Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Summer Of No Pants* 2015 ~ post #5

Dress number five was made out of my Grandmama's Damask table cloth.  If it had turned out, I intended to wear it to my Cousin Laura Ann's wedding back in April.  But it did not.


Good news:
1. Even though I had never sewn with this type of fabric before, it went together VERY well!
2. And the invisible Zip (here) was THE BEST looking one I've ever put in! =)

Bad news:
1. Something went wrong in the bodice: it is oddly too tight (even though it's a pattern that I've made lots of times, and it should have fit).
2. the bodice was too long, but I did not know until after my perfect zipper went in.
3. And the skirt was too long. (I know, I can fix that, but why?!)

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How did I finish the raw side-seams?


 First, I trimmed them, then I sewed a second line of stitching farther out...(see photo above)...then I sewed single-fold bias tape to one side, folding over at the arm opening (see below photo).


Last, but not least, I very carefully (so as to only catch the lining and not the dress fabric) hand stitched the single-fold bias tape to the lining, so it is now neat & flat (see below photo)!


I wanted to have a gathered skirt, but the fabric would NOT be gathered....so...free hand pleats were the answer:


*SONP not is officially happening this year, but I like to sew, and wear cute dresses & skirts anyway, so I'll just do my own thing....(Summer of No Pants is a Google+ group, and anyone can join & post at anytime.)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Whatever Wednesday: Einstein quote

 

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."
~Albert Einstein

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Psalm 23

{A Psalm of David.} 
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

 Photo location: Kyburz, CA

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Summer Of No Pants* 2015 ~ post #4

A new Strawberry (cotton) house-dress:


~My go-to pattern, the retired Simplicity #8071 came to my rescue again!
~I know it's out of date, but this is one cool dress- I guess because it's roomy.  =)
~I tried for the first time ever just stitching the facings to the dress so they wouldn't flap, and they don't, but I'm not crazy about how they turned out.
~The fabric came from Wal-mart in Commerce: remember when they thought that it would be a "brilliant" decision to get rid of the fabric counter, and go to pre-cut & pre-packaged fabric???
 That was a flop!
For those of you who don't know, or don't remember the result was that no one wanted to buy their fabric that way, and refused to do so.  So, the result of that was: a GIANT clearance event, and people buying in a frenzy!  (We and the Hales were some of those people.)


~This is my second Strawberry Dress, Mom made my first one for my birthday in 1993!

*SONP not is officially happening this year, but I like to sew, and wear cute dresses & skirts anyway, so I'll just do my own thing....(Summer of No Pants is a Google+ group, and anyone can join & post at anytime.)

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The Summer Of No Pants* 2015 ~ post #3

A new church/town dress~


This dress is like Post #1 (here).
~I used my go-to pattern, the retired Simplicity #8071
~The fabric came from Jo-Ann craft & fabric in Rockwall- I picked it out while thinking of Sarah saying that I needed to wear more green.  This was as green as I felt at the time~ I really like it!
~I added an extra inch of fabric to each shoulder front, and gathered it to make it match the back bodice.  (Then pinched it out in 2 pleats at the waist.)
~And I pinched out 2 more pleats, so...4 pleats total.
~I stitched down the pleats, so it looks "finished" even if I don't wear a belt.
~The zipper is a regular zipper, set in the side, so I did not have to worry about the "tiles" matching!
~I also lengthened the bodice 2 1/2 inches, so I could wear a belt with it. (but I don't have to)


I could wear this dress with a sweater in the Fall or Spring~
*SONP not is officially happening this year, but I like to sew, and wear cute dresses & skirts anyway, so I'll just do my own thing....(Summer of No Pants is a Google+ group, and anyone can join & post at anytime.)

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Whatever Wednesday: Buddha quote

"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. 
When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."
~Buddha


Monday, July 06, 2015

Musical Monday: Gungor - "Beautiful Things"

Embedded video today!
Some of you already know I am not a fan of CCM...
...I only like a FEW songs by a FEW groups ~ Gungor's "Beautiful Things" is one of them.


~You can click HERE to listen to it~


Saturday, July 04, 2015

The Summer Of No Pants 2015 ~ post #2

My poly-cotton sheet dress!   


(you can see my inspiration & read all about it over HERE)


*SONP not is officially happening this year, but I like to sew, and wear cute dresses & skirts anyway, so I'll just do my own thing....(Summer of No Pants is a Google+ group, and anyone can join & post at anytime.)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Summer Of No Pants 2015 ~ post #1

Sad news: Marigold is not hosting Summer Of No Pants this year...but I completely understand, as it is a lot of work in and of it self & she has a job & family to care for.  I'm going to do my own little SONP~ you know just posting what I'm up too.     (I'll also share on the Summer of No Pants Google+ group, and anyone (even you!) can join & post at anytime.)


~I used my go-to pattern, the retired Simplicity #8071
~Mom suggested that I cut the skirt on the bias, and I'm glad that I did!
~I added an extra inch of fabric to each shoulder front, and gathered it to make it match the back bodice.  (Then pinched it out (2 pleats) at the waist.)
~The zipper is a regular zipper, set in the side, so I did not have to worry about the plaid matching!
~I also lengthened the bodice a 3 inches (too long), so I could wear a belt with it.


 The fabric is a nice light/cool plaid that was given to me by my Gay, and the *Zipper came from my Lisa (well, really from her friend's estate sale).  Thanks friends!


This dress had it's debut in San Marcos, Texas.  =)


*Remember my Zipper post? Read it HERE.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Musical Monday: Home Free- "King of the Road"

Wikipedia states:
"..."King of the Road" is a 1964 song written and originally recorded by country singer Roger Miller.
The popular crossover record hit No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 1 on their Country and Easy Listening surveys. It was also No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart, and in Norway.
Miller recalled that the song started when he was driving and saw a sign on the side of a barn that said "trailers for sale or rent"...."

I love lots of versions of this song (click on the name to hear them):  
Home Free (embedded today)

Embedded video today!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Musical Monday: Julie Andrews- "I Feel Pretty"



Embedded video today! Or click HERE to listen!


We all love to listen to Julie Andrews sing, don't we?  I especially like this rendition of West Side Story's "I Feel Pretty". (Just so you know...I don't like West Side Story.)


FYI: The original 1957 Broadway production ran for 732 performances before going on tour. The production was nominated for six Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1957,but the award for Best Musical went to The Music Man.





Saturday, June 13, 2015

I love making new friends...

Do you like making new friends?


This is little Daniel Pebbles~   don't you just love that hair?!   =)

Friday, June 12, 2015

Food on Friday: Gluten-Free Applecake (recipe too!)

 Sometimes when you go to share a recipe (that you tweaked) you realize that it does not convert very well to the written page.  This is one of those times...I hope that it makes sense to you and that if you have questions you will ask.  =)    We took it to the Maines, and all 8 of us seemed to like it rather well!


1)  18 oz thinly sliced (& peeled) apples- separated in thirds- 6 oz in the bottom of a greased 9"X13" pan, and 6 oz in each of 2 bowls.

2)  I sprinkled our Cinnamon/Stevia/Sugar mix on the apples in the pan (until kind of brown).

3) Then I stirred 1/2 T. Fresh Squeezed Lemon juice into each bowl of 6 oz of apples and dumped in some plain Cinnamon. And 1/2 T. Sucanat (maybe it should have been 1T.).
(not sure that the above is necessary- I think that another time I would just generously sprinkle our Cinnamon/Stevia/Sugar mix on the apples in the pan -until kind of brown)

4) Double THIS recipe for Paleo Vanilla Cupcakes found HERE over at Elana's Pantry. =)
(I only used 4t. Vanilla instead of 6t.  Another time I would use it all, or 4t. Vanilla & 2t. Almond)

5)  Spread half the cake batter in the pan on top the apples.
6)  Top with one bowl of apples.
7)  Carefully spread the last of the cake batter...
8)  ....top with the remaining bowl of apples!

9)  Bake at 350 for 40 minutes?
 
10)  Cool. and top with:
 I thought that it should have a topping to make it more "special", so I made the topping from the Applecake Bars from "Piece of Cake"-- it's super easy: just melt 6T (or 4-6oz) of Apricot Jelly and pour/brush over the cake....more is better & easier to spread than less!  =)

~Happy Eating! 
Adrienne

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Whatever Wednesday: My visit to the movie theater



While at the movie theater (in Greenville) this afternoon: I was disturbed by a critter running over my foot. Turns out, Mom had SEEN a dark shape run across the aisle, then the critter ran across Charity's feet, and then mine. (get this: NOT ONE of us screamed and I did not squeal loud (I think).) At first we thought it was a LARGE spider, but when we told the employes after they said something like: "The rains flooded out their homes"....that made us think 4 legs, like a mouse. Ugg! =P

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Comic book movies I've seen:
(that I know of)
Batman (the first one)
Red 1 & 2  
The Incredibles (the first one)
Green Lantern
Hell Boy (the first one)
Avengers: Age of Ultron

And these sure seemed like comic book movies to me:
 
Men In Black (the first one)
The Bourne Identity (the first one)

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Easy Dark Chocolate Pots de Creme -recipe review (& recipe too!)

Maybe trying a new recipe at 9-something at night is not such a good idea...  =)

I made a variation on: Easy Dark Chocolate Pots de Creme (Recipe HERE)

sub. Raw Cows Milk for Coconut milk
sub. 2 t. Decaf Instant Coffee for instant espresso powder
I used my last bar of Chocolate from Aldi's (they only sell baker's chocolate in December).

~First I decided to not use the Vitamix- I decided to use a hand mixer.
~Second, I decided to mostly melt the chocolate on the stove, and then add the milk (heated to about 100?).
I got Mom to help me run the mixer while I add the chocolate milk to the egg mix...it did not thicken, so I set the dish in a bowl of ice water, and continued to mix on low...it still never thickened, Mom suggested that maybe the coconut milk may have contributed to the thickening in the original recipe, so I added a spoon of coconut oil....still did not thicken (but it has little oil lumps now).
 
I gave up, poured it into 3 little ramekins, and chilled them in the fridge overnight.  As you can see in the photo below, they never set up.  =/   (But they taste marvelous.  I'll bet it would be good dumped on yogurt, or in coffee, or on ice cream....)


I would like to try this recipe again, and not make SO many changes....  =)