The Fault in our Plaids

The Fault in our Plaids | The Fault in our Plaids | www.eccentricowl.comI realize that at its core, this outfit is basically the same thing as yesterday’s outfit — you know, animal-print beigey and black shirt, plaid wool pleated skirt — but the thing is… I don’t really care. Because if we’re being honest, I’ve been awake since 5:26am, I don’t actually remember the last time I showered, we watched the last half of Lilo and Stitch before 8:30am, I’m on my third cup of coffee today, I’m wearing clashing jewelry (silver earrings, gold brooch), and I’m currently feeding my child snacks off the floor while I blog.

Mom life, you guys. At its finest. The Fault in our Plaids | www.eccentricowl.comThe Fault in our Plaids | www.eccentricowl.comBesides which, I am really addicted to skirts like this; this is one of three I own that are practically identical aside from color scheme. I don’t know that I’ve ever worn this one, due to being pregnant last fall and winter, and I think I bought it sometime right before I knew I was pregnant.  The Fault in our Plaids | www.eccentricowl.comThe Fault in our Plaids | www.eccentricowl.comThe Fault in our Plaids | Days like this are the one where I want to curl up with a book all day, uninterrupted, in fluffy pajamas with a perfect cup of coffee, and do absolutely nothing. But, you know, I have a baby to take care of and those days are pretty much gone. Not that I really mind; I love being a mother. There are just those days. Everyone has them.  The Fault in our Plaids | www.eccentricowl.comThe Fault in our Plaids |  Speaking of books, though, I currently have five in my house that I need to read in five weeks (I thought I would have six books, but no… I’m bad at counting.) This morning, despite already being 1/4 of the way into two books, I opened up The Fault in our Stars.

And since we’re already being honest in this post, I’m just going to come out and say it: I love John Green, but I already don’t like the book. And I’m not even through the first chapter. I’ll save a full review for when I finish it, because there’s every possibility that it will grow on me, but… I don’t know, you guys. The Fault in our Plaids | It’s just so… depressed annoyed teenager. I don’t really like Hazel’s narration much. But hey, I am not and never was an annoyed-with-life, cancer-ridden teen, so I can’t really relate to that whole rebellious phase. I didn’t have one. Anyway! I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and hope that I like it by the end, but I’m just warning you, if you’re looking forward to my reviewing that book, don’t be surprised if my view isn’t adoring. The Fault in our Plaids | The Fault in our Plaids | www.eccentricowl.comThe Fault in our Plaids | www.eccentricowl.comIs it just me that finds some humor in wearing a bird brooch with a cat shirt and earrings? If I had something dog or mouse, I would have worn that, too. I would have loved a good cat-and-mouse pun in my clothing, but this was the best I could do.

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Vintage skirt | thrifted shirt, belt, and brooch | JC Penney boots | grandma’s scarf | mom-made hat | H&M earrings

And that is all my tired mom brain has for you today! Asa and I are going to cuddle, watch a Disney movie, and take a nap.(Okay, he’s going to take a nap. I’m going to read.)

Happy Tuesday!

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Filmmaking and Ladybirds

I’m going to start this post off with something different than normal, because I’m too excited about it to put this at the end:

So this is the film we made for this year’s  72 hour Gig Harbor Film Festival Competition (here’s last year’s. I’m acting. Ugh. Don’t judge me by it.), and this year I felt like we put a lot more into it than we did last year. I did, anyway: we actually went out to buy costumes and props this year; we spent a good deal more time on the makeup and all (that’s my werewolf brother, being a trooper and wearing fake nails for me), and I helped write the script, and thank GOODNESS I did not have to act this year.

But we spent a lot of time and energy on it. That was the weekend I had a breakdown over shoes because… lack of sleep. And we were SO nervous going into the theater, wondering what would happen. My husband never thinks he’ll win, so he had a lot of dour predictions. Plus, generally you can tell whether you’ve won or not by the listing in the program — if you’re near the end, there’s a good chance you made it. We were smack in the middle. So we didn’t think we’d win. Filmmaking and Ladybirds | www.eccentricowl.comFilmmaking and Ladybirds | Filmmaking and Ladybirds | www.eccentricowl.comAnd then they showed my cousin’s film first, and it was AMAZING, and we just thought… dude, if this is the first one they show and it’s already really awesome… there’s no way we win. This is the bar they set for the first slot, which is usually least likely to win?

Plus, when we we heard the prizes — a cash prize and an HP tablet for EACH team member (which would just be Mr. Owl and me, because… we’re industrious like that), we were like… no, we never win cool things, there’s NO way. Filmmaking and Ladybirds | www.eccentricowl.comFilmmaking and Ladybirds | So we sat and watched film after film and… honestly, weren’t impressed after my cousin’s film. There was one that we thought, well… maybe? They had great light, they had some funny situations, and it was a possibility, but then in the end I was mentally thinking that if they won it wouldn’t make sense. No offense to people who entered, but there were a lot of loose ends in the film and too many unanswered questions just to make one situation happen.

And don’t get me wrong, I am super impressed that SO many people put this much hard work into their films and turned out a five-minute movie in 72 hours. Filmmaking and Ladybirds | It takes a lot. You have to write the script, shoot the film, score the film, edit the film, edit the sound, get all the costumes, get all the makeup… EVERYTHING… in 72 hours. That’s crazy. And some people had sound issues, and a lot of people did the “we have to make a film, what if we did this?” plot, but still. There were some that I’m sure will be going places in a few years, after a few competitions! Filmmaking and Ladybirds | www.eccentricowl.comFilmmaking and Ladybirds | www.eccentricowl.comBut then the end came, and after our film I didn’t see any that I honestly thought would win, and I figured my cousin had won. His was seriously good, and I wish it was online somewhere (I’m not sure if it is yet) because I wanted to link it in this post. I’m so proud of him and his team! Edit: he posted it! Here it is. Watch and be amazed.

They called all of the team leaders up to the front so that they could dispense prizes, and as they named off Best Acting, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best use of the Elements (line of dialogue, action, situation)… we weren’t getting anything. Part of me thought for sure we just didn’t win this year, and part of me thought… what if… we aren’t getting any of the smaller prizes because we… maybe won? Filmmaking and Ladybirds | Filmmaking and Ladybirds | www.eccentricowl.comAnd then, suddenly, they named the winner in the Over 19 category (they separate the filmmakers into two groups– under 18 and over 19), and he flipped open the envelope that even he had not read, and announced “Suko Productions, Four is Company!”

And it was silent. It threw me off that he said Suko Productions; it’s the first year we’ve used that name instead of “Suko Films”. And my husband up front started clapping, and then realized they’d said US, and grinned up at me, and I screamed and nearly jumped out of my seat, and everyone started clapping.Filmmaking and Ladybirds | Filmmaking and Ladybirds |

Guys, I was so excited that I was shaking. I never get that hyped up over anything. Well… not in this way. It was pure adrenaline. We’d worked so, so hard on the film, and personally I feel much prouder of this year’s because… I’m not embarrassed by my own acting, haha! And I’m so proud of my husband and all of his hard work and his talent. He’s amazing!

Plus, we never win anything cool, so to have won a Tablet? Um, yeah. That was kind of cool.

Filmmaking and Ladybirds | www.eccentricowl.comFilmmaking and Ladybirds | So last night was a pretty amazing night. Because of this year, my husband has made a connection in the film industry via one of the judges, who has moved here from LA, and was so impressed by our film that he is going to use my husband as an editor for a short documentary — and this guy has worked on low AND high budget films. Plus, one of my husband’s friend’s… sister or something… is in the industry as a producer and has worked on some very well-known films, so hopefully this will get him noticed by her as well. Filmmaking and Ladybirds |

Vintage skirt | thrifted shirt (originally Forever21), brooch, and belt | Modcloth headband and wedges | Target tights

I’m still getting over the excitement! We’re planning to make more films throughout the year, and it should be really good for my husband to get into regular filmmaking, and fun for me to be in charge of costumes and makeup. Which I love!

So this is what I wore yesterday, and I have to update you all on the shoes: I wore them from 9am to somewhere after 7pm without taking them off once, walking around, going to church, going to the store, going to the festival… and I have NO pain at all. I would highly recommend them! My only caution is that because of the color and material, they mark up easily. But they wash of just as easily, so despite my marking them up on a regular basis, they are still pristine!

Anyway. I hope you are all having a good start to your Monday! Have a happy, happy day!

By the way, if you haven’t yet, don’t forget to enter the cardigan giveaway! We still need 30 more entries to qualify, and it’s open internationally so what do you have to lose?

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Little Things: Second Edition

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I realize it is probably incredibly morbid to start off my loved links post with pictures of a dead owl, but uh… I found this guy in our driveway, and I was simultaneously saddened and fascinated, and as I mentioned before, I wanted to take it to a taxidermist. (We didn’t.) I thought it looked so mournfully beautiful laying there, I just had to take pictures.

Pretty Things

Awesome Things

Funny Things

Learning Things

Music Things

  • One of my friend was annoyed by this song, but now I can’t stop singing it. How do you feel about it?

Homey Things

Love Things:

I hope you all have a great weekend! Happy Saturday!

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Ladylike | www.eccentricowl.comLadylike | Right now, I am reading two books set in a Victorian-ish era– Behind the Shattered Glass, and Mansfield Park and Mummies. And then I’ve got four books waiting for me at the library, of varying eras. You guys. Four  books. All in all, that’s six books to read in five weeks. I didn’t really expect a few of the books I put on hold to actually come in so fast, but… here they all are! So you can expect a few book reviews/inspired outfits, because… books. So many of them.  Ladylike | I used to read all the time, and write all the time, but then all of the sudden I got too busy and I stopped, and it clogged up my creative flow as well. I sincerely believe that the greatest thing you can do as a writer is read. If you’re not feeding your brain what it craves – in my case, words – then how do you expect it to produce anything? I’m really enjoying my journey back into the world of books, and I loved getting so many suggestions on my last book review post! Thank you! If you guys have any other suggestions, let me know — but first, head over to my Goodreads profile to make sure you don’t suggest something I’ve read or plan to read. Ladylike | Today’s outfit was inspired by Katie’s simple and darling look… in that it’s just a sweater, a skirt, and some heels. I loved the simplicity of her outfit, and I seriously want that cat sweater… but I have nothing like that in my wardrobe, so out came my best red sweater to go with this skirt that is possibly my favorite.

Wait. Who am I kidding, all of my skirts that twirl are my favorites. Not going to lie, I have a serious twirly-skirt addiction. Ladylike | www.eccentricowl.comLadylike | It seems I just barely caught the perfect timing today in taking pictures; it was raining hard when I woke up, and then right as I got done, the rain came again. This is what fall is like in my area… rain and clouds. All the time. Well… most of the time. Plus, it’s dark at 7am now, and gets dark early. I love fall, but the two things I would wish away would be the less daylight, and how many spiders have invaded the house. Ladylike | Ladylike | Asa has been sick this week; he got what I had over the weekend, so now his nose is stuffy and he’s not napping very well. I hadn’t realized how much peace a 1-1/2 hour nap gave me during the day, even just one, until he started waking up after thirty  minutes. But he’s mostly happy, so it’s okay.

And he thinks that the nasal respirator is really funny, which is good; most babies hate those things. He just wants to chew on it, and have it blow air in his face. And when I wipe his nose with a tissue, he laughs. Ladylike |

Sweater, Forever 21 | skirt, vintage (similar) | brooch and booties, thrifted

Are you happy it’s Friday? I am. Tonight we have a birthday party to go to, and then tomorrow… who knows. In the drizzly cold weather like this, I just want to stay home and read books or watch movies. And right now, we’re pretty tight on money because I’m on a break from work, so we can’t really go many places.

I found this great list of cheap or free date night suggestions, though, so we’ll have to try some of those!

Happy Friday!

P.S. don’t forget to enter the cardigan giveaway!

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