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Nashville City Sights: Wizard World Convention

This past weekend my company had a booth at the Wizard World Comic Con in Nashville. It was a looong weekend but so much fun!  I didn’t take too many pictures since I was mostly working, but of course I couldn’t resist a few.
Is it weird that my favorite moments were meeting a couple cute kittens that one man was fostering for the Humane Society and visiting the booth selling Sugar Bears (the “perfect pocket pet”)?? If there’s a small furry animal convention, sign me up!!
But I digress… here’s the photo dump!
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Wizard World Con
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Wizard World Con
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Wizard World Con
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Wizard World Con
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Wizard World Con
This kid saw another guy with a light saber and an epic battle commenced… it was pretty much the definition of adorkable.  You could just tell his day was made.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Wizard World Con
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Wizard World Con
Sugar bears and kittens!
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Wizard World Con
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Wizard World Con
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Wizard World Con
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Wizard World Con
My view from behind the books…
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Wizard World Con
Our awesome tour bus!
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Wizard World Con
It was an exhausting weekend and I think we were all dragging by the last day… but I had a blast meeting lots of interesting people and enjoying the awesome costumes that walked by our booth.  See ya next year, Wizard World!
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Wizard World Con
Of course I celebrated with a bottle of wine… and a day off yesterday!
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Wizard World Con
 More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!

Meow Monday: Cats of Instagram, Part Sixteen

I had a crazy weekend working a booth at the Nashville Wizard World con for work – fun by exhausting!  I’m taking today off to recuperate, so here’s another Instagram update! This batch is from May and June… you can tell from the Once Upon a Time sampler progress!

BFFs

BFFs

 

Enjoying the May sunshine... and the first few stitches!

Enjoying the May sunshine… and the first few stitches!

 

Laundry Day

Laundry Day

 

Tali loves love.

Tali loves love.

 

Progress!

Progress!

 

Cora didn't want to look at the camera.

Cora didn’t want to look at the camera.

 

Tali loves rolling around in the pollen... sigh.

Tali loves rolling around in the pollen… sigh.

 

Almost done!

Almost done!

 

The Golden Hour

People/dog watching

 

The kitties love the screened porch!  But they get sad if they see us leave from the porch.

The kitties love the screened porch! But they get sad if they see us leave from the porch.

Project Pinterest: Cross Stitch Bookmarks

Another successful Pinterest project… I’m on a roll this week! I saw the very cutest bookmarks EVER from Hey Porkchop using her Frosted Pumpkin mini patterns and started trolling Pinterest for a tutorial… but I couldn’t find any that I liked at all. Most “cross stitch bookmarks” look pretty old fashioned, and that’s not the look I was going for. So I pinned the image from Hey Porkchop and spent lots of time studying it carefully… and then just made it up as i went along.
I really hope Amanda puts together a tutorial at some point, but in the meantime here’s my interpretation!
Cross Stitch Bookmarks
The Amateur Librarian // Cross Stitch Bookmarks
Time: A weekend… cross stitching takes a while!
Cost: Maybe $10
Supplies:
cross stitch supplies – pattern, floss, needle, aida cloth
gift tags or cardstock
sewing machine
optional embellishments: ribbon, stickers, scrapbook paper, hole puncher, etc.
Instructions:
I used scraps of leftover fabric to cross stitch some small designs. The lemonade is from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery (no longer available), the flower totem is a freebie from Kitschy Digital, and the “A” initial is from a thrifted book of cross stitch samplers.
You’ve seen a few of these pics recently… and there are a few more of the procress:
The Amateur Librarian // Cross Stitch Bookmarks
The Amateur Librarian // Cross Stitch Bookmarks
The Amateur Librarian // Cross Stitch Bookmarks
The Amateur Librarian // Cross Stitch Bookmarks
The Amateur Librarian // Cross Stitch Bookmarks
The Amateur Librarian // Cross Stitch Bookmarks
Then the scary part… sewing the cross stitch onto paper… but it’s really not as bad as I was dreading! I chose some thin scrapbooking paper and sewed the cross stitched design right on top.  I tried to keep the lines as straight and evenly spaced as possible, but it’s not perfect. I lengthened the stitch to give as much leeway as possible, and used white thread so it blends in.  Then I trimmed the aida cloth to about 1/4-inch and pulled a few threads to fray them.
The Amateur Librarian // Cross Stitch Bookmarks
Then, let the embellishment begin!  I didn’t use any glue, just folded the scrapbook paper around the gift tag and fastened with stickers on the back.  For the bunting, I cut out triangles and sewed them directly to the gift tag.  Then added lots of stickers and a ribbon on top, and all done!
The Amateur Librarian // Cross Stitch Bookmarks
I found some gift tags I found at JoAnn’s, but if the design was too big I just made some out of cardstock.  I used the storebought tags as a template and traced the top part onto cardstock, then punched a hole at the top.
And of course you don’t have to cross stitch anything to make a cute bookmark… you can just decorate a gift tag with some paper, stickers, and a ribbon.
Here are some front and back pics of the bookmarks I made in an afternoon:
The Amateur Librarian // Cross Stitch Bookmarks
The Amateur Librarian // Cross Stitch Bookmarks
The Amateur Librarian // Cross Stitch Bookmarks
The Amateur Librarian // Cross Stitch Bookmarks
So much fun!! I had a blast making these.
I’ve been using a couple bookmarks and I’ll probably be making more… these just might be the presents everyone gets for Christmas this year!
The Amateur Librarian // Cross Stitch Bookmarks
The Amateur Librarian // Cross Stitch Bookmarks
The Amateur Librarian // Cross Stitch Bookmarks
 Once again, Pinterest to the rescue!

Project Pinterest: Jacket to Vest Refashion

It’s officially Fall!  We’ve had some mildly chilly weather lately and I’m looking forward to more layers and more Fall weather to come!   My Style board on Pinterest is full of vests lately – here are a few of my favorites:
So I’ve been on the hunt for a vest, but my problem (as usual) is finding one that isn’t too big or bulky.  So far, no luck.  But when I stumbled on this jacket to vest refashion from one of my favorite style blogs Merrick’s Art, I pinned it right away and tucked it into the back of my mind:
Recently I’ve been trying to purge some of my clothes to get ready for Fall.  I started going through my jackets and realized I had the perfect candidate for a refashion:
The Amateur Librarian // Jacket to Vest Refashion
I immediately thought of this pin and got started!
Jacket to Vest Refashion
The Amateur Librarian // Jacket to Vest Refashion
Time: 30 minutes
Cost: Free
Supplies:
old jacket
sewing machine with matching thread
Instructions:
Follow this link to the tutorial from Merrick’s Art.  Her illustrations make everything seem really easy, although I definitely found the lack of specifics a bit tricky when I actually got started.  For one thing, I don’t really have any experience with alterations, so the very first mistake I made was sewing with a short stitch length.  My stitch settings are usually set for piecing a quilt, where you want short stitches for durability, but for a knit fabric like I was working with it’s better to lengthen the stitch.  Lesson learned!
Otherwise, it’s a pretty easy idea – use a seam ripper to remove the sleeves, then hem the new armholes.  My jacket had knit sleeves and back, with corduroy and a puffy vest in the front, so the different fabrics were a bit tricky to sew.  But it’s possible!
The Amateur Librarian // Jacket to Vest Refashion
The Amateur Librarian // Jacket to Vest Refashion
I really like how it turned out – and since it was an old jacket, I didn’t have to buy anything new and it already fit me… Win-win!
The Amateur Librarian // Jacket to Vest Refashion
The Amateur Librarian // Jacket to Vest Refashion
Now I’m all ready for Fall fashion!  I’ve already worn this vest a couple times, as you’ll see in WIWW tomorrow. Once again, Pinterest to the rescue!

Meow Monday: Works in Progress

I’ve been on a crafty roll lately and have a few works in progress… and the cats are never far away.

There’s the Once Upon a Time sampler, of course.  September’s block is Rapunzel… I just started working on it this past week and so far I’ve got happy little trees (and a lot of Madden in the background).

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

I started a couple mini cross stitch projects for some bookmarks inspired by Hey Porkchop.  Can’t wait to put them together and share… so cute! Plus, it’s fun to have something completed in a weekend.

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

 

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

I’m still reading lots of books for the Nerdbery Challenge.  I’ve collected some through Paperbackswap.com and visited the library for the first time this weekend for more.  I love having a big To-Read pile!

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

I’ve also finished up my UFO pile that’s accumulated since 2010… such a good feeling!  I have to take more pics but I’ll share more soon.  I’m brainstorming ideas for my next quilt… I’d like to do something with the hand dyed fabric I made with my guild.  Maybe something with stars?  Planning is part of the fun… but right now I’ve got too many ideas to get started on any one thing.  So we shall see!

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Happy Monday!

 

Nashville City Sights: Tennessee State Fair

The Tennessee State Fair is open for the next couple weeks so we took a look over the weekend.  I don’t think I’ve ever been to a state fair before… it was fun!
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The food and rides were pretty standard fare (get it?!), but for us the fun part was all the exhibits and animals. Prize winning produce, crafts, and animals including lots of cows, pigs, goats, & poultry.  It was neat to mingle with people who live and work with animals all day long and get a glimpse of their world.
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
There was lots of great people watching around the carnival rides, too.
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
Of course we had to fit in the ferris wheel before heading home!
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
The Amateur Librarian // TN State Fair
 More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!

Meow Monday: Inside/Outside

The cats have had three homes now in their short little lives (not counting their extended visits with hubby’s Grandparents!). They used to have free reign inside and out when we lived in MS.  There was a park nearby but they mostly hung out on the front porch… wait, scratch that… Cora mostly tried to get herself killed by getting stuck in trees and caught by animal control.
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
When we moved to CA, they were suddenly inside-only cats with about 600 square feet of space to share. They tolerated each other pretty well, but the confined space led to plenty of spats over territory.
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
Now in TN, we have a bit more space but the most important improvement (for the cats, anyway) is the screened-in porch.  It keeps them contained with plenty of people/dog/bird watching to keep them entertained.  But really, all a cat needs is some sunshine and a human or two.  I suppose they’re technically still indoor-only cats, but that patch of porch has made all the difference for these outdoor-loving kitties.
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
It’s a win-win compromise for everyone, human and feline.

City Sights: Dismals Canyon

Over Labor Day weekend, we went for a little day trip to the Dismals Canyon in Alabama. I’ve lived in Alabama and Mississippi for most of my life but had never heard of it before until recently, when hubby’s aunt tipped us off. It’s a really cool spot – literally, actually, because the canyon’s temps are about 15 degrees cooler.  Which is awesome, because it’s been pretty HOT and humid lately!
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
The Dismals Canyon is about a 3 hour drive, so we left in the morning and ate lunch at the cafe in the general store before hitting the trail.  We spent a couple hours winding our way through the trail, looking up all the landmarks from the trail map.
But enough words… here’s a photo dump:
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
I finally got to see a waterfall!  Well, a real live waterfall, anyway.  And it was awesome!
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
We took a break to shower and grab some dinner, then we were back again for dessert (yum… amazing milkshake!) before the night tour to see the “dismalites” – little glow worms that live in the caves.
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
The tour was fun… but I wish we had visited on a non-holiday weekend with a smaller group because our group just could not be quiet!  That’s one of my pet peeves, especially during a tour when I can’t even hear the guide because no one will be quiet.  Almost everyone just chattered away the entire time (the dog that came along was better behaved) and it really detracted from the pitch black experience while we waited for our eyes to adjust and spot the dismalites.  Oh well… otherwise, it was really cool!
The Amateur Librarian // Dismals Canyon
 More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!

Nashville City Sights: Opryland Staycation

My company offered everyone a free night at Opryland and my night came around last weekend.  We had a great little “staycation” just a few minutes from home!
The Opryland complex is huge – almost 3,000 rooms and connected areas called the Cascades, Conservatory, Delta, and Magnolia.  We checked in around lunch time and while away the afternoon walking through the trails, browsing the shops, and indulging in a few treats… good times!
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
Now I can cross “waterfall” off my summer bucket list :)
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
Mmm… espresso gelato!
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
We did the boat ride around the lake… a bit cheesy, but fun!
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
It was sooo hot and humid outside we didn’t even want to sit by the pool!  There was enough to do inside that we didn’t mind missing out.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
There were multiple restaurants and we chose the Italian Rivallo… yum!  We caught the last water fountain light show and finished up with drinks by the waterfall.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The fountain show was pretty spectacular… so after a few pics I put the phone away and just enjoyed it :)
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
We had a beautiful night… so lucky to have such fun places to visit nearby!
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Opryland
 More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!

Meow Monday: Cats of Instagram, Part Fifteen

Another Instagram update!  This batch is from April – May as we settled into our new apartment and I started my job.  Time flies!

 

Stitching on the porch with my buddy Cora

Stitching on the porch with my buddy Cora

 

Keeping a watch in all directions

Keeping a watch in all directions

 

Such a helpful thing.

Such a helpful thing.

 

More stitching, more sunning

More stitching, more sunning

 

Cora claimed the new table right away

Cora claimed the new table right away

 

Tali blends right into the furniture!

Tali blends right into the furniture!

 

Two levels of napping.

Two levels of napping.

 

Bath time.

Bath time.

 

April stitching.

April stitching.

 

Cora's view of the "design wall"

Cora’s view of the “design wall”

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