Friday, May 31, 2013

June is Delicious in PDX

One thing that I really love about Portland is the sheer number of restaturants. The only problem is trying to keep up with trying them all is it can get quite expensive.

Which brings me to this awesome promotion held every June. Brought to you by Downtown Portland, this annual promotion really allows every budget to indulge in some of Portland's great eateries.

The participating restaurants offer 3 course menus for $25.00. You can find the list over at Downtown Portland. Some of the places have preset menus and the others are a little more flexible.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Finished Cherry Clutch... Finally!

Part 4
Now its time to assemble everything!   Put thecherry side into the inside of the lining and stitch the lining to the edge ofthe zipper, making sure to line up the clutch opening.

Stitch up the bottom of the lining and turn clutch insideout. The lining should now be on the inside and the cherry pattern on theoutside.   

I brought it to the PDX Blogger meet up last Sat @ Swell Path. 

I am so happy I picked these fabrics, so summery and cute! 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Cherry Clutch Part Troix

Part 3

I’m not going to lie, the zipper took me a few hours. It was my first project ever using a zipper and after sewing it on incorrectly I had to use the seam ripper and start again.

I think next time I will use a regular zipper, I have a feeling it might be a little easier on a newbie like myself. 

I watched a Craftsy video (free) on how to install a zipper. I was really helpful, I highly recommend it.

I got to use my zippered foot for the new machine and that was a little scary because I was worried I was going to mess it up, but it ended up working out. Phew!

Make sure the cherries are facing each other and the interfacing is on the outside, and then attach the zipper to both sides.  Then sew around three edges leaving the zipper open.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Cherry Clutch Continued....

For the 2nd part of this project I had to sew on the pocket.

For the first part I ended up lining my pocket, I think it’s a nicer finish.
I sewed my two small squares together. Sew around 3 edges leaving a small gap at the bottom with the cherries and dots facing each other.  Then turn it inside out.

Once that’s complete sew it onto one of your lining pieces and stitch down the middle. I put my cell phone in the pocket to see how big I wanted the pocket. 

Now stich your two lining pieces together, right sides facing each other, leaving a gap at the top, the opening of the clutch, and a smaller opening at the bottom for turning it inside out. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I Spy Spotify

I only really started using Spotify in the past few months (yeah I know I am behind the times)

One of the things I love about Spotify is all the different artists and the ability to share songs so easily. I also love that it has so many older songs from my youth.

Here are some songs I am currently listening to....

1. San Francisco - The Mowglis
2. Stubborn Love - Lumineers
3. Anything Can Happen - Ellie Goulding
4. Break the Walls - Fitz & the Tantrums
5. Creep - TLC
6. Uptight - Stevie Wonder
7. Safe & Sound - Capitol Cities
9. Take it Off - The Donna's
10. Sunday Girl - She & Him

What new/old music have you discovered recently?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Cherry Clutch Part 1

I am super excited to use my new sewing machine. For my first project on it I decided to make a simple foldover clutch. I wanted a summery fabric but also something that wasn't too out there.

After going back and forth on a few things, I opted for this really cute cherry pattern for the outside and a seersucker red and white polka dot for the lining.  I also decided to do a hidden zipper instead of the one in the pattern.

I am hoping to have it completed by the blogger meetup on Saturday :)

3/4th yard of each fabric (you will have leftovers)
3/4th yard of medium/heavy weight interfacing (again leftovers)
12' zipper
1/2 yard of 3/4inch cotton tape or grosgrain ribbon (leftovers, esp since I opted for a different zipper)

First: Cut out and assemble your pattern. My mom gave me this pattern, which you can find for free here, I taped it together and then cut it out.

Pin the pattern to your fabric and cut. Make sure to have the lines match up with the grain of the material.

I needed two large squares of the cherry, two large squares of the dot and then I opted to do a lined pocket, so 1 small square of each. You will also need 2 large squares of medium to heavy interfacing cut out as well.

Stay tuned for Part 2.....

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Pakistani Kima Curry

Last night we had this delicious dinner – its paleo/primal and its awesome.

I used this recipe and made a few changes.

2 pounds grass fed ground beef
8 tbsp grass fed butter
1 large onion, peeled and diced
1 - 7 oz jar of tomato paste
1 small head cauliflower, roughly cut into florets
2 tbsp cumin (ground)
3 tsp salt
2 tsp ground ginger
3 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper
1 package frozen peas
large handful of fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
dollop of sour cream, for serving (optional)

It was really delicious; I will definitely be making it again. I can’t wait to try out different vegetable combinations.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Moving and shaking....Er sewing.

As you may have noticed I haven't been blogging much the last few weeks.

We are in the middle of a move. We sold our condo last month, and moved out last weekend. We are waiting on the short sale we are buying to close, and are currently staying with some gracious & generous parents!

Oh and did I mention its finals week for me? At least by the time fall semester starts we should be living in our new home. Its been a busy few weeks!

One of the great things about staying with my parents is that my mom is a master at sewing, and while we are invading her house I might as well take advantage of her expertise.

I am so excited to try out my new sewing machine! I think my first project on this new machine will be a purse. I'm hoping with her help I'll accomplish it.

hello beautiful
look at all those stitches!