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Friday, June 14, 2013

Is Sewing Getting To Expensive????

I love to sew, but it seems like anymore the prices are getting way out of line.  My husband and I just remodeled our bedroom and the bathroom.  I wanted to purchase a new bedding set for our room with new curtains and things.  I looked in the stores around here and did not see anything that I liked.  Then I went online to the Pottery Barn and fell in love with the Hadley Ruched Duvet & Shams with the Mari Duvet and Shams.  We painted out bedroom and bathroom gray with white trim and this would look so pretty in there!!!
After adding up the price, it was between $400 and $500 dollars.  WOW!!  Then I would need to purchase two Duvets!!  Well no way was that happening.  I thought, well I have a picture and I am sure I could make this much cheaper.  The Ruched Duvet was made out of Voile fabric.  Then I searched it out on the internet and found it for $5.99 a yard at the cheapest.  I also searched for something similar to the Mari Gray print fabric and found something for $7.99 a yard.  After figuring out how much fabric it would take to make these items along with the sham covers.  I could not make it any cheaper than I could buy it.  That is just so so sad!  What is going on?  Sewing use to be an economical way of life.  Now it is a luxury to sew with any kind of quality fabric. 

Well the happy news is that I did end up getting the Mari duvet set and the Hadley Ruched Duvet set on ebay.  I did a little searching and found both sets new still in the package in the correct size for well below half the price of Pottery Barn.  I wonder where people are buying these sets at and how they can sell them so much cheaper than Pottery Barn.   Anyway, I am  happy!  Now I am working on curtains to match.  I went to Walmart and found sheer Voile curtains for $9.00 a panel.  Now this isn't going to be cheap either.  Curtains always use to come as a set, this is for one panel.  One panel hanging up looks skimpy.  Now I have to buy four panels for each window and then I purchased an extra panel to make a valance. I had to take the panels apart and sew them together so you could not see the seam.  After I made this I realized that the valance looks a little skimpy also, so I need another panel for that.  Now I am up to $60.00 a window.  I have two windows in the bedroom and one in the bathroom.  That brings my total up to $180.00 and I have to remake the curtains!!!!!!!!!!  I hope my husband does not read this post!!

I guess I will just throw in a couple of panels each week as I grocery shop until I get enough to do my windows the way I like them.  I guess I just have not shopped for a while.  I need new lamps now also.  I looked in Walmart and the lamps are one price, then you have to purchase the little piece of hardware that your shade sets on and then another $20.00 will get you the shade.  So this means that a light from "Walmart" would be $50.00 each!  What would it be from Macy's?  I also want new towels for the bathroom, new accessories for the bedroom and bath!!  Oh my gosh, I should of went to the bank for a loan for accessories!! LOL!!  Oh well, when I get it all finished, I will post some pictures, but I guess it is going to take me a while!!!! 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

French Bread "Yum"!!!

I love to bake, but don't do much of it anymore.  I just look at bread or sweets and I pack on the pounds. Back in the good old days, I use to bake everyday!  I miss it.  I saw a recipe for French Bread and it just looked so good, I just had to try it.    It really turned out great!  I made two loaves and they were gone in a couple of hours.  Of course, I had my two granddaughters here and they helped.  My oldest, Allura, loves bread and I think she was the biggest contributor.    I also put a pork tenderloin in the crockpot with a little BBQ sauce and then shredded the meat, cut up a bowl of fresh fruit and that was our supper.  Here is a picture of how they turned out. 

I used the recipe from this link: 
 
If you try this recipe, my bread rose much faster that what they called for.  Maybe my kitchen was warmer.  So keep your eye on it.  Also, it browned in the oven faster than the recipe called for, so I just reached in during the baking when I saw that the tops of the loaves were nice and brown and turned the loaves over and left them brown on the bottom too!  They were yummy!!!!!
 
Let me know if you try this and how yours turned out!  Make sure you soften some real butter to spread on your french bread!!