Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Stop by your nearest La Madeleine and purchase the Susan G. Komen "Card for the Cause" for $35 -- and save 10% at La Madeleine for one year! Yum, as if I need an incentive for their Blackberry Cream Cheese croissants. . .
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Use candles instead of misspelling your name next time, Google!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
I can't hardly wait to see that new blouse of hers, 1165. And her new dress, 1171. Maybe in the next catalog? Fingers crossed!
She is also in love with 1061's pull on pants and has made four pairs. Again, you really need to give her patterns a second look. Honestly, I didn't even notice the pants nor realized they were a gem -- I bought the pattern earlier for the top.
Just like the blouse I made from 8267, wherein the photo made the blouse/pants combination look like a jumpsuit, and everyone is now kicking themselves for letting it go out of print - you'd better grab that 1061, too.
Clarified and confirmed -- 1140 (blouse) and 1139 (skirt) are two more of the new patterns to be released in January. There will be four to look forward to sew in the New Year!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
The nine new Simplicity Patterns for the American Sewing Guild's 2010 Creativity Contest are:
2642 ... 2645 ... 2659 ... 2665 ... 2696 ... 2702 ... 2703 ... 2705 ... 2715
Even if you don't enter the contest, these are good ASG-endorsed patterns with lots of fun sewing potential! And applause to Simplicity for their cool, updated website!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
- Reducing the flour by 1/4 cup to 1 3/4
- Reducing the oats by 1/2 cup to 2 cups
- Bumping up the sweetened condensed milk to a little over a cup
- Tossing in a few more butterscotch chips
- I also only microwaved the milk and chips for 2 20-second bursts. The chips were about halfway melted when I poured and spread over the crust
- Used unsalted butter
- Eliminated the walnuts
- And instead of using a 9 x 13 pan, I used a 8 3/4 x 11 1/2" pan, lined with foil sprayed with cooking spray for easy removal
- I also utilized the great tip about using a pizza cutter to slice into serving size - after it has cooled completely
1 cup packed brown sugar
5 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg, lightly beaten
9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 cups)
2 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk
1 1/4 cups butterscotch morsels (about 8 ounces)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts, toasted
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Combine sugar and butter in a large bowl. Stir in vanilla and egg. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, oats, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and baking soda in a bowl. Add oat mixture to sugar mixture; stir with a fork until combined (mixture will be crumbly). Place 3 cups oat mixture into the bottom of a 13 x 9–inch baking pan coated with cooking spray; press into bottom of pan. Set aside.
3. Place sweetened condensed milk, butterscotch morsels, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until butterscotch morsels melt, stirring every 20 seconds. Stir in walnuts. Scrape mixture into pan, spreading evenly over crust. Sprinkle evenly with remaining oat mixture, gently pressing into butterscotch mixture. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. Place pan on a cooling rack; run a knife around outside edge. Cool completely.
Calories: 148 ...Fat: 5.1g (sat 2.7g,mono 0.9g,poly 1.1g)...Protein: 2.6g...Carbohydrate: 23.4g...Fiber: 0.8g...Cholesterol: 11mg...Iron: 0.8mg...Sodium: 87mg...Calcium: 31mg
Suffice to say, start flipping through your pattern stash or scouring the Internet right now to find this Sandra Betzina Vogue Today's Fit 8267 OOP pattern! The blouse is GORGEOUS! I have been looking for a flattering wrap blouse for like forever.
I love, love, love the collar, and the hidden inseam button closure at the peplum... This is definitely a repeater-keeper!
For this first run, I used a stash Jo-Ann's silkie poly leopard print in teal blue and cream with a touch of silver metalllic. Yeah, I know. No tears would be shed if it didn't turn out, but if it did, it could be a fun/funky top to wear. The positive-negative color mirroring was pure lucky happenstance.
By now I know the Vogue Today's Fit patterns tend to run a little short on me, so I automatically add 2" to the sleeve and 2 1/2" to 3" in the body length. Because of the non-typical pattern piece shape, I went with 2 1/2" and I think I really needed that extra 1/2" maybe even 1" more. It's wearable now, but the front design comes up in the center, and I found myself tugging it down a little. I may just even out the front because I like the length at the side seams and back.
If you lengthen the front/back, add a little extra to the peplum length, as it correspondingly increases the width due to the off-grain front opening angle. In fact, keep an extra scrap handy to add a piece in the back, if necessary. You need to be able to overlap the center fronts for the button closure; and with the gathering of the blouse when attaching the peplum, it could be a little too tight and you may need to release some of the gathers. Sandra even expects that, as she mentions it in the directions. She even says, "DO NOT PANIC!"
Oh, and if you lengthen the front, be sure to lengthen the facing pieces and the collar! I thought I was ahead of the game when I added the extra length to the facings, only to come up short literally with the collar. But it was all win-win - while I didn't have enough of the print for the collar, I did have a piece of black challis - which I think ultimately worked in my favor and calmed it down a little. I love the asymmetrical collar and a contrasting fabric really shows it off.
Sandra's high cut dolman sleeve was perfect under the arms. There is a side dart so there isn't a lot of fabric under the arm to drive you crazy - my pet peeve about cut-on sleeves. There are three options for the peplum closure - a cool buckle, D rings, or cutting an extra tie end. The shape of the wrap-over opening helps it hug the body and stay closed -- though I will add a small snap under the collar wrap at midpoint for extra security.
Before beginning the cut out, I researched the Web and didn't find anyone else who had sewn this pattern. So I sent Sandra an email - asking about her versions of it and if she had any ideas, inspiration and tips for this pattern. (If you are lucky enough to have seen her in person and her pattern trunk shows, you know she uses interesting fabrics and does some neat variations.)
Sandra replied, "I made that outfit in a silk knit print for the top and black knit for the pants and the collar. I just love it and so will you. You can also make it in a lightweight suede. Happy sewing. sandra"
OMG - Suede?! Knits?! (Sandra emailed me back?! ) Maybe if Vogue had listed them as fabric suggestions beyond "rayon, georgette and wool jersey," this pattern would not be out-of-print!
I'm heading back to make it again. Sandra is right - I do just love it and so will you.----
Original post from 9-3-09
Surprisingly, I haven't found anyone else on the Web who has made this now OOP pattern. So I am giving it a shot. It is in the cutting out stage right now. I'll keep you posted how it goes!
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
If you aren't on their mailing list, visit their website www.penzeys.com or call 800/741-7787 and request the catalog. Each "issue" is packed with recipes -- this one has Apple Bread, Perfect Peach Cake, Spiced Apple Pie, Chocolate Fudge Cream Pie...just to name a few which caught my eye!
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
When I was picking up the latest issue of Threads at Barnes and Noble, L found this - GreenCraft Magazine - tucked away in the stacks. If someone was hiding it until they could come back with a coupon, sorry! I had my coupon! I don't know if this has been out for awhile, it says "Summer 2009", but it is the premiere issue. Whether it is a one-time publication or the beginning of a long, lovely relationship, they better send and restock more of them!
From the fine folks at Somerset Studio, this issue has over 50 "stylish and sustainable projects."
Not only just for grown-ups, many of these projects would be perfect for kids -- Scouts, Vacation Bible School, rainy day activities, school art projects, etc. Especially with budget cutbacks, this helps make crafting more affordable and Earth-friendly.
What caught my eye upon first flip-through?
- Cheetos bag/purse
- Plastic bag apron, totebag and belt
- Gift box toppers
- Newspaper headband
- and lots of other launching ideas
The projects don't really complete, hold-your-hand numbered instructions, but the gist of basic technique and ideas what to make. (Give your creative little self credit -- If you can read it, you can do it.) I also like how they include the project designer's website and blog. I love discovering new people, new places to visit.
So grab your coupon and grab this issue if you can find it. It does make you think before you toss and ignites that recyclable creative fire.
Monday, September 07, 2009
The new Holiday 2009 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine Gifts is now on the newsstands!
Making its third annual appearance, this one stands out amongst the rest of the other sewing/quilting/crafting holiday magazine issues. There are lots of very creative and new ideas for gifting (and keeping for yourself!).
- "Sugared" fruit
- Christmas tree hot pads (shown on the cover)
- No Bake "Cookies"
- Loopy wreath and garland
- Cool Cube ornaments
- Scarves - patchwork, scrappy leaf; just to highlight a few
- Fiber jewelry
- Name-tag purses - perfect for Quilt Festival!
- All kinds of cool cases for your gadgets
All in all, a packed issue with 20 gift projects and 14 seasonal decor ideas. Grab it when you see it!
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Saturday, September 05, 2009
In the meantime, "Please to enjoy", as they say on Top Chef, my artfully composed "Oak Leaves with Acorns on St. Augustine Grass" photo snapped the other day!