Sewing: Week Twenty Two Pillow Case

May 28, 2016 |  by  |  Sewing, Tutorials  |  No Comments

Pillow Case: 3ten.ca

Pillow case – in this super fun Canadian fabric. We are travelling to Glacier National Park tomorrow and we’ve got the Boler out and ready. Well, almost ready. I cleaned the truck yesterday and then it rained before I could get to the Boler. So, as soon as I’m done sharing this pillow case tutorial with you I’m headed outside to get our Boler ready for it’s fourth national park!

These pillow cases are fun and just a bit of a nod to being Canadian. The bummer part is it lists every province except Alberta. So weird. Anyway, let’s get started!

We have two down queen pillows that I’ll be covering and the final measurements I want are 20×31.

What you need:

  • 4 pieces of fabric that measure 21×27
  • 4 pieces of fabric that measure 21×3
  • 4 pieces of fabric that measure 21×9
  • serger
  • matching thread
  • iron
  • pins
  • scissors
  • cutting mat
  • rotary cutter
  • ruler

First – gather your fabric. I’m going to use the blue as the main fabric and the yellow for the accent (the 21×3 piece) which will tie in nicely with the long couch pillow I made for the Boler a couple of years ago.

Pillow Case: 3ten.ca

The trick is, if you’re working with a pattern like mine that has a right side up, you want to be sure you pay attention to that throughout the project. On one of my pillow cases the yellow accent piece is actually upside down. You can’t really tell because it’s so small, but be careful nonetheless.

Get out your cutting mat and rotary cutter to cut the fabric.

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Once everything is cut you’ll want to lay out your fabric.

First, we’ll sew the body of the pillow case together. Be sure right sides are together and they are going the same direction. Serge an both long sides and one short side.

Pillow Case: 3ten.ca

Time for the accent pieces.

Lay them out and ensure they are going the same direction, too. With right sides together, serge the short sides.

Pillow Case: 3ten.ca

Press the two accent pieces in half, right sides out.

Pillow Case: 3ten.ca

Now, sandwich the small accent piece, the yellow one, between the body of the pillow and the larger accent piece. This is where you’ll want to be sure all patterns are running in the same direction. Pin.

Serge all 3 pieces together.

Pillow Case: 3ten.ca

Pillow Case: 3ten.ca

Done. Press and stuff with your pillow!

Pillow Case: 3ten.ca

Pillow Case: 3ten.ca

Pillow Case: 3ten.ca

I love the little yellow piece – and with one different than the other we will certainly know who’s pillow is who’s! Haha.

Happy Saturday and I hope you’re spending some time with family this weekend – Family is the best. Off to prep the Boler. Bye for now!

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Recipe: Frozen Grapes

May 24, 2016 |  by  |  Eats, Recipes  |  No Comments

Frozen Grapes: 3ten.ca

Frozen grapes – they’re like cold candy. Seriously, they are so good and I don’t have to feel bad about eating a whole small bowl to myself. Summer is the best time for frozen grapes. You pick – green or red – the choice is up to you. I’ve done both and I prefer red, but the green are good, too.

Frozen Grapes: 3ten.ca

Okay – time to get started. It’s super complicated so be sure to follow along. Who am I kidding, this is easy, peasy; yet you do need patience since they take some time to freeze.

First thing, wash your grapes. Then, dry them. It’s important for them to fully dry before putting them in the freezer. The main reason is so they don’t get this little ring stand around the bottom of them.

Frozen Grapes: 3ten.ca

Frozen Grapes: 3ten.ca

Then, put them in a plastic container and pop them in the freezer for at least 3 hours.

Frozen Grapes: 3ten.ca

That’s it! Done.

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Let them sit for a bit and they’ll start to look like they’re sour gapes since they get frosty.

So good – enjoy!

Thanks so much for visiting. This week is a busy one and my hope is to get some time to edit and sort some of our vacation pictures – I feel like I’ve said that before and now it’s time I make it a bit of a priority – I’m excited to see some of the photos. So fun!

Happy Tuesday – see you again soon.

Recipe: Frozen Grapes
 
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Serves: 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of grapes
Instructions
  1. First thing, wash your grapes.
  2. Then, dry them. It's important for them to fully dry before putting them in the freezer. The main reason is so they don't get this little ring stand around the bottom of them.
  3. Next, put them in a plastic container and pop them in the freezer for at least 3 hours.
  4. That's it! Done. Let them sit for a bit and they'll start to look like they're sour gapes since they get frosty. So good - enjoy!

 

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Sewing: Week Twenty One High Low Hem Dress

May 22, 2016 |  by  |  Sewing, Tutorials  |  No Comments

High Low Hem Dress: 3ten.ca

High low hem dress is here, time for summer. This dress is comfortable and a bit vintage. The fabric, though, is so fun. In all honesty, I didn’t know it was flowers when I first purchased it – I didn’t see them until I had the fabric sprawled out and ready to cut the pattern. I do like it, though. It’s a bit retro, which isn’t something I pull of well or often.

High Low Hem Dress: 3ten.ca

I used this very easy McCall’s pattern – the only change I made was how I hemmed the bottom. I folded it and used my serger rather than top stitching. Also, if I made this again, I would make the straps thicker and use the same type of hem. Next time!

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This is what the bottom hem looks like all finished. Since the hem is really visible I thought it better look clean and polished. Sometimes it’s hard to visualize what the garment will look like when it has movement – I can’t tell you how often I pick a fabric for something only to realize it looks brutal when I mock hold it up to see how it will flow. The fact that you can’t return fabric is the main reason I look silly in the fabric store. My only wish is that they had mirrors!

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Once the pattern is cut it’s only 5 seams and then a few hems, that’s it, that’s all.

Done and done. Looks good, right? I love how the fabric looks with shape. So excited to wear it.

Wear with a belt or with a long sweater or even a jean jacket (those are cool, right?).

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Happy Sunday – I hope you’re having a great long weekend and enjoying the sun. Here it’s raining, but we need the rain in Northern Alberta, so no complaints here. See you again soon!

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Recipe: White Bean and Quinoa Salad

May 20, 2016 |  by  |  Eats, Recipes  |  No Comments

White Bean and Quinoa Salad: 3ten.ca

White bean and quinoa salad – time for lunch! This salad is full of flavour and fills you up. The cilantro and red onion add some nice colour while the beans and quinoa fill you up iwth protein. Let’s get this salad started!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups uncooked quinoa
  • 3 cups of warm water
  • 2 cups of white beans
  • 3/4 cup of chopped cucumber
  • 3/4 cup of chopped red pepper
  • 3/4 cup of chopped cilantro (lose)
  • 3/4 cup of chopped red onion
  • Cilantro lime chili dressing (150ml, one recipe)

You can use any dressing for this salad, but I love this cilantro lime chili dressing.

First, chop up the cucumber, the red pepper, the cilantro and the red onion.

White Bean and Quinoa Salad: 3ten.ca

Cook the 2 cups of quinoa in your rice cooker with the 3 cups of warm water. Then, let it cool (I spoon it all out and put it in a bowl in the fridge for about 15 minutes). White beans? Check.

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Mix everything in the bowl together. The, add the dressing.

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Combine well.

White Bean and Quinoa Salad: 3ten.ca

Done! Time for lunch? Yes, please.

White Bean and Quinoa Salad: 3ten.ca

Enjoy this hearty summer fresh salad and I hope you have a fabulous long weekend. See you soon!

Recipe: White Bean and Quinoa Salad
 
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Serves: 5-6
Ingredients
  • 2 cups uncooked quinoa
  • 3 cups of warm water
  • 2 cups of white beans
  • ¾ cup of chopped cucumber
  • ¾ cup of chopped red pepper
  • ¾ cup of chopped cilantro (lose)
  • ¾ cup of chopped red onion
  • Cilantro lime chili dressing (150ml, one recipe)
Instructions
  1. You can use any dressing for this salad, but I love this cilantro lime chili dressing.
  2. First, chop up the cucumber, the red pepper, the cilantro and the red onion.
  3. Cook the 2 cups of quinoa in your rice cooker with the 3 cups of warm water. Then, let it cool (I spoon it all out and put it in a bowl in the fridge for about 15 minutes). White beans? Check.
  4. Mix everything in the bowl together. The, add the dressing.
  5. Combine well. Done! Time for lunch? Yes, please.

 

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Recipe: Cilantro Lime Chili Dressing

May 18, 2016 |  by  |  Eats, Recipes  |  No Comments

Cilantro Lime Chili Dressing: 3ten.ca

Cilantro lime chili dressing is the perfect amount of heat on a summer salad. This dressing is one of my favourites and I’m excited to share it with you. I eat this dressing on quinoa salad, avocado and egg salad, or even bean and corn salad. Heck, I might even try it on corn on the cob, it’s that good. Best made fresh, so keep a stock of cilantro on hand.

Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 100ml of olive oil
  • 50ml of lime juice – fresh
  • 3/4 of a cup of chopped cilantro (lose)
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • large pinch of salt

That’s it, that’s all. Be sure you chop the cilantro up, but not too finely. You want chunks for sure. Cilantro is something I buy each time I go to the grocery store and I usually only end up using about 60% of it. I know, a bit of a waste; however, it’s so disappointing when I want it and it’s not in my fridge. Not to worry, I compost, so it’s not a total waste. I love cilantro so much. Don’t you?

Put all of the ingredients into your dressing shaker.

Cilantro Lime Chili Dressing: 3ten.ca

Shake away.

Cilantro Lime Chili Dressing: 3ten.ca

Done – time to dress the salad.

Cilantro Lime Chili Dressing: 3ten.ca

This past weekend I made this delicious white bean and quinoa salad – I’ll share the recipe on Friday – and I used this cilantro lime chili dressing. Just the right kick of heat.

Cilantro Lime Chili Dressing: 3ten.ca

Happy Wednesday and thanks for visiting. Back to picture editing for me – so many travel photos, yet so much fun to look back on. See you again soon.

Recipe: Cilantro Lime Chili Dressing
 
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Serves: 150ml
Ingredients
  • 100ml of olive oil
  • 50ml of lime juice - fresh
  • ¾ of a cup of chopped cilantro (lose)
  • ½-1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • large pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Gather your ingredients.
  2. Be sure you chop the cilantro up, but not too finely. You want chunks for sure.
  3. Put all of the ingredients into your dressing shaker.
  4. Shake away.
  5. Done - time to dress the salad.

 

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