There’s a conspiracy, I tell ya…

But conspiracy or no, I will prevail, albeit in a slightly modified fashion, and much, much later than expected.


Skirt detail

You may remember my project, which was to make my own version of this skirt from Anthropologie.  I was thinking of something in purple or maroon tones, but with a less “fancy” feel.

I found a nice deep red double knit polyester and a really pretty vintage inspired pattern, see original post here. I was concerned about my chosen embellishments (black, gray, gold and cream bits of organza and chiffon and pearly button) – they seemed a bit “dainty” for the fabric.

That was the innocuous beginning, and here is how the conspiracy unfolded. Continue reading

Sunday Sevens – Week 58

Hello lovelies! Thank goodness for Natalie’s Sunday Sevens or I would have no posts at all, since my sewing is at a temporary standstill! Pop on in to her site to see what it’s all about, it’s fun and maybe you’ll want to join in.


We have been having a grand time showing my mom the sites of Rochester and surrounds. We’ve had guests, and our excursions involve lots of food, shopping, and sightseeing. And walking….she grabs her walker and off we go up and down the street to enjoy the local color.

So here we go with a few pics. Of course there will be trees and clouds, as I just can’t seem to get enough of them.

Strolling Along….

Putting on a colorful show

Putting on a colorful show

This orange tree up the street had mama walking at a good clip to see it up close and personal.

This is apple country

Apples and then some

Apples and then some

We were hoping to find some russet apples at Schutt’s Apple Mill, but they won’t be ready for another two weeks, after mom’s visit is over.

Amish Farm Market

The Windmill

The Windmill

We travelled to Penn Yan, where there is a most marvelous farm and craft market, The Windmill. Mom found a beautiful scarf for my sister, and we found (and purchased) more baked goods than any three reasonable people require.

What are these?

What are these?

And hubby bought these….do you know what they are?



Bread ties!

Happy wanderers

Happy wanderers

Lovely day, but time to head home….




My sewing plans are on hold for now, but this skirt has all seams and godets sewn, and waistband is basted on. Finished project post is still some way off, so I promise to post a brief update soon…

That’s all folks! Have a great week, and happy stitching!

Sunday Sevens – Week 57

Hi everyone, it’s time for this week’s Sunday Sevens, a little ode to randomness, those bits that don’t merit a whole post. For info about Sunday Sevens, please pop in to see the creator, Natalie, over at Threads & Bobbins. There are no real rules, just sharing of seven(ish) pictures.


So here we go with today’s Sunday wrap up.

First of all, the very best of all things is happening. My sister arrived on Wednesday with our 89-year-old mother! Sis has gone home, but mom will be here for 3 full weeks! In light of this, my blogging might be extra light, but I do have some fun pics to share. This week most of the photos were taken on a day of wine tasting at the Finger Lakes. I didn’t even know these wineries existed! The skies were overcast but no rain, the leaves are turning, so much greenery…all in all, fabulous!

Wine Tasting


First stop

This was a bustling place, some good wines, and a very nice concierge who directed us to Glenora Winery, 10 miles down the road which offers a good restaurant.


Second stop

This was the most fabulous place! Overlooking Seneca Lake, magnificent views of the color show put on by all the foliage. We didn’t go to the wine tasting room, just the restaurant where we indulged in pumpkin soup and a sandwich. Oh yes, and an incredibly decadent carrot cake with caramel and “Parisian” ice cream. Pure joy.


Bottle Tree

This festive tree is in the lobby. Clever, don’t you think?


Third (and final) stop

The final stop was a very small winery on the opposite side of the lake. Wine wasn’t special, but the views were!

A Pretty Mistake


Misdirected roses

We had a package delivered to our doorstep. It was addressed to the previous owner. We called the delivery service, and they promised to contact the sender, and said “keep the flowers”. Yes, thank you.

Keeping the Walks Going


Little sculpture at the corner nearly covered by these pretty little daisies.

We set off to pick up a newspaper just around the corner, but….


Ooooh, scary neighboring tree

do we dare pass this skeleton-laden tree? We did! Two days in a row we walked to the market and picked up the newspaper. Unscathed. Such troopers.

Have a lovely week everyone!

Sunday (on Monday) Sevens – Week 56

Hi everyone, it’s time (already!) for this week’s Sunday Sevens, a little ode to randomness, those bits that don’t merit a whole post. For info about Sunday Sevens, please pop in to see the creator, Natalie, over at Threads & Bobbins. There are no real rules, just sharing of seven(ish) pictures.


Frankenstein Chili

Frankenstein Vegetarian Chili

Frankenstein Vegetarian Chili

It’s getting cold here….fabulous fall days that call for fabulous fall meals. Something quick and easy, such as this Frankenstein Vegetarian Chili, so named because it’s a conglomeration of recipes, tweaks and on-hand ingredients, resulting in a dish that is, frankly (sorry), fabulous! As I made it this time:

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 C. chopped onions
3/4 C. chopped carrots
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 C. ea chopped green and red bell pepper
3/4 C. chopped celery
1 tbsp chili powder
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (19 oz) can kidney beans, undrained
1 (11 oz) can whole kernel corn, undrained
1 tsp ground cumin
1 -1/2 tsp dried oregano
1-1/2 tsp dried basil
dash red pepper flakes

Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Saute onions, carrots, and garlic until tender. Stir in green/red pepper, celery, and chili powder. Cook until veggies are tender, about 6 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, kidney beans, and corn.  Season with cumin, oregano, and basil. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Top with shredded cheese and serve with hearty bread.

New patterns

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Simplicity K1620 – from Teresa

Teresa of Navy Blue Threads had a giveaway, and I received my Simplicity pattern! I’m planning to make my first pair of pants (so simple -YAY) from this pattern.

Colette Patterns

Colette Patterns

I purchased the Colette Sewing Handbook, which includes 6 patterns.


Don’t know how many I’ll make, but there is a scalloped skirt, and I’ve wanted to recreate this yellow dress I made in high school (that’s me in the center). Maybe there is something to tinker with…

Books and Movies

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Haven’t finished the two books I’m reading, so I set this one aside and glance at it from time to time — hoping to get my yoga groove back. We’ve never seen this movie classic, so hubby and I finally watched it last night. Tennessee Williams certainly didn’t shy away from sensitive subjects.

Guess that’s it for now. Spending time getting house ready for my mother’s visit. She arrives on Wednesday and stays for three weeks! Who’s excited?

Happy stitching, all.