Monthly Archives: January 2011

Pizza Night

I love pizza.  It’s the single reason why I struggle with completely giving up dairy. 

I bought some new vegan cookbooks recently.  Among them is one called “Vegan On The Cheap” by my favorite cookbook writer, Robin Robertson. 

Tonight I made vegan pizza from that recipe book.  It was completely homemade: the crust, the sauce, the pepperroni.  100% Vegan and 100% Awesome.  We are all sitting around, content with full bellies of goodness right now. 

In other personal vegan news, I just got some new vegan shoes!  I have been leather-free for 2.5 years, but I haven’t bought any faux leather boots yet.  I don’t really like what Payless has to offer in the boot department.  I found a website called and ordered some boots and sneakers.  I have been so excited about my shoes that nothing can get me down right now.  Who knew I was such a girl?  Just kidding.

Here’s a pic of me playing dress up.  I forgot I made this sundress this summer until I found it in my closet.  My first completed dress and my first time sewing with Amy Butler fabric!

Here’s a pic of my Simple Brand Eco Sneaks!

Happy Weekend Everyone!


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I am a mama (a dog story)

Over the past few weeks, we have been making a lot of trips to the vet for one of my dogs.  She’s not sickly, but has a chronic condition that had to be checked out by a specialist and last week she had an emergency situation.

That day, I anxiously paced the waiting room at the emergency vet clinic, trying to entertain my toddler for hours.  I was just so worried about my poor little puggy.  I had a lot of time to think.  To reflect, and to realize in a new way that my older pug  will eventually leave this earth.

Luckily she didn’t have a serious problem and she’s not leaving us any time soon. Even so, it’s sad to think that someday my lap will be empty.

Realizing this has made me very very sad.  I got her when I was just 19.  She was such an obnoxious puppy!  So full of mischeif and spunk.  I had her for 5 years before I was a human mama, and even when I had my child, she still held her place as my first born.

She prepared me for motherhood in so many ways.  She frequently choked on rawhides and I became very good at the finger sweep.  Once my baby choked on something, and it was just second nature to sweep it out.  She teethed.  My baby teethes. 

There are so many events that happened with the baby that happened with the pug.  It’s remarkable!

We were 5 years into our marriage before we had a child.  People often asked us when we would have a baby.  Of course we planned to, but people being nosy made me so mad.  I would always sarcastically say “We have two!” (referring to our two pugs)  and some people actually took me seriously.

But I was serious, even though I was being sarcastic.  My pugs are my babies.  They are my children and I would do anything for them.  It’s hard to see them have health issues.

I am so happy that they are a part of my life.  I am so happy I have been a mama for almost 6 years.  I am so happy that they get a long so well with my human child. 

I hope Bodie gets better soon.  I don’t know what I would do without her.


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WIP Wednesday: 1/05

This week’s WIP is actually just life.  Getting life to a regular schedule since moving is still our work in progress.

I have been sewing every day so far this year, bringing my grand total of days to 5.  That’s right, a whole 5 days!  Woohoo!  I am finishing up my first sewing project of the year this evening.  All I have to do is sew on a few buttons.

The sewing room itself is still a work in progress.  Sure everything is organized, clean and functioning, but we are putting up a fabric cutting table sometime in the near future, and I am excited!  My husband is also in the process of putting a new pulley system on his industrial machine. 

I also have two projects on the needles which is very unlike me.  Normally I start one then finish before I start the next.  I started a toddler sweater, and then got bored so I started a hat for my husband.  They are both coming along very well, it’s just a struggle finding time to sit down and work on them.  The sweater is Rufus Textured Cardigan by Kristen Rengren.  The hat is Knotty But Nice by Natalie Larson

I hope to have them both finished soon.  Meanwhile, I am just loving this cabled hat!  It looks so awesome, what a fun pattern!

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Year of Sewing

I’m sure today the blogging world is full of lists of everyone’s New Years Resolutions because today is just that day.  I know I have lots of goals I would love to accomplish, most of which are too private or too boring to blog about.

I do have one goal, however, that I would like to share. 

After my 30 Days of Sewing goal, I learned that I can get better at something if I just set aside a few minutes a day to work on it.  By sewing just 30 minutes a day, my sewing skills improved dramatically.  After the 30 days were over, I did another 30 days and another.  Then I got too busy with life events that my sewing had to be set aside.

Now that life has settled, I can once again do the things I love. 

This year, I have made a resolution to sew everyday for a whole year.

My actual goal is more lenient.  I know that I may not be able to sew every single day this year, so my goal is to sew 30 minutes a day 5 times a week.  I am going to sew 7 days a week when I can, so that way I can have “saved” days where I can go on vacation, or just those days I’m too busy.

So, to be technical, my goal is to sew 260 days this year.  I think that sounds like a very reasonable goal.  I feel confident that I can do this. 

The point of this is to set aside time in my day to do the things I love.  Please feel free to join me if you want! 

Happy 2011 Everyone!

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