Friday, January 30, 2015

Where have I been?

Hi everyone!!
I can't believe it has been over a year since I posted anything... I apologize for being MIA. Things got so crazy with school that I barely had time to do anything. Once school finished I found myself in a bit of a creative slump and worried my mojo was lost forever.
good news...
I found my mojo!!!!!!!!!!!

I started sewing again and have so much to share. I started up a fresh blog and will now be posting there.

click here to visit "My Faerie Life"

Please follow me there now to keep up with my adventures.
Lily Bean

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Out With the Old, In With the New Year

Hello my pretties.
I am sitting here waiting on 2014 to roll into my time zone and reflecting on what the last year has brought me and taught me.

I have grown so much in the last year. I have even handed down much of my clothes. I either physically or emotionally grew out of them. Some of which I had since high school haha. For those of you who don't know... I am 27 so I have loved some of those clothes a long time. But making the move has helped push me in the direction of making more of my clothes. And in 5 more months I will actually have the time to get serious.

This year I made these patterns:

I got three new tattoos

I cut my hair shorter and with a ton of layers this year. I have worn my hair long and simple since I was 10. I have cut my own hair since I was 15 but always the same way. This time I challenged myself and was so happy at the outcome. And now I can do better wet sets for a more mature, vintage look.

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I started my new job 2 weeks ago and I am settling in nicely s a coder. That will keep my brain busy when school ends =) It is what I am going to school for after all.

My resolution for 2013 was to exercise and accessorize more often. I did great for exercising the first half of the year and accessorizing the last half... however I didn't do good the whole year with both

In 2014 I hope to continue growing into my own. I will be graduated from school in May and then I can really focus on my sewing and crafting. My New Year's Resolution for 2014 is to wear all my shoes more. I buy so many shoes because I love them. I justify it because I cannot make them. But then I wear them once (if that) and put them in my closet to gather dust. They are all too pretty to leave cooped up. And I need to get my monies worth. (I hope to do a post showing off what I have to inspire me to wear them all more)

I will blog as much as I can between now and the beginning of my last semester.
I already got the fabric for my graduation dress.

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I spent my day with my loved ones at my first football game ever: the 80th annual Sunbowl. (Post to follow about the game). We then finished off 2013 with a proper meal of BBQ at the Stateline restaurant. I made a football skirt for today (again, post to follow).

I wish you nothing but the best in the New Year!
Hope to see you around!

Love you all!
Lily Bean


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Friday, December 27, 2013

Pot Roast and My First Cheesecake

Hello there. As promised, I have a few recipes to share.
Tis the season to be a hungry-hungry hippo after all hahaha

Both of the following recipes come straight from the book I told you about in this post.

I want to start with the cheesecake... who doesn't love dessert first?

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Easy Cheesecake
2 (8oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 9in ready graham cracker piecrust
1 can pie filling of your choice (optional)

Preheat oven to 350degrees

Beat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and eggs in a bowl. Pour into piecrust. Bake for 40 mins. Cool and serve with any pie filling.

What I changed: Nothing. Just be sure you beat the ingredients well and until smooth and fluffy.

Next time: I want to eat more haha

Did I like it: I seriously loved it!!

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Slow Cooker Roast Beef
4 potatoes, peeled and quartered
2 onions, sliced
1 (3-4lb) chuck roast
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp seasoned salt

Place half of the potatoes and onions in slow cooker. Place roast on top of veggies and add remaining potatoes and onions on top.

Pour 1/2 cup water over meat and veggies and cover. Cook on low for 10-12 hrs or on high for 5-6 hrs.

What I changed: I added and extra potato for a total of 5. I also used more that just 1/2 tsp garlic powder and seasoned salt. I rubbed the seasonings in to each side of the roast before placing in the slow cooker. I also had to add 2 extra coffee mugs full of water because 1/2 a cup wasn't nearly enough (possibly because I have a large oval slow cooker??)

Next time: I want to add carrots and maybe even celery

Did I like it: I sure did! I loooooove pot roast!

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Lily Bean
Hungry-hungry hippo

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Merry Christmas! (Simplicity 1797 View C)

Merry Christmas my lovelies!!
(I know, I know... I am a day late. Better late than never, I always say)

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, full of love and happiness.
I had a pretty good one myself.

Christmas Eve-Eve and Christmas Eve were both full of baking and spreading Christmas cheer. In between all of that, I managed to finish my Christmas dress.

Simplicity 1797 in View C, without the bow in the center waist

I love how it all came together!!
I made sure to add red and green details to really bring out the Christmas in it

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The back neckline is a low V-neck

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I didn't have any trouble with this pattern at all. It was simple to follow and turned out great!

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Now for some Christmas pictures...
with my Thea

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with my Penny

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I got this beautiful Bettie Page purse from Santee Clause.
I just love the red bow details!
I also got an Ariel coin purse perfect to tote my lipstick in.
I must have been a very good girl!

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In the evening, my sister-from-another-mister came over and we played games with the kids before going down to see a local light show.
The light show was awesome! The lights danced to some Christmas songs from the Transiberian Orchestra and they managed to squeeze in "What Does the Fox Say" and somehow make it all work haha
They gave free pictures with Santa, hot chocolate, and cookies while you wait.
The property is beautiful and it was so lovely to be able to tour the yard to see all the decorations.

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It was the perfect ending to a wonderful Christmas Day!!
Now to get ready for a New Year!
Lily Bean

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Friday, December 20, 2013

I just want to sew and cook and bake and sew!

Hello my lovelies!
Only 5 days left until Christmas!! I am starting to feel the excitement building!
All gifts are wrapped and sitting by the tree

But I don't have my Christmas dress sewn up yet!!
Oh no!!
I started testing a pattern yesterday but realized I didn't like the way it will fit my two fabric options...

So I just picked 2 more patterns and start cut one tonight.

In fact, I picked 7 patterns to hope to get through before school starts again

Oh shoot! I still need to pick fabric to make my graduation dress
so I have 8 items to get through then haha

I only have 4 weeks left of break
This week has gone so fast! Going through all the education at work (because of my promotion to coder) has been exhausting. Thankfully I only have a few classes left.

I snapped some pictures of my sewing plans... Here they are. Wish me luck in time management haha

Simplicity 1797 View C
This is the dress I am now working on for Christmas
(could not figure out why the image would not rotate, sorry)

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McCall's M6699
I want this one for Christmas Eve or day if I can finish 2 dresses in the next few days.
I plan on getting some grey for the contrast

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McCall's M6534
I have been wanting to make a Hello Kitty dress for a while. I found this fabric in the remnants bin one day but it is only a yard. It will be perfect for this style dress.  I will use the fuschia on the skirt of the dress.

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M6407 View A
I think this flannel will make an adorable little jacket. I want to make the collar solid pink.

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M6681 View A
I have been wanting to make this cute little hoodie for a while. In fact, it has been cut for months. I hope to make it before it gets hot =P

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I want to make a few flannel skirts. Especially now that I have riding boots =)

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New Look A6184 View E
This is the dress I cut and started prepping last night. I will finish it, but it is on the back burner since it is no longer the pattern I want for Christmas.

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Also, since I am on break, I will be cooking as much as I can too. I haven't spent real time in the kitchen in a while and I sure do miss it. The other day at Barnes and Noble I found an awesome recipe book and want to use these recipes for any meal or dessert I cook up while on break.
Click here. I added a link to the book.

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I have already picked a few recipes to try out. I will share them with you here as I try them. I will also rate them on flavor and simplicity.

Well, off I go to try and keep this momentum.

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Lily Bean
Winter Berry Faerie