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Happy Halloween!

I have never really been into Halloween. I’ve hardly dressed up since I was 13 or so. I have never lived anywhere that really cared about Halloween, until here and this year.

There is a huge party at Krankies every year with cover bands and costumes.  I volunteered to work and was at a cash bar in the performance space that few people knew about so I wasn’t very busy but I got to watch all the bands. Dick Dale, Weezer, The Monkees, The Buzzcocks, Nirvana, and Led Zeppelin played.  I think Nirvana were amazing, as was Haydee as Robert Plant.  I wanted to wear comfortable clothes but still wanted to “dress up” so I had my friend Taylor do my make up and went like this

and it was awesome.  (The skull and roses skirt is actually a dress I made years ago.  I haven’t worn it in years either but I’m thinking of making it a skirt and maybe it’ll get more use.)

Until it came to wash it off, when it looked like this

Marcus took probably 25 pictures of me washing my face 5 times, and none of my make up when it looked good :)  Overall, I was really happy with it, Taylor’s help, and every one’s compliments.

Saturday was also Marcus’ birthday.  He’s not into making a huge deal about it but I picked up on a little “I want..” he put down last week and bought him a Single Brothers t-shirt, and took him out to dinner (along with our friends Saylor and Marcia).  He got to sleep a lot and had a lot of fun at the party so all in all, it was good.  Here’s to another year, love.

Tonight, on proper Halloween, I’m not doing anything.  Stitch ‘n’ Bitch is cancelled and so I sit at home and sew, which is just fine with me.


I wanted to post a quick recap about the last couple weeks, including the visit with my mom Kerrie and aunt Reen.  They came to see me from California for almost a week and were so generous with their time (cleaning) and money; I’m glad they came!

We did a couple touristy things that I wouldn’t probably do by myself like go to the Reynolda House.  It’s the historical home of RJ Reynolds (a very attractive man, as it turns out) that houses both the original furniture and history, as an art museum, currently showing Modern Masters from the Smithsonian.  I really enjoyed the whole experience.  There are also beautiful gardens near the home that while not in season, are still well manicured and lovely.  The garden is surrounded in weeping cherry trees that are probably gorgeous in spring (future quilt photography site?); I’ll definitely be returning.

We drove up to Asheville for a day and it was a beautiful day with the perfect fall colors. I had never been to Asheville before and didn’t really know what to do with the few hours we had so we wandered around the arts district by the river a little bit, ate at the Early Girl, went into the Grove Arcade,

and lots of other little shops.  There’s a lot of really interesting history there (not that I know it, I just know it’s there) and so much art and busking. At only two hours away, and a lovely drive at that, I’ll definitely go up there again.

We ate a lot of good food while they were here including 6th and Vine, Mellow Mushroom, Breakfast of Course, and First Street Draught House, while I made steak tacos, mini broccoli pesto lasagnas, and chili.  Yum!  They were really gracious and bought me so many great things I needed like a bath mat, a Swiffer-like cleaner, an immersion blender (even though it was 4 times more expensive than thought!), a nice little cat perch for the window, dishes, soap, chocolate, and a massage!  They also mowed both yards, scrubbed my shower, mopped the whole upstairs, and did countless dishes.  I wish they were around all the time! :)

While it was great to have them around, I didn’t realize how much time I usually have to myself.  After I took them to the airport I spent the day laying around, doing pretty much nothing. I’m enjoying some alone time before Holly comes next week!

I finally finished a Swoon block!

Goodness gracious, this quilt is so labor intensive, especially when I’m trying to make two at one time and have sewn a few things wrong.  The coloring of this picture is off but this quilt is both a gift and part of the Habitat challenge in the Modern Quilt Guild (and I am using three different neutrals).  Unlike most people, from what I’ve gathered, I love this line and bought a half yard set and would like to get more.  I can already tell I’m going to love this quilt.

The weather has been lovely and wonderfully autumnal but today it took a turn for the cold this weekend.  (It was 74 yesterday and it’s more like 40 today.)  I turned the heat on for the first time and am making Herbed White Bean and Sausage Stew for dinner.

Tomorrow is the big Halloween party at work.  You have to dress up to get in, hundreds of people come, and all out friends play in amazing cover bands.  Last yea the boyfriend and I only stayed for half of it but we saw the Zombies which were amazing.  This year will be Weezer, Led Zeppelin, Dick Dale, the Buzzcocks, and Nirvana.  I’m working it and I’m really looking forward to it.  Pictures to come!

Tomorrow is also Marcus’s birthday!  Whoo!  I bought him a little something and I think we’ll go to dinner.  Nothing fancy but he (we) isn’t too hard to please :)

Hopefully I’ll have more crafty photos to share soon!

A cute dress.

Every summer I decide “this will be the year I make lots of sundresses” and it hasn’t happened yet.  But I might have found the pattern that will soon fill my closet!It’s Simplicity 2362 (purchased at the 5 for $5 sale at JoAnn’s), I made view D, and my favorite thing about it is it has pockets!  Who doesn’t love a dress with pockets?The fabric is Everything But The Kitchen Sink by RJR which I bought at Thimble Pleasures a couple months back.  I already have a few more dresses in mind, including one with linen and vintage fabric.

I did an invisibly zipper “correctly” for the first time and it is almost invisible!

I only changed the pattern a little bit.  I only put one slightly larger strap on either side and it called for pleating in the middle of the front and back but I didn’t want it to pooch and make me look pregnant, so I did gathers on the front sides and middle back.  It worked pretty well but I think I’d like to make the skirt a little fuller next time, too.  I might make a really short version to wear as a shirt.  Oh, the possibilities!

We went to Chapel Hill last night so Marcus could play a show at a wine bar with Birds and Arrows.  Caitlin her husband came and it was a fun time.  I would have liked to have drank more wine and eaten truffles but I had to drive home :)

I have been so proud of Jackson and Addie lately.  Jackson broke the front of his crate down a few months back but learned not to jump the baby gates when he cleaned the litter box, dumped the kitchen trash, and ate a stick of butter off the counter.  When we were at the beach he broke it down and just hung out in the living room, not causing trouble so since we’ve been back, we actually haven’t kept either of them in their crates at all and they’ve been so good.  Addie barks for a little while when she needs to go out and she’s ever so slowly learning not to jump on us as soon as we walk in the door.  I love those two dogs.


I’ve been feeling like a hermit.

I rarely want to go out, other than to work. There has been a movement away from bars recently and into people back yards and porches which is a much welcomed change. It’s cheaper and ultimately, I think it’s more fun. We had one at our house last night which was slow to start but was a good group of people. I went to bed around 12:30am and people were still dropping by.

There are two more parties tonight that I have decided not to attend. I was feeling really sluggish and worn out today and once it started storming, I knew all I wanted to do was drink tea, work on my website, and curl up in my papasan under a quilt.

I’ve always been a bit of a homebody. Lately however, I’ve been feeling guilty about staying in so much. I don’t know why and I don’t think that I should but if people invite me to things, especially when Marcus is going, and I say “no thanks, I’d rather sit at home by myself,” I feel a little bad. It’s nothing against that person, I’m just antisocial most of the time, especially when it’s uncomfortable hot outside. Have I mentioned how I long for fall?

You might have noticed the lack of pictures around here lately. The battery on our DSLR is dead and the charger is missing. I’ve tried going back to the old point and shoot and even the camera on my phone but I’m having a hard time taking quality photographs, which is unfortunate because I have some things to show off.

I do not want to have to, but I might begin to consider getting a second job. I am scraping by and not having any disposable income to buy more fabric or anything that’s not for a commission, which really bums me out. We have a large change jug that I’m hoping to empty and exchange for my trip to Utah and the shop hop. If I can even get my plane ticket.