Archive for April, 2011

This is one dapper fox! He went from idea to reality in less than a day. I think next time his belly will be on the edge and overlap to the other side.

See how it’s a little plain on this side?  His bandanna helps though.  : )  For a test subject he came out pretty well.


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I have finally discovered a cinnamon roll recipe that is worth keeping around.

Yes, these gooey, oh-so-yummy looking, perfectly browned cinnamon rolls really did come out of my devil oven. Believe me when I say there have been many failures in the past.

I tried a recipe that was supposed to turn out like Ikea’s cinnamon rolls by using Trader Joe’s pizza dough.

Fail. Too crunchy on the outsides.

I’ve tried a few different non-yeast recipes.

Fail. Fail. Fail. They were just never fluffy enough for me.

I had almost resigned myself to a fate of Pillsbury canned cinnamon rolls when I stumbled across Smitten Kitchen’s post for Cinnamon Swirl Buns.

I had made yeast breads before, so why was I avoiding it this time?

Turns out I was afraid of them being too delicious. Just kidding! But seriously these are melt in your mouth good with the cream cheese frosting. If you’re not a fan of the cream cheese flavor it would be easy to just whip up a simple milk and powdered sugar frosting instead. Either way, they are decadent and well worth the effort. I prepped everything the night before and just had to pop them in the oven in the morning.

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This skirt was originally a hand me down, and hung down to my ankles. While it actually was a very elegant long skirt it had two strikes against it. 1) I don’t like long skirts unless it’s part of a costume, and 2) it had an elastic waistband that died long before I got it. About four years ago I cut off the waistband and then the fabric sat in my stash lonely and unfinished until a week ago.

I decided to keep the bottom hem in tact since it would save me some sewing, and then cut off about 1/3 of the fabric. Then I did some simple gathering and stitched on a new waistband from a sea foam colored cotton.

The zipper only took me about five times to get it in straight and line up with the fabrics. I whipped up some fabric flowers and voila! And do you see that shiny hook and eye? That’s right! I actually made the effort and sewed them in! I have skipped the whole hook and eye step on every other garment that’s called for one (and not really missed it), but this time I went for the gold.

All in all I am very proud of my refashioned skirt. It fits on my hips perfectly, the waistband lays flat, and I love the fabric. The only flaw is that I don’t actually have a shirt that goes with it.


Hench why there are no full body photos… yet.

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This weekend JoAnne’s was having a 50% off sale on all rotary tools and notions, so I finally broke down and bought a mat, rotary cutter, and clear ruler. I am sooooooo excited to finally have some tools that will make cutting and measuring about a billion times easier. I also splurged on a disappearing ink fabric pen because the chalk pencil NEVER works for me. I had no idea you could use a chalk pencil wrong, but apparently I don’t know how to make it work for me.

Now to work on my quilt design, figure out measurements, and put these bad boys to good use!

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Coming Home

It’s been over a year since I started this blog, and it’s time to freshen up this place and get back to the important things. Life has inevitably gotten in the way of my personal ambitions, but I’m ready to set myself some goals that may be challenging, but would be so rewarding to complete.

Goal 1: Get back to the blogosphere. Post weekly about my projects and inspirations.

Goal 2: Start creating! Commit myself to completing a project a week. (This will be the challenging goal thanks to my 40 hour work week, the commute, and my adorable yet diverting husband. ^_^)

Goal 3: Plot out my product list for Tenacious Textiles and work on designs.

Goal 4: Learn how to take better pictures for my products. Time to test out all those camera settings!

Goal 5: Hone my sewing skills and add to my knowledge.

Goal 6: Have more confidence in my abilities and designs, and don’t give up so easily.

It would be a major accomplishment to get the shop up and running and fully stocked this year. It’ll take more than just keeping my fingers crossed, but I think I’m up for the challenge.

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