Monday, March 28, 2011

a new sewing studio!

i am delighted to have heard about a new sewing studio located in downtown ann arbor! nonpareil studio was opened by michelle moenssen in october 2010.

nonpareil studio offers many sewing classes for all skill levels, as well as open studio hours where you can use the in-house equipment! there are classes on pattern drafting, alterations, garment making, and more. check the class schedule to see class descriptions and times. the classes look great! (not that i want to deter you from taking the basic sewing class i teach at blue house ann arbor! wink wink.) to complement the slew of sewing courses, there are also classes on felting, weaving and doll making.

in addition to running the studio, teaching classes and offering tailoring, moenssen also creates custom tailored shirts as nonpareil shirt company and moenssen wearable art. her prior experience includes time as an elizabethan costume designer, running metropolitan tailoring in birmingham for 10 years, and she is now an active secretary on the board of the ann arbor fiberarts guild.

be sure to also have a peek at the the studio blog, with notes about the classes and various projects.

happy sewing to all!

Friday, March 18, 2011

a blue house blog

blue house ann arbor is celebrating its one year anniversary this month! i can't believe it's been a year. so many crafty connections and wonderful events have come about thanks to siobhan and the people i've met through blue house.

to celebrate, the new blue house blog has launched! there are several different people writing posts, including myself! we'll be talking about books, crafts, design, inspiration, recipes, projects, and more. my first post this week was about a sewing book, of course. :)

take a peek at the blog and let us know what you think!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

aqua deery wallet

yes, i am doing my first craft fair of the year (craft revival) in a month, and yes, i sewed a new wallet for myself! scandalous! i rarely sew bags for myself, so this was a nice treat.

i've had this adorable tiny deer printed fabric for about five years. i got 2 quilt squares of it from my mother after she cleaned out her old sewing cupboards. it's one of those tiny pieces of fabric that you like so much you're afraid to cut it, so i sat on it for a really long time!

last week there was a monthly craft meet-up at blue house ann arbor, and at midnight the night before i saw that fabric on my shelf and EUREKA! a plan was hatched. there wasn't enough fabric for pleats that fit, but i winged it. i'm happy with the final results.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

to die for cookies, cookies to die for

several years ago, the dang gals (manz & coco) shared an apartment and we sewed dang goods and we baked vegan treats. coco found this cookie recipe on vegweb and it's been my go-to cookie recipe ever since. need a reason?
  • they are super easy to make and require only one mixing bowl- limited mess is always a bonus when baking.
  • they are delicious! with chocolate and peanut butter they hit your fix.
  • no matter where i take them people eat them and love them and say "these are vegan?, OMG."
i've sold you, right? here's my version:

chocolate chip oatmeal cookies
1/3 cup peanut butter (i use chunky peanut)
2 TBSP canola oil
1 cup sugar or sucanat (i use turbinado)
1/3 cup dairy-free milk (i use vanilla soy)
1 TSP pure vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour or unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 TSP baking soda
1/2 TSP salt
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips

serves 22

1. preheat oven to 425 degrees F. oil a large baking sheet; set aside.

2. whisk together first five ingredients until very smooth. add remaining ingredients, and stir to combine.

3. drop the batter by large spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet. bake for about 8 mins (i do 9), or until tops just begin to crack. removed sheet from oven, and wait 10 minutes before transferring to a plate or wire rack.

it's that easy!!
i recently made these to take to a monthly craft meet-up at blue house ann arbor, where people scarfed them up.