Plush Puffs feature and GIVEAWAY!

Check out the delicious Shop Small Saturday Showcase feature from Plush Puffs and enter to win a fantastic giveaway!

Kitchen Basics: How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

Learn how to bake or microwave spaghetti squash. Delish!

Workshop Honey feature, promo and GIVEAWAY!

Check out the latest Shop Small Saturday Showcase feature from Workshop Honey and enter the giveaway to win one of two beautiful, handmade salt and pepper shaker sets!

Creamy Jalapeño Poppers with Sausage

A delicious, easy appetizer for guests and family!

Do Tell Tuesday #19

Come Link Up at Do Tell Tuesday!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Challenge #6: Simple Dress Challenge!

Welcome to Stitch Once, Rip Twice's second challenge of 2014!  After our last Simple Top Challenge, which had more participation than the last few combined, we voted on a few different options!

Overwhelmingly, the members of Stitch Once, Rip Twice voted in favor of one choice.  May I present the...


Simple Dress Challenge Announcement on Diane's Vintage Zest!



The Rules
  1. Your simple dress can be for yourself or someone else, and there's no restriction to which pattern, fabric, or style!
  2. It can be made from scratch or refashioned, just as long as you use your sewing skills.
  3. Share anything you would like on your blog or on the group's Facebook page along the way.  That includes patterns, techniques, inspiration, project ideas, problems, and in-progress pictures.
  4. Have your finished dress done and posted by June 15th either on your personal blog or on the Facebook page.  The week after the deadline, I'll put together a wrap-up post with everyone's finished garments so we can all see!

Also, if you have a blog, post the button above by grabbing the code below!  Thanks to Scooter for designing our button.  :)



Simple Dress Challenge Announcement on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Usually, I show a few inspiration images for a particular garment, but this challenge is a simple dress, which could be just about everything!!!  Instead, I will share a few collages of the patterns from my collection, plus a couple of ideas that I am kicking around right now.

I have a whopping 56 dresses in my huge pattern collection, about half of which I definitely don't want to sew because the pattern is too intricate, ugly (I received some for free), or for the winter months so I wouldn't be able to wear it right away!  Here are a few patterns that I have been mulling over...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Do Tell Tuesday #19 with Features!

Okay, so this is a bit late...  Weirdness with all of my scheduled posts for the week, but they're all up with some salvaging!  Thank goodness for my backups and for being patient to link up.  :)

Also, remember to enter all FOUR GIVEAWAYS that I have going on right now!


Click here for the full rundown on how to participate and...





Recently seen on The Episodic Eater...

Do Tell Tuesday #19 on Diane's Vintage Zest!



Katella Deli - Restaurant (Los Alamitos, CA)

Katella Deli - Bakery (Los Alamitos, CA)



All of us hosts pick our own features, and we all share the most viewed link too.  If you are all ready to see the features, here we go!


Creamy Burst Tomato Pasta Sauce

Last week, I shared how I cook spaghetti squash and I promised to share my Creamy Burst Tomato Pasta Sauce.  It is perfectly lovely on regular pasta, veggie noodles, or on spaghetti squash like in the pictures below.


Creamy Burst Tomato Pasta Sauce on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Without further ado, here is the recipe.  Get ready to dig in!


Creamy Burst Tomato Pasta Sauce on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Creamy Burst Tomato Pasta Sauce
A Vintage Zest original

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Synopsis! Wood scrap suggestions?

Happy Sunday!

Last week, you all helped Kathy with lots of suggestions, so thank you very much!  This week, I have another question.  I pulled apart these pieces of wood that were basically abandoned, so I could probably put together something fun with one or all of these heavy duty pieces of wood.

Any suggestions for what to do with scraps of wood?


Sunday Synopsis/Stumped on Sunday on Diane's Vintage Zest


Lastly, here are last week's posts in case you missed any.  :)


Sunday Synopsis


Sunday Synopsis/Stumped on Sunday on Diane's Vintage Zest

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sweet Lady Cook feature & GIVEAWAY!

This week, we have another wonderful food artisan for Shop Small Saturday Showcase!  I first met Arian of Sweet Lady Cook at Unique L.A. where she was lovely enough to let me sample a ton of her delicious preserves.  I love that everything is fresh, using with quality ingredients, and lovingly made to  tasty perfection!  I love the packaging, the combination of flavors, and the emphasis on local, fresh ingredients.

Check out the entire interview with photos of Sweet Lady Cook's beautiful preserves, including a couple of links to wonderful recipes using their preserves.  Then, make sure to enter for the chance to win a delicious prize from Sweet Lady Cook in the giveaway below!  Good luck!

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Sweet Lady Cook on Shop Small Saturday Showcase at Diane's Vintage Zest!


Tell me a little bit about yourself!

I began making preserves as a hobby after trying a homemade habanero jelly from a local food truck. Prior to this experience I had only been familiar with the processed and overly sweet jams and jellies I grew up with (that vaguely resembled anything like fruit!). I had no idea how wonderful and diverse preserves could be. So I started experimenting with local ingredients and giving away jars to friends and family. After about a year of making preserves for fun I decided to start my business. It’s been an amazing experience and I’m so happy I took the leap.


Sweet Lady Cook on Shop Small Saturday Showcase at Diane's Vintage Zest!


Where did the name of your store come from?



Cook is a nickname given to me by my husband’s family. When I first met his grandmother she confused my name with Oreo (like the cookie). As a joke everyone started calling me cookie and the name stuck. Over the years it was eventually shortened to cook and the rest is history.


Sweet Lady Cook on Shop Small Saturday Showcase at Diane's Vintage Zest!
Check out the recipe here!


What is your favorite item?



If I had to pick a favorite flavor it would be my Blenheim apricot jam. Sometimes I come across fruit that is so incredible I almost don’t want to turn it into jam and these apricots are one of them. Unlike your average apricot, Blenheim’s are small in size and pack an intense flavor. They are also incredibly delicate making them difficult to ship; meaning you probably won’t find them in any grocery stores. Lucky for me they are grown by small family farm down the road from where we live.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Weekly Wrap-Up: Old favorites!

A couple of weeks ago, I tried three new, different restaurants and this week I went back to some old favorites!  It's funny how these weekly wrap-ups somehow have themes.  :)

Let's get started!


Precap (jump to):

Weekly Wrap-Up on Diane's Vintage Zest!


We needed to grab a quick bite, so we headed to one of the few chain restaurants that is an old favorite: California Pizza Kitchen!


Weekly Wrap-Up on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Yes, this was an incredible steak, and even though I was skeptical about ordering steak from here, it was really great.  To see more, plus the actual pizzas we ordered, visit The Episodic Eater!


Weekly Wrap-Up on Diane's Vintage Zest!


For most of the weekend, I actually ended up doing lots of errands like clearing out the thousands of e-mails from my inbox.  Yessssss!  I usually get about 30 that I save daily plus about 100 more that I clear out periodically throughout the day, so you can imagine how long it took to accumulate over 1000!


I had a father-daughter dinner at Katella Deli Restaurant and Bakery because my mom was out of town and my guy went to a Game of Thrones viewing party that I skipped.  Since we were both free, it was sandwich time!  Yay!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

How to: Make Cute Pinterest Cover Boards!

Last week, I joined a Google Plus community for Pinterest and as soon as I joined, I had a few requests to share how I made my cute cover boards.  Well, thanks ladies!

Since there are a few steps, I thought it would be easier to put together a post for everyone, including you lovely readers, to see.  :)

First of all, as I mentioned on this post, I just reorganized my Pinterest boards so I could find items better.  I read that it was best to arrange boards alphabetically, but I decided to do it by popularity instead.  Then, I wanted to label the boards, but having just a title screen seemed boring, so I collaged text with a sample image!  Here's how I did it...


How to Make Cute Pinterest Board Covers on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Before we start, I used PicMonkey for this tutorial because it is really simple and free, but feel free to use whatever photo editing website/software you prefer.


Directions

1.  Click Edit.


How to Make Cute Pinterest Board Covers on Diane's Vintage Zest!


2.  On the default collage, click Remove cell on the left so you have two remaining cells.


How to Make Cute Pinterest Board Covers on Diane's Vintage Zest!


3.  On the bottom, click the lock button to Unlock proportions.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How to: Turn a T-Shirt into a Baby Bib!

About a month ago, I participated in Someday Crafts' crafting for baby series, which was fun!  You might be thinking, "Diane doesn't have a little one!"  However, although I have no kids yet, I love sewing for all of the little ones that belong to my friends and family.

In fact, today's project is one that I will be gifting to a couple of friends from the gym who are expecting!  The gym owner and I conspired to give a gift made out of one of their logo T-shirts, so now we can claim our youngest member.  :)


How to: Turn a T-Shirt into a Baby Bib! on Diane's Vintage Zest!


By the way, I love the idea of taking all kinds of adult-sized T-shirts to upcycle into bibs.  It would be great for school T-shirts, so your baby can have the same school spirit as you!  Or why not make the little one a bib to support your favorite sports team?  Also, I know that my guy has more than enough company T-shirts that could be upcycled into a cute bib one day.  The possibilities are endless!

Enough with the talk, let's get to the tutorial!


What You Will Need
  • The T-shirt
  • Matching (or contrast) thread to your shirt
  • A pattern
    • I modified this one, but there are so many great patterns out there, like this one!
    • OR you can trace an existing bib, making sure to add seam allowance
    • OR make a pattern of your own!
  • 2 x 2" square of hook & loop tape (AKA Velcro)
  • Pattern weights
  • Sewing machine!
  • Optional, but highly recommended: Flannel lining, for stabilization


How to: Turn a T-Shirt into a Baby Bib! on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Directions

1. First cut up the side seams so you can work with the front and back of the shirts separately.


How to: Turn a T-Shirt into a Baby Bib! on Diane's Vintage Zest!


2.  Before cutting your pattern pieces, make sure that you can center the logo onto the pattern piece by laying it on top.  This may require a couple of edits to your pattern piece.  Coincidentally, mine had the two kinds of problems that you may encounter.  More work for me, but better for this tutorial!

However, if the logo first perfectly onto the pattern piece, go ahead and skip to step 3!

  • If your logo is too large, you can either cut into the logo if it isn't important OR extend the pattern piece a bit, like I showed here.
  • Also, the bib "arms" might go into the neck portion of the piece like mine does.  All you will have to do is cut the piece and add some seam allowance.  See below for the pictures.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Do Tell Tuesday #18 + Cohost & Features!

I am so excited that you can be here for my favorite day of the week!  Click here for the full rundown on how to participate and...


Welcome to Do Tell Tuesday!




Today is exciting because we have a guest co-host today!  Say hello to Katie!


Do Tell Tuesday #18 on Diane's Vintage Zest!


I’m Katie, from www.MomFavorites.com, where we share all of our “favorites” from parenting tips, style picks and family friendly recipes!  I’m a mom of two boys, with one on the way, which pretty much makes me an expert on all things plane, train and automobile.  I love chocolate and elastic waistbands (while pregnant), running and craft brews when I am not.

Blog  //  Facebook  //  Twitter  //  Pinterest  //  Instagram  //  Google+




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Do Tell Tuesday #18 on Diane's Vintage Zest!

Quick Cream Cheese & Cucumber Crackers with Philly Cream Cheese!

Tutorial: Decoupaged Dress Form + Meet Coco!

Vintage Zest's Mini Facelift! (a.k.a. My Blog Layout Redesign)



Do Tell Tuesday #18 on Diane's Vintage Zest!






Recently seen on The Episodic Eater...

Do Tell Tuesday #18 on Diane's Vintage Zest!






Do Tell Tuesday #18 on Diane's Vintage Zest!





All of us hosts and guest host pick our own features, and we all share the most viewed link too.  If you are all ready to see the features, here we go!


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