Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Food Fun for Halloween

Halloween has always been a challenge for me……not only what costume to wear or make but how to keep the fun in Halloween and control the amount of sugar in my house. When my daughter was little I made special Halloween candy and had fruit available but admittedly, the fruit was plain and no fun at all. Check out these easy to re-create ideas from the  Eat Smart blog. 
Vegetable skeleton....good for adults, too! A spooky take on the vegetable platter.
Vegetable skeleton….good for adults, too! A spooky take on the vegetable platter.
I love this guy! Great idea for the kids and grown-ups. Serve with salad dressing for dipping. Great for a Halloween party table.
Clementines are yummy and sweet. Great for the kids.
Clementines are yummy and sweet. Great for the kids.
There’s lots more to make and a thousand ways (or so it seems) to add sugar to the diet…..just the same, I don’t need to eat more sugar and having little ones jacked up on sugar isn’t my idea of a great time. Offering something healthy and yummy is a way to make a change.
Post by Eileen of GoofingOff Sewing….who cooks, too. The kitchen is just another place to Goof Off.
Create Magic With Every Stitch!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Ten Reasons to Sew: New Listings in GoofingOff Sewing

It’s been a while since me last post and I do apologize for my absence. My upcoming trip to Haiti has my head swimming. Lots of things going on like a fundraiser this week and a breast cancer 5K in 2 weeks after that. Oh, and it’s my birthday today. Happy Birthday to me! Phew!
The costume pattern sale going strong. The sale is in it’s 5th year and patterns are going fast but there is still a selection to pick from.  The shop is growing with over 1000 items now but there’s always room for more so here’s ten of the latest listings.
Simplicity 1943 Misses' Jackets Size 16-24 UNCUT
Simplicity 1943 Misses’ Jackets Size 16-24 UNCUT
Cute jackets to dress up a pair of pants or skirt for a special evening. Just right to wear on a cool night.
Simplicity 1320 Misses' Jackets with Front and Fabric Variations, Size 116-24 UNCUT
Simplicity 1320 Misses’ Jackets with Front and Fabric Variations, Size 116-24 UNCUT
This pattern has so many variations! Great for a casual look.
I love this dress! Simple and elegant. Neckline variations. Beautiful!
This is a stunning dress no matter what length you choose. Day or evening, beautiful!
Love the Asian influence jacket.
This dress is fabulous. Very flattering. Lots of variations to make this dress special. There is a link, too, to guide as you sew.
Plus size and polished! Everything’s here to look good.
Just 3 main pieces to make this set of blouses originally published in the 1960’s. Sew Retro!
I love the neckline interest.
This looks so pretty and comfy. Casual but not sloppy. LOVE IT!
Well, that’s ten reasons to sew. There’s more coming but that’s a start.
Hope you enjoyed my birthday present to you.
Post by Eileen of GoofingOff Sewing…..Make magic with every stitch.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

It's About Big Buttons at GoofingOff Sewing

When out thrifting I am attracted to sewing stuff, especially vintage sewing stuff. supplies. I can sniff them out better than an old coon dog on a trail….which leads me to this post. Buttons. Lots of buttons of all types, colors, and sizes. Today it is about these big, beautiful buttons.
Big buttons are more than closure devices. When buttons are big they have the ability to show off, to shout out on their own. They become a focal point of a design. They are much more than a way to close a coat.
Tan shank buttons with copper inset, 1 1/2 inch diameter
These buttons were most likely a rescue from an old coats that had seen better days. I found them in the most adorable sewing basket at an estate sale. I will share that later. Today, it’s about the buttons.
The buttons are big, 1 1/2 inches in diameter. They are made of a plastic material, maybe Bakelite. The round brown insert is copper. The buttons have a metal shank.
Black textured buttons
These buttons are big, thick, and textured. 1 1/2 inches in diameter. A heavy button that would stand up to the thickest wool. The hole is recessed in the back.
Jade green buttons 1 1/4 inch diameter
These lovely jade color buttons are 1 1/4 inch diameter. A small mark on the side of one. Still, lots of vivid, beautiful color.
Post by Eileen of GoofingOff Sewing. Make magic with every stitch.

GoofingOff Sewing's Mid Week Rummage: Devil's Food Cake

During a recent thrifting expedition, I ventured out of the sewing pattern section into the books. I can get lost in old books. I love books, especially old ones. I love the look and feel of them. Well, I had the good fortune to find a copy of Baker’s Famous Chocolate Recipes. “What makes this special?” one might ask. This copy is from 1936 and in very good condition. The cover graphics remain sharp and the pages are not brittle. While there is light yellowing throughout the book it is in incredibly good condition.
CCF15092015_1CCF15092015_2What does chocolate cake have to do with sewing? Coffee and cake to keep you going…and chocolate is a necessary part of life.
Post by Eileen of GoofingOff Sewing.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Mission to Haiti: Seven Ways to Help

For those who don't know yet, I signed up to do a medical mission in Haiti. Our team is from Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine (my mistake, I thought it was Bangor). We have a Go Fund Me account for the team (click HERE to check it out) that includes our mission statement and them members of the team. 
Here are ways to help. 

1) Medical Supplies: We need stethoscopes 
and blood pressure cuffs. We need medications 
and bandages. 

2) Kids supplies: We'll be going to orphanages to work with the children. Things to keep kids busy, like coloring books and crayons, would be wonderful. 

3) Insect repellent: I've been told the mosquitos are bad down there. Probably as bad as here (Florida). Repellent wipes would be handy. Drier sheets are good, too, to keep insects away, especially gnats. Tuck one under your hat or bra strap and they leave you alone. 

4) Easy to pack food: I'm bringing peanut butter and nuts. High protein and portable. Maybe sandwich thins, too. After all, they are already squashed flat.

5) Money: we could use it to keep the costs down. If someone wants to send money for something specific, like insect repellent, crayons, or enough peanut butter for the crowd, leave a message on the Go Fund Me page. 

6) Spread the word. Share our Go Fund Me page with everyone you know.....and wish us well. 

7) Buy something from my Miss Eileen's Vintage Shop. I am doing what I know to do, sell stuff. Here's a few new listings in the Miss Eileen's Vintage shop on Etsy.
Vintage Bowling Figurine  Beautiful features. Excellent condition.  $10
To purchase click HERE

3 Vintage Wooden Embroidery Hoops 
These hoops are good for embroidery or cross stitch and would make good frames, too.  $12
To purchase click HERE

Vintage Rocking Chair Pincushion This is as cute as it gets. 
Velvet seat for the pins. 
Excellent condition. $6
To purchase click  HERE
Little Girl in Pink Ruffled Dress Figurine Dainty and beautiful. Great gift idea. To purchase click HERE.

Little Deer Bookend This little guy is so cute. 
                 50's little deer bookend that stands about 5 inches tall.                           To purchase click HERE

Vintage Metal Embroidery Hoops 
These incredible embroidery hoops are metal with a spring on the side to maintain tension.  $10 
To purchase click HERE
So, if you can, help us out. If you can't, send your prayers and good wishes.