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Month: January 2015

Vogue’s Spring 2015 Patterns – What’s Hot and What’s Huh?

Last night, I impatiently scrolled through the new releases in Vogue’s sewing pattern line. They are so much fun to look at when they get released. I find that I either love the designs or hate them, there’s very little in between for me.  I have to say, as with McCall’s spring release (which I’ll have to talk about in another post), there are a lot of good patterns here that I’ll probably pick up and put in my stash. Because you know, I need more patterns. 

Let’s start with the good. I find myself loving V1435. Just look at the back of this jacket! Now, it’s not something I’d ordinarily pick up and say, “Hey, I want to wear this!” But I think it would be really chic in a navy blue wool crepe. I’d so wear this when meeting with clients or out to dinner at a nice place with Wining Husband. 

V1435, Misses' Jacket and Dress

Here’s the front:

V1435, Misses' Jacket and Dress

The dress is a sheath, and isn’t really anything super-spectacular – but that jacket! 

Moving on, we have the other Tom and Linda Platt, V1431. I really like this one. 

V1431, Misses' Dress

The Isaac Mizrahi (V1434) is also quite nice. I *think* that I have a yellow floral fabric that would make this into a great Easter dress for church for myself. V1434, Misses' Dress and Belt

Not surprisingly, I’m a fab of Kay Unger’s dress as well (Vogue 1432). I LOVE the detail on the bodice. I’d probably use either a deep eggplant color or a royal blue for this one and make a statement. I think it would be great in scarlet too. We’ll see what I wind up using on it!

V1432, Misses' Dress

Tracy Reese’s (Vogue 1433) also is fun. I have a pattern that’s very similar to this one, though, so I’ll probably be skipping it.  (Though it does not have the princess seams on the bodice or back closure this one has. 

V1433, Misses'/Misses' Petite Dress

I also really like the dress (can you tell I love dresses?) and short jacket in Vogue 9094. I’m not a fan of the longer jacket or pants, though. V9094, Misses' Jacket, Top, Dress and Pants

Vogue 1440 is a nice one. I have some ideas for executing this one. It’s Donna Karan, and I just love it. It would be great for working at home in.V1440, Misses' Jacket, Top and Pants

Add 1439 to my list. I like this one by Anne Klein. I especially like the pocket details on the pants. 

It’s the little things, really.

V1439, Misses' Jacket and Pants

I like Anne Klein’s other outfit, as well, though I think I may have something very similar to this one in my stash. I have to double check. V1436, Misses' Top and Pants

Big surprise, I like the two vintage patterns in the bunch. I already have a fabric picked out for the second. 

Behold, Vogue 9082: 
V9082, Misses' Jacket, Top and Dress

and 9083 (Which I think would be SPECTACULAR in this white and light blue stripe shimmer denim I found yesterday at a thrift store)

V9083, Misses' Jacket, Dress and Belt

Vogue 9085 will be a good workhorse. In fact, I have a fabric that has horses jumping that would work well for this one. I also have a blue fabric that’s kind of sheer (it’s a very lightweight linen) that would probably be a good fit as well.

V9085, Misses' Top

I don’t like jumpsuits. I really don’t. When I saw Vogue 9075, I thought “I must have this super-simple looking dress” then I saw the line art – it’s a jumpsuit! I LOVE it! I could totally chase after baby girl in this – those are wide-leg pants…but it totally looks like a dress. I’m going to have to find some super fun fabric for this one.

V9075, Misses'/Misses' Petite Dress and Jumpsuit

I also rather like 9091. I recently did two pairs of Palazzo pants by E-Beth designs (I’ll be posting about them soon, so keep your eyes open), and I really liked how they looked. 

V9091, Misses' Culottes and Pants

I also like 9076…but I actually think I have a vintage pattern that this one resembles. I’ll have to take a look through my stack of patterns I haven’t yet entered into my cataloging system and see if this is different enough to merit picking up. 

V9076, Misses' Dress

9079 caught my interest.

V9079, Misses' Top, Dress and Pants

So did 9095 

V9095, Misses' Jacket

The Fence

There were four patterns that I think I’ll probably grab, because I think if they’re done up in reasonable fabric, they’ll look really nice. 

The first is the Ralph Rucci (1437). In fact the more I think about this one, the more excited I get about it. I just saw some great blue on white floral fabric on sale, and for the accent I’d use a blue linen. I HATE the styling they did on the piece for the lookbook – but I really like that the pattern is something “different.”  I just really think that this one could look nice – given the right fabric.

V1437, Misses' Jacket, Top and Skirt

V1437, Misses' Jacket, Top and Skirt

(Besides, I really like the top…)

The Marcy Tilton (9081) is another fence pattern for me. The more I look at it, the more I like it. I think it needs to be done in something…different though. 

V9081, Misses' Cardigan and Dress

Vogue 9078 – I really want to see someone make this one. So please, make this one! I want to see it on a curvy first. 

V9078, Misses' Dress

Finally, I really want to see someone make Vogue 9077 – particularly someone like me, who has broad shoulders. I just worry that it won’t be a great look for someone with broad shoulders and a large chest because of the inverse “V” seaming. 

V9077, Misses' Dress

Maybe I should be more charitable…I don’t know. Let’s start with Wining Husband’s quote, “Oh look, a peacock exploded.” 

Are you sure? 
It’s Vogue 1441. I think that it would probably be more attractive if it weren’t in insane fabric. As a curvy, I won’t wear something like this. It’s a tent, and I strongly suspect it would make me look about 10 sizes larger than my own size. I have curves. I am a woman. I’m meant to be soft and snuggly. I don’t need to hide under a tent. 
V1441, Misses' Coat

V1441, Misses' Coat
Joseph called…he really would like his coat back.

Okay, enough with that one. This next one is sponsored by Diane Keaton via the year I was born, 1977, in Annie Hall. Seriously. It just needs a tie. I think she actually looked less sloppy. 

I now present you with Vogue 1438. 

V1438, Misses' Vest, Shirt and Pants

Seriously…Annie Hall and Marty McFly’s stylists had a baby and they created V1438. 
V1438, Misses' Vest, Shirt and Pants
Whoo! High-waisted pleat pants with taper legs. Just what’s attractive on…well no one. I think it would look better if she’d pulled up a paper bag and tied a string around it.

Sometimes, rather than sewing, I like to take fabric, wad it up, staple it in random places, and call it a dress.

Vogue 1442 sure likes like that, though. 
V1442, Misses' Tunic and Dress

V1442, Misses' Tunic and Dress

I mean…it seriously looks like the Vogue Pattern marketing team were like “Hurry up! We need 1442 like yesterday” and the sewer responded. It’s the pattern though, and I’ll be skipping it. 

And then there’s Vogue 9084 – because you know…you need a drop waist asymetrical peplum…and that will look…flattering (or something). 
V9084, Misses' Top
No. Just…No. Put down the peplum. There are some reasonable patterns with peplums…this is not one of them.

Your thoughts? 
Well, those are the patterns that stood out to me. What ones stood out to you? Do you agree or disagree with some of my choices? Will you be making some of the ones I’m on the fence about? 

Curing Dr. Vincent Book Blast

One kinky doctor + one indecent proposal = one life-changing week in Paris.
Publication Date: January 2, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Series: The Good Doctor Trilogy (Book #1)
One kinky doctor + one indecent proposal = one life-changing week in Paris.

Elaine Watkins, Public Relations Advisor, is surprised when she receives a summons from the very attractive and enigmatic Dr. Xavier Vincent. She worships the talented physician and company icon responsible for developing the cure that saved her sister’s life and she isn’t immune to his charm. Even though puzzled by his request, she is excited and eager to get started on his latest project. 
But Dr. Vincent has other ideas. Instead of discussing cures, drugs and marketing strategies, he asks Elaine to join him in Paris to indulge his unique sexual appetites. 
Torn between gratitude for saving her sister, her attraction for the powerful man and compromising her pre-conceived notions of sexuality, she must decide if it’s easier to feed his desires or walk away. Until she devises a plan of her own.

Renea Mason writes paranormal and contemporary erotic romances. When she isn’t putting pen to paper crafting sensual stories filled with supernatural lovers, she spends time with her beyond-supportive husband, two wonderful sons and two loving but needy cats.

Her debut novel finished 2nd for Best New PNR Series of 2013 in Paranormal Cravings’ Battle of the Books and received 3rd place for Best New PNR of 2013 in The PNR Guild’s Reviewers Choice Awards, 2nd place for Erotica/Romantica for Write Touch Contest – Wisconsin RWA, Finalist in the Paranormal category for the Passionate Plume Contest – Passionate Ink, Finalist for Best First Book in the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award – the First Coast RWA, Finalist for best Paranormal Novel Aspen Gold Contest – Heart of Denver RWA

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New Year, New Goals (Dare I Call Them Resolutions?)

I don’t really make resolutions, per sae, instead, I make goals, periodically check out those goals, and then see how I’m doing with regard to those goals. Wining Husband says he once made a resolution to never make a resolution again. I’m not quite that hardcore. I just don’t let the new year limit me to goal setting. 

That being said, I do have some goals for this year that I’d really like to accomplish. I’m looking for an accountability partner to check in with on a weekly basis (twice a week) who also has goals she’d like to stay on target with, so if you’re interested, please comment on this post! I feel like I spent so much of 2014 just kind of wandering through the forest – and I’d like to be more on target with things this year. 

 So…without further ado, my goals. 

1. I will read 52 books this year. We have a lot of books. They should be read. I’m currently reading Prep: A Novel (affiliate link) by Curtis Sittenfeld.  The book is really great so far. I plan to finish it today and tomorrow. 

Wardrobe Architect


2. I’m going to take the 2015 Sew Your Own Wardrobe for a year challenge. I’ve already started sewing pieces for my wardrobe, and I plan to continue. I have some really cute things in mind.  I’ll also be following along with Colette’s Wardrobe Architect to pick up some great tips on building a fabulous wardrobe. It should be a lot of fun. 

3.  To start things off, I’m going to be doing a lot of sewing. I am all caught up in the Scientific Seamstress Sew-Along. She’s doing a “Just For Me January” with a new challenge each week. The first week, ending today, is “Casual and Chic. I also plan on participating in other sewalongs. It should be a lot of fun, and it should help move me toward goal #2.

4. I want to be more active this year and drop some weight. I wanted to train for a triathlon last year…but postpartum depression kind of ran that all over. This year, baby steps. I’ll start out with being active 30 minutes a day at least 3 days a week. That might sound like not so much…but it’s a start. 

5. I will post more. 

6. I want to start baking my own bread. Bread is expensive. Making bread takes time, but it’s far less expensive – and it tastes so much better. I used to make my own bread all the time. This is my favorite recipe for it : Cooking Light’s Whole Wheat Bread with Caraway and Anise.

7. I’m going to come up with my own knitting/crochet challenge. I have some older books, I just have to decide which I will use. I’m actually thinking about doing this and expanding it to crafts. It might be a lot of fun! 

8. I want this to be the year I finally finish writing Night Song. I also want to get at least one short story published this year. 

9. I want to share more wine pairing menus with you here on this blog. I’ll take a wine & create a menu to accompany it. 

I think that covers it, at least for now. Do you have craft/knitting/crochet books that you’ve found handy? Are there classics that I should be aware of? What are your favorite bread recipes? Please share them in the comments! I’d love to get some ideas!

Wish for Me and Dream of Me Cover Reveals

Series: The Djinn Order, Act One
Publication Date: March 2015
Genre: New Adult Steampunk Fantasy

Three wishes. Two lovers. One destiny.

When the snarky Glory St. Pierre discovers the gold mechanical vase in her deceased grandmother’s basement, she has no idea that she has uncovered a priceless treasure: a genie lamp. With a real genie inside. A very sexy genie with a not-so-sexy grudge against the entire human race.

Irving Amir hates being called a genie. He’s a Djinn, and he is none too happy to be in the service of Glory, who is as intolerable, and beautiful, as humans come. Now he owes her his gratitude for freeing him and three wishes. Damn his luck.But an arrow through the shoulder alerts Irving to the fact that he is being hunted, and after a truce dinner with Glory ends with them both almost being killed, hating each other goes right out the window. As feelings change and love starts to develop, they must dig through the secrets and lies to find the truth…a truth neither of them will ever see coming.

WARNING: Not suitable for ages 18 and under. A significant source of bad language, sexy times, and dirty jokes. If you suffer from a lack of a sense of humor, take with plenty of wine. If the symptom persists, see a doctor.


Series: The Djinn Order, Act Two
Publication Date: TBD
Genre: New Adult Steampunk Fantasy


The Dream Of Me synopsis will be released after Wish For Me is published.


A. Star is a fan of dirty passion. She likes to read it, and she damn sure likes to write it. Her first adult romance/fantasy novella is called Invasion, an alien romance about sacrificeLover, Divine is the first release from the Mythos: Gods and Lovers series. Future releases under A. Star include three more books in the Mythos: Gods & Lovers series, The Djinn Order novella series, and more.

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Throw the Perfect Pink Cowgirl Birthday Party

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 Birthday Express Pink Cowgirl

“I was ashamed to admit I was hipped to the idea of acting. That’s why I started in with the props.” -John Wayne


Even John Wayne knows the value of good decorations. Take a cue from the world’s most famous cowboy, and gear up for this months Party of the Month – Pink Cowgirl! Birthday Express is the only place you need to go for the perfect Pink Cowgirl party set up. Here are some of my favorite selections!


Invitations & Stationery – Without guests you don’t have a party, so start off your soirée with the perfect invites! My favorites are the Pink Cowgirl Invitations, specially designed by Birthday Express. The package includes 8 invitations with envelopes, and features an adorable cowgirl on the front. You can also find this great Pink Cowgirl Gift Wrap Kit, which also includes a gift bow, ribbon, and gift tag! The colors match perfectly, so you can’t go wrong with this set. Last, don’t forget to thank your guests for coming to your Pink Cowgirl themed party. Visit Birthday Express to personalize Pink Cowgirl Thank You Notes with text and images of your choosing. This set comes with 8 cards and envelopes.


Party Decor – It is so easy to bring class and elegance to your Pink Cowgirl themed party with the great selection of decor from Birthday Express. This Pink Cowgirl Ribbon Flag Banner would look great strung between trees for an outdoor party. Or, bring the barn to your party with an arrangement of these adorable Horse Foil Balloons. Last, why not bring some fun and games to your fête by purchasing this Pink Cowgirl Piñata Kit, which contains the piñata, 1 bag of filler (assorted toys and candy), a blindfold, and a piñata buster (sized for little hands!).


Food & Drink – The food you serve and how you display it are one of the most important elements to completing a party theme. Bite-size snacks are perfect for parties, since it allows your guests to mingle without having to carry utensils. Why not think outside the box and display brownie bites or popcorn in these Pink Cowgirl Paper Cups? They’re not just for drinks! Also, wow your guests with a perfectly themed cake using this Pony Cake Pan. You can even modify the colors of the frosting to fit you or your child’s favorite colors! Another great way to bring the Pink Cowgirl theme to your party is with these Western Boot Cups. There are so many ways these could be used, from displaying straws or lollipops to holding snacks or drinks, these are adorable and affordable.




96581cPink Cowgirl Party in a Box – Deluxe with Favors – 16 Guests


Western Boot Cup


Pink Cowgirl 19″ Pull-String Horseshoe Pinata


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