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ARTECHOUSE

We had a work outing in February to this DC art gallery called ARTECHOUSE. They were running a really interesting light/sound exhibit called Everything in Existence. It used real-time software generated visuals, including one that gauged the mood of every tweet and made a real-time map of it. The main room has a mirror-polished floor that you had to wear … Continue Reading →


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Victorian Tea

After Longwood Gardens, we headed to the DuPont Hotel for our tea. Kat was kind enough to let me use her room to change and also gave me a hairpiece which I used just for fun. This was butter and lemon curd, but it looked like an egg yolk! The huge dining room: Meanwhile, Doug took Elena over to a … Continue Reading →


Longwood Gardens, January

Longwood Gardens, January

Before the Victorian tea in Delaware at the DuPont Hotel, last January, a bunch of us went to Longwood Gardens. There was costumed photography but because I was baby-wrangling and tired, I just went in Muggle clothes and changed later for the tea. Elena was very recently walking and she held mine and Gloria’s hands and walked, and it was … Continue Reading →


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What I was up to – February 2019

What happened in February? I commissioned this beautiful nouveau portrait of Willow. It’s also JWST themed! I actually caught a shiny psyduck. And a shiny taillow! And a shiny zigzagoon I thought this was really pretty. I also saved this back in Feb, and I ended up getting a coupon for their Etsy shop and they lowered the price, so … Continue Reading →


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What I was up to – January 2019

So, now that we’ve covered Christmas at length and caught up on all our fall travels, let’s move into what I was up to… back in January. Yeah, still behind. For New Years we did go to our annual Steve & Mindy hosted party, though we left substantially earlier than usual to get munchkin to bed. She did not stay … Continue Reading →


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January snow

It’s super hot out! Who wants snow? And babies eating snow? Back in January, we got some snow and took Elena out in it. As you may recall from last winter, she hated the snow and made funny faces. This year she loved it and even hugged the snow man we tried to build! Also she was wearing adorable cow … Continue Reading →


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Christmas!

I did a catch-up on the “what have I been up to posts” that got us up to Christmas. But the season was so busy, I thought I’d save Christmas for its own post. And then I tried to blog all the individual events between then and Christmas. So now we are actually up to Christmas. Yes, it’s currently August. … Continue Reading →


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Victorian Christmas Tea 2018

Back to costumes! We’re finally at the Christmas season! These photos are from Caroline’s Victorian Christmas tea. I love her parties! Victorian is a huge hole in my wardrobe, so I rewore my 1840s plaid gown, but that’s ok because I like this dress. (I have since bought a couple Victorian gowns on a FB buy/sell group so I’m hoping … Continue Reading →


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Thanksgiving 2018/Phipps

We went to Pittsburgh to see Doug’s family at Thanksgiving, and also to celebrate Elena’s 1st birthday again… on her actual first birthday! (She was born on Thanksgiving itself in 2017, but her first birthday was on “Black Friday.” We went to Phipps Conservatory, since we hadn’t been there in a while. They were all decorated for Christmas. These are … Continue Reading →


Elena's First Birthday

Elena’s First Birthday

Next in line is Elena’s 1st birthday party, which was in mid-November 2018! Janine helped me host it at the rental space at her apartment complex, which is lovely for parties. We had our baby shower here! I ordered this cake from Whole Foods, which was amazing. (Thank you for picking it up, Ron!) Highly recommend. They don’t do decorated … Continue Reading →


One year - fall baby pictures!

One year – fall baby pictures!

Baby post! That is from 8 months ago. When we found a baby photographer (Megan Depp), we bought a package wherein we got a newborn shoot, a 6 month shoot, and a year shoot. We did the one year shoot in early November, which is when the leaves peak here in Maryland. They were glorious! We went to the Arboretum … Continue Reading →


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Austenland Tea

Ok, I am in need of a happy post, so here we go! Stephanie’s (November) Pumpkin Tea this year was themed “Austenland,” and inspired by the movie. So costumes were encouraged to be less-than-historically-accurate, over-the-top, and the food was the same. It was super fun. Since I had no sewing time, I wore a reddish/pink Spencer that is pretty loud … Continue Reading →