Saturday, October 15, 2016

McCall's 6797 Maternity Style..

Hey Everyone!
I'm back again this week with a sewing project I just finished last night. Some of you may know that I'm expecting at 43 years of age and now I'm in need of maternity clothes. Most of the maternity clothes out there aren't too cute or flattening at all to the beautiful growing belly of an expecting woman. Thinking and trying to find something cute to wear to work and out and about, I had to dig into my patterns and find some "maternity-type" clothes I can couture to my body. 

Well, first up was easy, I'm making about 10 of these shirts because they are too cute.
This isn't my first time making it and knew when I dug my older sweater out, I had to go out and buy  fabric to make more. 

I went with a black and white striped medium weight knit, purchased from my favorite Wally World at $3.47 per yard. I cut it diagonal to give it a little dimension and to accentuate my growing body. 

It took about a hour and a half from start to finish. 

McCall's 6797
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All cut and ready to go..

Front and back sewn together. 

Side of the unfinished shirt and it fits the belly to a tee..

Neck needs to be finished 

Neckband all done.

After added the sleeve and hemming the shirt, she was all done.
Another side view of the cute shirt. 

View of the flared side of the blouse 

Finished blouse.
I really recommend this top for non-maternity and maternity, you'll love the fit.

I hope you've enjoy this project as much as I did.
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Until Next Time...

Friday, October 14, 2016

Easy $4.00 DIY Dollar Tree Lantern

Hey Everyone!
Just wanted to drop by and post a quick DIY for you.
We all know the holiday season is upon us and a lot of us are on a budget.
So, here's a inexpensive and elegant way to "brighten" your holidays and even use them all year round.

Isn't it pretty!


4 Picture Frames, any size, I went with 5x7.
Paint (optional)
Hot Glue Gun
Beads for the feet of your Lantern

My first step is optional, I decoupaged glitter over my candles to give them a glow..
I recommend that you texturize your candle before putting glitter on them. Just take fork and score the sides to rough'em up a little, the glitter will adhere better to them.
I had my fan right next to me, as soon as I finished applying the decoupage glitter, I put them under the fan. It didn't take very long to dry but I waited overnight. 

You see in some place where the glitter just started to slide, I won't tell if you don't.
They still look beautiful at night.

These were $1 each at the Dollar Tree and really nice I might add.

I unwrapped, then separated the glass from the picture frame.

After, I dried brushed some beautiful flat paint on the frame. No, sanding needed.
I wanted more of a rustic feel.

Added mirror back to the frame by hot gluing each corner.

Hot glue each frame together, making a box.

Like this picture below
This is the bottom

After all sides are hot glued and dried.

Trace the bottom of your lantern out on a sturdy piece of cardboard and hot that at the bottom.

I also had some old beads to use as feet for my lantern.
I just glued them on to the bottom of the cardboard.

And there you have it..
Seriously, this took about 1 hour to do and that was with the decoupaging and dry painting the frames.

I hoped you've enjoyed this simple but elegant way to illuminate your home..
If you have any questions or comments please feel free and share if ever possible.

Until Next Time....

Friday, October 7, 2016

Fail on Project Runway!!

Hey Everyone!
I know it's been 2 weeks since I posted a Project Runway Review..
I'm really going to have to discontinue it because of my job and pregnancy.
At 43 years of age, this baby has gotten me soo tired, I just don't have the energy to do anything. I come home from work and prepare dinner, get ready for the next day and I'm shot..
I'm exhausted! Don't get me wrong I look at it and love this season soo far. These designers are really redeeming Project Runway from last season. I really want to review but my poor body won't let me..
Forgive Me!!!!

Also I've went out of town about 2 weeks and think that kind of threw me off my game as well.
I haven't even sewn in about a month, seriously, been to tired to do anything..

I'll try my best to post DIY's and sewing, when I feel energized but for now just look at all of my past post and enjoy..



Until Next Time...

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Project Runway Review Season 15, Episode 1

Hey Everyone!
I'm back with my Season 15, Episode 1 Review on Project Runway!!
Right off the bat I knew I was going to Love this season. Everyone is soo talented and has alot of personality.

Let's Begin!!
First, we see all 16 designers gather at a party welcoming them to Project Runway. So, they talk amongst themselves and try to enjoy each others company, that's when Heidi and Tim walks in.
Hello Everyone, Welcoming  the to Project Runway.

Right then and there the first challenge is given and it's an Unconventional Challenge.
They had to use the items at the party to make a garment. The designers couldn't believe that right off the bat it was a unconventional challenge but we all know project runway will throw us a curve ball really quick.

And they're off!!!
Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1

After all the party decoration were gathered, everyone heads to Parson's.

Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1

 Well in the sewing room alot of designers are a little confused, scared and intimidated being that this is one of the hardest challenges but they get on with it. Tim then comes in and tells the designers that this is a 1 day challenge and how be back to talk to each designer.

Let the Review Begin.. 

His creation really fit the bill the way he explained it. I understood exactly where he was coming from and really loved the way he used the accessories. He said he was into tribal, all types and the model looked exactly as if she was going to a "Native American Sweet 16 Party" were it was really cold. Before Tim's critique, I thought he was going no where fast by using the pillow and umbrella but he got his mind right and was in the top.

Top 3
Dexter Simmons' Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

I was a little scared for Tasha because of her fear and not having enough material, in the critique Tim really directed her the right way to being in the top. I love her urban edge and bad girl chic style.

Top 3
Tasha Henderson's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

Her design was cute and simple, to me it looked the most wearable.

Linda Marcus' Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

I thought the this design was great, he actually crumble magazine paper to make this sensational design. He's someone we really need to watch..

This should have been on the top.

Mah-Jing Wong's Project Runway, Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

I thought her jacket was outstanding, I wasn't too enthusiastic about the short a pencil ankle pant would have been much better.

Nathalia JMag's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

I love this young man design aesthetic and his back story have me rooting for him. I thought the dress had alot of movement and all of the lanterns intertwining with each other was poetic..

Roberi Parra's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

I soo liked this design soo much, this design was edgy and sexy. I kept looking a the models haircut, but I digress.

Rik Villa's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

What can I say but it was OK..

Sarah Donofrio's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

I really thought this dress was going to be in the bottom.
When I saw her beautiful leather designs, I knew she would knock this challenge out of the park.
She Didn't!!

Laurence Basse's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

I kinda like the shape of this dress, but that's it..

Kimber Richardson's Project Runway Seaosn 15, Episode 1 Final Look

At first, the top and shorts looked a little junior until Tim spoke to her and made a jacket.

Jenni Riccetti's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

I liked it but for an unconventional challenge, I think not.
I can understand you believing in yourself and standing by your work but this wasn't even close to the challenge. I was glad to see him gone..
Arrogant Ass!!

Ian Hargrove's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

At first I knew she wasn't going to finish, she was soo calm, cool and collected.
Everyone was worried about her, even Tim!! Her design was simple and sophisticated..

Erin Robertson's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

This was soo inspirational, he used plates and flowers, it thought it was romantic and sweet..

Cornelius Ortiz's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

Just like the judges said, it was confusing. The pant was done well and the way he took the hat bills and put them on the shoulders was innovative . He just should have used one style and went all the way with it..

Brik Allen's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

I will be watching out for this designer as well. I love his spirit and positivity and it showed in his dress.. Lovely! He should have been in the top..

Alex Snyder's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 1 Final Look

The first episode was a hit for me..
I'm really enjoying everyone's individuality and creativity. We will see in the upcoming season who are your and my favorites. So, Far Mah-Jing and Alex are my standouts. Comment and tell me who did designs did you love or hate.

Until Next Time...

Thursday, September 15, 2016

What's Going On!!!!

Hey Everyone!
I know what your thinking, "What the Hell Has Happened to You?"
I know, I know! It's this job and I'm happy to announce that I'm pregnant, yes pregnant again and I just don't have the energy like I use to. I'm 42 years old, 4 1/2 months pregnant and tired as hell. LOL!

This pregnancy was so unexpected that it really blew my mind. As you all know, last year I had a miscarriage so I thought that my baby having days were over. Well to my surprise, it wasn't.
I just went to my doctor and she says that everything looks and sound great. No restrictions, just don't over do anything. My poor hubby nerves are shot, I can't do anything without him, so overprotective but I love him anyway, lol.. Ladies, what in the hell do I look like having a baby at 43 years old. I have a 24 year old, who's married a 15 year old that's in high school and a almost 9 year old. Mind you they're all girls...

As you all know Project Runway 15th Season is airing tonight.
So ladies, be ready for my rundown on all of the designers and the fashion that they create.
Let's hope season is sure to be and exciting one..

Also from time to time, I'll be creating maternity outfits since Fall is right around the corner.
I promise to be a little more consistent, it's just I couldn't wrap my mind around this situation until now. In parting, I want to leave you with this.

Yes Another One!!!!

Until Next Time.....

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Poor Man's Stew... Hearty Meal for the Family on a Busy Work Week..

Hey Everyone!!
I'm back with a simply and tasty recipe..
It's called Poor Man's Stew, will more like a Deconstructed Meatloaf. 
I also made cheesy garlic biscuits..
This is something you can do right after work and the cooking time is about 45 minutes to an hour, minus the biscuits. You can pop open a can of biscuits, melt some butter, add garlic and herbs, put over the biscuits and pop them in the oven for 15 minutes. While you're preparing the ground meat, boil some potatoes or make rice.


Ground Meats
Tomato Paste
Chicken Broth or Cube
1/4 Cup Flour
1 Cup Water

Garlic Pepper
Dried Parsley
Worcestershire Sauce
Steak Seasoning
Dried Parsley
Brown Seasoning

I got a great price on the ground meat.. 

All the veggies sliced and diced.

Used frozen peas

Brown, drain ground meat and put in separate bowl.

In the same pot add carrots, onions, celery, parsley, and garlic.
Cook until tender.

Add broth or cube 

Let it saute' for about 2-3 my minutes.

Add flour 

Then add about 1 cup of water.

Add about a 1/2 Tablespoon of Kitchen Bouquet.
Let simmer for 5 minutes

Add browned ground meat.

Add 1/4 cup of Tomato Paste

Looking Good..

Add peas

Let simmer for another 5 minutes.

 We love it over potatoes and I also made homemade garlic biscuits.  

Until Next Time....