Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Product of the Day

If you need an assortment of needles you'll use the most, these fit the bill. They're universal and made to fit all machines.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Product of the Day

If you need bobbins (and you probably do), this is a great buy on these bobbins. Only 14 cents each and free shipping.

They fit in all machines (including Brother) that use Class 15 bobbins, which is most machines.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Back to Business

I had a great vacation. I came home and was sick the next day and stayed sick for the whole next week but I'm back to feeling great and busy as can be! I've delivered quite a few orders this week and the sewing schedule is back in full swing.

You know you put it off every year. You want to sew and make things for Christmas but you wait and then it's too late. Well, it's not too late. Schedule now and you'll be sewing in plenty of time for Christmas. Email me for an appointment. Click the tab at the top of the page for private lessons and get all the details.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Vacation time

I am taking a much needed vacation but will be back to work on 9/29. Lessons are filling up for the first two weeks of October but I will not be taking any more reservations until 9/29. No new orders can be accepted until 9/29.

If you are interested in lessons, email me and I will get back to you when I reopen or contact me at a later date.

I look forward to seeing everyone in a couple of weeks!

Monday, September 8, 2014

September Schedule for Lessons and Orders

A few scheduling announcements: I don't have openings for any more lessons until 9/29. Our sew along for the MD Anderson kids will be on 9/30 from 10 am to 12 am. If you plan to come, please message me for address and other information. The last orders I can take for the month of September will have to be in by Thursday, 9/11. Normal production will resume on 10/1.
For more information, please visit my Facebook page

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Busy Day in the Kitchen

I know I've been slacking on my posts, but I've especially been slacking on my food posts for quite some time. Today, was a busy day in the kitchen for some reason. It started about 8 AM with a salad I prepared for my lunch with Jessica. BJ's Brewery used to have this watermelon salad on their small bites menu and it was my favorite thing to get there. So, of course, they took it off the menu. I got a recipe in the mail from Kroger with this watermelon salad that had some of the components of the BJs salad so I proceeded to create a mash up of recipe ideas and came up with this fantastic Watermelon and cucumber salad with fresh mint and feta. Here it is.

Does that look amazing, or what? It's pretty simple to make: diced seedless watermelon and a seeded cucumber, finely minced red onion, minced fresh mint, crumbled feta, lime juice, salt. That's it. The flavors are so fresh and summery and delicious. The melding of the cucumber and mint and feta gives it a bit of a Mediterranean taste. Very good. I'll definitely make it again.

So, that's how my cooking day started. Next came happy hour. I have been planning to make a white sangria for the past few weeks and finally got around to it. Last week I made an amazing fruit salad with an extraordinary array of fresh fruits that took me forever to cut up: oranges, pineapple, apples, grapes, strawberries, bananas, blueberries, peaches, nectarines. I made a huge bowl of it-- far more than I knew we could eat. But, I had a plan. Freeze the leftovers to use for sangria.

After eating all we could for a couple of days, I put the rest into zip lock bags and froze them. I freeze everything. There are few things that don't freeze well so, when in doubt, freeze it and see what happens. I'm also famous for reincarnating leftovers--add something new and then make a new dish out of it. So was the case when my fruit salad met my sangria this afternoon.

I took one of my zip lock bags of fruit salad from the freezer and put it in a pitcher. I peeled and cut up a couple of fresh peaches-- I am talking really good, fresh off the tree, juicy, sweet peaches! I added a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, 1/2 cup of triple sec, about a cup or a cup and half of 7-Up, and about 1/4 cup or so of chopped fresh mint. (I'm so glad my mint is growing like crazy!). OK, I really love red sangria and love to order it every time we go to Pappasitos. I make it at home and it's amazing. Y'know what? I never, ever, ever tasted a sangria as fantastic as this white sangria I made today. You have to try it! It's just perfection. A great summer drink, but great any time. I'll make it again even thought I'm not always going to have a complex fruit salad on hand, but I'll just cut up whatever fruit I do have. I think the peaches are important.

So, while I was drinking that fantastic concoction, I decided to whip up an old standby for dinner that I hadn't made in a long time: beef stroganoff. To me, this is just one of those great comfort food meals that I don't make enough but I love it every time I do. When Jackie and Jessica were younger I made it more but as they become teens, they started complaining they didn't like it so I never made it much. I love it, though, so it's back in the rotation. 

I know. Beef Stroganoff with rotini? I didn't have noodles, I had rotini. Same thing. I usually use sirloin or round steak cut into thin 2 inch strips but today I used a chuck roast cut the same way. (It's no secret to anyone who knows my eating and cooking, I absolutely can not stand fat on my meat. Yuck! Please, no lectures about how much better it makes the meat taste. I hate it. That's it.  So, trim the meat well because no one wants a big mouthful of fat. Ugh.) Brown the meat-- about 2 or 3 lbs-- in a large skilled coated with a bit of oil-- your choice. I use an electric skillet because I have a big one and it works well for this. As meat nears full browning, add a thinly sliced onion. Add 3 or 4 TBS of finely minced garlic and cook til slightly browned and until onions begin to soften. Add about 1 lb of sliced mushrooms, stirring to brown slightly. Add 2 beef bouillon cubes and about 2-3 cups of water (enough to cover all the ingredients in the skillet). Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup red wine (optional-- sometimes I add it, sometimes I don't), stirring to loosen bits that may be in bottom of pan. Add 3/4 cup ketchup. Stir, cover, simmer for about an hour or an hour and a half until meat is tender and can be cut with a fork. Thicken sauce with slurry of 2 tsp cornstarch dissolved in water, using more or less as may be needed to make a thick sauce, like stew. Serve over noodles or pasta of your choice and add a dollop of sour cream on top of individual servings.

So, that's what I whipped up in my kitchen today. I hope you'll give these recipes a try. If you do, let me know what you think. Do you want me to write the recipes in a more formal way? If so, let me know. I'm more of a "a little of this, a little of that" kind of cook but I can do the recipe thing if you need it. Enjoy!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Collegiate and Gameday Dresses for Graduation

As senior year comes to a close, the excitement of college is on the minds of many, and orders for my collegiate and gameday dresses start rolling in like crazy. Many take senior pictures in them and they're very popular as graduation gifts. Order early. I can make something for just about any school so don't hesitate to ask. $48.95 and up. Maxi dresses also available.

Visit my Etsy store or my Facebook page to place your order or email me. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hello Olaf!

Isn't this design so cute? He looks great on a colored tshirt. He look great on this pink shirt but I like him even more on grey (which I forgot to photograph). Check out my facebook page if you'd like to call him your own for just $25.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Rent a Sewing Machine

I have sewing machines available for rent. Specifically, you can rent the Brother CS6000i for $35 per week with a one week minimum. Each additional day is $5. A cash deposit of $125 is required. Your rental fee will be deducted from this amount when the machine is returned. You will be responsible for additional amounts that may be due when you return the machine. Other terms apply so email for more details if you're interested and I'll be glad to provide them. This is a great deal if you're not sure you want to buy a machine yet or if you just have a project or two you'd like to do. Of course, I still have machines available for you to use free of charge when you come for lessons.

For those who know me, I am a huge fan of Brother sewing machines. I own several and my recommendation list is full of them. As I feel inclined to repeat from time to time, Brother does not even know I exist. I have no relationship with them. I am not compensated by them or anyone else for recommending and using their machines.


Through 4/11/14, Get free baby socks

Through 4/11, buy any onesie dress or boys onesie with shorts and get the matching socks for free (an $8.50 savings!). Dresses $32.95. Boy outfits $28. Don't see your team? If it exists, I'll get it for you.

Follow me on Facebook so you'll always be up to date on sales and coupon codes. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Baby boy boutique

Something new for little boys. Countless team fabric options available. I have lots of teams already in stock, too, including Clemson, A&M, UT, Michigan State, N.O. Saints, Texans, Giants, LSU, Alabama, Cowboys, Eagles. What's your team? I'll make it for you. Introductory price $28 for the outfit. Go to my facebook page to order. 


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