Friday, September 24, 2010

Ahhhhh, FRIDAY!

Happy Friday to all!  Such a feat it is to make it to Friday and so great to be heading into the weekend.  For some reason it never feels this good on Sunday evening.  I have decided that over the next few days I HAVE to work on some of the unfinished projects I have going on around the house.  I can't focus on creating 'new' stuff when the current stuff is in stages.

I could work on this.... 

It's only our living room wall and it's only looked like this for about 4 months.  I'm afraid if I don't work on it/finish it soon D could take some drastic measures.  Not sure what those are but I know this is one project that needs to be completed.  We've already had family here twice since I started it.  I know they were expecting to come back and see the finished 'masterpiece' (not) and instead it looks exactly the same as it did when they were here in June.  Oy!        

I have about 15 sewing projects in the works...where do I even begin???

But really all I want to do is play with Buggie and spend some time marveling at some beautiful shots of Paris that my good friend Christy took on her recent vacation to the city of love, lights, weird food (teehee) and so much more.  You can't believe these pictures.  Please go over to Through My Looking Glass and check them out.  They are awesome!!! 

I guess for now I will at least complete our morning routine and try to wrap my head around where to begin.  Stay tuned......


Not really. 

This is the perfect time to tell you about my good friend's awesome blog Katie's Cucina.  She has some killer recipes that will literally make your mouth water.  She's been on a cupcake kick lately - YUM MY!!!  Thanks to Katie, my family ate very well quite a few nights when Miss Buggie was fresh.  Thanks Katie, you ROCK!!!  And so do your blogs!

So uncool.  I was hoping to have another Spoonie for you tonight.  A yummy, 20 minute prep "Pot Roast" with potatoes, baby carrots and onions.  I have to tell you, I'm really not sure where my head is these days.  I have a pretty good idea but sheesh!  I got the wrong meat this weekend so what was a planned pot roast, you know, June Clever style, turned out to be an "oven" roast.  Wrong cut, entirely.  It's a bit tougher and doesn't do that pull apart thing that roast does.  I was so looking forward to that yummy, savory flavor...but I digress.  I thought I would still give you the rundown of how I roll with the 1 dish "Pot Roast".

Prep takes about 20 minutes and consists of rinsing and drying your meat, a salt and pepper rub, cleaning and slicing 1 medium onion and about 4 medium potatoes.  Throw it all into a roasting pan (arranging it all nice and pretty around the roast, Martha Stewart style).  Then throw in a whole bag of baby carrots.  Pour seasoned juice around roast, cover it with aluminum foil and roast in a 325 degree oven for about 20 minutes a pound.

For your amusement, I am including a pic below.  Sorry about that.  Hopefully the next one will be better.  

On a different note, you may have noticed some changes to the blog already.  I have a little bit of OCD (and maybe some neurosis thrown in-ahahahahaha) so I am trying to get it my mind at least.  I would love some feedback on the new look so far.  I am sure it will see many more changes in the future but hopefully I am close to done right now.  Thanks for checking it out and have a great day!!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

HEM JOB. Not too fancy but definitely handy to know... a tutorial

This one is particularly handy in our house because both my husband and I like to cut the ends of our pants off.  We like our pants long, like walk on them long, so if we don't cut them off we end up walking on them and wearing them ragged, literally.  Daniel is tall and rides a motorcycle a lot of the time, if he's not actually working on one, so he needs long pants to sport in the wind.  White chicken legs don't look too hot comin' at you down the highway =D love you D And I just have some sort of sickness that makes me shiver at the sight of the shorty short pant.  I can't take it!!!  It also makes me laugh to know that at least one other person in this world shares my feeling of the too short pant and would go to the same 'lengths' I would to keep that from happening.  It's sick really but whadya gonna do?

You're going to hem them when they get out of control is what you're going to do.  Or when your husband decides the pair of pants he already cut off was a mistake and he would like them back to normal.  I know there are lots of how to's on the hem but I just thought it would be cool to share some pant fixing ideas when the store bought hem is no longer in tack...for whatever reason.

I know it's not so spectacular for my first "how to" but it was really the only sewing I got to do today and I realized that someone else might like to know.  I hope so and maybe you'll see something new or something that would help me to know.  I love to learn new things and I am positive I do not know all there is to know about sewing.  I fear I am just a young Padawan learning to use The fresh and eager to learn. ;)

Ok, so you've seen what I'm starting with.   This pair is really not too bad so that makes life a little easier.  In this case we are trying to preserve as much of the length as possible.

First, I turned the pants inside out and got them as flat and even as I could.  I cut the edges with my rotary cutter, using a Fiskars ruler as my guide, being careful to only cut what was necessary to make them even.

Next, I did a medium size zig zag stitch all the way around the edges that I just cut off.  This helps to keep the material from further fraying and gives it a nice, clean, finished look. 
Please see picture a few steps later showing this zig zag stitch, not sure how I didn't get a pic but you can see it below.

Then I turned up the hem 1" (you are still working inside out and will be for the remainder of the process) and pinned it all the way around.  Then I ironed it as well being careful to pick up the iron to move it to a new spot instead of dragging it.  This just helps ensure everything stays even and does not get out of whack! (can't have that) ;)

Turning up the hem 1" to pin and then iron.
I have learned over my years, and experience, that it is best to be patient and get it right the first time - I despise seam ripping!  Ugh, I just can't get down with it.  Not when I could be looking at a finished product had I slowed down and taken a few more steps.  With that said, please understand I am talking about me and your skill level or work style could be totally different from mine and that's cool!  I love that there are some many different aspects of art, different points of view.  Such a beautiful thing and as I've said before please let me know if you have a better way to do something...I would loooooove to hear it!!!  Ok, so I usually do all kinds of pinning and ironing to bring me back around to my point so that you know for future reference.  You might think I go overboard but it helps me immensely!

Hem completely pinned up 1" and visual of zig zag from step 2.

After I pressed this 1" hem nice and crisp, I took the pins out, unfolded the hem, leaving a nice crease mark in the pants, and folded the zig zagged edge up to meet the crease that I just ironed into the pants.  Then I pinned all the way around and ironed this down the same way.

Hem turned up to crease; pinned and ironed.

How are you doing so far?  We're almost done!

Finally, I stitched a small to medium straight stitch (#2 length on my machine) all the way around this top edge, this is the same edge that you zig zagged in the beginning.  I actually used the zz stitch as a guide to run my straight stitch.  You will probably have to pull out your pins as you go.

Now just turn the pants right side out and smile at how good they look. =D

 Thanks for sticking this one out with me guys.  I would love some comments, thoughts, ideas....Have a wonderful evening and may your tomorrow be beautiful and bright!!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


I just love this dress like mad!!!  It was so much fun to make and got such a great response that I plan to make several of these, punk rock style, with a few options.  I'm thinking stars, skulls, know the drill. 
I would also like to do a quick tutorial on it as well with some little tricks and helpful hints.  Is this something you would like to see?  Please let me know and check out a couple more pics below.  Thanks and have a fantastic Tuesday!!!


Monday, September 20, 2010


Check out this super cute 'punk girl' bib!  I will be making this a collection of 3 (styles to come) and offering them for sale in my etsy store.  This is the direction of all of my pieces.  If you like what you see please let me know and please check out my etsy store (coming soon!!!). 

This is the first of my blog posts so I am literally just "getting my toes wet" if you know what I mean.  Please stay tuned as I know I will just get better the more I practice (better, not perfect) ;)  I will be posting tutorials very soon and so much more!  I am very excited to be sharing this with all of you and look forward to meeting some fellow rockin' Moms!!!