Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012 Favorite Posts

Ruth Reyes-Loiacano



Well, it certainly has been an exciting year filled with wonderful things! Just to name a few; My husband and I moved into a beautiful new home in August, I got an amazing new job, we celebrated our 2 year anniversary, we had heaps of amazing visitors, we both visited Chicago (twice), and I launched Isn't that Sew! I cannot wait to see what 2013 has in store for us! I wanted to take a minute to share a few of my favorite posts from the last 7 months. -Cheers, Ruth-

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Friday, December 28, 2012

365 Challenge

Jesus Calling

As always, Elsie has inspired me to try a 365 Project. I guess my challenge is a bit of a cheat since I have this handy book that happens to be a 365 day devotional. But, ya' know, I don't think I've ever done something for 365 consecutive days besides maybe use eat and use the restroom! Should be fun and inspiring. -Ruth-

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas



 Merry Christmas! I do not have any fancy or formal blog posts planned for this week because I am in Chicago for the holidays. I should resume regular scheduled programming by next week...can you believe I actually created this post from my phone!!! Yesterday,  I attended my moms small group before service and, what do you know they had a party...we had arts and crafts time and my mom and I made these cute cards...I even edited the photo using a new app....I am lame, I know...still riding the new smartphone high....merry christmas.  Ruth

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Tweet Tweet; what i wore on date night


 

Dress (Target) Belt ((Fossil) Shoes (Steve Madden) 
Earrings (Sam Moon) Bracelet (Found) Sweater (Marshalls)

This is what I wore last Saturday night on our date....see post below. Yeah, it was like 80 degrees last Saturday...not so much this weekend! -Ruth-

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Places and Spaces; Steve Fields



 Crab Cake // Shrimp and poblano chowder // Lobster bisque // 
Chilean Sea bass // Chocolate Cream cake

My husband, Mark, took me out for a surprise seafood dinner this past Saturday! He didn't tell me where we were going and that made it really exciting! Well, we went to Steve Fields Steak and Lobster Lounge. The food was delicious and the company, was even better. Afterwards, we stopped by Barnes and Noble and Cavenders Boot City to pick up a few last minute Christmas gifts! 
I had a wonderful evening and cannot wait to do it again, I LOVE YOU MARK!!! -Ruth-


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Monday, December 17, 2012

DIY Christmas Gift wrapping




I have finally finished all of my Christmas Shopping and gift wrapping! This year, I decided to keep it super simple and clean. I purchased brown postal paper for the wrapping, and I used some brown paper I had on hand to design the tags and flags and finished it off with a hemp bow! I really like the way the wrapping turned out! You can download the flags and tags by clicking the link below. Merry Christmas! -Ruth-


Isn't that Sew Downloads Archieve

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

This Week

 Baked eggs and avocado // Sleeping Sophee 
Texas Sunset // Lemons and Tea
Trout and Veggies // Steak and egg muffins
Spicy Chicken soup // Stuffed peppers

This week has been busy! This time of year happens to be the busiest season at work, go figure, and we are preparing for our annual Christmas trip to Chicago. And, atop of all the non-stop hustle and bustle, I'm trying to finish up last minute Christmas gifts, wrapping, housekeeping and meal prepping for the week!

On the other hand, my new Instagram account has morphed into documenting my paleo diet journey! I don't know how it happened!  Documenting my meals is fun. I enjoy it! Strange, I guess. But, I am loving the paleo lifestyle. I have lost over 10 lbs, I sleep soundly through the night, I don't get tired in the afternoon, I am able think more clearly and have crystal clear focus, my workouts have been way more effective, and suddenly I have a flat belly and no bloating. Needless to say, my body has changed so much! What's not to love about that! I hope to share more about this new lifestyle after the holidays! Happy weekend folks...-Ruth-

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Grilled Chicken and Spinach

 

I'm not sure what to call this dish. It's grilled chicken, over a bed of sauteed spinach, topped with fire roasted tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. See what I mean, does this dish have a proper name? I'm not sure, but I was impressed with the results.  I served this main dish with grilled onions and zucchini. It was not only delicious, but quite filling.
Grilled Chicken and Spinach  Ingredients: 2 Chicken breast // 1 large tomato // 1 bag baby spinach // 1 small onion // 1 medium zucchini // 1 lemon // Olive oil // 1/4 cup fresh mozzarella //Favorite (italian-ish) seasoning.  First, prepare chicken breast by trimming, rinsing, and patting dry. Season both sides with salt, pepper, and Rosemary Garlic Seasoning mix.  Place in a dish, coat with a few tbsp. of olive oil and the juice of 1 lemon. Let chicken marinade for 30-60 minutes.
While I waited, I prepared my onions, tomatoes, and zucchini by slicing and placing on a skewer. I also coated them with a bit of olive oil, salt, pepper, and basil. After that, I dropped my spinach in a skillet with a bit of water for steaming. My husband grilled the Chicken breast until it was no longer pink, and the vegetables went along for the ride. In the mean-time that spinach was a sautee-in'. Once complete, I assembled the Chicken stacks, topped with mozzarella and broiled for an additional 5 minutes. -Ruth-

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Places and Spaces; The Heard


About a month ago, when it was still really HOT outside, Mark and I visited The Heard. It's a natural science museum and wildlife sanctuary. We hiked a few of the trails and had a very nice afternoon. My favorite part was the the wildflowers and the Lemur. Afterwards, we enjoyed a old fashioned Burger // fries // and a shake in downtown Mckinney. -Ruth-


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Monday, December 10, 2012

Texas Lizards

 
 
 
Texas Lizard
Texas Lizard
Texas Lizard

These little guys are just too cute! Where I grew up, this was not something you saw everyday...or ever. So, it's kind of neat to see these little guys living in and around our home! -Ruth-

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Friday, December 7, 2012

This week...

Isn't that Sew
// Beautiful Sunrise \\
\\ Pond at my work//
//  Avocado Salad  \\
\\ Wylie the Pirate //
// Tree and Clouds\\
\\  <3 Sophee <3  //
//Sophee in a tree\\
\\  Stir-fry wrap  //

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Jewelry Smithing

bracelet
forgded
broach

 Today, I wanted to share with you a few handmade pieces I made in college. I had to fulfill a certain type of credit, and well a small metals class did just so. Since I had 10 years of experience in a dental lab, I figured it would be a fun challenge. Little did I know I would fall in love with jewelry smithing! A lot of the tools were very similar to dental tools, and on the same scale! Turns out, I'm a natural! 

There is a lot of jewelry out there these days, especially on sites like Etsy. While, I do indeed think much of it is beautiful, I don't feel that it is unique. The majority of it is pre-made pieces that are purchased and assembled. There is just something so special about manipulating your materials, using a torch, soldering, and  coming up with unique textures. 

I've been struggling with the idea of opening a shop and making these handmade metal pieces from scratch. Problem being ,they take quite some time to design, create, and assemble. They would really have to retail for a bit higher than the majority of the stuff on the market. I've considered stay local and working craft shows and local boutiques to see how this type of thing would sell. I am not sure the fate of an Isn't that Sew shop, but I know I'd sure like to give it a try!

While your at it, have a look at my professors site, she makes the most beautiful tea pots I've ever seen!

// Handmade Copper Cuff with "T" pin texture and forged copper rod accent \\
\\  Handmade copper necklace/broach with bezel setting and fabric accents   //
// Hand forged copper necklace with handmade chain mail and heat/liver of sulfur patina \\
\\ Handmade copper broach with liver of sulfur patina //
\\ Silver ring with unakite bezel set stones and a Florentine finish //
// Copper dish/stand with heat/liver of sulfur patina and hammer texture \\

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Tie Dye Maxi

Dress (Target) // Earing (Sam Moon) // Bracelet (lost & found) // Belt (handmade by me!)

I recently got my first smart phone! I know, it took me until age 30 to finally give into the trend. 
Well, I know have Instagram

You can find me HERE

Happy Monday! 
-Ruth-

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

December


I just love this little girl, Sophee. I'm so glad she found us 1 1/2 years ago, and I can't imagine my days without her! On the other hand, folks. It's December and the Holiday season is officially upon us. I can't complain too much because it's 80 degrees on December 1st! Well, maybe I can whine a little bit about this 90% humidity...I've grown to love the moderate to low humidity levels here in North Texas. Things don't mold!  But, now I'm just rambling on about the weather.. and, uh mold....So, Happy December 1st and enjoy your weekend! -Ruth-

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