I really apologize for the absents. I realize how much I rely on technology when it’s a problem. I’ve been having issues with uploading and saving pictures in my photo library on my new laptop from my camera , so please forgive the quality of the pictures in this post from my cell phone.
Well, for the past couple of months, my interest of sewing clothing for myself has increased. Now, I sew pillows, curtains and other items for my home, but I haven’t had the courage to sew clothes for myself. Sometimes I find it a little challenging understanding pattern instructions. I came across this wonderful blogger MiMi G Style and have been obsessed. I just love her style and her teaching tutorials. They are really easy to follow.
I’ve decided to sew a few summer pieces following two of her tutorials on YouTube and in her Blog. The first is a maxi skirt.
I also made an easy knit pencil skirt (warning it’s made to hug the body).
It’s a stretch knit with stripes on one side and polka dots on the other.
What I also like about the blogger is she now has an App in iTunes and Google Play where you can communicate with other sewer and ask questions. You have an entire community giving tips and encouragement.
Have you thought about sewing your own clothing?
I just had to post this picture of my little cutie. Some of you with children may know this month is Dr. Seuss’ birthday and my son’s school has been celebrating all month-long. Well, today was wacky hat day and I made this quick hat for him.
This was a really quick project. I used red and white wide ribbon, two foam top hats, spray adhesive, construction paper and hot glue.
I cut the top part of the second hat, tilted it and glued it onto the other hat.
Attached the red and white ribbon with spray adhesive.
Cut out another character and glued it to the back of the hat and also made cat whisker for the front.
He had to try It on before it was complete.
I have a nice quick appetizer recipe for you guys. This is perfect for dinner parties or just a special family dinner. If you love crabs like I do, you will love this quick and easy dish. You don’t need many ingredients, but the taste is amazing.
1 lb crab claws
1 tablespoon shallots minced
3 cloves garlic minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
salt and pepper to taste (generous pepper)
1 tablespoon parsley for garnish
Rinse crab claws in a large bowl and add salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet on medium/low heat. Mix shallots, garlic, sherry vinegar and mustard in a food processor. Add a little oil to this mixture. Add crabs to the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes and add shallot mixture to crabs. Make sure you toss well, so every claw can taste the sauce.
You can slice a few pieces of French bread and place in a blow. Top with crab claws and sauce, then sprinkle with parsley.
I love making these. I actually had them with my grilled shrimp salad. It was a lite night.
I’m a big fan of bath salt and I love the aroma of lavender. Yesterday, I went to the gym and worked out really hard. I knew I would have to relax my muscles when I got home and what better way to relax your muscles and your mind, than with a nice hot bath and the relaxing aroma of lavender. I actually make my own and add a couple of tablespoons to the water to relax.
It’s very easy to make:
1 cup epsom salt
8 drops of lavender essential oil
2 teaspoons dried lavender
Mix the salt and lavender oil well in a glass bowl. Spoon into a glass jar, add dried lavender and cover with a tight lid. Simple and easy with a big benefit. You can also add other scents like peppermint. It depends on what you like.
Sometime I would give these as little gifts to my hard-working friends to remind them to relax.
The best crawfish bread I’ve eaten was from “The Pie Man” in New Orleans. He’s a well-known caterer that had the best gumbo, crawfish bread and desserts that was sold out of coolers off the back of his truck…..LOL yes you heard me. We use to run to this man’s truck for lunch fighting to get the popular Cajun dishes before they were sold out. Ok, he didn’t have one of those popular food trucks you see now, he actually had a pick up truck…..yes a pickup truck. I laugh every time I think about some of the things we did for good food.
Well, I never could figure out what was in his crawfish bread and I never was taught how to make it. I decided to try out some recipes online to see if anything comes close, but nothing does. I did try the Food Network version and it’s pretty tasty, but I made a few adjustments. You can see the recipe here.
1 1/2 tablespoon Tony Chachere
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup mayo
I’ve been in this sewing stage lately. I’m dabbling into learning how to sew clothing for myself……I tell you some items I’ve sewn are really funny, but I will keep practicing. I’m getting refresher courses from YouTube videos and sewing blogs and it’s been blast….I’ve even joined a Facebook sewing group….too funny. I can sew basics, but when it comes to reading a clothing pattern, I get a little lost with some of the terminology. Well, the instructions for this pouch was found (here).
I’ve decided to make a small pouch for my jewelry, since I will be traveling more this year. My jewelry usually end up in my old clear pouch, which I’ve had for years…..time to update. I really like the way it came out, and I also made one for my Kindle Fire. It also helps me practice with sewing zippers.
Note: As you can see, I’ve tried two different lining fabrics. The jewelry pouch lining is the velvet from one of my pillows (here). It was too thick, so I changed it for the Kindle pouch to satin lining and this was too thin. I would change the lining fabric or eliminate it all together because the plaid fabric is already has weight to it.