Saturday, January 21, 2012

Lola Clutch Winner!



Through a randomized selection process, I'm happy to announce Comment #17 :Brittney Erps as the winner of the Lola Clutch giveaway!
Please email me your mailing address to barelymeasured [at] gmail [dot] com. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who entered!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Lola Clutch Class at Spool



If you're in the Philadlephia area you should join me at Spool on February 11 from 12-3! We will be making my Lola Clutch, featured in Stitch Magazine. While you're there you can also look at the new Art Gallery line "Bespoken" which puts me in a springtime kind of mood!

Don't forget, you can enter to win a Lola Clutch! Winner will be announced Saturday!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Bon Voyage!

Two of my favorite bloggers are heading out to Salt Lake City, Utah for the Alt Design Summit. These ladies need no introduction as they are heavy hitters in Blogville, but I want to give them a shout out anyway. I have followed Jess and Chelsey's blogs from pretty early on and it's amazing how much their blogs and work have evolved. They are both super crafty, talented photographers and their sharp-witted, down to earth posts make you feel like you've been good friends for years (well, I have known Jess since middle school....). What's even more rad is they worked their butts off to attend the summit. They blogged, tweeted, and promoted the heck out of their sponsor spots and design work, which you can see here, and here. I really don't think there is anything these ladies can't do. I don't know how they do it all, especially with being parents- they are an inspiration to say the least! Anyhoo, I CAN'T WAIT to follow along through their posts and pictures, I will totally be living vicariously through them!

Good luck gals!!!

ps. I will be happy to email you my address for any souvenirs ;)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Stitch Magazine Giveaway!

I'm SO excited to share that the Barely Measured Lola Clutch was featured in the current issue of Stitch Magazine- eeek!!! You can make your very own barely bag with the Stitch pattern- included in the magazine, along with a bunch of really cute projects (I can't wait to make the waxed canvas buckets)! OR enter this giveaway and win the featured clutch- no sewing needed! The winner will be announced a week from today!

Ways to Enter:
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1. Follow this blog
2. "Like" barely measured on facebook
3. Tweet it: "GIVEAWAY! Win a flirty clutch featured in the latest Stitch Magazine!  "









Friday, January 13, 2012

Namaste


I've been needing a little downward facing dog in my life for awhile now. I don't know why it's been so hard to go sign up for a yoga class but I've been talking about it and putting it off for almost a year now. I guess out of sheer laziness or reluctance to add yet another activity to my already jam-packed schedule. Or maybe I was feel self-conscious about looking like a clumsy freak in class. Luckily, there is a little studio across the street from our place, so last night after I parked the car, (in under 20 mins. no less!) I stopped in to see what their schedule looked like. It must have been fate because it was the first night of a 4 week beginner class! As I walked back across the street to change, I was grinning like an idiot. Seriously. I'm SO EXCITED  to be getting back into some kind of workout routine! The class was amazing and I'm so looking forward to next week. I'm also looking forward to a new, hopefully- rejuvenated, peaceful me.. at least that's how I imagine I'll be after all the yoga and eating well. Guess I'll be trading my typical late-night Thursdays at work for Saturdays, I think it will be worth it!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Vegging Out


Usually I'm not much for new year resolutions, probably because I lack all resolve and willpower when it comes to changing habits. I am the queen of justification. BUT I've been really sick about how I've been taking care of myself, or not taking care of myself as the case may be. I've been eating poorly and have stopped worked out. Dusty feels the same way, in fact we're both pretty disgusted with ourselves. SO, we've decided to make a change. As of January 1st we've started a cleanse of sorts. We are trying to eat clean. No more meat and less processed foods. Smaller portions. Not sitting on the couch all night and all weekend. Gristle is really appreciating the  longer walks and trips to the dog park. Also, no alcohol. (Record scratch) Well, no alcohol during the week. It's only been eight days but I swear I feel a difference. I don't know if we'll stay veggie or not but we're going to stick with it for at least a month. Dusty was vegetarian when we met so I think it will be more difficult for me.

In order to keep us inspired with our new veggie menu I've been looking online and in cookbooks for some interesting dishes. Here are two I tried this weekend- I don't really measure so everything is add to taste/preference for the most part! Both were inspired by recipes found on foodnetwork.com.



Bean and Walnut Veggie Burgers
You'll Need:
1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 small onion, finely diced
a few peeled baby carrots, finely diced
1/2 cup of bread crumbs
1 egg
1 cup of chopped walnuts
a few mushrooms, sliced
worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper
english muffins
brie
fresh spinach
olive oil

Mash the kidney beans in a bowl. Add the egg, onion, carrots, bread crumbs as needed, walnuts, worcestershire, and salt and pepper. Use hands to form patties. Gently roll patties in remaining bread crumbs.
Heat oil in pan. Cook patties adding a slice of brie on each at the end, set aside when finished. Cook mushrooms in oil and worcestershire. Toast english muffins. Garnish with fresh spinach and top with mushrooms. I used a teensy bit of low fat mayo on the muffins so they wouldn't be so dry.



Huevos Rancheros 
corn tortilla (I used lavash bread because we were out of tortillas)
1 egg
green pepper, finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
fresh salsa (made in advance)
black beans
1 clove of garlic, mashed
fresh cilantro
goat cheese
hot sauce
cumin
salt and pepper

Cook pepper and onion with garlic. Add salsa and salt and pepper. Cook until thickens. Set aside. Cook black beans, add cumin and hot sauce. When warm, set aside. Fry egg over easy or sunny side up. Serve egg over warm tortilla with beans and salsa. Garnish with fresh cilantro, goat cheese and hot sauce.

Do you have any yummy vegetarian recipes? I'd love to try them!

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year, New Digs

So it's not perfect yet, or even fully unpacked but here is a peek at our new place in the city. When I walk down the steps of our old brownstone, onto our little tree lined street, I channel a little Carrie Bradshaw action, (minus the Manolos and plus the husband and dog).....

Never thought we'd be doing the center city thing but we are honestly, LOVING it! It's super tiny but now that most of the boxes are out, it is the perfect size for the three of us. I don't know what will happen when we eventually become four, (no news, believe me)- I guess we'll have to move yet again. But for now, we're soaking it in. I think the biggest perk is all the freaking restaurants surrounding us! It's breaking the budget but we can't help ourselves..haha. Last weekend we found a prohibition themed joint with a three piece band playing gypsy jazz and swing- YES please. Parking is a nightmare, we're talking between 40 minutes to 2 hours of looping around, ugh. Other than that- it's pretty darn cool.

Living room, entrance to the right, loft above and kitchen in the back

View from the loft (waiting for my prints to come in for those frames..)

More from loft, which is not pictured because it's not finished. 
Will eventually be my sewing/crafty space.

More, includes hint of the bedroom and nook under stairs.
Look at those killer folding doors to the bedroom- wish it showed the awesome architecture above them!

Bedroom. Love all the light! we also have a private access to the little courtyard where Gristle can be off his leash.

The high ceilings help the space seem bigger

Tiny kitchen, although recently renovated

Tiny bath, not recently renovated

Will get some pics of the courtyard in the spring, once it's not so dreary looking outside! Hopefully I will have pics of my sewing room before then :)



Sunday, January 1, 2012

Under Construction

Please pardon the mess as I move some things around. Out with the old and in with the new!

Happy New Year!
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