Sewtacular Saturday – and Spring Rolls!Posted: April 1, 2012
Happy sunny Sunday!
The temperature is creeping up-up-up….the windows are back open and RJ is so flustered that he can’t go outside and smell some more stuff. All is right with the world.
Yesterday was not nearly as pleasant, so it was perfect for my bff Nancy and I to spend the afternoon….sewing!
I’m making good on my New Year’s resolution to reintroduce myself to the sewing machine – even if it was the most. Basic. Thingtosewever.
I stopped by Jo-Ann Fabric on my way over to Nancy’s to pick up a couple of supplies needed for my upcoming projects:
- Panel curtain for downstairs bedroom (needed fabric)
- Fix hem on skirt (needed brown thread)
So many patterns to choose from – and that was just one aisle! Overwhelm.
I finally found this (and my brown thread):
My super straight stitches (yikes :-\ ):
Nancy continued her work from last month’s Craftacular Saturday on the dog bed cover.
She attempted – and succeeded – a far more complicated task than I could ever endeavor yesterday: sewing zippers.
I’ll save that for the next sewing adventure. 😉
After I finished the curtain, my next project was to fix the hem on a skirt that had unraveled and has been draped over a chair for months and months until such a sewing day might arrive.
Except – as I just discovered yesternoon, this task did not require the use of the scary sewing machine (unless I knew how to do some extra fancy stuff with it – which clearly I did not). I needed to do by hand. I’m not remotely the expert to tell you how it was originally done, I just needed to do it by hand. Roger that? By hand. 😉
So I did my best – passable, I suppose.
Ack….a few wrinkles happened on the way home….phooey.
After all of our hard work, it was dinnertime. Nancy suggested spring rolls. IN!!
Nancy added white vinegar and milk to bottled hoisin sauce to make it extra delicious and smooth. I would gladly swim in it. Or at least let my spring rolls swim in it. Which I did.
It was then topped with a chopped one of these:
And some chopped of these:
And let’s NOT forget about this very important part of the meal (and day):
About a half hour later, here was our spring roll spread:
I piled my rice paper high….
I will have 500 more, please.
Thank you, dear Nancy, for another amazing, creatively-juiced day! And your spring rolls are divine. I’ve known that for many years. 🙂
So, in sum. What would have taken more advanced seamstresses probably 10 minutes took me about three hours. But hey….this window’s got a curtain now!
In other news, my plant is gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS with its flowers….
There are so many hints of spring around….we are having such fun wandering around the yard (and neighborhood) and taking note of them all.
How was your weekend? Did you make any sweet curtains like me?! 😉