Monday, March 24, 2014

Just for fun...

I entered this for a geek photography contest. I didn't win, but I wanted to share it with you!

What happened after the Rebels fled.



I took that picture myself. On Hoth. After a ride in the Tardis. ;)

Or maybe it was Pennsylvania. I forget.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Using the Washi pattern as a top

Hello!

I haven't been posting (like usual) but I have been over-the-top busy with sewing. I decided to expand my business into sewing Orthodox liturgical items like vestments and paraments. Phew! My kitchen really is my personal sweat shop these days.

Any who, I thought I would share some clothing that I made using the Made by Rae Washi expansion pack. I think the Washi is one of my favorite patterns- it works so well with many fabrics and is quite easy to sew. You can make dresses or tops out of the same pattern. The new pattern expansion includes new necklines and sleeve variations.


This one is a chambray Washi, lined with a floral cotton. I did not use the expansion pack for this one. If I remember correctly, it was released later that day (after sewing) and I needed fifty cups of tea to recover from the horrid timing.


I always like how the linings look.


I made this one in a very soft cotton. It was my favorite. I don't think it looks home-made. At least I hope not, haha! I always worry when people ask me if I made what I was wearing.



I never said anything at the time, but I had another miscarriage the week of Christmas. It was pretty rough- I sewed a lot to help myself feel better.


I made this throw quilt as a Christmas gift as well. Quilt making is not for me! It is amusing how various forms of sewing attract and detract people. Maybe someday I will like quilting, ha.


Sure, this photo is like three months late, but I have to share the awesome. The Defiant as a Christmas tree ornament!!! (For non-nerds- it is from Star Trek Deep Space Nine, which has my heart)


And to continue with a theme- Star Trek Christmas Cookies!


Monday, February 10, 2014

Half whole wheat bread


I have been making our bread for about a year now. I have experimented with the recipe a lot to come up with my own version. I always have trouble with whole wheat recipes, but this works very well.

Half Whole Wheat Bread:

3 C. Whole Wheat Flour
3 C. Unbleached (pretty please) white flour
1 Tbsp Salt
4 Tbsp Sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp yeast
2 C Water
1/3 C Luke-warm Water

Combine the ingredients all together then mix/knead with stand mixer (or your poor hands). I use the dough hook to knead for about 8 minutes, but I never really time it. I check for doneness by either neglecting it for so long I KNOW it is done, or I do the stretch test by pinching a piece of dough in my fingers and seeing if it is stretchy (that means the gluten is activated). Cover the bowl with a cloth for about an hour, or until it has doubled in size. After first rise, grease pans, put dough in pans and start preheating the oven to 350. It takes about half an hour for the last rise. Bake for 30 minutes.

I use a cast iron bread pan. I love it! You can get one on Amazon for $23.

Happy bread making!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

What have I been up to?

Sewing sewing sewing.

But they were Christmas presents, so I didn't want to post anything. ;)

Any who, I have my Etsy shop stocked with cool re-usable notebook covers. Here is some photo spam:




They are each $10 + $2 shipping. 


They are designed to fit those plentiful and boring composition notebooks. 

Just in time for Christmas! (jk jk jk)

If you want, you can buy this pattern PDF and make your own. It is a pattern by Ginger Cake.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Fun sewing: mock ups for re-sizing my 18th century Robe a l'Anglais

So, years and years ago I made this dress:




I got this to count as an independent study in college, so I got college credit for it. Sweet, right? Any who, it was snug back then. Now? Heh. I just can't get it to fit quite right. I am 99.9999999% sure I screwed up the front closures slightly (massively?) and now those problems are exaggerated with the two children later sizing problem.

I don't have a picture, but whenever I have worn it to parties (what would I give for a good re-enactment encampment!) I just pin a silk scarf over it to hide the fact that it can't close all the way.

I also decided that it could also do with some fun trim and I just scored some antique ribbons and lace from a junk shop. Also, the figure would look a lot better/fuller with a small pannier, so I improvised with pillows on my dress form until I make one.


Fun, right? Everything is crooked since it is just pinned in place. The pinkish color fabric in the middle of the bodice is called a stomacher. Right now it is just a piece of modern print scrap fabric. I think I want to make the real one with a burgundy silk, but I have a lot of other color ideas too.


 I like the ribbons, I think. I have found a lot of period dresses tied with ribbons. Obviously, when sewing in place they would be ironed and straight.


When the skirts are hiked up in the back, it is called a la Polonaise. This is the popular shepherdess style that you often see in movies.


As you can see, it is a lot wider in these new pictures compared to when I wore it a million years ago. That is because I added a mock pannier to the dress form.


I wish it wouldn't be socially awkward to wear this to the grocery store.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Geek shirt series: Doctor Who

I prefer to think of myself more of a geek than a nerd. Give me some Tolkien or Star Trek and we are good to go.

Any who, I have been collecting these shirts for a while and thought it would be fun to share them. I will try to include links were I can if you are a geek at heart and want to get one too.

Today is Doctor Who.


This is my fake Christmas sweater. I got it on Zulily a few weeks ago. Zulily often circulates merchandise, so it will probably be around again. I got it for about $12.


Ah, geekdom at its finest. On episode "Blink" one of the characters mentioned having this t-shirt. So it is an inside joke among Whovians. All very Timey- wimey and such. You can get it on Etsy from Starshipmates. It is about $20.


I love this one. Belle meets the Doctor. So cool! Haha. It is available form Threadless. If you wait for sales, every few months they have a $10 shirt sale. Threadless has a lot of amazing shirts that I don't want to look at because I try to conserve my budgeted spending money.

I have a lot of other shirts, but I am going to share them in other themed posts. Part of this is because I cannot find all of them right now. Also, some of my pictures came out blurry. In addition, my newest Jane Austen shirt is en route from Zazzle. Fun fun! Feel free to share with me any awesome geek stuff that you like.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

DIY Couple Silhouette

I have been collecting vintage art for a long time. I thought it would be fun to mix new with old and create a family silhouette to go with some of my antique art. Since silhouettes were a popular form of art "back in the day," I thought it would go nicely with it be super awesome.

Then I put it off. For almost a year. Sure, I read tutorials and bought some black paper (which I never needed). What put me off for a while was getting an oval picture frame. Then I got a couple, and let them sit for another few months.

However, I finally decided to do it today. It was a lot easier than I imagined. I did it all using some glue, scissors and minimal skills on paint.net (a free program that you can download if you don't have  Paintshop). It took very little time.

First I took pictures of Matt and I in front of a bright window. After that, I cropped them in an oval shape and edited the brightness/contrast until they looked like this:



You can use a paintbrush to make everything in the silhouette black.

I didn't take pictures of the next steps, but they are very simple. I printed the pictures to the size of the frame, cut the faces out, touched up the black with a black marker and glued to white paper.


My OCD side is twitching as I notice that I hung Matt slightly crooked. You can assure yourself that this will be remedied.

Have fun!
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