Friday, July 14, 2017

BlytheCon Brooklyn Donation Skirt: News, Pattern and Instructions

Donation skirt promo photo on my theme doll (tan dolls) by Chinalilly.
Art by Romina Galotta
I am so excited about BlytheCon in Brooklyn!  While perusing the BCBk FaceBook group, I saw that another lovely lady is making shirts, so I decided that a skirt would give everyone a complete outfit in their goodie bags.  I came up with the pattern based on the super cute BC exclusive plaid available on Spoonflower.  There are a lot of super cool options this year!

Skirts in progress!  This is not even half of my donation!

This is by far the biggest BlytheCon donation that I have ever undertaken.  I am so happy to have the enthusiastic support and sewing assistance from Jen Furman.  And Christine Kennison was so kind to provide financial support.  This help from my friends really made the project feasible.

Here's the skirt in a soft, vintage floral.  
I paired it with an angora, cream, fitted sweater.  
The pattern for the sweater is available in my shop.  

I think these skirts are super cute!  They will go with lots of tops and can work in a mix and match wardrobe.  I am providing the pattern, so that everyone can have some fun leading up to the convention.  And those who may not be able to attend can make a skirt for themselves. So let's get creative!

My Kenner wears her skirt out of the BlytheCon Seattle 
exclusive print by Dr. Blythenstein, available here.

Here's my pattern.  It's a pdf, and there is a guide on it to check for scale.  You should print it without scaling.

And here are my instructions.  It's another separate pdf.  You can download and read along or print them out, whatever works for you.

Here the skirt is paired with a sailor top and hat.  
The hat pattern is available on my blog.  Bear by Cindy Sowers.
NOTE:  I am providing this pattern to you to for personal use or to make items to sell.  And you can share the pattern far and wide.  I will keep it up here, as well.

Edit: Since a lot of people seem to be having trouble accessing the directions, I am going to put them all in another post.  Coming right up next.

I'm excited to see everyone's projects!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Quick & Light: Shrimp and Asparagus Stir-Fry

This is the perfect quick and light meal for those hot summer nights!  (It is available to print here.)

Shrimp and Asparagus Stir-Fry

2 tablespoons coconut oil
½ onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon ground ginger
1 bundle asparagus, chopped in large pieces
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons lemon juice
⅔ cup chicken broth

Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Add the onions and saute 1 to 2 minutes to soften. Add
garlic, ginger and asparagus and cook for scant 2 minutes just until the asparagus begins to
brighten. Add the shrimp and sprinkle the lemon juice over it. Cook about 2 minutes. Stir and
cook another 2 minutes. Add the broth and cook until done, 2 to 4 minutes. Be careful not to
overcook the shrimp! Serve over coconut rice.

In the pot