Sunday, January 20, 2013

Thank you Velosewer!

I went to the mailbox today and look what arrived--a package from Australia--specifically from velosewer!!!  Maria has been reading my blog for at least a year now and following me on twitter too.  Go over and check out her blog now if you haven't read it--she is deep into Jungle January!

thank you velosewer!!
Her gift was the perfect pick-me-up!
2 zipper pouches, a lavendar tape measure, and a post card from Sydney. Maria wrote some very sweet things on the back! The gray one with the black flower trim is my favorite--I have used that same flower trim (in white with yellow centers) on my favorite pajamas.
Thank you!!

I started my own zipper pouches but ran into problems--I do not like how the zipper ends look--several of you have said to try the Craftsy free bag class and various online tutes--I will revisit zipper pouches soon...but I thought I'd show you mine:
my zipper pouches
For that bottom one, I used iron on vinyl.  I thought I was being clever but when you turn it inside out, surprise!  It gets all wrinkly/crinkly.
I don't like the ends of my zipper, specifically how the outside of the pouch looks around the zipper end...:
end of zipper pouch

In other news, I'm still engrossed in my Sewaholic Thurlow muslin.  It's still muslin #4....every day or two Angela and I work on it a bit more....(I'm taking Altering Pants by Angela Wolf on the PR website).

Pants fitting is NOT fun but I'm grateful to have Angela's expert help. So far I haven't cried over my muslin yet. I cried over my jeans muslin and soon thereafter went on to sew the real deal, so maybe I'm one good sob away from starting the real trousers.  I really should start practicing double welt pockets and the Sewaholic method of fly front zipper insertion.
Thurlow muslin #4 front
Here's the back:
Thurlow muslin #4 back
Oh sigh, the flickr thing has reset itself.  I have to find the setting that will always display my rotated photos as rotated in my blog.  This happened last May....I fixed it then, will have to fix it again.

I was kind of blown away by the discussion of food on my last blog post.  First that velosewer had never seen chicken pot pie before, and the variety of suggestions on how to make the cornbread crust better and the dish better overall.  I will try it again.  I love the filling from Cook This Not That, and the idea of the from-scratch cornbread crust...

Tonight I made lasagne bolognese from Rocco DiSpirito's Now Eat This Italian. It has hardly any cheese in it but is SO good.  Like, I was surprised at how good it is when it doesn't have, well, a boatload of cheese in it.

Lasagne bolognese from Rocco DiSpirito's Now Eat This Italian
So this was dinner tonight, the lasagne with peas and sugar peas,also from Rocco's book. and cut up canteloupe from Whole Foods, because I'm lazy when it comes to cutting fruit.
Lasagne bolognese from Rocco DiSpirito's Now Eat This Italian with snaps & peas
Library books for this week:
PPL books for this week
Several of you have written about Shape Shape and there it was on the library shelf, YAY!

I read the novel "Where We Belong" this weekend. Good thing too, it's an Express Collection book--one week loan, $1 a day fine.

And then Rocco's book. I might buy this cookbook. I *love* cookbooks that have pix for EVERY recipe and have healthier recipes. This book fits the bill nicely.

Be well!
And thanks again Maria!


  1. Woo Hoo. I'm so glad these arrived in 1 piece.
    Your pouches look good as does your food.

  2. Your pants are singing, "Don't Cry For Me". They will take shape in time. Your lasagne looks delish.

  3. You always seem to be up to such wonderful things! Your pants look great, keep moving forward, you will get it. Also, the lasagna looks amazing! I am a fan of recipe books with photos for each recipe too.

  4. Your lasagna does look good. I wish I could eat noodles.

    It brightens up your day to get packages in the mail!

  5. What an awesome care package! And from halfway around the world. I recently read that the zipper should be sandwiched in the lining in order for the ends to come out not awful. However, now I feel like I need to take the Craftsy class myself. "One sob away" from great trousers? Maybe so, but I hope it doesn't require tears.....

  6. Well you just added another cookbook to my wish list!

  7. Wow! The gift is very nice specially the black one. Your lasagna does look good. Hey! I want to read the novel "Where We Belong". Where can I get these? Can it be found in Online?


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