name that flower

If anybody knows what these things are, please let me know. It will ease my curiosity. πŸ˜‰

Have only seen them in this one protected corner that doesn’t get full sun. There’s even a little furled bud down sort of in the bottom right corner.

It’s still cool enough to get a bit of baking done before the heat and humidity starts. Am chomping down the latest – Wacky Cake, or Chocolate Depression Cake. A cake with chocolate must be tried, don’cha think?

This recipe has quite a history, but here’s the version I used. (My modifications are in parentheses.)

Wacky Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift these ingredients into an 8 inch ungreased pan.

  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar (used less than 1/2 cup dark brown sugar)
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa (used heaping tablespoons!)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Put each of these into a separate dent in the dry mix.

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (I never add vanilla to anything chocolate!)
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter or marge
  • (there is not supposed to be a dot here, just a blank space… 😠)
    • Add 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup coffee to the pan and mix everything together in the pan.

    Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean.

    Ice or dust with powdered sugar or eat without icing!

    Still slow sewing up these flannel trousers. One of the seams is going to have an interesting design detail… the side where a swatch got cut out. πŸ₯° Lol!

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    so now its spring

    Also known as Time for Contemplative Clear-Outs.

    Uhm. . . sort of doing that. I did change around curtains in three rooms and am making attempts to decide which boxes must be saved and which can go. Hope that counts. πŸ™‚

    Honestly. Why do electronics companies want consumers to keep all their packaging? We don’t have unlimited storage space. And it’s not like we’re allowed to return/recycle gizmos for discounts on the latest model. Oye! πŸ™„

    Don’t they realise adequate space must be allowed for Fabric and Pattern Collections? 🀨

    Had been debating whether to use the free Peppermint wide leg trouser pattern or spend my all-too-few shekels on something else which I cannot now remember, so guess that’s sorted.

    Then I saw Anne (Compulsive Seamstress) blogging about a new, great-looking jumpsuit pattern, Jadie Jumpsuit by Paper Theory, and am now wondering whether to stick to what I already have (McCall’s 6083) or spend shekels on Jadie.

    What to do? Hack existing pattern?? Add to the Collection??? Ahhhhh!!! 😱

    And that brings up another perennial question — how much fabric is too much, and how many patterns are too many?

    All has become Too Much for ickle moi. Will visit the scrap drawer to search for pockets and waistbands for navy flannels. βœ‚οΈβœ‚οΈ

    Meanwhile, may your bobbins always be full! βœ‚οΈβœ‚οΈ

    PS/ If you don’t hear from me again soon, send a search party. And lots of dark chocolate. hehehee! πŸ˜„

    rayon, rayon everywhere (aka, viscose)

    Last week I was musing over this Butterick pattern, B5655. I got it out to confirm there are two complete items here, a dress or tunic and duster, sewn together. Both duster and dress use separate front and back pattern pieces.

    For me, on a very hot and humid summer day, this is a big deal. If/when I make this up I’ve a feeling there won’t be double layers both front and back. If there are, they will not be sewn together, and one – probably the duster – will have longish and loose sleeves. πŸ˜‰

    Also under scrutiny last week was this cocoon dress from Vogue, V1496. Whilst talking with Vogue Fabrics to locate elastic lace for those half slips, I saw an interesting rayon/viscose fabric that might work well for this Vogue dress. Eager to have it in my hot little hands, I hoped it would arrive on the weekend. It didn’t. 😟

    Wednesday the package appeared. I like the fabric very much. It’s very light in weight but not transparent, and it washed and dried in cool temps with nary a wrinkle. However, this is a fuzzy fabric. Fuzzy does not feel good in heat and humidity.

    So I’m back to the planning stage for this fabric. But as you see below, there are some interesting color combinations in the offing. More thinking . . . which at some point makes my brain begin to feel a bit like Pooh’s, but we’ll get to that later.

    About those other fabrics – The solid teal rayon (left) I’ve planned for trousers; the green and black pattern (another rayon) is already both blouse and skirt. The dark brick, right, (rayon again – are we noticing a trend?) was earmarked for a half slip, and the cinnamony arrows (cotton lawn) is a dead match for those tiny butterflies… another blouse?

    I’m thinking the fuzzy rayon might make a blouse that can also be worn as a second layer atop another blouse, leaving the solid teal for trousers, and do the arrows cotton lawn as another blouse.

    What do you think? Have I totally lost you? πŸ€ͺ

    books

    It’s been a while, but you know I haven’t stopped reading! The local town library has opened again after renovations, so I collected a little pile… and just finished Becoming (Michelle Obama), loaned graciously by Jen of Let the Sewing Begin after I mentioned there were over 1,000 on the waiting list.

    It was an absorbing book for two reasons: First, it is extremely well written and paced, and is very conversational in style. Secondly, it felt personal. I was living in Chicago and walked home from a late work session the night of Obama’s first election and could easily hear the crowd’s roar a couple of blocks over in Grant Park. The whole city felt lite up that night, proud and honored that one of our own was going to the White House.

    The night of Obama’s re-election I could hear the crowds over on Michigan Avenue roaring every time cars flew past, hoping it was Obama on the way from his home, south of me, up to his campaign headquarters further north.

    On the weekend I listened almost non-stop to the audio version of The Music Shop because the first paragraph grabbed me and I couldn’t stop listening. At two in the morning, exhaustion demanded a pause for sleep.

    No, I never read the whole Winnie the Pooh and thought it was time. The stories are well suited for any age reader. The contrast between them and headlines is a stark but needed reminder of what I prefer to consider normal: gentleness, kindness, consideration, and lots of humor.

    The unreadable title underneath it is Sayers’ Strong Poison. Haven’t started this one yet… And I couldn’t resist picking up Clinton Kelly’s book, Oh No She Didn’t, for a quick review of What Not to Wear. Remember that program?

    Crochet One-Skein Wonders is interesting to look through but I’m not planning anything from it just now. It’s just because it was there and I thought it would be interesting to look through. (We’ll have to wait and see how that works out. πŸ˜‰)

    Yikes! This is marathony! Best stop, say many, maaany thanks to anyone still reading, and wish everyone . . .

    May your sewing machine always be oiled, your needle sharp, and your bobbin full!

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