October 28, 2014

Lane Raglan - JCrew Inspiration

For my second Lane Raglan from Hey June I made this cotton jersey blend. It is so soft and cozy!

This pattern is so versatile, it looks different each time you make it with all the color and fabric options. You can see my other version of the Lane Raglan here.

My inspiration came from this J.Crew sweater. 

I find myself looking at clothing catalogs for fabric and style ideas and thinking "I could make that." The problem is making the time!

October 23, 2014

Lane Raglan with Lace Overlay

As soon as I saw the pattern for the Lane Raglan by Hey June I knew I had to have it. I have seen so many cute ideas for this top. The bodice, sleeves, cuffs & waistband could all be different colors!

For my first version I did a grey sweatshirt fleece with an olive green lace overlay. The waistband, cuffs and neckband are an ivory cotton jersey.

Excuse the look on my face, it was raining!

I cut a size medium. but considering the sweatshirt fleece has VERY little stretch I should have made a large or extra-large. It's a little tricky to get on and off. It's important to consider your fabric choice when deciding which size to make.

I'm still so happy with how this top turned out. One of the things I love about sewing is that you have a one-of-a-kind item when you're finished!

October 21, 2014

Roasting Beets for Freezing

I'm finishing up taking care of my garden produce. My garden was small this year so I didn't have an abundance of anything, which was good. Since I didn't have large quantities of anything I decided to freeze my vegetables instead of canning.

This weekend I decided to roast beets, rather than boiling them, before freezing.

Step one - scrub the dirt off.

Step 2 - cut them into large chunks. I cut each beet into 4 or 6 sections depending on the size.

Step 3 - place the beets onto a baking sheet and roast at 350 degrees for at least 1 hour. Stick a fork into them to check for doneness.

This is how they look when finished. If I were roasting them to eat right away I would have cut them into small bite-size pieces and seasoned with coconut oil, salt & pepper. The cooking time would also be reduced.

Step 4 - peel the skins off, cut into small pieces & transfer to freezer bags.

I was able to get 7 cups from one pan. I froze 3 bags of 2-cups each and saved 1 cup in the fridge to use on my salads. I plan to use the 3 frozen bags within 6 months.

When I'm ready to use them I will put them in a roasting pan with some coconut oil and seasonings to reheat or I will thaw them and use them in a cold salad.

October 14, 2014

Fair Week

We've been busy with last minute 4-H fair projects this week. 

Jake built a small box on caster wheels for woodworking. They've been working on this out in the shop, I'm excited to see the finished product. He did a canvas glue art, grew a pumpkin, made some clay bowls, and last night we baked an apple pie.

Step 1 - make sure you have all the ingredients. These are the recipes we used, I've made them many times the last several years and it always turns out great. Basic Flaky Pie Crust & Apple Crumble Pie

The fair is always a fun time for kids. I'll be working there so Jake will come along and hang out with his friends.

October 7, 2014

Simplicity 2246 - Lisette Traveler Dress

This is a dress I made a few months ago. I like how versatile it is, I can wear it with sandals in the summer or boots and a cardigan in the winter, although my fabric choice is more suited to fall.

I would love to make a denim or chambray version of this dress as well.