Hawthorn Progress

I’ve been dragging my feet on finishing the Hawthorn pattern. I’m practically done at this point… minus all those button holes.  

I decided to leave the sleeves on and bind the armholes with bias tape. It’s just pinned closed right now, sitting on my dress form. I’m just so anxious I’m going to screw it up with the buttonholes! I have such a hard time getting everything to line up and look nice. I think I might just need to measure and mark their placement about a million times before I start. Wish me luck! I’m hoping to have this beauty finished by the end of the week. I have a few other projects lined I’m that I REALLY want to start, but I need to start finishing things before I get excited about something new. 

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Project Life Week Three



I need to set up a studio box to get decent pictures of the full layouts for project life. I didn’t bother this week, since they’re were a few photos I’d rather keep off the internet included in this layout. Nothing scandalous! Sometimes it’s nice to reel back your over share every once in awhile. I used cards from the Dear Lizzy Fifth and Frolic kit. It’s my first core kit, and it definitely makes things much easier and quicker! I’m still kind of afraid I’ll get bored with it, but worse comes to worse I can sell whatever is left on eBay right? 

I’ve been considering breaking out my type writer to do the journal-ling for project life, instead of my hand writing. I know that personal penmanship is well, personal. Sometimes I really wish it was nicer looking though. Oh well, I guess we will see if I like the results on week four! 

Baked Sweet Potato Chips

This is definitely a favorite snack of mine. While a bit more labor intensive than say opening a bag of chips, these are perfect for a lazy summer afternoon. I use a mandolin slicer to cut my potatos, I have this one. It’s nothing to write home about, but it gets the job done. 

Anyway, here’s the easiest recipe ever. 

You’ll need:

    • 2 sweet potatos
    • seasoning (I’m all about this perfect pinch Asian seasoning right now, so that’s what I used. It’s got no salt or MSG!  )
    • Lemon juice
    • Melted Coconut oil for brushing on pan

     

    Heat your oven to 400 degrees. I started by slicing my two sweet potatoes (with skins) using my mandolin slicer. I like to cut mine a bit thicker, so it’s more fry than chip, but the thinner you cut them the crispier they’ll get. I put them into a bowl of water with a splash of lemon juice while I prepared the pans. 

     

    Melt about two tablespoons of coconut oil to brush over the bottom cookie sheet. I also like to use foil to insure nothing sticks and it’s easy to clean up! Dry your slices and place in a single layer on the cookie sheets. For two potatoes I had to use two cookie sheets. The single layer thing is important! Season generously with your seasoning of choice! Then I melt a bit more oil to drizzle over the top of the slices.  

    I don’t really have a set time I cook them for, but after about 15 to 20 minutes I start watching them to make sure they don’t burn! Once they’re done to your liking serve them hot with something to dip them in. Tonight my choice was some BBQ sauce.  

     

    Enjoy! Lemme know what your favorite seasoning is with these tasty snacks. 

    WIP: Poppy Field Hawthorn

    I’m finally making progress on my Hawthorn! I think it has a lot to do with the fact that it’s been 100 degrees this week, and the mere thought of stepping outside induces boob and knee sweat. Here’s where I’m at currently.  

    The bodice is together, the skirt is pinned to my dress form. I really like the collar, but it is VERY bulky. Another note, you’ll need to sew the short edge of your collar with a 1/4 seam allowance, versus the 5/8th, to get it to match the neckline. Sewing it 5/8th’s it came up too short. From what I gather from the Flickr group, this isn’t just a problem I’m having. Also one of the darts on the bodice seems to have the sizes labelled in reverse. Not a huge deal, but a bit out of the ordinary for Colette’s normal perfectionism. The top and skirt are pattern matched, but not at the waist seam. I didn’t worry about it, because I plan on making a belt to cover it. Plus this pattern was very hard to me to match up well. 

    I do have one thing to ask you dear readers! Should I add the short sleeve, or bind the armholes with bias binding? I’m torn, they both look good!  

    I also I am no longer a red  head! It was fun while it lasted, but I didn’t want to have to keep bleaching my roots. That and the red dye faded probably twice as fast as any other color. I went back to my old standby, black.  

    This color has always felt the most me. It doesn’t hurt that it looks awesome with my favorite red lippies either.  

    Hope everyone is staying cool!  

    Like I needed another hobby.

    So I’ve been fortunate enough to take three pretty big deal vacations this year. Brian and I went to LA, San Francisco, and Puerto Rico. We of course have a tons of photos. I love being able to share them online, but sometimes it’s just nice to have physical copies. I used to be really big into traditional scrap-booking, and still had some supplies. So I printed out 200 of our 500 pictures from San Francisco alone and spent some time at the craft store. I found out about project life. It’s kind of like a scrap-booking/photo album hybrid. I think most people use it to document everyday life. It’s faster and easier than traditional 12×12 layouts, but still pretty rewarding. I’ve starting futzing around with some of the pages and have been pretty pleased with the as of yet unfinished results. 




    Excuse my weirdly distorted iPhone panoramas of the spreads, and gross pet name for Brian. It’s kind of funny that I’m documenting a way to document things, how meta. They kind of look a hot mess right now, and they probably will when they’re done too. But really, I’m kind of a hot mess so it’s good representation. I plan on definitely scrap-booking all of our vacations from this year, and maybe starting a weekly one as well.  I always loved looking at my grandparents scrap books, they’re so much more personal than a photo album or photo book. Is this something worth blogging even? I know my readers are all pretty crafty, but I’m fairly certain scrap-booking is pretty uncool currently. Do any of you scrapbook or do project life? What are your favorite resources? I’m really out of the loop in this regard. 

    I do find this system much easier to get together than traditional scrap-booking though! With the pockets you use less paper, and have more freedom in going a little embellishment crazy. I still need to actually purchase an album to put them in, right now I just have the inserts. I figure there’s no rush while I’m still working on everything though. I also need to purchase a better pen. I didn’t have anything acid free so I just lightly penciled stuff in until then. 

    For those of you wondering about Hawthorn, don’t worry. I finally got her cut out and will have a bit of free time to get caught up on the sew along today and tomorrow. I’m also working a bit more on the porch this weekend, so hopefully I’ll be able to finish that up. Obviously I needed another hobby, because it’s not like I don’t already have to many projects to finish! 😉

    Recently

    You’ll have to excuse my lax posting schedule this past week. I’ve been having a really good and productive summer, which doesn’t always gel so well with keeping the blog up to date. Also it’s just nice to unplug sometimes! 

     

    DiamondBack

    Went to King’s Island yesterday and rode two of my favorite rides. The first, which is a video, is Diamond Back! That first drop is a doozy! Then there’s the classic, The Flight Of Fear which is in the dark and totally a spooky alien theme going on.  

    Tea Steeping

    I’ve been drinking my own body weight in Starbuck’s passion iced tea, and eating many many delicious summer salads. 


    Also I’ve been picking up some house work slack! We reghung our crooked TV and strung all the cords through the walls. I also have started the seed of what I hope to be a cozy sitting area on the deck. I still need about 1000 more coats of red paint on the door, but it’s coming together slowly.  

    Rain Rain Go Away

    Now if I could just get it to stop raining, my summer would be set.  

    Things I’d like to accomplish this week

    • Get some more organization in the sewing room, my fabric stash is getting a little unruly. 
    • Finish painting the front door. Red always takes like three times more coats than you think it will.  
    • Maybe mulch? 
    • Continue working on Hawthorn. I’ve got everything cut, by am keeping pace with the sew along. I’ll have some sewing that needs to be done tonight. 
    • Work on organizing the closet. 
    • Work on some basement organization. 
    • Finish reading Gone Girl.  

    Doesn’t seem to crazy right? Hope everyone is having as nice of summer as I am though!