Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sewing is sewing right?

Happy September!!

Can you believe it's September 4th already?? I swear each year goes faster and faster!

I wish I could say I've been so busy sewing things for the shop I haven't had time to post, but the truth is that while I spent several days sewing last week, most of it was a special order..For my son.

I don't generally do clothing. It's not that I can't, in fact I learned to sew by sewing clothing, it's just that I don't enjoy it. I mean I love the satisfaction that comes from having made something that can be worn. but the process? Not so much. I think it has something to do with that whole rules of following a pattern, I don't do rules well. I think it's a tie in with my Bi-polar disorder, or maybe it's just because I have some oppositional defiance thrown in there. Either way, I just generally avoid it.

But this time I couldn't. ok I could have I guess, but I will do just about anything for my boys.
Even sew a shirt.
A period shirt.
As in Renaissance.
From a pattern.

Simple right? Not so much. See, He liked the pattern we found, but he wanted less billowy sleeves, and instead of it gathering at the cuffs, he wanted the sleeves to lace up at the wrist. oh and he didn't want the collar to fold over and have points, he wanted more of a mandarin collar, just not so close together in the front..and the shirt needed to be longer.

All in all, It turned out good, he was happy with it, and he went to the opening weekend of the Ohio Renaissance Faire dressed appropriately!

Oh..and I made this just before his shirt (So, no picture of that, I am respectful of his wish to not have it posted. Sorry!)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Getting dressed for All Hallows Eve!

Well, it's that time of year again! I am gearing up to decorate for Halloween, and will be creating lots of goodies for the etsy shop as well.

I'll be sharing tutorials, recipes and vintage finds leading up to the Halloween week.

Just a few of my past creations:

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Upcycled dinner?

If you have been a reader for any length of time you know I am fond of repurposing and saving money...and yes, that principal can even be applied to your food!!

This past Easter I stocked our freezer with a number of hams while they were on markdown.

Yesterday I put one of the smaller picnic hams in the crockpot* and had it with mashed potatoes and gravy.


Today I am using the left overs along with some other pantry staples for a casserole.

I'm just kind of winging it, sometimes it works and becomes a recipe I repeat, sometimes it doesn't.

So, Ingredients:
3 cans cream of mushroom soup
1.5 cans full of milk
1 bag frozen hash-browns
1 bag frozen peas
4-6 cups chopped ham
2 cps shredded cheese

Basically I preheated the over to 350, and browned up the hash-browns
a little..not cooked through, just enough for some color.
In the same skillet I mixed in the ham, peas, milk and soup. I then transferred the mixture to a lightly sprayed baking dish, topped with the cheese and slid it into the oven.

Bake for 15 mins or until cheese is melted. serve.

This made 1 large pan full for dinner and tomorrow's lunch, PLUS a smaller foil pan full I put in the freezer for lunch another day.

Now to go test it out!

***SIDE NOTE*** While the ham did fall off the bone cooking it in the crock pot, we much prefer the flavor from baking and will not fix it that way again)