Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Saturday, November 03, 2018

First Pecan Pie of the season!

Lovely weather today~ we went and picked 49lb of pecans at the Alford Family Farm in Emory!
We cracked almost enough for the pie- 7oz (1&3/4 cups) good pecans, 9oz trash/shells/very few bad pecans...not bad!  =)   The picking was easy too!

After a bit of thought, I realize that this was my very first time ever to bake a pecan pie.
(I made pecan tarts last year (recipe here), but this is my first actual pie!)

2 cups FRESH pecans lightly toasted @ 375, broken
5 Tablespoons BROWNED organic butter
3 large organic eggs (from our chickens) 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup organic sugar
225 ml (between 3/4 &1 cup) organic maple syrup
Bake 35-45 until "firm on edge, center set but quivery like jello when pan is nudged".

Thoughts: Should not have toasted the nuts*. It was too sweet.  But the maple flavor was good!

(Really brown butter----smelled SO good!)

~Mom's homemade pie crust recipe here~

*Grandma would say, toast the nuts going in the goo, and put raw nuts on top.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Nancy Leigh DeMoss & Robert Wolgemuth

 Listening to Nancy & Robert's story had me crying and laughing.  

Crying out of sympathy, empathy, joy and regret. (Regret that I have not lived in whole hearted contentment and trust in God's great plan for me: not that I ever felt called in the way Nancy was, but that I could and should be a better example than I have been so far in life.) 

Laughing out of sympathy, empathy and joy.  =)

Links to the YouTubes that I watched today:

Bobbie’s Story—Infused with His Grace (here)

Building a Marriage for God’s Glory (here)

Nancy & Robert’s Story (here)

The Wedding–A Picture of the Gospel (here)

A Conversation with Mr. & Mrs. Wolgemuth (here)

The Nancy Leigh DeMoss book I read 1&1/2 times so far: "Singled Out for Him" - I bought this little book at the first Single Women's Conference in Big Sandy, TX a few years ago- I don't necessarily agree with everything, but I like that the chapters are short, and it is an easy and yet challenging little book to read....

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

New Denim Skirt for Me

 Sandra Betzina, TV host and author, advises (on lapped zippers), “Ignore the instructions that came with your pattern. Most are so complicated, you’ll give up and switch to a lapped zipper insertion.”
Use Her instructions, HERE!!!

Want better darts???  Watch this video, HERE!        Want a song to sew by? Try: this one, HERE...

Label from "It's Mine Labels"
I LOVE vintage packaging, I love vintage Zephyr Talon zippers: 
Coats & Clark could learn a thing or two from them! 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Seasons Greetings...

...this morning I made my first cup of Fall tea!  (I know, I'm wearing short sleeves, but the weather was calling for tea!) 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Fall 2018 Dress 1 of 2

Fun dress....this time I went with brown belt & shoes.  I think that I could also wear a shiny black belt, black shoes (and  optional black leggings).
Pride goes before a fall: I chose a side zipper, so I would not have to match the plaid in the back. Then I forgot, and cut the back I sewed it shut, thinking that was better than getting a zipper to line up!

~The fabric is a fine, light weight Blue Plaid woven cotton/polly (60/40?), given to me by some friend...I can't remember if it came from the Hutchins/Jones, Teague/Gann or Gay.  Thank you, Friend!
~I sewed it inside out, because I preferred the calmer "wrong side".
~Yes, I used my go-to pattern, the retired Simplicity #8071  =)  
~And I lengthened the bodice 2 1/2 inches, so I could wear a belt with it.
~The zipper is a regular zipper, set in the side, following the instructions found in a vintage McCall's sewing book. Problem: the how-to is for a left side or back placement, so I did not know to reverse the directions for a RIGHT side zipper....oh well, I made a note in the book for next time!
Mom and I went to Terrell for a
"Not Fade Away, the Ultimate Buddy Holly Experience"
concert last night~ it was fun!
~I added belt loops to this dress, and all the first night I wore it, I fought with my belt. Know why?? I made them too long, so now I need to take them up!
~I added an extra inch of fabric to each shoulder front, and gathered it to make it match the back bodice shoulders.  (Then pinched it out in 2 pleats at the waist.)
~And I pinched out 2 more pleats, so...4 pleats total. =)



Friday, September 14, 2018

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Zipper bags for little Friends

 The Nutcracker fabric is a Maude Asbury by Blend called "Snowflake Waltz".  Sorry, I don't remember who made the Viking fabric.
  I did not use patterns, I had 1/2 yard of each fun fabric, so I just figured out how to get the most bang for my fabric!
  Hobby Lobby has great patches 'Rock Star', 'Dances in Public' & 'Karaoke Superstar' were all in one set (in the craft department, not the sewing section)
  Oh, and I bought the lovely brown handbag zippers in bulk from 'Midedo3' on ebay.

A Nutcracker bag for a Nutcracker lover!

It has a hidden zipper pocket at the inside bottom!

Zipper bags for both brothers:

Insides: Vikings & Nutcrackers!

(I'm happy to report that the Lads loved them!)

Monday, September 03, 2018

Musical Monday: "Can't Smile Without You" - Barry Manilow

Do you ever "hear" something so loud and strong in your head that you feel that you can't possibly be alone in your thoughts??? Like someone else MUST be thinking or singing this same thing at the same time as you?  (kind of like my Dream Theory)  Saturday the 25th I was listening to THe Greatest Showman, turned it off, went to get ready for a party.  Found myself happily humming and singing to Barry Manilow's "Can't Smile Without You" was playing IN MY HEAD. SO loud and happy, like it was a live concert, or playing really loud on Youtube-- I swear that I was NOT the only one, not alone in my musical thoughts...I believe that someone else was singing at that moment in time too. (not my family, I asked them)  Okay, so now that you know I'm certifiably crazy, I hope you enjoy the song!  =)

Listen below or click HERE...
Trivia from Wikipedia: "....Manilow's version has slightly different lyrics from the Carpenters' version such as the Carpenters's line "I can't laugh and I can't walk/I'm finding it hard even to talk" which was changed in Manilow's version to "I can't laugh and I can't sing/I'm finding it hard to do anything". Then the Carpenters remixed the song with additional orchestration, revising the lyrics again to read "I can't laugh and I can't sleep/I don't even talk to people I meet"....."

Saturday, August 18, 2018

"I’m so hungry I could eat a giraffe!"

"I’m so hungry I could eat a giraffe!" 
(Eponine looks like Benjamin & I did!)
 (Thanks for the photo, Jalinda!)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Amber said it about right

Have you ever watched Rik Swartzwelder's "Old Fashioned"?   Amber has some good these:

"Buy me flowers, make me a card...I need you to dance with me...I know it's in you- I know it, sweep me off my feet! ....I don't want to crowd you, or change you, or what you believe in- all I want is for you to tell me how I make you feel. Can you?  How do I make you feel, Clay?  Do you feel?  Do you think about me before you go to sleep at night? ....don't you wish you could turn your head on your pillow and see me looking back at you?  I need to know you want me, I need to know that- it's important to me."

"I have a theory: maybe love doesn't have to be perfect, to still be worth it." 

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Whatever Wednesday: Sewing for children 4

 I'd bought the blue and the yellow when this fabric was at Walmart YEARS ago (yellow here and blue here) I was given this purple fabric...very cute, but I thought that I'd sew it up for 3 little girls I know.  Now they aren't my best buds, but they are "Best Buds", and 2 of them are sisters...SO I just knew that they NEEDED matching skorts!

Fun Summer project: work/play top

~ I sewed view A/B: I did not use the interfacing the pattern called for, but I added an extra little piece of fabric to the button/button hole area, to reinforce it.  Problem: the "automatic" button hole maker malfunctioned, and I ended up sewing the button on through ALL the layers, so can't un-button: over the head it goes! OH! And I cut a HUGE size, because according to the measurements, that is what I needed: guess what? Immense relief: I did not! I had take it in at the sides- looks a little funny, but it works!

~It is cool, and it was great for mowing- I could see me making a new one every few years!