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Hey! Let me first apologize for my friend, progress. I know I said she would be accompanying me Thursday but! she has been stubborn and refused. We’re still trying to work together. Working, crafting, and doing. –I always underestimate just how long projects will take. Give me another week. Minimum.

Halloween weekend was decent. Time has rushed past me & I just didn’t do everything that I wanted to or planned to. Didn’t pass out candy, dress up, or watch all the spooky movies I had planned. Instead I settled for the next best things:

Made a batch of sugar cookies!

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Rolled the dough with my hands & used three simple cookie cutters. This one being the pumpkin.

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It created quite the bounty. Hard to tell but the other two shapes are peeking out in that mound. Ghosts & Cats.

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Icing them is surely the best part. Maybe even better than eating them. Maybe.

Pumpkin & Dark Chocolate Cookies

I also made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. I got too busy & became quite forgetful and forgot to take pictures of the baked lovelies. They’re good. Not my favorite cookie but a good autumn cookie.

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Went to Melt for lunch & had a few sips of pumpkin beer but not the meatloaf sandwich. No, no. I had something far better!

Big Popper Melt

Ultimate fries (french fries with kidney beans, onions, sour cream, cheddar cheese, jalapenos, and green onions) & the big poppa (beer battered bread, herbed cream cheese, cheddar cheese, jalapenos and berry preserves for dipping). It’s my very favorite sandwich of all time. In the whole.wide.world.

& because Halloween was passing I had to try their pumpkin cheesecake before it was too late!

Pumpkin Cheese Cake Melt

It was delicious. Not as good as regular new york style cheesecake. 

P.S. I did not care for the warm whipped cream and syrup (everything should be warm or cold. No in betweens here people. Not with me).

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+While driving around I spent a good part of the day listening to Jay Reatard’s Blood Visions. Just because. & track seven is my favorite. Easy.

Because I am greedy & free/frugal is my middle name I went to chipotle to get a free burrito. Yum!

Chipotle Free Burrito

& Lastly I’ve seen this house a few times a week for the past month & although I am not big on holiday outdoor lighting (with the exception of white lights at Christmas) I thought this was decent. Could even  be better with the right silhouettes (black cats, ghosts, witches, or spiders) and maybe an array of purple, green, and orange spotlights. Everything could be improved. Am I right?

Lighted Halloween House

Regardless of what you did, I hope you all had a great Halloween!

& Here’s to improving upon it for next year’s celebration!

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Well! I am still working on my Thanksgiving project but I’d like to get a specific pencil for it instead of what I am currently using. So! It’ll be a few days (Insert: frown face) before I’ll have it finished or have enough progress to show you what is going on with that.

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Bedside! Magz! Glasses! Decorations! Pefume! Oh! Wow! –I am missing two essentials that I would normally have. Chapstick & Water.

What have I been reading? The latest Martha Stewart Living, Food, Real Simple & the Oct./Nov. issue of Ready Made.

I’ve also got a few things this week while thrifting that I want to share! I am kind of (really) excited about a few of them & will take pictures a.s.a.p.!

Back tomorrow! Progress? Progress, my buddy, is coming with me tomorrow!

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As I am writing my blog post I am chowin’ down on this:

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It’s pretty good. Normally I’d throw an apple in there for good measure and occasionally a banana butttt today I have no bananas and there is always half an apple left (& who is in the mood to deal with that?).

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Autumn continues to impress and show its best.

It is so pushy in trying to show off that this buddy boy here was waiting for me in my car.

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My car. That reminds me! I wanted to show you all something. If you have a Toyota Corolla maybe you can relate.

Stranger's corolla

Here’s a picture of a Corolla I snapped the other day. –Do you see what I see? That’s right, zoom & focus those eyes. Whoever owns this car decided to remove the headrests in the backseat.

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This is my car. They remain. Notice how large & in charge they are? They do obstruct the view a bit if you are short (Hey! I am five feet/six inches). However, I don’t think I could pry them out and have gaping holes glaring at me from the backseat. Who said the price of beauty wasn’t risky? Risk taker, I am!

Thrift Spoons/Fabric/Velvet
Excuse the quality of the photograph. It’s all much, much nicer with real eyes and not camera lenses.

I went to the thrift store before work and got orange velvet, two wooden spoons, and some vintage floral fabric. -I have an idea for that orange velvet involving crafty time + thanksgiving. Just you wait!

Oh! I just have to share this dining set. Check out those chairs! I want them. Retro & Modern.

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&! While I bid you adieu admire this beauty:

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He’s a candy dish.

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Yesterday I got to visit the Easton center in Columbus. Reminds me of Beachwood place.

Had these babies:
5 Guys Cajun Fries

Cajun Fries! Aaah! They’re good but not one of a kind. They remind me of the fries at Red Robin if you use their seasoning. Still, I am a sucker for anything Cajun. Especially Cajun pasta but we’ll talk about that another day.

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It was pretty late by the time we actually got to Five Guys because I had to go to Trader Joe’s first to get these:

Trader Joe's Sushi

Sushi! I love their spicy krab rolls. I would eat an entire package everyday if they didn’t expire so quickly and they weren’t four bucks a pop. I bought two. Had one last night & one today for lunch. Yum!

& because it was nearly 9 by the time I left the restaurant I window shopped. Which is better anyway because then you don’t have the crowds or sales associates pressuring you to get this & that. No thanks.

Aldo:

Aldo Flats

I saw these & have to have them. Eventually.

Banana Republic:

Banana Republic Chain Flat

These are the chain flats from BR & although they’re nice they’re not worth the hundred dollars they cost. They remind me of the flats that Vera Wang had at Kohl’s a few months back but suede. If I ever got these they’d have to be 75% off but they’re still cute.

Banana Republic Ruffle Flats

Ruffle flats from BR. Although I like these and have seen many imitations I wonder if they just look better on the mannequin than they could ever look on me. Oh! & As if I had to tell you, I would buy the knock offs.

Banana Republic Outfit

I really like the simplicity of the outfit. The bracelet was my favorite part and I can dig the dark denim casual dress pants and shirt but I don’t know if I could rock the scarf. Just. Don’t. Know.

Pottery Barn:

PB Leather Chair

Ever since I sat down in a very comfortable leather chair at World Market a few weeks ago I am behind leather arm chairs as long as they look sleek and are in dark shades. Loved this one & the white wool-y rug beneath it.

PB Thanksgiving Display

They also had this pretty elaborate Thanksgiving setup. I could easily see myself borrowing a few of their ideas. Especially this:

Jars with mini Indian Corn

I just need apothecary jars. They are between forty & seventy dollars at pottery barn. Um! How can I say this politely? No thanks. I’ll be shopping around.

Crate & Barrel:

C&B Leaf Tablecloth

I loved the leaf tablecloth. Simple. I think I could make this with either a stamp or taking a stencil and hand painting it. Although the tablecloth isn’t outrageously expensive so it may be best to just buy it on clearance. Cost of supplies might outweigh its sale price. I’ll keep you updated.

Jars at C&B

These are between forty & sixty dollars. Ridiculous. I do like the gourds in the jar. Autumn staple. Did I tell you that I like the idea of using these jars a lot now?

Restoration Hardware:

Restoration Hardware Christmas Tree

This tree is simple & reminds me of why I only like white lights on Christmas trees. This tree also reminds me that I need a new artificial Christmas tree. The kind that looks/feels real. If I ever learned anything from my dad I’ll wait for post holiday clearance for that too.

Restoration Hardware Christmas Wreath & Mantle Display

Simple? Check. Festive? Check.

Design Within Reach:

Design within Reach Desk

Swag Desk.

Speaking of Christmas, this is on my wish list. $$$$$

+I’ve got ideas floating in my head. Things I want to replicate and things I want/need. Same difference.

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While in Columbus I figured it wouldn’t hurt to check out the local Walmart. I know what you’re thinking (all Walmarts are the same). Wrong.

Check it!

Nordic Ware Maple Leaf Pan

This little muffin pan is adorable. You could easily make pumpkin, maple, or gingerbread muffins & they’d be perfect for any autumn day. Just warm a small bowl of cream cheese icing for dipping & Voilà!

Walmart 2009

I almost missed this gem. What does it remind you of? It reminds me of the Martha Stewart collection from last Halloween & this year’s present collection. The kicker? It was much, much, much cheaper. I believe it was four or five bucks.

Spooky Curtains Walmart 2009

These spooky cheese cloth curtains were great. I cannot remember their exact price (probably just a couple bucks) but they’d look great swagged over open windows for Halloween. They had these in white, black, and gray. I went for the gray but I think I could easily be persuaded to go right to white. –These would also be easy to make and possibly cheaper depending on the size and quantity you’d need/like. -If I cannot find these on clearance once Halloween passes? Well! I’ll make them myself.

Halloween Makeup Kit-Walmart 2009

Cool? Yes, these makeup kits are! Very much so! Perfect for Halloween costume get-ups or parties. It would save time & $$$.

P.S. I wouldn’t do these solo (you might risk getting the application off center or powder in your eyes. Ouch!).

&! Even at $10 (TEN highway robbery dollars), I had to have these flower Martha Stewart stamps. I’ve never seen these online or in store.

Martha Stewart Flower Stamps

With the right fabric ink I could make a cute tablecloth or embellish a t-shirt. With typical ink pads I could add detail to garlands, cards, or party favors and create a theme for birthdays, showers, or dinner parties. Just like that. Cute, huh?

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Over the weekend I:

Got a chance to hang out with my favorite baby, Korey.

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He’s such a good baby. Doesn’t cry (he does get fussy when you put him in his car seat). Eats & eats. Doesn’t seem to be too picky unless you are feeding him anything that’s not pureed or liquid. –He just doesn’t like the texture of solids. It’s funny to watch him stick out his tongue and scowl.

It was fun & my arm got a good workout too. Heh.

I also got to go to the mall and look around. Macy’s had already clearanced the Martha Stewart Halloween kitchen stuff . I would have bought the cupcake and cake stencils but the sale was so minimal (10%? I laugh at you!) that I’ll just keep an eye out for when it goes half off. &! FYI! The Christmas collection for the kitchen ware is so so. However, she had a few Christmas ornaments that were nice.

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The toadstools are so! cute! & the acorn too. I could maybe do the pinecones (hypothetically) but only if they were glittered at this rate. Maybe just in brown, white, & silver.

I also had these:

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The draft cider is decent but it tastes a thousand (make that five thousand) times better when mixed with apple cider. Together it just tastes like a really good apple cider with zinggggggg.

& because we cannot get away from autumn just yet…

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The cream cheese I had to have. It took me two trips before I finally got my hands on it. –Had to wait for a new shipment. So yummy!

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Ghosts, bats, & jack-o-lanterns! oh!my! Pasta shapes. –Hello! Festive lunch!

& Finally this awesome decorative display sign:

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Awesome? Yes. I’d love to replicate this with orange cardstock & silk screening or with paint on canvas. Either/Or. What do you think?

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I went to the thrift store today & I found Korey (nephew) a Halloween costume. It’s a lion. I attempted to take a picture of it but every time I try it just looks like garbage. -It’s super cute though & I cannot wait to dress him up for the holiday & draw whiskers on his face and a feline pink nose.

& While just taking a chance and looking at the children’s shoes department I found a pair of boys vans. They’re for a toddler & although Korey is bigger than most kids his age (he wears 18 mos. and is only 10 mos.), I doubt he can fit a three/four year old’s shoes just yet. I am excited for him nonetheless. They are vans. VANS! The only tennis shoes I will wear (but of course!). My nephew has to go out in style. Definitely.

Korey-Vans

 

&! When I said I would be on a look out for the trees changing I noticed this today:

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The trees are definitely changing but many are not following suit.

P.S. I heard that Bruegger’s Bagels has a pumpkin cream cheese out for the season.
Must. Try. To. Get. That. This. Weekend. Aaaah!

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Autumn definitely has crept up on me this year. I left to run errands the other day & this is what I found:

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Fallen leaves on my car. Shades of red, orange, & yellow. They’re simply cute. I am going to try to watch the trees over the next few days and see how much they are changing. They’re even more interesting to look at than their fallen soldiers.

& Because it is autumn, I had to break out my tennis shoes today. I admit that I haven’t worn them all summer (& in fact they’ve been in my car for the past two months), but I am hesitant to be confined to wear them all winter. I love flats too much. They’re easier to slip on & look a zillion times more pulled together than my sneaks. We’ll see how long I go with these. Maybe I need a new pair of boots? Or flats that go well with tights & trouser socks?

I like these:


Sneakers will still be my best friend and go-to-man with t-shirts. Honest.

The red flats are from pacsun & the other two are from urban outfitters.

I equally need all three pairs. Feel free to contact me & buy away! No. Yes. Seriously.

Last & least to continue with the holiday spirit check these out:

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These are at my grandma’s house. She made both of them. She has an awesome jack-o-lantern still hiding in storage but I hope she’ll get it out soon because it is too neat to not be able to share it.

That’s it for now.

El Fin.

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Halloween! Hall-o-ween! Halloween!

This post is going to be image heavy. I know that’s okay because we all prefer the picture ratio to be larger than the text. Please.

I finally finished my deep cleaning & decorating process this past Saturday & am getting the images to flickr and ready for viewing.

The majority of my things are centered into the living room. It makes sense. That room is the center of the place, most viewed and lived in.

Ready?

Living Room:

Back Wall:
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Right wall:

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Front wall:

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Top of mantle

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Panning upwards

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Panning downwards

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& down some more

Close ups of the front wall:

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Left Wall:

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Kitchen:

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Corner of the room

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Bathroom:

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Bedroom:

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Phew!

I know that was a ton of photographs but you get the general idea as to why this took me so long & what it looks like for Halloween around here.

The chandeliers & the black drippy goo on the fireplace were both Martha Stewart Halloween kits from Michael’s. The pumpkins and black ceramic cats were all thrifted along with the plaid throws. Silhouettes were crafted from templates & cut out on black cardstock.

Questions or curiosities? Ask away.

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I know, I know. I still haven’t got up the Halloween decorations yet but! I’ve been on a deep cleaning spree in the midst of this process. It’s hard to tell but that’s my black wire cat that is littered with orange lights. No pun intended. –It’s a work in progress but I promise I’ll have it done by the weekend.

I don’t want to leave anyone hanging so! today while shopping at my favorite thrift store I found this:

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It’s pretty cute & awesome. I’ll tell you that the awesome factor shot up when I read that you simply remove the lid & put the jar with its cracker contents in the oven for a crisper result. Oven safe? Well! Just! You already had me at Pyrex.

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Check out that gold faux bois! I am not usually a big fan of gold anything but I am completely okay with this.

It surprised and humbled me to find this because I was just looking yesterday at its sister, the cookie jar.

Hurrah for vintage Pyrex!

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