Friday, November 29, 2013


Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We tried the Tofurkey Feast for the first time (had a free coupon from ShopRite) and were very pleasantly surprised at how tasty it was!  We will definitely be having that again.

I had some fleece left over from a Santa outfit and found this adorable free pattern from Simplicity to make mittens.  They require less than ½ yard of fabric.  The pattern is simple, quick to sew and fun to embellish.  I added fleece flowers to mine (instructions here).  Make the initial square for each flower any size you want and add a fun button to the center.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Another New Song: "Steampunk Serenade"

I used to have a bunch of synthesizers and a rack of effects modules plus a hardware mixer to produce music.  Nowadays, everything is done in one computer plus a keyboard driver.  I record my songs in a digital audio workstation (DAW) called Sonar using a variety of softsynths.  Each instrument (soundfont) is recorded to a midi track and, when the song is finished, the midi tracks are converted to audio tracks.  Then the song is mixed down and exported to an MP3 file.  That file is uploaded to SoundCloud which you can hear, here:

Friday, November 08, 2013

Wooly Bear Caterpillar

The wooly bear caterpillar is the larval stage of the Isabella tiger moth (Pyrrharctia isabella).  His body consists of thirteen distinct segments and, according to folklore, the more reddish brown segments there are, the milder the coming winter.  While this little guy seems to be forecasting a mild winter, human weather prognosticators are predicting the opposite.  I'm rooting for the caterpillar!

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Gunther and Old Lace

I have just recently become obsessed with all things Magnolia Pearl.  I was browsing on eBay a couple of weeks ago and happened to come upon this book by Robin Brown, A Bit of Velvet and a Dash of Lace, and it looked so intriguing I bought it.  I was not disappointed.  It inspired me to go through my collection of old lace and trims and create this Santa.  He is definitely sporting the lagenlook (German for layered look) with an undershirt made from a vintage lace dresser scarf (coffee-dyed and a little tattered) hanging below his jacket.  I further embellished him with vintage mother-of-pearl buttons and belt buckle and a combination of new and vintage trims.  Had myself a big old time! He tells me his name is Gunther.