Cook’s Illustrated challenge: Weeknight Roast Chicken

The bird in question. “Why is the kitchen filled with smoke?” I had just returned home from a bike ride. MVH was watching Paul and minding the Weeknight Roast Chicken, as dictated by Cook’s Illustrated. And the lower level of the house was honest-to-goodness hazy. “It’s the chicken,” MVH said. “Or more accurately, we’ve reached […]

Done and Done: Smock for a little one

The surprise sewing project is a smock! Click on image for greater detail. Any chance you guessed I was making the Swing Swing Smock from “Bend-the-Rules Sewing“? That’s what I sewed for my little pal, F, daughter of my longtime pal, Lori O’Neil, who blogs over at Imperfectly Living. F shows off her new reversible […]

The Cook’s Illustrated cooking challenge

Christopher Kimball is founder and editor of Cook’s Illustrated, and you’ve probably seen him lurking around “America’s Test Kitchen.” This may be the best OR the worst idea I’ve had in a long time. I aim to cook each dish in the September/October 2011 issue of Cook’s Illustrated. In case you’re not familiar with Cook’s […]

Under Construction: Sorbetto top | Custom color

Under Construction provides a peek at works in progress. The fixings for a Sorbetto top. The pattern on the white cotton adds a visual texture that I think will play nicely with the lace and smooth bias binding.  One recent night after I put the boy to bed, I printed the pattern and instructions for […]

Done and Done: Knit woes overcome!

 This skirt used to hit the bottom of my kneecaps. This is a much better length, don’t you think? In this post I shared some choice tips and videos for sewing with knits. I put them to good use and hemmed the knit skirt under discussion. And the sewing did take all of 10 minutes […]

Under Construction: It’s a surprise

 Bright prints! This project is a surprise for a very special little person. It’s a goodie from “Bend-the-Rules Sewing,” and I’ve made some design modifications. Stay tuned!  Details and pink bias binding.

Under Construction: Jogging stroller redux | Support strap stitched

The old support strap and the new support strap. I matched the dimensions really well. Here’s the latest on the stroller: I cut the new support strap and stitched its edges.  To finish the outer edges, I stitched them twice, trapping the raw edge inside the finished edge. As I mentioned in my last post […]

Creepy flannel

In the flannel shirting section at Jo-Ann. This flannel crept into my brain last week, and I can’t get it out. It raised all sorts of questions. Who would make a bug flannel shirt? Who would wear a bug flannel shirt? Is a bug flannel shirt ironic, or just weird? Where would I wear a […]

Under Construction: Jogging stroller redux | Cleaning, pattern making

Under Construction provides a peek at works in progress.  This weekend MVH and I got serious about fixing the jogging stroller. At Paul’s latest well-baby visit, our pediatrician said we could put him in the jogging stroller if it had the appropriate safety gear. It has a five-point harness, just like his car seat, so […]

What They Made: Ross Wellington

Introducing Ross Wellington. My husband, Mark (aka MVH), and his longtime friend, Brian Ellis, have been working on a graphic novel called “Ross Wellington” since 2004. Ross Wellington is the lone alien survivor of the Roswell crash, and he makes a living as a private detective. The story is sci-fi meets noir, and it never […]

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