Tuesday, November 24, 2015

And The Winner Is....

I just love days when I get to give something away :)
The response to the fabric and Sew News magazine give away was quite a success. Thanks so much to all of you who threw your name into the drawing. 
The winner of the dragon fabric, suede and Sew News Magazine is...

Congratulations Christine!!!!!
Please email me at sewbussted@yahoo.com with your address.

I wish I had enough fabric for all, but, so it goes. Remember that you still have a chance to win the pattern, so be sure to throw your name in on THIS post. The drawing for the pattern will be Monday, December 1, 2016. 
Good Luck!!!

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Monday, November 23, 2015

The Cosmo Convertible Bag Free Pattern Give Away!!!

Happy Monday Everyone!!! 
My day started off with some technical difficulties. Computers!!!!!, what a love/hate relationship :) But thanks to my niece, the problem is now resolved. Needless to say, I am behind, time wise. But....I have a lovely surprise for you that I was going to announce tomorrow, but I'll just switch today's post to tomorrow and make the announcement today. Hope that makes sense ;)
Last week I announced the upcoming Sew News Studio Kat Cosmo Convertible Bag sew along that will begin next week, December 1st. Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 24, 2015, I will announce the winner of the fabric and suede that I used for my bag. If you haven't put your name in for the drawing, be sure to do so by midnight tonight, November 23. The winner will also receive a copy of the Dec./Jan. issue of Sew News magazine. 
Now for even more good news! Kat of Studio Kat Designs has graciously agreed to give away a free Cosmo Convertible Bag pattern!
So, as usual, 
1. Leave a message on this post letting me know that you would like to be in the drawing. 
2.You must be a follower of this blog. Let me know how you follow. Sew News likes to see how you are following the blog.

I will announce the winner next Monday, December 1, 2015. 

Now for a few ideas;
The bags pictured below are from the Studio Kat website. I especially like the bag on the bottom right.
The bag pictured below features a pieced pocket. This pattern is not included in the pattern, but you can download it for free HERE.
And a little sneak peek at the fabrics I'll be using for the sew along. I'll use the leaves and swirls for the bag and then accent it with the leather. The bag will be lined with the fabric in the lower right hand corner.
I think this is going to be an especially fun sew along. I am loving my new bag. It's great for just about everything. I even used it to carry my knitting.
Wishing you a fabulous week!

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday Night Reflections

I wanted you to see what real courage is,
 instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. 
It's when you know you're licked before you begin, 
but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.
- Atticus Finch
                                                                                   From the book, To Kill A Mockingbird

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Eating For Your Future/Autumn Salad With Horseradish Vinegrette

Oh how I love this time of year, with all the lovely fall vegetables filling the market. 
After last week's salad, I must of continued to have pomegranate on my mind as I found THIS recipe from the Sprouted Kitchen that just jumped off the page. Well, it didn't quite jump ;), but it did stand out and I just had to give it a try. This is not just a salad, but a main course. And for anyone trying to follow a vegan diet, well this is one for you, as it covers protein beautifully.
I am a big fan of roasting vegetables, especially fall/winter vegetables. It really enhances the taste and it's just so easy to do. This recipe starts by roasting brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and butternut squash. Before roasting, a little olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, a pinch of cayenne, salt, pepper, and yes, nutmeg are added to the vegetables. Do not leave out the nutmeg. It really flavors the vegetables beautifully.
Once the vegetables are roasted, you could actually go ahead and eat them as they are. Or, make up the vinaigrette, toss in some chopped chives, and again, you could eat the dish at this point.  
But, PLEASE give the entire recipe a try. The addition of the arugula and the pomegranate makes for an especially special dish. 
The only change I made was actually an addition. I decided that roasted pine nuts would be nice, and they were. 
To serve the dish, I mixed everything together except the pomegranate and the pine nuts. I then topped the salad with the pine nuts and the pomegranate. Not only tasty, but pretty too!
If by chance you are looking for a lovely and easy dish to add to your Thanksgiving menu, you might like to give this one a try. The salad is intended to be served at room temperature, so it's not something you need to worry about keeping warm.
Once again, you can find the recipe HERE
Just one last note, the vinaigrette is a little spicy. Rather than a tablespoon of horseradish, you might want to start with a half tablespoon and then add more if you like.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Finishing The Upline Jacket

The final post for the Square One Upline Jacket sew along is up and you can find it HERE
I am so pleased with the finished jacket. It's sleek and lovely from the front, and soft and feminine from the back. Just an all around lovely jacket. 
I used a Riri zipper that I purchased from Pacific Trimming. It's my first Riri zipper and I think I'm hooked. What a lovely zipper. 
Of course, the zipper plays center stage in this jacket, so having it match up correctly is vitally important. Just follow the instructions and you'll have a beautifully inserted and matching zipper. 
Thanks so much for following along. I hope you've enjoyed the sew along. I feel like I'm the real winner as I ended up with 2 fabulous new jackets!
If you have not purchased a pattern, but feel you would like to give the jacket a go, you can find the pattern HERE
Good Luck with your jackets!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Your Chance To Make a Cosmo Convertible Bag Just Like Mine!

Have you seen the new issue of Sew News?
The last sew along for this year will be a great bag from Studio Kat Designs. It's called The Cosmo Convertible Bag and it can be worn as a back pack, a shoulder bag, or a cross body bag.
One side features a pocket with a flap,
and the other side features a zippered pocket.
The pocket has magnetic snaps.
The inside is quite roomy and will easily carry lots of stuff and your I-Pad!

The sew along will begin on December 1, 2015, so right on the heels of the Sewn Square One Upline Jacket. The timing is actually perfect as I can imagine that most anyone would love to find this bag under the tree!

So to kick off the sew along, I am giving away enough of the dragon fabric and the red suede so that you can make a bag just like mine! You will need to purchase the zippers, hardware and pattern. The giveaway also includes the new issue of Sew News magazine. 

If you would like a chance to win the fabric and the magazine, just leave a message on this post. I will draw the winning name on Tuesday November 24th.  
In the meantime, you can check out the pattern HERE in the Sew News shop. 
I had a lot of fun making the bag, so I am really looking forward to the sew along.

In case you are wondering, the last post for the Sewn Square One Upline Jacket will be out tomorrow, Wednesday, November 18th. There was a little mix up with my zipper, so I was late getting it. But my jacket is finished and I love it! As soon as the post is up, I will let you know.  

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Eating For Your Future/Tomato and Roasted Lemon Salad

Good Morning Everyone! 
I know I'm so late and completely out of sync, but rather than wait until next week, I really wanted to go ahead and share this salad recipe with you. It's fabulous!
I had a group of friends over yesterday for a soup party. I made 3 soups, 
Chicken and Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto for the meat eaters,

Tortellini In a Pesto Broth for the vegetarians,

And Red Lentil with Coconut Milk for my vegan friends.

What amazed me was that the meat eaters all went for the Lentil soup!!! Hey, you never know :) 

But here's what I really want to share with you. This salad is so amazing, Tomato and Roasted Lemon Salad. The tag line said, "this may just be your new favorite salad"...IT IS!
The key to this salad is the roasted lemon. It sounds strange, but it is so good. Two lemons are sliced in very thin slices(rind in tack), parboiled in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drained and then mixed with a little olive oil, salt, sugar, and finely chopped sage. The mixture is then put in the oven for 20 minutes. Bring the lemon out, allow to cool and mix it in with the other ingredients. Even my husband who typically doesn't care for too much lemon loved the salad. It also contains pomegranate seeds. This salad is just a taste explosion in your mouth. And it's pretty. The above picture is mine, the picture below is from the website,
Photo: Jonathan Lovekin © 2014
The only change that I made was that I mixed the salad with salad greens, making the original salad recipe more of an ingredient in a salad. Everyone cleaned their plate, so I think it was a hit. I'm serving this for Christmas as not only does it taste great, it's just so pretty. The recipe says that it serves 4, but mixed with salad greens, it will easily serve 6 to 8.
You can find the recipe HERE
One last thing, I didn't have pomegranate molasses, so I used regular molasses. The salad was still great. 
If you decide to give the salad a try, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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