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Cover Reveal: Good Things

 

Good things come from unexpected places…

 

Genre: Urban Fantasy

To Be Released: August 18th, 2016

 

Good things come from unexpected places…

 

Magic and mayhem. Vampires and gods. Cops and werewolves. The binding thread of mysticism in the modern world and acts of kindness, small and large, random and focused. Join these ten authors as we travel through their worlds.

 

All of the author proceeds from the sales of this anthology will go to the Random Acts Organization, sponsoring kindness throughout the world. This is not official Random Acts merchandise, but is a fundraising project under permission from the charity.

 

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A. STAR (DIANTHA JONES)

Diantha Jones loves writing fantasy books filled with adventure, romance, and magic. She’s the author of the Oracle of Delphi series, the Mythos series, and the Djinn Order series (as A. Star). When she isn’t writing or working, she is reading or being hypnotized by Netflix. She is a serious night-owl and while everyone else is grinning in the warmth and sunlight, she’s hoping for gloominess and rain. Yeah, she’s weird like that.

 

ANGELA B. CHRYSLER

Angela B. Chrysler is a writer, logician, philosopher, and die-hard nerd who studies theology, historical linguistics, music composition, and medieval European history in New York with a dry sense of humor and an unusual sense of sarcasm. She lives in a garden with her family and cats.

In 2014, Ms. Chrysler founded Brain to Books: the marketing promotional engine and online Encyclopedia for authors. A passionate gardener and incurable cat lover, Ms. Chrysler spends her days drinking coffee and writing beside a volume of Edgar Allan Poe who strongly influences her style to this day. When Ms. Chrysler is not writing, she enables her addictions to all things nerdy, and reads everything she can get her hands on no matter the genre. Occasionally, she finds time to mother her three children and debate with her life-long friend who she eventually married. Her writing is often compared to Tad Williams. Her influences are Edgar Allan Poe, The Phantom of the Opera, and Frankenstein.

 

J. KIM MCLEAN

Kim’ love of reading came after her mother introduced her to Tolkien and the Hobbit, followed by Lord of the Rings. She also lovingly blames her mother for her love of Science Fiction and Fantasy, thanks to being raised on Star Trek. Kim has always had a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until she finished with graduate school (where she earned a Master’s of Science in Geology) that she found she could focus her imagination into creating her own characters and stories. Much of her writing has been for various play by email or forum role play universes, though Kim does hope this will be the first of many more stories she writes for publication.

When not writing, Kim can be found snowboarding, hiking, or doting on her furry beasts.

DARIEL RAYE

Dariel Raye is an award-winning author of powerful IR/MC (Interracial/Multi-cultural) paranormal romance and dark urban fantasy with alpha male heroes to die for and strong heroines with hearts worth winning. Her stories tell of shifters, vamps, angels, demons, and fey (the Vodouin variety). Dariel is currently writing three series: “Dark Sentinels” (wolf shifters), “Orlosian Warriors” (Vampire-like Nephilim), and “Gateway” (a crossover erotic paranormal suspense with romantic elements).

For more about Dariel, follow her blog or visit her website. She also publishes a new release newsletter. If you enjoyed this book, please post a review on review sites. You can also follow her and contact her on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.

 

MIA DARIEN

Born a Connecticut Yankee in nobody’s court, Mia Darien grew up to brave snow and talk fast. She started reading when she was three and never looked back, soon frequently falling asleep with a book under her cheek. (Something she still does, though these days it?s her Nook as often as a paperback.)

At eleven, she discovered Night Mare by Piers Anthony and entered the world of grown-up fantasy fiction and it was all over from there. She started writing at fourteen, then met vampires as a teenager and the concept for what would become Adelheid was soon born. Epic fantasy remains her first love, but she enjoys writing whatever stories come to mind in any genre.

Now she loves both writing and helping her indie community with her freelancing. A geek till the end, she enjoys role-play by email games and World of Warcraft when she has the time. Married to her very own Named Man of the North, she lives with him, their mini-tank (also known as their son) and pets, who usually act more childish than the child.

 

ABIGAIL OWEN

Award-winning paranormal and contemporary romance author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado, and resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe.

Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.

 

CRYSTAL G. SMITH

Born a small town Missourian, Crystal grew up in a time where reading was used for her escape from the everyday worries of a young girl.  She then began developing ideas of how she would write a book and what she would do with her characters.  Soon, idea came to typewriter and then thankfully computers.

Her love of reading is not centered on one specific genre, but with her writing, she has a tendency to stay with the romance genre.  Whether it be modern day romance or paranormal romance, and a lot of steamy, she enjoys writing a story where characters find love in one another no matter how twisted their lives.

She has written several stories for charity to date and continues to write novellas and novels.  She is an indie author with a large imagination and even larger heart.  She is married with four children, (even though two of them have four legs).  She works full-time as a pediatric nurse and when she isn’t acting goofy with family, you can find her reading or writing.

 

KAT JAMESON

Kat Jameson has been having just plain wicked thoughts for about as long as she’s been writing, so it seemed like a very natural progression that the two would end up together. She is a woman who seems perfectly average on the outside, but believes in a great capacity for the power of love and the joy of sex and thinks constraints should be put on neither so long as everyone involved is happy. So that’s what she writes about.

 

CHRISTI RIGBY

Christi Rigby lives in Colorado with her husband and her two teen boys, rounding out the group is a bernese mountain dog and an old orange cat that can’t seem to sleep in the morning past the need for some kibble at 5 am, then returns to the bed after it has been vacated but the owners. She has written a number of short stories for publication and is working on her first book to be published. When she is not writing at a keyboard she is always writing in her mind, so to say writing is her real life over the job she holds would be a fair representation. An avid guide along the path to geekdom for her children and friends, she is a fan of comic books, any number of Science Fiction/Fantasy television shows and movies, computer and console gaming, and just about anything Scandinavian or British Isles in nature. One day she hopes that her choice to make writing her life will lead to a visit to the Isle of Man.

 

JESSICA NICHOLLS

Jessica Nicholls is originally from Northern Illinois. She lived in the Northwest of England for just over ten years, where she studied and had her children. Jessica still lives overseas with her husband and two school age kids. Running, reading and watching films are her favourite hobbies. She loves spirits, passionate love stories, vampires, shape shifters, mythology and almost anything historical. The most important thing for her is for a story to feel real, something to genuinely escape into. Writing the type of stories she would enjoy reading is a passion.

 

2013 Dominos de Castilla Tinta de Toro

My_Wine_Awesomeness_box_is_hereI decided I would be adventurous; I decided I would try a subscription* to Wine Awesomeness, which I wrote about not too long ago.  The first shipment arrived, really quickly, and I was impressed. The wine was packaged very well, and it came in an attractive blue box. Upon opening the box, I found a selection of three wines (including the 2013 Dominos de Castilla Tinta de Toro I talk about here), chocolate, and a recipe book for making pizzas that pair with the wines. 

Wine Awesomeness's packaging and the 2013 Dominos de Castilla Tinta de Toro

I was super excited to try out the wines, but I decided that to do so properly for the purpose of reviewing them, I would make the suggested pizza recipes to accompany them. So, I whipped up some pizza dough almost as instructed to by the recipe book, and I put together the first sauce and topping for the pizza. The sauce recipe for the first pizza I made, “Paulie Gee’s ‘Feels Like Bacon Love'” makes 3-4 12-inch pizzas, depending upon how much sauce you like. This is perfect since the dough recipe makes four pizza crusts. A word to the wise, the recipe is missing the addition of water. I have included my modifications in the recipe, which I will share in a minute.

Wine_and_pizza_nightAbout the 2013 Dominos de Castilla Tinta de Toro

First, let’s talk about the wine. The first wine we tried was the 2013 Dominos de Castilla Tinta de Toro.  The book of recipes also includes information about each of the wines. This wine is from Toro, Spain, and is 85% Tinta de Toro and 15% Garnacha. I learned from reading the description that Tinta de Toro grapes are more commonly known as Tempranillo. 

The Dominos de Castilla region

The Castilla region of Spain is also known as “the Land of Castles.” The wine is described as a big wine with a lot of elegant dark fruit flavors and as a great peairing with smoked meats and cheeses. The winery’s profile on Winesellers, Ltd says of the region:

“D.O. Rueda stands 2,200 to 2,600 feet above sea-level and is located in the central area of the basin formed by the river Duero. The different grape varieties frown are irregularly scattered over the several municipal districts comprising Rueda Appelation but is known primarily for its fine white wines based on the Verdejo grape. There is only one D.O. in the region of Rueda which is “Rueda D.O.”.

“D.O. Toro is situated west of the Spanish Duero river valley near the Portuguese border. Toro appelation covers approximately 5,600 ha of vineyards at an altitude of 600 meters above sea level. At the end of the 19th century great quantities of wines were exposed to France during the phylloxera crisis, which did not affect the local vines as they were protected by the sandy soil. For this reason, the vines of other regions of Spain were replaced by vines from Toro. Today, Toro still has a number of very old vineyards with pre-phyloxera Tinta de Toro.”

 

Tasting the wine

The first thing I noticed about the 2013 Dominos de Castilla Tinta de Toro was that it had a really nice nose. I got anise, vanilla, and plum. When I then tasted the wine, I found it tart, acidic with some good degree of tanins, and that it was very young in flavor. Despite being young, it was well-balanced. It also had notes of dark and bittersweet chocolate. 

I found the 2013 Dominos de Castilla Tinta de Toro and pizza pairing spot-on. The pizza really brought out the wine’s pepper and green – maybe even ancho – pepper finish and it really highlighted the tannins in a good way. On the whole, I was really impressed with this wine and its quality.

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Trying the 2013 Dominos de Castilla Tinta de Toro made me excited to try the next wine in the box. I will share my notes on that one soon. For now, I can recommend this wine as well as the box. At $45 a month, it is a really great value. These are not your typical $15 wines. They have quality, and I’m sure if you wanted to cellar them, they would stand up well and develop complexity over time. With that in mind, you can do what I did and Become a member today and get your first month FREE at Wine Awesomeness! (Affiliate Link)

Meanwhile, enjoy this modified version of the pizza recipe that accompanies the 2013 Dominos de Castilla Tinta de Toro. 

*I took advantage of the free month offer in order to provide my readers with a review of this monthly subscription box service. 

Smoky Bacon and Black Pepper Pizza
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This delicious pizza is the perfect accompaniment for the 2013 Dominos de Castilla Tinta de Toro. It has a great smoky flavor.
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For the Dough
  1. 5 cups organic unbleached bread flour
  2. 1 tbsp sugar
  3. 2 tsps table salt
  4. 1 package yeast
  5. 2 tbsp olive oil
  6. 1 cup water
For the toppings
  1. 8 oz fresh mozzarella
  2. olive oil
  3. 1 can (28 oz) Italian peeled tomatoes
  4. 1 large Vidalia onion
  5. 5-6 cloves of garlic
  6. 1 lb Applewood smoked bacon
  7. 2 sticks salted (yes, I know, but trust me, it's good)
  8. 1 tsp oregano
  9. 1 tsp basil
  10. 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  11. Ground pepper to taste
For the dough
  1. 1. Sprinkle yeast over 1 cup of lukewarm water and the sugar. Let sit for about 10 minutes. It will be ready when the yeast is all bubbly and the area smells kind of like a brewery.
  2. 2. Add flour, salt, and olive oil to the bowl. Mix with your hands until smooth. You may need to add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to get the right consistency for your dough. If your dough is too sticky, add flour one tablespoon at a time.
  3. 3. Turn dough out and divide into 4 equal pieces. Put dough into zipper lock bags and let sit out for fifteen minutes. Next, you'll want to refrigerate them overnight. You can also freeze dough pieces you won't be using.
  4. 4. Take the dough out of the refrigerator 2 hours before you plan to roll it out.
For the Sauce and Toppings
  1. 1. Preheat your oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. 2. On your stove, in one pan, melt the butter. To the butter, add 3 tablespoons of flour. Once it starts to brown, add the chopped onion. In the other pan, fry up the bacon (you can also bake it). Drain the fat from the bacon.
  3. 3. When the onion is translucent, add the garlic, basil, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Sauté until fragrant.
  4. 4. Add the tomatoes to the saucepan. Bring to a slight simmer. Using an immersion blender, blend the sauce until mostly smooth. Bring to boil and add crumbled bacon.
  5. 5. Shred the mozzarella. I used my food processor, so it was super-easy.
  6. 6. Put flour down on your counter or a large cutting board. Roll out pizza crust to desired thickness (12"-14").
  7. 7. Brush crust with olive oil - I used oil that was marinating the mozzarella for this.
  8. 8. Scoop sauce onto crust and spread around.
  9. 9. Add cheese.
  10. 10. Bake 10-13 minutes or until cheese starts to brown slightly. Grind black pepper on top, slice, and serve.
Notes
  1. To avoid killing the yeast, make sure that the water you use feels the same temperature as your pinky finger.
Adapted from Paulie Gee's "Feel Like Bacon Love"
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Book Review: Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West

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Book of the Month Club June 2016So, you guys, I did it. As though I need more books. I joined The Book of the Month Club (I had incentive, I was gifted a three-month subscription*). And the first book I received was Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West. I had a really hard time deciding which of the June books I wanted. Here were the choices:

  • Shrill by Lindy West, 
  • Modern Lovers by Emma Straub,
  • The Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel,
  • Before The Fall by Liberty Hardy, and
  • Enchanted Islands by Alison Amend

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Pool Side Beach Party Tour

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Do you see this extraordinarily cute little guy here? He wants to help me type up my post tonight. 
 

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He also thinks that momma should hold him 24/7, and that playing with his vast collection of toys is not nearly as exciting as sitting on my lap and pounding keys. Why am I telling you this at the start of a blog tour post? 

Am I a person filled with excuses? Nope, not so much. But sometimes, the little people in my life have different plans for how my nights go. And this little love? He thinks that I should be his personal seat. Because obviously if I’m staring at something else, it must be interesting. So, when I signed up for the LuLu & Celeste Sprouting Jube Jube Pool Side Beach Party Tour, I felt ambitious. I was going to sew all the things for the whole family. Because, I mean, we all need swimwear for our invisible pool. Plus! Fun! Sew all the things! Never mind that I’m gearing up for the launch of my Smashed Metatoes™ line of kids’ clothes on July 16, or the other obligations I’ve had lately (I still need to head out to get photographs for the baseball outfit I made. I swear, those are coming!) I was going to sew all the things.

(Be sure to read all the way to the end. There is a Rafflecopter giveaway and there are coupon codes! Today’s prizes are:

  • $15 US gift certificate to Gracious Threads
  • 1 pattern of choice* from Handmaiden’s Cottage
  • Four Season’s Cardigan pattern from EYMM

Then, I realized that was insane. I took a deep breath, and I thought “Okay, I already have two swimsuits I love that I made that are not getting use. None of my kids swim. Besides, let’s pretend for a minute that I could go to a pool side beach party with just my husband. What else would I wear to a pool side beach party?” The answer came to me: a sexy fun tank dress that can go on OVER my super cute swimsuits. (All from Peekaboo Patterns: Bahama Mama Blouson Top, Bahama Mama Colorblock Tankini Top, and Bahama Mama Boy Shorts, Affiliate links)

So cute, right? 

2016-06-05 09.40.06And if I’m going to a swim party, you better believe I don’t want to have to keep track of too many clothes. So, I’d totally wear a tank dress. Still cute, fun, fabulous. I used the Essential Tank Pattern from Patterns for Pirates (affiliate link). The pattern has several different lengths and hems you can choose from. I chose to do the dress length version with the racerback arms. I paired the dress with a couple of my favorite handmade beaded necklaces that I’ve had forever and an elastic belt I found at a thrift store a little while back.  

I feel like it puts me in top form for a good backyard pool party! All I need is a glass of rosé wine and some delicious canapés (and maybe a pool?), and I’m good to go and get my pool party on! 

Here are some more photos of my fun dress! 

Be sure to scroll down further for coupons and the Rafflecopter giveaway for today’s leg of the tour!

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Also Jennuine Design (one of the prize sponsors) http://www.ajennuinelife.com/shop is having an unrelated sale on selected patterns until June 30th. 40% off with code SATYASEASON

Phat Quarters Free US shipping on orders of $25 or more with code SUMMER25 www.phatquarters.etsy.com

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Today’s prizes are:

  • $15 US gift certificate to Gracious Threads
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Summer and Wine Go Hand in Hand

Summer wine*This is a post from one of my advertising partners. It contains affiliate links. Should you decide to try Wine Awesomeness, I will receive a percentage of the sales at no extra cost to you. In fact, at the bottom of this post, you’ll find a link allowing you to start your journey with this wine club free of charge for the first month.*

Beat the Heat and Enjoy Some Fun in the Sun

Sunshine and lots of wine are what summer memories are made of! Whether you pour it straight out of the bottle, serve your favorite vino chilling out over ice, or shake things up with your summertime mixer of choice, wine makes every warm weather occasion special.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side of Wine

Wine Awesomeness is dedicated to creating a monthly journey, curated for adventurous souls. Not sure of the right path to take when your outdoor activities call for a drink? Need help in pairing ribs and steak with the right choice of red, or cooling down with a sparkling white or crisp rose? Forget your fear of making a wine mishap…Wine Awesomeness will help you look like a pro and dazzle your diners with your knowledge of wine wonders. Wine Awesomeness will teach you how to make the correct choice for the right meal (regardless of fish or fowl), or what’s the latest in fruity wine flavors for the sophisticated palate. You can be the guest everyone loves when you arrive for good old fashion fun with a bottle of Wine Awesomeness’ favorite vintage!

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It’s definitely summertime and the living is easy, especially when you’re a member of the Wine Awesomeness Monthly Wine Club. Every month, the Wine Awesomeness team combs the globe to find the coolest, crave worthiest wines and ships them right to your door. This is vino you don’t see regularly, but will want to drink every day. Welcome to the world of wine the Wine Awesomeness way!

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Wear to Where Blog Tour Spring 2016: Baseball Game – PART I

13267892_10103408594825749_4565655765334352388_nSo, I really, really want to share with you what I made for the Wear to Where Blog Tour Spring 2016 edition! I’m super proud of myself, because my jeans skirt has turned out awesome. Like really awesome. As in I was worried about whether it would fit, whether I could pull off sewing with denim, and whether I could sew a zipper fly that looked good. Well, there was no reason to worry. It came out great, and was made of the dark fabric that you can see over to the right, behind the tank top. 

Courtesy of Kake-TV news, Abeline, KS

Courtesy of Kake-TV news, Abeline, KS

BUT, after I got my brilliant outfit made (and made a second one to boot, because come on, we’re a baseball household), the weather in Kansas decided to do THIS every time my husband was home to take pictures! (See the photo to the left). Now, mind you, the tornado wasn’t here in Wichita, but we’ve had lots of severe thunderstorms in our area over the past few days, including today. Considering I’m not interested in becoming a piece of lightning toast, I decided to stay inside. Since we’re still under a severe thunderstorm warning, it’s looking like I’m going to have to wait to have photos done tomorrow morning…before more storms come in.

Courtesy of Kake-TV, near Scott City, KS

Courtesy of Kake-TV, near Scott City, KS

So, yes. No beautiful pictures of my work for you. BUT, I’ve made a second outfit as well. I’ll be taking some fun photos…in fact, I’ll be mixing and matching the two outfits for “sports bar afterparty as well.” Seriously.  I really want to share. I’ve got this great denim skirt (Style Arc’s Sally Skirt), tank top, and shirt to share, and now a second skirt and second shirt to share. I’d love to photograph the pieces to share, but I’m afraid that flash photography will not do the pieces justice. I’ve tried. I will leave you with the above teaser, and the promise that I will have the photos and the write-up of the pieces tomorrow. 

In_varsity_uniformMeanwhile, I’ve got to talk my teenager into letting me use his baseball bat, cap, and mitt for pictures. I think that it can be arranged ! (There he is in his varsity uniform)

(And don’t worry, we’re safe, just soaked.)

While you’re waiting to see my photos, please check out the posts from the other very talented ladies on the tour. Jess at Gracious Threads has made a tailgating outfit that I envy. I mean, seriously, her shorts are AWESOME. The detail on them though!  And the jacket in scuba knit is also very well done!

 

Pinko de Mayo: La Vieille Ferme 2015 Cotes du Ventoux Rose

The La Vieille Ferme 2015 Cotes du Ventoux Rose has a lovely blush colorOkay. So, the roasted chicken I made to pair with this wine is seriously both the easiest roast chicken recipe and the best-tasting roast chicken recipe ever. Right now, just thinking of it, is making my mouth water. I’ll get to the recipe for it in a minute.  The best part of the chicken recipe is you can totally whip it up if you just happen to have a whole roaster chicken hanging out.  The second of the Pinko de Mayo wines we purchased from our local wine and spirits store was the La Vieille Ferme 2015 Cotes du Ventoux Rose. 

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Build Confidence in Yourself

How to build confidence in yourself Wining WifeLast year, I wrote the post, “Please, Keep Your Insecurities to Yourself” after someone who called herself a friend suggested I go on a diet following my posting of pictures of myself on my Facebook page. Mind you, I wasn’t posting the pictures and saying, “Hey, help me lose weight!” I was posting the pictures and saying, “Hey, check out what I made myself, and by the way, I think I look pretty flippin’ awesome.” That kind of feedback can make it rough to build confidence.

Well, a year has passed. I had a lot of great reactions to that post. Lots of women added me as their friends, thanked me for saying the words I said over there, and said they thought I had courage. A lot of women also said, “I wish I had that sort of confidence.” I’ve done a lot of thinking about how to respond to people who would like to build confidence. Continue reading

Pinko de Mayo: La Valentina 2014 Rosé Paired with Chicken Pesto Pasta Bake

2014 La Valentina RoséIn honor of May being the month of Rosé wines, I figured I’d pick up three wines available for under $15 to pair with food and write about. These are wines you don’t need to cellar, but you can if you’d like. It’s nice, though to have wine on hand you can open up and drink at dinner on a Friday evening. And open up and enjoy is what we did. The first of the wines I paired up was the 2014 La Valentina Rosé, Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo, and I paired it with a chicken pesto pasta macaroni and cheese dish. Believe me when I say it, this is not your average mac and cheese. You can find the recipe at the end of this post. 

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Gracious Threads Wild Rose Dress and Jumper (and Giveaway!)

Gracious Threads WIld Rose DressYesterday, Gracious Threads came out with a great dress and jumper pattern. I was able to test the pattern on my Little Miss, and let me tell you, it turned out super-cute. I got some great fabric for it while at Hancock Fabrics closing sale (yes, let’s take a moment of silence here for a wonderful store with beautiful fabric. I really should have picked up more of the anchors fabric I used the other day for my swimsuit, since so many people liked it. I digress.)

Before I get into talking about the project, I actually have some news for you before I get into my review of the pattern. In the future, my posts about pattern tests will mostly appear on the blog at my new handmade business website (though, you can still catch some of my favorites here). Have you checked it out? If not, I suggest you cruise over to Ronda B. Handmade to see what’s going on. I’m still in the process of uploading products, and I’m planning a launch party complete with prizes and a discount code. Follow my page on Facebook for more updates on that project. 

Well, after parenthetical asides, let me tell you about the Gracious Threads’ Wild Rose Dress and Jumper.  I tested the maxi-length dress. I really want to go back and make my little gal the jumper version of this as well, because it is so cute. I’ve enjoyed seeing other testers’ makes with this one. 

2016-05-12 07.02.09-1As you can see from the photograph to the right, the option I made has ruffle sleeves. All the options have a v-neck with placket and buttons or snaps (they can be just decorative on the dress version) and paperbag waist styling with a bias tape elastic enclosure. The bodice is made from a knit, flutter sleeves can be knit or woven, and the skirt or pants are made with a woven fabric. Because I’ve been particularly into birds, I *just had to* get this super-cute woven fabric for this dress. As another aside, I’m planning to use this same fabric for a camisole and a tank.

This dress makes a great addition to a summer wardrobe. It is really quick to sew up, and you can dress it up or down as much as you’d like.  

If you’d like to win a copy of the pattern for this dress (and the jumper) please enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below. I will choose a winner on Monday, May 23.

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