Happy St. Patrick’s Day

One the menu tonight: chocolate stout cake.   It’s a oldie from the archives. The Domestic Goddess was the first food blog I started reading. She adapted this recipe from Nigella Lawson. DG is Canadian, and the measurements are metric. Here I’ve converted them and added some other handy notes. Click to enlarge.   Very […]

From earring to necklace in too many steps

One earring, two pierced ears. Hrm. Instructions: 1. Buy beautiful earrings at cute boutique. Erin and the earrings cross the Brooklyn Bridge in June 2008. 2. Love earrings. Wear them tons. Collect many compliments. Take them on vacation. 3. Wear earrings to your class reunion. Break an earring on the dance floor while partying like […]

Tour VHHQ

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am moving. But before my sweet little ranch is bought by some person with fabulous taste, I thought I’d show you some of the stuff I’ve made around here. Arts-and-Crafts-inspired valance. This valance, in the master bedroom, was the first thing I sewed using a pattern. It […]

Black chain pencil skirt: Hold fast

Hand-sewing the button. How very analog! OK, homies. The next thing I did to the muslin was add a buttonhole, and it was so easy, it was practically a nonevent. The buttonhole foot is goofy looking. The button goes in an adjustable holder the back. By some technological magic, the buttonhole foot knows, based on […]

Stop the presses

Breakfast, and my final paper. Yesterday was my last day of work for probably quite some time. I am going back to school, starting next month, to earn an MBA with a marketing focus. To make a long story short, I was not happy with the trajectory of my journalism career. This career change is […]

Know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em

My soon-to-be-ex knitting stash. I’m here to tell you that giving up is OK. Surrender is an option. I’ve tried to get into knitting — honest! I have some dear friends who are accomplished knitters, people who can talk and knit at the same time. I can only frown and knit at the same time. […]

Black chain pencil skirt: Waisted

I followed these directions, from Sew What! Skirts, to make the waistband. [Click image for a readable view.] The waistband was the next step on my test garment, and it’s been the most fun part of making this skirt so far. “Fun” may seem like a goofy way to describe a sewing step, but it’s […]

Special request

Nine separated eggs. I think Kitty is giving me the stink eye in this photo. Not that long ago, I was a bit of a joke in the kitchen. My college roommates joked about “Buegefying” food. (Buege is my maiden name.) There was good reason for the joke. I once opened a can of Manwich […]

Happy birthday, happy Easter

Two bratwursts, one kielbasa, and one toasted bun. MVH‘s birthday was last week, but the first chance we had for a proper birthday dinner was Easter Sunday. We knew the weather was going to be nice, and we were itching to haul out the Weber. The menu was German-inspired (save the kielbasa). MVH made a […]

Black chain pencil skirt: Shaping up

Hand-pinned darts. [Click for a larger view.] The thing about darts that kinda drives me bananas is that there aren’t really rules for them. There’s no equation (that I know of) of waist-to-hip ratio that reveals how long and wide a dart should be and where it should be placed. It’s all about feel. And […]

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