And another!

Yesterday morning, for some unknown reason, I wasΒ WIDE awake at 4 o’clock in the morning. Don’t ask me why! I decided to cut out a dress out of the last piece of grey plaid wool. By 9:30 at night, it was finished. The sewing went much faster than I thought, which made me very happy.

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I took the pattern off of a favorite dress.


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The back of the dress has ties so you can
loosen or tighten it at the waistline.

Have a great weekend, everyone! God Bless!

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September 18, 2009. Clothing, Fashion, Femininity, Fun, Life, Modesty, Projects, Sewing. 3 comments.

A new fall jumper.

Last week, my best friend and his dad were so very kind and decided to let us ladies have a fun afternoon out. And so, they overcame with their dislike of shopping and took us to a fabric store! Miss T. and I had a great time, although the men were very happy once we were finished, because that meant we could go eat!

The fabric store was having a big sale, and I am in desperate need of some new woolen jumpers/dresses for this coming fall and winter. I managed to find two pretty woolens, and last night and this morning proceeded to chop one of the fabrics into rather small pieces. (One bonus of being short is that you can get more out of a piece of fabric!) I had three yards of each piece of wool, and I managed to get a nice fitted dress and the following skirt cut out of one 3 yard cut. Hooray!

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This is more of a skirt than a jumper, but it turned out cute!

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A close-up of the front. The material is 100% wool,
and when you look at it up close,Β it’s actually a black and tan plaid.
In the pictures it looks like a wide stripe.

Anyhow, I thought y’all would like to see the newest addition to my fall and winter wardrobe. I’m off to work on the other dress/jumper out of the same material, and I will be sure to post pictures as soon as it’s done! God Bless, and have a wonderful week!

September 17, 2009. '64 pick-up, Clothing, Fashion, Femininity, Fun, Life, Modesty, Projects, Sewing. Leave a comment.

Blog-worthy

Welcome 1st day of September! This is one of my favorite months of the year… the weather will slowly but surely begin to cool off, and we can welcome autumn. My favorite time of year. Hooray! Soon I can run outside and crunch leaves.

Yesterday, in honor of the dreary weather we had, I threw a chicken pot-pie in the oven. I tend to be the type that doesn’t use recipes when cooking food of that nature, so once the pie crust was chilling on the fridge, I just started throwing veggies in a pot. On a wing and a prayer, I finally threw the pie in the oven and turned on the timer. (I also can’t cook without a timer!)

Though I say it myself, this pie was most definitely yummy! I used fresh-ground flour in the crust because we’re out of white. Even though it makes the crust a little grainy, it blended well with the chicken and veggie filling. I just had to take a picture before we cut into it…

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Yum!

We had leftover chicken from one of those roast chickens you can buy in the deli section at the grocery store. I used potatoes, fresh baby carrots, fresh celery, a small onion, and added some garlic powder, salt and pepper while I let them boil together for about 15-20 minutes. I thawed some frozen chicken stock in a pot, and worked on rolling out the crust. Right before the veggies were done, I added some frozen peas and let them cook about 5 minutes. I added salt to the chicken stock, and thickened it with cornstarch. Once that was all done, I cut up the chicken and added it to the veggies (remember to drain out the water in the veggies!). Then I just poured it all into a deep-dish pie pan, and topped it with another crust! Bake it at 350 degrees for about an hour. (Until it’s bubbling.)

And for fun, a few of my favorite cooking quotes:

“What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes,
he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.”
~A.A. Milne~


“In the childhood memories of every good cook, there’s a large kitchen,
a warm stove, and simmering pot and a mom.”
~Barbara Costikyan~


“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
~A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf~


~All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.”
~John Gunther~

September 1, 2009. Cooking, Fun, Happiness, Life, Quotage, Rain, Tuesday. Leave a comment.

A finished product!

Hello friends!

It has been such a good summer. Sewing, spending time with my best friend, and generally enjoying the season have been on the top of my priority list! Unfortunately, this blog has suffered because of it. πŸ™‚

In the beginning of summer, my good friend Em came home from college, and she and I decided to have a get-together over tea. Em and I have much in common, including a love for Jane Austen novels, Big Band music, and (of course) fashion! We chatted, laughed, and then began to discuss summer plans. Turns out she wanted to do some sewing, seeing as she hadn’t had time in quite a while. We discussed styles, looked at her fabric choices, and came up with a master plan. So over the past couple of months, we’ve gotten together almost every a week and worked on several projects.

Em designed the dress with very simple, tailored lines. A nice squared neckline, with a wide cream waistband and wider cream band along the hemline. The navy blue material is a cotton/linen blend, and the cream material is 100% linen. (I had to go and get some of the cream for myself!) She opted for a hidden side zipper, and closed in all her seams using a French seam, so that she won’t have to worry about fraying.

And yesterday *enter trumpet sounds here* she was able to wear the finished product! I know just how excited she was to FINALLY be wearing the dress that she took such pains with! We ended up going outside and doing a small photo-shoot, simply because we had to show off the dress.

Good job, Em! πŸ™‚

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Contemplating the wildflowers.

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The flower designs on the hemline of the skirt were hand-appliqued.

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Spinning in the hammock.

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The dress is finished! Hooray!

“If we did all the things we are capable of doing,
we would literally astonish ourselves.”
~Thomas Edison~

August 26, 2009. Clothing, Fashion, Femininity, Friends, Fun, Life, Portraits, Projects, Sewing, Summer, Wednesday. 3 comments.

The beginning of The End.

It has been quite a busy couple of weeks, and I’ve been much too busy to be on the internet a whole lot. I’m all done piecing the top of my lovely new quilt, and am now moving into the quilting stage.

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Thimbles and Needles and Thread, OH MY!

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This will be my “battle station” for the next few weeks… or months, depending on how fancy I get with quilting.

August 17, 2009. Fun, Happiness, Hopechesting, Life, Projects, Sewing. 3 comments.

Hand-made!

Hello everyone!

Today has been quite a full and busy one, and I’m tuckered out!

However, I had to share a picture with you, that puts a whole new meaning into the term “made by hand!” This evening I made an angel food cake (using a recipe from a King Arthur Flour cookbook) and of course, just a few minutes ago I had to cut the cake out of the pan and flip it onto the cake plate. What to do? This is always a dilemma for me, since the top of the cake is sticky and always tends to peel off that nice brown layer.

After staring at it blankly for a few minutes, I finally bit the bullet and just did it…

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Made with love, by hand. πŸ˜‰

God bless, and I hope you all have a wonderful evening!

“In cooking, as in all the arts, simplicity is the sign of perfection.”
~Curnonsky~

July 29, 2009. Cooking, Fun, Happiness, Life, Wednesday. Leave a comment.

More things up for auction!

Hello friends!

I’m back yet again, having spent a wonderful weekend with friends and family! Over the weekend I also realized there was no possible way for me to wear all the clothes in my closet, and I also made a skirt that was a bit too small, so I’ve listed two things on Ebay for sale!

Click on the following links to check out the clothes!

1960-style pencil skirt

Baby-doll Peasant style dress

And here’s a cute tunic top I made this week…

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it will be perfect this fall with a pair of blue jeans!

God Bless, and have a wonderful day!

July 27, 2009. Clothing, Fashion, Fun, Life, Monday, Organizing. Leave a comment.

In which we almost go fishing…

And find out we cannot. *sigh* Well, this morning I saw Pop-pop drive by, boat hitched to the back of his jeep, and I quickly got ready and begged to tag along. Hooray! Off we went for a nice quiet morning fishing. Pop-pop slid the boat into the water, and off we went. Well… almost. Turns out something was messed up with the gas, and the motor wouldn’t work!

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Pulling the boat in…

Yep. Pop-pop had to walk the boat in. Hopefully he can figure out the problem soon!

July 20, 2009. Fun, Life, Monday. Leave a comment.

White and lacy.

Hello friends!

Today I had a friend come over, and we spent a delightful morning sewing together. We started a linen dress for her, and then I pulled out some white material I had found at Wal-Mart for a cheap price (why else would I have bought it? :-D) I had an idea brewing in my mind for a pretty WWI style Armistice style blouse. Cute idea, and although I started out with other plans for the whole sleeve area, it ended up being something entirely different.

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The original idea out of my design-book.


So the original was inspired by something from Anthropologie, and was made out a sheer gauze and lots of stripey and lacey frills. Especially around the cap sleeves. It just looked like it was going to be too much for me, so I opted for a sailor-type collar instead.

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The finished result.


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The simple button and loop closure.


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I ended up sewing the lace down by hand, it looks better that way.


No pattern used on this one, I just started out with the straight section in the front of the bodice, and used vintage lace I found at an antique show last year to make the front panel. Then I cut, fitted, and sewed the side and back panels together. Pretty simple, as there are no darts (hooray!!!!!), and no sleeves. The collar was probably the hardest part, because I couldn’t get the shoulder seam to lay right. I eventually figured it out, though! (Only after an hour of fighting it, though…)

Now I’m off to relax for the evening. God bless, and have a wonderful weekend!

“A woman can never be too fine when she is in white.”
~Mansfield Park~

July 16, 2009. Fashion, Femininity, Friends, Fun, Happiness, Life, Modesty, Projects, Sewing, Thursday. 1 comment.

A trip to the zoo!

Hello everyone!

I have had quite an eventful weekend and early week thus far. And it’s going to get better and better as the weekend progresses! πŸ™‚ A few days ago my best friend S. and I went to the zoo with our Moms! What a fun way to spend some girl-time. I can’t tell you the last time I’d been to the zoo.

Although I enjoy taking pictures, I’ll confess, I’m usually the one to forget my camera. (I’m forgetful, what else can I say? :-D) However, this time I did remember it, and I got some really neat shots.

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A pretty view from the rail of the boat.


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A lonely Capybara. I think these should be called Heffalumps.
He simply looks like a Heffalump should look. Doesn’t he?


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So graceful.


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A lizard under a log.


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Doesn’t this bird have the most vibrant colors?
Unfortunately this isn’t focused right. Oh well.


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“Trussst in me… Jussst in me…”


So today I did some odds-and-ends-jobs around the house, washed LOTS of dishes, and managed to get the kitchen floors mopped. Now it is time to think about dinner. God Bless, and have a wonderful evening!

“My idea of cleaning is to sweep the room with a glance.”
~Aunt Middle Mary~

July 15, 2009. Friends, Fun, Life, Photography. 2 comments.

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