Lisette Portfoilio Dress

So I’m pretty much a pattern hoarding. I figured it was about time I start working my way through a lot of my  Big 4 (simplicity, butterick, mccalls, & vouge) patterns. Not to mention some of my fabric stash. I completed 

the Lisette Portfolio Dress (simplicity 2245)

 It’s a quick sew, but I did manage to fudge it up a bit. I thought I could get away without stay stitching the neckline, or using interfacing. I was very wrong. I ended up have to turn the neckline over and stitch it down because it was so warped and wobbly looking. But other than that little snafu I really like this dress. It looks good on with a belt. I was going to take some pictures of me in it but got a bit shy at the last second.

Pictures of it on me…

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Sweet Potato & Lentil Curry

Ingrediants

2Tbs. Red Curry Paste

2Tbs. Minced Garlic

1/3Tsp. Turmeric

1Tsp. Red Pepper Flakes

1/2Tsp. Cinnamon

1/2Tsp. Ginger

1 Cup Green Lentils

1 Lb Cubed sweet potato

1 red onion diced

1 Small can coconut milk

1/2 cup Osborne Sweet Cream Sherry

1 Can Fire Roasted Crushed Tomatoes

2Tbs. Olive oil

Sour Cream/ Yogurt

Add oil and spiced (including curry paste) into hot cast iron dutch oven. Saute over medium high heat for about a minute. Add onions and sweet potato. Cook until onions are clear/cooked.  Add sherry, cook for another few minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, reduce to medium-low. Cook until lentils are tender.

Serve with sour cream or yogurt.

This is a great recipe to use up all the left over sweet potatoes I have at the end of the week. It’s a bit on the spicy side, but really filling and wonderful!

To – Do

I’ve got a bit of a stomach bug at the moment. I feel pretty miserable. That aside though I have a pretty big list of stuff I’d like to get done these done before Winter.

Outdoors

  • Clean deck and siding
  • Trim back trees
  • Clean up yard waste 
  • Paint Porch & Porch Swing $
  • Weather strip front door
  • Buy Ladder $
  • Clean out gutters 
  • Kill weeds in sidewalk cracks 
  • Spray foundation/deck for spiders

Bedroom

  • Prep Walls in future bedroom for paint
  • Paint Walls in future bedroom
  • Ikea trip for bedroom shelves/desk $
  • Move bed downstairs
  • Install new curtain rod  $

Basement

  • Pick up basement 
  • Sweep and clean floors and walls
  • Install new shelving $
  • Clean and organize sewing area
  • Clean washer and dryer area
  • Paint concrete floors $
  • Change Filter in furnace 
  • Have furnace check before heat needs to be turned on $
  • Paint paneling 

Kitchen

  • Get water filter fixed $
  • Organize/ Clean out pantry
  • Get new light bulb for fridge
  • Touch up chalk board paint on fridge

House Misc. 

  • Paint all trim in house
  • Install thresholds in living room $ 
  • Install Thresholds in Bathroom & New Bedroom $
  • Prep walls for paint
  • Install wooden blinds $ 
  • Buy chaise lounge add on for sofa $
  • Move love seat upstairs to dressing room/office
  • Invest in more garment racks for dressing room $
  • Buy Fiddle Leaf Fig $

Sewing & Creatures Of The Night

I have been slacking on my sewing. I probably could have finished my 1940’s bra last night, but I had pork tacos and

Just Dance 3

to attend to. Priorities right? 

So after about an hour of sweating my butt off dancing, I decided it was time to call it a night and retire to the pet pile that is our bed. All was good and snugly until about four AM. The dog and cat were going BANANAS. They were both running back and forth, the cat careening through the air running into everything and making the most noise possible.

I was pretty perturbed considering I had two hours before I had to wake up for work. I figured that cat was in a tizzy because he was hungry or something so Brian gets up to feed him and he doesn’t follow. That should of been the first clue something was right. The cat will literally jump down the stairs, even from the top, if he has any inkling that it might result in the slightest chance of food. Brian comes back upstairs and turns on the light.

It takes a minute for us to realize that something is flying around the top of our low, cape cod, 1/2 story bedroom. It looks like a big, fast, bug. As our eyes adjust we realize it’s a bat.

There’s a

bat

, freaking out, about to be murdered by our resident cat assassin. I’d really rather the pets or the people not touch Dracula, rabies is a very real thing.

We try to get Count Chocula to fly out an open window, but he is for real super dumb, and instead just flies in manic circles. Oh and by we, I mean Brian. I’m usually not a baby about anything, especially animals. I grew up in and around many farms, was in 4-H, and have seen my far share of slaughter for food. In fact I kind of champion bats for eating mosquito’s and other nastiness.

But lets be real, when you wake up in the middle of the night to something swooping around in your room, you lay under the covers and make your boyfriend deal with it.

Anyway Nosferatu was successfully maneuvering the cat and had perched himself on the curtain rod above the open window. We (Brian) took a laundry basket and kind of bumped him down until he flew out the window.

Last night was the official end of sleeping with the windows open. We had screens in, but I guess one must have been a bit ajar. Bats only need 5/8ths of an inch to get in somewhere. I’m going to check the small crawl space that is our attic to make sure we don’t have a roost going. I’m also going to put a few bat boxes down at the opposite end of the yard, a quarter acre away.


Bats of the world, please eat all the bugs you like, just stay out of my bedroom.

Have you ever had any “creepy” animal encounters? 

White Wood Floors

I know like many other people I’ve lusted after the very Swedish painted white wood floors. I had just the room to do it in too! The “guest bedroom” Which really is just a catch-all room where laundry and extra furniture ended up. While it has wood floors they weren’t very nice. Gouged and stained from the previous owner. Check out the listing photo to see what I mean…

They actually look much better there than they do in real life. 

I know some people feel very strongly about painting wood. I don’t though, and since it’s my house you really shouldn’t care if I paint a very shitty wood floor. 

I started off sanding what little finish remained on the floors. 

Then I put two coats of primer down.

There was some staining that still came through the primer, I though about using kilz… but I got lazy.

Then I used valspars paint and primer for three more coats in a satin finish. High gloss is really hard to keep clean on a floor. 

Then since the floor is so so white, the rest of the at least 20 year old paint looked awful and yellow. So We set to paint all the trim with the same valspar paint. Also decided on a few samples for a new wall color.

Behold! The world’s worst iPhone panorama! It looks 100 times better even in this halfway complete state. I’m waiting on the floor to be completely dry before I start working on prepping the walls for paint though. It’s been about three days and it’s still kind of tacky. Cincinnati has been pretty humid, so I’m not going to pull my hair out if it takes more than a week to dry.

 I’m considering putting a poly top coat on, but that might be more hassle than it’s worth. I’ve heard that back in the old days, people would paint their woods floors once a year in the spring to keep up with maintenance. That seems really doable. Even if it’s just to touch up scuffs. 

We decided to go with Belle Grove Aloe Green by valspar for the walls.(It’s the paint sample on the left wall in the picture above.)

It looks a bit more blue on our walls than in the sample. It’s pretty soothing though, which is good, because this room is going to our new bedroom, surprise!

The whole bedroom dreaming moodboard has actually been set into motion.

While I love how much room we have in the loft, summer+not the greatest insulation+second floor bedroom=cranky Paige. It gets VERY hot. 

One day we are ideally going to gut and redo the upstairs, adding more vents and insulation. Until that day though, I can’t handle the heat. I also have this really unreasonable fear that one of the huge trees surrounding our house will fall and kill me while I sleep. I’m obviously really reasonable. 

There’s still a bit of one stain that peeks through. Our bed will be over it though, so I’m not too concerned. There’s still so much work that needs to be done in this room, but I’ll keep everyone updated! 

The Perfect Picnic

The Perfect Picnic

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It’s getting close to my favorite time of year to be outside, the end of summer. Temperatures become much more tolerable than when august started. The humidity also starts dropping, as well as the mosquitoes.  Perfect picnic weather. Even if you’re just having a little backyard get together, it’s worth getting outside!

This weekend I made some serious progress on my painted white wood floors. The room feels really fresh and bright! Not quite done yet though. 

What’s your perfect picnic? How was your weekend?  

VV 1940’s Bra

I finally got my wearable muslin together. I used a cotton lawn. Overall it’s pretty darn comfy. More a bralette than actual bra though, especially for us more well endowed ladies. I didn’t line it since this was a muslin, and just finished the seam edges on the inside. The fit is pretty spot on, and I can’t wait to do sew a more finished version.

Love the cup support details!