valentine's Day may be dark and mostly disputed, but this article sheds a little light on all the possible origin stories.

One of the loveliest poems I know.

In case you're curious where the fork the term "spooning" came from.

I've been buying old Harlequin Romance novels for a project and became interested in their history. Turns out they're from Canada?

This video of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian (giant pandas at the National Zoo) sliding down a snowy hill is pure joy.
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XO, Stacey
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