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Easter Day 2020

DARQ: Hi, Catherine. As much as I wish you a Happy Easter, it isn’t the best of Easters with your world suffering the COVID-19 virus, but do enjoy your Easter Day.

CATHERINE: Thanks, Darq. I see the wreath and the three black, Wysotti funerary flowers . . .

DARQ: The virus took the life of a few of the MIB security detail that escort me. [Darq pats the head of the pink rabbit.] RR was fond of rabbits . . .

CATHERINE: He the one with the white hair and mustache?

DARQ nods: I also have to tell you— I am being recalled to my homeworld.


DARQ somberly says: I got the virus and—

CATHERINE: You got the virus?

DARQ: Calm down. I got a very mild case—

CATHERINE: But you never said —

DARQ: Couldn’t. You know how the MIB [Men in Black] are. Security and all that. I was quarantined, got better, stayed healthy. As of yesterday, the doctors and all the tests cleared me to return home.

CATHERINE: So you’re coming back to the farm to get your things?

DARQ (shaking her head sadly): No. Sorry. I’m returning to my homeworld tomorrow.

CATHERINE: Tomorrow?

DARQ nods: Just hang onto my trunk of clothes and stuff for the time being. And, Catherine — it’s not certain when I will return to your planet. All depends on the course of the coronavirus and how quickly things for you and your people return to normal. So—

CATHERINE: We play it by ear?

DARQ smiles and nods: Hope to see you come October. Stay safe and healthy.

CATHERINE: Have a safe journey home, Darq.


A NOTE TO SEWERS: I had planned to make Darq a yellow Easter gown for a Spring Tea, but the coronavirus has forced cancellation of group events, travel, self-quarantining, etc. And, in light of the ever-mounting death toll from the virus, it seemed best that Darq wear something more somber for Easter. Her gray tunic is a wool-suiting blend. Her slacks are black linen-rayon. No bling on the shoes. As a matter of fact, those black leather shoes she’s wearing are from a previous outfit.

It is my sincere hope that fall will see things return to normal and that Darq will return to blog anew.

Wishing you sunshine and the joy of spring flowers in bloom this Easter day.

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Posted by on April 12, 2020 in Uncategorized


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Easter 2018 – A Carrot Hunt?


DARQ: Hi, Catherine. To you and all who celebrate it, I hope you’re enjoying a Happy Easter!

CATHERINE: Thanks, Darq, it’s a cold Easter here, but it looks like you’re enjoying bright sunshine and mild temperatures.

DARQ:  I am, but as usual, I’m not supposed to disclose where I’m at. Security and all that.

CATHERINE: I didn’t realize how Easter-eggish your attire is.

(Darq laughs.) DARQ: Yes, I sort of look like an Easter egg, but, hey, I’ve gotten lots of compliments from everyone here at the villa.

CATHERINE: So, what’s with that carrot you’re holding?

DARQ: Isn’t it obvious? I’m on a Carrot Hunt.


DARQ: Instead of having an Easter Egg hunt, my host is having a Carrot Hunt. The person who finds the white rabbit will get the prize of a gem-encrusted carrot and a basket of three golden Easter eggs.

CATHERINE: Wow, that’s a ritzy prize!

DARQ: I know. And as you can see, I’ve discovered a quiet garden spot behind the villa and found the carrots that should lead me to a path and the rabbit!

CATHERINE: Well, good luck and have fun!

DARQ: Oh, I surely will. Enjoy your day! (Darq renews her hunt for the next carrot that will lead her to the white rabbit.)


Note to Sewers and Crafters – Darq is wearing a two-piece outfit consisting of a top and culottes. Of course, no Darq outfit is complete without shoes –


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On May 1, Darq returns to her homeworld for the summer. What will she wear for her trip home? 

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Posted by on April 1, 2018 in Uncategorized


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Valentines Velvet and Satin–an Erte-inspired gown

DARQ: I wish all who stop by a Happy Valentine’s Day mine is going to be sensational because Catherine sewed another Erte-inspired gown for me so I could look fabulous at the dinner party I’m attending tonight in – oops, can’t divulge the location, national security and all that. Here’s the sneak peek at the gown–

IMG_2935 2015 Valntine notrain lteThere is nothing like velvet on my planet, Wysa, but I am totally in love with this fabric, and the satin lining. And the color.  And, yes, peeping out from the front hem is a pair of velvet and satin shoes!

IMG_2971I couldn’t believe how sumptuous this gown turned out to be. I love it, love it, love it!

And here’s the Erte illustration I picked out for Catherine to work from:

Erte ValentinesDARQ2015Oh, so you want to see the back of the gown?  Well, here ‘tiz–IMG_2960 lte

The “train” is attached to the back of the skirt, which is pleated. Catherine says the pleats allow the train to be wider than the regular skirt would have been. The train folds up and is draped over my shoulders.  IMG_2967 2015 Val lte

Since the dress is fully lined, Catherine did something interesting to the velvet side of the train–she twisted the fabric around to showcase the satin. . .

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And then she had a brilliant idea to flip to the velvet side, which she decorated with a butterfly–

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So, one outfit, many ways to wear it!

As to the clasp, it flips so it works for either the satin or velvet side.

IMG_2922 2015Valentines Velvet fronttop 1IMG_2932 2015Valentines Pink fronttop

What’s the gown look like with the train is down?  Why–

IMG_2895 2015FEB erte liteIMG_2897 2015 ValentinesBACK V

Notice the V-neckline of the front and that the back one is decadently deeper.

CATHERINE: Your husband will appreciate that.

DARQ chuckles, then says: He’ll appreciate more undressing me after he discovers that plunging back V.

CATHERINE: I thought you had a limit on things you can transport when you ship back home.

DARQ: This is a must-have item.  I love this gown more than the white and silver Erte outfit you made me for New Year’s Eve, 2013.

CATHERINE: Wow, and double wow.

DARQ: Besides, Catherine, this gown makes me feel and look ultra-classy.  So, what’s the plan for St. Patrick’s Day?

CATHERINE, shocked expression on her face: You need another gown?

DARQ:  No. I thought maybe I’d take you and your hubby out to dinner, someplace local.  So, I guess all I need is regular wear.

CATHERINE: As in a uniform?

DARQ: No silly, civilian wear will do.

CATHERINE: What’s Wysotti civilian wear like?

DARQ: Huh?

CATHERINE:  I mean, how different from Earth fashions is your civilian Wysotti clothing.  Can you show me a picture or two of what you normally wear?

DARQ: You know, it would be nice to wear fashions from my homeworld . . .  When I check in next week with fleet HQ, I’ll see about downloading pictures of current fashions so you can work from them.  How’s that?

CATHERINE: Sounds good to me.

*** Stop back on St. Patrick’s Day to see Darq’s civilian Wysotti-wear.  In green, of course, because St. Patrick’s Day is for the wearing of the green!

NOTE TO SEWERS:  Darq’s Valentine’s gown is rayon velvet. I bought the fabric more than 10 years ago for the bib and sleeve cuffs of a dress I made for my local Morgan Horse association’s awards banquet.  There was a lot of fabric left over. I used some a couple of Christmases ago, when I made my daughter an “old fashioned” Christmas Stocking. Still there was an L-shaped piece left, and that’s what I used for Darq’s gown. I used all of it. No scraps left.

Interestingly enough, the longest side of that L-piece of velvet remnant was just long enough to make the train–from shoulder seam to tip of the train is 40″.  The gown is fully lined with metallic, stretch satin.  The hardest part about sewing the gown was hand sewing the hem and attaching the lining to the sleeves at the cuffs. I must have tried six different hand-sewing needles before I found one that would pierce the tough rayon, slinky satin, and the metallic threads in the satin.

Now my only problem is how to preserve the gown without crushing the velvet. So if you have any ideas, please let me know.

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Posted by on February 14, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Catherine’s computer screen winks on with Darq’s smiling face filling the monitor.

DARQ: Hi, Catherine. Just checking in with you. I’m having a great time in New York.

CATHERINE:  Nice picture, but what’s with the marquee and blank background?

DARQ: Security reasons. Don’t ask for the details. I’m lucky the MIBs allowed me this picture for my album. I wanted the marquee in the picture so you’d know I was really at the theater.

CATHERINE: Considering you saw the movie “Oz, the Great and Powerful,” why would you want to see “Wicked?”

DARQ: I was fascinated by the reviews. By the way, it was an excellent play. Oh, and I’m also sending you a picture, also background blanked out. It’s from the weekend in Boston, at the Pops. The weather has been terrible.”

IMG_2319 2014 Nightout Darq w-flwrs

CATHERINE: It hasn’t been any better here. Freezing cold and snow. You look nice in black.

DARQ: Thanks!  I got lots of compliments on the outfits.  Gotta go, the MIBs are impatient to get brunchy-breakfast.  Oh, before I forget, I should be back with you the first of the week.

CATHERINE: Just in time for fittings for that Erte-inspired Valentine’s dress I’m making you.

DARQ:  Great! See you soon. Bye.

The connection ends.

***This blog will update Valentine’s Day with a look at Darq’s Erte-inspired Valentine’s outfit.

Follow this blog to stay abreast of Darq’s adventures on Earth with the author of her story, JEWELS OF THE SKY.

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Posted by on January 15, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Highlights of Christmas 2014

CATHERINE:  As promised, here’s a look at–

DARQ:  Let me tell the picture story of my Christmas day.

CATHERINE:  Okay, tell away.

DARQ:  The Christmas tree (an artificial one) was a-glitter with lights and sparkling ornaments of silver and kiwi-green.  With all the gifts piled under the tree, I  was hard pressed to ferret out my presents. At times it felt like I was drowning among the brightly wrapped gifts.


However, I manged to find my three presents– Ta Dah!

IMG_2696  Xmas2014 DARQ Presents

What did I get?  Well, the contents of the bag was from my MIB detail and Santa. It was a red stocking filled with various wine samplers.  The little box held Catherine’s gift to me of earrings–and yes, I am wearing an old pair of red shoes (no new ones) and my Ugly Christmas Sweater (which, the more I wear it, the better I like it!).

IMG_2700  Xmas2014 DARQ Earrings-MerlotAnd in the big gold glittery box was–

CATHERINE: Hold it right there.  No revealing what’s inside that box.

DARQ: Why not? It’s the outfit you made for me for the upcoming Downton Abbey themed New Year’s Eve party I’m attending next week.

CATHERINE: But we won’t be revealing that Erte-inspired outfit until New Year’s Day, so don’t spoil the surprise.

DARQ: Can I just say it’s black and gold and white?


DARQ: Can I say it’s beautiful?

CATHERINE: Okay, you can say that.

DARQ: The Erte-outfit Catherine made is simply — BEAUTIFUL!

CATHERINE: Now that we have that settled, how about guarding the cookies so my husband leaves a few for me?

DARQ:  I’m on it!

IMG_2708 Xmas2014 DARQ cookies

CATHERINE and DARQ:  We hope you had a very good Christmas and will stop by New Year’s Day to see Darq’s Erte-inspired outfit of black and gold and white!

**** Catch up on all the Christmas activities by scrolling down.

***Unfamiliar with Erte?  He was the Father of Art Deco and a designer of 1920-30’s haute couture – check out last New Year’s Eve’s gown, as well as the Valentines, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter outfits made this year.



Posted by on December 26, 2014 in Uncategorized


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The Ugly Christmas Sweater ???

DARQ: No, no, Catherine, don’t you dare open this post with “The Legend of the Ugly Sweater!”

CATHERINE:  Why not?

DARQ:  Because people stopping at this blog will read it and not scroll down to see my Ugly Christmas Sweater. They won’t know what happened at the Christmas Party.

CATHERINE:  Ah, yes, the Men In Black holiday party–where everyone was to wear their ugly Christmas sweaters. So, how was the party?  The sweaters?

DARQ:  Here’s the official photo they took of me at the party.IMG_2534 2014 Darq UglySweater 01 USE

CATHERINE: Wow, your sweater lights are a-twinkling!

DARQ scowls: At least I wasn’t lit up like some.

CATHERINE:  So, how did your Ugly Christmas Sweater fare? Did it win first place?  Any placing?

DARQ:  No, I didn’t win the prize for the Ugly Christmas Sweater.  El-Emn did.

CATHERINE:  L M?  That name doesn’t sound familiar.  Is he a new guy on the MIB detail that’s assigned to you?

DARQ:  No, not L and M the initials, EL-EMN.  He’s an octopod from a planet called Zanthara.  He’s greenish-gray, golden eyed, with eight tentacle arms.  He knitted his sweater himself–a reindeer on each arm–and his ass was covered by Santa’s sleigh, which was a vibrant red and on the backside of his sweater. That sweater had fringe and tinsel, lights–

CATHERINE:  Your sweater has fringe and tinsel, lights. Blinking lights.

DARQ:  Yeah, but not quite like El-Emn’s!

[DARQ exits and returns with items in hand]DARQ-UglySwtr Rbn-Btl jpeg

CATHERINE:  That’s a pretty gaudy ribbon you’re holding. So, what did you win it for?

DARQ, her cheeks taking on a deeper hue:  For Most Beautiful Alien in an Ugly Christmas Sweater.

CATHERINE, holding back laughter:  And here you were worried that with all the sweater’s loopy, white fluffy yarns you would look like a Yeti!

DARQ, scowling:  That Meh-Teh tried to hit on me.

CATHERINE:  What’s a Meh-Teh?

DARQ:  What you Americans call a yeti.

CATHERINE: The abominable snowman is real?  No way.

DARQ: Yes way.  They are like Big Foot, dimensional aliens.  Just passing through the dimensions, so to speak.

CATHERINE:  Unreal.  Oh, never mind.  I see you’re holding a bottle of liquor in your other hand. Its got tons of ribbons curled on it.  Did you win that in the gift exchange?

DARQ:  No. It was . . .  um . . . well . . .

CATHERINE:  Out with it!

DARQ:  Okay, okay.  It was for the Best Footwear To Go With An Ugly Christmas Sweater.

CATHERINE, grinning:  You and your shoes!IMG_2512 2014 Darq XmasSweaterSlippers

DARQ: These are sweater-slippers, not shoes.

CATHERINE: I know that.  Horns, jingle bells, red and green surrounded by snowy-whiteness–

DARQ: ARGH!  I’ll just take my snowy-whiteness and Ugly Christmas Sweater out the door and change into something more appropriate.

CATHERINE:  And I’ll finish this post with the Legend of the Ugly Sweater.

The Legend of the Ugly Sweater  Legend of Ugly Sweater jpeg

There was an awful present

Underneath our Christmas Tree,

Hand sewn by Aunt Tilly.

Made especially for me,

The gift that ruined my childhood,

Forced to wear it Christmas Day.

When asked if I adored it,

I’d always shout, “NO WAY!”

But now I wear it proudly,

Without shame and with no fear.

Contest after contest,

my ugly sweater wins each year!

–Unknown Author

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Updates are when events develop

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Coming events include Christmas Day, a New Years Eve Party (another Erte-inspired gown), the Boston Pops, a Broadway play, and others.

Comments and conversations welcome.

And be sure to scroll down and see what Darq’s been doing.

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Posted by on December 14, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Thanksgiving – and an ugly Christmas sweater?

IMG_2403 2014 Thanksgiving DARQ

DARQ (shouting): Happy Turkey Day!

CATHERINE: It’s not a happy day for turkeys.

DARQ: Yeah, I know, but ‘TIZ THE SEASON!

CATHERINE: Oh, please, not you too.

DARQ: Me too what?

CATHERINE: I really hate the commercialization of Christmas. Did you not notice that the Black Friday sales began last Sunday, five days before Thanksgiving?  Why just a couple hours ago, the TV station I was watching ran a “Happy Holidays” blurb to its viewers.

DARQ: Speaking of Christmas, I need your help.

CATHERINE:  For what?

DARQ: The guys–

CATHERINE: As in the Men In Black who are now pigging out on your pumpkin pies, all twenty four of them?

DARQ: Yes, and they are OUR pies. I cleaned the pumpkins, you made the pies–

CATHERINE:  So, you want me to help you bake more pies, like for the MIB’s Christmas party?

DARQ:  No. The party’s being catered.

CATHERINE (letting out a sigh of profound relief):  That’s good. So, what kind of help do you need?

DARQ:  I need an ugly Christmas sweater.

CATHERINE (looking astonished): Why would you want an ugly Christmas sweater?  There are plenty of lovely ones–

DARQ: It’s a contest. Well, actually, anyone who attends the party has to wear the ugliest Christmas sweater they own or can buy or can make.  It’s a themed party–the “Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.”

CATHERINE: So, go online or go shopping and buy yourself an ugly Christmas sweater.

DARQ:  If it’s in a store, it’s likely more than one person will be wearing the same sweater.  I want something unique.  You knit. Could you knit me sweater?

CATHERINE: I could if you can wait until next Christmas for me to finish it.  I’m a slow knitter.

DARQ (looking crestfallen):

CATHERINE (speaking before she can stop herself): But I can crochet a lot faster.  I guess I can crochet one for you in a couple of weeks.  When’s the party?

DARQ (grins): Sunday afternoon, Dec. 14 at HQ.  Can you have the sweater ready by then?

CATHERINE: More than likely.  Com’mon, let’s go to my sewing room and raid the yarn bin, and see what color combo we can piece together for this ugly sweater of yours.

*****Stop back December 14 to see Darq’s ugly Christmas Sweater.

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Posted by on November 26, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Halloween 2014

IMG_2295 2014 HalweenDarq Earings


DARQ: Trick or Treat!

CATHERINE: I get a choice?

DARQ: Of course you do. Look— I’m dressed for giving out candy to the kids!

IMG_2273 2014 HalweenDARQ  Door 01 USE

CATHERINE: No fancy costume party this year to go to?

DARQ: I decided to forgo that.


DARQ: Because the Men In Black were raving about their kids and what the kids’ costumes. I wanted to see for myself. Besides, with all those workshops you were doing last month and this, when would you have found time to sew me a proper costume, worthy of a gala Halloween party?

CATHERINE: You have a point, but then again, I did sew you an outfit. You’re wearing it.

DARQ: Just a simple top and pants. It took you all of a morning to make. Certainly nothing fancy or even scary.

CATHERINE: Well, the apron is fancy— Hey, what’s bulging out of the pocket? IMG_2269 2014 HalweenDarq Aprongoodies

DARQ (cheeks taking on a deep blush): Hershey’s bars.

CATHERINE: Aren’t you supposed to be giving them to the kids?

DARQ: I like Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almond bars. And it isn’t a crime to hold a few back for myself, is it?

CATHERINE: Ah, that’s more than a few in that pocket.

DARQ: If you’ll ignore my pocket full of Hershey’s bars, I’ll give you one.


DARQ, digging a bar out of her pocket: Okay, how about two— no how about four— and you forget this conversation?


DARQ’s jaw drops as realization sinks in: You tricked me into giving you extra candy!

CATHERINE, grabbing the four bars, walks away and rapidly peals the wrapper off one of the bars: It’s not candy, Darq— it’s chocolate! Oh, and hey, here come the kids.

DARQ turns and smiles at the kids approaching: Happy Halloween!


NOTE FROM CATHERINE TO CRAFTERS AND SEWERS: It took three times as long to make the backdrop for this Halloween photo shoot than it did for me to sew Darq’s outfit, including the shoes. I scanned in a picture of a door and then had to enlarge the picture, copy and piece several sheets together to get the door tall enough. The “window glass” is actually glue-glitter on top of the photocopies. The doorknob is a button. The stoop in front of the door is a re-purposed gift box, and the “porch” was recycled from the BBQ wall used last month. To get the 3D effect on the door, I covered strips of wood with shoe polish and glued the strips into place. The Trick or Treat rug and the Spooky door decoration are actually 3D stickers, the kind used for greeting cards. Darq’s “Trick or Treat” earrings came from a broken Halloween bracelet’s charms.

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Posted by on October 31, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Labor Day BBQ !


Darq will enjoy a fancy Labor Day BBQ — with good food and drinks and steak on the grill.

DARQ-BBQ 02 grilltop

As for my husband and me, it’s the little Smokey Joe grill on the deck, sirloin burgers, and a quiet Labor Day.


Catherine (and Darq)

**** NOTE TO CRAFTERS AND SEWERS: The BBQ grill is made of stone mosaic pieces glued to a cardboard box (with a brick inside to counter the weight of the front mosaics.  Before using the mosaic slab, I scanned it and produced paper to wallpaper the rest of the box with.  The “food” is from a collection of Barbie accessories.  The “ice” is, if you care to enlarge the picture, make of an assortment of pony beads and jewelry-making plastic and glass beads.  The “charcoal” bed is grey form (recycled packing material) but on top of it are red glass beads.  The “smoke” is batting that I used a Marks-a-Lot on (and got my fingers blackened in the process.  :))  The smoke isn’t glued down but suspended because the back edge is stuck to double sticky tape.  There is a hole at the top that I dragged more of the smoke through, and which stands all by itself.  The grill grate is a recycled piece of netting off an old backpack’s water bottle holder, spray painted silver, and suspended by two toothpicks jabbed into the back of the grill. The back-upper part is actually a piece of Styrofoam (recycled packing material). The backdrop is a foam poster board which I glued a strip of flower-printed corduroy then hot glued little flowers and leaves to give a 3-D effect.

I made the pattern for Darq’s apron and used my inkjet printer to make the transfer that was ironed onto it. The blouse is cotton gingham and there’s a matching hair-tie of gingham. The Capri pants are a bottomweight. And, of course, Darq being a shoe-a-holic, has a new pair of sandals with bling.  DARQ-BBQ 03 shoes

A lot of work for a couple of pictures and posting here, so was it worth it?  You tell me. Vote here–(voting ends on Sept. 7).


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Posted by on September 1, 2014 in Uncategorized


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I’m back and just in time for the fairs!

IMG_2153 Fair-2014 Rbns N Darq DARQ:  Well, I returned to find Catherine had sewn outfits and done a few craft and flower projects for entry into not one but two county fairs. One of those fairs was the awesome Crawford County Fair, billed as the largest agricultural fair in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

And, as you can see, Catherine did very well indeed–a total of 25 entries and 24 ribbons (mostly blue, which is first place!). And, she found time to sew me a new “summer” outfit.  I love the daisy print blouse and it’s gauze sleeves!

CATHERINE:  You love your new shoes more.

DARQ (smiles): True. So true! And they’re blinged out with sparkles.

CATHERINE: Hey, don’t get any of that cotton candy on my ribbons!

DARQ: Wouldn’t dream of it.

CATHERINE:  You know, you could cut a few calories by not pigging out on that stuff.

DARQ (with mouth full of cotton candy):  Can’t stop myself. It’s so sweet, and it melts on my tongue.  We don’t anything like this on my homeworld.

CATHERINE:  So, what did you think of the Erte outfit that took a blue ribbon at both fairs?

DARQ:  Awesome! DARQ-erteFAIR 01

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Posted by on August 30, 2014 in Uncategorized


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