Hello there! I’m Elizabeth. Welcome to my blog about making things and growing things. I write about my garden, printmaking projects, pinterest experiments, etsy finds, and sometimes snippets of family history.

I am too lazy to post many tutorials or detailed instructions, but I am always happy to share details about how to make any of my projects — just ask!

All photos and illustrations on the blog are my original work, unless otherwise noted. Please let me know if you would like to use one.

Contact me by commenting below or email me at elizabeth@bottlebranch.com

In the car, again! The plight of the suburban mother.

About me and how I started this blog

I started my adult life working as a botanist, and pursuing creative adventures on the side: botanical illustration, gardening, sewing stuffed animals, failed attempts at decoupage, among many, many others.

In 2009, I quit my research job and started a blog called Manners for Modern Mothers with a long time friend. We wrote about modern parenting and manners with a dash of humor and smidgen of style. See some of my favorite posts here.

When we called it quits at Manners for Modern Mothers, I decided to start a blog about the creative life, sharing my pinterest-inspired projects, modest gardening endeavours, and other creative adventures.  I know I’m not really following the “rules” for effective blogging by mixing gardening, kids’ crafts, needlepoint and maybe even throwing in an occasional rant. I’m just going to write about things I like to do: making and growing things.

Why is your blog called Bottle Branch? What is a bottle branch? 

In some places, a “crick” can be another name for a creek. In other places, “branch” can be another name for a small stream. The stream which ran behind my childhood home was called Bottle Branch. I spent hours playing in there, swinging on rope swings, hunting for crayfish, and chasing a single elusive bullfrog. Of those three things, the swings are the only thing I know for certain existed.

The hours spent at Bottle Branch were filled with wonder and possibility – just the sort of unencumbered inspiration that comes with making something. By naming this blog “Bottle Branch” I hope to channel such inspiration.

Photo-bombed by my youngest child.
Photo-bombed by my youngest child!

10 thoughts on “About

  1. Well I made it here, coffee in hand, and have spent a happy while reading through your posts and popping around to your other spaces etc. So pleased to meet another unashamed slow blogger, especially one with similar interests!

    Needlepoint not being the biggest gig in town, I also have a non-stitchy blog at http://www.mostlymotley.wordpress.com where you’d see that I dabble with other nefarious topics, but mostly take close up pictures in the garden (so you can’t see so many of the weeds).

    Best wishes



  2. I like and engage in slow blogging as well. I am excited to follow you. I came here from Kate’s blog, The Book Nook. I am trying to get back into needlepoint- I’m sure you will be great inspiration! I also wanted to say that I miss Manners for Modern Mothers. It was right on!


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