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It’s a Spooky Time of Year

It’s the time of year for wearing all black, wandering around, among the fallen leaves and overcast skies, being spooky.

This was Halloween a year ago. I worked all September and October making this dress. I kind of used a pattern but mainly made it up as I went along, which is usually how I end up doing projects. There are some parts that definitely don’t look quite right up close, but that’s okay because I was supposed to look dead anyway. 

It was the perfect Halloween night. The skies were dark and gloomy, the air was crisp and cool, but not too cold. 

Pumpkins lined the way up the the porch of my Mom’s haunted house, where a skeleton, ghost and more creepy ghouls waited with a giant cauldron filled with candy.

It’s the creepiest time of year.
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Swamp House

Just off the path, nestled at the edge of the woods at Reynolda Gardens, lies this little house that is covered in moss, looking over a swamp. 

It was a hot evening, at the end of summer. A rainstorm had just passed and the gardens were empty. A light fog was lifting up off the ground and rising up into the grey clouds, that were quickly disappearing. 

This little house, that was once a fancy boat house for a beautiful lake, is now spooky and overgrown. Many forgotten summer memories from long ago, are lost in this dense overgrowth. 

But I like this lake house turned swamp house just the way it is.  It has character, and so much intrigue. 
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Fair Atmosphere

All year long, I wait for that one day that I get to spend at the fair.

I love everything about it.  The bright colors, the crazy rides, the ridiculous food, the mild creepiness, the interesting people..  

The whole atmosphere of the fair, to me is amazing.

My interest in photography began with the fair. When I tried to capture the atmosphere of it with my 1 megapixel cell phone camera nearly ten years ago.

It’s the weird and mysterious parts of the fair that intrigue me the most. I always want to be part of it. In an alternate life, maybe I would have joined a traveling carnival..

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Weekly Journal: Doughnuts and Passports

This week’s adventures at work consisted of cleaning the entire clean room. The clean room has never been cleaner and we have never been more exhausted. Therefore multiple doughnut and pizza orders were required to help us through. 

My mom and sister came over for zucchini noodle spaghetti and spooky wine in a Halloween bottle. 

My husband, sister and I went and applied for passports!  Hopefully we get them before our Michigan trip at the end of November so we can go to Canada while we’re up there. Then I want to travel anywhere and everywhere! 

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Cat Bedroom/Laundry Room/Office Remodel

There was an addition put on to our house many years ago that originally acted as a hair salon run by one of the previous ladies who lived here. For us, it became a bedroom for the cats while we dreamed up ideas of what it would one day become. 

They cats need their own bedroom at night because otherwise they race around the house like maniacs, party under the bed and sit on my head, which is not conducive to a good night’s sleep. As much as I love the idea of cuddling with cats at while I sleep, these guys are just too psycho during the night!

This room was not pretty. With wood paneling floors, beat up stained walls and an ugly blue door, it was not a room we were excited to show off. I had dreams of it one day being home to not only our cats, but a washer and dryer, and maybe even a desk for my numerous hobbies.

So finally, at the beginning of this year, we began the process of remodeling this room. We painted the ceiling white, instead of that sickening shade of light beige, and covered the stained walls with light grey paint. 

 It took a while to decide on what to do with the floors, but we finally decided to paint them with high gloss dark grey oil paint. This was the worst part of the process because the cats had to stay out of this room for over a week while the paint dried. Which meant I did not sleep well for quite a while! 

Another tricky part of the process was the washer and dryer. The only hookups we had for such equipment was on the enclosed back porch, so we had to hire an electrician and a plumber to be able to install a washer and dryer in this room. During this process the cats stayed in our room with a sign on the door that said “Cats inside, do not open!”  But it got opened anyway and the cats nearly escaped for good!  When I got home I found both doors open to the house with the plumber inside, and only Cloud and Jeeves were accounted for!  Cloud was covered in red mud and the plumber said she ran outside and he had to catch her. I couldn’t find Chester anywhere so I thought he was gone, but then I found him hiding under the couch. Whew! 

Also, this was our first attempt on curtains and a rug for this room. We changed our minds about them almost immediately and gave them away. Haha. 

I dreamed up this washer/dryer cabinet design years ago and was so excited to see it come to life. After spending years having NO washer and dryer, and then having it on the back porch, I LOVE doing laundry now!  ( I still hate putting it away though!)

We traded out the old carpet cat tree that was falling apart, with some slick new modern cat furniture. I was worried they would miss their old cat tree and not like the new one, but they love it! The shelf under the window was at last minute decision and I’m glad we thought of it. The cats love the big space to lay out on and stare out the window, and I love the extra storage. 

When the painting was done it was finally time for the fun part of adding furniture!  We took a trip to IKEA and ended up stuffing our car so full we literally could not have bought one more tiny thing. We had a box down the middle of the car so we couldn’t see each other, and I was squished in my seat with my feet up on a box, holding a bag filled of stuff and a lamp on my lap the whole way home. 

  It was definitely the most stressful remodel we have done so far, due to the cats having to be displaced, and almost escaping! But I am so glad it is finally done and I’m so happy with how it turned out. It’s a room that once made me cringe to even walk in, and now I love hanging out in it. 

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Around My Desk

I recently posted about the cat bedroom office laundry room Remodel, which happened in January. Here are some pictures I took the other day of my favorite corners of the room.

My miniature shelf. I love collecting tiny things, and am happy to finally have a place to display them in an organized way.

I found this piece of metal to display the resin magnets I made, that will one day all make it into my shop.

Since I am always curious how everyone’s drawers and cupboards are organized.. Here is a peek into mine!  Lets hope they stay this way!

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Weekly Journal: Sandwich Nostalgia

We like to have potlucks every few months where I work. One occurred last week and I baked some really spooky Halloween cookies. It was a great day of eating everyone’s delicious food.

A simple sandwich I used to make by myself when I was little, was turkey slices, some lettuce and mayonnaise on lightly toasted white bread. When I got older and would make it, the flavor always brought back memories. 

Since I stopped eating meat many years ago, I assumed I would never eat that sandwich ever again. Well, then I discovered veggie Turkey slices so I recreated it, and it tasted just like I remember! I instantly had a flashback of the good ole’ days spent doing nothing but running around outside without a care in the world. 

The downtown library was torn down a few years ago to be rebuilt. It was finally finished a few weeks ago and is looking pretty slick. I can’t wait to spent a cozy afternoon there very soon.