Monday, February 5, 2018

One stitch at a time=wardrobe

It's a good philosophy.  One step at a time, one job at a time, one stitch at a time.  All those single steps or jobs or stitches all work together to make something...wonderful if we are lucky.  It is when we look at how far we have to go that we begin to second guess ourselves.  "Oh, I can't make a fly front...or a welt pocket...or an outerwear jacket...or reupholster a chair."

These all come from one stitch at a time. 

I also love to train my horse, and he came to me with solid training on the ground.  Even with that, I added my own stamp one step at a time.  It has been and will continue to be, a long-term project made up of many steps.  Yesterday, though, I was riding with a group of friends and one friend said "Whoa Nick, look at YOU" as he stopped, backed up and then cantered from a halt. 

One step at a time. 

A few weeks ago I decided to make a  capsule wardrobe using olive, brown and rust.  I started with some olive rayon and made some pants and then a loose fitting shell.  It looked a bit like algae all together!!           SW MixIt tank and V9067

So I found some bold brown striped fabric in stash and made a tank top.  Nice contrast, yes?                                               

                                                                             SW MixIt tank modified
 I remembered a top long neglected and pulled it out of the closet.  I made this one 2 years ago.  It works too. 

Cutting Line Hearts aFlutter tank

I was getting tired of tops and thought to make a long cardigan which current fashion is calling a duster.  I have some nice rust knit but decided to use a novelty knit to "muslin" the pattern.  A few days later I had this sparkly number waiting for topstitching and hems- Pamela's Patterns tank and cardi combo
OMG, this is going to work with some of these pieces also.

The capsule needed more pants or a skirt so I grabbed some olive print knit from stash and gave it a squeeze.  It felt really spongy-more like activewear- so I decided to make leggings or slim pants.  But I wanted a new tee shirt to counteract the sparkly number above so I used my self-draft pattern and whipped up a new tee.   Pants are next, I promise. 

Finally, I used this wonderful jersey for a 3/4 tee.  Deer & Doe Plantain tee

When I am done, I'll have 10 +  items, with the ability to make lots of combinations.  Rust cardi, olive slim pants, olive leggings, one more long tunic and I will move onto summer colors of white and blue. 

And maybe I can get Nick to use the correct lead each time!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Butterick freebies

I am clearing some room in my sewing studio and would like these patterns to go to good homes.  I had every intention of making them, but (fill in the blank).  If you would like one or more, please comment below and include a contact link or info.  These are free and offered with no obligation on your part.  One week only, then they are gone.  🐾

B 6491; 6-14 uncut CLAIMED
                                                   B6425; 6-14 uncutCLAIMED                                                                            
B 6048 OOP; 6-14 uncut

B 6261; 6-14 uncut   CLAIMED                                                     
      B 6247; 6-14 uncut CLAIMED

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sunday Soup

                                     Spinach Ravioli Soup

This is one of my favorite soups.  It is fast, easy and uses up bits and dabs of veges in the crisper.  The ravioli and spinach add sparkle to a plain vegetable soup.

4-6 servings


2 Tbs olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 large carrots, diced
2 large celery stalks, diced
any other vegetable you would like, such as orange pepper
small amount of European bacon, chopped (optional)
1 tsp salt
8 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 large bunch fresh spinach leaves
cheese ravioli (I use Buitoni from the deli case)
1/4 cup chopped parsley (optional)
freshly ground black pepper
grated parmesan at the table

1. Heat oil.  Add onion, carrot, celery and salt.  Stir to coat with oil.  Cook for 5 minutes or so until softened.  
2. Cook bacon, chop and add to veges.
3. Stir in stock, bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover.  Simmer until vegetables are tender and the flavors have melded.  
4. Set soup off burner and go sew.
5. Around dinnertime, come back, heat up soup and add ravioli.  Cook according to package directions.  I usually simmer them for 5-6 minutes.  
6. Add the fresh spinach and cook for 2-3 minutes, until bright green and wilted.  

Off the heat, add fresh pepper and parsley.

Ladle into bowls and serve with cheese and bread.  

After dinner, go sew while someone else does the dishes, walks the dog, and sets up a Netflix movie.  

Monday, January 1, 2018

Some reflections

Much has been said about this last year, and I am sure more will be said.  I am reflecting on what my year has been without the lens of politics, and I say with certainty that 2017 was a GOOD year for me.  

I sewed quite a bit, read many books, made a few new friends, began hiking with a neighborhood group, attended an art retreat in Taos, made some art and bought some art, switched over to a western saddle and bridle with Nick and then switched back, dealt with a health condition which was affecting my energy level, joined an art guild in Tucson, and continued to improve my home. I also raged at Trump and Congress, fought my anger by eating, lost some readers because of my political views, spent too much time on Facebook and links, isolated from people, bought fabric and patterns to try to light my inner light again...

and here we are.

It was a good year because many of us are AWAKE now.  We are not cynical-we are enraged.  We are engaged.  

I believe the best thing I can do is support Democrats who are running for office from county to national spots.  I hope that is where you are also.

I must focus on living my life as well as resisting.  So, here is some of 2017:

With my walker and sporting my Lorianne blouse.
New Look 6150 made in early 2017 and worn occasionally.
V1261 one of my favorite tops.
One of the three incisions on my leg-this is upper thigh and there is another above and one at my knee.  This was post op 8 weeks? It is almost unnoticeable now.
One of the many acrylic skins I made.  I still have not been able to use them successfully in other art because I work small and these are big patterns.
Summer haircuts, trail rides through our neighborhood wash (the Canada del Oro), CA trip and some sewing.  oh, and a lizard because...Tucson.

A little book with metal goodies.

I ice dyed a scarf.

 New dress using M 7092

Wishing all of you a Happy New Year, and that you stay focused on being positive and helpful in these trying times!

Monday, December 25, 2017

celebrating light

I live in a part of the US which gets so much sun that Dec. 21 is not noteworthy, except as my friends and relatives yearn for it.  Nevertheless, I celebrate this time as a point of turning toward the light and beginning a new cycle.  

Blessings to all of you at this special time.