Friday, March 25, 2011

I make a great "house-girlfriend!"

My temp job already ended yesterday (tentatively starting again at the end of the month/beginning of next month), so I had a whole day to do whatever I wanted!  And I took full advantage of it.  First, I woke up and made these Reese's Cup cookies which are definitely going to be added to my list of favorites!  I got the recipe from the Smashed Peas and Carrots blog and just adapted it a little bit since I didn't have all the ingredients.  Basically I used twice as much butter and no shortening.  Also, I didn't really have enough peanut butter cups so I added about half a bag of milk chocolate chips...delicious!
After that, I spent about two hours trying to figure out how to load the thread into my mom's ancient Sears Roebuck sewing machine that I inherited in the move out east.  (Thanks again!)  Then I set to cutting and sewing and generally attempting things that I don't have any experience doing!
...and voila!  I have a cute new skirt that I made all on my own!  And, did you notice, it has pockets!  Can't get any better than that!
If you would like to make your own click here (from Freshly Picked).  I followed her directions pretty much to the T and found it surprisingly easy.  Then when I put it on, it seemed really big and poofy so I ended up taking out about 3 inches in the waist and 9 down at the bottom to make it a little more streamlined.

Plus I did some laundry and dishes all by 3:00 pm!  I had to take the opportunity to pat myself on the back!

7 comments:

qDot said...

I don't like that sewing machine at all because I can never remember how to thread the machine. Mom had to do it for me every single time I used it. I like your skirt though and the cookies sound pretty delicious. Maybe I'll try making them this weekend. I should be able to bake a cookie without screwing it up.

Karen said...

I am impressed! And the machine is only "vintage"..not 'ancient"...

Susan said...

love it + those cookies look delish.

xo

Sarah Flinn said...

Yes, the sewing machine takes a bit of time to figure out, but once I got it, it actually worked perfectly, I am surprised how well that "vintage" thing goes! Not many fancy options but it does everything I need it to do. My next project is making a fun strap for my camera!

The cookies are really really good...even once they've cooled they're still soft! qDot, I would try making them like her recipe says so they don't fall at the high altitude, that's how Austin's mom makes her cookies (with only shortening) and they come out a lot fluffier than mine ever did.

Sarah Flinn said...

Oh Susan, thank you so much for posting your tutorial...it was perfectly clear and easy!...and definitely try the cookies!

kyle and ash said...

you really are a good house girlfriend:) those cookies look amazing! and if i wasn't afraid of sewing, i would want that skirt!

Sarah Flinn said...

ash, you really should try the skirt...it was really so easy if i didn't have to fight with the sewing machine for a couple of hours first, it would probably have taken less than an hour to make! this would be a great beginner project :)