Black chain pencil skirt: Drafting, cutting

Click on the image for a larger view. After a sewist has picked fabric and notions, it’s time for her to crunch some numbers: her vital statistics. In other words, you ask yourself, “How do I figure?” To make this skirt, I am using Sew What! Skirts: 16 Simple Styles You Can Make with Fabulous […]

Introducing the black chain pencil skirt

The cast of characters: brassy buttons, brass jeans zipper, and the star: black chain print cotton twill. I have a vision for a sewing project, and it started in the kitchen. MVH and I received a very nice set of Chicago Cutlery knives for our wedding in 2003. And use those knives we did! But […]

Back up for air

Aloha, friends. I’ve been swamped with non-blog-related projects lately, and I expect to have something for you very soon. I’ve been really hot to get sewing again, and I can’t wait to share projects and bounce some ideas off of you. If it’s any consolation, I really miss this place, and I think about it […]

Last call for votes

Voting ends at noon (Central) today. Visit http://www.ironcupcakemilwaukee.com to vote for Snuggie Cupcake. I just voted. I have 22 votes, or 4 percent of the vote. Remember: more votes means I have more chances to win the prizes (found by clicking here). Many thanks.

Vote for my cupcake!

Voting has started from the IronCupcake:Earth Staying Warm Challenge! Vote for my Snuggie cupcake at Nobody Puts Cupcake in a Corner. The rail for voting is on the right side of the page. You rule. 😀

I put a cupcake in Snuggie

Yup, that’s a cupcake in a Snuggie. Now you’ve seen it all. I did it, guys. I think I may have crafted the most ridiculous item, ever. Well, it’s at least the most ridiculous craft I’ve personally ever concocted. Most ridiculous item ever is a pretty tall order. Have you checked out Regretsy.com? Sheesh. (FYI: […]

Eats of Eden: Out of season

Apple-cranberry pie appears in a back copy of Cook’s Illustrated. The genesis of this entry has roots all the way back to Thanksgiving. It was a small-scale feast for just me and MVH, and it was delicious. MVH grilled a turkey breast (a first for him), and it was smoky and moist. I made mashed […]

Time out, time in

Slabs of delicious quick bread are a pretty good reason to get up in the morning. Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” suite was my baking soundtrack recently. I made quick bread between pirouettes, MVH dropping by from time to time to join the dance. It was relaxing and silly, everything you could want a baking experience to be […]

Voting now is open for IronCupcake:Earth

Hey, kittens. It’s time to vote for my Apple Challenge cupcake at No One Puts Cupcake in a Corner. Click here to vote. Like last time, the voting zone is in a scrolling box on the right. Look for Sie macht and cast your vote for me. I baked cupcakes in orange peels! I think […]

Eats of Eden: Apples to oranges

Surprise! There’s a cupcake in my orange peel. I relish the contrary. Maybe it’s the Gemini in me. I strive to be unpredictable and to challenge and expand what I know. When the November IronCupcake:Earth Apple Challenge was announced, I put on my thinking helmet to come up with a way to turn baking with […]

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