Little Pink Skirt

Contrast Yellow Inside Hem
Don't you just love the yellow seahorses?!

My plan was to make a dress out of this fabric until I realized I only had 1 1/2 yards! It is Heather Ross from her Mendocino Collection.
The fabric was originally purchased for a purse lining. I decided it is much too cute to hide inside a purse, so I decided to make a skirt! The pattern is an old McCalls, simple A-line skirt.
I wore the skirt yesterday and absolutely love it.

Happy Creating!!


Little Red Bicycle

Liam in his new t-shirt!

I love girly, feminine things. Having two boys has made me think outside the box - the box that I create in. I design women's clothes professionally and make women's jewelry. Making things for girls is truly my comfort zone.

I've been making pants for my youngest son, Luc, and thought it would be fun to make a shirt to go with some of the pants. I didn't want it to be too "cutesy", so I came up with this retro logo of a bicycle based on the Curious George books.

The best compliment came from my almost six year old son Liam. I had made a tee for his little brother and he said "mama I would like one too."

The process is really easy. I sketched the design, reversed the image in photo shop, and then Photo copied it onto iron-on transfer paper. The idea came from the book Lotta Prints, by Lotta Jansdotter. The fun thing about this is you can take any image and turn it into a t-shirt. I want to take some of Liam's artwork and use it for a tee!

I am working on the "girly" version of this tee. Little Pink Bicycle. There are a couple young ladies turning two years old very soon and I thought it would be a fun gift!


Turquoise Color Story

Lamp is a vintage find from a friend. Jewelry box from Anthropologie.
Necklace and Earrings are my own.

Our remodeled bathroom.
Vintage sink and fixtures. Mirror from Anthropologie. Hand towel from Target.

I am loving using the color turquoise as an accent in our house.
If you love turquoise, check out the blog - House of Turquoise.
Someday I'll have a turquoise dining room like Anais Nin in the movie Henry and June.


A Delicious Summer Dinner

It has been incredibly warm in Seattle the past few weeks and I haven't been in the mood to cook. Yesterday was a comfortable 70 degrees, the perfect temperature to fire up the oven!

I was watching Rachael Ray (while sewing) and she had a great, super fast and easy recipe for a Caprese Lasagna.
My husband Jay hates tomatoes so I though I'd try a prosciutto and mushroom version.

Jay is the cook in the family, so when he walked in the house and said "that smells really good," I knew it was a winner!

Prosciutto and Mushroom Lasagna
Serves 2-4 depending on how hungry you are!

*4 tablespoons butter (2 tbs for bechamel and 2 tbs to saute the mushrooms)
*2 cloves crushed garlic
*2 tablespoons flour
*1 cup milk
*1 cup chicken stock
*Approx 10 ozs crimini mushrooms, sliced
*1 box oven-ready lasagna
*1 package 4 oz prosciutto, cut into approx 2" pieces
*1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.
Saute mushrooms in 2 tablespoons butter on med high heat for about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Place a medium sized heavy bottom saucepan over medium heat and melt remaining 2 Tbs. butter. Add the garlic to the pan and cook until aromatic, about 1 minute.
Sprinkle the flour over the butter and garlic and cook, whisking mixture for 1 minute.
Whisk the milk and chicken stock into the butter/flour mixture and bring to a bubble. Continue cooking, whisking mixture, until thickened, 3-4 minutes.
Assemble the lasagna by ladling about 1/4 cup of the sauce into the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish and laying three lasagna noodles over the sauce. Top the noodles with about a third of the mushrooms, a third of the prosciutto 1/4 cup of sauce and 1/3 of the parmesan.

Repeat until all ingredients are used up, topping the lasagna off with a final layer of sauce and shredded parmesan cheese.

Cover the pan with foil and bake the lasagna for 30 minutes. Remove the foil from the baking dish and bake another 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbly.