Sunday, March 9, 2014

This and That

I tried a little Bike Week fashion on my hands a few weeks ago - a little red with chrome tips.  I did this myself, but it took me all weekend.  The red is Revlon colorstay 070 wild strawberry, and the silvery is essie nothing else metals.

Last week I had my nails done with gel in a sparkly purple tone.  DH told me that I'd been looking at purple nail polish for so long, I should just get it out of my system:

I updated the Tote Bag Tutorial, which is really just pictures with instructions.  the photo album had gotten out of order, so I removed it and reorganized it before uploading it again.  See the Tutorial tab above.

I have been slowly - snail's pace - clearing off the sewing table.  It has "flat surface syndrome" you know, and my sewjo has gone awol due to a project which is more "have to do" than "want to do."  I'm almost "over it," and expect to get back to sewing soon.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Quick and easy soft eyeglass case

I started the new year slowly, with a quick and easy project.

Hubby got a new motorcycle last year, and asked me to make him a case for his sunglasses:

He's so lucky I found a fabric to match his new bike, and already had a Mod fabric for the lining.

As usual, I started with hand-written instructions:

Here's what it says:

very soft eyeglass case
finished size 6-1/2" x 3-1/4"
i piece each fabric (2): 4" x 14"
right sides together, stitch ends and around with 1/4" seams, leaving 2" opening (in one side)
turn right sides out
fold in half, right side out
stitch down sides close to edges

Here's the outside:

Here's a view to show the lining fabric:


Monday, December 16, 2013

Awesome Fresh Cranberry-Orange Relish Recipe

This is the most accurate description of how I really make fresh cranberry-orange relish.  This makes about 4 Cups.

Ingredients:
one 12-ounce bag of cranberries
three large or four small Florida oranges
1/2 Cup sugar
optional 1/4 Cup of booze of choice

Tools:
10-cup (or larger) food processor (aka machine)
vegetable peeler
medium knife and cutting board
large mixing bowl
4-Cup storage container (2 salsa jars or 1 large yogurt container)

I place the bag of cranberries in the freezer for at least a day.  I keep a few in the freezer for future use.

I remove a bag of frozen cranberries from the freezer and place it in the fridge to thaw, at least overnight.

I get out my machine.  I take out the lower blade and install the upper blade, set to slice.

I open the hopper, cut open a bag of cranberries, turn on the machine, and dump in the cranberries.

After all the cranberries have been sliced, I turn off the machine and dump the cranberries into a large bowl.

I set up the machine with only the lower blade installed, but the lid still off:

I wash the oranges.  I use the vegetable peeler to remove most (but not all) of the outer layer of the orange peels.

I cut each orange in half crossways and remove visible seeds.  I cut each orange piece crossways again, and remove visible seeds.  I hold each piece up towards the light to make sure I got all the seeds out.

As each orange piece is cleared of seeds, I place it into the machine.

When all the orange pieces have been placed in the machine, I install the lid and puree on high until liquified.

I dump the orange puree over the cranberries, then I dump the sugar on top.  This is when optional booze may be added.

I alternately stir the mixture and let it rest.  After about an hour, I place it in the container and store it in the refrigerator.

Here is a picture to show why I freeze and thaw the cranberries.  The mixture on the left was made with fresh cranberries, and the mixture on the right was made with cranberries which were frozen and then thawed (click to enlarge).

I have been known to stretch this recipe by adding one or two shredded apples.


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Another Filler-type Post

I told you recently that the pattern I made for my skirt will not fit the fabric - ON GRAIN:

Instead of trumpet-shaped pattern pieces, this skirt will be made with blocks and triangles.  The sewing terms are panels and godets.  The panels for my skirt will be rectangles, and the godets will be wedges with curved bottom edges.  My panels will not have darts, but my godets will be drafted as shown on this page.

Meanwhile, we've been enjoying the new motorcycle:

I will show the next steps of my skirt soon.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Project Veers off

.. to another directions.

Apparently if four gores won't fit onto the folded fabric, eight won't fit onto the whole piece - ON GRAIN ... ARGH!

Must go to Plan B.

Hey, at least there IS a Plan B!