Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
The fabric is more of that purple linen from the now-deconstructed Sewing Workshop Tamari apron (Valentine's Part 2-February 11 blog entry), some fat quarter fabric for the upper wings and silk scraps for the lower wings. I think orange and purple look unexpectedly cool together. The pink faceted teardrops are vintage, the center is from an old earring and the others are from beads collected along the road of life.
And here's a little something special for Kitty to celebrate with! It's a leftover Hoffman fabric scrap from L's 4th birthday party. I made her a vest and the goodie bags from it. Going around the "designer label" I machine embroidered her name, the year and some hearts!
Poor doggie! It looks like they stuck his right hind leg between the cushions of the couch. And evidently these people also think books are not meant to be read but only to enjoy the color of the pages instead of the titles and substance. Ironic this is an article about Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams' book, "Let's Get Comfortable"
(From the May Houston Chronicle GLOSS section, page 17. "Comfort Comes First") Uh, right!
Music and Lyrics - The video, "Pop Goes My Heart" was so 80's! You can watch it under the special features. Drew Barrymore was pretty good, Hugh Grant, adorable still.
Because I said so - Mandy Moore and Diane Keaton were cast well. The movie could have/should have deleted the "vowel" scenes, it really seemed gratuitous, and a little embarassing. I did like the commentary about costume and set design. I wish more movies had those. Watch for all the cakes!
Catch and Release - We thought the storyline took a few wrong turns; both of us said, "why did they do that?!" more than a couple times. Kevin Smith ("Silent Bob") stole the movie. If anything, watch and enjoy it because of him. Jennifer Garner, as usual, makes crying look pretty. But that's about it.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Mamaw's Peanut Butter Cookies
1 stick butter (I subtract 2 tablespoons)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup chopped nuts
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Combine in order given. Roll in 1 inch balls then in sugar. Place on cookie sheet and press down with fork to make an imprint on the cookies. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
This is from "The Ron Paul Family Cookbook," 16 pages of family and Texas-style yummies! It was self-published and mailed to constituents several years ago. You may want to see if they still have copies or have republished. The telephone number inside was 1/800-RON-PAUL.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
I wanted to see if Hancock's had the new Kwik Sew 3461, featured in the current Threads Magazine (#131, page 24) pattern review, and they did! 70% off ($2.85). Then I started looking to see if they might have something suitable for the DKNY Vogue 2970 skirt - it called for 3 3/8 yard of 60" wide, and for a funky skirt, I really didn't want to invest too much $$. I found the dark green lightweight woven with lighter green/khaki cross threads 60% off ($4.72 total at $1.18/yard) I got 4 yards because it looked to be like a "mystery" fabric and didn't know if it would shrink. Then 2 spools of matching thread ($1.20) and a 9" zipper because I couldn't remember if it needed one, they didn't have the current Vogue Pattern Book, and at 80% off (43 cents), better to be safe and stash if necessary. While I was at the cutting table, someone had abandoned this pretty wine trim. Took that home, too ($1.68).
So, the current deals as of this week -- Patterns 70% off, zippers 70% off, all buttons are 80% off, the good $$ trims 70%, fabric discount up to 60%. If you are looking for the name brand quilting fabrics, there's lots of bolts of - Alexander Henry, St. Jude's, etc., included at the 60% off.
And still clutching my 40% off coupon, I went to Jo-Ann's, and their magazines are still on sale, though this time their sign had the small print at the bottom - "Effective 5-6/5-19" Guess where I'll be on the 20th? :-) Probably looking at another sale sighn (sic). . .
iTunes, Hear It Now! - The Sound of the 60's
Today's stats - 46 minutes, 2.77 miles, 316 calories
The theme song from "Early Edition"! (Wasn't that a great show? And so well-written.) There are several versions on iTunes, including the 11+ minute one I heard on XM last week. . .
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Today I found a short-sleeved black sequined top, which had appliques of quarter-sized red and green sequined flowers and a rhinestone sewed to the center throughout. It was missing several of the rhinestones, some of the flowers were de-sequining, and overall not in top-notch condition. I thought I could "deconstruct" it for something else, doing us both a favor - money for their programs and shiny sparkly things for me. But---I couldn't find a price tag! Major sin #1 at that place. There are signs all over saying they will not sell items without price tags. I was thinking $5-$10 would be a fair price for both of us, and maybe the tag was stuck inside the sleeve hem, but deep down in, I didn't have a good feeling it was. Here's what happened --
Me: Does this have a tag tucked inside? I didn't see one.
SRS: No. (And they take it way and put it on the hook for the back room, along with other poor tagless, unsold items)
Me: Can you call me when you do price it? I like this top!
SRS: No! We don't do that.
Me: But I really would like to buy it, this would be so cool for my daughter. I'm a regular donor and customer, please?
Me: Could you go back and check if someone back there could price it while I wait? (There were two ladies behind the counter)
SRS: I don't think so.
Me: Please? (this is getting pathetic)
SRS: OK, maybe someone is back there, I don't know. (wait...wait...wait - she comes back in about 5 minutes)
Me: $20?! OK, so would that be $10, because Wednesdays are 1/2 off clothing days, right? (Thinking good grief, this wouldn't be priced $40 any other day?!)
SRS: No, $20 It's a BOE-tique item!
Me: I don't want it at that price, no thanks.
Another customer guy leaving at the same time in the parking lot who watched the whole thing: I really thought they would work with you.
Me: Me, too. Their pricers can sometimes be greedy. They could have had $10 and instead got zilch.
If you are willing to part with $20, it's probably still there and will be for a long time. . .
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
This plant was supposed to be a bush - It has turned into a 7 foot tall tree. It's a Jatropha. The butterflies and hummingbirds love it.
Check out the center of the Heliotrope, it's a bud - yay!
Monday, May 14, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
The three newest Sandra Betzina Today's Fit patterns -- 2959 (dress for knits), 2967 (short and long sleeved tops for wovens-yay! Cool diamond cutout) and 2969 (funky skirt for knits and wovens-wow!). Lots of potential for fun, if you can see beyond the photographs.
And the Donna Karan 2970, of which my daughter said, "Oh, Mom!" when she saw it. But click and look at the line drawings - the side seam slit treatment is hidden in the photo. It is a neat waistband treatment, though. I also liked the top with the unusual folds and pleats. I think it would translate easily to a more wearable pretty tank/cami with a wider strap. This pattern is definitely a candidate for cannibalization/transplantation!
Truly - could they have made the models for all look any more dumpy and frumpy? I've heard Sandra say it drives her nuts, too.
Pretty soon those Jo-Ann's coupons are going to look more and more like the "Bed, Bath and Beyond" ones, wherein the small print lists more and more cannot be used on items...
Come On, Come On
Today's stats - 46 minutes, 2.75 miles, 311 calories
I really had to push myself today, the proverbial 'carrot on a stick', muttering under my panting breath - "break 2.5 miles, break 300 calories, break 45 minutes...Vogue pattern sale at Jo-Ann's!" After each breakthrough, "another Sandra Betzina Today's Fit pattern!..."
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
The new car is currently Dad's, but will eventually be L's when she leaves for college. and then as reward for Good Dadsmanship and driving crappy cars since like forever, he'll get his truck. . .
Oh, and this is the 7th car I've bought on my own, and with L after she was born. It's good for her to know that women can buy cars. And besides, my husband hates to tag along and see the salesmen cry!
Today's stats - 45 minutes, 2.76 miles, 322 calories
About a month ago or so on "Mad TV," Nicole Parker and Bobby Lee did a spot-on spoof of this song. Watch for it during the reruns, it will be at the beginning of the show. You'll never listen to the song the same way again!
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Monday, May 07, 2007
Some Astros fans here are really upset -- they want H-E-B to stop using him in their TV commercials and won't go to his "Earl of Sandwich" restaurant. (By the way, the link will take you to a fun Houston area restaurant review site!) (Which will also make you very, very hungry and start saying, "Who cares? Roger who?")
Friday, May 04, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Today's stats: 47 minutes, 2.82 miles, 301 calories
Back in the day, before Phil Collins got all Disney and treacly, I saw him perform this song. Before he sang, he held a flashlight under his chin as you do at camp when you tell ghost stories...
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Today's stats: 2.44 miles, 40 minutes, 267 calories
(By the way, the trim needed for the white skirt -- 3 5/8 ribbon and 7 yards of Rick Rack!)
CHOCOLATE CHIP CINNAMON COOKIES
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup flour
1/4 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon Penzeys Cinnamon - Vietnamese Extra Fancy
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350. In large bowl, beat sugar, brown sugar, butter and egg until light and fluffy. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup, level off. Stir in flour, rolled oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add chocolate chips, mix well. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2" apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes or until light golden brown.
Makes 24 cookies
70 calories, 1g protein, 11g carb, 1g fiber, 3g fat (1 sat), 9mg cholesterol, 70mg sodium, 30mg potassium
(I usually make them smaller (36 cookies) to save calories, etc. And try to use considerable restraint not to eat more!)