When’s the last time I did a Month in Review post? Why, it was January 2013!
I’ve been reading Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly and in it she cites research that indicates that those who are acutely aware of what they’re grateful for are more contented. That makes a lot of sense to me, but often I’d rather not “waste” time contemplating the good things; I’d rather distract myself with activities or blogs or online shopping. But I’ve been feeling awfully restless and discontent for no real reason, so I think it’s time to give this another try.
In October, I (often with Daniel in tow):
- coordinated the thrift shop’s anniversary sale
- attended a beautiful wedding
- partied it up at a friend’s birthday party
- visited with college friends who came to visit
- picked apples at Carter Mountain Orchard
- ate delicious, home cooked apple pie thanks to the friends who came to visit
- sight saw on Skyline Drive on a foggy day
- sang a solo part in the church choir
- moved my fair trade blog over to Blogger (and got 1,070 views in the first month!)
- wrote about lessons learned working at a thrift shop
- went on my church’s 2nd annual hike
- helped secure funding for the thrift shop’s maintenance fund
- watched Fright Night with friends on Halloween
- started reading Silence by Shusaku Endo
I-64 boasts 2 lookouts between Waynesboro and Charlottesville. Since it’s a divided highway they’re only accessible going east from Waynesboro, so I have to wait until I have reason to head out that way to take in the view. This week I remembered to bring my camera along on a thrifting excursion, so I stopped at both lookouts on my way back home.
What a lovely fall day!
I asked the Century Link man who was stopped with me to take my photo. Thanks, Century Link man!
It’s days like these that make me fall in love with Virginia all over again. I’m lucky to live here.
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I bought a plain pullover on clearance originally intending to embellish it like this one. But when I got to the craft store, the only iron-on animal applique that caught my eye was the same one used in the tutorial and I really didn’t want a shiny fox. I wanted something cool, like a deer or an un-shiny fox.
I brainstormed for entirely too long while walking up and down the aisles of Jo-Ann Fabrics, then found myself back in the applique aisle, considering studded shoulders. I took the plunge, buying two sheets of iron-on studs. The next evening, The Clothes Horse was wearing an ASOS studded-shoulder pullover and I knew I’d made the right decision.
Supplies: Plain pullover, Iron-on studs, Iron
I caution you against buying a mini iron for, although it was invented specifically for use with iron-on appliques, it doesn’t get hot enough to achieve satisfactory results. It took far too long to convince the glue to melt and the studs to stick. Some are still loose. I should have purchased a regular iron.
This outfit is a bit crazy. But this room is a bit crazy, in a good way. Who would have thought to mix a tangerine, oriental rug with graphic, modern art and über contemporary accents (apparently Elle Decor)?
I tried to pick up not only the color scheme but also the sense of texture and playfulness of the room in my outfit, accenting a gray chiffon dress with a patterned cardigan, carpet bag, and statement wedges. I’d like to lounge on that couch and peruse an art book for the afternoon. But I’m not sure I’d like to live here full time. Super modern isn’t really my thing.
While doing some “research” for this post (aka, looking up words to get some context for my thoughts), I stumbled upon this Wikipedia article on hypermodernity/supermodernity. So long, post modernism? Even fashion can be intellectual.
- I love the composition and timeliness of this photograph by Elizabeth Messina for The Huffington Post.
- Stripes and polka dots in fall colors appeal to me.
- Inspired by Downton Abbey’s Season 3 wardrobe.
- I’ve seen a few building projects that use unfinished crates from Michael’s, but this is one I might actually do.
- The setting of this image makes very little sense, but I like the outfit and the stacks of books.
- A photo by Paper Crowns, a Charlottesville blogger!
It’s almost time to write a four months in Charlottesville post. Isn’t it weird that it’s practically December?