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Adding Sleeves #1

 

Sometimes I have fashion problems. This is because it is hard to find cute things that are modest. And when I say modest, I mean it needs to be long enough that it doesn’t show my belly or it hits my knee, it needs to have sleeves, and it needs to cover most of my chest. These requirements can be hard at times, but I always try my best. However, I have taken to altering my clothes in order to make them modest. This mostly happens by adding sleeves. Adding sleeves is a lot harder then it seems, but it is worth it because I am able to get my clothes to be cute and modest this way. Therefore, I will be writing about how to add sleeves to different types of clothes as I discover it.


My first type of sleeves are the most simple. I found a red lace dress that had a high neck line at goodwill, but it didn’t have sleeves and it was too short. However, it was really cute so I decided to transform it into a shirt. This is fairly simple.

First, I grabbed an old sleeve pattern from past projects. I didn’t have to be the same size as the dress because I had to take in the sides of the dress to fit me better. So I used that pattern to figure out how much fabric I could take off the bottom. Once I did, I cut it off and set it aside.

Next, I put the dress on inside out and figure out how much to take in.

Then, I sewed my new side seems and cut off the extra material. (If you have a serger, use it on the side seams. If you don’t, finish the edges in someway. I did a zigzag stitch)

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Then, I place the sleeve pattern on the material I had cut off the bottom. My sleeve pattern curves, but I wanted to use the finish hem that was already there. Therefore, I place the edges of the pattern on the finished edge. This altered the look of the pattern, but it’s fine. Then I cut out the pattern. My material had two fabrics, the lace and the knitted, so I then had to sew them together before sewing in the sleeve. (But not along the hem)

Next, I sewed the side seams of the sleeve at 5/8 in. And then, I placed the sleeve right sides together into the arm hole. Most of the time, you have to do ease stitching and ease it into the arm hole, but not this time. Then I sew the sleeve on from inside the arm hole at 5/8 in. Then I finished the edges and checked the fit of the sleeve.

Finally, I had to re-hem the bottom of the shirt. Once that was done, I was ready to go.

Now I have a beautiful shirt that fits me perfectly and doesn’t look like the sleeves were originally there. (Only have a pic of the finished project. Sorry)

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You can do this without cutting the fabric of the dress, you would need to find a fabric that matches the fabric of your dress very closely. This can be hard and it won’t be exact. However, it may be worth it. I hoped this helped others. Does anyone have suggestions for other types of sleeves, like for halter tops or sleeveless. Please tell me! My next sewing project is probably going to be my t-shirt quilt, so stay tune!!

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The Agency Book 4 Review

Three posts in one day!! It’s a miracle!

Really I am just trying to catch up since I have been lazy about posting lately. I really need to get better at it.

So this is the long awaited book review! Yay!!

The book I read is from the Agency Series by Y. S. Lee. The one that I read is number four, “Rivals in the City.” I had to wait forever before this book came out and then I didn’t have the time to read it, so I very happy I finally got to see what happened.

Since this is the fourth book, I won’t give too many details. However, it mostly involves what happened in the first book. It basically gives a conclusion to everything because it hadn’t been completely settled. However, I love the series so I will give a brief description. The series revolves around a girl named Mary in England around the 1850s. Her mother died when Mary was young and her father disappeared, so she was left to starve and had to make her own way by stealing. However, she gets caught and almost killed till she is saved by two women who take her into their academy where they raised her into a lady. However, she is then recruited to join the Agency, an organization of women who work as spies for the government. This series is about her adventures and missions and about her finding out who she is as a misfit.

It is really fun. It has action and romance which is always my favorite things to read most of the time. I hope you guys read the series too!

Let me know if you have any suggestions. I probably won’t get to it for a while though. I have a lot of books to read on goodreads.

Posted in Baking, Food

Making Butterbeer (Harry Potter’s B-day Part 2)

It is Harry Potter’s birthday as I said in my last post. Although I did read and watch the Harry Potter books. During this time of the year, I would also have butterbeer. The last two years I got my butterbeer from a restaurant called the Wall. It is in Provo, Utah which is were I went to college. The first time I went I loved the butterbeer. It was delicious,  but the second time was terrible. Apparently, they decided to change their recipe. I didn’t like it. It was sour and yucky. But I still drank it to celebrate Harry Potter. But since I don’t live there anymore, I had to figure out how to get my butterbeer fix.

Therefore, this year I have made my own butterbeer. It is so yummy!!! Therefore, I have decided to give it out to you guys, so you can try it for yourself.

(Warning: this recipe is for single servings)

Ingredients

  • 4 scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • 1 can of cream soda (I used vanilla cream soda)
  • Butterscotch syrup

Directions

  1. Place one glass in the freezer for 20 minutes
  2. Put ice cream, cream soda, and butterscotch in blender. (You can put as much syrup as you want in)
  1. Pulse the blender a few time so that it is just combined.
  2. Place in refrigerator until glass is ready. (Look how foggy it is)

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  1. When glass is ready, pour mixture in the glass.
  1. Top with whip cream if so desired and put in a straw.

 


That’s it and it is so good. There are other recipes on the web, so it is up to you to decide which one you like the best. Thanks for reading!!

Posted in Book Suggestions

Harry Potter’s Birthday Plans

It is a wonderful day! Today marks the start of Harry Potter’s journey into the world of magic and marks the start of a world-wide phenomenal. Many of us have grown up with Harry Potter, and although, the story has ended. It hasn’t left our hearts. We still celebrate the day the story began and still love to read the stories over and over again.

I have been making sure to do my part in this celebration as well. All weekend I have been watching the movies on TV. And today, I have been reading the books. I love rereading these books because it reminds me of my childhood and how my love for Harry Potter began.

It was the summer before my 4th grade year. The second Harry Potter movie had just came out, and my brother, Kevin, had just finished reading the Prisoner of Azkaban. Since he had just finished, I decided to read it as well. I don’t suggest reading out of order, but I didn’t know better then. Although, I was confused because I had missed several different details. There was something special about that book that made me continue to read. It only took me less then a day and I fell in love. I continued to read the books and by the time school started, I had finished all of them that were out. That year I also won the AR reading competition with 815.5 points. It was mostly because I had read Harry Potter during the summer and the test were like 50 points each. No one was ever close to catching up to me. For me, this also began my deep love for reading. I had love reading before but not as much as I did after reading Harry Potter. That’s why I will always love it.

Unfortunately, I never got my letter, but that’s okay because I can still experience Hogwarts though my books and Pottermore. So what about you guys? When did you first read Harry Potter and how did it impact you?

Also some other Potter related stuff about me. I am a Hufflepuff and my patronus is a blood hound. What is your house and patronus?

I hope you guys have a great Harry Potter’s B-day.

P.s.

Look at what I wore today!!!

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Posted in Crafts

T-Shirt Quilt Part 1

Hey I know that I promised another book review, but I started working on a t-shirt quilt this weekend, so I thought that it would be good to write about my progress.

Everyone owns t-shirts. It is inevitable. We get these t-shirts from school activities, from clubs, from church activities, or from places we have visited. The point is that the number of t-shirts you have accumulate over the years, and there comes a time when you stop wearing certain t-shirts. However, do you just give away those t-shirts? For me, I just can’t do that. Those t-shirts hold too many memories for me, so it’s hard to let go. That’s why I have decided to make a t-shirt quilt. It is the perfect way for me to keep my t-shirts, but they still have a purpose for them. It is something I can always use, whether it be for warmth or for telling stories to my future children.

If you decided to make a t-shirt quilt, I hope this helps you understand how to do it. I am a beginner, so hopefully I will be helpful. Wish me luck!


1. Gathering the T-shirts

The first step is to find all of the t-shirts that you want to use for your quilt. This may be obvious, but you want to make sure that you do each step for every t-shirt at the same time. It will make your life easier. Once you have gathered the t-shirts, make sure that they are all clean. You want at least 30 t-shirts. I have probably around 50 t-shirts, so my quilt will be very big.

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2. Cutting

This step will take a while, so make sure you have enough time to do it all.

For this step, you want to separate the front and back of the shirts. The easiest way to do this is to first cut off the sleeves. Next, you will cut the shoulders seams and underarms seams. Then you will cut down the sides. Make sure to not cut the design and leave plenty of room for seam allowance around the shirt design. If there is no design on the back of the shirt, just throw it away. Do this with every t-shirt.

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Next, you will want to square out the t-shirts. To do this, you will need a cutting mat, a wide ruler, and a rotary cutter. Place the t-shirt on the mat and put the ruler on top of the shirt towards the top, bottom, or sides. You are basically creating a rectangle. Make sure that the ruler is straight and cut. (When you cut the bottom, leave lots of room in case you need it.)

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To make sure that your cut is true, fold the shirt in half and see if the edges match. If they do not, cut the t-shirts again while it is folded in half. Remember to leave space for seam allowance.

 


Well that’s all for now. I will continue to work on my quilt and keep you guys updated. If anyone has any suggestions or tips for me. Comment please. Thanks and see ya next time!

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The Job Search

Right now, I’m unemployed. I have just graduated from Brigham Young University, and I moved back home with my parents, so I could have time to focus on job searching. However, I’m still looking.

The problem with search for a job is that it takes a lot of work. You have to customize a cover letter for every application you make, so that the company will think that you are serious. And you need to have a different resume for different things, so that you can emphasize the right things to the company that you have experience with. And then you have to wait for the company to contact you back. Well, I have a lot of companies that haven’t contacted me back yet which is frustrating. But I’ll stop my little rant right there.

Although, job searching is a pain. It can be rewarding in a way. I get to come out of my little shell and look at the world around me. When I mention that I’m looking for a job to people that I have just met or people that my parents are introducing me too. They are willing to help me out. They give me advice and some places to look and promise that if they hear anything, they will be sure to tell me. For example, my little sister tells one of her friend’s dad that I’m looking for a job, and he has been helping me out with applying to Farmer’s Insurance. He looked over my resume and gave me advice on how to improve it. I still haven’t heard anything from them, but he has promise to email someone to see what is going on, like if it is yes or not. I like have an inside man and it has been very beneficial for me. It has gotten me further in the application process then any of my other applications.

Therefore, I have realized that networking is important. But in order to network, I need to put myself out there. That’s one of the purposes of this blog, to put myself out there. If I want to have a full-time job, I need to be proactive in my search and not just hang back. I need to meet people, get their opinions, and see if they can help me out. Hopefully, I will get a job soon. Or maybe I will get a part-time job, as I continue my search. But I know that once I have that job, this job search experience will have helped me to do better in my job then I would have ever before.

So if anyone knows any editing jobs they could tell me about, that would be great. And next time, I think I will do anything book post. I have some books I need to finish, so I will give you guys a sneak peek on them and my opinion. Thanks for reading! See ya next time!

Posted in Baking

Baking Macarons

When I say macarons, I mean French macarons. Not the ones with coconut because I would die, since I really hate coconut.

I have been in a baking mood for some time now. And I always wanted to know what a macaron tasted like. So I decided to try to make some myself. The macarons themselves will always be delicious, but getting the shape of them just right is so frustrating. Also when I started making macarons, I was in a college apartment with an oven that didn’t work right. Therefore, my macarons didn’t always look right. However, they were still tasty. Making macarons also takes a lot of time. I spent 5 hours making two batches of macarons last week for my family reunion. But they were worth it. Even my nieces and nephews loved them. Because I love macarons so much, I decided to give out my recipe plus tips for it. You can find this recipe anywhere, but the tips are what makes this recipe the most helpful.

Macarons

Ingredients

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • Pinch cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1. Dry ingredients

First gather your dry ingredients together. You will want a medium size bowl and a shiftier. If you don’t have a sifter, you can use a strainer instead. I do! Sift the almond flour and the powered sugar into the bowl and add the salt. Then put the bowl to the side for later. You can also add some cocoa powder or lemon zest or whatever you want to add some favor to it. It is about 3 teaspoons for either one

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2. The Meringue

The meringue is the most important part of the macaron. If you don’t do it right, you will have to do it all over again. First, crack three eggs into a glass bowl or your mixer bowl. However, you only want the egg whites. You can achieve this by cracking the egg, but only pull it apart with the egg standing up right. Like you are taking the top off of something. Then you will transfer the egg yolk into each egg shell half while allowing the egg white to fall into your bowl. If you want to, you can save the egg yolk to make frosting or use it for something else.

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Next, you will put on the mixer with the whist attachment and turn on the mixer to medium speed. You will mix it till it is opaque and foamy (about 30 seconds).

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Then, you will add a pinch of cream of tarter and mix till it is white and holds the line of the whist.

Finally, you will add in the sugar slowly and continue mixing it until you are able to form thick peaks. If there is any special favoring or food coloring you want to add, this is the time to do it. However, make sure to not over mix the meringue or you will have to start over.

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3. Combining

Next, you will be combining the meringue and the dry ingredients. This is done by pour half of the dry ingredients into the meringue and folding it in. Folding it in requires a spatula. Folding it in helps the meringue to keep it’s fluffiness. Do this till the dry mix is combined and repeat with the rest.

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4. Piping

Next, you want to pipe the mixture into circles on parchment paper. You will need a piping bag with a open tip. Make sure to close off the piping bag before putting the mixture in, so that it doesn’t fall out the other end. If there is no one to help you put the mixture into the piping bag, grab a large cup and fold the top of the piping bag down and place it in the cup. This should make the piping bag stable enough for you to put in the mixture without holding it.

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Pour the mixture into the bag until about 3/4 of the way full (the mix should move slow like lava if it doesn’t then you mixed too much). Then pipe out two inch circles onto the parchment paper. Continue this until you are out of the mix.

Finally, you have to wait till the tops of the macarons are dry. This means you can touch the top and nothing will stick to you. This helps create the shape of a macaroon. Now if the macaron starts to spread out a lot, then it didn’t work (you probably over mixed and you will have to start over, but they still taste good)

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4. Baking

When the tops of the macarons are dry, put them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 7 to 10 minutes. You will know that they are done if when you push the top of the macaroon, the inside doesn’t move. Take them out of the oven and start to take them off the parchment paper. This can be hard because they like to stick so be careful. One way that is helpful to me is to lift the parchment and peal it off the macaron.

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Now you have the macaron, but you still need to put something in between. You can use jelly like the french do, but I like sweet things so I use frosting if I’m lazy. However, sometimes I make chocolate gauche to go with it or make my own frosting. So I will give you guys the recipes for both.

Chocolate Gauche

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/4 stick), at room temperature and cut into cubes

1. Chopping

First, chop up the chocolate into fine bits and put it to the side

2. Boiling

Next, put the heavy cream into a pot and bring it to a boil. Turn off the store and put the chocolate into the pot and mix it up till it is completely combined. Then take the butter and put into the chocolate. Mix till it is completely melted.

3. Refrigerate

Finally, you will place the chocolate into the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until it has thicken.

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Now you can place the gauche in between the macaron layers. I like using a piping bag since it is easier to get it on.

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Butter Cream Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 egg yolk, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk

1. Butter

First, cream butter until soft. It helps if you take your butter out early, so it has time to soften.

2. Mixing

 Add salt and part of sugar gradually, blending after each addition. Then add egg yolks and vanilla; blend well. Add remaining sugar, alternately with milk, until of right consistency to spread, beating after each addition until smooth.

3. Piping

Once again, it is easier to put on the macaron if you use a piping bag.


Now you are done, and you have some wonderful macarons to show off to your friends. It can take some time to get it right, but these macarons are worth the journey.

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Therefore, I hope you try it out. If you have made macarons in the past and have some tips for me, please tell me. Also if you have any recipes you want to share that would be great. I’m always looking for new things. Thanks for reading! See ya!