what I’m into {September}

Hello, and happy fall! I’m heading into the final weeks of this pregnancy, and I’m ever-grateful for the cooler temperatures. This month has seen energy highs and lows for me, in all areas: housekeeping, sewing, cooking. Despite my energy spikes and dips, this changing of seasons does mark the last leg of pregnancy for me, and for that, I doubly love this year’s autumn.

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what I’ve been sewing

I’ve stopped sewing clothes at this point. With less than four weeks to go until my due date, I don’t have the mental or physical energy to sew more clothes (especially since my body will be changing so much in the coming months). I have one more clothing project that I want to complete before the babe, and that’s a pair of pajamas to bring with me to the hospital.

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But all that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been sewing! In fact, I’ve spent a hefty amount of time in the sewing room this month. I finally finished the Tangelo quilt top that I’m making for Asher’s bed. I love it, and can’t wait to see it all quilted and bound. Alas, I’m having issues with the actual quilting part. Even with a walking foot, the quilting part is proving monumental. The quilt top + batting + backing makes for such a large, heavy, and unwieldy mass, that I’m doubting my machine’s ability to handle it. And at this point, I’m seriously considering outsourcing the quilting to a professional. Doing so might save my quilt and my sanity.

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My real pet project of the month has been the diaper bag. At the beginning of the month, I ordered fabric and hardware. I’ve really taken my time with this one, because I really, really care about it. So far it’s all coming together exactly how I want. I had to order more hardware (my d-ring counting was seriously off), and I ordered different webbing. This week the bag sewing is on hold until the hardware comes in, which should be on Friday. I’m dying to get going again, but I can’t do anything until those blasted d-rings come in the mail. Until then I’ll caress the scraps of Italian leather that I’m not using on the bag.

what I’ve been reading

Seabiscuit, by Laura Hillenbrand

I loved this book. Loved it. Hillenbrand is such a skilled writer that I’ve committed to read anything she publishes. She can make you care about anything, and that is good nonfiction.

Stephen King

I just finished 11/22/63, a story about travelling back in time to prevent the Kennedy assassination. Whatever your preconceptions are about Stephen King, this novel is not horror in any degree. It’s a fascinating story with a compelling supernatural element. I sped through this one (all 800+ pages of it) and was once again impressed by King and his writing. I’m also reading On Writing, his writing manual – slash-memoir. The more of King’s works I read the more I respect him as a truly skilled writer.

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And speaking of Stephen King, I’m teaming up with my friend Miranda, owner of Hairpin Letterpress, in reading something spooky during October. This year we decided to do a vampire double feature: a reread of Bram Stoker’s Dracula (the novel we picked four years ago) plus Stephen King’s second published work Salem’s Lot. I’m positive that this book will be far more in the horror category than anything I’ve read of King’s so far, so if you’re not comfortable with that, then go ahead and just read Dracula with us! I actually really loved Dracula and found it perfect for October reading. I’ll also be sure to write a helpful review for Salem’s Lot, so you know what you’re getting yourself into. If I’ve learned anything from my wading into Stephen King novels, it’s that King is a great writer and storyteller and that he doesn’t write icky things just for the heck of it. Yes, some of his works may make some readers uncomfortable, but he is very intentional in his stories, and I can respect that. Let me know if you’re going to join in!

what I’ve been listening to

I’ve found a few new podcasts over the past couple of months.

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Seamwork Radio: This podcast is produced by Colette Patterns as a companion to the Seamwork magazine. The first episode launched last week and featured Jenny Rushmore of Cashmerette. It was insightful and interesting, and I can’t wait to see what this facet of Seamwork has in store.

The Simple Show: A reboot of The Art of Simple podcast, The Simple Show is an extension of theartofsimple.net. I’ve been a long-time reader of this blog and enjoy following Tsh on social media. Listening to an episode is like sitting in on a relaxed chat with old friends. I’m exposed to new ideas and validated in my desire and drive to live a simple life. This podcast is definitely worth checking out.

Sorta Awesome: I stumbled on this podcast a few months ago and have come to really look forward to the weekly update in my podcast app. It’s another chatty podcast that explores every kind of topic from personality types to anxiety to hospitality. Occasionally the episodes wax a bit long, but I enjoy the personalities of the hosts and the community they’ve created.

Judge John Hodgman: My sister introduced me to this podcast a while ago, so I don’t know why I’ve taken so long to publicly endorse it. John Hodgman tackles a new “case” each week submitted by listeners. He hears each side of the issue, asks questions, and gives a ruling. It’s hilarious. Start with episode 195: The Grandfather Claws. You’re welcome.

I’ve also been back into the Harry Potter audio books. I’ve always loved Harry Potter on audio, and every time I find my HP groove again, I’m delighted. I honestly couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to this series, because I can’t keep track of the frequency. I just started book 7 and am convinced more and more that Harry Potter is quality literature and should go down in the annals of great writing. I just love it.

what I’ve been watching

Fall television is here! I feel ridiculous admitting how excited I really am about the fall premiers, but here we are. In no particular order, I present my fall TV docket:

:: The Mindy Project

:: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

:: The Awesomes

:: Gotham

:: Saturday Night Live

:: The Muppets

:: Bob’s Burgers

:: Grimm

:: Grey’s Anatomy

:: The Blacklist

:: The Good Wife

:: Jane the Virgin

Typing out this list makes me feel even more ridiculous, but I have to own it now. Most of these shows Josh and I watch together, and some of them I watch on my own.

As always I’m linking up this post with Leigh Kramer. What have you been into this month? What have you been sewing? Reading? Watching? Listening to? Anything I should know about?

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4 Comments

  1. Posted October 1, 2015 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Making a bag makes you feel like you accomplished something really grand (which is true.). I loooooved Seabiscuit. Did you read Unbroken? I will read anything she writes for the rest of eternity.

    • Charlotte
      Posted October 1, 2015 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

      I loved Unbroken! That’s what made me want to read Seabiscuit. Hillenbrand is really such an incredible researcher and storyteller. I’ll read anything of hers–she could make the most bland of topics fascinating.

  2. Posted October 9, 2015 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    I’ve had Dracula on hold at the library for a month and I’m still waiting for it. I will try Salem’s Lot but it might be too much for me since I’m not a horror fan. I’ve never actually read any of Stephen King’s books…
    Just curious- where is your pumpkin mug from? It’s so cute. 🙂

  3. paws
    Posted October 20, 2015 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    You are the second friend go recommend that King book. Time to request it!

    I’ve read a lot of wonderful books lately: The Language of Flowers, All the Light We Cannot See, Orphan Train, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, Year of Wonders, People of the Book… Seabiscuit and Unbroken were both very good, too.

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