Monday, September 29, 2014

Wedding - Catering

Two Rivers Mansion is owned by Nashville Metro Parks so we had good size prep kitchen at the venue and no cater restrictions.

We got pricing from several different companies and in the end we went with our favorite restaurant right down the road. The price was right and they cooked right on site in their mobile catering kitchen. We didn’t want to deal with having “eh” food that was trucked across town.

Uncle Bud’s is more of a ‘company picnic’ type of caterer, so to counter that we provided our own plates, cups, silverware.

We got our “china look” plates from Costco and our “silver look” flatware on Amazon. These looked great, were nice and sturdy, and people thought they were neat. Without an on site caterer it wasn’t worth trying to rent china.



I made “Wedding POP” because I am soooo a marketer. Our menu included:
Cat Fish
Fried Chicken
Shrimp Cocktail
Hush Puppies
White Beans

Everyone is still RAVING about how good our food was, and many guest have gone to the restaurant since.

Plus we actually did get to eat, here’s the proof!


If are a Nashvillian and want more information about our experience using Uncle Bud’s as our cater I’m happy to share, just email me! They don’t have shrimp cocktail on their menu but were able to provide us with it.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New Serger Stitch Directory

It pays to keep an eye out on Craigslist, even if it’s constantly tempting you. I nabbed this $1,200 new Pfaff Serger with Cover stitch on craigslist for just $200.

I cleaned and oiled it up, and it runs great. Only missing 1 piece, the little table top.

I was good and made samples of each “stitch program” and wrote what the tensions were. This took several hours, but it was a great chance to teach myself how to switch it around, and was great to have samples with different colored threads. elfa-serger (2)

I used even sized pieces of scrap cotton fabric, on the stitches it made sense for I did it on two pieces and a single piece of fabric.

I even referenced them just in my first serger project, so I think it will end up being a very good time investment.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Colette Myrtle as a Skirt

I love my new Myrtle from last week so much I wore it on Monday to work, and Saturday to my Alpha Gamma Delta little sister’s wedding since her color was purple!Myrtle as a Skirt
So following the Myrtle fest I made a skirt version.
Fabric: Cotton Seersucker with metallic stripe.
Pattern Pieces: Cut short version of the skirt front & back on the fold, and 4 pocket pieces.
Since the waist band of the dress Myrtle folds down (rather than up) making Myrtle into a skirt couldn’t be easier.
I cut the back skirt on the fold, be sure to scoot it over 3/8” since you don’t need that seam allowance.
Other than that I followed the woven Myrtle directions for the skirt. I used my 1/4” rolled hem foot for the bottom hem.
I sewed everything with the designed 3/8” seam allowance, then I serged the edges so they don’t fray.
For the waistband I serged the top edge and then just folded and stitched it over the elastic, which reduced bulk and makes it easier.
Love the Myrtle as a simple full skirt, complete with pockets!
Here are some pictures of skirt, learn how I make my tags in this post.