Sunday, November 22, 2020

Sunday Night Reflections


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Sunday's Soup/Glazed Maple Carrot Soup

 It's been quite a while since I've posted a soup recipe, but I'm back with a good one, if I say so myself. I've posted a number of carrot soups, but what I especially like about this one is that it is truly perfect for the upcoming holidays. And such a nice change from the traditional pumpkin soups. It's quite easy to make, and will freeze beautifully. And too, it's quite aromatic, so it will make your home smell so inviting. 

Begin with 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot. Add 2 large yellow onions and saute until tender.

Add 3 cloves of finely chopped garlic and 3 pounds of chopped carrots. Saute until the carrots glisten, and are glazed with the oil. 

Add 8 cups of vegetable broth, and 3 bay leaves. Cook over medium heat until carrots are tender, about 30 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of maple syrup, 1 tablespoon ground coriander, and 1/4 cup of fresh squeezed lime juice. Remove bay leaves, and using a blender or hand held blending wand, blend soup to a smooth consistency. 

Ladle soup into your favorite soup bowls. Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro and a drizzle of maple syrup. YUM!!! :)

Glazed Maple Carrot Soup
serves 12

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 large yellow onions chopped
3 cloves garlic finely minced
3 pounds carrots chopped
3 bay leaves
8 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
fresh cilantro for garnish
salt and black pepper to taste

Pour olive oil into large soup pot. Add chopped onions and saute until tender. Add minced garlic and chopped carrots. Saute until carrots are glazed with oil, about 5 minutes.
Add vegetable broth, and bay leaves, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until carrots are tender, about 30 minutes.
Add maple syrup, lime juice, and coriander. Remove bay leaves. Using a blender, or hand held mixing wand, puree soup until smooth. 
Serve soup with freshly chopped cilantro and a drizzle of maple syrup. 

If you give the soup a try, I so hope you enjoy it!

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Friday, November 13, 2020

A Little Work, A Little Time, But It's All Worth It

I am almost 5 months into my challenge, and I am loving it more with each passing day. First of all, I am really wearing my clothes, and that's just the best! The challenge has caused me to look very closely at what's in my closet, and to really focus on what's there. Another wonderful aspect of the challenge is that while I do not sew everyday(while many think I must), it has inspired me to sew more, and I love that. I have been pulling pieces out of my collection, and I am so excited about getting new pieces made. I came across a wonderful quilted knit piece that I had completely forgotten that I had. So excited!!!You'll see it made up soon!

With today's post, we are starting with October 17th. I had made the t-shirt from Vogue 9108. To be honest, I wasn't happy with how it turned out. The fit is just a little off. But, it's wearable. I did not make the leggings from the pattern, but used the Sew News Loveland Leggings pattern. Since I had the t-shirt and the leggings made, I wanted to wear them, but didn't have time to get the tunic together, so I whipped up a little rectangle skirt from my Fabulous Free Pattern Friday series. It's just 1 rectangle,and 1 seam. Doesn't get any easier. You can find the instructions HERE. I felt like I was channeling my inner Janice Joplin. All I needed was a feather boa :)


This sweater languished in a bag, all knitted and ready to be sewn together, in my closet for I don't know how long. Finally, I got it out, and finished it, and I could not be happier!!!

This is a picture of the original Rowan pattern. I rather like mine better;) I used yarn that I had purchased at a Lorna's Laces warehouse sale. The only problem is that I look a little like Robin Hood, oh well ;)  

You've seen both the top and the leggings before, just not together. That's another wonderful aspect of the challenge, because I am paying more attention, I am seeing pieces that work with other pieces that I may not have paid attention to in the past. The top is the free Monroe Turtleneck pattern from Tessuti Fabrics. The leggings are a fabulous pattern from Helen's Closet, the Avery Leggings.  

I made the top I am wearing last winter using Simplicity 9017. The neckline is especially nice. I had enough of the fabric to squeeze out a skirt using the Naughty Bobbins Equinox skirt pattern. I really like this pattern as it has back darts at the waist that gives a beautiful sleek fit.    

This was a buy the fabric and bring it home and make it immediately ensemble. Some friends had given me a gift certificate to Elfrieda's Fine Fabrics in Boulder, CO. So enjoyed my visit. This is a rayon piece that was actually a remnant. Score!!! I made the Salma Wrap from Style Arc, and had enough for a simple skirt.

I think this is the first time in the history of my life that I have purchased fabric, and made up every piece within a week! I was just so excited by the pieces that I purchased at Elfrieda's. I found a piece of corded knit that I just couldn't resist, and they had a bamboo knit that matched it perfectly. I feel like a broken record, but when a pattern works, it works. Here again I made the Loveland Leggings and the Monroe Turtleneck. The only difference with the turtleneck was that I added a strip to the hem to lengthen it a bit.    

Another pattern that has become a favorite is the Off Shoulder Romper the from Ellie and Mac. 

When I saw the rayon remnant at Elfrieda's, I immediately knew that I wanted a Salma Wrap to wear with the romper. Just a perfect piece for giving you an extra bit of warmth. Sadly, I deleted the video of this piece. 

This outfit brings us up to October 24th. It was Saturday, it was cold, and I wanted something simple, so I pulled out a skirt that I made using the free Tessuti Libby A-line skirt pattern. The pattern comes in 3 lengths. Just a great staple pattern for any wardrobe. I paired it with the La Megeve Pullover from Naughty Bobbins Patterns. Both pieces fit the bill for how I was feeling that day :) 

On Sunday it snowed!!! I was soooo happy. But then, I am one of those crazy people who love snow :/ I'm wearing a stretch velvet dress/tunic that is basically an a-line tee. It has side pockets, and small slits at the hem. I paired it with a pair of tights that I made. Sadly, that pattern is not available. But, I will have a post up soon on tight patterns that I have tried and like. Making tights is a blast!!!   

This outfit brings me up to October 27th. I did skip a day. I look at it like this, it's a little like a diet, if you slip up, what's most important is to just keep going. This piece is another that I purchased at Elfrieda's. Such a lovely artistic piece of fabric. I used Vogue 9305 as I felt that the flowy tunic would really show off the fabric. Sadly, it looks like the pattern is out of print, but you can find them on Etsy/Ebay. I'm wearing a pair of pants that you've seen many times. I used the Martha Stewart free pajama pant pattern. It's just a great, basic elastic waist pant pattern.   

If by chance you feel motivated, join me in  my little journey. You don't have to post your pictures everyday, or at all, but I would encourage you to take pictures, even if it's just for yourself. It's amazing how much I have learned about myself, and my clothes over the last almost 5 months. Like any challenge, it has taken a little work, and a little time, but it has all been worth it. 
Until next time....
Sew On!!! 

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Time Changes Things...But Does It?

This past Sunday, I was able to spend time with a special member of my family. She had said that I could meet her, and sit with her during her hair appointment, and then we could go for lunch. What I thought would be maybe an hour turned out to be a number of hours since she also had color done. I told her that when I saw the foils come out, I thought, "oh no!!!, I'm going to be sitting here for quite some time." I thought too about what I could possibly do for the next 3 hours :/ As it turned out, the salon had a current edition of Vogue magazine which I had not read. And yes, I read it from cover to cover ;)

I so enjoy Vogue magazine. Always have. Not only do they have wonderful fashion editorials, the writers are amazing, and I always learn something new. In this issue, they had a lovely article on an exhibit that is currently at The Metropolitan Museum of Art entitled, About Time: Fashion and Duration. While most of us will not be able to take a trip to New York City to see the exhibit, we can visit it virtually. 

In the video below, the curator, Andrew Bolton explains the thought process behind the exhibition, and he also walks us through the collection. What an incredible opportunity!   

The video below showcases many of the garments that are in the exhibition. It shows how we are so much a part of our past. It's really quite fascinating.

You can see a few of the pieces that have been paired together HERE. Below is an example.

(Left) Timeline:  Cristóbal Balenciaga (Spanish, 1895–1972). Dress, fall/winter 1958–59 haute couture. Gift of Rosamond Bernier, 1973 (1973.58.1a, b)
(Right) Interruption: Nicolas Ghesquière (French, born 1971) for Louis Vuitton (French, founded 1854). Dress, spring/summer 2018. Courtesy of Collection Louis Vuitton 

I have so enjoyed the virtual tour of this exhibit. 
Both videos will only take about a half hour. Time well spent! And think about it this way, no airline ticket, no crowds, and you can enjoy a cup of tea during your tour. And...you may as well add a lovely sweet treat to go with that cup of tea ;) 


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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Opportunities That Inspire

A few days ago, I came across this little cartoon on Instagram, thought it was cute, and saved it. Well, a friend of mine must have had a telepathy moment, because........  

I went into my garage on Monday evening, and found piles of fabric that weren't there the last time I was in the garage. There was a huge pile on the floor, 

and bolts laying on top of a cabinet!!! I stood there completely puzzled as to how it got there. Once the shock wore off, I realized that the only person who has a key to my garage, other than me is a very special, very long time friend. I sent him a text, and sure enough, he had left it. Mystery solved :)

There are some fabulous pieces in the mix, including 3 wonderful pieces of vintage wool. I have washed 2 of the pieces. One is a lovely, lovely pink. There's a light blue, and a camel. And by the way, you can wash wool, and not felt it. I washed it on a delicate cycle, and dried it on a delicate cycle as well. Both pieces are just so lovely. Can't wait to start cutting into them!!! 

The other pieces are all vintage, and even have the "Made in the Untied States" sticker still on them. Although vintage, the fabric is in pristine condition. I want to make up a few pieces, and just test the fabric out. If I am truly happy with the fabric, I will put quite a bit up for sale on my Etsy site. Like I said, although the fabric is vintage, you can feel the wonderful quality of the fabric. I am just so very excited!!! Such a wonderful gift. I am blessed with such great friends :) The wools I won't sell. What I don't use of those, I have earmarked for a couple of my friends. One is a student, and I know she will be absolutely thrilled to have something lovely.


Most of us are getting to a point where we are sick and tired of not being able to go much of anywhere. We all understand why, but it's so difficult. But, with that said, I think all of this has brought about some wonderful opportunities. For one, so many museums have made their exhibits available online. Most of us don't have the ability to travel the world just to see an exhibit, but now that so many have opened up their exhibits online, we basically can!

I think that it was back in March that I shared a site with you that I love. It's called Cloth Roads. You can find their entire site HERE. Cloth Roads is a global textile marketplace dedicated to creating a marketplace of high quality indigenous textiles. They also have a lively blog that takes you along on their journeys. By all means, check out their blog as it is truly a feast for the eyes. You can also sign up to receive a monthly newsletter that brings you all sorts of wonderful textile information. 

I thought I would just highlight a couple of the exhibits from this month's newsletter that you can view online;

At the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Ma
This exhibit showcases over 100 works that spans 250 years. 

I have always found Molas to be so very interesting. The Cleveland Museum of Art will have an exhibit that begins November 22nd, and will run through October of 2021.

For those of you who enjoy reading, 

This is not a free publication, but you may be able to find it in your library. You can read more about the book HERE and find links to purchasing options.

The Avenir Museum of Colorado State University will be hosting a lecture on caring for family heirlooms, including fabrics.
The lecture will be via Zoom, and will take place on December 8, 2020. You can read more about it HERE.  

If you have been inspired by Nancy Zieman, you won't want to miss a new documentary on her life entitled. "Extraordinary Grace."    

The documentary will air on Monday, November 23, 2020 at pbswisconsin.org 

So, I hope this will serve to excite you a bit. I am, especially the documentary on Nancy Zieman.

As I typed out about my washing wool, I realized that I might should do a post on washing and caring fabrics. Let me know if you might find that interesting.

Until next time, 
Keep Sewing!!!


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