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Tomorrow is the big day! I can’t wait to enjoy some turkey, stuffing, and all the fixin’s. I’ll be taking a break till Monday. I hope you all enjoy the long weekend!



I’ve tried to ignore the subject and bury my shame, but it seems that I can only hide the truth for so long. It seems the time has come for me to come clean.

This summer, while I was away from the blog, I spent some time reading. I re-read many of my favorite classics, including the Brontes and Austen, but I also read some newer fiction. …No, I need to go back further than that. You see, it all started with a movie. I’d heard so much about it that my curiosity got the better of me, and one weekend while J was away I rented it. I had no idea what I’d started. I fully intended to laugh at it, thinking it would be nothing more than teenage drivel, and I was surprised…no, shocked to find myself enjoying every emotion-laden moment of it. Still, I wasn’t fully convinced. The books were the true test of the saga’s worth, so I ordered the first two the following week. I read them in two days and immediately ordered the fourth online and drove to the nearest bookstore to buy the third, thinking it would get me by until the fourth book came in the mail. I was wrong. I ended up finishing the third and then re-reading the first three books before the fourth one arrived. All-in-all I’ve read them four times. I couldn’t put them down. I didn’t want to leave Forks and return to Indiana; things here were so much less interesting.

Since then, I’ve been holding my breath till the second movie was released, trying hard to show restraint and not soak up every leaked image and official trailer so that it would all be new to me on the night I finally saw the movie. The tickets were ordered weeks in advance, and J was informed that he had no choice but to join me on the night the movie is released. That night is tonight. That’s right; I’ll be watching New Moon this very night. I’m as excited as a 12-year-old girl.

Yes, folks, I am a Twilight fan. I hope you won’t hold it against me. I’m certainly not alone, and I’ve put together a few Twilight-inspired finds to prove it to you. I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend planned. See you on Monday!

1. Twilight Inspired Crocheted Cloche 2. I want to live in Forks earrings 3. Be Safe sterling silver ring 4. Yes I Read Books About Teenage Vampires Button 5. Forever Ring 6. Sanguis (blood) Soap 7. Bella’s Bag 8. Bella’s Ring

As some of you may know, J started a new job this year, one where he is an actual employee and where he gets all the many benefits that go along with being an employee (versus being self-employed as he has been for many years previous to this one). One of those perks is the company Christmas party. We’ve never been to one before, and we’re both kind of excited. Plus, it falls on the day before my birthday, so we figure we might as well go all out and make an event of it. That means a puppy-sitter, a hotel downtown (the party will be held here), and breakfast at the cafe of my choice the next morning. Woohoo! (I’m very easily pleased, really.)

According to J, the dress code is “optionally fancy.” Which apparently means that you can dress up or not and that some people do and others don’t. I say, take the opportunity to get all fancied up when it presents itself (which is rarely for us). So, I need a new dress. I’ve been doing some online window shopping, but I can’t make up my mind. There are several stipulations to my searching, like price for one (it has to be cheap, like around $50 cheap), and it has to be comfortable. Oh, and it has to keep me warm because it’ll be December in Indiana. Here’s what I’ve found so far:

(from here)

It’s definitely cute, and looks comfortable. Plus it’s a wool blend, so it should be warm. And at $54 it’s certainly affordable. The downside is that it’s gray, and I was really wanting something with some color. Though I’d be sure to get some future use out of a classic gray dress.

(from here)

I really like this one. I love the vintage feel of it, and the color is beautiful. But it’s slightly more expensive ($69.99) and I’d have to order it (there’s a local store that carries the other one).

What do you think? Any suggestions? I need to make a trip to the mall and try some things on, but ugh, holiday shoppers. (yeah, yeah, I know, bah humbug.) I’d seriously love any help you guys can give me!

Have you been following Sew, Mama, Sew’s Handmade Holiday posts? I have. And there have been some great projects posted so far. Here’s a peak at my to-do list.

1. Make one of these for myself. No more pins in the couch cushions!

2. Make a few of these for the house, and maybe some as gifts too.

3. Find a use for this fabric. So cute!

4. Make these, brew a pot of coffee, and sit down with a good book (maybe this one).

5. I can imagine so many uses for this bag. And it might just be the perfect gift for a certain someone on my list.

I can’t wait to see what they post next, even if it means my to-do list will keep getting longer! What’s on your to-do list?


I just saw Sesame Street’s Mad Men parody and had to share it. Hilarious.

Okay, I’m done now. Seriously. I’ll let you all get back to being adults.

In honor of their anniversary I’ll be adding a few Sesame Street themed vintage paper packs in the shop. I’ve listed one already and hope to have the other two up by tonight. Check it out here.

Today marks the start of Sesame Street’s 40th season! Wow. I’m sure many of you can relate when I say that Sesame Street played a huge role in my childhood. I loved that show (and secretly still do).

I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this here before, but I have a twin brother who is developmentally disabled. Watching Sesame Street was his favorite part of the day (he used to throw a fit if we forgot to turn it on for him), so not only did I watch during my childhood, but Sesame Street was a constant in our home the entire time I lived there. As were the sing-along tapes and Follow That Bird and story books and stuffed animals. And the show only got better as I grew older and understood more of the humor (that really is aimed at adults).

Even though the show has changed significantly since I left my parent’s house, it continues to be as entertaining and educational as ever. It almost makes we want to have kids so that I have an excuse to watch it again (almost, but not quite – sorry mom). I wanted to leave you with one of my favorite skits from the show, but it was incredibly hard to choose just one, so here are a couple that came to mind. Enjoy!

Bert and Ernie crack me up.

I think of this one every time I have to remember something.

Oh, there are so many more! What’s your favorite part of Sesame Street?

this dress:


these prints:


this kitchen:


this hoodie:


What are you loving today?

The thrifting gods were definitely on my side last Thursday.


Although most of the day’s treasures will find a home here with me, I’ll be listing some of these little beauties over at Vintage Monkey to share with you. Keep watching this week for these and many more items to be listed.