Saturday, January 13, 2018

Butterick freebies

I am clearing some room in my sewing studio and would like these patterns to go to good homes.  I had every intention of making them, but (fill in the blank).  If you would like one or more, please comment below and include a contact link or info.  These are free and offered with no obligation on your part.  One week only, then they are gone.  🐾

B 6491; 6-14 uncut CLAIMED
                                                   B6425; 6-14 uncutCLAIMED                                                                            
B 6048 OOP; 6-14 uncut

B 6261; 6-14 uncut   CLAIMED                                                     
      B 6247; 6-14 uncut CLAIMED

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sunday Soup

                                     Spinach Ravioli Soup

This is one of my favorite soups.  It is fast, easy and uses up bits and dabs of veges in the crisper.  The ravioli and spinach add sparkle to a plain vegetable soup.

4-6 servings


2 Tbs olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 large carrots, diced
2 large celery stalks, diced
any other vegetable you would like, such as orange pepper
small amount of European bacon, chopped (optional)
1 tsp salt
8 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 large bunch fresh spinach leaves
cheese ravioli (I use Buitoni from the deli case)
1/4 cup chopped parsley (optional)
freshly ground black pepper
grated parmesan at the table

1. Heat oil.  Add onion, carrot, celery and salt.  Stir to coat with oil.  Cook for 5 minutes or so until softened.  
2. Cook bacon, chop and add to veges.
3. Stir in stock, bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover.  Simmer until vegetables are tender and the flavors have melded.  
4. Set soup off burner and go sew.
5. Around dinnertime, come back, heat up soup and add ravioli.  Cook according to package directions.  I usually simmer them for 5-6 minutes.  
6. Add the fresh spinach and cook for 2-3 minutes, until bright green and wilted.  

Off the heat, add fresh pepper and parsley.

Ladle into bowls and serve with cheese and bread.  

After dinner, go sew while someone else does the dishes, walks the dog, and sets up a Netflix movie.  

Monday, January 1, 2018

Some reflections

Much has been said about this last year, and I am sure more will be said.  I am reflecting on what my year has been without the lens of politics, and I say with certainty that 2017 was a GOOD year for me.  

I sewed quite a bit, read many books, made a few new friends, began hiking with a neighborhood group, attended an art retreat in Taos, made some art and bought some art, switched over to a western saddle and bridle with Nick and then switched back, dealt with a health condition which was affecting my energy level, joined an art guild in Tucson, and continued to improve my home. I also raged at Trump and Congress, fought my anger by eating, lost some readers because of my political views, spent too much time on Facebook and links, isolated from people, bought fabric and patterns to try to light my inner light again...

and here we are.

It was a good year because many of us are AWAKE now.  We are not cynical-we are enraged.  We are engaged.  

I believe the best thing I can do is support Democrats who are running for office from county to national spots.  I hope that is where you are also.

I must focus on living my life as well as resisting.  So, here is some of 2017:

With my walker and sporting my Lorianne blouse.
New Look 6150 made in early 2017 and worn occasionally.
V1261 one of my favorite tops.
One of the three incisions on my leg-this is upper thigh and there is another above and one at my knee.  This was post op 8 weeks? It is almost unnoticeable now.
One of the many acrylic skins I made.  I still have not been able to use them successfully in other art because I work small and these are big patterns.
Summer haircuts, trail rides through our neighborhood wash (the Canada del Oro), CA trip and some sewing.  oh, and a lizard because...Tucson.

A little book with metal goodies.

I ice dyed a scarf.

 New dress using M 7092

Wishing all of you a Happy New Year, and that you stay focused on being positive and helpful in these trying times!

Monday, December 25, 2017

celebrating light

I live in a part of the US which gets so much sun that Dec. 21 is not noteworthy, except as my friends and relatives yearn for it.  Nevertheless, I celebrate this time as a point of turning toward the light and beginning a new cycle.  

Blessings to all of you at this special time.  

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Living simply

Fabric Stash 2017 Part of my quest to simplify is to get rid of as much unused and unloved STUFF in my life. Out with the old magazines which might inspire some art. Out with the velvet high heels last worn in 1988. Out with the books which I will never read again, and if I choose to I will get on my Kindle. Among this pile of STUFF is fabric. Each piece was purchased because I loved the color, or the print, or it was cheap, or I was sorting through mountains of questionable choices in a warehouse and had to buy SOMETHING.  Maybe I bought some because I wanted to make a particular pattern, but often I just bought it...because.

And then I washed and dried it, folded it carefully, and placed it on one of the 2 shelves I have for fabric.  What do you think happened next?

That's right, nothing.

Not using it is worse than buying it carelessly in the first place, IMHO.  Those who know me well know what I did...I sewed it up as much as possible.  I joined the team on PatternReview and planned my attack.  So far I have sewn 17 yards of old, unused, questionable fabric.  Hurray!

The contest gallery is found right here.  (Hover over the blank space to see the link) My work is in there, but here are some of my faves over the last 3 weeks:
As always, click on the photos to make them big.

 New black pants made of slinky, the fabric from hell.
                       4-way cardi in red ponte using Silhouette Patterns.
Self-drafted tee using a remnant from a warehouse $1.00

Cardigan from Simplicity 2474

Jersey dress from M 7092-Las Vegas bound

Now, THIS tee is the best use of scraps.  I have a pile of knit scraps which I try to remember to use.  I made this using V9055 and had barely enough to finish it.  In fact, I had to alter the back length to complete it.  I love the style with its raglan sleeves, but the colors...ugh.  The camel is from some pjs I made for my husband and we both think it is a blah color.

How big is your stash?  Do you like having lots to choose from, or is it overwhelming for you?