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.

October 2, 2014

Union St. Tee

One of the other items I made this weekend was the Hey June Union St. Tee. This was a great pattern that included 3 sleeve options, I made the long sleeve.

I used this teal blue mira slub cotton jersey blend from Girl Charlee. It's a beautiful light weight fabric. It doesn't drape as well as I'd like though, it clung a bit to the tank I was wearing underneath.

It will be a nice layering piece this winter underneath a grey or black cardigan. I plan to make more, a stripe or polka-dot would be cute!

September 30, 2014

Hudson Pant

Our weekend weather was a bit crazy, 87 degrees on Saturday and 50 degrees on Sunday. I didn't mind the cool rainy weather though because I knew I would be in my sewing room most of the day!

I finished my Hudson Pants first and am so glad I did because I wore them the rest of the day, they are so comfortable.

I made them with this medium weight black cotton spandex from Girl Charlee and it is perfection, so soft and stretchy!

I did an online search for black 1/4" cording and when it arrived it was more of a shiny decorative trim. I did another search for black 1/4" drawstring and found what I was looking for. It will be easy to switch that out once it arrives.

I love these pants and plan on making another pair, I'm thinking olive green with grey accents for the next pair.

September 24, 2014

Selfish Sewing Week Projects - Fall 2014

I have four projects planned for Selfish Sewing Week. I didn't know that was a thing until recently but I'm totally on board! I ordered some fabric last week and it arrived today, it's in the washing machine as I type. I'm pretty sure my "week" is going to extend into several weeks though.

I ordered my fabric online from Girl Charlee. It can be tricky to tell how it's going to look when you can't feel it in person but I am so happy with all of it!

Here is what I am going to make:
1. Scoop neck t-shirt, 3/4 sleeve - Craftsy Sewing with Knits (This was an excellent class, I've already made 2 of these t-shirts and love them!)

2.  Scoop neck t-shirt, short sleeve - Craftsy Sewing with Knits (It's nice to have a basic white t-shirt, this fabric is a slub knit so it has a bit of texture.)

3. Hudson Pant - I've seen similar track pants on many fashion blogs this fall.

4. & 5. The Lane Raglan - I will use the grey fabric to construct the main parts of the shirt and use the olive lace as an overlay on the front. I'm excited to see how this one turns out!

I'll be posting photos of the finished products so be sure to check back!

June 2, 2014

Carnival Scrapbook Layout

I'm still keeping up with doing a layout every other day. This is a really busy week for me work wise and personally so I don't anticipate having time to scrapbook again until Sunday.
Sketch Solutions - lesson 5

May 30, 2014

Golf Cart Scrapbook Layout

Here is my latest layout based on the Sketch Solutions class I am taking.

Sketch Solutions - lesson 4
For some reason I really struggled with this sketch. It took me WAY too long to put together and I don't really love it. I wish I would have scrapbooked these photos sooner so I would have remembered, and could have documented, more of the story behind them.

May 26, 2014

Scrapbook Sketch Layouts

Here are two more layouts from the Sketch Solutions class. The first one is based on the same layout as my tree frog page but made to fit an 8 1/2 x 11 page size.
Sketch Solutions - Lesson 2
This next layout is based on today's sketch.
Sketch Solutions - Lesson 3
It looks like it's going to be a nice day so we're off to the golf course now!

May 25, 2014

Sketch Solutions

I am taking Donna Jannuzzi's Sketch Solutions class at Big Picture Classes. Every other day for 4 weeks we are given a new sketch and a lesson on adapting it. Here are my first 2 pages based on the first 2 sketches we received.

Sketch Solutions - Lesson 1

Sketch Solutions - Lesson 2
As you can see, the photos in both layouts are from 2010. I don't scrapbook chronologically which frees me up to choose photos based on the sketch rather than photos that are next in order. With 28 sketches I hope to get a lot accomplished with this class!