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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Gonna Eat a Lot of Peaches

Moving to the county gonna eat me a lot of peaches...

My house is for sale.
Hoping that all goes smoothly for buying a new (to us) one!
Too busy for much more.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Testing...1, 2, 3

Even though I haven't posted anything in a while, I've been busy.
I was asked to test a new pattern by Abby at Sew Much Ado.

So exciting! I think I squealed out loud when I got the email response after I applied to be a tester. Testing a new pattern is a major perk--you get to try something new, it's a free pattern, and you have a deadline.

I thrive on deadlines.

Introducing The Schoolboy Vest!

This picture is probably the most true in color. The outer fabric is Robert Kaufman Chambray and the lining is Bee My Honey Teal Buzz by Mary Jane Butters for Moda. I purchased both at my favorite local fabric shop: Sew To Speak

The rest of these photos are a bit off in color--it looks black here. But, notice the REAL WELT POCKETS! This pattern was so easy to follow. The first time I read through it, I was intimidated by these pockets. But as I was sewing, I just followed each step to the letter and they turned out awesome. Since it's a PDF pattern, there are also helpful pictures to guide you along.

I loved all the details that add a professional finish to this little vest--the button holes were easy to do thanks to the pattern guide. For the top-stitching I used my blind hem foot to get it even and straight.

And check out the cute little buckle in the back.

Sigh. He makes my heart hurt. In a good way.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Fantasy vs. Reality

As Kenny Rodgers sings, "you've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, and know when to run."

I had to fold them and run this week.

Nick is entering the toddler room at his daycare. This means lots of fun new experiences and a cot!
Yes--a cot. No more baby cribs at school. I'm nervous. He has no idea it's coming. But he does need a nap mat. And of course, my first instinct was to make him one.

My fantasy:
"Ohhh--it will be so cute with custom fabric and awesome homemade bias tape all around. No other kid at school will have one like it...."

Photo and awesome tutorial by Prudent Baby
My Reality:
"Who am I kidding?  He needs it by Thursday. It's Monday. I have a job AND I (unfortunately) require sleep."

Thank you Amazon Prime 2-day shipping!

"Every gambler knows that the secret to survivin'
Is knowin' what to throw away and knowing what to keep"
--Don Schlitz

Monday, February 17, 2014

Sew Boy

A couple little shirts I whipped up (haha) out of the book Sewing For Boys by Shelly Figueroa (of Figgy's) and Karen LePage. I love this book and I'm glad to finally be getting around to making some of the clothes.

These are relatively easy to sew. I say relatively because there is inevitably some part of it that trips me up. But the whole thing can be done in about 2 hours (for me). And that is a quick sew!

On this pattern the tough part can be topstitching the side seams because you have to do it essentially blind and it's hard to get into the armholes on the long-sleeved version. I also often get tripped up on attaching the neckband. It's one of those moments where you need to step away from the instructions and just do it how it makes sense to you.

Stripes and skulls for my little man. Now I just need for him to hold still so I can get a few cute shots of him wearing the shirts!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Meal Plan #2

I didn't share one last week because after I made it, I realized that several of my picks for the week were from cookbooks that I own and not the inter-webs. And sharing those recipes without permission would likely get me in trouble. So this week I chose more share-able picks.


Creamy Caprese Quinoa Bake
This is so delicious! You must try it. Even though it's not in season right now, it's all ok.


Tortilla Lasagna


Baked Chicken Breast with Roasted Broccoli
I just wing this one. Cover the chicken with plain yogurt and then coat with bread crumbs and bake in the oven at 350 degrees, 15 minutes per pound. I also roast the broccoli in the oven .

Basil Pesto Pasta and Salad
I make pesto similar to the one above, but at the store this week I couldn't find pine nuts. Instead I'll use walnuts and I'll throw a little kale in with the basil just for fun. It's hard to screw up. Just add lots of olive oil and lots of cheese.

Leftovers (gotta have one of these nights each week, right?)

Soup, salad and grilled cheese. You know how to make grilled cheese, right?
It's fun to add extras like caramelized onions, avocado, sprouts...


Saturday, January 11, 2014

One Word: Grateful

Instead of a resolution, one word to focus on and guide the year. This year I'd like to change my attitude to one of gratefulness. 

Appreciative of benefits received. 

I have received many benefits in my life. It's time to stop complaining and start thinking about just how lucky I am. Sure, things aren't always unicorns and rainbows, but I want to make a promise to myself that before I complain about something, I'll remember a word of thanks, a thought of gratefulness for the things that have led me to where I am. 

For example--I always complain about cleaning. I absolutely hate to clean. But, before I bitch about having to clean the bathroom, again, I'll think about how lucky I am to have a bathroom, a nice house in a safe area, running water, and so on and so on. My hope is that this moment of gratefulness will help me balance the good with the bad. 

Do you have a word? A resolution? A hope for the New Year? 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan #1: January 4-10, 2014

Sunday: Easy Vegetarian Manicotti with Alexia Garlic Bread and mixed green salad

Noreen Cooks
Monday: Crock Pot Orange Chicken with Alton Brown's Baked Brown Rice and Sauteed Carrots (I make the Chicken with organic, free-range chicken and organic BBQ sauce)

Six Sister's Stuff

Monday: Smitten Kitchen's lazy-pizza-dough-favorite-margarita-pizza (I used 2 cups of organic white flour and 1 cup of organic whole wheat--finger's crossed this one turns out...)

Smitten Kitchen

Tuesday: Tacos with grass-fed ground beef and organic refried beans (for me)
Wednesday: Leftovers/Whatever you can find ;)
Cookies are NOT recommended for dinner
Thursday: Veggie Burgers and Alexia Sweet Potato Fries

Friday: Probably takeout...
That's what I got for this week. As you can see, sometimes I peter out towards the end of the week. And sometimes I have to plan some takeout to keep myself sane/have a delicious treat. Everything in moderation, right?