Another successful Diva BBQ is behind us. But oh my–the clean-up is overwhelming.
It will literally take me WEEKS!
DIVA’S NYC CARAMEL APPLES
Lots of people have asked about my delicious caramel apples at the BBQ…so I’ll spill:
Next, tip your local produce guy a $20 bill at the supermarket and instruct him to hand select 100 big red delicious apples which MUST fit inside the provided apple bubble trays and stand straight (no lop-sided apples) or else…LOL.
Then go your friend’s Bagel Store (Diana has the BEST bagels in town). Tell her you are swamped with BBQ preparations. She’ll then ask you what she can do to help and it’s at that moment you hand over all the apples and supplies.
Next, have her employees wash and dry the apples. Then put the sticks in. Use their huge metal trays and line each tray with wax paper.
Since we didn’t have a electric candy apple stove or an awesome gas apple cooker, Diana (not to be confused with Diana from Louisiana) used a huge stock pot (much bigger than I have at home) filled with water. She then set the opened can of Midway’s Finest Caramel Apple Dip in the water to boil. Something tells me we should have used the Quick Serve Apple Dip. It took no less than 3 hours to melt each huge can of caramel..ugh! Lesson learned. There’s always next year.
Anyway, just dip the apple, swirl and set it on the wax paper. When the caramel apples firm up, just put them in the bubble trays. Let’s hope Diana is still my friend! Seriously, a HUGE thank you to my buddy!
Yesterday I was able to order a particular of a fabric I’m dying to use in my upcoming boys’ clothing line. I’d seen a preview of the fabric at TALA (LA Fabric Show), but didn’t think the first printing would be ready in time for my salesman’s samples. I wasn’t going to show you, but I just can’t help myself:
Not sure if I’ll incorporate this colorway, but I ordered it anyway:
Last month the fabric manufacturer showed it to me in these colorways, too. But they aren’t sure if they are going to get enough orders to go into production. Keep your fingers crossed:
Got lots done yesterday in the sewing room (Lady M™ and I are some team…LOL). Spend most of yesterday finishing up an order for 15 personalized tote bags for Kacey‘s new students.
In the world of garment manufacturing, G.O.A.T.S. (graphics on a t-shirt manufacturers) are at the bottom of the fashion feeding pool. Lots of people say they are “fashion designers” when all they are really doing is slapping some graphics or wording on a pre-made t-shirt.
When I set out to design my first season of boys’ clothing, it was important to me not to take any shortcuts on t-shirts. I
hate cheap t-shirts prefer a medium-weight cotton interlock over jersey knit. I feel interlock is more substantial and holds up nicely to repeated washings. Another reason I decided to create my t-shirts from scratch is fit. I wanted a comfortable fit and a rib knit neckline which laid around the neck nicely…not all wonky.
My patternmaker is in town, so we’re going to meet up in Manhattan tomorrow morning. It will be nice to put a name to a face.
Ok…I had better get back to work! Have a great day!