Well friends... it's getting to be that time of year. Time for the cobwebs and dust bunnies to creep in on this here blog. For the tumbleweeds to start a blowin' through. I know what you're thinking, more than usual? And the answer is, yes, more than usual. 

Because its the holidays!! Yay!! Time for the annual excursion back east to see family and more family!!  This year Nick and I will be road-tripping our way through the south and meandering on up to my homeland - Pennsylvania. I'd like to say that we are one of those couples that makes it a point to stop at all the funny little roadside attractions on our way, but if I'm being honest with myself, We're really more of the wake-up-at-dawn-only-stop-for-coffee-and-a-piss-until-we-reach-our-destination sort of road-trippers. We have a schedule to keep, dammit! 

We leave tomorrow and will be gone for roughly two weeks. But! Before I go I wanted to leave you all with a little sneakery peekery around my world as of late. Enter, the Instagram photos! (p.s. If you'd like to follow me I'm sallieoleta although I haven't quite figured out the point of Instagram yet, so my photos come in fits and bursts and are generally pretty lame... fair warning, ya'll)

From the top down:
1. A pretty little number I made for a friend. But because I'm not a totally selfless seamstress I made one for me too! See number 3...
2. A box of ruby red grapefruit, lovingly tended to by a sweet South Texas friend. These will be coming on the road with us... to stave off scurvy... just kidding... 
3. A close up shot of the version of #1 I made for myself. Truthfully, mine did not turn out quite as pretty as my friends. I suppose that's one of the joys of working with hand painted fabric, the results are somewhat unpredictable. But I'll tell you all about that when I get back from or journey and do a proper post on it. 
4. My Christmas gift from work. An engraved hunting knife. Symbolically kicking off our newest project, which is to create a satellite art space in the hills of West Texas. The knife will obviously be needed to protect myself from mountain lions... You guys, I love my job...

I know it's not a very comprehensive glimpse into my life lately, but unfortunately it'll have to do. Because now there is laundry and packing to do, a final wipe down of kitchen and bathroom (I hate coming home to a dirty house) animals to be crated up and dropped off at assorted friends houses, and audiobooks to be downloaded. Not to mention the fact that I generally live in denial of all the fun "Christmas spirit" type stuff that most normal people enjoy this time of year, which usually means that my grinchy-self goes into shock when I arrive home to a decked out house, glittering trees, presents, cookies and non-stop Christmas music. This year I'm determined to work up some cheer to bring along with me to prevent the all-systems-shut-down that sometimes happens. And guys, that takes work! 

So I'm off! I hope all of you out there have a nice lead up to your holiday. If you're traveling, be safe, and if you're staying put, revel in the season just a tiny bit for me! 



  1. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That photo of you with the hunting knife is too funny... what an amazing work gift (and I thought mine was funny-- a blu-ray of the newest Batman movie)!

    Safe travels! We're headed back to the Midwest Thursday, and tend to travel the way you guys do (pedal to the metal the whole way, stopping only to let the dogs pee or grab food from a tacky-looking roadside stand). And happy holidays!

  2. I'm trying to add you to the 'gram. The point really is to overshare the food you're eating and connect pic wise with all your far flung budz.... I want one of those shirts.

    I think we'll all be pretty radio silent the rest of the month. And now that I have to move in the spring I will probably be pretty quiet at the start of 2013 as well. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  3. Have a fun trip! I started following you on Instagram and look forward to seeing your adventures!

  4. asewingodyssey.blogspot.co.ukDecember 17, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Travel safely and have a great festive season with the family! When you get back, pretty please will you tell us about your job? I'm so intrigued!!!

  5. Have a nice holiday and accept a blog award from me! :)

  6. Happy Holidays! Christmas! Solstice! Whatever! :) I do like this time of year, even the cheesy music (especially from the 1940's) and of course excess awesome food. Looking forward to seeing more of your hand painted fabric in 2013 . . .

  7. Enjoy the festivities with your loved ones and happy,safe travelling! I too am following you on Instagram now.

  8. And you're off! I hope you have a wonderful time on your road trip and in PENNSYLVANIA! I'm so sorry that I will not be here while your here but I know our paths will cross one day dammit! Try not to be too grinch, although I'm finding myself in the same mood... sort of. Christmas is a pain when you have a full time job and LOADS of things to do. Not to mention the money!

  9. Oh, I like the hunting knife. Safe travels! I'm with you, it's work for us. We generally live in a cave until it's time to visit family, although I'm looking forward to the possibility of snow in the midwest! Something other than summer ;).

  10. That's a nice knoife!! ^__^ I'm coming to work with you! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Remember - Christmas spirit lives in cookies, so eat lots of them... I'm sure you'll find it! ^___^