Saturday, October 31, 2009

happy halloween!

Here's the project I was working on yesterday! I finished it and was able to hang it up just in time. Robert didn't even notice it when he came home, but when he did he thought it was something I bought! I'm going to choose to take that as a compliment.

This was an easy project that took probably 2 hours total. I wasn't planning to do anything like this yesterday, but when the creative mood strikes I like to go along with it! I won't go into too much detail, but to make this sort of thing you just need:
  • bias tape (or any long strip of fabric)
  • felt (any color you like)
  • needle & thread
I finally got out my sewing machine-- I realized it hasn't been used since June! I also realized I'm not entirely sure what all the knobs do, and the settings definitely weren't right. However, I'd already started sewing and I figured it didn't really matter much, as long as the thing got sewn together! (I am definitely not a perfectionist.)

First, I cut out a bunch of black triangles from felt. I didn't use a template - to be honest, I just kept thinking they needed to be about the size of a small tortilla chip. Next thing I did was pin them all in a row in between the folds of the bias tape. Then came the part with the sewing machine! I suppose you could do that by hand as well, but for a long, straight line sewing machines are a time saver.

I cut out the letters and ghosts from felt, and sewed those on by hand. I was running low on time by then, so the ghosts are held on by their faces (used french knots for eyes and mouths), and I attached the letters with some big, loose stitches. I figured any messiness would only lend to its vague spookiness! It's fairly cute and it should last a long time! You could do the same sort of project with paper, but I like how cloth looks. I want to make a birthday banner as well, something that can be used over and over for anyone.

One other thing that must be mentioned: pumpkin cookies!! Robert introduced me to these last year, and they're soooo good! Somehow a combination of pumpkin, oats, and chocolate chips just works really well together. Add some simple vanilla icing... so perfect. And we like to decorate them with candy corn! But this is definitely the kind of thing that can only be eaten once a year.

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend! We've already started our scary movie marathon... just taking a break now. :)

Friday, October 30, 2009

shine on, baby sloth

Happy Friday, everyone!! I hope everyone is having a very exciting day and has fun plans for the weekend. I just checked the mail and something so spectacular was waiting in there for me... I immediately had to come over here and share it with everyone!

First of all, let me just say that I love the internet. It is where all of my favorite people come from-- that's right, they were magically created as online entities for me to bond with! Okay, maybe it doesn't work like that, but I seriously have made some of the coolest friends over the internet. Caitlin is no exception - we met through a cake decorating community and I believe we bonded over a mutual love for Spinal Tap. We've met twice in person, and have kept in touch online and through occasional surprises in the mail. So here is what I got from her today:

A pirate kitty Halloween card, some cute little animal stickers, annnnd....


Are you as impressed as I am? This little painting has blown my mind! I'm so happy someone painted a baby sloth for me!!! AhHHHHH!!!! It brings me so much sloth joy!

Okay, talk amongst yourselves about how impressed you are. :) I'm working on a last-minute craft project that I need to finish before Robert gets home from work... I've got to hurry! Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow to share some pictures of it!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

hello there

Did everyone have a nice weekend? I'm aware that it's actually Tuesday afternoon now, but who's really keeping track? I keep thinking today is Wednesday! Anyway, I had an excellent weekend! It was busy and I met new people and had new adventures! I went places and saw things and all kinds of neat stuff. You'll just have to trust me on that - I don't have many pictures to show for it.

On Saturday Robert and I met up with Elena Lu for about an hour or so! She just happened to be in town and we arranged some coffee shop time. We had so much fun talking about everything! We briefly considered taking some photos for our blogs, but I think it would have just felt out of place. It wasn't a photo shoot-- it was just sort of hanging out with a buddy. A very adorable buddy. :) So I have no photographic evidence and you'll just have to take my word for it!

Here is a pumpkin waffle with maple syrup. Wanna be friends?

Now, for anyone looking for an outfit post: today is your day!! I haven't been into exciting clothes lately, and this might even be considered boring by your standards, but it's something. You would surely be less impressed with the other things I've been wearing around! Surely.

I love how this dress has a bow at the neck, because in my mind it requires no other accessories! I'm not all that great about accessorizing, and I often forget all about it.

Drop waist!

I liked the background in the above picture, but please ignore my terribly concerned face. I must have been channeling Norma Desmond, because this dress was designed by Gloria Swanson! I'm spiraling into madness as I watch the leaves fall!! Ha ha..

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

wildlife in the graveyard

Yesterday afternoon, Robert excitedly called me while he was on his way home. He bikes through the cemetery as a shortcut on his way to and from work, and he'd just seen a fox "frolicking" - he claims it was acting like an exciting puppy, sitting up on its hind legs and waving its arms around. So when he got home I grabbed my camera and we went for a little cemetery walk, in search of the elusive fox.

The weather was perfect - lately it's been freezing in the mornings here, but everything warms up nice by afternoon! So we set out through the graveyard, scanning around for a little red fox. We never found him, but when we got to the very back of the lot, we saw this:

This little animal was standing so still for so long that we seriously considered the idea that he might be a stuffed dead animal (though that would be in really bad taste for a graveyard). I snapped a picture and had already moved on as Robert approached the little beast. Then it ran away! We were very excited to realize he was real. After some research, I'm certain he was a groundhog (aka woodchuck), and that makes me so happy - first groundhog I've ever seen in real life! From wikipedia: "It is common to see one or more nearly-motionless individuals standing erect on their hind feet watching for danger." There you go!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

small town

This past weekend, Robert and I took a very short roadtrip. Really it was just about a 20 minute drive to a nearby town... But it was very scenic and many *pictures were taken along the way there and back! In case anyone is getting tired of my "small town" pictures, I decided to run them through TiltShift maker to spice them up-- now they look like pictures from a miniature town. I hope you're happy!

The above picture wasn't the right type for tilt shift, but I still wanted to share it! I will never get tired of barns and silos. I think they're so exciting to have in the scenery.

*All photos by Robert, since I was the one driving!

Friday, October 16, 2009

five senses friday: pajama edition

I'm taking a pajama day - I'm going to relax and not feel guilty about it! I know that may sound ridiculous coming from someone who stays home all the time, but I do try to be very productive-- otherwise I feel like I'm wasting away. But... I just realized it's almost lunch time and I'm still in my pajamas, and I feel fine about that! I've had a really good week and completed a lot of things.

hot cocoa and story time, last night

Here are some sensations from this week!

See - falling leaves, Halloween decorations popping up everywhere

Hear - Robert and I have been taking turns reading The Neverending Story aloud to each other. It's very exciting, though sometimes Robert changes things to make me laugh and I have to take the book away from him to see if that's how it really reads.

Smell - I'm bad at remembering smells - the only thing I can think of is that when we went to the grocery store it smelled way too strongly of artificial cinnamon because of some holiday decorations they put out!

Touch - it's getting COLD; this morning I wanted to stay in bed forever (ah, the snuggly feeling)

Taste - homemade hot cocoa, butternut squash (love it but almost getting tired of it), candy corn (the only candy I am addicted to), yummy eggplant parmesan

work-in-progress embroidery project... wedding gift! more on that later.

Yesterday evening I remembered that it snows here [for anyone who doesn't know, I'm a Texas native] and I got really excited about the upcoming seasons!! Living somewhere that has 4 seasons is quite thrilling. In Texas there is basically only summer and winter, with a few transitional days between - I'm thoroughly enjoying all of the seasons in Tennessee!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

cozy clothes

I've mentioned before how much I like to layer clothes... My time has come! Here's my cozy outfit for today. Ah, you'll also get a peek at our new(ish) living room, which hasn't been seen on this blog yet. The family visit this past weekend finally got me motivated enough to make it look nice!

I pinned a leaf into my hair! I like it.


Posing like a pony!

I never know where my hands should go. I also do not know how to use our fireplace.

Nothing too exciting to see here! I thrifted the brown dress a couple of weeks ago, the cardigan is from Buffalo Exchange [I miss having one of those stores around], and these threadbare woolly tights are from Target. I look for new ones there each year, but I haven't been able to find any as good as these, which I bought years ago. No shoes required.

This outfit might be a little warm for today-- I haven't been outside yet-- but what are you going to do?

(I don't know - what are you going to do?)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

autumn is here

This weekend has been pretty amazing-- Robert's family came into town for a visit and we had a very nice time! Saturday was cold and breezy: for the first time this season I actually had to wear a jacket. We had a nice trip to the farmer's market where we couldn't stop ourselves from buying little pastries and I picked up quite a collection of fallen leaves along the way.

A tiny pecan pie! It was begging for a photo shoot.

We went on a day trip to Murfreesboro to check out MTSU, where Robert's brother is planning to go to school. It was cloudy and I was sitting in between the two guys in the backseat of the car, but I still managed to snap some pictures of the drive!

I have a thing for fields. ..

...and fake horses on top of buildings.

Oh, and also exciting barns!

We spent quite a while walking around the campus just looking at things. It was a nice day!

This tile mosaic on a science building was probably my favorite thing.

That's all! I know blog apologies are sort of lame (and happen too often), but I did want to say sorry for not being around much lately! I've got zero excuses since I really don't have anything going on lately; I've just been trying to find more fulfilling ways to spend my time! And I regret to report that I haven't found anything to spend my time doing. Ha ha... I've spent way too much time thinking about things I could be doing but never do. Do you know what that means? I probably need to be looking for a job. It's true: I finally got bored!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

wedding gifts - etsy favorites

Lately I've spent much time on Etsy looking for possible wedding gift ideas. I need to get something in the mail pretty soon for my cousin, who's getting married next month. The wedding shower is coming up quick, so I'm looking for something unique!

She's registered at a couple of stores and I could just go get something on the list, but I would rather make a present or buy something handmade-- keeping the couple's tastes in mind, of course. That's where the registry list can come in handy: look at the sort of things they want, and then find something similar... No one will care in the end and you might come up with a better present!

Anyhow, since I've been doing all this searching I figured I would share some cute things I came across! I haven't decided on anything yet - I'm giving myself a week, and if I haven't made a gift myself by then, it will be time to buy something! [I'm going to try to paint some pottery next week - hopefully I can think of something nice to do!]

super sweet cream and sugar set by soule - $26

Just some ideas! I think cloth and ceramic gifts are my favorite. To be honest, I've become smitten with everything in all 3 of those shops...

Sunday, October 4, 2009

double yolks

This morning when Robert was making breakfast, he called me into the kitchen. He was making scrambled eggs along with some other things, and when he'd cracked open the first egg he found... two yolks!

Of course I had to take a picture, so I whisked the bowl away to the bedroom for good lighting. When I'd returned it to him, he cracked open a second egg and...

Two more yolks! Each egg had two yolks inside. Little chicken twins, I suppose? We just got this batch of eggs from the farmers market yesterday -- I wonder if they're all like this or if we just had double luck this morning! I really liked it.

Then again, when we mentioned this to a friend, she told us that she knew someone who found double egg yolks like that and then gave birth to twins 10 months later.. and if that were some sort of "sign" then perhaps I will magically be producing quadruplets in the future? LET'S HOPE NOT.

I hope everyone's week is off to a good start!