Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pumpkins.... Already?

Oh yes! I do love me some pumpkins. I think I burnt myself out of pumpkin last year with all those pumpkin pregnancy cravings, so I was a little hesitant to start so early. My mom brought by a home grown organic pumpkin last week and what was I suppose to say?!?! "no get the delicious thing away from me?" I roasted the pumpkin like usual, because we sure do love roasted pumpkin over here. Isabella and Elliott ate quite a bit of it just roasted and I put the rest in my best ever pumpkin soup. To remind myself what good soup is suppose to taste like:

Saute: two garlic cloves, 1/2 sweet onion and one jalapeno
Add: most of a roasted sugar pumpkin, 2 cups vegetable broth, 1 can coconut mulk, 1 tsp of cumin, a hand full of cilantro
Heat: thoroughly
Serve: with fresh cilantro and crispy sour dough bread

Sugar pumpkin's aren't the only thing being cooked up over here! Check out this super cute pumpkin I made!


Basicly this is a really big dinner plate sized yo-yo full of stuff and fluff. I couldn't pull my yo-yo quite tight enough to over the hole with just the stem so I made a little base and added a leaf. I stitched these on very carefully because I know that stem and leaf willl.... be well loved. I am still trying to use only scraps (something about this time of year makes me not want to spend money...??) so I pieced together the very few orange pieces of fabric I have. I like the homeliness of this pumpkin and I think I am going to make it some friends (at least one more for Elliott to play with since Bella has been a bit of a pumpkin hog). I am out of orange fabric so I am thinking maybe a blue or white pumpkin. And pumpkin season is officially here!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Friday, September 3, 2010

Scraps and Updates

So last year around this time I decided to challenge myself to sew from scraps and fabric I already own exclusively. It was a fun a fun challenge and I enjoyed going through a lot of my fabrics. Ok, so I am trying again. It is almost too easy this year because I have a lot more yardage and projects in the making to use up. I am buckling down and starting Isabella's fall/winter jacket. Which I have already bought all the fabric for. I am using this pattern from Oliver + S. [which is not only the most expensive pattern I have ever bought but also the only one Isabella ever decided to cut into itty bitty pieces while I was putting Elliott to sleep. ah!] It's by far the most difficult pattern I've ever attempted but I am feeling pretty good about it. That's pretty easy to say because I've only cut it out so far.

There has been a lot less sewing and even less blogging about sewing since Elliott was born. Lately I have been in a sewing mood and somehow squeezing in one to two hour sewing projects like this one:


We found this stroller for a couple dollars and the consignment shop. The seat it came with was looking kind of worn and sad. Bella picked this fabric out of the stash and now has a stroller of her own to push her babies around in. Instead of insisting on my pushing my stroller with my baby in it. Which, as you can imagine, slows us down quite a bit. To a stop.