October 29, 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award

Thank you AnnaKristine for the lovely blog award! I've always been bad and ignored these before, but this time I'll play.

The Rules
1. Copy the Kreativ Blogger picture and post it on your page
2. Thank the person who gave it to you and link back to their blog
3. Write seven things about you that we don't know
4. Choose seven other bloggers that you would like to give the award to
5. Link to the bloggers that you choose
6. Let the winners know that they have the lovely award.

1) I love to do dishes--they are stress relieving to me. Sometimes I'd rather clean up than cook a meal so I try to strike deals with my younger siblings.

2) I love fancy kitchen gadgets. The kitchen stores are magical to me and it has been fun getting my own supplies now that I have an apartment with full kitchen.

3) I love all things German, the language, culture, food. Okay, I don't really like sauerkraut, but contrary to common belief, Germans eat more that just sauerkraut and wiener schnitzel!

4) It's taking me a very long time to answer these questions. I can't think of anything interesting to tell you. My roommates suggested I say that I can lift my leg high in the air (it's a ballet thing) and I randomly break into song (but probably not as often as Elisabet!)

5) My dream is to sew this dress of Caroline's!

6) I talk too much during movies. Although, not as much as this Heidi!

7) The Jesse James movie got moved up to November 8th and 9th!!! Here is the release.

Because most of my friends whose blogs I read have been tagged, I'm only tagging Gloria author of In The Long Run. Her blog is filled with beautiful costumes that she has crafted impeccably! She always gives me inspiration.

October 25, 2009


It's hard to believe, that after so many years of historical sewing I have never made a sunbonnet. Finally however, I got the opportunity!

This is a slat sunbonnet, meaning that "slats" hold the brim out, shading the face. In this case they are cardboard, traditionally I think they would have been thin strips of wood.



October 19, 2009


Here is an Etsy listing for some beautiful sky blue, glass buttons. I would love to see how GlassRagDoll creates them! Glass work has always been an medium that I would like to learn someday.

The Secret Ingredient

In my foods class this morning we learned all about beans and legumes. In the lab my partner and I were surprised to be assigned to make Cinnamon Spice Cake. However, it turns out that there is a secret ingredient in these cupcakes, one cup of mashed beans! They turned out amazing; you can't even taste the beans, and you get the added protein and fiber benefit. The beans and applesauce in this recipe do cause a denser cupcake though. Since there is no oil they won't store very long, but that's not important though since you'll probably want to eat them all hot out of the oven!

Cinnamon Spice Cake
1 cup refried beans, or pre-cooked pureed pinto or navy beans (add liquid while pureeing to produce a smooth consistency)
1/2 cup applesauce
1 yellow or white cake mix
1 cup water
3 eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves

1. Combine and mix all ingredients in bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat batter 2-3 minutes. (refer to package directions for mixing time).
2. Distribute batter among 24 lined muffin cups. Bake according to package directions. Cupcakes may be dusted with powdered sugar before serving, or frosted with butter cream icing.

October 18, 2009

Mary Cassatt

I have been studying Mary Cassatt for an art class this semester. These are some of her paintings that I like the most.

The Cup of Tea

The Boating Party

Simone in a White Bonnet
Nurse and Baby Bill

Mother Feeding her Child

Mother and Two Children

Maternal Kiss
Lilacs in a Window

October 03, 2009

Bright Star

This movie opened on September 18th and I think it looks lovely. It is the love story between John Keats and the girl next door, Fanny Brawne. It is rated PG so hopefully it will be a sweet, appropriate movie.

I like the fact that Fanny is an aspiring seamstress. I think that we can expect a wonderful costumed film. Let me know if you have seen it already!