the bob ross dress

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Ever since I first saw this dress on ModCloth, I have referred to it as the “Bob Ross Dress.” The mountains…the fluffy clouds…the happy little trees…this thing has “Bob Ross” written all over it.  All it needs is his signature in the lower corner, done in some thinned-down red paint.

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I have always enjoyed watching episodes of The Joy of Painting, and Dave and I still watch reruns to this day.

So when I was picking out outfits for the Craft and Hobby trade show I went to back in January, I knew this would be the perfect dress due to its artistic flair.  Dave tagged along with me to the show, and we had some time to scoot away from the Altenew booth to check out the floor.

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As we turned around the first corner, I squealed with delight.

“OMG – A Bob Ross booth!!”

Instead of trying to explain how magical the moment was, I’ll show you the photos Dave snapped with his phone:

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There I was…surrounded by the very mountains, clouds, and trees that drove the purchase of this dress.  It couldn’t have been a more perfect moment (though the two gentlemen running the booth founds my actions and excitement a little odd)

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Instead of wearing the dress with a cardi like I did at the trade show, this past weekend I decided to layer it with a top underneath.  I love how versatile sleeveless dresses are, with more than one way to style them.

I adore little peter pan collars, however I don’t have any black shirts with one.  So I did what any other crafty gal would do – I sewed one!  I love how it makes my cheap $10 t-shirt look a lot more fancy!
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If you want more info on the pattern I used for the collar and the sizing adjustments I made, please check out this post.

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Dress:  ModCloth Festive Frondescence A-Line Dress in Alpine
Shirt:  H&M
Collar:  made by me 🙂  (using Simplicity 1727)
Fleece-Lined Tights:  Marshall’s
Shoes:  Madden Girl
Belt:  made by me 🙂

green arrow cosplay (finally!)

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Hehe, I couldn’t help but make a comic cover based on one of the photos 🙂

Well, it’s FINALLY here.  The photos from the Green Arrow cosplay that I made for Boston Comic Con…back in August!   But if you have been following my blog for some time, I think you already know that I procrastinate a bit when it comes to this stuff.

Today I’ll just be sharing some photos we took out and about in Boston, then I will explain how I made everything in another post (hopefully it won’t take half a year to get that one up!)  My costume is loosely based on the Neal Adams Green Arrow.

Note: I know my bow/arrow technique is terrible…mostly due to the fact that they are child-sized. haha!
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Some past costumes…

NYCC ’15 (Bombshell Hawkgirl and Greaser Batman)
PAX East ’15 (Beat and Gum from Jet Set Radio, revamped)
PAX East ’14 (Kat and Dante from Devil May Cry)
NYCC ’13 (Clobberella from Futurama)
PAX East ’13 (Gaige and Handsome Jack from Borderlands 2)
NYCC ’12 (Black Widow and Hawkeye from Marvel Comics)
PAX East ’12 (Beat and Gum from Jet Set Radio)
NYCC ’11 (Rogue and Gambit from Marvel Comics)
PAX East ’11 coming soon (Faith from Mirror’s Edge and Alex Mercer from Prototype)
NYCC ’10 coming soon (Domino and Deadpool from Marvel Comics)

heel, toe, on the line…

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…will you be my Valentine?

I wore this outfit to work on Valentine’s Day, and did an awesome Valentine’s Day circle dance with the first graders.  The lyrics above are from the accompanying song!  It has been stuck in my head all week… 🙂

I know, I’m a bad blogger – I posted my Valentine’s Day outfit after the holiday instead of before it.  To be honest, I don’t plan many of my outfits in advance.  They are frequently selected in a hurry when I’m about to be late and have to get clothes on my body ASAP.

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I was clearly going with a theme here, and it was just perfect that my hair happens to have red in it. One of the other teachers commented on it and then asked me if I was going to go green for St. Patrick’s Day…ha!
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We took these photos in the South End, not too far from the dance studio I go to.  Every time I walk past on my way to class, I think about how pretty these condos are!  I wonder how much it costs to live in one…

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Well, I just went and checked.  The three units I saw have recently sold for just over $2 million each.  Yowza!

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Well since we’ll obviously never live there, I’ll just have to pretend by looking at this cute photo of Dave looking all dapper in front of the building  🙂

Hope you all had a great weekend!

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Dress: H&M
Cardigan:  Kohl’s
Tights:  Old Navy
Shoes Payless Comfort Plus Karmen Pump
Heart Pin:  Charming Charlie Foodie Enamel Pin Set

down by the station

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Back in August 2015 I took some photos at Depot Park in Bedford, MA.   I love this location at the end of the Minuteman Bike Trail mostly because of the vintage passenger car that’s parked there.  It was once part of an old Boston commuter line which ran for over 100 years from 1873-1977.
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After a fairly snowless season, we have finally started getting some typical New England snowstorms.  At work, we have had two delayed openings, a snow day last Thursday, and another one today.

As you would guess, this past weekend was the perfect opportunity to take some snowy photos!  We had plans to meet up with Sara and her boyfriend Cody for burgers and shopping on Saturday, so we left a little early to snap some pics.

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I wore a gorgeous 1940s style Emily and Fin dress that I bought at Modern Millie Shop in Salem.  This was one that I almost left on the rack, but Sara (and the shop employees) convinced me it was worth the price tag.  They were right!  This dress is in pretty consistent rotation 🙂

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I paired it with a little coral wristlet along with some sweet accessories – thin gold belt, bee necklace, and feather bobby pin.

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Hope you have a fabulous Monday! 🙂

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Dress:  Emily & Fin Charlotte Dress in Whimsical Bloom via Modern Millie Shop
Shoes:  Beyond Skin Amelia via clothing swap
Wristlet:  Coach Outlet
Necklace:  Jo-Ann Fabrics
Fleece-Lined Tights:  Marshall’s
Hair:  Forever 21
Belt:  source unknown

boston winter

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So sorry for the long absence!  I know it’s been about a month since my last post… 😦

Things have been really busy recently, mostly due to the stamp/paper crafts company that I co-founded and design for, Altenew.  There is a big trade show every year that we attend, and this year it was in Phoenix.  I was CRAZY busy December and January leading up to the show the weekend of the 20th.

We were doing last minute design/decor for our booth, plus I had to prepare cards and projects for my TV appearance.  (Don’t get too excited…I was on a crafting shopping network that airs in the UK.  You can read more about it at the end of this post)

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These photos are actually from mid-December, when my in-laws came up to visit Boston.  We decided to check out Boston Winter, a little outdoor shopping market they held for a few weeks at City Hall Plaza.

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It was just darling!  I love the look of the little shops…like a winter wonderland!  They also had a skating rink, which looked like a lot of fun.  Plus, the wait was a lot less than what I usually see over at the Frog Pond.

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After shopping and grabbing some snacks at Boston Winter, we took a stroll to the Common to check out the tree.

Man oh man, tree photos at dusk are tricky!  I feel like if the lit tree is properly exposed the subject isn’t, and vice versa.  Plus, I think in these photos we look like we were all Photoshopped in (especially the last one with me, Dave, and his parents).

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Well, I hope this post puts you in the holiday spirit…in February.  Ha!

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Sweater:  Eric + Lani  via Macy’s
Skirt:  Express
TightsXhilaration via Target
Boots:  Indigo by Clarks Cedar Street
Socks:  Forever 21 Striped Rib Knee-High Socks
Hat:   J. Crew Hearthstone Trapper Hat
Gloves: source unknown (they are old)
Headband: Claire’s