Thursday, January 24, 2013

Update to the Polka dot circle skirt

Awhile back I showed you all the black and white polka dot circle skirt that I was working on...and I love, love, love how it turned out! I just wanted to update that I figured out the best way to finish it off, and I wanted to share it with you today!

Drum roll please........Serging! More specifically, purple serging. That's right, a little shiny purple thread in the serger brings this skirt up a notch (as if the awesome, twirly, polka-dottiness doesn't brighten your day already?).

Want to make one (or two) of your own? They are so easy! Follow Dana's instructions from Dana-made-it, here. She did an awesome job of laying everything out, step by step.  I used 3 in black elastic for the top. The fabric is a satiny polyester (or something) that I found at Joann's.  I also got the fabric in a pink polka dots for my girls.

Make a few and get spinning!

I used 3 in. black elastic for the waistband. 

A shiny purple thread in the serger finished it off nicely!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Taste test!

This morning we tried a taste test: non-organic (Astin Farms, on left) vs. organic strawberries (Driscoll's, on right). I picked both up at Super Target last night. Today is a school holiday, so a little lesson on the differences between the two was in order.

The non-organic ones were a deeper red and tasted good. The non-organic ones were much lighter in color and firmer. I left some cut-up ones on the counter for a bit and was surprised that the organic ones were firmer, although this could have just been due to the batch that I bought. The organic strawberries had a more complex flavor, a little more earthy.

The final verdict? My 5 year old liked both of them! She didn't pick one over the other. Based on flavor, I'd probably have to pick the organic. It was interesting how they tasted different but both were good.