Archive for April, 2010


It’s been so long!  I know, I’m sorry!!  I have been so busy with appointments and life in general.  It’s just been one of those weeks, or two….or three….ahh…

I am going to get on the ball with sewing.  I have yet to finish my Beignet skirt…still needing space from that project but I am GOING to finish it.  I am hoping to finish a few blouses soon to wear for Me-Made-May.  I have three, possibly four blouses in my mind that I would like to make; a few from my last post of inspirations.  Going to try my hand at those.  Wish me luck!

Again, I apologize for the silence on my end; I will do better once things get back in the swing of things here!


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Taking a break from sewing, I watched a little Project Runway (old episodes).  I have to say that I don’t watch this show, but as I was watching it, I got inspired by Kenley Collins.  I saw a blouse that she wore while working on on of her projects and I was off looking for it to see if I could re-create it.

This led me to her site.  I found a blouse of hers that I really like and was inspired further.

I am in love with this combination of the blouse and pants.  I must try my hand at these!

This one, I’m not so crazy about it.  I would like it more if it were simply a blouse rather than a dress.  I enjoy the tie collars of both of these pieces.  How great would this look with high waisted trousers??

But to get back to what first inspired me…I would like to try to find a pattern that works for this blouse.  Maybe an altered JJ blouse from Burda? Minus the ruffles, of course.  Any suggestions?

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(No) Progress

Cranky me + sewing = disaster.  Attempted to work on my skirt today…didn’t go so well. I wish sewing was fun for me today.

Photo from Woof Nanny

I was attaching the lining to the facing of the skirt which was frustrating enough for me due to the curve and messed it up.  Once I fixed that mini disaster, I was finishing the seams for that particular area and as I was doing that, the lining got caught up under the needle.   Ugh.  I’ve had enough for today.

I put it away, turned off my sewing machine and shut the door.  It’s just one of those days…Maybe tomorrow will be better for me.

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Yesterday I made a yummy soup that I wanted to share with you.  The weather got a little bit cooler so it was nice to have a warm soup.  If you like beans, you may like this soup.

Black Bean Soup

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1/4 large red bell pepper, finely chopped (optional, I didn’t add because I didn’t have it)
  • 1 can vegetable broth (or you could use chicken stock if you wish)
  • 2 cans black beans, undrained (I use reduced sodium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin or to taste (I use a heaping 1/2 teaspoon)
  • juice of 1/2 lemon (I eyeballed store bought lemon juice)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 1/2 tablespoon water

Combine the first four (five if you add the red bell pepper) ingredients in a pot and simmer for about 10 minutes.  Add 1/2 of one can of beans, salt, and cumin.  Allow to cook for 5 minutes more.  Puree soup then add the remaining beans.  Combine cornstarch with water and add to soup if in need of thickening.  Add lemon juice, stir, and serve.

This is an image I found on the web that is close to what this recipe looks like.

You could add sour cream and/or cheese on top if you would like; I have not tried it that way yet.

This is a yummy soup that I thoroughly enjoyed.  My husband, who hates beans, walked in and thought it smelt delicious.  Once he found out it was a black bean soup, he turned his nose.  Silly husband; at least he thought it smelt nice!

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The Beignet skirt is going well.  I am going to LOVE the pockets.  Thanks to Sarai, the instructions are very easy for me to understand.  And I am enjoying the contrast of the black shell with the maroon lining.

Oh, the joys of sewing with an assistant….I wish I had a picture of how I NORMALLY have to sew, maybe one day I’ll get the husband to take a picture.  This is how it normally happens.

I go into our guest room that has now become my sewing room excited to get started on my project.  I hear a soft pitter-patter of feet come up the stairs and then jump onto my fabric that I am about to work on.  So nice of him to do that.  Sometimes I am lucky to see the leftover paw prints of my sweet assistant.  After I coddle and pet him for a bit, he seems appeased and goes over to look out the window.

If he stayed there, that would be nice and I might be able to get along with my sewing faster.   Ahh, but no, after about 2 minutes at the window, he HAS to sit in my lap as a try to sew.  And I don’t stay sitting long because I get up to pin something, press something, of go find something that my assistant has decided to paw off my desk into some hidden crevice under the bed.  But you better believe as soon as I sit back down, he’s back in his spot.

My sweet Shalom, always trying to help.  I had hoped with more items (lamp, plant, anything) on my desk, it might deter him from getting up there, but he squeezes his way in….

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I have now completed my second version of the vintage pattern.  I enjoy the drape of the sleeves in this version made of rayon challis and the lightness; it will make a nice summer dress when the weather warms up even more.

This went much faster than the first dress but I had a hiccup with the zipper.  Oh, those stubborn zippers.  I thought I had it in the correct way to be zipped properly, but no, I had it in backwards.  I guess it is more of a silly me than those stubborn zippers.

I wish I could have taken these pictures outside, but when I took them it was around 9 PM and I had to do the self timer.  Maybe another day (I still need to take pictures of my pants full length also!!).

With this little number done, I am going to start work on the Beignet skirt.  I went ahead and picked a black fabric instead of a bright color or bold print; I wanted to be able to wear it with just about anything and not be bogged down with a certain type of top to wear it with if it had a bold pattern.  I do have two yards of a fun print that I may use for a second, more fun, version…we shall see about that.

What else should I add on my list in these last few days of Me-Made-May?  If I could at least have enough to make it with one me-made item each day, I would be content.    What have you created lately or do you have your wardrobe planned out for Me-Made-May if you are participating?

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What a Weekend

I have been a busy little bee these past few days!

In the way of sewing, I have almost finished another dress.  All I have left to complete is the hem and finish my seams then I will wear my creation and share with you!  I will be starting soon (hopefully today) on my Beignet skirt.  I was able to find some gabardine at a thrift store at a really inexpensive price!

The husband and I went to a friend’s BBQ and birthday party and had a great time; we even tried to dance a little, which is amazing because neither of us know how to and are too shy to try!  Our friends were nice enough to show us how to move our feet and what step to do.  I guess you could say it was a simplified salsa….

Sorry for the lack of updates!  Along with the above activities, I fit in some knitting and cleaning of the house as well.  Hopefully I will get my dress completed and will share some pictures with everyone tomorrow! 

Have a happy Monday!

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