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Sew Red

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Sew RedI had the pleasure to review a brand new sewing and quilting book, Sew Red, that just hit shelves this month! It’s the 2nd in a 4 book Stitch Red series dedicated to raising awareness in the prevention of heart disease – the #1 killer of women in the US.

Thirty renowned designers are included in this beautiful book, including Ty Pennington, Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Tula Pink and Suede, to name a few.  Each project consists of easy to follow instructions, information about the designer, as well as their own experience with heart disease and/or heart healthy tips.

Here is an excerpt from the Press Release:

Reno, Nev. (February 13, 2013) – Sew Red, authored by Laura Zander, owner of leading online fabric and yarn retailer Jimmy Beans Wool, and with a foreword by designer and veteran journalist Deborah Norville, is the first sewing and quilting book to put a stylish twist on raising public awareness about heart disease in women. The book, published by Sixth&Spring Books, was just released to coincide with American Heart Month.

Part of the nationwide Stitch Red campaign to fight heart disease in women, Sew Red (Sixth&Spring, 2013) is a follow-up to the highly acclaimed Knit Red (Sixth&Spring, 2012), and offers the same level of excitement and inspiration, with projects from such fabric design, sewing, and quilting luminaries as Ty Pennington, Amy Butler, Tula Pink, Brett Bara, Anna Maria Horner, and Kaffe Fassett. From couture dresses to wearable skirts and tops, from fashionable accessories and home decor items to fresh, modern takes on traditional quilting designs, the red, heart health–inspired collection of projects in Sew Red will delight sewers of all tastes.

I love this book!  After looking over all the wonderful projects in Sew Red, I had to sew something!  I chose to make the Sonoma Purse, on page 109.  This purse is made from just three fat quarters!  I have a huge stash of fabric, but none were complete fat quarters.  So using what I had on hand, my purse was made with four different, very colorful fabrics.

The instructions for this purse pattern was easy to follow.  I have made a lot of purses in the past but this was the first purse I made with pleats and a gusset!  Love the look!

(The projects in this book would make awesome Christmas gifts!  Get started now, you’ll be ready for Christmas before Fall! 😉  Or, if you don’t sew, Sew Red would make a great gift for someone else.)

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My HEART HAPPY purse! Very colorful!

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All the projects needing patterns are in a pocket in the back of the book.

Sew Red is not only a project inspiring book, it comes with heart healthy recipes too!  Fabric, Fun, Food and Facts for healthy living.  Gotta love that!

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don't give in to fear....

Downton Abbey Downer

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I’m a huge Downton Abbey fan.  Or was.  Still pondering how I feel about the show now.  What a shock!!

Those of you who watch Downton Abbey know what I’m talking about.  Matthew died!  The same day his son was born!  I’m still reeling from the shock that Sybil died during childbirth.  What the heck?  Downton is my happy, I can’t wait til Sunday night, show.  There is no room for tragedy!

After the season finale was over last night, I started Googling information about the show, including the actor who plays Matthew, and found out that it was the actor’s choice to leave after Season 3.  Somehow it made me feel a little better knowing that Matthew, while driving in his convertible with no seat belt, paying little attention as he whistled in the wind, ended up with his car sitting on top of him.  He wanted out.  His choice.  Knowing that helped the crushing pain (no pun intended!) I was feeling about his death.

Still, my heart is sad.  My BFF, however, is almost inconsolable.  We’ve talked all day.  I must be strong for her.  Will we watch Season Four?  To be continued… 😉

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Worrying

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Apartment Therapy The Homies 2013

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I apologize if this is a repeat post for you. I woke up this morning to find my post gone.

homiescrop2113.jpgGuess what?  House of 34 is one of the nominees at Apartment Therapy’s The Homies 2013!  It’s listed in “Best Home Projects and DIY Blog” category.

I would love your vote, if you feel so inclined.  You can vote for House of 34 here.  😀  Thanks!

A Needed Message

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I saw this on Pinterest this morning. While my kids don’t have wee little hands anymore, it is the perfect prayer for this insomniac mom.

Thought I would share this with you.  It may be words you need to hear too.

Sweet

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My favorite quote…

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To Remember…

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Happy is in the House

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I started out 2012 with the blog name Ode to my Abode.  This past year I changed it to House of 34.  I wanted to share more than just DIY projects.  House of 34 is about sharing ideas and experiences, laughing and making fun of myself (and occasionally others, all with love of course), as well as DIY Projects.  My goal in writing about my DIY projects, though, is to encourage you to try new things yourself.  I’m not an expert at anything.  But for reasons not yet known, 😉 I’m not afraid to try anything either.  I believe if you have an idea in your head, you can do it.

Thanks for all your support!  Blogging has been a wonderful experience.  I have “met” some pretty awesome people in cyberspace! 😀  House of 34 is a happier place with all of you in it.

Thought I would share some of the top posts from 2012.  Thank you again!!

Top Five DIY Projects

Framing a Bathroom Mirror

Storage Cabinet Makeover

Arm Chair Makeover

Entryway Curtains

Entryway Curtains

Painted Architectural Pediment

Most Popular Humor Post

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New Years Resolution… Choice #3

You Have Three Choices

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Tis the Season

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Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

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I hope everyone has a great Christmas.  Family has arrived, shopping is mostly done, and I’m going to spend some time enjoying being with the people I love the most.  Happy Holiday!

 

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TRUST

Nature’s Art

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Yesterday’s Wednesday Wisdom was “The EARTH without ART is just “EH”.  This is the “art” I captured that morning.  I took these pictures before 7:00 a.m.  The camera was set on the normal setting without any sort of enhancements. Look at those colors!  Nature’s art is beautiful.

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God’s Art. Sunrise.

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Sunrise captured out my front door.

 

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The earth is all heart =)

Dr. Oz’s 3 Day Detox Cleanse

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This will be an odd post for House of 34, but I wanted to share something I did this week.

Dr. Oz's 3-Day Detox Cleanse One-SheetI did the Dr. Oz’s 3 Day Detox Cleanse.  His website says “Eliminate harmful toxins, restore your system, and reset your body with this detox cleanse from Dr. Oz.  All you need is 3 days, a blender and $16 a day!”

It cost a little over $16.00 a day, but I think it was because some of the ingredients I needed came in large jars.  Some grocery stores may stock smaller sizes.  And if you do it with a friend and shop together, some of the ingredient you could split.

After being sick for a week, eating poorly, and just feeling tired and blah, I wanted to give this a try.  It’s all natural foods.  No dairy, no meat, no bread.  Just fruits, green veggies and different fats, like avocado, almond butter and coconut oil.  Oh, and you are supposed to take a detox bath at the end of the day.  I can do that. 😀

So, here’s we go…

DAY ONE
Weighed myself in the morning and took a measurement of my waist.  Drank my morning green tea.  The morning smoothie was actually pretty good.  I was a little worried about the spinach in it, but it was barely noticeable.  So far so good.

Lunch smoothie.  Yuck.  All green veggies.  The apple and pineapple didn’t even make it better.  And this smoothie makes a lot!  Like two huge glasses.  I assumed you’re suppose to drink it all. I did the best I could.  It wasn’t gagging awful, just something you probably won’t miss after the detox is over.

The snack smoothie can be a repeat of any of the 3 smoothies.  Since I didn’t know what dinner tasted like yet, and lunch was out of the question, I had the breakfast smoothie again.

The dinner smoothie was really good.  My favorite of the three.

DAY 2
Woke up with a wicked headache.  Dr. Oz said the tea was supposed to help with coffee/caffeine withdraw, but it wasn’t working for me.  Ouch!  I lost 1 1/2 lbs when I weighed myself this morning.  Yea!  Repeated all the smoothies as yesterday.  This time, though, the lunch smoothie was better.  I don’t know if the cucumber had a better favor, or the fact that I used a different bunch of celery, I don’t know.  But I was able to drink it all today.

I just couldn’t bring myself to do the snack smoothie.  After 2 giant glasses of lunch, I wasn’t hungry.  I don’t know if that’s allowed, but it wasn’t happening.  Dinner was fine and I got to escape and take a bath.

DAY 3
Woke up and weighed myself.  Lost another 1 1/2 lb.  (Note: the purpose of the cleanse is to detox.  The side effect is weight loss.)  Still had a headache. Had tea.  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner was the same.  Couldn’t do the snack again.  By the end of the day, my headache was gone and I was feeling pretty good.

DAY AFTER
I lost a total of 5 lbs and lost over an inch from my waist.  WooHoo!  Overall, I do feel better.  With the combination of hormones, medicines I take, and the crappy food I eat, I always have stomach issues.  My stomach feels great now.  So great in fact, I was afraid to eat today.  You’re suppose to ease back into food slowly though. Not really sure what that means.  I made a smoothie for breakfast and drank COFFEE, ate an apple with peanut butter for lunch, and had 1 slice of pizza at dinner.  But I don’t crave salt or even (GULP!) Nutella.  Didn’t even want a Coke with my pizza.

I wasn’t hungry on this cleanse.  If you sat down and had to chew all this food, it would be a lot.  You certainly won’t starve.  The worse part was lunch – for me anyways.  Maybe Dr. Oz could figure out a better lunch smoothie combination.  I’m not a huge fan of veggies.  How happy I would be to drink all my daily veggies in a couple of big gulps!  Dr. Oz, there’s a challenge for you.  Make drinking veggies yummy ‘cuz I don’t want to eat them. 😀

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