Five Things

Happy Friday!

I almost forgot about posting! It’s been a crazy week. BB missed school twice this week (once for a cough, and once for what we thought was a stomach virus but was really “candyitis” – resulting from his eating ridiculous amounts of gingerbread house candy decorations at school – fun times), so I really don’t know which day it is. We’re getting ready for Christmas, making our lists and checking them about a thousand times. I’ve closed the Etsy shop for the next few weeks, but I’m hoping to get a couple of more posts in before the new year. Here are a few things on my mind this week:

pink cake

1. BG is three! We celebrated her birthday this week. When we went to get her out of bed on her birthday morning, she greeted us with, “Hey. (pause) HEEEEEEEEYYYYYYY! I’M THREE!” That pretty much set the tone for the rest of the day, which was filled with fun, Frozen, and strawberry cake with strawberry frosting. When we asked her a month ago what kind of cake she wanted, she told us, very specifically, “I want a pink cake. You just take the red strawberries, and then they turn into PINK!” It’s true – it worked!

gathered organza

2. Organza. This week, I’ve been working on a little dress rehab for a friend. She will be in a wedding at the end of the month, and she wanted me to add sleeves to a strapless dress. I thought it would be a quick project, but the perfectionist in me came out. She will be in front of a lot of people! And there will be photos – so many photos! I worked with organza for the first time since this project, and it was really hard, but I learned a lot. Look for a post with all the details soon.

3.  This post on Humans of New York has inspired me so much this week. (I also really liked this one.)

puzzle pieces

4. Puzzles. We’ve been on a puzzle kick lately. Our library has a cart of puzzles by the door for patrons to leave a puzzle or pick up a puzzle for free. (I picked up this one today.) BB and BG are surprisingly good at them – yes, even the 3 year old is able to find matching pieces and place some of them correctly. This feels like a milestone, like we’ve entered into a new phase of having kids, the phase where we play games and work puzzles and read chapter books together. I love this phase.

5. Christmas Card Outtakes cracked me up.

I’m off to go have another slice of strawberry cake with strawberry frosting. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

31 Days: Color – Day 29: Blue Paisley Dress

This should be a #TBT kind of post. Except on a Wednesday. And I don’t really do hashtags.

vintage paisley shirt dress

If you’ve been here a long time, you might remember this post I did about my Thifted Hall of Fame. (My hair! Oh my goodness, I forgot it was that short.)

I love this dress. I am a huge fan of paisley, and, like I said in this post, the pattern reminds me of men’s pajamas. (That’s puh-JAH-muhz.) But even though I love it, I’ve never worn it. The length is just not all that flattering. So when I was looking for colorful projects for 31 Days, I knew that hemming this blue dress would be a good candidate.

blue paisley dress

But then I tried it on, and I realized there are some other wonky things about this dress. Like how the belt loops are really high. (I snipped them off.)


And how the dress has the same width from the chest to way past the hips, making the skirt flare in an awkward place. I might have thought that it’s just my body that the dress doesn’t fit, but I have a fairly long torso. This dress is made for a giant. So even if I hemmed the dress a few inches, it would still look weird.


So I tried something even easier. A belt.


Do you remember these metallic stretchy belts from the 80s? When I found this one at the thrift store for $1, I was so excited. I could now live out all my childhood dreams of looking like I belong on the set of Dynasty.


I added the belt, and then pulled the top to blouse over it.

blue paisley dressPerfect proportions. Easiest 31 Days project (even beats this one).

blue paisley dress

And just for fun, I added a fur vest. Because nothing says Dynasty elegance like a gold belt AND fur.

Full Disclosure: We didn’t really watch Dynasty. We were big fans of Dallas and Falcon Crest. Friday nights meant super buttery popcorn and back-to-back evening soap opera dramas. One summer, when my brother came out to California to visit, we hunted down Spring Valley Vineyard, where some of the exterior shots of Falcon Crest were filmed. Oh, the memories.

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This post is part of a 31 day series. Find all the posts in this series here.


Five Things

Happy Friday!

Don’t know if you heard about the Winter Storm that Northern California is getting, but there’s been lots of hype. I think we were all hoping for The Big One – Husband kept checking radar, I checked rainfall totals, friends found new weather apps, other friends went to the grocery store to find them completely sold out of flashlights and batteries. Don’t get me wrong – I love the rain, and it was lovely and cozy and all those things you attribute to rain when you live somewhere that doesn’t get snow – but it hasn’t been the major storm that was predicted. But I’m thankful for the rain and all that comes with it. Here are a few things other things on my mind this week:

1. Obviously, this made me laugh.

orange seeds

2. Surprises. One morning this week, we were finishing breakfast, and I grabbed a Cutie out of our giant bowl of Cuties for everyone at the table. (You know what Cuties are, right? Those little easy-to-peel Clementine oranges that are in season this time of year.) Everyone started peeling and devouring the sections. In my first section, I found 3 seeds. I held it up and laughed, saying, “How funny! This section of my Cutie has a lot of seeds.” As I proceed to take apart the rest of the orange, I found at least 3 seeds in every section, and some with 4 or 5 seeds in them. I was surprised that such a small piece of fruit – known for being seedless – would have so many seeds. I dug each of them out and made a little pile on my plate, thinking about how this is like life. We make these plans, we have ideas about what our years and days and even moments are going to look like, and often, they don’t turn out like we think. We make big plans for the week, and someone gets sick. We sketch out designs to finally make that Advent calendar out of felt with pockets for each little ornament but then, once again, December 1st arrives, and we do Advent the same way we’ve always done it, with the ornaments in their little cardboard box. We pick up seedless fruit and we find 30 seeds inside. But it doesn’t make the fruit less delicious – it’s just different than what we expect. I’m trying to keep this idea in my head this week – and in the weeks leading up to the holidays – when things don’t go quite like I want them to go. They are still delicious, juicy, beautiful moments.

3. Wrapping presents like a ninja. Confession – I’m still working on my Christmas lists. BG’s birthday is next week, and I’m not finished with her gifts, so I feel guilty moving on to Christmas before that’s complete. But if I were finished, I’d be watching this video over and over to perfect the technique. Who am I kidding? I’m just watching it over and over again anyway – it’s mesmerizing. (Speaking of mesmerizing, this. It’s on a website called The Kids Should See This. I showed it to the kids. They were not nearly as enthralled as I was.)

4. I made baked sweet potatoes for dinner this week. In the slow cooker. Who knew you could do that? They were delicious. We had ours with black beans and avocado, but I think sausage would be great, too.

5. This quote.

What are you up to this weekend? We’ll be finalizing birthday and Christmas plans, laying low and resting up for the weeks ahead. It’s still really hard for me to believe it’s December already. I’m going to be closing my Etsy shop on Wednesday of next week for Christmas and New Years, reopening in January with some new pieces, so stop by this week if you’re looking for a special gift. Have a great weekend!


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