Thursday, October 30, 2014

Share In Style Voting

Happy Halloween Eve Everyone!!

Just a quick post this morning, but I am hoping to be back with the pant drafting post, finally, as well as a Thrifty Thursday piece. But in the meantime, the voting is going on over at Sewingadicta for the Halloween Share In Style. There are a number of interesting entries and of course I'm in the running too. So if you have a minute, pop over and cast a vote for your favorite. You can find all the entries HERE. The voting ends soon, so don't delay!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Wednesday Showcase

It's a real fall day here in Chicago. Everything has turned a golden color, golden reds, golden yellows and golden browns. The air is crisp and smells of a hint with what's to come. This is truly my favorite time of year. Spiced teas, a warm fire, crisp days and cool nights...perfect, at least for me :)
I'm going to steer away from my usual Wednesday Showcase post just a bit today.
A number of years ago, Erin Bartels started following my blog and I did showcase her blog. She was doing a good bit of sewing at the time. Since then, she has shifted gears, writing more and sewing less. Last year she took on a challenge to write and publish 1 short story every month. Since I am a bit of a stone age leftover when it comes to books(I love books, the real thing, not the Kindle version), I wasn't able to read her stories as they were all published for Kindles only.
On Tuesday, September 2nd, Erin announced that her 12 short stories had been published, in book form and was available on Amazon. I jumped over to Amazon in a flash and purchased her book. I was so very happy and excited for her. A dream realized and I just had to help support the realized dream. You can read her post here.
As I said, I purchased the book, Erin did not send me one for free to review. Actually, I didn't even give her a chance as I couldn't wait to get my hands on what I think will be the first of many books from her. The stories are very easy to read. I especially like the fact that they are short stories. I love to read a little something before I go to sleep at night and I like being able to start and finish the story before I drift off to sleep. The stories are entertaining, a little suspenseful, interesting and lovely. If you enjoy reading a good story that is well written, I highly recommend This Elegant Ruin. You can find it here on Amazon.

Now, I can't let the day go by without showcasing a sewing blogger, so meet Tasha of She is absolutely adorable. Here's a little about her,

 "I named this blog "The Telltale Tasha" because I not only want to share and enjoy my journey with anyone that wants to come along, but I also want my blog to serve as a source of information.

There are so many things that people do that they keep secret for personal gain or just because they want to be better or know more than the average person.... I say"poppycock"

We can and should all be able to learn from one another and I'm happy to share the things I've learned about a myriad of subjects over the past couple of years. Not only that, but the things I'm learning as I write this blog. 

Not only will I share WHAT I've done, but I plan on sharing the HOW as well.

So hopefully you can gain something from this abode of my thoughts and are able to share with some else!"
Tasha is very adventurous. She loves giving new things a try and taking a few risks. I love her sense of style.
 She just celebrated her first year of blogging in June. Congratulations Tasha! We're so glad you're here :)
 Not only are her clothes lovely, her pictures are lovely too!
Be sure to pop over to her blog and help me continue to welcome her to the blogging community. I know you'll enjoy getting to know Tasha.

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Me Made Monday on Tuesday

Since I had promised Rosy that I would join her for Share in Style, and the last post for the Emily Bag sew along was up, I decided to wait until today to do the Me Made Monday post.
Before I add my pictures, I want to show you what I did this morning. I met a friend for a morning hike through the woods and look at what we came upon.
Twins!!! And this is how close I was able to get to them. I didn't use the zoom on my camera! So very precious. The mom was off in the distance, watching of course, but just laying in the tall grass. I haven't been out for a hike like this in a while, so it was great to be out, but the sighting of the deer babies made it all the more special.
I was told that I could go ahead and post the next sew along garment. It will be the Robson Coat from Sewaholic. I absolutely adore this coat. It's perfect for when I need a light jacket and it looks great with skirts, jeans and slacks. I've been wearing this coat like crazy so it's nice to be able to finally post it.

 The fabric that I used is actually a home dec fabric. I love the print.
 It's a combination of Botticelli women.
The pants I'm wearing were made for the Colette Clover Pant Sew Along. This is like the crash of the sew alongs! I should be using one of the bags as well!!
 I have fallen in love with this pant pattern. I made this pair out of a wool and lycra blend. Just a great wearing pair of pants.
I will be posting more about the Robson Coat Sew Along a little later on. It will actually begin the week of December 1st.

I have made the commitment to post a garment that I have worn the previous week every week for one year. There are a number of you who are linking up and I am so happy that you are. To sweeten the pot just a bit, I've decided to celebrate the 3 people who link up the most over this year with a gift. So far, Pao from,  Sandra from and Angela from are in the lead. A year is a long time, so if you have not linked up, don't loose heart, you still have a chance, a lot of a chance actually. I don't know what the gift will be, but I think it will be something you'll like.
So click on the link button below and show us what you wore. More importantly, be sure that when someone compliments you on what your wearing, say, "I made this!"

Monday, October 27, 2014

The I Think Sew Emily Bag Sew Along. The Final Week

The final post for the I Think Sew Sew Emily Bag is up on the Sew News blog. You can find it here.
This week I talk about a few customizing details, like adding a hard bottom, always a plus in my book, and adding feet to the bag. The addition of the purse feet give the bag a lovely high end look, a look that we all strive for in everything that we make.

If you do make the Emily Bag, be sure to upload your photos to the Flickr page. I would really enjoy showcasing your bags here on the blog. So, get busy ;)

Be sure to check out the I Think Sew website for other interesting patterns. You'll also find supplies for other handbag projects on their website.

I hope you've enjoyed the sew along! The next sew along will be coming up shortly and it's a coat!! Details will follow soon!

For those of you who are following along on the Me Made Monday posts, I will be doing the post, it'll just be a day late this week.
Hope your week is off to a great start!

Share in Style Halloween with Sewingadicta

A couple of weeks ago, Rosy of Sewingadicta asked me if I would participate in this week's Share and Style post. I would do anything for this lady!!!! Rosy is so talented and so sweet. You may remember that she participated in the pillowcase project for the Mary Bridge Children's Hospital.
Here's a close up of my favorite. They were all so lovely, but this one with the crocheted trim was extra special. There are children sleeping on these pillowcases that will never know that they came all the way from the Canary Islands. But I'm sure they can feel Rosy's love :)
 Rosy always creates lovely clothes that have a vintage feel and just a bit of whimsy.
 I absolutely love how she took this Halloween print and gave it a sophisticated feel.
Rosy and I did not talk about what we would be doing prior to the post, but I guess great minds think alike as Rosy did spiders........
and so did I!!!!!
I actually made the spider.
I rather like how he turned out. A little confession, I was always one of those kids that would capture snakes and spiders as I was mesmerized by them. I guess I'm just a tomboy at heart!
The dress is the piece I created for the sleeve class I did at the American Sewing Expo. This will probably be the one and only time that I will ever wear the dress with the two different sleeves. But so many asked to see it on me, so I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity.The dress is fun, just not very practical. For the right occasion though, the sleeve would be great.
 Be sure to pop over to Rosy's blog and see more of her lovely pictures. This is also a link up opportunity, so if you  have a Halloween related piece that you would like to share, link away!!
Happy Halloween !

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday Night Reflections

Success is not final,
Failure is not fatal:
It is the courage to continue that counts.

                                                                                                     Winston Churchill

Sunday's Supper

When fall rolls around, one of my favorite dishes to make is a simple pasta with cabbage and sage. It's very easy to make and it nourishes my soul. A friend recently sent me a couple of cabbages from his garden and I immediately knew what I would do with them. If you love pasta, but would rather cut down a bit on the carbs, give this recipe a try! I cook the cabbage with the pasta. As the cabbage cooks, it flavors the pasta.
Be sure to use fresh sage and chives. I grow both, but you can also find the fresh herbs in your grocery store.
If you would like a meat option, bacon, ham or a chicken sausage makes a nice addition.

Cabbage Pasta with Sage and Chives

1 small cabbage coarsely chopped
1/2 bag of whole wheat spaghetti
1/2 cup of chopped chives
3 tablespoons of chopped sage
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 large clove of garlic chopped
1 cup of milk
1 tablespoon of cornstarch
1 tablespoon of butter
1 cup of grated Asiago Cheese(Parmesan is a nice alternative)
salt and black pepper to taste
red pepper optional
Meat of your choice

1.Fill a large pot with water and add a tablespoon of salt to the water. Bring to a boil.
2.Saute chopped garlic in olive oil over medium heat, just until it begins to turn golden. Add sage, chives(reserve a little of the chives and the sage to sprinkle over pasta) and red pepper. Saute for a minute or so just to release flavors. Set aside.
3.In a separate pan, add the corn starch. Slowly add milk, stirring constantly. Add the butter and continue to stir until mixture just begins to thicken. Add garlic and herb mixture, 1/2 cup of cheese and set aside. If adding meat, cook separately and then add to sauce at this time.
4.Once water begins to boil, add pasta and cabbage. Boil until pasta is cooked. Drain cabbage and pasta mixture and place in serving bowl.
5. Pour sauce over pasta. Toss well to combine.
6. Sprinkle pasta with reserved herbs and cheese and serve.