Monday, May 30, 2011


All of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Thank you

Friday, May 27, 2011

Fido Friday

Let me!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

On the Sew Again

I have finally gotten back in the mood to do a little sewing for myself.  Since I am hoping to shed a few pounds while The Husband is wired shut and I am fending for myself (I have already dropped 1.5lbs......probably those donuts we had earlier in the week!)  I don't want to jump back in with anything major just yet.  So here are my choices:

First up McCall's 5248.  I made the bathrobe a year ago and love it.  This time around I could use some summer pajamas.  These are all cotton fabrics, the green is going to be the shorts and the top will be a combination of the print and peach solid.  I haven't worked out the exact details, but with summer already in full swing here in the FL Panhandle this will be perfect for hot, humid nights.

Next up is Simplicity 3786 in view E (with the capped sleeves) in this light blue and yellow floral.  I saw a similar sleeveless  tunic in the Chadwick's catalog that I really loved and I have a beautiful blue, white and black cotton print in my stash that would be perfect.  But it's been awhile since I have done pintucks so I am going to make this my wearable muslin.  I'm not a huge fan of tunics but I do love pintucks and this looks like it will be very nice and cool.

Last in line is New Look 6677....gee, did I just say I wasn't a huge fan of tunics????  I am also not a big purple/lavender fan....but what the heck, I'm in a stash burning mode.  I am not sure which view to make.  My first choice is View E (sleeveless with major banding) but that neckline on the model is lower than I like and I and not sure if I am capable of redrafting this.  My second choice is View C, the white sleeveless, which is actually less tunic looking.  The neckline is more to my liking and I can still use the solid for the front placket and banded collar.  I could also make bias from the solid and use it around the armholes and side vents.  Jury is still in deliberations.

Anyway, I am happy to be back in the sewing saddle.  Hopefully I won't fall off again.  Time to get cuttin'.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Fido Friday

PetSmart had a sale last week of squeaky critters for $2.97.  They were a decent size for Rotties so Lily scored a few.  Here she is becoming acquainted with her new friend, Cow.  She has just started showing an interest in her toys and chew bones again.  She still looks at us sometimes with a sad, forlorn look on her face, but she is adapting to life without her buddy.

We have taken our first baby steps in possibly getting another dog.  The Husband insists on one more Rottie and I insist on a rescue.  So we have filled an application with Southern States  Rescued Rottweilers.

We still are not quite ready but  figured we would at least get the paperwork and interviews out of the way.  We would like a puppy, no older than 9 months, as that is what we think Lily will tolerate best.  And a male, has to be a little boy.  So it could take awhile, but we are in no hurry.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Last Supper.........

Rack of lamb on a potato and leek gratin with carmelized baby carrots. Served with a nice malbec.

A little over a month ago we found of The Husband needed to have his jaw wired shut for a minimum of  4 weeks.  This is due to his lower wisdom teeth never coming up but growing down into the jaw bone.  Cycst have formed and the jaw bone itself is almost no existent in certain spots.  So wiring it is.

Tomorrow is the big day. Three hours of surgery. Needless to say The Husband is NOT a happy camper.  This was his choice of was delicious.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Prom Date

I never went to the prom.  In my junior year of high school I didn't have senior boyfriend to go with. In my senior year I was dating an older guy and he really didn't want to go.  He offered but I could tell his heart wasn't really in the offer.

I love to go to Dillard's at prom time and look at the dresses.  They have a large selection and are very reasonably priced.  My prom was in 1973.  I don't think I would have made my dress if I had gone but if I did I may have chosen this one:

I love the little attached caplet.  Or perhaps this one:

Definitely the dress not the jumpsuit!  If I went to the prom in the 50's I may have chosen this one:

 I really like both of them, but the yellow one looks more 'prom' to me.  If I was going to the prom in the mid-60's I may have worn this:

I love the simplicity of the black and white, understated elegance for the prom! Okay, I would never pick this dress but then the 80's didn't offer much in my opinion, so here's my choice:

Okay, the cream colored one doesn't look too bad.   Here are a few modern picks I'd consider (if I was 18 and thin again!):

For that waif look.

I love the full skirt versions of this, especially the black one. A little edgy for prom, but kinda sweet looking too. Would be great with some 4" platform gladiator sandals!

The halter and double strap versions would look good on anyone.

I must still be channeling my inner teen every prom season, I can't seem to stop daydreaming about what I would wear, then or now!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Everyday Italian

The Husband was feeling very creative and energetic this afternoon.  He whipped up this lasagna-like spinach pasta, then rolled them up with ricotta and sausage and topped them off with provolone, homemade sauce and fresh grated parmesan. Oh, yeah I almost forgot the bechamel sauce........made from scratch...natch'.  What I guy!