Saturday, March 8, 2008

Out with the old, in with the new!

I have felt a bit bored lately. I think both with myself and the dreary, still cold days of Winter. But my new serger brightened things up a bit. With it, I made a brand new corduroy hoodie--something I haven't made in a LONG time.

There it is, purring along. It has a more complicated threading system, but with my expertise level of patience(haha!), I managed to figure it out just fine. Rumor has it that the seams sewn with a 5 thread serger can easily come undone, if any stitches are skipped. Well, this one is threaded CORRECTLY and is stitching just beautifully! I can't wait to see how the jerseys stitch up--just as soon as I figure that out!

On the subject of machines, I am so glad to have dropped my ol' baby off at the shop to get fixed/be sent off for repairs. I had such a hassle last year in trying to get it fixed, that it sat here in my living room in its' box for over a year! I'm hoping it won't cost an arm and a leg to get back to me, but it sure does feel better knowing that she is going to work again some day soon!

But back to the latest completed project. I am really in love with this new hoodie. The main attraction is the large landscape applique on the back. The jacket looks fairly simple, but to be honest, I probably put about 8 hours into the darn thing. The darn GOOD-LOOKIN' thing!!! I don't want to let it all out of the bag just yet, so I will give you guys a couple of sneak peeks. This one is being set aside for upcoming festival inventory.

The orange corduroy is almost the last pieces I have leftover from my NYC fabric shopping trip with Heather and Jessie. On the back is where i put this landscape scene. I had so much fun doing that tree with tapered width satin stitch for the stems. The rest will be revealed at a later date.

I'm working on inventory for the upcoming festivals I have planned. It feels weird to be making summer clothing when it's still cold out. But it will be here before we know it. Summer is such a busy time for me, that it's nice to get a large amount of product done ahead of time.

I always tell myself this, anyways.

Then I procrastinate, get ALL these ideas in my head of all these wonderful things I could make, and my mind gets distracted. A couple of weeks before the festival, I'll begin my mad dash towards making "another rack of clothes" to get more inventory made. What can I say? I work well under pressure. I've always done this.

The best meal I made this week was last night. It was Thai red curry with tofu and veggies. I can't believe the yummiest meal I forget to photograph! Maybe I'll snap a shot of leftovers later on. . . . which are already calling my name!

Another note-worthy meal was on Wednesday, which was Broccoli Rabe and spaghetti. You boil the broccoli rabe in water for a few minutes, then sautee with garlic. Add some of the cooking liquid to make your own "sauce" in the pan. Serve with shredded cheese on top.

On Tuesday, I was craving some good ol' comfort food. Mashed 'taters and gravy. Then I remembered I had some Tofurkey in the frig that needed to be eaten. I had some bread that had been around for a few days that I opened a couple days after purchase. The meal was just okay, because the bread was kind of stale and I think I just don't like Tofurkey slices anymore. Each packet I've purchased as of late hasn't been consumed in it's entirety, only to be thrown into the freezer. The bread had to get tossed just two days later--as I noticed the early white-ness beginning of mold. Awesome! $4.50 down the bucket and I didn't even get to enjoy it! The mashed potatoes and gravy were the bomb, which I ended up scraping every last bit of this yummy mushroom brown gravy from the tofurkey and bread slices.

Saute up some onion and mushrooms, and add minced garlic once the veggies are all cooked up soft and nice. Add a couple tablespoons of flour, coating everything and letting it cook a minute or two. Add vegetable stock (1-2 cups, depending on how much stuff ya got in the pan), and stir it all up well so the flour gets incorporated into the stock. Add Braggs Liquid Aminos, or soy sauce to taste, and allow to thicken in pan for a few minutes. This can be re-heated, but you may need to add more veg. stock to thin it out.

This morning I discovered that you can download podcasts. of MORE BLOGS! Yes! Now I can sew and listen to more people talking about sewing or listening to even more people!

I'm going to go do that now.. . while I cut out the bits for my next project. That one will be kept under lock and key, as the future owner of this piece is reading this very blog! (Hugs, Odessa!)

**over and out**
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Cupcake Mama said...

Awww...have fun with your huskylock! I got mine used and it was a beast for almost 4 years : ) The sneak peeks look veeeeery pretty ; )

Infinite Cosmos said...

I totally need to get my machine serviced, both of them really! Actually, both my machines AND my serger could use a check up! That new hoodie looks so beautiful! Can't wait to see it in it's entirety!

Unknown said...

Gosh my comment is so late! Sorry! I love my huskylock--I know you will too!! The hoodie looks to be totally gorgeous!! Anxious to see the rest of it *smiles*

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