Archive: Feb 2014

Wardrobe Strategy in Pictures

Hello little chickadees!! I’ve missed you!After a wonderful time in Toronto where I’ve accomplished a lot on the work front, it’s good to be back in my things — namely, it’s good to be back in my sewing things. πŸ™‚ I’ve spent a lot of time thinki…

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a winter coat just in time for spring

Hi Ya’ll! I’m very excited to show you my newest make for the Mood Sewing Network! I know everyone is clamoring for spring, and the last thing you want to look at is another reminder that it’s still, alas, winter, but bear with me here because I’m real…

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Turn my blog into a book!

Okay, so I’m a little excited about my blog book that came in the mail!!  One of the main reasons why I blog is to journal about our family vacations, birthdays and everything going on in our lives.  Then I will get my blog printed for the year.   My family LOVES to look through our blog books and they are super easy to make!

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Finished Project: The ‘Georgia’ Maxi Dress.

My boyfriend and I were invited to be guests and witnesses at my friend’s wedding ceremony. I felt so grown up, I’ve never been a witness before!! It was a garden wedding, so of course that called for a beautiful floral dress… who am I kidding, I wou…

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In with the old and out with the new or I’ll be doing some vintage sewing by jove!

Hey pickle pies,

Hope everyone isn’t too wet and wistful after what has according to the news been the rainiest period in the UK in 250 years.  I for one have been soggier than Rich Tea that spent too long in the mug with all the training for the London marathon that I’ve been doing around our rain soaked shoreline.  Although it’s been foul I’ve felt like a titan.

This was me high above B town running 12 miles in 60mph winds and diagonal rain *Rocky face*
The good thing is it’s all for a great cause Age UK who do wonderful work with older people and what’s a little running in biblical weather, chafed boobs, aching limbs and creaking bones when you’re raising £2000.
If you would like to donate then you can find my page at Just Giving.  Any sponsorship is gratefully received πŸ™‚
 In the midst of all the training  I’ve had a little problem with my left knee but thanks to my super physio all appears to be well and with 7 weeks to go I tackled the Brighton half marathon to see if all the stretches and rehab were working.
It turns out all is well and despite getting sunstroke post race I managed the half in 2hr 14 mins, which considering I wasn’t properly hydrated, it was hot, I hadn’t trained for 2 week and it was my knee’s first race outing I was over the flipping moon πŸ™‚
As previously spoken about I will be running the last mile in a handmade dress, which I’ll be able to tell you more about when I get the nod from the dearest darlings at By Hand London.  I will say though I’m bloody well pleased with it!  
The talk of sewing leads me nicely into what this post was meant to be about as opposed to running though I’m afraid when you train for a marathon it kinda takes over a bit and I’ve even been running in my dreams.  The only benefit of this is that waiting on the finish line was the Gos with cocktail in hand. Anywho back to sewing. This time of year is whenever everyone starts making plans for what they want to achieve and I’ve been making them in my head and need to commit them to a post. As fortune would have it one of them was to kick my ass and sew some of the lovely vintage patterns in my cabinet. This ties in nicely with the deliriously pretty Marie of a stitching odyssey who is steering us all to retro glory with her vintage sewing pattern pledge. Some of my favourite bloggers are on board and I can’t wait to see their efforts. So let me make my pledge here and now:
I Rehanon of Miss Demeanour do solemnly swear to make at least three vintage patterns from my stash over the course of 2014 as part of A Stiching Odyssey’s vintage sewing pattern pledge.

There I’ve said it and now it’s gold for go!  I haven’t made up mind completely yet but one that deffo will be featuring is the Good Life dress as I’ll be in the past life if I leave it any longer before making it.  It’s not my usual style but hell with bare feet, home brewed cider and some mud on my face I’m sure I can rock it πŸ™‚

I’m going long sleeved as I need that amount of flounce in my life!
For now though I’m off to run further than I’ve ever run before.  14 miles in total so exactly 0.9 miles more than I’ve ever run before but still πŸ™‚
Love Miss D
xxx
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In with the old and out with the new or I’ll be doing some vintage sewing by jove!

Hey pickle pies,

Hope everyone isn’t too wet and wistful after what has according to the news been the rainiest period in the UK in 250 years.  I for one have been soggier than Rich Tea that spent too long in the mug with all the training for the London marathon that I’ve been doing around our rain soaked shoreline.  Although it’s been foul I’ve felt like a titan.

This was me high above B town running 12 miles in 60mph winds and diagonal rain *Rocky face*
The good thing is it’s all for a great cause Age UK who do wonderful work with older people and what’s a little running in biblical weather, chafed boobs, aching limbs and creaking bones when you’re raising £2000.
If you would like to donate then you can find my page at Just Giving.  Any sponsorship is gratefully received πŸ™‚
 In the midst of all the training  I’ve had a little problem with my left knee but thanks to my super physio all appears to be well and with 7 weeks to go I tackled the Brighton half marathon to see if all the stretches and rehab were working.
It turns out all is well and despite getting sunstroke post race I managed the half in 2hr 14 mins, which considering I wasn’t properly hydrated, it was hot, I hadn’t trained for 2 week and it was my knee’s first race outing I was over the flipping moon πŸ™‚
As previously spoken about I will be running the last mile in a handmade dress, which I’ll be able to tell you more about when I get the nod from the dearest darlings at By Hand London.  I will say though I’m bloody well pleased with it!  
The talk of sewing leads me nicely into what this post was meant to be about as opposed to running though I’m afraid when you train for a marathon it kinda takes over a bit and I’ve even been running in my dreams.  The only benefit of this is that waiting on the finish line was the Gos with cocktail in hand. Anywho back to sewing. This time of year is whenever everyone starts making plans for what they want to achieve and I’ve been making them in my head and need to commit them to a post. As fortune would have it one of them was to kick my ass and sew some of the lovely vintage patterns in my cabinet. This ties in nicely with the deliriously pretty Marie of a stitching odyssey who is steering us all to retro glory with her vintage sewing pattern pledge. Some of my favourite bloggers are on board and I can’t wait to see their efforts. So let me make my pledge here and now:
I Rehanon of Miss Demeanour do solemnly swear to make at least three vintage patterns from my stash over the course of 2014 as part of A Stiching Odyssey’s vintage sewing pattern pledge.

There I’ve said it and now it’s gold for go!  I haven’t made up mind completely yet but one that deffo will be featuring is the Good Life dress as I’ll be in the past life if I leave it any longer before making it.  It’s not my usual style but hell with bare feet, home brewed cider and some mud on my face I’m sure I can rock it πŸ™‚

I’m going long sleeved as I need that amount of flounce in my life!
For now though I’m off to run further than I’ve ever run before.  14 miles in total so exactly 0.9 miles more than I’ve ever run before but still πŸ™‚
Love Miss D
xxx
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No More Brown Guacamole

“Ugh, my guacamole always turns brown!” could top a list of First-World problem statements I’ve caught myself saying.

You’ve heard of First-World problems, right?  They’re some of life’s minor complaints and irritants that those of us who have been blessed beyond measure find ourselves uttering because we have it so.  crazy.  good.
Things that folks in many places around the world couldn’t even comprehend saying because they have much bigger, larger or more urgent worries.  
So while browning guacamole is far from a catastrophe, it is something that I’ve tried, unsuccessfully, to conquer for years…until now.
Sweet Pea Husband gave me an idea a few weeks ago, and ladies and gentlemen, I’m here to share with you that it is a fool-proof, easy and simple solution.
The answer?
Water.
Yes, just water.
(Isn’t it cool that many of life’s issues, whether large or small, often have very simple solutions?)
Here’s how it works:
Make up your fresh guacamole.  Need a recipe?  We like making this simple guacamole:
Eat what you want, share what you want or keep it all for later.  Place in a lidded container:
Smooth the top:

Cover with water so no part of the guacamole is exposed:
Refrigerate until you’re ready to eat or serve, then remove from the fridge:
Simply pour off the water, stir in any minor residual water and enjoy!:
Same guacamole, one day later!
Because avocado has a lot of healthy oils in it, the water doesn’t seep into the guacamole (oil and water don’t mix, right?) and any trace of water you mix into the guacamole doesn’t change the texture or flavor.
Pretty cool, eh?
Life is sweet,
SPC
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No More Brown Guacamole

“Ugh, my guacamole always turns brown!” could top a list of First-World problem statements I’ve caught myself saying.

You’ve heard of First-World problems, right?  They’re some of life’s minor complaints and irritants that those of us who have been blessed beyond measure find ourselves uttering because we have it so.  crazy.  good.
Things that folks in many places around the world couldn’t even comprehend saying because they have much bigger, larger or more urgent worries.  
So while browning guacamole is far from a catastrophe, it is something that I’ve tried, unsuccessfully, to conquer for years…until now.
Sweet Pea Husband gave me an idea a few weeks ago, and ladies and gentlemen, I’m here to share with you that it is a fool-proof, easy and simple solution.
The answer?
Water.
Yes, just water.
(Isn’t it cool that many of life’s issues, whether large or small, often have very simple solutions?)
Here’s how it works:
Make up your fresh guacamole.  Need a recipe?  We like making this simple guacamole:
Eat what you want, share what you want or keep it all for later.  Place in a lidded container:
Smooth the top:

Cover with water so no part of the guacamole is exposed:
Refrigerate until you’re ready to eat or serve, then remove from the fridge:
Simply pour off the water, stir in any minor residual water and enjoy!:
Same guacamole, one day later!
Because avocado has a lot of healthy oils in it, the water doesn’t seep into the guacamole (oil and water don’t mix, right?) and any trace of water you mix into the guacamole doesn’t change the texture or flavor.
Pretty cool, eh?
Life is sweet,
SPC
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FITTING: Reducing neckline gaping – hollow/shallow chest adjustment.

Diagnosing a hollow/shallow chest: On my bodice I noticed there was excess fabric on my front bodice between my ‘apex’ (nipple?!??!!) and the neckline. It looked like the top half of my bodice was “collapsing” on to my chest, because my chest was …

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KWIK Sew 2185 – Men’s Long Sleeve Polo – In Tan and Red!

When I ran across this color combination it was just meant to be.  The two fabrics went perfectly together.  Almost like peanut butter and jelly.  The tan of course is a Ponte Roma Knit (you know me, love that particular kind of knit) an…

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Finished Project & Pattern Review: By Hand London ‘Georgia’, a Valentines Day dress.

I participated in my first ever sewalong, YAY! The Georgia sewalong couldn’t have come at a better time. I was planning on making a Georgia for my friend’s wedding, then when I realised I had time to make a dress for Valentines Day I got right on …

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two very different hats

I usually try to avoid grand, sweeping, generalizations. However, in this instance, I feel pretty safe in saying that for the continent of North America this winter has been one mean mother f*cker! Okay, okay… I actually have no idea what’s going on …

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Spectrum o’ Shirts

Since this is a project about creating a wardrobe, I thought I would do a quick overview of where I am at as far as shirts go. I finally have a small collection of everyday casual shirts. The aqua/green-ish chambray in front, and the narrow blue and white striped shirt behind it are the two […]

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Selling on Etsy.

Hi guys, need your thoughts/ advice/opinions on something.I’ve been sewing for almost 3 years now, and have held on to every single handmade item I’ve made. About 70% of all my handmades are either not my style, don’t fit properly (made straight o…

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Selling on Etsy.

Hi guys, need your thoughts/ advice/opinions on something.I’ve been sewing for almost 3 years now, and have held on to every single handmade item I’ve made. About 70% of all my handmades are either not my style, don’t fit properly (made straight o…

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My Uniquely You Dressform

It’s been a while since I posted here. It occurred to me that I could share my Uniquely You dress form experience.I did a lot of research before I decided to order my new dress form. I watched this video which was a great help. I found my Uni…

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Finished Project: BHL ‘Anna’ in spotty rayon with split.

I want to share with you my second Anna dress. I can’t get enough of this pattern. I wish I could live in this dress, it is so comfortable to wear.I wore it on Saturday for mum’s birthday. My sister Judy  and I took mum to see King Kong Live on St…

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Sewing 911 – Practical and Creative Rescues for Sewing Emergencies by Barbara Deckert

I just wanted to share a new book purchase that I made the other day.  It was a book published in 2001 by Barbara Deckert.  When I came across it on Amazon I was sort of amazed.  It is definitely a sewing book with a twist.  Every s…

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Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 960 Available

We are excited to release another video tutorial series from SewingMastery.com! Now available on YouTube and here on SewingMastery.com is a complete video tutorial series covering the Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 960Q sewing machine. This video tutorial series consists of more than 50 individual videos that spans almost three hours of instruction! The Sapphire™ 960Q is […]

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FITTING: By Hand London ‘Georgia’.

I never thought I would ever say this, but I love making muslins. I was sold on muslins after seeing my finished Anna. All the time spent making adjustments to the muslin was definitely worth it.The Georgia Sewalong kicked off on the 27t…

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Really Natural Mint Chocolate Chip Snow Cream

Here in Sweet Peaville we’re experiencing our sixth, yes sixth, calamity day.  Not sure how I feel about the term “calamity” day since most of our days were far from a calamity; no huge snow or ice event, just cold, cold, cold.But today our calami…

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Free Valentine’s Day Subway Art

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to design a fun Valentine’s Day subway art!  This is a free 8 x 10 printable.  Once you click on the download you can print it directly from your computer OR you can save it to your computer.  If you save it to your computer you can print it off at any photo printing place.

 

You can frame this cute image or Mod Podge it on a canvas.  To Mod Podge it all you need to do is use a foam brush and spread a thin layer on the canvas.   Set the printed picture on top of the canvas.  Let it dry for about 20 min.  Next you will use your foam brush to spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the printed Valentine’s Day subway art!  Enjoy your cute Valentine’s Day decor!

 

-Becky, tcbotb.com

 

Click here to download your free Valentines Day subway art!

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Free Valentine’s Day Subway Art

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to design a fun Valentine’s Day subway art!  This is a free 8 x 10 printable.  Once you click on the download you can print it directly from your computer OR you can save it to your computer.  If you save it to your computer you can print it off at any photo printing place.

 

You can frame this cute image or Mod Podge it on a canvas.  To Mod Podge it all you need to do is use a foam brush and spread a thin layer on the canvas.   Set the printed picture on top of the canvas.  Let it dry for about 20 min.  Next you will use your foam brush to spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the printed Valentine’s Day subway art!  Enjoy your cute Valentine’s Day decor!

 

-Becky, tcbotb.com

 

Click here to download your free Valentines Day subway art!

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