Thursday, January 28, 2010

My Take on the Simplicity 2750 B Pattern

I bought this pattern forever ago and I just got around to trying it!  This is the first pattern I have ever worked from. 

I made the purse, not the messenger bag...

And here it is!

I added 2 pleats instead of 4.  I like it better.  The only thing I do not like is the length of the straps.  The next time I make it I will make them longer.

I hate taking pictures of myself!  I had to cut my head off the picture :)

The color is really off on this one.  I really like it!  Simple and great for everyday.
There is so much room!  I added 2 pockets to help me stay organized.  I like how the white liner makes it easier to see everything inside.  I added some color inside with the pink pockets!

I am thinking of making some to seel in my shop.  What do you think?  Do you think they would sell?  It was a lot of fun to make!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Where do you find your inspiration for the things you create? 

I sometimes get a feeling when I see some fabric or beads and I just have to buy them!  Most of my inspiration comes from nature.  I love flowers, wood, wind, grass, and trees just to name a few. 

I found the inspiration for this cosmetic pouch when I saw the fabric.  My husband and I are planning a trip to Kaua'i in May and it is going to be kid free!  Grandma is coming to stay with the kids while we are gone for 9 days!  It is going to be awesome, but I am sure will will miss them lots.  When I saw the  fabric, I felt like I could feel Hawaii just by looking at the fabric.  I couldn't resist buying it and I decided I was going to make a cosmetic pouch just for the trip.  I absolutely love it!

And I have never been to Hawaii before!

I think the bright teal zipper pulls it all together.

What do you think?

Thursday, January 14, 2010


This was my first attempt ever at making scones. I saw the recipe and I just had to try it! They were delicious! Buttery, crumbly, sweet...all the good stuff! They pair perfect with coffee or tea, whatever your preference.

I added blackberries in mine and they were YUM!

Here is the recipe with my alterations:


1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 egg
1 cup berries, chocolate chips, nuts, etc. (optional)


In a small bowl, blend the sour cream and baking soda, and set aside. Be careful because it doubles in size.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a large baking sheet.

In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar.

In a small bowl, beat the egg and add the vanilla.

Add the egg mixture to the butter/sugar bowl and beat until combined.

Pour the dry ingredients into the butter/sugar bowl and use your hands to combine.

Don’t forget the sour cream! Add to the bowl and use your hands to combine. Try not to work it too much. It was crumbly and sticky when I was done.

After dough is combined, add berries, chocolate chips or whatever you like.

Here is the hard part! The dough is really sticky. I just took a handful of dough and made it into a round and put it on the greased cookie sheet. I cooked 6 at a time. The recipe is for 12 scones, but I made 11. They are large. You could easily make them smaller and make 24. That is what I will do next time. I read some reviews and they said to chill the dough for about 10 minutes to make it more manageable. I didn’t want to wait!

Bake 15 – 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Stick a toothpick in the center to make sure they are done! If you make smaller ones, reduce the cooking time.

I also made a simple glaze to drizzle over mine. They were great with or without! I put ½ cup of sugar into a small saucepan and added 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice. Stir, bring to a boil and let the sugar dissolve.


To store, wrap each individual scone in saran wrap. I found this kept them fresh for a few days.

Here is the link to the original recipe:
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