Friday, July 05, 2013

Samurai Mom Sewing Round up.

I am entering to be a contestant on the Super Online Sewing Bee and this post is a round up of some of my work.  Not all of it and not necessarily the best but what I could find photos of.

My most recent Dress, " Apple Pie"

A true collaboration my friend suggested the rick-rack placement, another the pleats and my daughter the belt.  I made this up on a whim over the weekend for Independence Day. My own design.
This was a sheet I found at a garage sale for 50 cents.  The moment I saw it I KNEW that it was really a shirtwaist dress with coral trim that no one had made up yet.  This is one of my favorite dresses!  Comfy, casual cool yet elegant. I made this design up as a went along which is a shame because I may never be able to replicate it.
"Matching" Mother-Daughter Easter Dresses

Made out of the same fabrics, vintage pattern and reproduction pattern

with Matching hats!

From a modern pattern.
Clever fabric choice and detail

Loving this fun day dress with pockets.  A girl needs a place to keep her things.
Did I make a dress out of fabric with little men in sombreros and donkeys?  Yes, yes I did.

We call this one the "Potato Salad Dress" because it is the same color as potato salad.

Drafted my own pattern

I CAN sew bags too.
I love hand work, especially embroidery, this was my first attempt at smocking. I loved the dress but wish that I would have fitted the shoulder better.

My cowgirl shirt WAS an XL men's shirt.  I took every piece apart and cut them to my size.

and added lace everywhere I could get away with it!

I saw this dress
Made my own, and in my size for a couple hundred dollars less that it was selling for.

Taffeta flower girl dress, commercial pattern heavily altered.
With ribbon detail
before I knew how to take pictures without a flash!
Made a reading pillow and appliqu├ęd birds on it.
Doll clothes are HARD, such tiny everything!
Saw a picture in a magazine and made one for myself

Tinkerbell costume

I took these two dresses

And made one

Original design
Can I just say how much I love ridiculously large bows?

Reconstruction of a woman's blouse
Into a tiny baby dress

Fell in love with this fabric from Sew Mama Sew

And made some fun details on the blouse

Really Fun!

"Riding to the Hounds," I saw this fabric of a fox hunt and HAD to have it.  I made it into this killer sheath dress
and matching hat
Reversible apron
My own design and pattern
I love embroidery!

Little Red Riding hood
My own patterns and designs skirt, peasant top, dirndl  apron and hood.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Independence Day 2013

 We are having a few friends over to dinner this evening.
9 am flag raising and pancake breakfast, at the church. Everyone was in red white and blue. We sang America the Beautiful and it was beautiful, my son raised the flag and a pair of bald eagles saluted us. God Bless America. Happy Independence day! P.S. Buy some fireworks for some under-aged kids, what kind of world do we live in where little boys can't spend their money on firecrackers?

Thursday, May 16, 2013

New Direction

For a very long time I have had a feeling that I need to make some changes on the blog.  I am still thinking and feeling what those changes should be.  But hopefully I will be blogging again soon and with a purpose.  I will still be me and post bits of the fun things that I do but I feel like I have a mission and I am trying to figure out how to go about it.  Wish me luck!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

5 out of 5 can't be wrong

Here I am dusting of the old blogging fingers...

For about 5 days I have been craving Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup.  My sudden desire was sparked when I watched Gordon Ramsay save a Parisian vegetarian bistro single handedly by serving the same.

Inspired by Ramsay and remembering a favorite Alton Brown recipe I set forth last night with a box of the best tomato soup you can buy in a store.
Trader Joe's Organic Creamy Tomato Soup.

I heated up my Pampered Chef Large Bar Pan and my Pampered Chef Rectangular Pan in the oven while I sliced a loaf of rustic bread.  Then I buttered one side of each piece and grated the cheddar cheese and sliced the Brie.

I made all different sandwiches because I wanted everyone to have a chance of liking something.   I made Brie with apricot jam, cheddar with nothing else, cheddar with Dijon mustard, cheddar with brown spicy mustard and one Croque Monsieur (that means grilled cheese with ham) with brown mustard.

When the stoneware pans were piping hot I took out the bar pan and laid all of the sandwiches on the pan then I put it back in the oven, took out the rectangular pan flipped it upside down and laid it on top of all the sandwiches in the pan.  This allowed the sandwiches to cook on both sides and the weight of .  the pan kept them flat and delicious.

I don't remember how long I cooked them, I just checked every once in a while by lifting up the top pan to see how the cheese was melting.  When the cheese was melted the bread was pleasantly browned.  Perfect!  I cut the sandwiches in half so that everyone could try them and served up the soup,

This was a hit.  EVERYONE in our family loved it.  Eddy liked it so much he said it was the best dinner ever.  This never happens. all of the sandwiches were eaten, though I was the only one who tried the Brie and apricot (so sad, I had to eat it all by myself.)