Spiced Rice and a wristlet

I’m in the sewing mood lately.  Fabric and linens are all over the place.  You know how it is- trying to decide which fabrics go together, which ones to cut into.  Handbags and totes it will be for this week since this is my first of four days off in a row!! That hardly ever happens.  It’s just how my schedule worked out for this week.  Unfortunately, I will pay at then end of the week with 3 twelve hour shifts in a row.  I try to only do two in a row, if I can.  Three is pretty exhausting…and I’ll hardly see my babies over those three days 🙁

Anyway, this is what I made today.  A little stripey wristlet.  Mostly, I was trying to figure out a pattern using pleats.  Kind of a pain, but I like the way it came out.  There is a little pocket inside.

How do you get it from becoming all wrinkled?  I start out with ironed fabric, but once I flip it right-side-out, it looks all, you know, rumpled.  It’s a cotton canvas fabric if that makes any difference.  I tried ironing it a bit, but the pleats make somewhat of a challenge.

Also made this really yummy spiced rice with cashews for dinner and thought I’d share:Heat 1 Tbsp EVOO in saute pan.  Saute 1/2 cup finely diced onion and cook for 3-4 minutes until soft. Add 2 cloves chopped garlic- saute 1 minute.  Add 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ginger powder, 1/2 tsp tumeric and 1/2 tsp coriander.  Saute 1 minute longer.  Add 1 cup white rice (uncooked) and saute on med-low heat for about 3 minutes stirring frequently.  Add 2 1/4 cups vegetable broth, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.  Add 1/2 roasted cashews, 1/4 cup raisins, 1 cup favorite frozen veggie mix.  Stir- cover and cook 3 minutes longer.  Serve and Enjoy!

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9 Responses to Spiced Rice and a wristlet

  1. dawn says:

    mmmm, that rice looks so yummy. I’ll definately add that to my menu this week. Oh, and your bag looks equally yummy, very nicely detailed!

  2. Kristi says:

    Cute bag!, love it. I’ve been checking out different patterns for my own bag.

  3. Diane says:

    The wristlet is very nice. I really like the shape.

  4. vicki says:

    super cute bags – the green stripes & the one for a (lucky) friend. thanks for sharing your rice recipe — it looks yummy!

  5. melissa says:

    such a sweet wristlet- i love the way you did the pleats. And the rice looks delicious- i’m always looking for quick and yummy dinner options- i’ll try it soon!

  6. flossy-p says:

    Oooo I’m so envious of all your sewing. I just love the bags you’ve made. That wristlet is so beautiful!

  7. nelleke says:

    the wristlet is great, well done!
    is this your own design, and would you like to share it? or maybe you can tell me where you got it from?

    i am just a beginner-sewer, and this is making me very enthusiastic!

    enjoying reading your blog, thanks!


  8. That rice looks yummy!

    I have no idea how people keep projects from becoming wrinkled in between starting and finishing. I usually live with the wrinkles:) Cute wristlet by the way!

  9. kathy says:

    Yum, your spice combination is making my mouth water. The wrinkles will probably fall out with wear. I like to line with a layer of sew-in canvas or fusible interfacing which would bulk up the fabric and make it appear more smooth. The style is very pretty, some of your handmade beads worked into the design would look really cool!

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