Welcome to Painting Lilies!
What's this site all about?
I created the site back in 2007 as a way to document my crafty adventures. It has evolved along the way as my interests have changed. If you venture into older posts, you'll find some recipes, travel posts and knitting posts. These days I mainly focus on sharing things I've knitted, crocheted or sewed (along with some Adobe Illustrator designs and photography posts).
I hope you'll use the site to find a new pattern or inspiration to learn a new crafty skill!
What's the deal with the name?
The name Painting Lilies came from a fancy NYTimes recipe that a friend and I were making one day. I have no idea what we were making, but I remember that it used the phrase "no need to paint the lily" when talking about a potential way to spice up the food.
Originally the phrase paint or gild the lily comes from Shakespeare's King John, "
"To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, to throw a perfume on the violet, to smooth the ice, or add another hue unto the rainbow, or with taper-light to seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish, is wasteful and ridiculous excess."
The phrase means that there's no need to embellish or improve something unnecessarily. Beauty can be found in simple every day moments, a beautiful color of yarn, the iPhone photo that captured the light just right, even in an imperfect knitting project.
I thought the phrase captured what I'm trying to share here perfectly. The domain name was available. And this blog was born!
Who am I?
Hi, I'm Lindsay!
I love the outdoors and can often be found skiing, mountain biking, road biking and hiking in the Rocky Mountains (often with my camera). I'm a voracious reader.
When I'm inside, I enjoy knitting and sewing while watching Netflix. I also love traveling to destinations near and far. When I'm not pursuing one of my many hobbies, I'm working my day job for a tech startup in Denver.
Other things I like include: the Denver Broncos, wine, whiskey, coffee, snow, mountains, the color green, technology, Crossfit, piano, flowers, my Kindle.