Sunday, August 31, 2008

Confession: A Love Affair.

I am in love with Eastern State Penitentiary. I swear, I think it is one of my most favorite places on earth. There is so much to see. So much to photograph. For me, the challenge is to see things differently. We've seen the typical photos: cell block shots, the long, decrepit hallways, the barber chair with a ray of sunshine offering a detailed view. I won't lie, I've taken many of the same shots. And most of my photos are the typical, including the one I've posted here; however, that doesn't stop my desire to explore, discover and document this amazing place.
Do yourself a favor, visit the place. It's wonderful. But do me a favor, don't go for the Halloween crap-ola tour with hokey actors and strobe lights. That has nothing to do with the history of the place.
Also, after your trip, stop by Mugshots because they have tasty vegetarian/vegan fare (and non-vegetarian food as well.)

Saturday, August 30, 2008


I headed to a nearby thrift shop after work. It was ridiculously busy. Turns out the whole store was on sale. 25% off everything.
I picked up two patterns, and a large oblong tablecloth (to use the fabric) for the grand total of $3.18.

Thursday, August 28, 2008


Initially I was going to make Abby & myself Halloween skirts. I started her skirt and she promptly declared it her witch Halloween costume. Voila!
I found a tutorial for a cloak. Voila! Voila!
It's not even September and the parts of her costume that I have to make are complete. The black and orange striped tights are on their way. We'll purchase a witch hat and decorate it a bit.
I am proud of myself considering that her first Halloween costume was held together by a glue gun. Progress!
Please note:
The Mickey shirt is not part of the costume.

The First.

So, I've become intrigued with this whole "refashioning" thing. You know, reusing, restyling, reconstructing clothing that you already own or have thrifted.
I have more than a sufficient amount of stain t-shirts. I also have a lot of t-shirts with mysterious little holes by the waistband. I theorize that these are victims of my zipper, but I have yet to see it happen, so I cannot be 100% sure.
Anyhow, I am attempting to refashion one of my peculiarly holed t-shirts. I had some scraps from a t-shirt I made my sister, I started yesterday, but am unhappy with the result. I need to reconstruct the reconstruction.
Last night we had veggie burritos for dinner: red peppers, green peppers, onion, garlic, tomatoes, black beans, kidney beans, corn, misc. spices/herbs. We (me and Abby) have been making our own tortillas. Very easy. Very delicious. Try it.