Author Archives: Javie

About Javie

I am a scientist by training but an artist at heart. Currently going to grad school for more 'practical' training. I love to sew, cook and craft so this is my journal of my more artistic experiments.

New Bias Cut Halter Dress!

Love my new dress! It also marks an end to months of unproductive sewing and creative fun time (I have been under a lot of stress lately!). Of course, now that summer is over, I only have a few weeks to … Continue reading

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Patterns and Postcards in the Mail

I haven’t been able to sew lately due to the demands of life but I have been able to blissfully build my pattern stash. One enabling event that allowed me to do this was ThePerfectNose’s Patterns and Postcards swap. It was also amusing to … Continue reading

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Loco for Locro (Potato and Avocado Soup)

I have been on a soup kick lately and recently discovered locro, a hearty mountain potato chowder from the Andes. Mr. Dashing’s aunt made locro during her stay here a few weeks ago and I just loved it! Here in the … Continue reading

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Patterns and Postcards Swap

TJ at The Perfect Nose is hosting another pattern swap on her blog and I decided to join in. I participated in her last swap and scored some cool stuff. The summer months have flown by and sadly due to … Continue reading

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The Healing Power of Soup

Hi – I’m back again! I haven’t been able to blog the last two months because of a family crisis. My father and mother-in-law were in a serious car accident in July. Their car was T-boned on the passenger side … Continue reading

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So Cal Dreaming and Burda 7/2012 Inspiration

Before going back home from our Vegas trip, we decided to drive to Southern California for a weekend. It was refreshing to get away from the scorching desert weather. While walking along the beaches of So Cal, I felt pure joy … Continue reading

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Vegas Eats & Sweets

This post is a continuation of my series on favorite places to visit in Las Vegas (Warning: picture heavy). I know I mentioned in my earlier post that I avoid the Strip as much as possible but there are some exceptions … Continue reading

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Vegas Fabric Stashing Part 2

This is a continuation of my last post of my favorite Las Vegas haunts. One the stores I like to visit when I am here is…….. ………brace yourself……… Quiltique, a quilt fabric shop in Henderson, Nevada. Now, I feel the … Continue reading

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Viva Las Vegas Fabric Baby

With only a little over a week break from my recent NYC trip, I am back on the road again! This time in Las Vegas….. My parents retired to Las Vegas a few years ago. I frequently travel there to … Continue reading

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La Mia Boutique Bonus Giveaway Winner Announcement

June is now here and the special May bonus giveaway that I co-hosted with TJ of theperfectnose is officially over. The winner of the La Mia Boutique Bonus Giveaway is Velosewer of How good is that? Please contact theperfectnose with your details … Continue reading

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