Hello Sweetie ;) and Happy Halloween

And happy last day of “31 days of writing” too! If you’re a Doctor Who fan, you’ll probably understand the title!  Yesterday was pumpkin carving and today is halloween!  My boyfriend and I decided to combine a favorite show with … Continue reading

Happy Lunch

This is an update on how my lunch mentor sessions with “Mary” are going.

Today was by far a really good day, if not the most talkative and open lunch we’ve ever had.  It started off kind of slow but really took off after we talked about her cheerleading.  She told me how they got first place over the weekend and if they win regionals they get to go to Disney World!  Isn’t that awesome?!  I told her how proud I was of her.  She says she’s doing great in class and is getting high grades, which was not the case last year.   We then talked about halloween and costumes and soon after that I barely spoke.  Mary took off in the conversation and she opened up so much about her family and her home life.

When I learned about the area in which she lives, my heart sank a little, she lives in an area of town known for it’s gang violence.  I will be praying for her much more specifically now.  I had no idea.  I learned so many other things about her and now I know what her favorite halloween candy is and am planning on bringing it to our next lunch!  I am so glad to see her opening up, she’s grown so much since last year.  The teacher even tells me her behavior and grades have improved just because of our lunches.

I can’t wait to see where her feet take her in life!  I hope to stay in contact with her even past her elementary school days.

Her favorite halloween candy

Her favorite halloween candy

Christmas List ideas

If you don’t have any problem filling a page of items you would like for Christmas, then maybe this post isn’t for you.  But if you’re like me and forget what you actually want, or don’t know what to ask for without cleaning a wallet out, then read on.

Throughout the year I can find things and “dream shop” for things I want but never buy them and I can never remember them by the time people start asking you what you want.  Here are a few reminders that help me.

1.  Remember the movies (or music)

Recall or keep a list of movies you’ve seen that you would like to own.  I love having movies but do not enjoy buying them myself.  Or use the phone app, Shazam, to catalog all the music you’ve liked and ask for an iTunes gift card, or a specific album.

2.  Think of the Gadgets

Remember all those cool little gadget accessories that you see at Bed Bath and Beyond but don’t buy those either?  Those are a great stocking stuffer idea to mention for yourself or anyone who is hard to buy for.  It’s usually a safe zone.  I’ve also added a drawing tablet to my list, relatively cheap, but still a gadget I would like.

3.  Gift Cards

I know it’s the most impersonal gift that you could ask for but frankly I wouldn’t trust a grandmother to pick out clothes as a gift.  As long as your entire list isn’t made up of gift cards, I think mentioning one or two isn’t quite so bad.  For example, I have a fabric store gift card listed and a clothes gift card.

4.  Games or Books

Whether you’re a gamer or a board gamer, it’s always fun to mix it up a little.  Call of Duty vs. Apples to Apples, Assassins Creed vs. Chutes and Ladders etc.  If you’re a super nerd and haven’t (will not) upgrade to a reading tablet, you can always ask for books!  I still love asking for those giant informational books that you find at the library (Science, animals, movies, nature, etc.)

5.  Phone Accessories

I have an iPhone 5, so the possibilities are endless.  Whatever phone you have, find an accessory that you want.  Check out Etsy, they have amazing accessories.

6.  Final tip

My final tip is to shop around on Amazon.  It’s vast hoard of everything will give you insight to what you really want; or what you need.

Good luck and I hope that Santa brings you everything you’ve asked for!

Wacky Wavy Arm-flailing Costume

This crazy halloween costume idea came from one of my fellow interns from Hüify, Maurice, and he got this idea from this video:

Since I have some sewing skills, we attempted it.  But also, since I’m a genius, I didn’t take any pictures of my process (only the end product.) So this tutorial is something I drew up in Illustrator and then I’ll have an end result picture at the end.

Within this tutorial, I am assuming you have a basic sewing knowledge.

Let’s begin: Wacky Wavy Arm-flailing halloween costume

Things you will need:

  • 6 ft. child’s play tube
  • About 6 yards of stretchy fabric
  • Matching thread (or coordinating thread)
  • White/Black felt for eyes
  • Fray-check
  • Needles for hand-sewing

Most of this is hand sewing but there are two instances where you will need a sewing machine (or surger) to save time.


Step 1

Step 1

On the play tube, get in the tube (or have the person that’s going to be wearing it) and mark where you want the face to be.  Remember that your face only needs to be looking out of the mouth part, the eyes will go above that.  After that, take the fabric and stretch it length ways (or hot-dog style for those of us still in elementary school) around the tube.  Pin down.  Sewing Machine needed here:  Sew a seam (right sides together), turn right sides out and slip back over tube like a sock (this shouldn’t be difficult)

*You could probably get away with less than 6 yards of fabric, but it’s always better to have more than you need than less.  But I do believe I had about a yard or more left over.


Step 2

Step 2

Pin fabric around the top rung of the tube.  I took about an inch of fabric over the edge (to the inside) Hand sew fabric around that top rung in a circle fashion (follow the shape of the rung).  You want to have stitches close together and tight (but don’t break your thread like I did multiple times) You want to have the mindset that you don’t want this fabric coming loose while trick-or-treating.


Step 3

Step 3

Get in it again and re-mark (or make sure your marks match up) the face and arm holes.  I marked mine where the arms would be sticking out (without cutting it).  Another way to do this without drawing is with pins.  Pin the shape of the mouth and arm circles, just be careful not to stick yourself.  Another tip, make sure that you’re in between rungs, it’s not fun to go through metal.


Step 4

Step 4

This illustration is a little off.  I was trying to capture a view from the top of the tube instead of looking straight at it.  Get someone inside it again (or yourself, personally this project is more difficult when you’re on your own) Mark on the inside of the tube where shoulder straps would go.  I hand stitched mine and used jean material.  You want to mark a little below the front and back of the shoulder, just not on top of it.  The purpose of this is so that your arms are not supporting the costume all night.


Step 5

Step 5

Get the person in it again and double check that the marked arm holes line up with the actual arms that will be going through it.  Then cut (through main fabric and tube fabric, duh) Also you want to double check where you marked the mouth with the person’s face and cut that as well.

Just with the mouth, since I didn’t use black mesh, I folded the fabric in 1/2 inch or so and hand stitched so I didn’t have any raw edges.  You don’t have to do this with the arm holes


Step 6

Step 6

If you can’t tell, I can’t draw hands to save my life.  Sorry.  Measure arms of person to be wearing the costume.  Then cut the fabric a little longer than that.  You want it to have that waving effect when the person flails their arms.  Also, as you get to where the arm pit is, start to slope outward like the image.  This will give you some room to hand sew it to the tube/main fabric.  Sewing Machine needed here:  I doubled the fabric and cut, so I had two pieces for the left and right arms.  You will have to sew down the sides (with right sides together) before sewing to the tube.  I also left the end open in case Maurice needed to eat and could slip his hand out.  



Step 7

 Pin all around arm hole and hand stitch.  I folded both (main fabric and arm sleeve) to the inside so I wouldn’t have raw edges again.  Do this to both sides.  TIP: USE A CRAP TON OF FRAY-CHECK this will give you peace of mind and secure your knots. 

Step 8

Step 8

Cut the eyes out of felt.  White and black is what I used.  But you can be creative.  I also added a mustache for fun, but I didn’t include it in this tutorial for sake of sanity.  I also hand stitched/top stitched (however you want to say it) with matching thread (or you could use coordinating thread, thread is thread)


Step 9

Step 9

Right now the very top (above the person’s head) is open.  I left it open until the very end for ease of hand sewing and getting in and out of the costume.  But now we need to close it.  Measure the fabric to meet the circumference for the opening, then I’d cut an inch (seam allowance) or so bigger than what the actual opening is, this will give you more stability and more to work with while hand stitching.


There was much rejoicing!

There was much rejoicing!

Departing tip:  I said it before and I’ll say it again, USE A CRAP TON OF FRAY CHECK.  Clicking the link in the “what you need” list will take you to Amazon.

Here’s the final result:

Maurice scaring people at PCJ

Maurice having fun

Thanks for reading!  Please COMMENT below to let me know if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to answer them!

There are Adventures to be had

This week has come to a close and this weekend holds many shenanigans and adventures to be had.

I love car rides and what a perfect way to start the weekend by driving to Raleigh with my boyfriend  and family to visit and stay with friends!  Tomorrow, Saturday, we are going to the NC State Fair.  However, this news article has me a little nervous about some adventures that may need to be skipped… but I know that I will be cautious.  I’m not one to stand in line for an hour for one ride that’s going to scare me and make me cry in the end.

I am most excited to see the animals!  I am so looking forward to taking pictures and sharing with you all!  I also have my heart set on winning a prize at one of the many games the fair offers.  I’ve never won anything at a fair and I feel like this is the year!

Of course there is always the food everywhere that most people love to take part in.  I search and want for nothing but a giant carmel apple.  I have my plan all set out, I will go to the fair and price all the apples and then on the way out I will buy one to take home and enjoy!  I remember last year, they had triple dipped apples!  Chocolate, carmel, chocolate and then rolled in something (M&Ms, nuts, sprinkles, etc.)

Adventure is upon us, time for bed!


Glorious Cooking Day

Yesterday was a disaster but today was perfection!  I attempted some classy french macaroons for the first time with my mom’s help! I followed this recipe, but I did not use the cream of tartar:  http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/how-to-make-french-macaroons/ And this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS4DJgFmNFM When … Continue reading