Sunday, January 22, 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017

Decorating Fun!

Before I share my project, I would just like to thank all of you for the lovely, and warm welcome you gave to this week's Wednesday Showcase ladies. You are truly the best!!! 

On another note, Diane of Remembering Oz wrote a post this morning that broke my heart. It seems that someone actually had the audacity to say that her garments look like clown clothes and then go on to attack her personally. When I was in Houston back in November, I had the honor of having lunch with Diane. She is by far one of the loveliest ladies I have ever met. She is not only gracious, but kind, forgiving, and has a wonderful sense of style. If you have a moment, I'm sure she would appreciate a note. Sometimes we all need a hug, even if it's a cyber hug :)

Now, on to my fun project. As I said a few days ago, a friend asked me to help decorate a guest bedroom. She had the purchased quilt below that she wanted to use, a very woodsy theme. The room has a vaulted ceiling, so the quilt could easily be hung on the wall.

The bed, which I'll show you once the room is all pulled together, is a pine log bed. For the duvet cover and pillowcases, I chose the flannel pieces below.  

The dust ruffle fabric is below. I like how it pulls together the green and gold of the duvet cover fabrics.

This piece is my favorite! It has a wonderful watercolor aspect to the print. And if you look closely, you can see the Aspen trees. This will be used for the curtains. 

All of the fabrics together.

I found this fun lamp with a painted parchment shade from Wayfair. There will be one on either side of the bed.

We ordered new bedside tables and a new dresser which should arrive next week, so it will all come together soon. I can't wait! Decorating is so much fun!!! 

Have a wonderful day. Hope you have time to do a little something fun :)

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Wednesday Showcase

A friend has asked me to help decorate a guest bedroom. She has a fun pine log bed, so she would like to go for a mountain/forest type theme. We ordered a new dresser and bedside tables, along with new bedside lamps. I've purchased the fabric for the curtains, duvet, and dust ruffle. I think it is going to look so lovely once it is all pulled together. I had intended to share a little yesterday, but my day got away from me. So tomorrow :) 

We're into the 3rd week of January, and our 3rd blogger showcase post. Thanks again to those of you who encouraged me to bring the posts back as I am truly enjoying showcasing and meeting new bloggers.

First up today is Tomasa from Sew Much Fashion. She lives in New Jersey and has taken full advantage of her close proximity to New York by attending The Fashion Institute of Technology. She has earned certificates in ladies tailoring, draping and haute couture techniques. Below is a wonderful example of her creativity and amazing skills. 

Tomasa has a wonderful eye for what a pattern can be. She took Butterrick 5616 and truly made it her own. You can see her full post and more details HERE.

As with everyone who sews, fit it extremely important to Tomasa. You can find her posts on pant fitting HERE and HERE. Great info.

You can also find Tomasa on Pattern Review. She was featured as a Member In Focus and you can find that article HERE

I think you are going to truly enjoy meeting Tomasa, so pop over and say hello. She's been going through a HUGE construction job on her home, so I'm sure she would welcome a a nice hello. 

A few years ago, I taught a few classes at The American Sewing Expo in Novi, Michigan. While I was there, I met Londa Rohlfing of Londa's Creative Sewing. Until recently, I had no idea that she followed my blog. 

Londa is a master when it comes to restyling a sweatshirt. Hard to believe that the piece below started life as a sweatshirt!

Here are a few more fabulous examples.

Londa has a passion for teaching and especially enjoys working with children. Teaching them to sew simple shapes and making it fun by adding a piece for a doll guarantees that a new sewist will be born!!!  

Londa has a wonderful website that is packed with great information, free patterns and a link to her programs on It's Sew Easy. You can find it all HERE.

You can check out her entire website HERE. Be sure to visit her Gallery page. You will be inspired!!!

Well, the sun is shining, and the great outdoors is calling! I'm so happy to finally be feeling like myself again. Not only me, but Gracie too as I think she really missed getting out for a hike.

Have a wonderful day!

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Morning Inspiration/Thumb Holes

We have a wonderful store in Chicago called Fleet Feet Sports. Truly an American success story. The owner began with a dream and 1 small store in Chicago. Now he has stores all over the United States. Amazing!

About twice a year, Fleet Feet has an evening fashion show to showcase all the new styles that are coming in for the season. It's a lot of fun. The last show was held the first of December. A design detail that they mentioned quite often and which also stood out to me was thumb holes, in tops as well as jackets. 

I love thumb holes! When I ski, it's a must for me. The thumb hole holds my sleeve in place and gives added warmth to my hands. Same holds true for my morning walks. when I start my walk, I'm cold, but once I warm up, I then just roll the extra length back and it helps to cool my body. As much as I love thumb holes in my athletic wear, I love them in casual t-shirts too.  

I poked around on Pinterest and was surprised to find so many examples, so I thought I would share them with you as well. 

Below is an example they were especially excited about at Fleet Feet. Rather than the hole being in the cuff of the sleeve, it's just an added piece of fabric.

Here's an easy way to add a thumb hole to a sweatshirt cuff. 

Love the styling on this thumb hole extension.

Although there is an opening for the thumb, this one is designed to still keep the cold out if the thumb hole is not being used. 

This added strip is even easier to do than the first example.

This could be added to a purchased or previously made top or sweatshirt. The pop of color would also be fun. 

I thought this one was interesting. The thumb hole is actually hidden in the zippered cuff. What a great design detail!

Another pop of color and a fun detail. A"v" shaped inset was added along with another strip to allow for an opening.

From Lulumon, the cuff with a thumb hole is the perfect place to hide and hold keys, credit cards and identification.

This was an ad for Fossil watches. The added length for the thumb hole was attached with a zipper for easy viewing of the watch.

Another jacket with a thumb hole. Elastic around the hand helps to keep the cold out. There's also a hidden zippered pocket included.  

Hope you found that a little interesting :)

Hope you can find a little time to get out this week and enjoy nature. And if you do...stay warm!
Have a wonderful week!

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Night Reflections

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Healthy Eating/Coconut Chickpea Curry

Finally!!!, my cold is (fingers crossed) over. But, it didn't leave quietly. I ended up with a type of cold sore/blister in my ear and a sinus infection. The sore/blister burst and bled on Thursday. Once that happened, the sinus infection took a turn for the better. So as I said, fingers crossed, I'm finally on the other side. If by chance you do come down with this nasty strain of cold, by all means, give into it and allow your body to heal. I did not until I finally had to. Lessen learned...maybe :)

Now for something to warm your soul...

Do you like Indian food? I do!!! And I especially enjoy a good curry dish. 

A while back, I posted something, I don't know what, on Instagram and it caught the attention of Jessica In The Kitchen. She posts the most amazing recipes for those who are following, or at least trying to somewhat follow a vegetarian or vegan diet.

This past week, I stumbled upon a fabulous recipe for Coconut Chickpea Curry. It sounded so good, so I just had to give it a try, and I'm very happy that I did as it is DE-LI-CIOUS!!! Below is a picture of the dish from Jessica's blog.     

A few things to keep in mind if you do give the recipe a try;

Use a purple onion rather than regular yellow onions. I think the purple onion gives the dish a more robust flavor.

The recipe calls for 14 oz. of fresh tomatoes. I used a little over 1 1/2 lbs. Be sure to cook the onions and tomatoes in coconut oil. It really makes a difference. Cook the onion tomato mixture until the tomatoes have formed a sauce. 

Once the tomatoes have cooked, the rest of the ingredients are added in. The recipe calls for a spice called garam masala. By all means, don't leave this out. You can find a recipe for the spice on THIS POST

I decided to increase the nutrients in my pot of curry and added 4 cups of fresh chopped spinach. Makes for a great addition. And...because I love a little spice, I also added cayenne pepper. If you would like a little extra zip, just add a little at a time until you have the spice level that you like. 

The recipe also calls for a little coconut flour, or regular flour to thicken the curry. I didn't feel that it needed to be thickened.

I served the curry with Madagascar Pink Rice. I found it at my local grocery store, so look around and you may find it too. It's really good!

If you don't mind the tangy taste of lime, by all means add it. The lime juice makes all the flavors really pop.

If you give it a try, and you are like me, 1 bowl will not be enough. In fact, if I had not been so full, I may have had a third bowl!!!

Be sure to check out Jessica In The Kitchen, whether you are vegan/vegetarian or not. I think you'll find some recipes that you'll love. I did!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Wednesday Showcase

After a bit of a hiatus, the Wednesday Showcase is back in full swing. It's such a fun part of my week, and I'm so grateful to those of you who talked me into coming back with the posts. I know that I walk away so inspired and energized and I hope you do as well. And then there's the added bonus of possibly making a few new friends :) A win in every way!!!

First up today is Lynne of Confessions of a Quilting Junkie. She's a world traveler, originally from England, but now lives in Switzerland. Knitting has been a passion since she was a child, but 5 years ago she began to quilt and just 2 years ago began to sew garments. 

As I scrolled through her blog, I fell in love with this beautiful piece. It was done by a friend and inspired Lynne... 

To do a little ricrac braiding and trim this dress. 

She also made a matching bag. So very pretty!

Lynne said that she may not be the world's most accomplished quilter, but she is very enthusiastic. The quilt below was a gift to her mom. Truly an heirloom. 

Not only does she sew lovely garments, and spectacular quilts, she makes the cutest accessory pieces. She's made a number of these tissue box covers. Just beyond adorable!!!

Be sure to visit Lynne's blog. I think that you'll find her to be very inspiring. I know I'm itching to make a few of those braided ricrac roses!!!

Next up is Dana of Deedle and Thread. Of course "deedle" is a play on needle, but it actually came from her father as a beloved nickname for Dana. Her mother was the first to inspire her. She loved going through a big bag of scraps that her mother kept in a closet, and creating clothes for her Barbie dolls. She now sews for herself and truly enjoys sharing her passion with others.

I just love a picture of a girl and her dog :), so I couldn't resist! The look on the dog's face is kinda like, "when is this going to be over." So cute. Dana loves playing around with patterns. This is McCall's 7020, a cowl top pattern that she turned into a tunic/dress.   

She said that this jacket pattern is a tried and true piece. I just love how she was able to incorporate the raw edge in the seams. 
Fabulous jacket. 

This is the Midtown Trench Coat from Indygo Junction. What a lovely pattern, portrait collar, bias cut cuffs on the sleeves, and the pleated back swing. Although the fabric has a subtle pattern, it accents the details beautifully. 

Not only does Dana sew, she loves to make jewelry. 

Creative in every way, you can find a wonderful tutorial for these great rectangular zipper bags HERE.

I know I'm walking away from this post bursting with inspiration, and I'm sure you are as well! 

Have a wonderful day!

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