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Happy Halloween! October 31, 2010

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Hope your house has been full of knocks at the door tonight!  And hopefully we will get rid of all our candy!!!

B was Astrid from How to Train Your Dragon.


Inspiration here:

And B here:

The highlight was the “Russian Wolf”  fabric and the fact that she used a rubber mallet from the garage for her Viking inspired weapon.

And ps, if you have not seen the movie, rush to your nearest independent video store and rent it immediately!

D was a spider…

HA!  For those of you who don’t know, I adore spiders. B has made me the house’s chief spider catcher.  I take my job very seriously!

Right now, roaring fire, munching on popcorn, and crafting.  Ah, good Halloween indeed!

Also this past week, in the Halloween category of life,  my (D’s) office participated in a little pumpkin carving contest to benefit the Seattle chapter of Architects’ Without Borders.  And, after making a majority of the office participate… Tuesday night we were awarded Scariest Pumpkin.  This might be a new claim to fame on my resume!

{seriously, people… you want to see good pumpkins… go to one of these events where architects carve.  I think we all pretend we are back in school building models or something!}

And on an unrelated but very important note…. We ask that you all keep THIS very special little girl in your prayers tomorrow as she undergoes surgery to become tumor-free.

Happy Halloween!


a WICKED halloween November 3, 2009

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In architecture school, we spent 5 years building what our professors called “Sexy Basswood Models”. You’d start the semester with white foam core to do a concept study, then move to gray chipboard, then to sleek tan basswood (and maybe some plexi or metal mesh to add some flair).

Then you graduate. And get a job. And you work at a computer 95% of the time. Once in awhile you build something physical to look at, but mostly its computer based. So what do you do to satisfy your urge to cut, carve, and create. . . well… you make jackolanterns of course! Halloween is an architect’s dream because pumpkin is really very forgiving (and you get to eat delicious seeds after which is something chipboard doesn’t have going for it).

So, here’s our Halloween. Remember our Wicked post from September? Well, at intermission we decided that it would be super fun to go as Elphaba and Galinda for Halloween this year (thats the Wicked Witch and Glinda the Good when they’re younger for those of you not familiar w/ Wicked). We decided to adopt the flying witch logo theme for one of our pumpkins and our signature candy bags (these make the kiddos go “wow”!). As a double entendre, we also wrote ‘Go Green’ on the bags to say, hey, even witches can be sustainable 😉 Yes, we’re nerds.


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We also carved a bird on a fencepost (probably inspired by all our needlefelting and our friend Jackie’s wedding prep!), and our house numbers which we’ve done every year for the past 3. It was even more special this year since we got to carve OUR house numbers and not those of a rental. (Almost makes those mortgage payments less painful).

After spending Saturday assembling candy bags, getting our costumes assembled and lighting the candles, we sat down to enjoy a night full of halloween festivity. We sat in front of the fire with a glass of wine waiting for Trick-or-treaters to knock on the door. It was funny because we could hear them coming up the stairs so we’d hop up and say “where’s my hat!?” or, “where did i put my wand?” In total we had 60-70 cats, superheros, ghosts, etc at our door. Most of the neighborhood children and some new families that we didn’t recognize. The best was a little girl, probably 3 years old, who saw D and gasped in amazement “you’re. . .. dressed like a witch. . . JUST LIKE ME!!!!” She scampered away beaming. SO DARLING!


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We tried to keep our costumes simple and thrifted (its a recession, ya know?!) and threw in a couple funny accessories. You can’t see it in the picture, but the fact that my crown blinked was pretty much the best part of the whole gig.

WHen the knocks on the door subsided, we trekked out to a friends’ party and our neighborhood watering hole to check out other costumes. A great Halloween – here’s to next year. So far the front-running costume for 2010 is the cast of Glee. Who’s with us?!


because it would NOT be Halloween without…. October 30, 2009

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This year, we tried a new farm.

We were invited by our friends who will be married in 2010 at Craven Farm.  They wanted to show us all where the reception and ceremony would be, and now we can help decorate accordingly!

b-pump3Lucky for us, this is a real working farm, so we can also pumpkin pick!  In true Western Washington fashion, it was quite rainy, and had been for days. b-pump4

So we got a little muddy. 


pointing at the bride-to-be


but we got some great pumpkins out of it!


 and, they also had some delicious apple cider.  We have been enjoying it around here alllll week.b-pump5

Also, we got a chance to give the soon-to-be bride and groom a little taste of their wedding day.

Ya know, the part were the photographer takes four zillion pictures of them all day? 


see getting every second of our wedding documented could be fun! Especially if we don't need umbrellas!

Thanks guys for all the fun!

And when we got home?  We sat our wet selves down and enjoyed some of this: