Showing posts from October 25, 2009

Everything old is new again

Vintage Butterick 1973 circle jacket and 2009 Circle Vest Originally uploaded by Sharon Sews Everything old is new again. So cliche. But oh so true. When I arrived home yesterday afternoon, the latest issue of Threads was waiting for me. ( Folded in half with a rubber binder wrapped around it - which drives me nuts because the magazine will always have a slight crease in it. It's such a minor thing that it annoys me that I'm annoyed by it... ) Eagerly, I plopped myself down at the kitchen table and began flipping through the pages. Usually I just flip through and set the magazine aside for a more in-depth reading later. However, I found myself pulled into many of these articles from the start. ( I especially liked the designer denim Vogue 1052 photograph. Honestly, sometimes I amaze myself at how uncreative I can be as I would *never* have thought this jacket was sewn from that pattern... ) Anyway, when I got to the Quick to Make section I saw this great circular vest. An

Mmmmmm - Coconut Pumpkin Nut Bread

Aprons equal baking in my book. What better way to break in the Halloween apron than to bake some coconut pumpkin nut bread? Won't you have a seat and join me? A mini loaf for me and one for you. My recipe came from a coupon book my natural foods coop distributes monthly, but a quick Google search revealed the recipe can also be found at . Ingredients: 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups dark brown sugar 2/3 cups white sugar 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree 1 cup vegetable oil 2/3 cup coconut milk 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 2/3 cups unsweetened flaked coconut 1 cup chopped walnuts Directions : Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 8" x 4" loaf pans. (I used one large loaf pan and four small ones.) Combine all ingredients - except the coconut and nuts - and mix until well blended. Fold in the coconut and nuts. Pour the batter into the prepared pans. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until

Zing! Went the strings of my heart

When I opened my mailbox and saw the November issue of Burda Style and the December/January issue of Vogue Patterns. Just look at the red dress on the cover of Burda! Oh, be still my beating heart! I must find someplace to wear this lovely creation so I have an excuse to sew it. And look who's photo is on page 3 in the Mailbox section. Non other than beautiful Trudy (from Sewing with Trudy) wearing her lovely pink vintage Vogue dress . ********************************************************************************** And just for fun...

Candy corn and black cats

Halloween. Mmmmm, candy corn. You know how Superman's weakness is krypotnite? Well, mine's candy corn. Yep, I'd even choose those pieces of solid sugar over a bar of chocolate. Unlike Superman I won't die after a 2 hour exposure, but I'm pretty certain I'd be in a sugar induced coma, so I stay away from the stuff. Unless it's this Halloween print with adorable black cats wearing candy corn shaped hats that is. When I was visiting Stacey last week (yes! my first face-to-face visit with a blog friend!) I remembered I had this fabric in my stash after seeing the Halloween themed placemats she had on her table were sewn from the same fabric. I originally purchased it for an apron, so an apron it became. The pattern is Simplicity 2492 , which includes this apron, a half apron as well as "kitchen accessories" (aka a potholder and sachet) and felt food. All sizes, small through large, are included in the pattern and I was pleasantly surprised to lear