Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Wednesday Showcase

Happy Wednesday All!!! Yep, it's me :), an actual post!

I love a little something funny. A friend of mine sent the picture below to me this morning and I just had to share it. As ingenious as it is, I don't think I would like to be a guest in this house! But, it did make me laugh :)

I was recently doing a little cleaning up of my blogroll. It always breaks my heart when I see that someone has decided to no longer blog. After a year of no blogging, I figure that that they have given up and I remove the address from the blogroll. 

Sometimes though, I am quite happy to see that they have not given up blogging, but have just changed their blog address. So many of you are moving over to Word Press.

Just in case you have missed out on a few new addresses, I thought I would give you a quick update.

Farhanna of Sew Fashionably Modest is no longer blogging at http://farhanasews.blogspot.com/. You can now find her at her sleek and pretty blog, Secret Garden Studio. Farhanna loves to sew, but her passion is design and drafting, so be sure to pop over and check out her blog.

Another change is Virginia, of Virginia's Sew Blessed Daughter. She too has moved over to a Word Press site and you can find her blog HERE.

Marcy Tilton has also moved. You can now find her fabulous website at MarcyTilton.com. Be sure to pop over if you haven't already. Marcy Tilton has a contest running where you can win $1000.00 in fabric!!!! And...just for entering the contest, you will be given a 10% discount on any fabric purchase. 

I have a very hectic weekend coming up, but after that, my schedule will slow down, a bit anyway. I'm looking forward to connecting with all of you a little more.

Have a wonderful day!

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Night Reflections

Courage is not living without fear.
Courage is being scared to death 
And doing the right thing anyway.
Author Unknown
Photo, Sara Renee

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Win The Stella Weekender Bag Pattern From Swoon Patterns

It's Sunday, and I do have a great recipe to share, my homemade tomato sauce. It's delicious by the way :), but since my blogging has been a little lacking, and I don't want everyone to think that this has turned into a cooking blog, I thought that I would share a sewing item today, and save the sauce for later. 

My Swoon Patterns Stella Weekender Bag sew along will be starting the first week of September on the Sew News blog, so it's time for a give away!!!

This is such a great bag with lots and lots of pockets. The front of the bag features 2 pockets with flaps and a big zippered pocket.

The back has 2 pockets, each big enough to hold an I-Pad.  

There are pockets on either end of the bag.

And, as if there weren't enough pockets on the exterior of the bag, there are more pockets on the interior. The only issue you may have is which pocket holds what!

Here are the pattern specs;

Product Description


  • 18” wide
  • 11” tall
  • 8” deep


  • Exterior: 2 yards 44” home decor weight
  • Lining: 1.5 yards quilting weight, 44”
  • 3 yards lightweight fusible interfacing
  • 2 yards fusible fleece (i.e. Pellon Thermolam TP971F)
  • 1 yard stiff fusible stabilizer (i.e. Pellon Peltex 71F)
  • Two 1” D-rings or strap loops and two 1.5” swivel clips
  • One 24” all-purpose zipper
  • One 14” all-purpose zipper
  • Two magnetic snaps

The pattern is a PDF pattern. I like to call PDF patterns instant gratification patterns since there's no getting in the car to go shopping and you can print it out anytime, even in the middle of the night :)    

If you think you might like to win a pattern, just leave a message here on this post. I'll announce the winner on  Friday, August 26, 2016.

Good Luck!!!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A Fabulous Chance Light up Your World

I have a little news that is going to make many of you VERY happy...at least I think so :)  

Last February I was given the opportunity to host a giveaway for the Inspired Lighting Sewing Machine Light Kit. Inspired Lighting sent me a light kit and said that if I liked it great, and if not, well, that was okay too. As it turned out, I LOVED the light kit and was surprised by how much light the light strip put out.

The kit comes with an LED light strip that has an adhesive backing, and all the tools you need to attach the strip to your machine.

Simply place the light strip along the inside of the machine and then wrap the cord around to the side. All of the pieces have an adhesive backing, so installation is super easy. The kit even comes with its own on/off switch.

Before I installed the light strip, I plugged it in just to see how bright the strip would be and I was very surprised by how much light the narrow strip gives off.

Here's a before and after picture. The picture on the left is before and the right, after. A BIG difference.

Now for the GREAT news...

Inspired Lighting is giving away 5, yes 5! light kits to 5 lucky winners!!!

The last give away was only open to those of you living here in the United States, but this time around, Inspired Lighting has opened the give away to all who live in the U.S. and Canada!!! 

If you would like a chance to win one of the fabulous light kits for your sewing machine,

1.You must be a follower of this blog.
2. Leave a message on this post and let me know how you follow, i.e. email, Bloglovin, Feedly, etc.  
3. You must live in the United States or Canada.

The winners will be announced on September 1, 2016. 

I used my first light kit on my little Baby Lock Anna which I use for travel. Inspired Lighting is sending me another light kit to install on my machine that I use at home, so I will be able to do a video of the installation and give you a real life look at how it lights up my world :)  

Good Luck!!!

A big Thank You to Inspired Lighting for giving me this opportunity to once again share a great product. 

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sunday Night Reflections

There is no reason for you to be doing anything that you hate. No reason good enough, 
no explanation worthy enough 
that you will want to hear after the sun has set 
on your youth, 
your beauty, 
and your opportunities 
as to why you continued to do things you hated day in and day out.
                                                                                                 Farnoosh Brock

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Sunday's Soup/Rustic Potato with Radish Greens

Don't worry, this isn't turning into a food or cooking blog.

This last week I was asked to put a couple of my art pieces in an exhibit. As much as I would like to participate, my answer was, "I'm sorry, but if I add one more thing to my plate, I think I will lose my mind." It has been a difficult summer, with one thing after another going wrong. And on top of it all, we have had house guests, which I truly enjoy, but, I'm tired. With two guests in the house this past week, I decided to just take a break and not visit the blog. 

Although I may take a break, I still eat, and I still cook, and I still enjoy sharing some of my wonderful finds with you!

Last week I told you how I just couldn't throw away the lovely greens from the carrots that I purchased at the farmer's market. Well, this week it was the greens from the radishes that I purchased. I thought that if the greens from the carrots could make such a lovely pesto, what could I do with the radish greens?

Well, they are wonderful in soup! The original recipe is called Rustic Radish Soup. It's actually a potato soup with radish greens, so I took the liberty of changing the name :) 

To make the soup, you begin with leeks and a purple onion that you chop and then saute in butter. For a vegan version, just use olive oil.

The recipe says that you may either skin the potatoes, or leave the skin on. I left the skin on the potatoes just to add to the nutrients in the soup. 
Once the leeks and onions have softened, the potatoes are added along with water. The recipe also calls for the addition of an anchovy. Again, for a vegan version, just leave it out. I love anchovies, so I added it and all it does is enhance the soup. 
The mixture is then boiled until the potatoes are tender. At that point, add the radish greens along with some chopped parsley and allow to cook for another 5 minutes. Puree the mixture and then add 3/4 cup of chopped radishes.  

Allow the radishes to sit in the hot soup for a few minutes before serving. They will become tender and will also mellow a bit. 

The final addition to the soup is cream. I saw no need for the cream and deleted it from my soup. So as you can see, the soup is very adaptable to a vegan version.

In case you missed it, you can find the original recipe HERE. I think that if you decide to give the recipe a try, you'll truly enjoy the mellow, yet robust taste of the soup. This soup is perfect for a cold winter evening, but I'm one of those crazy people who eats soup all year long, even on the hottest days! 


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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sunday's Soup/Carrot Top Pesto That Even a Vegan Would Love

When the farmers begin bringing the fresh produce into our local farmer's markets, I am in heaven. 
A few weeks ago, I stopped by a market and fell in love with a bunch of fresh carrots, well, if one can actually fall in love with carrots ;) They were so fresh and not only did the carrots look great, but the tops were so pretty and I just couldn't chop them off and toss them. I have heard of carrot top soup, but that didn't really strike my fancy, so I began to look around and I round a recipe for carrot top pesto. Score!!!

When purchasing fresh carrots with the stems in tact, just be sure that the greens are truly fresh and bright green. All you need to do is snip the greens from the stems, give them a bit of a chop, throw the greens along with some garlic, roasted walnuts, olive oil, salt and black pepper in your food processor and you have a truly delightful pesto. 

The soup is Velvety Carrot Soup with Carrot Top Pesto and you can find the recipe HERE.
The soup is so very simple to make, basically just onions and carrots. This is the second batch I've made. With the first, I followed the recipe exactly, this time around I added a clove of garlic to the soup. A nice addition.

Serve the soup with a dollop of the fresh carrot top pesto. Be sure to stir it around so you get a bit of the pesto with every spoon full! 

As I said, this is my second batch and it will not be my last. The soup will freeze well, so I plan to keep some in small containers for a quick lunch. If you like carrots, I think you'll truly love this soup.
And remember, not only does it taste great, it's good for your eyes too :)

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