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Everything old is new again

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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 ve

Mmmmmm - Coconut Pumpkin Nut Bread

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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 AllRecipes.com . 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,

Zing! Went the strings of my heart

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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

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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