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Recipe: Raspberry Lemon Mint Granita

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With the rising temperatures, I’ve been craving icy cold drinks like crazy. I love making a citrus granita, but this is by far my favorite combination at the moment. Raspberry, lemon and mint! So good and refreshing. Add a dollop of fresh whipped cream for a contrast of tart and creamy.



Raspberry Lemon Mint Granita

serves 4
  • 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup raspberries (or more to taste)
  • 6 or so mint leaves
  • 1/3 cup simple syrup*
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2-4 cups ice
  • whipped cream

Juice the lemons. Add juice, raspberries, mint, simple syrup and ice to a blender (in that order). Blend. Add ice and juice as needed for flavor and consistency. Garnish with whipped cream and raspberries. Serve.

*For simple syrup, put 1/2 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a sauce pan and heat until sugar is dissolved. Because you’re blending the granita with ice, no need to allow the syrup to cool before putting it in the blender.


Ever since I found Smitten Kitchen’s Granita recipe, I’ve been completely obsessed with these little frozen lemonades. They’re so refreshing and easy to make. Add any kind of fruit to mix up the flavor, too! I hope you enjoy this summer treat as much as I have!


Selfless Sewing + Giveaway


I made a few things for Penelope last week! In fact, while I was partying it up in LA, I found a lot of textiles just for her. She’s going to get a new wardrobe here by the end of the summer.


I picked up this burnout fabric (sort of similar, similar) at the Michael Levine Loft. You can buy fabric for $2.50 per pound. It’s amazing! I found a lot of sheer chiffons and jerseys that I just couldn’t say no to. This, being one of them. If you look at it closely, it’s got a little paisley pattern to it. It’s really quite sweet.

This is certainly not the kind of fabric I would use to make a shirt for me. Much too see-through. I was thinking of a summer hoodie, then I remembered Penelope doesn’t have a swim coverup. Heck, she’s never had one.


I’m not entirely sure how the idea came to me, but I thought about the circle dress I made a while back and thought if I added a hood, it’d be a great summer coverup. I made the opening smaller than my own waist and just winged the hood part. I grabbed one of mine and one of Penelope’s hoodies and quickly drew up a pattern. I didn’t even test it beforehand. Look at how perfectly those edges overlap! Huzzah!

Penelope’s impatience for mom (she stopped calling me mommy last week! WHAT??) is really showing here. She’s rearing to go outside and join her friends for some water games.


I opted not to put any arm holes in it. Laziness or simplicity? I’ll let you guess. It certainly doesn’t seem to bother her at all. Penelope got a few approving nods at the pool and with Chris on a fast-food run.

Felix is the cutest photo-bomber. He’s even trying to show off by standing up!


I don’t know if you’ve gathered from how much I’ve talked and instagrammed about Fabric weekend that I had way too much fun. I bought about 40 pounds of leather and fabric. I couldn’t help myself! Especially when it came to the leather. The pink and blue leathers were the first things I pulled out of my bag to show to Chris when I got home. Being just as excited as me about my spoils he asked, “What are you going to do with it?”

“Something awesome!!” I’m thinking leather handbag, leather skirt, leather trimming, leather books. . . .


Here are just a few pieces that I picked up while on vacation. I had to buy a new shelving unit just to accommodate the new arrivals. Look at my rainbow! Since I was in LA’s fabric district, I wanted to get prints and textiles that I can’t find at home. I’ve got all the basics covered since Jo-Ann is about 5 minutes from my house. Plus I only had so much room in my bags, so I had to be pretty picky. The highlights of my fabric shopping were:

Angel Fabric: Gold foil polka dot knit. COME ON! I’m working on a couple of ideas for Penelope. Help me decide below? (vote for your favorite and I’ll post the finished product next week).

@melissapher: What should I do with this gold foil dot jersey? Classic dress (yes) or hoodie dress (no)? #sewing #fashion #diy


FIDM Scholarship store: Oh my word, we had such a great tour of the school and their different departments. My favorite was the collaboration between the textile, fashion and decor departments. And that geometric print? It’s silk.

Photo by Bethany

Mood: Was expensive compared to the previous day’s average at $2/yard. Wandering through 11+ aisles of floor to 20′ ceiling of rolls of fabric made my head spin, everything was AMAZING! I don’t know how project runway peeps do that place in 30 minutes for $50.


After Mood we enjoyed the most delicious bacon-wrapped hotdog.

Michael Levine: The above three fabrics were from the loft. You sift through giant boxes of fabric. I also got some swim fabric at the regular store. Yes. I’m going to make a swimsuit. I’m crazy.

Fabric Planet: This hidden gem had loads of rayon challis (pronounced shallee, according to peeps at Mood). It’s hard to find anywhere, but Fabric Planet had quite a few modern prints to choose from. I’m totally digging the tie-dye print above.


Photo by Bethany – who I totally need to hang out with again


My trip wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for Miriam (and Andrea). It was a much-needed girl’s vacation!


Justine, Jen, Stef, Jessica, Mie, Melissa, Miriam, Caila, Me, Leanne, Andrea, Cherie, Marissa, Merrick, Sabra, Abby, Beverly, Marigold – Photo by Justine


Style: Comfy Shoes


I’ve had these shoes in my closet for some time, and they don’t get as much attention as they should. They’re so comfy.


Handmade: Floral Top


I was planning on making this top before heading to the beach last month, but that never happened. The fabric has been taunting me to make it into something for months. I originally got the fabric for Project Run & Play, but that never happened. I still have a load of fabric and projects in my head inspired by that series. I should work on getting through that list. I think it would be swell if I could make Penelope’s back-to-school wardrobe. I need to take advantage of that before she starts getting picky about her clothes and realizes I’m the antithesis of cool. Time is ticking away!


I used the pattern I created for last year’s summer dress for drafting the top. It’s really helpful to keep paper drafts of projects you’ve previously made. It made sewing up this top a real breeze. Because of the grain, I didn’t have enough continuous fabric for the back piece, so I pieced the back together, with a yoke. I think I might experiment a bit more with this in the future with sheers or pleats. It’s got a lot of potential.

I did a high-low hemline for the top. It may seem that’s all I’m doing these days, but I’ve really always been obsessed with them. I remember in 9th grade wishing the backs of my shirts were longer than the fronts. I may have made the back a little too long for this top, so when I get a bit of time, I’ll unpick and rework the hem. For now, it works just fine if I belt the top or tuck the top in.

Outfit details:

  • earrings: i heart a million little things, etsy
  • top: handmade
  • belt: handmade (with tutorial)
  • jeggings: H&M
  • shoes: Forever 21

Fabric supplied by Fashion Fabrics Club. Connect with FFC on Facebook and Pinterest

Style: Daringly White


Today was possibly the worst day to wear white, but I’ve made it through the day virtually unscathed (which is nothing short of a miracle). Penelope did some spectacular mono prints and foam prints this morning in her art class. I’m so happy she likes art and isn’t afraid to get dirty with it.

  • top: dress from Forever 21
  • necklace: handmade by my dad
  • earrings: ihamlt, etsy
  • belt: thrifted
  • skirt: handmade
  • shoes: c/o PB&J Boutique

I’ve mentioned this before, but I must say these are the cutest shoes I’ve ever owned.

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