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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunday Night Reflections

 Sometimes, a friend cannot be happy for you.
That doesn't make them any less of a friend, 
It just makes them human.

Eating For Your Future

Happy Sunday Everyone!!!
For those of you here in America, I hope you had a lovely 4th of July. Mine is always very low key. My poor dogs are terrified by the fireworks, and although it is illegal to have fireworks in Chicago, the park near our home sounds like the Vietnam War. So I shut all the windows, turn on the air conditioner, play soothing music, and then we all snuggle up in the bedroom and finish out the day with a movie. Last night we watched Whiplash. Interesting, dark, and reminded me a bit of an orchestra conductor that I played under while I was in high school.
I made an interesting dish recently and thought I would share it.

Poached Egg Over Spinach Polenta With Crispy Mushrooms and Herbs 
I found the recipe on a site that I have fallen in love with. She has the most interesting recipes. Be sure to check out her most recent post for Green Bean, Quinoa and Tarragon Salad. It has bing cherries, marcona almonds, along with the tarragon and greens beans. I think I am going to give it a try today!
Back to the Spinach Polenta, what I especially enjoyed were the crispy mushrooms. Of course, this is a vegetarian dish, but if you would like to add some meat, fried bacon would make a lovely addition. The mushrooms are initially sauteed over a burner and then put under the broiler so that they become crispy. The dish would be lovely for a Sunday morning brunch. I actually served it for dinner one night. Great on its own accompanied by a small salad. The mix of the crispy mushrooms with the creamy polenta was just so good.
You can find the recipe HERE. If you do take a look at the recipe, by all means take a few minutes to scroll through some of her other recipes. I think she'll have your mouth watering!!!    

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sew Chic and Sew Fabulous! A Celebration and a Give Away

Quite a few years back, I fell in love with a movie entitled, "Seven Years In Tibet." There's a line in the movie that I thought was especially poignant,

"The success of a friend is a true blessing."

Well, today, that is especially true. Laura Nash of Sew Chic Patterns will now be designing a line of patterns for Simplicity, WOO HOO!!!! I couldn't be happier for her. If you'll remember, our first Sew News sew along of the year was Laura's Valentine Slip. 
Being not only the lovely, but gracious lady that Laura is, she would like to say thank you for making the Valentine Slip sew along such a success by offering to give away 1 of her new Simplicity patterns to one of you. Here's a look at the pattern,

The dress has an elongated waistline with princess line seams through the bodice. The pattern also comes with the cute little bolero jacket. I see so many possibilities with this pattern, and I love the twirly skirt.
If you would like a chance to win a copy of Laura's new Simplicity pattern, 
1. Leave a message on this post
2. Go to this page and sign up for the sew along. 
3. You must leave a message on this post AND sign up for the sew along in order to have a chance at winning the free pattern.
*A note on the sew along. The sew along will actually begin on Monday July 13, 2015. Laura decided to push the date back just a bit in order to give everyone who would like to sew along with her a chance to purchase their pattern.
The winner of the free pattern will be announced this upcoming Monday, July 6, 2015.

Congratulations Laura and best wishes toward your future success!!!!  

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Dixie DIY Sew Along Week 1

Week 1 of the Dixie DIY Movies In The Park Sew Along is upon the Sew News blog.

In the video for the first week, I talk about fabric choices, downloading the pattern, putting the pattern together, and modifying the pattern for a longer short. You can find the blog post HERE, and I have attached the video below just in case you might like to take a look. Enjoy!

If you would like to give the shorts a try, but you have yet to purchase the pattern, you can find it HERE on Dixie's website.

Monday, June 29, 2015

And The Winners Are....

Before Monday completely gets away from me, I wanted to announce the winners of the Dixie DIY Movies In the Park shorts pattern and the winner of the current issue of Sew News.
The winner of the Movies In The Park Shorts pattern is...
Congratulations Sewnski!!!

And the winner of the current issue of Sew News is....
Congratulations Linda T!!!!
Be sure to email me at so I can get your prizes out to you ASAP!!!
As soon as the first post is up for the sew along, I'll be sure to let all of you know.

Monday Morning Inspiration

I had the most interesting evening last night. My husband and I were attending the theater. Just as the production broke for intermission, the theater manager came on stage and said that the tornado sirens were sounding and we needed to evacuate to the basement. I was especially impressed by how well the situation was handled, but sitting in the theater basement was a very surreal experience. We were there for 45 minutes. The tornadoes rolled past without ever touching down, so all is well that ends well. The room where we were was where they built the stage sets. It was a lot of fun to see the miniature sets lining the walls. Always a silver lining ;)
Now on to a little inspiration to start off the week.
It's no secret that I love an interesting sleeve, and to be honest, the quirkier the sleeve, the more I like it. Not that I would necessarily wear it, but I love to look! The sleeves that I've found aren't all that quirky, a little, but still quite interesting.
I love how the back detail of this jacket flows into the shoulders and forms a sleeve. Great design!
The sleeve on this jacket, and actually, the entire collection is very reminiscent of armor. If you would like to take a look at the collection, you can see it HERE. There's a hood that's an especially interesting design. I don't care for the name of the company, but the designs are interesting.
I love the drape over the sleeve. We'll visit this again.
Now this is a lot of bows! What I found interesting is how it was done. Each is a separate strip tied into a bow.They are then held together with the cord that runs through the knots.
I saw this sleeve and I had to see more.
Here it is with the jacket. That's a lot of sleeve! A toned down version, very toned down, might be fun though.
This is such a beautiful sleeve, graceful and fluid. Take note that the drape is actually brought around and then hand stitched to the main body of the sleeve.
This sleeve is really quite simple, but I like how the hem is edged so that it blends with the pocket detail. I also like the simple detail of the elastic which gives the sleeve a bell shape.
The blouse is a raglan sleeve design, but the back forms a cape that is then brought around and buttoned to the front raglan seam.
I thought that this sleeve was very interesting, not very practical, but interesting nonetheless.
Now, this is practical and interesting. I love how the collar flows into the sleeve. Beautiful.
Fortuny, the master of the pleated design. Just simple little pleats on the underneath section of the sleeve and held together with buttons and loops.
Here's the gown, simple yet so beautiful.
From the book, Pattern Magic. This sleeve is similar to the sleeve I did HERE for Sleeves On Saturdays.
I found this rather interesting. I think I would tweak the design just a bit, but I do like how the side panel is pulled into the elastic gathers around the arm.
That concludes our little trip down Quirky street!
Have a lovely week!!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday Night Reflections

To get rid of what you no longer need is neither 
or shameful. 
                                                                                                   Marie Kondo