My Sewing Experiments: Part One

Sewing has always been one of those things that has eluded me. I don’t know if it is cause I just didn’t try or just wasn’t interested in it, but I really, really want to be interested in it. Home Economics class in Junior High was the first time I ever remember using a sewing machine + I can’t say it was that eventful. I think we made pin cushions… or was it a bean bag? Who knows. Either way it didn’t really make an impression on me. As I got older, I thought it might be interesting to try and sew some things, but never got into it. Instead I taught myself how to knit more involved pieces + finally taught myself how to crochet to add another dimension. I still knit + crochet, but sewing was ever looming on my list of things to learn.

I found some felt patterns on Etsy that I fell in love with from Little Hibou Shoppe. All of Tina’s patterns are adorable + come with really easy to follow instructions. I finished a few pieces in no time + felt pretty good about them. My first attempt at sewing was a success. However, I still wanted to try my hand at a sewing machine. No doubt, sewing machines are intimidating if you’ve never used one before!

My amazing husby bought me a Brother CP6500 (he is awesome, huh!). I picked up some fabric for my first project + went for it. I made this skeleton doll for our baby girl (Zumi is such a good model, holding up the doll for me).

 

The doll didn’t come out that bad, but I did learn some lessons. Jumping right in with a jersey fabric was not the best idea… it is stretchy + bunched up when I started sewing. I had no clue how to adjust tension on my machine or what adjusting tension even meant. Not to mention, I chose a project with a million pieces as my first one. I felt lost, but pushed through + finished it.

As I was perusing my usual blog list, I came across a discount on e-courses over at A Beautiful Mess. I took advantage of their summer sale + bought their e-course, “DIY Dress Up” (as of today, they no longer offer this e-course, but offer other great courses that you should check out).

I’ve made it through the first two courses, a bow (I made mine into a hair clip) + a magazine tote bag. I have to say, I’ve already learned a lot, but I still have a LONG way to go!

 

 

I can’t wait to get through more projects + expand my sewing capabilities. Hopefully I can tackle some dresses for our baby girl soon!

~Katie

Recipe Roundup

After traveling for a few days + lots of restaurant food, it was nice to get home + be back in the kitchen. We love cooking with each other + being home. We’ll take it any day over a night out at a restaurant. Here are a few of the recipes that have hit the table since being home:

Perfect Pancakes via A Beautiful Mess with Slow-Cooked Hoisen + Ginger Pork via TheKitchn + basic scrambled eggs ~ Husby loves pancakes! We didn’t have buttermilk at the house, so I ended up substituting regular milk with white vinegar. A trick I found online + they tasted great.

 

Chilled Summer Rolls via Skunkboy Blog with Slow-Cooked Hoisen + Ginger Pork via TheKitchn ~ It took me a few tries to find rice paper wrappers, but did finally find them at Fresh Market. Husby + I had soo much fun making these together on a Sunday afternoon for lunch. I’ll definitely be keeping these in rotation this summer!

 

Spicy Citrus Fish Tacos + Lemon Lime Shrimp Tacos via instructables with grilled eggplant + zucchini ~ the fish tacos called for a chili rub, but didn’t specify any particular type. We used the Sweet Chili Rub via the Marinades & Rubs book.  The shrimp tacos turned out great, but I think we were iffy on the fish tacos. Maybe it was the rub that we chose, not quite sure. I have yet to find a great recipe for non-breaded fish tacos.

 

Do you have a great recipe for fish tacos? I’d love to hear your suggestions!

~katie

Recipe Roundup

Cooking is definitely one of my favorite things to do. Here is another roundup of some of my favorite recipes!

 

Nutella Sandwich Cookies via A Beautiful Mess

 

Blueberry Bagels via Food Coma

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookies via Food Network Magazine

 

Double Chocolate Cookies with a Peppermint Patty Surprise via Rachael Ray Magazine

 

Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Ginger Cookies via Rachael Ray Magazine

 

Spent Beer Grain Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via Draft Magazine

 

That is it for this week! Give them a try to see if you like them.

~katie

Recipe Roundup

I love to cook + bake… a lot. Especially while husby is deployed, I do more baking so I can send him care packages. Here is a roundup of a few of my favorites as of late:

Spiced Cider Whoopie Pies w/ Cinnamon Cream Cheese Filling via A Beautiful Mess

 

Asiago-Garlic-Herb Bread via Draft Magazine — this recipe calls for spent beer grains, which I saved after husby’s last brew session!

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel “Rice Krispie” Treats via Food Coma – I don’t personally like chocolate, but this was a big hit with the boys overseas

 

Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies via Food Network Magazine

 

Apple Pie Pop-Tarts via A Beautiful Mess – I cut mine into hedgehogs… why not!

 

I hope you try some of these recipes! They are all well worth the kitchen time and delicious.

~katie