Monthly Archives: March 2010

True Story

About two weeks ago my phone rings. It’s my previous landlord, Randy.

Randy: Hey Danielle, it’s Randy, got a question for you.

Me: Sure.

Randy: Did anything weird ever happen to you while living on Charlotte St.

Me: Describe weird because weird shit happens to me all the time.

Randy: Well you know the couple that moved in after you.

Me: Yeah.

Randy: They moved out 3 days later. They insist it’s haunted and the girl won’t step foot near the place. They called me at midnight because they swore someone was in the attic!


Randy: No kidding.

Me: Seriously?

The conversation continued with Randy stating how when he arrived the girl’s mother was there along with the Manheim police, guns drawn mind you, because dude had a riffle in the attic and that is where they were insistent someone was hiding.

Personally, I think dude needs to grow a set. I lived there for 3 years and not once did I feel anything but protected and safe in my house, with or without Jason there.

It’s been a month since I vacated the gnome home and there it sits unoccupied. At least I don’t have to worry about bothering anyone when I return to dig out my perennials and garden fence this weekend!



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CeCe’s Crayon Roll

 Last Tuesday Cecelia celebrated her third birthday. Keeping with my tradition of handmade gifts I decided to make her a crayon roll. I originally got the idea from a roll up makeup brush organizer.
I ended up using the same fabrics as her Mama & Me half apron set, so when she opened her gift she excitedly exclaimed “An Apron!” I laughed explaining that yes, the fabrics were the same but this gift was not an apron. Upon a thorough investigation of her present she announced to my mom, “Grammy, I’d like to color now.”
There was lots of oohhhhing and aaahhhing by the adults at her party. Then a wave of annoyance washed over the room once everyone learned I whipped it up that morning.
I think I may have to make one of these babies for my ever growing surplus of crochet hooks! I probably won’t use ric rac as that was a bit of a pain in the arse, but maybe a nice edge binding or a funky ribbon.


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Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring

This picture was taken a few weeks ago as part of my 365 photo challange. I felt it to be fitting for today, as I have found myself quietly reflecting upon the passing of one season and the rebirth of another.
Happy Vernal Equinox!

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Music Monday Monotony

I started Music Monday posts in January as another way to share a little bit of me, with you. Music is and always has been a huge part of my life. For me, music triggers not only intense emotion and memories, but it acts as a soundtrack for much of my life. Prime example, Hole’s 1994 album, Live Through This, stepped in precisely where Nirvana left off. Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not. Insert conspiracy theory here. Music is good. Music is life. (OK, that was a total Shindler’s List rip and a bad one at that, but can’t help it, I love that movie!) Plus, (here comes the real truth) I wanted to add a bit O’blog filler because those of you who know me, believe it or not, I’m not always sewing. So in times of creative lull I did not want my blog to appear neglected.

Here’s another little nugget of truth. I have a thing for alliteration. So themes like Music Monday and Wordless Wednesday kind of get me slightly excited. That my friends in no way justifies the annoyance that washes over me when I realize it’s Sunday night and I have to compose a post for the next day. It’s like high school and college all over again. I happen to be a professional procrastinator who does not like keeping rigid schedules. I’m impulsive and at times I can really be impatient. I’m what you call a fly by the seat of your pants kind of girl. Therefore so shall be my blog.

So why is it I always start receiving results when I am ready to axe a project? (insert heavy sigh here) Go figure, I wake up the other morning to a comment informing me that I had indeed introduced a reader to a “new to them” artist. Mission indeed accomplished. So from here on out I will still share musical interests and happenings, just not in a structured scheduled setting. 🙂

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Blood Suckers and a Bottle of Red

Do the words “Big Bopper Magazine” mean anything to you? If you were a kid growing up in the 80’s they should ring a few bells. That publication single-handedly doubled as my bedroom’s wall paper from 86-89!

The year is 1987 and I’m a skinny, long haired, tom-boy who is constantly covered in bruises (because she is always falling out of trees) and is hopelessly IN LOVE with Corey Haim. So much in love that I had over 40 pictures of him plastered to my walls. One year at our family’s Christmas Eve gathering, when it was my turn on Santa’s lap, did I ask for a new bike? No. Did I ask for the latest video game system? (which I believe was the old 8 bit Nintendo) No. I asked for Corey Haim . The entire room roared with laughter but I was serious, dead serious. Unfortunately, Santa did not deliver, and from that point on the fat man was on my shit list!

I was saddened to learn that my childhood heartthrob bit the big one today. In all honestly, I’m surprised he lived this long. Some of, no, make that MOST of the pictures taken of him during the last decade really scare me. So like all good Elvis fans, I too must follow suite, and will make the conscience decision of remembering Mr Haim in his prime glory days that graced my youth.

Tonight I plan on hosting a small get together with a VCR, a bottle of red, and a few vampires!


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Music Monday – Freelance Whales

I’ve noticed It’s been a few weeks since I last shared a Music Monday post. With today being a Monday and all, I thought I would throw one out there for your listening pleasure. 🙂

Freelance Whales from a musical stand point is definitely a group that holds their own. But then you go and throw in the *home sewn* album artwork and seriously, it catapults them right over the edge!

If you visit their website you can preorder Weathervanes (in either CD or LP format) and even have a chance of scoring a signed poster.

My favorite tracks happen to be Hannah and Generator ^ First Floor. I was unable to find a quality youtube video of Generator ^ First Floor so just go to this page to listen.

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Meet Big Boy

He is resident cat #1, who is clearly just as excited as I am that the weekend is here, well almost! And why does the universe always feel the need to make a 4 day work week drag on and on?? It’s just not fair I tell ya!

There is much going on over the next two days in my neck of the woods. The new place is set up and friends have been invited. I am looking forward to enjoying some good food and engaging in great conversation! Happy Friday everyone!

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Heading Down the Right Path

Ever wonder if you made the right career choice? If I’ve got you thinking, you may want to go HERE and take the Color Career Quiz.

Here are my freakishly on-spot results:

Best Occupational Category
You’re a CREATOR

Nonconforming, Impulsive, Expressive, Romantic, Intuitive, Sensitive, and Emotional

These original types place a high value on aesthetic qualities and have a great need for self-expression. They enjoy working independently, being creative, using their imagination, and constantly learning something new. Fields of interest are art, drama, music, and writing or places where they can express, assemble, or implement creative ideas.

Suggested careers are Advertising Executive, Architect, Web Designer, Creative Director, Public Relations, Fine or Commercial Artist, Interior Decorator, Lawyer, Librarian, Musician, Reporter, Art Teacher, Broadcaster, Technical Writer, English Teacher, Architect, Photographer, Medical Illustrator, Corporate Trainer, Author, Editor, Landscape Architect, Exhibit Builder, and Package Designer.

Consider workplaces where you can create and improve beauty and aesthetic qualities. Unstructured, flexible organizations that allow self-expression work best with your free-spirited nature.

Suggested Creator workplaces are advertising, public relations, and interior decorating firms; artistic studios, theaters and concert halls; institutions that teach crafts, universities, music, and dance schools. Other workplaces to consider are art institutes, museums, libraries, and galleries.

I’d love to know what your color career counselor told you!

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