Monday, December 31, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR! WELCOME 2013! plus projects from 2012 review


                                              HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

2012 was quite a year for my family. My hubby began his new job on land, we bought our first boat, we spent time in the woods, visited wineries and just had a blast!! I am hoping 2013 will be filled with loads of happy moments and memories too. 

Here are all of the projects I posted from 2012 in review. I started this blog in July of 2012, so it will be interesting to see how many projects will be posted for the 2013 review! 
Enjoy!

Stripe cowl neck top

cardi-jacket


Ciarra's faux fur jacket

green wool jersey dress


cabin 8 coat


a bit of fangtasia skirt and peplum top


into the woods silk jersey dress

black cardi-sweater

silk houndstooth dress


my DIY cap toe shoes

Vionnet inspired tunic dress


Red Trench


My necklace

Petit floral dress

Cherry sprinkles dress


Autumn silk boho dress


autumn colors scarf

The scarf Soren made

A stroll in Autumn orange coat


black peplum sweater




dark chocolate faux fur jacket
Have a very Happy New year!! I am so excited for 2013! what about you???

Until next post
Amy

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Green Wool Jersey Cocktail dress

Here is the green wool jersey dress that I just completed the other day. While this is not my most favorite thing that I have sewn, I do like the draped back. You can switch this dress up to be more "dressy" or more casual by changing up the accessories.  As I said, this was made from a wool jersey I have had for a little while. I think this would look even better made from a silk or rayon jersey, with a whole lot of that "clingy drape". I was FREEZING when we took this picture! My hair was not cooperating either, and seemed to have a mind of its own yesterday. LOL.
I absolutely adore the clutch I bought to go with my shoes and belt! It is unique for sure. ;-)

I was so cold!

Love the back of this

THE CLUTCH! fuhgeddaboudit!! LOL

It has an optional chain strap to carry

My shoes


Tomorrow is New Years Eve. What are your plans? My family usually stays at home. I am not into going out in traffic on a night where so many people booze it up. I would rather snuggle up with my husband at home on the couch, and sip a nice bottle of good Champagne (none of that cheap stuff for us! blech!) On new years day we usually take down the Christmas tree, and tuck away all the decor until next year. Speaking of Christmas...here is our Christmas card picture from this year. I really like the way it came out.
Here is wishing all of you out there a Very Happy New Year 2013!! May the coming year find you healthy and happy.
Until next post,
Amy

Friday, December 28, 2012

Winding down and getting back into the groove

Hello all,
How was your Christmas? Ours was one filled with family time and enjoyment. We had the grandparents over for Christmas dinner. We laughed, talked and had a bonfire after we had our Christmas feast.
Soren happy to open his gifts

Soren standing by the bonfire wearing his paper crown from his Christmas crackers.



We had some rather interesting weather for a few days here. We had thick overcast skies and a ton of rain! Then to our surprise we had a nice and LOUD thunderstorm, complete with very bright lightning! In all the years we have lived there, this has never happened in the month of December. Usually this type of storm only occurs in the summer months. Everyone kept saying "If it was cold enough, we would be getting tons of snow, by the way the sky looks!"It really did look like snowy sky.

The rain finally came to an end while I was in my kitchen preparing dinner. All the chilly rain had us craving some homemade quinoa chili. I was standing at the kitchen sink, when I realized the sky was perfect to view rainbows. Just as I was thinking this, John came in the door from taking out the trash, and said "You guys have to see this! Check out the double rainbow!"

We all scrambled for the front door, and I fumbled for my phone to try and get some pictures. John took some with our good cameras. Here is one that I snapped with my camera phone.


By the time I took this, the "double" part of the rainbow began to fade.

Yesterday I finally got around to finish my green wool jersey dress. When I put it on to give the fit a test, my husband said "That dress is very Madmen!" I have to agree. It has a classic shape for sure. I love the way the back drapes. I should be taking the pictures of the dress either today or tomorrow. It all depends on how John feels when he returns home from work. So be on the lookout for my "Green with Envy" cocktail dress (as Ciarra likes to call it) I really am loving all the accessories I have to go with this dress. I can't wait to see how the pictures turn out.

Today I am cutting out the pattern for my next dress. This one is really cute for spring or summer wear. The fabric I will be using is a dusty navy blue with a pattern of stars sprinkled all over it. I hope it comes out as cute as I think it will.

I am going to get back to work now. It has been nice winding down from the busy craziness of the fall semester, and getting back into the groove of things around my house. I like spending as much time as I want with my kids. It is so nice to just get to "be" for a change....that is until Feb. 4th rolls around...*sigh*

Until next post,
Amy


Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Christmas Eve!!


Happy Christmas Eve to all!!! What does this day bring for you and yours?? today I am baking the mini red velvet cheesecakes for our Christmas Dinner. I bought a mini cheesecake pan on Amazon.com. I am excited to see how my little beauties turn out. Instead of using the regular cream cheese, I will be using 1/3 less fat cream cheese. I am also making my topping out of mascarpone cheese instead of whipping cream. I love mascarpone! and since this is a special occasion, I am pulling out all the stops. Each cheesecake is individually sized, so that really helps with portion control.  Here is the recipe I am using. This would be great for Valentines day as well.


Mini Red Velvet Cheesecakes

Mini Red Velvet Cheesecakes
Looking for refrigerated dessert? Then check out these mini red velvet cheesecakes that are garnished with chocolate curls.
Prep Time
20
Minutes
Total Time
3:00
Hrs:Mins
Makes
16
servings
24
thin chocolate wafer cookies (from 9-oz package), crushed (1 1/4 cups)
3
tablespoons butter, melted
2
packages (8 oz each) plus 4 oz cream cheese, softened
1
cup granulated sugar
1/4
cup unsweetened baking cocoa
2
teaspoons vanilla
2
tablespoons red food color
3
eggs
1/2
cup whipping cream
1
tablespoon granulated or powdered sugar
Chocolate curls, if desired
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Place foil baking cup in each of 16 regular-size muffin cups. In small bowl, mix cookie crumbs and melted butter. Divide crumb mixture among cups. With back of spoon, firmly press cookie crumbs in bottom of each foil cup.
  2. In large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Gradually beat in 1 cup granulated sugar and the cocoa until fluffy. Beat in vanilla and food color. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until well blended. Divide batter evenly among baking cups (cups will be almost full).
  3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until centers are firm. Cool 15 minutes (cheesecake centers will sink while cooling). Refrigerate in baking cups at least 1 hour; cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour longer before serving.
  4. In chilled small bowl, beat whipping cream and sugar with electric mixer on high speed until stiff. Spoon whipped cream on chilled cheesecakes. Just before serving, garnish with chocolate curls. Cover and refrigerate any remaining cheesecakes.
Makes 16 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Storage
Cheesecake freezes beautifully! Wrap airtight and freeze up to 5 months. Thaw in the original wrapping in the fridge 2 to 4 hours.
Making Chocolate Curls
Place a bar or block of chocolate on waxed paper. Make curls by pressing firmly against the chocolate and pulling a vegetable peeler toward you in long, thin strokes. Small curls can be made by using the side of the chocolate bar. Transfer each curl carefully with a toothpick to a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet or directly onto cheesecake. Don’t have time to make chocolate curls? Sprinkle whipped cream with baking cocoa.
Nutrition Information:
1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 290
    • (Calories from Fat 170),
  • Total Fat 19g
    • (Saturated Fat 11g,
    • Trans Fat 1/2g),
  • Cholesterol 95mg;
  • Sodium 210mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 23g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 18g),
  • Protein 4g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 1/2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 1/2 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 3 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 1 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
    I also wanted to share my tree topper this year. Everyone in my family loves watching Supernatural, and so my daughter and I decided that this year, Castiel would sit atop our Christmas tree!


    LOL!! every time I look up at the tree I giggle and smile. I am sure there are lots of other Supernatural fans out there with Misha Collins at the tops of their tree. ;-) (and I am sure Misha finds this amusing)

    If it was cold enough outside here where we live, it looks as if it could snow. This of course will not happen, as it is much warmer than usual for this time of year! We actually have THUNDERSTORMS headed here! SAY WHAT!???? Isn't that just a summer thing?? WEIRD!

    It is time to eat some breakfast for me, then on to whipping up my little red cheesecakes!
    I hope your day is a beautiful one filled with many happy moments!
    Merry Christmas!!
    Until next post,
    Amy


    Sunday, December 23, 2012

    MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

    I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! I have been so busy with the holiday prep and my finals, that I have hardly had time to do anything else. I still have yet to finish my green dress. There is a possibility that it will be done today, but we shall see. The family and I will be going on a bike ride today, so that will determine how I feel when we get home. Will I be in the mood to sew?? hhhmmmmm...only time will tell! ;-)

    SO...I AM DONE WITH THE SEMESTER!!! I am happy, and I am ready for a BREAK!!!
    remember how I said I was in a "beachy mood" and I was motivated to make some sundresses??? Well.......
    Now that will be a necessity!! YAY!!! we are headed to white sand beaches. We booked a vacation to south florida/florida keys for early spring. I am so HAPPY! What a fabulous way to start the warmer weather months, before our boat season goes into full swing. I have some ideas in mind for things I am going to make. As I stated before, I plan on making eyelet sundresses with some fabric I have had for a while now. I also want to make some shorts, and skirts for the trip. Skirts literally take an hour to make once everything is cut out, so that will be easy. I am still going to make my bikini's and workout wear as well. The only thing I am concerned about is TIME. I start my spring semester Feb. 4th, and I have a draping/flat pattern and a fashion design class to take care of. Both of these classes require a LOT of time, and hands on work...not to mention a TON of creativity. I am just hoping I can get what I want to get done, while that is going on. When you have to design and sew all day for work, when you finally get free time, the last thing you want to be doing is sitting in front of a desk or sewing machine (well at least for an outdoors person like me that is!) That is why in the coming days of this vacation, I hope to get as much done as I can. I refuse to get overly stressed about anything though. Stress increases cortisol levels, and can destroy your health. I am not going to let ANYTHING do that to me. I want this experience to be pleasurable, and not feel like torture.
    I work my butt off for my family, and with school. I deserve to have a little fun now and then. Anyone who makes an effort and works hard deserves it! So if you go above and beyond for others, make sure to have some ME TIME every now and then! Book a vacation, go to a spa, run some trails, slap some iron around, what every makes you happy...just DO IT! You deserve it, because you are worth it.

    I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday time, and that the new year finds you in good health and filled with happiness!!
    From my family to yours, bright blessings for the coming new year!!!
    Love and joy to you all!
    Amy Stebbins