Another Tote Bag?

My husband came home from work today and said "another bag", eyeing his diminishing space in our coat closet....

I've been in a bit of a sewing funk lately. Not because I'm not inspired to sew anything, but because I am inspired to sew too many things! Between the things I need to sew (curtains for the kids rooms) and the things I want to sew (coats for the kids, fall clothes, pillows for their new rooms etc), I am left feeling like doing nothing at all.....except watch Project Runway and drink hot cocoa :)

So, today while my 2 year old was napping and my daughter was happily playing in our sewing/playroom, I decided to make another tote bag. I picked up some pretty home dec fabric at Joanns the other day and happened to have some canvas and coordinating lining on my shelf. I didn't use a pattern, or really think too much about what I was doing. I just cut and eyeballed it and put it together. It was just what I needed.
The result, another cute tote bag. The perfect size for library books or snacks or maybe a nice new lunch bag for work. No matter what I use it for, sewing this bag definitely helped get me out of my funk. I contemplated sewing this cute bag from Noodlehead, but honestly, I didn't have it in me to follow a new pattern. I'll add it to the list for now....

If you too are in a sewing funk, try sewing something not on the list. It's hard to stray from the list when life with kids leaves so little sewing time, but it might end up being just what you need!


The Taste of Summer

Summer is in full swing and our house is overflowing with delicious ripe vegetables and herbs. I saw this great recipe for a savory galette on my NFB (New Favorite Blog) Prudent Baby. I mostly followed her recipe, but made a few slight changes.

CRUST Recipe:
1 c. all purpose white flour
1/2c. whole wheat flour
1/4tsp salt
8tbs. (1 stick) butter, cut into pieces and chilled
1/4c. plain yogurt
2tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/4c. ice water


Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Using a pastry blender (or food processor, or just your hands) cut the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse meal. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, lemon juice and water. Add this to the flour mixture and mix until it lumps into a ball. Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour.

While the dough is chilling, prepare your filling. You could use almost an vegetable and cheese, so experiment. For this one, I decided to go pretty traditional with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil.

Slice tomatoes and lay out on a paper towel. Sprinkle the tops with salt to draw some of the liquid out.

Press a clove of garlic (I use a garlic shredder, but you could use a garlic press, or just finely chop) and add to a few tablespoons of olive oil.

Preheat oven to 400.

When the crust is ready, roll out into a large circle (doesn't have to be exact) about 18 inches in diameter. Spread a layer of the garlic oil with a pastry brush or the back of a spoon. Layer on your tomatoes and mozzarella leaving a 1 inch border of dough. Sprinkle with parmesean and brush with the rest of the garlic oil.

Last, pleat the edges of the galette and bake for 30-40 minutes. I baked mine on a pizza stone, but you could use any baking sheet that it fits on.

When it was done cooking, I let it cool a bit and then sprinkled fresh basil on top. It looks beautiful and tastes like summer! We had ours at room temperature with a fresh caesar salad and a glass of wine. DELICIOUS!


Another Dressy Dress!

Here's another Dressy Dress using Prudent Baby's pattern. This one is sized for a 1 year old and I made a few modifications. I wanted the top to be more ruffled, so I cut the sash 1.5 times the length of the top (total front and back) and then gathered it along the top. I was on the fence about adding the elastic, since making a casing would kind of ruin the gathers. So, I rummaged through my notions drawer and decided to using Fold Over Elastic (FOE) instead. I picked some up after reading about it here and here on Angry Chicken's Blog. I think usually you're supposed to "fold it over" as is suggested in the name :) but I went the unconventional route and just zig-zagged it under the gathers, to give it a gentle elasticity. Not sure if you can do this with conventional elastic.....I wasn't in the mood to experiment that much.

Looks messy here, but worked really well. Hope little Lulu likes it!