Tag: halloween
fall porch 2014

Love our front porch this year. I skipped the bats and ghosts and bunting this time. We loaded up on mums and pumpkins and just decorated the front steps.

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Halloween was a total bust last year thanks to Sandy. I loved last year’s costumes but didn’t really get to show them off, so I was pretty determined to make up for it this year.

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We (meaning I) finally carved pumpkins this afternoon. I decided to set up right on the porch so that Hannah could sit and participate in the fun. I knew she wouldn’t actually be able to help much, but at the very least I thought my enthusiasm would be infectious. But this is Hannah participating:
carving2013_1She was totally icked out by the pumpkin innards (understandably). She was much more interested in my iPad and the Pinterest inspiration I was looking at. I even tried to put one of her movies on to keep her excited about hanging out, but it was too bright out there for her to see it. Eventually she just got up and went in the house to play, leaving me by myself! I thought I had years to go before that started happening.

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halloween13_1 I decided not to decorate inside this year because a certain 2.5′ tall gremlin is into everything. I can only imagine what horrors would await my stair mice or Halloween garlands and piggy banks. But, the outside of the house is ready.

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I just finished my first (and hopefully not the last!) freelance piece for BuzzFeed. It was a ton of fun to put together, and it’s doing pretty well on the site.

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I was looking through pictures last night and realized that I never posted photos of her first Halloween costume. There really was no Halloween this year, but we did get dressed up to go visit my mom the weekend before the storm. I spent months agonizing over Hannah’s first costume, planning a coordinating theme for the family, and I was so proud of this. I really wanted to show her off, but in the end we had just had a brief photo op in front of my mom’s and a quick tour around a very bizarre Halloween party at the Parks and Rec building in my hometown. It consisted of a hayride around the Little League field and a strange dance-type thing happening inside the building. The hayride line was down the block, and loud dances are not really Hannah’s cup of tea yet.

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I have not even had a chance to finish my Halloween decorating at work, but I did get this bulletin board done last Friday. I’m in love with it. I love doing bulletin boards, but the past couple of years I hadn’t really had time to organize myself beyond my beloved library tree. This year is different. I love my Blast Off With Books board (a program that’s turning into a big hit, by the way). I still love my library tree. And now this back of the room board I’ll change up frequently.

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Other posts on this project: Hannah’s Halloween Quilt Pt. 1.

I got this quilt sandwiched and quilted last weekend. It’s been an insane week, with Hannah suddenly deciding to wake up every couple of hours. So we’re all a little sleep deprived, and I have not taken many pictures of this quilt in progress. But I love it, I think I’ll be able to finish it this weekend. The binding is already made.

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So in between having fits at the sore state of my Nightshade quilt, which just isn’t coming together in a way I’m happy with, I’ve been quietly piecing together a quilt for Hannah’s first Halloween with Sherry Berry’s Costume Clubhouse fabric and Julie’s Radio Way pattern. And making this quilt top I had an epiphany that’s so obvious I can’t believe I didn’t put it into words years ago: I’m an emotional quilter, not a precision quilter. I quilt the exact same way I paint, with lots of enthusiasm and outside the lines. I will never win awards for my neat and tidy piecing and quilting, but I love my janky sewing skills nonetheless. I’m not someone who can spend a year on one quilt. I’m someone who hears about a friend or colleague in the hospital and immediately makes them a quilt–with lots of love and lots of mistakes.

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