November 30, 2011

Patchie [Bakes]

I'm squeezing things in where I can these days, and part of that includes baking cookies at 10 o'clock at night. I made these years ago when I was just delving into baking things from scratch and wanted to do a dry run of them before I made them for a party next weekend. The black in the cookies? Not chocolate. It's actually tea leaves. I'd share the recipe except they do taste like they are missing something, so I'm going to attempt batch #2 hopefully this weekend, and if it works out the way I want it to I will have a recipe to share sometime next week!
Things are moving pretty hectically here, but I made sure my Thanksgiving weekend was pretty stress free and I got plenty of family time in. Plus it was about 70 degrees and I was able to spend most of the weekend outside. It was a very pleasant calm before the storm!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday! How prepared are you for the next one already? I'm about 95% done with the shopping/presents part!

November 24, 2011

Etsy [Thursday]: Happy Thanksgiving!

Fall Gift Tags
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I'm thankful for all the love and support I have in my life, even if I sometimes forget it's there. And thank you all for taking the time to read my little corner of the internet - it makes me feel good and it is truly appreciated. I'm also thankful I'm about 80% done with Christmas shopping. Boo-yah!

Pilgrim Chicks

Napkin Rings

Pumpkin Butter

Salt & Pepper Shakers

Pumpkin Pie Necklace

Cupcake Topper

Clothespin Dolls

Thankful Card

November 22, 2011

Patchie [Crawls]

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So I don't know if you've picked up on this, but The Boy and I have really gotten in to doing wine tastings in the last year. And since our trip with friends to Pennsylvania where we hit a few in one day we started getting plans together to be even more ambitious. There is a semi-local Wine Trail (The Patuxent Wine Trail) that consists of seven vineyards and wineries spread over two counties. Five of them are in the same county, and we got a group together and made it our goal to hit as many of them in one day as possible. We piled into an SUV (with a designated driver!) and managed to knock out four of the five in one day!

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As the day went on I took less and less pictures and really just enjoyed being there and in the moment. There were some stops I liked more than others (and one I really didn't like at all), and overall it was a fantastic day with friends! We've now started our own wine tasting nights once a month and are taking turns hosting it. It's funny to think that before I met The Boy I didn't drink wine at all because I thought I didn't like it. How things change!

November 21, 2011

Patchie [Instagrams!]

The last week or so has consisted of a lot of cleaning for company that is set to arrive for Thanksgiving on Thursday and a lot of knitting to try and get it done for Christmas. The temperature has been bouncing back and forth between frost and tshirt weather, and my brain is in stage manger overload. Sounds like my typical fall!

I was fortunate enough to have some fantastic weather yesterday (except a few too many clouds) for a senior picture shoot. I'm excited to get home and start sorting through the pictures. The Boy and I were also able to spend some time outside with Marizabeth and her Bear that evening which was a nice way to wrap up the weekend. I'm looking forward to a short work week and the arrival of family. Do you have any big Thanksgiving fans? The Boy and I spend the day bouncing back and forth between families. It's a fun-filled (food-filled!) day!

November 17, 2011

Etsy [Thursday]: Meh.

I think I'm battling a sinus infection and I've had just a generally uninspiring week, and I'm only really starting to feel better this morning. So this theme is inspired by cold medicine and just randomly clicking on things until I found stuff that vaguely went together.

November 16, 2011

Patchie [Revels]: Final Day!


Okay, so. This only took me forever. My bad. I'm cheating this as a Way Back When[sday] post because it was almost a month ago and holy shit, time flies. Where did this year go? I still feel like I just got back from The Cape. Now you're telling me faire is beyond over and Thanksgiving is next week? Next you're going to tell me I'm pretty much out of time to Christmas shop because the Christmas Show is about to kick it into high gear and I've got a wedding to be the Maid of Honor for that got moved up to the weekend after New Years.


Anyway. Not the point of the post. The point of the post is that the last day of RennFest this year left me speechless. Sure, Chrissy was the one who was really getting the attention because her costume was handmade and awesome. But the pair of us the entire day literally couldn't take three steps without being stopped for 15 minutes worth of pictures. We had performers and patrons alike literally searching for us and bouncing out of their skin when they'd finally find us. I have never experienced anything like that before in my life. And when the big group of multiple incarnations of The Doctor showed up? We were messing around and all of a sudden I looked up and there was just a wall of cameras going nuts.

Seriously one of the coolest days of my life, ever. Certainly my favorite day at any faire ever. What a perfect way to end a season.

(Before you start, if you're not a Whovian take a quick peak at The Eleventh Doctor and a Dalek. It'll make it all make more sense, I promise.)










Chrissy has officially talked me into Dragon*Con for next year, and Randy, the guy dressed as Thor up there and his girlfriend are also going. We can't wait. I think Geekdoms are taking over my life a little...

November 11, 2011

Patchie [Pins]: Planning a Shower!

This week in the downtime I've had (which has been nonexistent, but that's another story) I've been brain storming the Bridal Shower that the other bridesmaids and myself are throwing for Marizabeth. in...less than a month. This winter is so busy. Marizabeth wants a tea party themed shower, so I've been hitting up Pinterest and other places on the web for inspiration.

Okay, confession: I have never been to a bridal shower. Or a baby shower. I am a stage manager by nature, so I will mange the crap out of this thing, and thankfully one of the bridemaids has been to "dozens" of them and kind of knows how they run. So hopefully between the two of us something awesome will happen.




Ladies, if you have any tips for bridal showers or tea parties, I would love to hear them!

November 10, 2011

Etsy [Thursday]: Muggin'!

When it the weather gets cold I find myself sitting all day at my desk with my mug full of hot tea in hand, and I know I can't be the only one!

A few things about these...

1. Yes, that astronaut is a Doctor Who reference. I'm so addicted it's sad.
2.I Wanna Love You is The Boy's ringtone!
3. The Cat Love mug is by Fetch & Co, which is run by Ashley over at Adventures of Newlyweds and she's selling mugs and jewelry to help raise money for her little pup who needs surgery. She even does custom stuff - I just placed an order for a custom mug as a Christmas present, but shhh...don't tell anyone!