It’s been a while since I’ve uploaded a video to my channel- and it was definitely because of this video. As someone who is still pretty new to the planning, filming and editing that goes into making videos- this one was a bit of a beast for me, and there are definitely ways that I will improve them in the future! But I would love any suggestions you have about what you would like to see on that channel going forward!
As you can probably tell from the title, it’s a full tutorial on sewing my Jordy Bralette pattern, all the versions! It might help some of you that are better video learners than illustrated instruction learners 🙂
And while you’re there, you can check out my other videos & subscribe! I’m getting SO excited about making more videos, especially now that summer is on the way and I have so many ideas!
Hope you’re having a lovely start of Spring!
And another Saturday rolls around too soon! Wow the time is really flying!
This week has been really busy – I’ve actually been away for four days! Cottaging then shopping! And the rest of the week has been busy working on business, storage issues, and Etsy prep!
It was quite a blissful start to my week to spend the full day outside at my friend’s cottage, in the sun, drinking Corona’s with lime 🙂 Wearing the bikini I made my sister (it’s funny you always want what isn’t yours!)
It was amazing weather and a day full of sun with my friend Claire 🙂 Thanks for sharing the beer!
What you can’t see in the photo is the insane sunburn I ended up with the next day- 😛 I guess I got my vitamin D in for the whole summer!
After that blissful get-a-way it was right back to work with some days picking up supplies in Toronto in Hamilton. Which meant endless aisles of fabric- aaaahhhh shopping bliss! So many stops!
Besides cottaging and shopping my week was full of business prep, business planning and other meetings.
Brain-storming sessions on my bed with my good friend who is planning an amazing photo-shoot!
I also found out about an AMAZING online design tool at a workshop this week: Canva.com
I am so excited to start playing around with that and making some beautiful blog graphic design updates!
It’s also been a fun week on Instagram with the #sewphotohop happening the August! This was my photo for ‘Tiny vs. Big’ lol
I also have a SUPER exciting thing coming up that I’ll tell you next week 🙂 🙂
And last but not least I am SO HAPPY with how my Etsy shop is coming along! There have been a couple small delays with the bra kits but I’m hoping to have them, along with underwires and sliders and rings out this week 🙂 🙂 So look out for that!!
What an awesome week 🙂 Hope your week has been just as wonderful!
In my last post I told you all about my Saturday trip to the Christmas Market– and how I had some delicious mulled wine and Drambuie hot apple toddies. Well I have not been able to get them out of my mind since, and have been enjoying some lovely Christmas beverages of my own making!
So today I thought I would share my three favourite holiday drinks this year- they are all SO easy to make, and would be great Christmas party drinks, since they are all different and would appeal to everyone!
The drinks I have been enjoying are: Mulled Wine, Drambuie Hot Apply Toddy, and Egg Nog with Spiced Rum. – as I said these are all ridiculously simple to make and require the minimum of effort- which if you are anything like me, is exactly what you need at this time of year!
They don’t require too many ingredients either!
1 bottle red wine (something that is full bodied I used a Cabernet-Merlot)
zest of 1/2 a grape fruit
1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice
1/4 cup mulling spices (star anise, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon – I got mine at the store pre-mixed)
1/4 cup of honey (or just sugar or sweetener of your choice)
Serves about 4 (or 3 generously)
Mull the wine over medium heat with the zest, juice, spices and honey (I put the spices into a loose leaf tea bag) Don’t bring it to a boil, just until it’s steaming and nice and hot, and let it steep for about 10 minutes, then take out the zest and spices and serve in cool mugs. It’s best if the mug has a cat on it.
This is the perfect warming drink for those wine lovers at your party! or for you- when you come in after a long day 🙂
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Drambuie Hot Apple Toddy
1 1/2 shots Drambuie (whiskey based, spiced deliciousness)
1 1/2 cups Apple cider
both ingredient amounts are per drink 🙂
Heat your apple cider on the stove (or in the microwave if you’re feeling lazy) until it’s steaming.
Add your shot of Drambuie – simple as that. If you’re feeling fancy you can float a star anise on the top- but it’s not necessary. Also this is another one of those drinks where the number of shots of alcohol can be adjusted to your situation. More shots may be needed depending on the number of relatives in your house at the time of consumption.
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1 shot dark spiced rum (I used Kraken because it comes in a cool bottle)
1 cup egg nog (I got the 2% in the carton, it is delicious- you can use whatever you like)
each ingredient amounts are per drink 🙂
And I left the most simple drink to the last. This drink is not very original but it is a classic 🙂 and I feel it rounds out the other drinks since it is both cold and deliciously creamy. And all you have to do is buy a carton of egg nog, and a bottle of rum and you instantly have holidays in your glass. 🙂
So that is my line-up for this Christmas…. and the weeks leading up to Christmas…
What drinks do you love around the holiday season? Any family favourites- or ones that get you into the Christmas mood?
Hope you’re having just as Tipsy of a Tuesday as I am!
Today I have another guest Tipsy Tuesday from my friend Cael, who did the lavender infused gin in September! He is always making the coolest drinks!
I’m not sure about all of you, but I’m not ready to let go of summer.
I know, I know.. December is here, holiday music can be heard on a loop in every department store (and not even the funny ones! (“Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” anyone?), lights and decorations are starting to come out of storage and Grandmothers everywhere are baking up a veritable storm in their kitchens. It really is a wonderful time of year… But I never seem to be able to settle into it all until the holidays are ten feet in front of me. I miss the sun, and the warm summer days. I miss the impromptu day trips to the beach. And I really miss just hanging out on the deck with music blasting in the background, doing nothing but just relaxing spending time with the people I care about most, sipping a beer or a nice cocktail
That’s exactly why I love this drink. It’s almost comically simple to make, it’s refreshing, and it’s absolutely perfect for whenever you’re entertaining – or if you just want to sit back, close your eyes, and pretend for a moment that there isn’t a blizzard raging outside.
- Half a plum, muddled
- 1 oz Vodka
- 1 oz Sake
- 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
Method: Muddle the plum in your shaker. Add all of the other ingredients. Add one or two cubes of ice, and shake vigorously until the sugar has dissolved, and everything is nice and combined.
Now I know there is a bit of an odd ingredient in there – Sake.
I have to admit, I didn’t know too much about the drink until I had the opportunity to visit the Ontario Spring Water Sake Company in Toronto, a few weeks ago. The lovely bartender (who’s name I simply cannot remember.. probably due to the three or four samples I decided to try!) was very informative and was quite enthusiastic when it came to explaining the basics of the drink.
Sake is an alcoholic beverage of Japanese origin, that is made from fermented rice and spring water. It is sometimes referred to as “rice wine” in English speaking countries, but really doesn’t share any properties of this namesake. Instead, it is created via a brewing process similar to the way beer is brewed. The final product can be dry, light and fruity, and fairly bold, boasting an impressive alcohol content that can range between 12 – 20%, depending on the bottle.
All I can tell you is that it is absolutely heavenly! It is usually served in small little ceramic cups (ochoko) that measure about an ounce each. It really drives home the fact that this is the type of drink that you sip slowly and savour, holding it in your mouth to allow each and every little flavour profile to present itself before swallowing. If you want a real treat though – try some sake that had been warmed. It is my new favourite drink for those colder evenings.
OSW Sake Company is the only sake brewery on this side of North America to offer the luxury of unpasteurized sake, which is rarely seen outside of Japan. Tucked to the side of the Distillery Districts’ red brick walkways, it is one of Toronto’s many hidden gems, and happens to be where I bought the sake used in this weeks recipe.
And that’s that! Less than five minutes and you have a delightfully tangy cocktail with a mellow, sweet, and fruity finish. Now all you have to do is garnish with a slice of plum and a twist of lemon, find your favourite person (because something like this is just too good to keep to yourself), and spend the rest of your day watching the snow fall, and daydreaming about nicer weather.
Well, now I’m thirsty. How about you? Are you pretending it’s still summer and warm? or are you embracing the winter and getting excited for Christmas?
Today I wanted to do something different and show you a little hometown hidden gem- and no- Hamilton, Ontario is not actually my hometown, but it is the town that I call home now! And I’ve definitely found a gem! – my new favourite little cafe called ‘the cannon’
You know one of those restaurants that whenever you have friends in town you want to bring them? Well this is that restaurant for me 🙂 – ‘the cannon’
179 Ottawa st. north, Hamilton Ontario // 289-700-0088 // firstname.lastname@example.org
the cannon is a little cafe-style restaurant, where they have all the fancy coffees, teas and lattes- but they also have the most amazing waffles!
(beautiful latte art for me)
(Making our Chemex – a fancy slow-filter coffee)
Iced for Cael
Hot for Kristie
But now for my favourite part- the waffles. And these aren’t just regular waffles (although you can get regular waffles) -these are fancy dinner waffles!
This is one of their ‘Brunch Plates’- my favourite the ‘Merican Brunch plate, which is a pesto waffle, topped with grilled veggies, goat cheese, avocado, two poached eggs and balsamic reduction (and of course I added a side of bacon).
I think I could live off this, definitely on my top 10 list of favourite meals of all time.
Other than the amazing food, it’s just a really relaxed atmosphere, very quaint and friendly!
Perfect for some sisters coffee time, or even just hanging out with your laptop for a bit- I feel like I could just spend hours relaxing here 🙂
Love love love this place! So much that I thought I should share it with you all. So if you are ever coming to Hamilton- you know my recommendation.
I have definitely given myself a serious waffle craving right now…
What are your favourite hometown (or current town you call home) places to go?
It’s time again for a Tipsy Tuesday. With this one I’m clinging to the last bit of Fall that I can manage to hold onto- and I’m doing that with a Pumpkin Spice Martini- because really, how much more fall can it get than anything pumpkin spice?
This is a slightly more involved drink- but who could really resist it, it’s delicious.
Simple Pumpkin Syrup:
1C pumpkin puree
1 tsp pure vanilla
3 tsp pumpkin spice (nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon)
Over the stove heat the sugar and the water until it is fully dissolved and slightly thick (5-10 min). Then add the pumpkin, vanilla and the spices.
3 tbsp Simple Pumpkin Syrup
1oz cold coffee/espresso
1/2oz half & half (10% cream)
Mix all these together in a cocktail shaker and strain into a martini glass that has been rimmed with some sugar and spices.
This was incredibly delicious, and there was enough of the pumpkin puree to do MANY martinis, you could even keep the leftovers in the fridge for something pumpkin flavoured later. If you want you can get all artsy like this and put some coffee beans and a cinnamon stick around for effect, that is before you knock them all out of the way to drink it!
How are you holding on to your last bit of fall?
Hope you’re all having a very Tipsy Tuesday!