Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Madness That Is The NC State Fair

IMG_7031 IMG_7052 IMG_7023 IMG_7053 IMG_7042 IMG_7032 (2) DSC_0279_3 IMG_7075_2 Growing up, I loved going to our little county fair every year with my cousins. Chautauqua County Fair. We'd get dressed in our best summer shorts, and head out for a day of fun. We'd get our bracelets to ride all the rides, as many times as we wanted, played games to win gold fish or whatever the "it" prize was of the year, eat funnel cakes, candy apples and just have the best day ever! I'd be so jealous of my cousins, because they normally went more than once. I got my one day and that was it. But even so, I had so many great memories.

Fast forward to a few years ago....actually more like 10 years ago, we ventured out to the NC State Fair on a hot October afternoon. I wanted my boys to experience all the greatness of the fair. NOT! There were so many people, we were shoulder to shoulder, could barely move, bumping into people. It was not a pleasant experience, especially with two little kids. The lines were too long, and the boys didn't want anything to do with the rides. We swore off the fair FOREVER! Said we would never go back. Well, never say never.

Elijah said he wanted to meet a friend(girl) at the fair, so I decided we would give it another go. I had to convince Fonzy to come with me. I guess he remembered better than I did. We went Saturday night, and it was just as we remembered. Too many people, and not worth it! Best thing about going was getting a funnel cake with strawberries and candy apples. I even went back on a lunch trip with my sister to get a second batch of them. I love candy apples. After that second trip though, I have yet again sworn off the Fair. This is not the fair of my childhood memories. I mean it this time. I'm never going back :)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

UNC Game and How Your Daddy Ruins Your Rap

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Cubano! Yum!

This past weekend we attended a UNC football game. Fonzy wanted to see one of his previous students who played on the opposing team.Whenever he gets the chance, he always supports his old players/students.

This was my second college football game. A few years ago, Fonzy and I went to an NC state game. I like football, so I'm always down for attending a game. We parked and rode the a shuttle to the stadium. Let me tell you, they packed that shuttle to the hilt! We were squashed in like sardines in a can! I actually didn't mind it too much. All part of the experience. It was hot as heck Saturday, and unfortunately we were sitting on the side with the sun in our face, but the game was fun. It was just nice to be out with Fonzy and the boys. Soon they will be off living their lives, so we need to soak up as much time with them as we can.

After the game we headed to downtown Durham for dinner. I was excited to check out Dames Chicken and Waffles. I heard they have the best chicken and waffles but the wait was over an hour and Fonzy and the boys weren't having it, so we decided to eat at a Cuban place we'd been to before. We passed a cute little bookstore while walking downtown Durham. I would have loved to gone in and browsed. Maybe next time because I plan on checking out Dames eventually.

Funny thing happened while at dinner. Elijah happened to notice our waitress. She was a cute little thang. Whenever she came to our table to check on us or refresh our drinks, he would look down. He mentioned that he thought she was cute and Fonzy said he would get her number for him. Of course Elijah didn't believe him. When the waitress came back to our table, Fonzy asked her how old she was. She said 19. He told her that Elijah wanted her number! Now Elijah is slightly over 6ft and has a little mustache and of course is a cutie. So she kind of glanced over at him, smiling, considering giving Elijah her number when Fonzy announced, "He's 14!" She then stammered, "uh no, sorry. he's too young!" and walked off. Elijah told Fonzy he messed up his chances with getting the girl and said she was thinking about giving him her number. I agree with Elijah. She was thinking about it! Not that he could have done anything with it! Ha! Poor kid. His Daddy totally messed up his game!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Moon Thoughts

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Letting Titus out last night, I noticed the moon, hovering low in the sky over the rooftops. It wasn't late, a little after 8pm, but the neighborhood was quiet. There was a slight wind, and you could feel Autumn in the air. I stood out there for a bit, just gazing at the moon, thoughts of Samuel swirling around me. His birthday is coming up next month, and I always get a little nostalgic around this time. I stare at the moon, and think of him sitting there, looking down at me. I picture him smiling, I smile back, I feel him....if just for a moment.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Cupcake Skirt Cuteness

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I am learning so much in Mimi G's Sew It Academy. And having fun! This skirt was in our Introduction to Garment sewing, along with the shirt I shared previously.

Shopping for fabric can be so overwhelming! I've shopped at JoAnn's Fabrics before, but never for fabric. When searching for the fabric for this skirt, I went down each aisle, touching the fabric, pulling out bolt after bolt and couldn't decide. I saw this cupcake print and thought, how cute and put the bolt back. I searched some more, but kept coming back to the cupcakes, so decided cupcakes it is! I figured it would make a cute, playful skirt.

Mimi taught us how to take our measurements, draft our own pattern, cut and sew. I knew I wanted to add pockets to my skirt, so I found a tutorial by Dana of Made Everyday, and it was pretty easy. I chose a dark pink/white polka dot pattern for my pockets. I hate that I forgot to take a picture of the pockets. You can see a glimpse of a pocket in the 2nd picture to last.

So here are things I learned with this project...

~ When measuring the elastic, we were told to take your waist measurement, then cut about an inch or so off. Either I measured my waist wrong, or I needed to take more off, because the skirt was kind of big. I thought about cutting more, but didn't want it to end up too tight, so stuck with what I had.

~ When making pockets, make sure you take into account your waistband when placing your pockets, and watch the opening. I had to work to fit my hand into one of the pockets. I had sewn the opening a little, so it was a tight fit. Also, I placed my pockets 3 inches from the top, but didn't take into consideration my waistband. Another thing I noticed, when I had my hands in the pockets, it pulled the skirt down. I guess that's from it being a little big. So I need to remember that also.

~ My sewing has gotten straighter, my cutting....not so much! I really need to work on that.

All in all, I am happy with my skirt. It was a fun, playful project. Next in our class, Mimi has us working with knits, making leggings, t-shirt and t-shirt dress. I really have no desire to make leggings or t-shirts, but I will probably make the dress. I've been watching tutorials online on how to read patterns, because that's what I really want to do next. Tackle the patterns I bought below. I have a bunch of vintage patterns for dresses, pajamas, and pants, some Mimi G patterns, a skirt pattern and even a granny chic pattern for a frock (the first one in the bottom row) Hey, I am a granny, so why not! I think the first one I'm going to try are the vintage pjs. Fall is right around the corner, and there is nothing better than lounging in pj's, knitting. Yes, I'm still knitting, Knitting is my first love and I will always knit. I'm still working on my chunky cable blanket, I just need to take some pictures to share. Sewing kind of took over for a bit :)


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