Sewvivor – Who La La Hoots (Who La La Crafts)

I know, I can’t believe it, I’m blogging. Say what?! What can I say, life is busy and it is easy to push things aside. So what could possibly be so intriguing to make me stay up till almost midnight describing something I recently quilted? That’s right, it’s Sewvivor and I thought this year I would throw my name in for consideration!

Since I tend to only blog once a year, I will give a brief summary of what has been happening since October of 2013. My twins turned 5, one lost two teeth this last week and I have been sewing…a lot! I’ve always been interested in quilting and dabbled in it periodically over the years, but as of the last year I have been honing my skills and challenging myself to try new things. My most recent experimentation into the crafty unknown was a swap mini quilt I recently did for the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap (Round 2).

Finsihed Mini

My initial quilt design had to have foxes because of my partners Instagram name. I used Elizabeth Hartman’s adorable Fancy Fox pattern. I love it.

Fancy FoxFancy Fox Three


Then I have liked the Economy block ever since there was an economy block along on Instagram a few months ago. I followed Rita of Red Pepper Quilts tutorial.

Fox and Economy Blocks

The last piece in the puzzle was teeny tiny paper piecing. My partner really liked tiny piecing and I recently came across some rubber stamp paper piecing templates at Goodwill. Thrifted and crafty? Yes please! I’m very much a novice at paper piecing, but have been looking at different tutorials on YouTube to help boost my confidence.

Thrifted stamps

Teeny paper piecing

The last two blocks were a partial dresden and a block I pulled from Patchwork Please by Ayumi Takahashi. A wonderful Zakka project book that oozes cuteness.

Finished top

One final detail took advantage of some English paper piecing and basic applique.

EPP and Applique detail

Overall the mini isn’t perfect, but it stretched me past my comfort zone and made me a little bummed that I didn’t make one for myself! My partner loved it and even blogged about it. I was blushing all day!


Apple Pies in Jars!

I know, it’s been almost a year since I’ve written anything. I stink, but I’ve made peace with it. To make up for my astounding laziness when it comes to blogging, I will attempt to win you over with my apple pie in a jar recipe!

My dad was kind enough to give me a large box of King apples from the tree back home. We think the tree was planted in the early 1900’s when the first house was built on the property. King apples have turned into a heritage breed, not too commonly found as some other high yielding varieties and I’m not one to turn down free apples!

What to do with over 20 pounds of apples? First was homemade canned applesauce, yummy and delicious! Next came the pies in jars, if you haven’t yet experienced a pie in a jar, prepare to be astounded! Using a wide mouth, straight sided half pint canning jar, you press in pie dough, spoon in the filling of your choice and then top with more pie dough or a crumb topping. Next you put on the lid and ring and put it in the freezer. Then in the dead of winter when you need something brighten your dreary day, you pop a pie jar in the oven straight from the freezer. Less than an hour later, your house smells awesome and you’re eating a delicious single serving pie that tastes like it was made fresh! My personal favorite is Strawberry Rhubarb or Apple. I would recommend using hearty fruit pies for freezing, avoiding things like pumpkin etc.

This recipe is for ten crumb topped apple pies with enough filling and crumb topping leftover for a large apple crisp! I apologize for the lack of photos in this post. I wasn’t anticipating  a blog post, but people have asked for the recipe/instructions.



Finished pies and a huge apple crisp!

Apple Pies in Jars and Apple Crisp (if you do not want to make an apple crisp, half the filling AND crumb topping recipe)

Dough (Pate Brisee from Martha Stewart)

  • 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 t of salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup ice water

In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour and salt; pulse to combine. Add butter and mix until it resembles a course crumb with some large pieces of butter remaining. You can mix by hand by cutting butter into flour with a pastry cutter.

With machine running add ice water through feed tub, slowly. Usually a 1/4 cup will do but you may need a bit more. Blend just until the dough holds together without being wet or sticky. Turn dough out on a clean counter/work surface. Divide in half and wrap each in plastic wrap, flattened into a disk. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.



  • 6 pounds of apples, peeled, cored and cut into thin quarter-inch slices. I like to use my apple peeler/corer/slicer. You will need to very coarsely chop the slices as they are going in small jars.
  • 5 T fresh lemon juice (reduce to 4 T if you’re using tart apples)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 t salt

Mix lemon juice, sugar, salt and spices together in a large bowl. Prepare you apples, tossing them frequently in the bowl to prevent browning.


Crumb Topping

  • 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup packed golden brown sugar
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 sticks of chilled, unsalted butter, diced
  • 3/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t freshly grated nutmeg


To Assemble Pies

  1. Roll out chilled dough, one at a time so they stay cold. Cut out a round for the bottom of the jar using a round cookie cutter. The ring lid works great for this, it will come up the sides a little bit, but will help with sealing the seam. Try to limit your flour usage as the dough will not stick to the side of the jar if too much flour is applied. After you cut your round, place it in the bottom of the jar.
  2. Cut out a wide strip dough (roughly 2 1/4″ wide and 10″ long) for the sides of the jar using a small knife or a pie wheel. Stand dough up in the jar and press together the side seam and the bottom seam. As your dough warms up and gets saturated with flour, you may find it easier to press the dough in by hand. You may have some overhang of dough on the top of the jar. Trim with a small knife.
  3. Gently put filling in jars, layering apples in with your fingers to prevent large spaces that would bake down. Don’t be afraid to press the apples down. Leave at least 1/4″ space at the top.
  4. Top with crumb topping, making sure it is flat and level at the top. You may have enough dough leftover to use as a top crust on a couple of jars. Make sure to cut slits for vents and press around the edge with a fork.
  5. Place lids and rings on top tightly and freeze.
  6. Use your leftover filling and crumb topping as an apple crisp in a 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes.
  7. TO BAKE PIES FROM FROZEN, place on Silpat (helps if it bubbles over) bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes then reduce heat to 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Then enjoy your delicious pie that will keep in the freezer for a few months but tastes like you just made it! I have tried baking these pies fresh and found the dough rose out of the jars quite a bit while baking. They tend to bake more neatly from frozen.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie in the dead of winter!

I hope you enjoy your pies in jars. Remember you can use any filling! Be creative. If you opt out of a crumb topping and decide to top with pie dough, you will yield 4-6 pies instead. Let me know how they turn out!

Who La La



I’m still here!

Tonight of all nights I choose to blog, but since I’ve been uncharacteristically glued to the television for the last couple of hours and taking a break from sewing, what else could I do but dust my laptop and fire her up! It’s interesting watching the results, President Obama’s camp waving flags and smiling, long sedate faces at the Romney camp. Whatever side your on, winning or losing, left or right, the thing to take away is that the country is split in two when it comes to political views and we aren’t going to get anywhere unless we work together. We don’t have to convince each other that your wrong and I’m right. My best friend who has starkly different views than me,  mentioned that we could listen to each other and learn where the other is coming from. You hear that Washington?  Just a little?

I know I’ve have been more than slacking lately, well at least when it comes to blogging. I have to say, when the twins started preschool I thought I would have more time on my hands. Ummm…yeah.  Meetings, auction, committees, conferences and volunteering, oh my! Add this to the list of things people never tell you until after you have kids, like how your bladder will never be the same, etc. When my daily to do list goes up on the chalk board everyday, blogging gets pushed down to the bottom. Plus it is also holiday craft fair season, which keeps me sewing up into the wee hours of the morning for days on end. I had my first bazaar last Saturday and it went pretty well, definitely excited to do some more and to get over my nervousness and start my Etsy shop. Two things keep me from jumping in. I’m not sure what to put in my shop policies regarding returns and complaints, it just makes me nervous. Then shipping, what do you charge for shipping? Do you charge a flat fee and just eat it if you under charge? I know these seem inconsequential and I will get over them soon, because I need to start selling some stuff or my husband is going to blow a gasket if one more craft store bag comes into this house! Here’s a little taste of what I’ve been working on and some pictures of my booth!

I managed the Weekender bag!

A cute lunch bag, I can’t wait to make more!

Needle books!

Even bakers get the blues.

PIes in jars for a bake sale, one guy bought a whole case!

Coffee cozies, my husband thinks these are nuts, I sold a bunch. Ah ha ha!

Bunting made with vintage linens.

My booth!

A few of my wares!

You can see a little of my Sugar Plum garland.

My kid’s reward for letting me sew so much.

Doing craft fairs is certainly a lot of work, but when my husband texts me and tells me that one of the girls says, ” Where’s the owl paper? I need it for my craft fair!” Classic!

Hopefully it won’t be so long next time, if it’s been awhile come looking for me, I may be trapped under my ironing board or stuck in a school meeting!

Chicken Pot Hand Pies and some other stuff.

I know I’ve been a little absent the past couple of weeks. We took a family vacation down to San Diego, a trip that included a lot of firsts for the girls. First plane ride, Sea World, first wedding, just to name a few! We ran the girls around and exhausted them, but we had a lot of fun! We were flying down to see my college roommate get married, I love the fact that while we don’t talk everyday and haven’t seen each other in 10 years (!!!) we can still get together and have a wonderful time. I’m touched that she thought of us and included us in her beautiful wedding to a wonderful guy. On a side note, when we were roommates in college, we regularly played tricks on each other. I recall one time she put a used toothbrush that SHE FOUND in my backpack. Imagine my horror on finding that in the middle of class when I was innocently reaching for a highlighter. My senior year, while my parents were visiting to watch my dance ensemble performance, my mom gave me some flowers in a rather hideous vase. I’m sorry, Mom, it was so sweet of you to give me flowers in a point shoe shaped vase! This vase became an inside joke between L and I and we ended up hiding it in each others stuff, houses or care packages to each other. I shipped it to her years ago and assumed it was long gone until I found it in my suitcase. Damn it! I know she had help from my husband, I feel so betrayed. Yet I feel so loved that L kept that ugly vase for all these years and moves. It must say something about our relationship or perhaps it speaks more to the lengths we will go to, to get back at one another.

M posing with the vase. If any of you have any dastardly ways I can get this back to her besides in a package please tell me!

Here’s a few of my favorite shots from the trip.

First airplane ride!

Sea World


My view for breakfast the night after the wedding. Amazing!

Of course after you return home from your vacation, you then naturally feel like you need to go on vacation again as you’re stuck washing clothes, unpacking, trying to get back on schedule and a bevy of other things. Not to mention we only had one day to recover before we sent the girls to school! Yes, school, minus commuting time, that is 3 hours all to myself! Squee! Not like I have a problem filling the time, it goes by in an instant! Now I’m subjecting you to shots of the twins on there first day. Bear with me, proud mommy moment!

First Day!

I actually managed to get a few Pinterest recipes done this last week even though we were in California for part of it. So here is an abbreviated version of my weekly pinterest round up. Fall is upon us, so I’ve been craving soups, stews, slow cooked meals and crusty freshly baked bread. Even though the day was warm, I decided to try this slow cooker Sausage, Bean and Pasta stew that I pinned. This link will take you to the pin.  The prep for this stew was super fast and required no precooking, a pet peeve of mine when it comes to slow cooking anything! The only thing I didn’t like about the stew is that is sucked a lot of the flavor out of the sausages, leaving them a little bland. Still I would make it again, it tasted even better the next day.

Yum, fall soup and bread and it’s only 91 degrees outside.

To go with the soup I wanted to make a loaf of bread and I’ve been dying to make some bread in my dutch oven after I saw a person I follow on instagram post pictures of her amazing results.

My instagram version

I pinned the website she used for the recipe and have been waiting for it to cool down a bit. I was also  little intimidated by the recipe because it rises at room temperature for over half a day, which requires a lot of pre-planning on my part. I ended up mixing the dough at 10pm the night before I needed it and baked the next day at 11am and literally pulled the thing out of the oven, threw it on a cooling rack and raced out the door to pick up the girls. Simply So Good blog has several variations on a wonderful recipe. I went with the cranberry, almond and orange route, but substituted in dried cherries which I’ve been really into lately! Here’s my photo progression of a very successful pin!

Only a few ingredients!



Mine wasn’t very round because I just plopped it in the pot, but I was going for rustic!

Look it worked!

The bread really was so delicious. The blogger has some wonderful looking variations with add ins like gruyere cheese, lemon zest and rosemary. That savory version would have gone better with the soup, but the husband wanted the other one.

Now finally on to my Chicken Pot Hand Pies. This recipe can really be used to make a standard chicken pot pie, free form hand pies, muffin pan pot pies or whatever else you can dream of. The way I made them today I ended up with some extra filling, which you can use to make more chicken pot pie, freeze for later or perhaps use as a filling for the biscuit muffins I did a few weeks ago. I made a recipe of Martha Stewart’s Pate Brisee recipe, which makes enough dough for two crusts. If you’re making hand pies you may want to make a 1 1/2 times recipe. Feel free to use store bought dough as well!

Comfort food on the go.

Chicken Pot Pie (Hand Pies and beyond)


Pate Brisee recipe via Martha Stewart (you can double this if you want to use all your filling if making hand pies)

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, salt, and sugar. Add butter, and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal, 8 to 10 seconds.
  2. With machine running, add ice water in a slow, steady stream through feed tube. Pulse until dough holds together without being wet or sticky; be careful not to process more than 30 seconds. To test, squeeze a small amount together: If it is crumbly, add more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  3. Divide dough into two equal balls. Flatten each ball into a disc and wrap in plastic. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill at least 1 hour. Dough may be stored, frozen, up to 1 month.


  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed (I used 4 small)
  • 2 carrots, peeled and rough chop
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 boullion cube or like item (I like Better than Boullion)
  • 3-4 cups pre-cooked chicken (I use the breasts from a rotisserie chicken)
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 T heavy cream
  • salt and pepper

Put broth in a sauce pan, add boullion and heat to a simmer. Add chopped potatoes and cook until almost tender but still slightly undercooked, 10-15 minutes. In the meantime, melt butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add chopped onions and cook until translucent but not brown, 10-15 minutes. Add flour to onions and butter, stirring constantly, cook for 1-2 minutes, until the raw flour odor goes away. Pour in the broth/potatoes into onion mixture. Cook until mixture thickens and starts to bubble. Season with 1 t of salt and a dash of pepper. Add in 2 T of heavy cream (it adds a wonderful richness, you know in addition to that stick of butter.) Add in carrots, chicken and peas. This makes a chunky filling, you can add more broth if you want. Feel free to throw in your favorite vegetables. Sometimes we throw in edamame or whatever else we have on hand.

1. Onions in butter 2.Broth and potatoes 3.Broth mixed in with onion mixture
4. Finished filling

Take filling off heat and let cool. This is a pretty important step. If you put the hot filling on your pie dough (you know like I did) your dough can become misshapen and tear. If I was more on top of it, I would have pre-made my filling earlier as well as my crust. That way working with colder components, the crust would have baked up a little better.

Preheat you oven to 425 degrees and quickly roll out your dough. You can either make a single large pot pie, free form hand pies (rolling, cutting the dough into rectangles add filling and fold over before sealing) or try one of those handy kitchen gadgets that crap up our kitchens, but actually worked surprisingly well!

1. Cutting pie dough with unnecessary but totally awesome hand pie accoutrement 2. Forming pie
3. Post pressed pie 4.Ready to bake

Lay on your Silpat or cookie sheet lined with parchment, brush the pie with cream or a beaten egg and bake for 15-20 minutes for hand pies or 30 minutes for a single pie.

Voila! You will notice the star shape that was on my pie mold, completely baked out of the pie. My dough and filling were way to warm.

Have a great week!

Why so quiet?

That was a text I got from my gal pal the other day. She was probably wondering why I wasn’t pestering her with a deluge of snarky texts. We do love our banter! The answer is I was struck with a horrible case of Eustachian tube dysfunction caused by seasonal allergies. The whole thing was beyond weird, I had no symptoms of my allergies except for an earache which promptly turned into intense throbbing and a trip to urgent care. A pile of allergy medication and pain pills later, I had to endure 4 days of horrible pain and stabbing ear popping once the medication finally started to work. I was not a fine companion, I will admit. It wasn’t as bad as labor, I had twins without pain medication, but at least with labor you’re working towards something. In the end you will have cute, crying, slimy babies to hug. With a throbbing ear, not so much. Luckily, the ear is on the mend and the pain has finally gone away. I was skeptical believing my doctors that it would go away with our antibiotics, but of course they were right as they calmed me over the phone when I was worried when my ear was leaking.

Mmm, pile of medication.

So the crazy ear thing is my excuse for not getting too much done over the past ten days. I did get a few minor things done. I read the entire Little House on the Prairie books, it’s been a long time! I made some coffee cake muffins the other day using Ina Garten’s sour cream coffee cake recipe, I replaced the sour cream with some fat free plain greek yogurt and they turned out delicious. I don’t have pictorial proof of said muffins, however, because I over filled the muffin cups and they looked…well…not so good. Lesson learned, don’t over fill muffin cups. They served their purpose though by making the house smell nice and yummy when the assessor came. No funky house here!

The girl’s and I also went to Oaks Park for preschool day, we met their cousins and had a nice time going on some rides.

See aren’t they cute?

The girls are also getting ready to go to school (insert angels singing OOOOOOOOooooo) which will leave me with some unaccustomed free time. I’m hoping to fill it with going to the gym, sewing and generally getting my s*&% done without constant interruption. I decided to make little bags for school. I used a wonderful free pattern for a poochie bag by the Happy Zombie, you can find it here. It’s a great little bag that only takes 3 fat quarters to make! I used a coated cotton for the liner, so the girls can use it for a wet bag if they have any accidents at school. I also used flannel, which looked cute, but made for a bulky bag. Next time I would opt for something a little thinner.

One done and one in progress!

Done and packed!

I got my machine back from the shop, they could find nothing wrong with it and when they tried it the seams looked straight. What the heck? I jumped right into this project and it was working fine for me. My next project is the Amy Butler Weekender bag I mentioned a couple of posts ago. Except when I was working on the piping last night, what came back but that wonky stitching. Gah! I am currently waiting for my sister in law to deliver my mom’s extra machine, yeah! Hopefully it will see me through the holiday sewing season and perhaps I can save up enough to get an upgrade.

In my last post I promised a chili recipe that finally satisfied my husbands picky palette. I’ve fiddled with it a little bit and think it’s a winner. It’s made with ground turkey which lightens it up a bit and has a lovely rich quality from cocoa powder and molasses.

Turkey and Bean Chili adapted from Everyday Food makes 8 servings

  • 4 strips bacon cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 pounds ground turkey (7% fat)
  • 3 large onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup minced garlic cloves
  • 1 medium fresh jalapeno, seeded and minced. Use two if you like it spicy
  • 3 T chili powder
  • 3 T cocoa powder, unsweetenend
  • 4 t ground cumin
  • 2 cans whole tomatoes in puree (28 oz each)
  • 2 T unsulfered molasses
  • coarse salt
  • 3 cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • toppings of your choice; cheddar cheese, sour cream, chips, crumbled cornbread, cilantro etc.

Use a big pot, 5 quarts! Heat over medium heat, add bacon and cook until crisp and brown. Raise heat to high and add turkey, cook, breaking up the meat, until now longer pink.

Add onion, garlic and jalapenos; cook until soft, stirring often. Stir in chili powder, cocoa powder and cumin. Cook, stirring until fragrant.

Break up tomatoes with your hand and stir them in, along with the puree. Be careful here, I sprayed tomato all over myself! Add molasses, 1 cup of water and 4 teaspoons of salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer; cook, partially covered 30 minutes.

Add beans and continue to cook until meat and beans are tender and chili has thickened. About 30 minutes. Serve with toppings of your choice. This is a yummy one and it tastes even better as leftovers! Enjoy!

The sewing machine is here, let’s hope it works! Hopefully my next post will have a picture of my new weekender bag!

Bon Appetit!

Julia and Paul Child

Did you just say that in your best Julia Child voice? Today was Julia Child’s 100 birthday, to celebrate I thought I would try to make something out of her first cookbook. I know Julia’s gotten quite a bit of play over the last few years, largely in part to the movie, Julie and Julia. I did like the movie, and I had previously read both books that inspired the movie. Did you know it is based on two books? The first is, My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud’Homme,  is a wonderful story detailing much of Julia and Paul Child’s life overseas and in France. Basically all the Julia parts in the movie were based on this book. I highly recommend reading it! The other book is, Julie and Julia by Julie Powell, detailing Julie’s year cooking every recipe in Julia Child’s cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking and blogging about it. An o.k. book, but I think I’m just cheesed off that I didn’t think of it first. For me I found Julie Powell a little unsavory as a person, thus I didn’t like her book as much. Then they have Amy Adams play her character in the movie and she’s adorable so it’s hard to not like her. I did read Julie Powell’s second book, Cleaving, and I’m a little ashamed to say that I wrote such a scathing review on Goodreads about it, I feel just a little guilty. Then again, I had to waste my time reading the book.

I digress, I’m here to celebrate Julia, so I used her pate choux recipe and made cream puffs. I used a filling recipe from Flour by Joanne Chang, what she uses in her eclairs and cream puffs. Then I topped it with a simple chocolate ganache, 1 part cream to 2 parts chocolate. The whole project left me a little harried because I decided to bake on the same day I had to clean the whole house and it was 100 degrees outside. Yikes, but I really shouldn’t complain, I got to eat a cream puff.

The things I do for you Julia!

Making the custard base for the filling.

I have to be honest here, I have made this filling before, but this time I found that it turned out very gummy. It tasted good and it wasn’t grainy. It was very firm after it chilled, so I ended up throwing it in my mixer and adding some cream to loosen it up a bit. It had to be soft enough to fold in with whipped cream. Luckily the fix worked.

Making the pate choux. Easier than you think!

The puffs, before and after baking. Success!

This is the filling, the custard mixed with whipped cream, then piped in the into the puffs.

Bon appetit and happy birthday to a wonderful lady!

One of my girls, licking her plate clean.

In my last post I may have mentioned that I was going to attempt to have a garage sale with only 3 days to prep. I have since seen reason and decided to have it in September. I’m not totally crazy! Next post I’m sharing a chili recipe with you that has finally gotten my husband’s approval. It only took ten years to find it!

Did I do anything this week?

I don’t think I did any Pinterest recipes this week. I got a stack of Everyday Food magazines for free, so I ended up raiding those for recipes.  Seriously, did I do anything this week, except try not to lose my mind? A normal day usually consists of breaking up a few twin fights, but throw a 9 year old boy into the mix and things can get interesting. I do enjoy seeing my nephew, but by Friday, the kids were getting a little used of each other so fighting was becoming more and more frequent. Throw my 35 year old somewhat excitable down syndrome sister into the mix, let’s just say I haven’t had a lot of time for extra curricular activities. Thanks goodness for weekends (nephew with his pops), naps/quiet time (twin A is asleep, twin B happily playing in play room), Harry Potter marathons (sis is happily watching) and VH1 top 100 songs of the 90’s (great background music for blogging)!

Here’s my nephew…asleep in a box.

I did clean up my craft room, if you’re lucky enough to have a crafting space all your own, you know how it’s in a constant state of mess. The severity of the mess is what is up for debate. After volunteering at my church garage sale, my craft room became the dumping grounds of any new treasure I found and anything that my husband didn’t know what to do with. It’s clean now and with my sewing machine in the shop for some sort of mysterious sickness (*sniff*), perhaps it will stay decent for a little while. I didn’t start any new projects this week, but I finished a few, which as you know can be a challenge!

I attached hardware on this vintage letterpress tray and hung it up for a new thread holder. I love it, much more room!

I did see this pin I found on Pinterest awhile ago. I was thought it was such a cute dress and then I realized I owned the pattern and had even cut out the dress, just didn’t sew it yet. Do you ever do that? Luckily I finished it this week.

I finally finished this dress for my friend’s daughter. I had cut extra fabric for a second bow for a matching headband. I still have to make the companion doll dress. Give me another year.

This is what my machine is doing. See how the straight stitch is wonky? That’s not going to work for me.

Hopefully they can fix the wonky stitch on the machine. I have a lot of projects coming up and I can’t really shell out the clams for a new machine. One of the projects I want to do is make a new carry on bag for our upcoming trip to California. I have several serviceable bags I could use, but what’s more fun staying up late, sweating, bleeding and swearing over an ambitious sewing project? Nothing, that’s right. I have thought about hitting a discount store and looking for a Pan Am like, weekender retro inspired bag. I love those things, you don’t even know, it’s probably the main reason I watched the show. Here are my two options. Let me know what you guys think! Bag A or Bag B? It will used to haul a bunch of snacks and entertaining items for the twins.

Bag A or Bag B?

I hope you all have a wonderful week! I’m hoping to have a garage sale next weekend with only 4 days to prep for it. Did I mention I’m a little crazy?