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Between the Boxwood

Mother Knows Best with Riley Sheehey


Mother Knows Best with Riley Sheehey

We are so excited to continue our special series leading up to Mother's Day highlighting some of our favorite mothers– from new to seasoned! 

Meet artist Riley Sheehey of, and a new mom to a precious little girl, Bryn.

Q: What is something you learned from your mother that you hold close or try to emulate in motherhood?

So, so many things, it’s hard to choose just one! Since I was very little, whenever we have been out and about and I’ve seen something I’ve liked/wanted, my mom is known for saying “oh, we can make that at home!,” and then we have! It’s taught me to be curious and open to learning how to do new things, and I credit my love for making things to my mom. I hope to teach Bryn to want to make something new every day.

Q: What is one of your favorite things about being a mom?
Watching Bryn discover the world for the first time- it is crazy how quickly she grows and changes that sometimes I feel like we have a new tiny roommate every two weeks! 

Q: How has motherhood influenced your inspiration and work?
As a former elementary school teacher, I have always been very inspired by and influenced by children’s book illustrators, and as I read to Bryn, I find myself inspired by the books I used to read as a child all over again!

Q: What is one of your proudest moments as a mom? 

As a new mom, every little milestone makes me so proud, but most recently, Bryn has learned to pull herself up on things while crawling around. She is so curious and loves to move- it makes it so much fun to watch her (and also sometimes a little scary- still need to babyproof most of the house!)

Q: Any life hacks or advice you would pass on to other moms? 

I feel like I am so new to this game that I am not qualified to give advice, but I do wish I wouldn’t have stressed so much those first few weeks about reading every baby instruction manual I could find, and feeling like a failure for not following specific schedules right away- I wish I would have trusted my intuition more from the very beginning! I think that the longer I’m doing this, the more I’m able to trust that even if I don’t know what I’m doing right now, I’ll figure it out, the more smoothly everything goes!

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