Standing Up for Myself

Hey, everyone. I’m currently on a holiday hiatus, but something came up today that made me feel very empowered, and I wanted to share it with you.

My next official post will be January 5th, 2018. (no longer on a schedule)

I’m usually a very reserved and introverted person. I have a hard time standing up for myself, especially in public with strangers. Confrontation makes me nervous and it’s frankly something I avoid, if I can.

Today, a man at a local store called out to me, “I like your leggings!” I replied with a “thank you” because yes, they are badass leggings. (shout out to my people at Wild Bangarang!)

If it had stopped there, it would have been fine; compliments are OK. However, the wolf whistle that he made (after I had turned the corner)  was not.

I had to stop.

Did that really just happen?

I’ve had unwanted advances (well beyond just compliments) before. The last time was humiliating for me. Afterwards, I avoided wearing my leggings because of it.

I decided that I was tired of letting these people control how I feel. I am tired of letting their comments affect my wardrobe choices or how I think about myself.

I called back with a simple, but firm, “That’s not appropriate.” His disappointed “Oh…” was satisfying. I felt that for the fist time in my life I had really stood up for myself, against my nature.

Don’t give others control over your happiness. Don’t tolerate disrespect. Stand up for yourself, even if it makes you uncomfortable.

My Joann’s Haul

I have a confession to make: I spend far too much money at Joann’s.

I could easily spend hours in that store and still end up walking out the doors with far more than I planned.

Needless to say, my husband grimaces whenever I mention wanting to stop by. He knows when I say, “It’ll only be twenty minutes or so!”, it’ll really be an hour or more.

I ended up hitting my Joann’s store twice, a few days apart. The first day I went, I wasn’t even aware that there was a sale going on! I had received the mailer the week before, but thought that I wouldn’t have any time to go, so I had already forgotten about it.

On my way home from a meeting with a friend, I decided that I’d swing by. Both my Silhouette blade and mat needed replacement and I didn’t want to wait for a shipment from Amazon. I wish that the coupons they had worked on Silhouette supplies! At least now I know to keep a back stock on hand!

Once I had found my supplies, I did my usual swing through the fabric section. For me, perusing the fabric section is the highlight of any Joann’s trip. Of course, this is probably one of the reasons that no Joann’s trip is a quick one.

I noticed the sale sign above the patterns. Simplicity patterns were five for $5.00! I was so excited that I practically ran to the pattern book table. I think the hardest part was deciding on only ten patterns!


After looking at what they had and finding only the patterns in my size, I decided on these ones!


Lots of girly patterns this time around.


I mostly focused on costume ideas for this trip to the store, although there’s a few extras.

I’ve been eyeing the Lolita dress pattern for a while, because my best friend, Erin, and I want to make one based off of an inside joke. We’re wanting crazy cat prints!

I picked up both 1153 and 8316 based on possible future gifts or things to just occupy any spare time I have. I really loved the belt on the Firefly inspired pattern, and of course I had to get the Moonie pattern, too. I tried convincing my husband, Brett, to do a Mario/Luigi or Mario/Peach costume with me, but so far he seems to need a bit more persuading!


If this wasn’t enough, I decided to pop by the store AGAIN on another day. The sale was still going on and I was in the area dropping something off at a friend’s house. This haul was more on the McCall’s side, because at this point the Simplicity patterns were slim pickings!


I love seeing the HUGE savings number at the bottom of my receipts!


I was really hoping to get the Simplicity version of the Japanese school uniform pattern, but they didn’t have the plus sized pattern in stock (insert frowny face here). However, the McCall’s version should cover everything I need, if not with a little adjusting.

I also grabbed a pattern for Brett, which is the printed suit pattern, D0850. I don’t know what pattern he’ll end up wanting, but it’ll be a hit, I’m sure.

I didn’t get as many costume patterns this time around, mostly because everything was pretty sold out. But I did get a few for-fun project ideas.


I can’t wait to put these to good use!