I’ve been having a hard time getting into a sewing routine. And it’s not because I’m distracted by Little Dude. He’s still napping like a champ. I’m not taking advantage of the opportunity to sew. Instead I take the time he’s asleep to either get some chores done, go out for a walk (don’t worry, I bring him along) or try to relax by baking or just doing nothing. But what about sewing? It’s relaxing. Yes. It definitely can be. But it’s been so long since I’ve done it regularly that I spend more and more time thinking about it, prepping to do it, than doing it.
So lately my creative juices are being poured into baking and cooking. Because, you know, why not.
So yeah, that’s a lot of food. Good thing we like to eat
As much as I love to bake and cook I miss sewing. And as of today I feel like I’m back to it wholeheartedly and it feels right. When I made last month’s circle skirt I felt stressed and didn’t enjoy the process. And to no surprise I stayed away from the sewing room (and my new serger, thanks awesome hubbie!). But today I went back to the sewing table and truly loved working on my project. I took my time and really enjoyed each step, not rushing once. So tomorrow I look forward to sharing my newest garment, nothing fancy, but exciting for me nonetheless.
I love hosting parties. I really really do. I am a born feeder, always baking and sharing the results. So when it came down to finding a place to host a little sewist summer party, I volunteered. I had a blast making the decorations and baking a few bits.
Inspired by a few fabric garlands on Pinterest, I made my own. It used quite a bit of scraps and can easily be put away and used again for other parties. Highly recommended! It’s very shabby chic and brightens up a space quite well.
My me-made napkins finally got some use. I made these when I first started sewing so they have a special place in my heart. I kept them away in the linen closet and finally decided to bring them out. They are quite bright and cheery and dressed up the table nicely.
A party ain’t a party without some sweets…
Or savory bits…
So those are just a few snapshots of what I made. I also played bartender and made some cocktails, including a gin concoction that I need to replicate again so I can share the recipe. It’s much too good to keep to myself. Once I round up some gin I will try as many times possible until I get the cocktail right. It’s a sacrifice I am willing to make .
I am a true believer that sharing is caring. So for now I will leave you with the recipe for my go-to *honey margarita. Cheers!
Fill a 14 oz. shaker with the following ingredients:
2 oz. Hurradura Reposado
Splash of Cointreau
1 oz Honey
2 oz. Fresh squeezed lime juice
1 oz. Fresh squeezed orange juice
Squeeze half of a lime
Cover, shake and pour over ice in a martini glass.
Yesterday was the last day of OWOP. I really had a great time doing this challenge. It forced me to think outside of the jeans-and-t-shirt box and spruce up my look a bit. I definitely felt extra special every day because I knew I actually spent time deciding what to wear.
A group of us celebrated the end of the challenge with a few cocktails and friendly chatter. Meeting up with fellow stitchers never gets old. On the contrary. I look forward to meeting up more and more. It’s nice to chat about your hobby with someone who understands what you’re on about. Poor hubby just grins and nods when I explain what I’m trying to do with a garment. Bless.
A great night is always guaranteed when you mix three things together:
2. Chocolate (Find my tutorial on how to make these lovely macarons/macaroonshere).
Thanks to Tilly for thinking up an awesome challenge that got my creative juices flowing. Thanks to Karen for organizing another fab meet-up. And thanks to y’all who humored me by listening to me go on and on about The Tube. I am obsessed with that show!