catnap dress

cat nap dress 4A few months ago I started seeing glimpses of this catnap fabric on the web and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. One night in January, I saw it was for sale and rushed the store first thing in the morning to snatch up some yards of it. I knew I wanted to make a cat dress. Coincidentally, Lizzy House, the designer of the catnap fabric, announced she was having a cat nap dress contest. It was the perfect motivation to get my dress made.

cat nap dress 2cat nap dress 3I used the Washi pattern again, like with my spiderweb dress but made some alterations this time around. I added some darts at the waist so the whole front wasn’t as flat, added a collar and sleeves. I’m still not 100% sure I love the sleeves so there is a possibility I’ll remove them later.

cat nap dress 1I’m officially starting a cat dress collection. It seems necessary. I also am going to to have to get more comfortable with having my photo taken if I’m going to keep making dresses since at the moment it’s a fairly excruciating process (unless I have a cat buddy to help).

favorite recipes

easter_brunch 8Apparently I’m in organizational mode here on the blog. First it was the PROJECTS page and now a roundup of favorite recipes. Truth be told, with the exception of the few regular visitors, most readers are here for a handful recipes that I posted years ago. I thought it would be nice to have everything in one place, particularly because I used some of these recipes on a regular basis and it would make finding them easier. Anyway, without further ado, here are some of the best recipes from Cute and Delicious history.

red_velvet_ice_creamRED VELVET ICE CREAM

spinach_artichoke_dip_ 214BAKED SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIP


vegan almond cake 01ALMOND CAKE



lentil loaf sandwichLENTIL LOAF #1 and #2

peanut butter cream piePEANUT BUTTER CREAM PIE


peppermint cookiesThen there are all the cookies. So many cookies

Looking back there are another handful of recipes I’d like to go back and retry, like the creme brulee and the white russian cupcakes. Things have come a long way though and where I used to have to make up vegan recipes, now many others have already succeeded in perfecting them. It means a little less adventure, but also more reliability.

spiderweb washi dress

wash dress 1I realized recently that though I make clothes for myself fairly often, I don’t usually take the time to photograph them. I made this dress back in November but it’s taken this long to make it to the blog. I used the Washi Dress patten which works really well with stiffer fabrics. It’s really good for making stuff from your favorite patterned quilting fabric rather than traditional apparel fabric. I also love empire waists, and was thrilled to find a pattern that was neither for a child or maternity wear.

wash dress 2 I made the whole thing in about two evenings, it was very fast. If I had more time, I would have made some alterations to the cut, but it fit well overall, particularly because the back is cinched with elastic thread. I accidentally cut the skirt fabric upside down, so the spiderwebs are hanging up rather than down but it’s not devastatingly noticeable.

In other news, I’ve added a PROJECTS page to the blog so I can keep track of finished things. There’s a new button over on right sidebar if you’re ever interested. Eventually I’ll add a section of future projects since I always have a list running in the back of my head. I could also add recipes there if that’s something that you all might be interested in. Let me know!

joshua tree

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The thing I love the most about going camping, besides the quiet, is being able to come home and see the place you live with a new perspective. This applies to most travel I suppose, but there’s something particular about car trips. You spend all this time examining new places, trying to understand them from the outside. It’s easy to keep those inquisitive lenses on for just awhile when you return to try and see what your home is like from a different angle.

Mostly though I just like the quiet. The quiet and the dark and the stillness. There are no pressures on you to do anything at all except feed yourself and perhaps explore if you are so inclined.

This was the third national park we’ve visited in the past year. I’d love to say that I’d like to visit them all, but with 8 in Alaska, 3 in Hawaii, and several on other various islands, visiting all 59 seems quite daunting. Perhaps we’ll just start with the 9 parks in California (that makes us 1/3 of the way there already). Yes, I like numbers. This is something you should know about me.


WILDFIRE – Glendora, CA January 16th, 2014 from Shawn Bannon on Vimeo.

We’ve entered wildfire season in Southern California. Yesterday this fire broke out in Glendora, just east of Los Angeles. It’s crazy to see the fire planes flying so low to fight the flames. Today the fire is still burning but it’s not entirely out of control.