All posts by CurlsnSkirls

... a rusty sewer of some years, working to better those skills.

update on comments. . .

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We’ll be keeping a watchful eye . . .

Hopefully I’ve found the problem and fixed it for future posts, and have gone back and fixed all the past posts.

As to why comments sometimes appeared and sometimes didn’t, I haven’t a clue.

its thursday alreaaady?

Firstly, here’s the recipe for making your own version of Monday’s photo —

War, Raisin Spice, or Depression Cake

  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar (I always use dark brown as it has more flavour)
  • 1 cup seedless raisins
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (I use whatever spices I like and am apt to double them.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Place all of the above in a pot, bring to a boil, and boil gently whilst stirring, for 5 minutes.
  • Make sure your pot is large enough to add the flour, and you’ve saved a bit of washing up. 😉
  • When above wet mixture is thoroughly cool it will slightly resemble glue. That’s a good thing.
  • SIFT and measure out 2 cups of flour.
  • Mix in 1 teaspoon EACH of baking powder AND baking soda.
  • Thoroughly incorporate these into your 2 cups of SIFTED flour.
  • Add dry mixture to the wet mixture and thoroughly mix together.
  • Turn out this still slightly gluey mixture into a thoroughly greased loaf pan approx. 9x5x3.
  • Bake about 60 minutes at 350 degrees F., until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. A crack along the top of the cake is normal.
  • Cool in the pan, then turn out onto a plate, slice, and enjoy.

If you have to have icing, go for it. Your choice. My family didn’t.

Hope you enjoy it!

On to some sewing!

pssst! WRONG side of the red fabric is showing

Oddly, speaking about food, I’ve another quick project in mind involving rather a large amount of rice. I’ve done some preliminary tests and know the project needs to be larger than first assumed, and I dug up some cotton to recycle for the project. More in a few days. 😉 (No, it not a door stop, although I should be making one.)

I also have an old, very solid cotton twill shower curtain that’s about to get chopped up and made into 2 curtains, whenever I can get to the store for another curtain rod and more of those sets of clips I can never remember the name of. You know–the ones that clip to the top of the fabric with a ring attached that then goes onto the curtain rod.

That fabric is from Chicago days, and was slightly dyed to offset the bright white background. If I can locate that post  . . .  Well, here’s one with a nice photo, and showing some additional fabric. Wonder where it is . . . .

Aren’t we glad fabric lasts and lasts and lasts?

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books

As part of my holiday prezzies, I ordered the three new D. E. Stevenson books reprinted by Furrowed Middlebrow, Vittoria Cottage, Music in the Hills, and Winter and Rough Weather, and have finished them.

Together they comprise the lives of several members of a single family. The variety of characters and situations are interesting to me, being set in Scotland’s Lowlands just as World War II is over.

Next on my To Be Read list is another from F.M., a rare early book from Miss Read, Fresh from the Country. I downloaded the preview the other night, and it sounds like a great story for any Miss Read fan.

A virtual tea party

Joining in with Su from Zimmerbitch to report on my yesterday’s tea party por moi.

Nothing baked in my cupboard currently, but my favourite, store bought goodie is to hand, so . . .

Lu’s Petit Ecolier of the 70% dark chocolate variety reminded me that many North Americans don’t know the joy of dunking your biscuit/cookie into your hot beverage.

In last night’s cup is Trader Joe’s decaf Irish Breakfast and a bit of hot milk. No sweetening necessary, thank you.

If I’m energetic this dunking process will appear on IG. After all, with dunking, timing is all important. Else you lose whatever portion of your biscuit/cookie you’re dunking. 😉

May I hasten to add that McVitie’s Original Digestives are my second choice, and also always to hand. Those I particularly enjoy with a cuppa hot chocolate.

Afternoon tea isn’t much known in the U.S., but there was a time, when I was first working in our nation’s centre, that I spent time with a company that had regular afternoon tea breaks, complete with trolley.

A brew and a story for next time we gather . . .

Meanwhile, toodles, Lovely Tea Party Peeps, and many, many thanks to Su for picking up the tea ball to get us started.

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Happy New Year❣️

Has everyone survived the first week of 2020? I’m slooowly getting getting back to whatever currently masquerades as normal.

True to form, the weather here has turned unseasonably warm, and I’ve pulled out a very rustic wool from my collection.

I’m calling it rustic. Actually, the hand is scratchy, even after being washed and air dried. ( Oops, guess who forgot to finish those edges… 😖)

Showing it to a sewing buddy she immediately said it has great movement and I should make a coat to show that off. Maybe a swing coat, and she also suggested Deer & Doe’s Opium Coat.

Sunday I went hunting online. Do you know The Fold Line must have every pattern on earth listed, and at least half of them are coats? Try looking through 30 screens of 24 patterns each. 😳

I did discover several alternatives, including Folkwear’s Swing Coat, and their Hungarian Szur Coat.

But I’m having trouble visualising this rough, loosely woven fabric as anything other than a very casual longish A-line skirt and simple jacket. Something fairly loose but lined so the fabric isn’t against skin.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated❣️

All for now, except to wish you all the Very Best in the New Year! 🎉 🎉 🎉

the humble glue stick

[Comments come and go without my changing a thing. Have clicked on the option that asks for your email, which isn’t published. Let’s see if it works. I sincerely apologise for this dratted inconvenience.]

How have I missed knowing how handy this little gal can be in the sewing room???

I’m not sure if every glue stick has the same properties, because whoever writes the labels doesn’t say what it bonds to what.

I used it to bond fabric to paper, but since then I’ve read it will bond fabric to fabric and it washes out. Works great for placing zips and pockets and scads of other things.

Who’da thought? Do you use one, Dear Readers? Do tell ❣️