Friday, April 22, 2011

Yummy lunch!

Maybe you guys already know about this site but I was completely clueless until my BFF turned me on to it earlier this week - The Picky Palate. Uh, how have I missed this awesome site for this long? Let me just say, YUM! This is the Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Quick Bread and it was our delicious lunch today. The recipe calls for only 1 cup of flour and I used a cup and a half of flour (and I used turkey pepperoni) but other than that I didn't change a thing and it was GREAT. She puts up a new yummy recipe every day and has a great index of things I can't wait to try. Go, look, I'm pretty sure you'll find something that makes you say "ooh - I could make/eat that RIGHT NOW!".

Happy Weekend, Happy Easter if you're celebrating it and I hope so see some of your smiling faces at Whipstitch tomorrow from 8AM till Noon for our first project sew-along day!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Oh Denyse...

how I LOOOOOVE you! But what to do with you? Quilt? Yes, of course, but what pattern? Maybe a dress for the doodlebug? Again yes!

I think a big part of sewing fun for me is the anticipation and dreaming of what might be...all those delicious possibilities!

The danger is that I tend to hang on to fabrics and treat them too preciously, never actually using them for fear of making the wrong thing. Or having something turn out poorly. I've made it a goal for myself this year to get over that kind of fear and just dive in and create!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Last slouch bag (this week anyway)

Sick of these yet? I hope not because I've been having fun getting them done and the truth is I've thought up way more fabric combinations than I have time (or need) to make! The thing is, that this bag goes together so fast that before you know it you suddenly have three or four of them made - which may lead to me re-opening my etsy shop next week :-)

Anyway by now I'm sure you know this is the Slouch Bag from Ali Foster and it's the bag we're going to be working on together at our sew-along at Whipstitch next Staurday, April 23rd from 8 - noon. You need your pattern ahead of time and you can either bring your supplies or buy them from the many cute offerings at the shop (you also need to bring your own sewing machine but I'm guessing you already figured that out). This bag is great because you can make it really quickly, it doesn't take a ton of fabric and you can customize it. For this version I used Linen for the exterior fabric and a Kaffe Fausett print for the interior (Verbena I think) and then I added a grosgrain ribbon and bow detail on the front. I sewed the ribbon on after the exterior was completed and I think there may be a better way to attach the bow itself but I'm still tinkering with that. I also put the interior pocket on the front of this bag because I liked looking in and seeing that print - I considered trying to match the pocket to the print so that they lined up for oh about a millisecond and then went with a contrasting pale pink solid for the pocket.

Pretty cute if I do say so myself! So I hope you're considering coming to our group project sew-along next weekend and if you can't make it next weekend the dates for May are: open sew day on Saturday May 14th and the group sew-along day on Saturday May 28th (both meetings go from 8AM till noon). Check back here for the group project for May after next weekend. Hope everyone has a great weekend - see you next week!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Slouch Bag number 2

This time I used the Echino airplane print I got at Whipstitch, Kona Berry for the lining and the same Waterford linen as the first bag for the handle. I thought about using the Echino print for the handle but it just seemed like too much if you know what I mean and the linen matches the airplane color perfectly. I used fusible fleece again for the support element, fused to the outer fabric. I know some people shudder at the thought but I just really like the structure it gives and it doesn't bother me at all to fuse it right on to the Echino, especially when it turns out so dang great!

This time I really kept track and it took me an hour and a half to whip this up! Granted I've made several now so the pattern steps are pretty familiar to me but you gotta love something that turns so cute in such a little bit of time!

I decided that I like making the pocket with a contrasting fabric so I went with the grass green that matched the airplane background - the colors here aren't the best but it really pops and I love how it came together. I was going to use that green for the whole lining originally but it was too matchy-matchy withe the outer fabric and it looked way better with the contrast of the red-violet fabric against that yellow-green outside.

On an-un-craft-related note Great Gram went home today and someone is very sad that her playmate disappeared. Thankfully their mutual admiration society will be meeting again in one short month for our favorite cousin's college graduation (I'll save "How can my baby cousin be graduating from college" for it's own separate post). Here's to grandmothers - they pretty much rock around here and we feel so lucky to have them! xoxo

Monday, April 11, 2011

New plants!

Two posts in one day? Crazy, I know. This one is mostly for my husband who is out of town at a convention - I just wanted to show off the new plants that have shown up in his absence. My mom came down yesterday and helped me (or really truth be told, I helped her) put in 19 hostas in the beds out front. Yes, NINETEEN! And on the hottest day of the year so far, smart I know.

And then today we took Gram to Pike's and bought some ferns and other plants to dress up the front porch. The big pots came from IKEA, a steal at 5.99 each and the red maples in them are also from my mom. We added several different kinds of ferns and sweet potato plants.

I can honestly say I love how these turned out! I can also assure you that the green thumb that runs so rampant in our family completely skipped me so I am praying that I can keep these gorgeous plants alive. Seriously.

Oh well, I guess I need to make an effort to enjoy them TODAY! Which I did :-) Now for chairs...stay tuned.

In which I FINALLY finish something I start - a new spring-ish bag!

First let me say two things - one, I am having a hard time getting good pictures of this bag (I probably need another lesson from my husband about my fancy camera. I could also read the manual but who are we kidding?!) and two HALLELUJAH for getting something DONE! Wheeee! I was seriously starting to think I might never get anything sewn ever again. Wrong! Yay!

So this bag, which is MUCH cuter in real life, is the bag we are making for our themed sewing day at Whipstitch on Saturday the 23rd (8am - noon). All you need is the pattern for the Ali Foster Slouch bag and your fabric (bring or buy the day of, your choice). I LOVE love love this bag for so many reasons. It's EASY, it's FAST and you can change it up so many ways. It's also a great size - and it even has a pocket for my phone! This version was made with a nice linen from Whipstitch, lined with a Kona solid (grass green?) and then it has a band from Amy Butler's Soul Blossoms on the front and back. I improvised the strip on the front, it's not part of the pattern but I can show you how I did it when I see you on the 23rd :-)

My really, truly favorite part about THIS bag? That peony on the pocket! LOVE!

This bag took a little big longer to make because of the cutting and piecing of that strip on the front but it was still only about a nap and a half worth's of sewing time. The pattern also calls for a layer of canvas between the inner and outer fabrics to stiffen it but I like using a fusible fleece on the outer fabric. It gives the bag some form and isn't a pain to sew on (like I think canvas is - just one girls' opinion).

My other confession? I have a few more of these bags to show you this week, hoping to entice you to come play, I mean SEW with us at Whipstitch on the 23rd! Go get your Slouch Bag pattern now from Ali Foster on etsy! (And no, I am not getting paid by either, I just like 'em).

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