Tuesday, July 06, 2010

OYW : Sew Along 2010 : July/August

Hey Donk,

Somehow I made it to July without trying out that other tank pattern, but I just want to put it on the record that the only reason I didn't make it was because I ran out of bias tape on the first one and I think you know that I'm not making bias tape even though I have one of those OH IT'S SO EASY TO USE bias tape maker gadgets because IT'S STILL A PAIN IN THE ASS.


So, I still want to make that tank because I have the perfect fabric for it, but alas, it waits. I must procure bias tape. Which means I must get over to my favorite sewing shop so that I may finger all the tapes. Of course, I could just be buying them online, but somehow that's alluded me until now.


It's a new month, or months rather, and so we have new projects and a recipe to de-stash your fridge/garden.

Which, OH MUTHER, do I need right now. Geesh.

Our farmshare and my garden are conspiring to bury me beneath strawberries. Which isn't the worst thing that could happen I suppose, unless you're buried under there for more than, say, a day, at which time it would become The Worst because ew.

How can something so tasty smell so foul after just a few hours at room temp? Seriously, that's gnarliness. And sort of incredible.

Anyway, I have a recipe for that and you have two new projects and before we go too much farther into this rambling post, we have a winner from May and June!

okgirl2010 made a perfect rendition of the pintucked top and then, because she's obviously aware of my soft spot for WTness, staged her final photos to play into my weakness what with the plastic hanger and all.

For the record, SHE called it WT, not me. Originally anyway.

Nicely played, friend. Now send me your mailing address to finnyknitsATgmailDOTcom and I'll send you a prize worthy of your great WTness.

And for those of you waiting beneath a pile of strawberries for salvation - here's your recipe:

Strawberry Salad
Recipe by moi

Makes 6 servings

2 bunches of loose leaf lettuce, washed and chopped  (about 6 cups)
1 pint of strawberries, hulled and sliced
1/2 c pecans, chopped
1/4 cup Parmesan, sliced thin
4 T champagne vinegar (or other mild white vinegar)
3 T olive oil
Salt and pepper to your taste

Pile the strawberries, pecans and Parmesan on top of the salad greens, pour the dressing over the top and toss.

And, it sounds like Kelli's chosen Elodie the Elephant and someone's (mine - I'm very subtle AND modest) Not-Ugly Car Trash Bag for this month's projects.

So, there's that.

We've got two months until photo pool time (meaning upload your photos by August 31st), so get to making and either amusing a child (or yourself? Do you still have stuffed animals on your bed? Is that awkward when you bring home a dude? Just saying.) or cleaning out your trashy car.

Not that you necessarily have a trashy car, but if I get in there and have to kick cigarette boxes or old tissues out of the way to sit down, I'm going to have to advise you on your car's trashiness status.

I'll be watching you.

OH! And I nearly forgot - if YOU forget what projects and recipes we've got going for the month(s), I added a Sew Alongs tab to the top bar of my blog, so you can just real quick like go over there and see what we're supposed to be doing. And there's a link to the photo pool and everything for, like, quick reference and whatnot.

What's not there, however, are all the details from all of the sew alongs Kelli and I have done. Yet. I'm working on it.

Now go clean out your car.



  1. I'm such an idiot. Was totally going to do the nightie/pintucked top ... but had it in my head that I had June/July to do them. Ha ha! Ah well, Elodie/Not-Ugly Trash bag here we come. We have two cars needing good looking trash bags, so there's hope!

    Hooray for strawberry salad -- yum!

    Finally, you have a bias-making thingy and you don't USE it? I look at them longingly every time I'm in the store but can't justify spending $80 on something I'll use maybe 2-3 times a year.

  2. Sue - Nononono - I have the little gadget that you stick fabric into and then pull through the other side and iron down.

    The bias tape machine is a whole other $80 story. I have the same thought when I see it, too. $80 for something that will hardly get used and also take up space I don't have.


  3. Oh, I love your new 'Sew alongs' page. Vury nice! Although it's a sad reminder that NOT ONCE have I actually made any of these projects. I mean to, really I do, I just don't. And seeing that I've been meaning to do it for several years is just very very sad.

    It probably has something to do with the fact that my to-do list is so long that once, while following the advice of an organization book, I was supposed to sit down for 15 to 20 minutes and "clear my head" of all the various to-dos rattling around in there... and 2 hours later I was still writing. And there was no end in site.

    Or maybe it's because I spend all my time leaving too long comments. ;)

    Also, that salad looks pretty, even if the thought of combining fruit with any time of lettuce makes me shudder. I'm such a baby, I know.

    (I just realized that this comment verifies what a completely lame person I am. Oh well, I'm leaving it anyway.)

  4. You're clearly having too much fun -- buried by produce or not. The salad looks wonderful -- thanks for the recipe. I also just saw a post about chocolate covered strawberries. You could always make those and then recline in the backyard while Bubba hand feeds you CCstrawberries and champagne!

  5. I want you to check my blog tomorrow---because you?? Will be proud of me. Like a mama bird when her baby actually flies and doesn't die on the sidewalk under the nest. Or like when a mom is proud that her daughter makes it to 17 without being on "16 and Pregnant". ;)

  6. I would really like to clean my car of the stupid fucking car seat that takes up the whole back seat and is such a pain in the ass I can't even tell you.

    But, you know, I could go to jail for joyriding with a freewheeling infant, so the bastard stays. (The car seat is the bastard--not the infant. An important distinction.)

  7. Yay! Yet another OYW project I've been meaning to make anyway. Thanks for giving me the kick in the butt to make myself that trash bag I've been needing. No, really. Have you seen the state of my car? Sure, the trash is mostly outdated JoAnn Fabric ads and gas receipts (so nothing smelly and rotting) but I still don't need that kind of clutter in my life!



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