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Happy Valentine’s Day ❤️

A bit tongue-in-cheek as well as vintage . . .

From the New York Public Library Digital Collection. Click to go to source.

 

Something a bit more up-to-date

with thanks to Su for posting it last year.

macro Monday

Am I the only one waiting for Wednesday, praying for peace and quiet everywhere?  Hm. Thought not.

Meanwhile . . . . . wish I could say I’ve been sewing or crocheting, but haven’t had time. 🤨  Well, I made time to go through Vogue Fabric‘s latest drop — their Early Spring catalog.

There’s a lovely terra cotta ponte I could use for pants, shorts, or culottes. But since I’ve still got a mountain of fleece to sew up am restraining meself.  It’s just these autumnal colours are so rarely “in” I hate to pass them by. Know wha’a mean? 😫

Lots of familial communication lately.  Love ’em all to bits and appreciate hearing from them. A good zoom meeting instead of half a zillion emails would do the trick, but not for them.  C’est la vie. 😉

So this is short but sweet today – love you & leave you. May everyone’s week be quiet and calm and full of inspired creativity!

🧶     🎨     🪡     ✂️

Friday’s Virtual Tea Party

A lovely, well-aged New York cheddar — not too sharp — that compliments the ritzy crackers as well as Jacob’s more neutral flavours. Add grapes for a palate cleanser. Just right for those interested in something light!

Welcome, everyone, and Happy New Year!

I’m delighted to welcome you all to our first Virtual Tea Party of 2021.

And special thanks to Su for continuing our monthly get-togethers.

Could someone please settle a question I’ve had ever since hearing John Thaw remark he needed some water after “too many crisps?” (Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence mini-series.)

Are crisps what Americans call chips? Those ultra-thin, deep-fried  slivers of potato slathered in a bazillion different flavours?

Then do I have it right:  Crackers are crackers on both sides of the pond, but chips are crisps in Blighty?

Thank you! This won’t give us world peace or dissolve that pesky pandemic, but it will ease my personal anxiety.

As you saw in the photo above, I’ve got some light snacks for those who’d prefer them.

And for those yearning for something more substantial, I’ve carefully thin-sliced some of my homemade whole wheat bread, and topped it with chicken salad.

And, she announced with a flourish, for those with a sweet tooth, please enjoy this triple chocolate cake.

I’d love to welcome you all over for a rousing party, but since that’s not gonna happen, please join in with a comment or post of your own, perhaps with a piccie of your cuppa or nibbles. I’ll list your post below.

🫖     🫖     🍰     🫖     🫖

Dear Deb from up north in Canada has grasped the nettle to deliver the most astoundingly delicious trifle for our enjoyment. (I’ve got dibs on licking the bowl.)

Jen at #ffynant has baked a delicious Welsh Bara brit for us to enjoy, using her traditional family recipe! If you’re on IG, join in the spice discussion.

I have it on good authority that Anne has made chocolate chip cookies, and will be posting/joining us. Find her also on IG as #compulsive_seamstress.

Meanwhile, please enjoy the virtual feast — guaranteed calorie-free!

❤️     🫖    Thank you for coming!     🫖     ❤️

If you fancy yours being a bit melty inside, we’ll pop it into the microwave – guaranteed to be gooey!

 

 

 

 

 

2021, continued — or, Can I stop career dressing?

Diaries by paperblanks – my latest now in use.

I knew during the 2019-2020 winter that I needed to sew up some winter clothes a basic winter wardrobe, but I had an intuition to put it on hold. (It was a short, warm winter 😉.)

After decades of dressing professionally — whatever that means — my fabric and pattern collections mirrored that style. Meanwhile, I was working from home, trying to ramp up on-line diction & coaching sessions, and living a more relaxed life style.

Last March the rest of the world reluctantly joined me.  My resistance to more casual styles started to crumble. So did everyone else’s.

By November the wonderful world of indie pattern designers were churning out more appropriate patterns, and smart U.S. fabric stores were bypassing the post office for UPS or FedEx. BUT: Would I go the PDF route?

For me, everything started to coalesce when Love to Sew aired an October podcast, Sewing Loungewear. Then Vogue Fabrics had a quick fleece sale, PDFPlotting announced a big PDF pattern printing sale, and several indie pattern companies also announced sales.

Resistance fled.

3 of 4, washed (brown’s drying). The top navy (& brown) are for pants, gold & green (below gold) are for tops.

Thus, I find myself with 4 pieces of nice, soft and cuddly fleece for pyjama-style tops & bottoms, and a couple other pieces for spring makes. Heaven knows I’ve already got enough rayon for hot weather wear.

Now I’ve gotta run . . . there’s an LB Pullover pattern needing glue stick attention, and a Talvikki, and I need to consult my jacket pdf pattern pile . . . oh, and get those muffins done for Friday’s Virtual Tea Party. You’re all invited!

See you then . . . . . I hope! 😘