May 31, 2012

I'm still working on my dress. It is mostly together, but it is too large for me. I am not sure if I did a horrible job measuring myself or if the pattern measurements are wrong.

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The dress needs to be taken in at the shoulders and a lot around the chest so it doesn't look like a muumuu. I've got a lot of work to do!

May 29, 2012

Ice Tea Pops

I'm ready for warmer weather! I made popsicles over the weekend!

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Thai ice tea with a bit of milk and sugar and some tapioca pearls. The idea is from Chow, but my pops are not as creamy because I didn't follow the recipe! They taste pretty yummy, next time I'm not going to bother with the tapioca.

May 24, 2012

Headband Visor

I made a headband visor following this tutorial from MaryJanes and Galoshes.

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It has a larger bill than a normal visor and was a bit in the way when I was playing tennis and trying to serve so I am thinking about making another with a shorter, wider bill. Here is a photo of the stitching detail:

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Other than the minor vision blocking and being told I look like an old lady while wearing it I like it!

Longtime readers may recognize this fabric from these curtains.

May 22, 2012

Tension

I was having serger issues and wasn't able to finish my dress. Luckily I got a bit of help and the thread tension is perfect! This is such exciting news I am sharing photos!

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The new plan is to have the dress finished this weekend!

May 17, 2012

Tailor's Ham and Seam Roll

I made a tailor's ham and a seam roll to go with my new ironing board! Now I will be able to press curved seams with ease!

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They were made with fabric I had on hand and sawdust I got for free at a hardware store. Both were very simple to make, I used the free Tailor's Ham Pattern and Seam Roll Pattern from Chance of Rain, but slightly messy with the sawdust.

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One side of the pressing tools is pink (same fabric as the ironing board) and the other is a blue-green plaid. Both are from my college dorm decorations; the pink fabric came from my curtains and the plaid from the "bed skirt" I had on my my slightly elevated bed to keep all my stuff hidden. Hurrah for reusing!

May 15, 2012

A Dress

I am sewing a dress that I planned on finishing over the weekend, but I got sick and slept my week and weekend away. So far the pattern pieces are just cut out; I really need to get to work so I can wear it on Saturday!

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I had a little helper and had to share his photo. (Right after I took the picture he pounced on a scrap of pattern paper.)

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May 10, 2012

Here are a few Hipstamatic photos I took in Las Vegas over the weekend:

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See all my photos here.

May 8, 2012

Sewing Machine Cover

I used some duct tape to decorate my sewing machine cover.

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I bought some lacy looking duct tape the other day (I know, shame on me for buying crafty things, but I couldn't resist) then decided to put it on my sewing machine cover to make it look pretty. It was a silly little project.

May 3, 2012

Here is an update of my plants: Nearly all my vegetables have been started, lettuce and maybe radish are the only exceptions. They will be planted next weekend, after the last frost date, even though I don't think the chance of frost is very high.

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The tomatoes are getting pretty tall and have been moved into large containers. All of the squash and melons look alike right now and are reaching across each other to get to the sun. One watermelon has a new leaf! The peppers are slow growing, but they are getting tall.

May 1, 2012

Dandelion "Honey"

I finally got around to making dandelion syrup!

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I came across this recipe for Vegan Honey on Fashion Flavors via Foodgawker and decided that I needed to make this dandelion "honey". It was time consuming to make and I did get impatient at the end so my syrup isn't very thick. The "honey" tastes mostly sweet with some floral brown notes; I am not sure how to describe it.

So far I have had it on Greek yogurt and in oatmeal with some peanut butter. It tastes pretty good and I think I may make a cake or dessert of some sort to use it up before it goes bad. I don't think it will last very long, it will probably start to mold in the next week or so especially since I didn't let it thicken very much.

Here are some Hipstamatic photos of the process:

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I collected dandelion petals (petals only, if you don't work with them right away dandelion heads will close) then simmered them in water with part of an apple for an hour. Next I removed the petals and apple and added the sugar and let it cook for another half hour (half an hour was not long enough to make the syrup thick). After I was tired of waiting I poured it into some jars and put them into my refrigerator after eating a spoonful.