a bit of catch-up

jungle january, lovelies! think this should qualify-hehe! anyone guess what i'm making?

yeah! it’s jungle january time, lovelies! anyone guess what i’m making? (click for more info)

,,, and Happy New Year to all you Lovely Readers!

The first week of 2017 unexpectedly unleashed a blast of brutal Arctic air, snow, sleet, and freezing rain that froze the South in its tracks.

Is it any wonder I donโ€™t know what to sew?

What else have I been up to? A bit of gift-making (the green bag & the baby book), enjoying pressies (aka, reading), and trying to stay warm without collapsing the energy grid.

Itโ€™s supposed to stay above freezing starting today.

Fingers crossed.



25 thoughts on “a bit of catch-up

  1. amcclure2014

    I haven’t heard of Ellen Byerum (not sure of spelling) but will look out for her. I read a few Agatha Raisin but got a bit tired of them so haven’t touched in a while. Santa brought me books too. And a point presser and clapper for my jacket making.
    Not snowing (yet) here, though forecast. Really bad winds last night causing lots of damage, though we escaped, the damage not the winds.
    Keep as warm as you can, winter doesn’t last for ever.

    1. CurlsnSkirls Post author

      Hi, Ann – Happy New Year! What books did you get? Byerrum might be an acquired taste. She writes about my old home, DC. Her lead character writes a fashion column & gets involved in solving murders. Very fast-paced, with lots of authentic DC locations & sharp wit.
      Agatha R definitely follows a pattern, but once a year has been relaxing. Did you watch the series last year? I’ve seen it on youtube, and it’s coming over here this year.
      Lucky you getting a proper clapper! Sorry to hear about your gale force wind, and hope you don’t get much snow. Attitude here was “let Nature take its course” and thankfully the temps have been above freezing, so almost everything is melted. Schools are opening again tomorrow.

  2. tialys

    Great idea for the little baby book.
    Good luck with keeping warm – we have our log burner going all the time at the moment.
    p.s. Just to prove I read everything – I think you might mean ‘fridge magnet’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. CurlsnSkirls Post author

      Thank you – I stand corrected, but am a bit too tired to make the change tonight. (Perhaps it’s an Americanized version?) Should look it up . . . Your wood burner sounds terribly nice, but not all the bad weather over there. xx

      1. tialys

        I’m not usually the spelling police but it’s a bit of a ‘rude’ word ๐Ÿ˜‰ We’ve actually had a lovely winter so far with bright sunny days and were actually in danger of a water shortage last week but then, we had a day of rain – the first for ages and ages – so now there’s snow up on the mountains. I’m right down in the S.W. of France – perhaps you thought I was in the U.K. where they seem to be having snow warnings every day now – but nothing happens – much like every winter but us Brits do love a bit of weather drama.

        1. CurlsnSkirls Post author

          Oh. Uh. Um… see what you mean now. Didn’t realize. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

          My apologies, everyone.
          Definitely not intended!

          Glad to hear you’re avoiding a hose pipe ban, but sorry to hear about the continual snow forecasts.
          If we didn’t have weather – and fabric – to discuss, what would we do!

        1. CurlsnSkirls Post author

          Wind chill. Know what you mean. Will try to blow some of this hot air over your way, but am not certain when it’ll arrive. If I could include some of the political hot air over here you’d be wearing shorts in no time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Thimberlina

    I need to send you my dress made with the ties to insulate your windows – they’d be perfect as they’re so heavy and thick. Keep warm lovely and thanks for the catch up, you’ve been missed xx

  4. felicia

    Oh I feel for you Del. We’ve had the longest spell of cold weather in 30 years, and snow and snow and snow. It’s finally ‘broken’. We appear to have a thaw. I can just imagine the drafts you have with homes not built for cold. You could make a clutch of those stuffed ‘snakes’ for laying across doors and on windowsills? Have you seen those?

    1. CurlsnSkirls Post author

      Thank you so much, Felicia! Yes, the insulation ain’t made for days of zero temps. I do know what you mean about the window & door draft what-its. Hadn’t thought about those.
      Do hope your thaw continues and you get some relief. Our snow & ice is just about gone; tomorrow should finish it completely. xx
      Meant to ask what opera you’re working on now.

        1. CurlsnSkirls Post author

          That sounds a more positive note, and Carmen has lots of great melodies that everyone loves. Should be good fun. Costuming should be, too, unless you’re doing one of those stark interpretations. ๐Ÿ˜ข


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