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A Blog Renovation

Hello to all!

As I mentioned in my last post, I have sort of been trying to figure out what I ‘d like to do with the blog since I went on a bit of a hiatus to finish school. Well, I would like to invite you all to begin following my new blog adventures over at calliemakes.wordpress.com…As some of you may have noticed from following Polka Dots and Leopard Spots, I wear quite a few things that I make myself. And that will be what Callie Makes is more about. Because, truthfully, that is what I AM about. I make things. I LOVE to make things. Literally (as cliche as it sounds) since I can remember.  Mostly clothing, yes…but I’ll give anything a shot, really.

So, for now…I am going to put down PDLS for a rest and focus a bit more on what I would call my niche-sewing and making. Because it is what I love to do and what I would like to share with you.

 

Hope to see you there,

Callie

The Master Goal

Greetings everyone!

Yes, here I am writing after a long few months. I do not have anything visual to share with you today, but I do want to share some words.

This past May, I was finally able to put a check-mark next to “Get Master’s degree” on the never-ending “to-accomplish” list. What an accomplishment it was, too. I can happily say that I am a Master of Art, with a concentration in Fashion (the history of, in my case). A two-year program that FLEW by where I met some great friends that will surely be lifelong relationships. It was the biggest ass-kicker in the world, but welllllll worth all the hard work. I learned not only about my area of interest more deeply I also learned a lot on a personal level. Graduate school taught me about myself and my capabilities. There is really no reason why ALL of us cannot accomplish absolutely any goal we set for ourselves. A goal is worthy if you have that will to see it through. As the old adage goes, where there’s a will there’s a way. Truthfully, I had always thought about going to graduate school as a ‘some day’ goal, that was until my awesome friend gave me the push I needed to go forth and make that ‘some day’ goal turn into a ‘today’ goal. After all, there is no time like the present because truthfully, it’s the only time we know we have.

I’ve been distant from the blog because I am at a cross-roads, where new life chapters are being written and I am figuring out what I’d like to do both personally and professionally. Where I fit in, and where my work will fit in to the world. So, as I dig through the mushy process of self-discovery, more or less, I am working toward deciding what the world needs from me and what I have to share with it. And for now, I will be posting differently and occasionally because PDLS is in a stage of evolution along with me.

The Meaning of Life is to Find your Gift. The Purpose of Life is to Give it Away.

–Pablo Picasso

 

Brisk November

Admittedly, this was a bit of an impromptu photo session for this blog post.  I thought,  ” I love this jacket…let’s do a blog post.”  This plaid blazer was a sewing project of my mom’s from the 70’s.  Pretty awesome, right?  I actually just pulled it out a few days ago, because I had completely forgotten about it.  I’m thankful that my mom was apparently the same size as me when she made (or bought) some of these great pieces I’ve confiscated from her archived wardrobe.

And while I love this jacket, the weather was actually just a little too brisk to wear this plaid number and be warm enough-even with a fisherman sweater underneath-for our downtown Cleveland adventures yesterday evening.  Even still, for being 40 some years old, these wool threads sure have held up well and hopefully will continue to for years to come.

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The bright orange lining makes it even better, in my book.

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Also sporting mom’s silver hoop earrings.

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It’s a sad fact that these trees behind me were beautifully colored only a couple weeks ago, and now they’re so bare and prepared for the inevitable winter ahead.

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Fisherman sweater from L.L.Bean
Pilcro cordouroys from Anthropologie (similar).
BedStud Manchester boot, found here.
Plaid jacket, made by mom
Dooney & Bourke purse, thrifted.

 

November Days

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is already less than two weeks away.  Turkey Day ranks pretty high on my list of favorite holidays, so it makes me a little sad that we now have a tendency to overlook it as the holiday that transitions us between Halloween and Christmas.  Starting November 1st, it’s now all about Christmas shopping, which frankly is kind of sad.  We already live in a fast-moving world, more than we realize, so why not enjoy the holidays-and all they bring with them- as they come.

The most recent world news is also a good reminder of the importance of slowing down, taking a breath and enjoying all that we have in our lives. Love with all your heart, cherish moments with friends and family and appreciate the little things that will always make you smile.  In times  of hardship, what’s important is how we react.  Resilience builds the strength that empowers us to continue living.

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Paris, nous vous aimons. <3

 

An Ohio Fall

These last couple weeks of October seem to be the perfect time to view the changing colors of the leaves.  It’s always so exciting to see when they start changing and then like a light switch, suddenly there are bursts of color all around.

We re-visited the Ledges in Cuyahoga Valley National Park for this post, this time to see all of the warm and wonderful hues.  Honestly, it was a nature-tastic treat.  Not only were the views awesome, but so were the aromas…you know, that crisp, crunchy leaf smell of fall with a hint of cool air? Ahhh. :)

Pretty much every fall, I always find myself saying, “I could never live somewhere that doesn’t experience all 4 seasons” because Autumn is by far the most aesthetically pleasing… especially if you live somewhere like Ohio where, let’s be honest, it is a totally picturesque season.

(Warning: Photo-heavy post ahead) ;)

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Sweater-Gap (years ago)
AG Slim Straight Jeans (similar here)
Necklaces-handmade and thrifted
Boots-Mom’s! ;)
Purse-Dooney & Bourke, thrifted

Viewing Fall

Happy Sunday!  I just wanted to post a few photos of a wonderful Cleveland gem that was the backdrop of a beautiful wedding of friends this weekend.  Maple Side Farms has grown ever more popular as a wedding venue around here, and for good reason.  For a Fall gathering especially, there are a limited number of places in Ohio where you can get a view like this one.

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Cheers!

As Seasons Change

Welcome to my first official “Fall” post!  I can’t believe it’s already September and as of yesterday, is starting to feel like it too, with that cool Autumn air creeping its way in.

Sometimes during a different season, I like to head back to places where I’ve taken previous blog photos.  It’s fun to see the differences of a place from one season to the next.  This time, we headed back to Whipps Ledges, an area within the Cleveland Metroparks that we visited last December when all the leaves were gone and everything was covered in snow.  It is a beautiful area that’s the location of many a wedding photo and the like.

Not having been back to Whipps Ledges since last December, it was like walking into a whole new place.  In the winter, everything is so bare and wide open, the area looks huge! Not to mention very, very bright.  Now, in September, the lighting is completely different from all of the leaves and foliage, the perception of space, and of course the overall appearance.  I’m already making a note to myself to come back later in the Fall to see all the warm colors.

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These earrings are a favorite pair of mine.  The color is great and they look like they’d be super heavy on your ears but they’re surprisingly light weight.

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Sweater and Shoes: Target
Top: Anthropologie (last summer)
Jeans: AG
Purse: Dooney & Bourke, thrifted

Meadow Yellow

There are a lot of great parks around #CLE and the surrounding area.  We are very lucky to have the Cuyahoga Valley National Park practically in our backyard.  Well, near and around the CVNP, there are plenty of other little parks to explore.  We took a hike along a trail with a great view, and stopped by just a small metropark in the area, and came across this beautiful yellowy meadow.

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This bridge is along the Towpath trail.

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This little spot looks like a great place to do some yoga or reading :)