Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Rae Skirt

My poor, neglected blog.  I've been busy.  And tired.  And really, really, busy.  Some of my favorite things just got put on hold for a long time.  Life is like that.  Slowly, I'm trying to find my way back out of the busyness and back into the things I love: sewing and blogging being two things I want back in my life. 

Several months ago, I applied to be a tester for one of my favorite pattern designers, Tasia at Sewaholic .  You can not imagine the screams of excitement when I received the email that I was accepted as a tester for the Rae skirt. 

No, I'm so not kidding.  There may have been shouting.  And some texting.  And possibly some more screaming.   My kids just rolled their eyes at me.  That's all right.  I was too excited to care. 

 The Rae skirt is really perfect.  Just perfect.  It is absolutely wonderful for a complete beginner seamstress, but if you are more advanced just choose a trickier fabric that you were previously scared of trying. 

(pictures were taken by my 10 year old son)
Lightweight fabrics really seem to be key.  I tried a heavier fabric and it didn't work well for me.  My daughter is smaller than I am, and the heavier skirt worked fine on her so I pretended like I was excited that it worked for her.  But for me the heavier fabric just got too bunchy around the hips.  Ain't no mama of five kiddos need that!  I  sewed this skirt with a lightweight, sheer polyester that I found on clearance at Hancock Fabrics and then lined it with some soft, lightweight, navy blue lining. 

The waist is elastic, which can look frumpy if not done right.  Tasia did it right.  She put in details into this simple skirt that elevated it.  For example, the side seams are graded in just a bit where the hem will fall so that you don't have to ease in the hem.  Total genius and a design detail I so appreciated.  Easing in a hem and never getting it smooth irritates me.  The whole time I was cutting and sewing, I kept saying, "wow!  she just thought of everything!" 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Elephant Skirt

 We were shopping at Walmart when we spied this elephant printed corduroy.  We fell in love with the elephants so it had to come home with us.
My husband said that it looked like a Republican skirt. 
Why do men have to make everything political? 
It is so much more important that the elephants were bright and cheerfully cute and that the skirt twirls properly.  Like it should.

Ah yes. . . she's a cheeky one isn't she?

Have a great weekend ♥

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Just a little something because I like you (aka: It's a GIVEAWAY!!!)

Giveaway is closed----------
This fall I was a vendor at two craft fairs.  Lots of work.  Tons of fun.  I really enjoy getting out and meeting people as they come into my booth.
This is one of the items that I made to sell. One side is Mexican Oilcloth and  the other side is chalkcloth.   Sold like hotcakes.

This particular banner has 12 pennants.  You can write any message you want in chalk on the chalkcloth side, hang it up and both sides will look pretty and festive.

Possible Messages:
Personalize it with a name
Garage Sale
Welcome Home
Give Thanks
Make a list of things you are thankful for.
It's a boy! or It's a girl!
Backyard BBQ

I want to give one of my amazing readers the banner pictured above.  Just leave a comment and make sure I have a way of contacting you.  If I can't contact you, I'll choose another winner.  This giveaway will end on Friday evening (November 11, 2011)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Jalapeno Pepper Jelly

 A friend had bushel baskets full of peppers that they had picked before a freeze and offered some to me.  I was excited because I have been wanting to try to make Jalapeno Pepper Jelly for a very long time.
I used this recipe from  Hot Pepper Jelly 
I didn't measure each type of pepper exactly, but made sure that I had 4 cups of peppers total and that worked fine.  I just used what I had.
I learned a couple of lessons:
  • The recipe is perfect.  A lot of the reviews suggested doubling the pectin.  Don't do it.  If you bring the jelly up to a rolling boil (which is a boil that can't be stirred down) it will gel.  We panicked and added more pectin because it didn't seem thick enough.  It will set up more with time.  My jelly is now too gelled.  (Does that even make sense????)
  • Many cooking experts tell you to wear gloves when cutting hot peppers.  I didn't do it.  Very bad idea. Please wear gloves.  OUCHIE! 
  • If you don't wear gloves, be of good cheer.  Your hands will eventually quite burning after HOURS of pain. 
  • This is a fantastic way to eat your vegetables, but the scale is telling me that it does need to be eaten in moderation.  Dumb scale. 
    We used FlipSiders crackers.  The ones with pretzel on one side and a buttery cracker on the other. And we had cream cheese, because I ♥ cream cheese☺
Is it snack time yet?


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