Tuesday, September 13, 2011


I finally ate at my first Steven Starr restaurant this weekend! I met a friend Sunday evening at Parc in Rittenhouse Square. It's a lovely little french place that serves homemade bread! We ate outside and shared and onion and goat cheese tart, spinach ravioli, cheese plate and escargot! I've been craving snail since my trip to New Orleans a few years ago. These were absolutely delicious.. although they weren't as good as Arnauds- shhhh! Plus, we each took a loaf of the cranberry walnut bread home.. YUM!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fall Sewing List

Can you believe it- my fall sewing list actually includes some things for myself??! It's difficult sometimes when you sew all day for your 9-5 then you come home to squeeze in a few hours sewing for your own business. It's hard to feel inspired and motivated to sew at all. SO- even though I have plenty of custom orders and tons of new stuff to make before the holidays.. I decided to make Sundays my sew for me day! It's the perfect thing to get me excited about sewing.. which always leads to increased productivity and creativity for my Barely Measured projects. It's so nice to have a project to work on without a deadline! Here are a couple of things I've been working on...

Remember this quilt? Well, I finally finished the top and picked out a backing! I ADORE this print from Cloud 9 fabrics. I literally almost peed my pants when I saw Spool's blog post about their new line, Across the Pond! Plus, I bet it washes up o nice and soft since it's 100% organic! I think the colors are great together and I love how the pattern on the backing sort of mimicks the blocks on the front! Now all I have to do is wait for my walking foot to arrive in the mail and I'll be all set to quilt this baby up.. I wonder what I'll use for the binding? :)

While I'm waiting for my walking foot to arrive, I went ahead and started another quilt- eek! I know, blue and greens again- I swear, next time I'll do something with oranges and yellows! Not sure exactly what I want to do with this quilt, but I've started piecing 2.5" strips in sets of 6.. we'll see what happens. Maybe I'll feel brave and do little 2" x 2" squares?!

What? New Patterns!
Last weekend when Dusty and I were in Jim Thorpe we discovered a cute little shop with vintage clothes aaaaannd PATTERNS! I couldn't believe they were only $3 a piece! I can't wait to try one of these!

Look at those shoulders- I love the buttons!!!

What's this adorable packaging you ask? Why it's a new bouse pattern by Colette!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE her patterns and pretty much everything about them :) I cannot wait to make this for myself and rock a peter pan collar!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hello Fall, You Handsome Devil

Okay, so maybe it's not officially fall for a couple of weeks, but as soon as I turn my calendar over to September- that's enough for me! Although I must say, today was extremely hot and humid! Ugh, better not try to sport knee high boots again for awhile...

Of course, you know I love food- so I thought I'd share one of my favorite end-of-summer, begining-of-fall dishes. We actually made this over the campfire this past weekend and it's SOOO easy and very delicious!

What you'll need:
1 Butternut squash
2-3 tablespoons of butter (or less if you're counting)
Brown sugar and cinnamon to taste
Aluminum foil
Oven at 350ยบ or campfire

What you do:
1. Cut squash in half.

2. Remove seeds and pulp
3. Piece meat with fork or knife in serval spots to let the goodness seep in :)
4. Add slices of butter to each half

5. Sprinkle on brown sugar and cinnamon

6. Wrap halves separately in aluminum foil and place right side up in heat source. (I tried to sandwich mine together and wrap as one and lost a lot of butter and sweet stuff :(

Have a yummy brew to enjoy while making!

Bon Appetit!

Monday, September 5, 2011


Dusty, Gristle and I headed to the Poconos this weekend for a bit of camping. In true form, we didn't arrive at the campground until well after dark, only to set up our brand new, never-before-set-up-tent- up, make a fire and cook some dinner. Luckily our new tent is super bad ass and was a breeze to assemble. After I summoned up all my girl scout training from 1995- I had a fire going in no time. We both agreed on the way up that there would be no email, blogging or business of any kind- even though the lure of the iPhone was there. Instead we limited ourselves to fb check-ins and photo updates. We had a grand time and hope to return when my Dad and brothers come to visit in two weeks!

Also, campgrounds are weird places. This campground was no exception. The sites were super small and you felt like you were practically having dinner with the neighbors.. which usually isn't a good thing. I think someone should make a mock-umentary on campgrounds.. or maybe something like the moving Waiting? Either way, they really bring some pretty fantastic characters... I especially loved the karaokee on Saturday night where children were singing Sir Mix-A-Lot's I like Big Butts... how cute

oatmeal and couscous- two of the easies and delicous things to make while camping

forget the percolator grab a french press!


lovely view, right? 

I ate red meat.

mighty fine meal

yes, I packed a tablecloth from Anthro... what?

I also ate bacon.

Jime Thorpe was the cutest little town tucked away in the mountains

look closely, Gristle is sticking his tongue out! eeek!

Lake Mauch Chunk

caught cooking healthy food

roasted veggies with couscous and lentils

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