Quilting Arts at PSCSA

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Quilted Portraits by Participants of The Quilting Arts Class

Today marked the culminating event for the Quilting Arts class at The Park Slope Center for Successful Aging.  It was a lovely celebration, and a proud moment for myself, the co instructors, and the participants.  Sadly, we did miss a few of our key members due to travel and illness, and wanted to make sure that Suzanne and Gladys know that they were missed!

The portraits above are now hung in the center in groupings of 6, on either side of the stage, which is a focus of the center.

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PSCSA- You can see the portraits hanging in the distance!

We even caught up with Jenny P, who was especially excited about her portrait’s extra “bling”. (top right)

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Jenny and Instructor Coleen Scott. Photo by Cyndi Freeman

The center looked great decorated with our quilts, the special magazine made by Coleen for the event, and the amazing cake provided by catering, complete with a picture of our most intricate quilt!

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Co-Instructor Cyndi Freeman with Nine Patch quilts.

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Lead teaching artist Coleen Scott with the Hawaiian style quilt.


The beautiful sheet cake by catering with our quilt printed on it!

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Sisters Lily and Irene excited about “Q is for Quilting”, the magazine about our project.

After five months of hard work, we are so proud of what we have accomplished together.  It was a little bit bittersweet leaving today, as we will miss our beloved participants, and hope to work with them again soon.  Huge thanks to the New York City Council, the NYC Department of Aging, the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Brooklyn Arts Council, Heights and Hills, and especially, the staff and members of The Park Slope Center for Successful Aging.  It’s been wonderful!

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Co-Instructors Cyndi Freeman and Dottie McCoy work with Irene and Lily to finish framing our quilted portraits the day before our culminating event.

Please visit The Park Slope Center for Successful Aging (7th Ave and 7th Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn) to see our work hanging in the center, and for more information, or interest in Quilting classes with older people at your center, please visit for contact info!’s Tiny Test Kitchen: Sean Brock’s Grilled Hangar Steak with Vidalia Onion Gratin

Sean Brock's Cookbook: Heritage

Sean Brock’s Cookbook: Heritage

The Project: Make It Work  household is just full of cool people.  Our housemate and favorite photo editor at People Magazine, Ben Trivett, had the opportunity to test out a recipe from amazing chef Sean Brock’s (see: Mind of a Chef, Season 2, PBS) new cookbook, Heritage.

Ben prepared the recipe as part of’s new column Tiny Test Kitchens, featured here.

We of course, got to partake in the delectable meal for four, and it was a special treat.  Below is a before and after photo, taken by Ben.  You can see and read more about the cooking process at’s Great Ideas.

Sean Brock's Grilled Hangar Steak and Vidalia Onion Gratin Ingredients, prepared by Ben Trivett

Sean Brock’s Grilled Hangar Steak and Vidalia Onion Gratin Ingredients

Sean Brock's Grilled Hangar Steak and Vidalia Onion Gratin Ingredients

Sean Brock’s Grilled Hangar Steak and Vidalia Onion Gratin Prepared by Ben Trivett

Check out the article AND the cookbook for more great recipes from a wonderful chef!

Beautiful Makeup Looks from Besame Cosmetics, Urban Decay, and Stila!

There are so many makeup products out there to choose from, where does one begin?  We took some of our favorite products and gave our model, Chloe Worthington, three beautiful and very different looks.  Whether you’re headed out to a holiday party, to a weekend brunch, or out shopping for the day, these products and looks will get you through it all, and leave you feeling fabulous whatever the occasion!

Chloe Worthington in Besame Cosmetics.  Photo by Ben Trivett

Chloe Worthington in Besame Cosmetics. Photo by Ben Trivett

If you haven’t heard of Besame’ Cosmetics, get online and find them, now.   The beautiful makeup line, created by “artist, cosmetic historian, and designer Gabriela Hernandez”, is a must-have.  The packaging alone, inspired and created to resemble various vintage makeup products, is worth decorating your shelves with.  The products themselves are highly pigmented, creamy, and classic.  For Chloe’s vampy look, we used the lipstick in Noir Red, the Crimson Cream Rouge, and the 1932 Black Cake Mascara, used as a liner as well.  We also highly recommend the Brightening Violet Powder.  Right now, the site is selling beautiful gift packages, perfect for the holidays!


Chloe Worthington in Urban Decay.  Photo by Ben Trivett

Chloe Worthington in Urban Decay. Photo by Ben Trivett

Urban Decay has been around for over 15 years.  We remember when they first arrived on the scene and we were excited about their vivid colors, glitter-filled makeup, and great product names (we were in High School at the time).  While we still love all the glitter we can get, UD has matured as a company, and it is truly their best seller- the Naked Palettes– that have our attention at the moment.  Additionally, their 24/7 pencils for eyes and lips are fantastic.  We used Naked 3  (colors: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, and Nooner) on Chloe for this soft, feminine look, and filled her lips with the 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Streak.  Check out their  Naked On The Run Palette for a great holiday gift!

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencils

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencils

Chloe Worthington in Stila.  Photo by Ben Trivett.

Chloe Worthington in Stila. Photo by Ben Trivett.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner is our favorite waterproof product out there.  It is a staple in our kit, and a staple in our everyday makeup bag.  We used the liner on Chloe for a more dramatic cat-eye effect, and then kept the rest of the face simple by using Stila’s equally brilliant product Covertible Color in Rose for use on cheeks and lips!  We also love Lillium and Poppy in the same line, for pigmented color that you can use oh-so subtly.  Check out Stila’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014, for some of their best products in pretty packages.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black

Stila's Convertible Color in Rose

Stila’s Convertible Color in Rose


Special Thanks to Besame Cosmetics for a range of beautiful products to test in our studio, and to our photographer, Ben Trivett, who helped our vision come alive!  Makeup and hair by Coleen Scott.

View our Sister Site: Tailors In Motion!

Tailors In Motion archive image, from our week on Oscar de la Renta.

Tailors In Motion archive image, from our week on Oscar de la Renta.

During the academic year, our creator, Coleen Scott, is an instructor at the wonderful and well-known private school in Brooklyn, Saint Ann’s.  (Alums include Zac Posen and Lena Dunham).  Over the last two years, Coleen’s High School students in Costume Design, have been blogging on Tumblr with weekly inspirations.  The blog is image based, and is truly from the point of view of the teenagers, who clearly have their fingers on the pulse of what is now.  Please enjoy Tailors In Motion!

“Chef” The Movie Inspires Culinary Adventures


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We have been waiting to stream “Chef” at home for quite some time, and last night, we finally got to see it.  The passion project written, directed by, and starring John Favreau, includes John Leguizamo,  Bobby Cannavale, Sophia Vergara, Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johanssen, and a huge string of other big names in the cast.  The movie itself, though, is not about the big stars you see, it is about the story.  We love food, and this film showcases characters passionate about food, cooking, and making people happy by feeding them.

We’re such jaded New Yorkers, that as we watched, we kept waiting for something terrible to happen after the primary plot twist, but it just didn’t.  This was a story about believing in working hard at something that makes you happy and hoping that it works out.  It’s about how kitchens work when you build the right team, and it has some amazing camera work making the food look delectable, teasing your taste buds.  Some of the focus on the art of food happened with the help and tutelage of Roy Choi, famous food truck chef, and culinary genius.

The film also focuses on social media, and how it can make AND break you.  Not only that, but most of the big promotion for the film was done strictly through social media, with additional advertising on Bravo’s Top Chef tv show.

Here is how the #ChefMovie website summarizes the plot:

“When Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and love.”

There’s nothing else to say but, SEE IT! (Trailer here)


Take A Sneak Peek of our Exclusive Photo Shoot with Korina Emmerich!

Designer Korina Emmerich.  Photo by Ben Trivett, Makeup, Hair, Styling by Coleen Scott

Designer Korina Emmerich. Photo by Ben Trivett, Makeup, Hair, Styling by Coleen Scott

We wanted to send out a big congrats to Korina Emmerich for her win on last week’s episode of Project Runway!  Wishing you luck for tonight’s episode!

Be on the lookout for more exclusive photos and our recent interview with Korina, coming soon!

*Photo Copyright Ben Trivet Photography 2014

Using Paper Patterns: Doin’ It Old School

Simplicity Sewing Video 1948

Simplicity Sewing Video 1948

Simplicity Sewing Video 1948


We’ve gotten requests from our followers to  post more information on sewing and construction.  Well, we thought we’d start with a classic.  If you can just get past the old school pre-feminist ideas of home economics and the nuclear family social construct, you will find that the information about paper pattern use, marking and even basic construction techniques is really fantastic.  We were even reminded about thread-marking for darts, which for anyone who sews, is a godsend.  It takes a little longer sometimes, but it’s accurate!  Enjoy!


TBT: That Time in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” when Jason Segel Cried While Watching Project Runway.

You’ll just have to watch the whole movie, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”...or get the dvd and skip ahead- to see the hilarious moment in the 2008 film, that shows Jason Segel’s broken-hearted character bundled up on the couch crying as Heidi Klum says “Auf Wiedersehen” on an episode of Project Runway. It still has us laughing out loud every time. Watch it.

Man Repeller’s Fashion Puns

Man Repeller's Fashion Puns

This series of “Fashion Pun” illustrations by Campbell Pearson is brilliant. We especially love “Clogged”, because we would often rather drown our clogs in the sink than put them on our feet, they’re so ugly.