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books & notions

Guess what made it down from Chicago yesterday? My millinery wire from Vogue Fabrics!  In case anyone’s thinking of ordering from them below are a few photos.

There’s a live person at Vogue’s 800 number (800.433.4313; check their hours), just remember they’re on Central time.  Nobody’s perfect, but they’ve done very well for me over the years… a decade!  When I lived  downtown and hadn’t time to get up to their main store I’d mail order. (Got a 6 ft tube of lining once, and the mail room couldn’t imagine what was in it!  😄)

(No, they’re not involved with Vogue patterns or magazines, and I’m not getting anything for telling my experiences with them.)

world book day

Wonder of wonders ~ we just had a cool, weekend.  ☔️☁️ 🌂  I decided to take Saturday  off and just read a book. All day.  Then I discovered Sunday was UNESCO’s World Book Day.

Sunday I decided to get stuck into sample chapters from Scott’s Furrowed Middlebrow books, published by Dean Street Press.  That’s when Winifred Peck’s Bewildering Cares ensnared me.

However…

I became so intrigued with her good writing that I decided to take a break and look at her other books. Then decided to download samples from her two mysteries, Arrest the Bishop? and The Warrielaw Jewel. You know, whilst I was there . . . 😇

Well, I’d interrupted Bewildering so might just as well take a look at the Bishop? sample just because. And now I’m half way through. 😳

ode to reading, a cuppa, and a rainy day!

 

a footsie sac

celebrating winter

Winter dropped in for a cuppa last week, but saved the snow for the upper half of the East Coast.

Now that higher-than-normal temps are back I hope they extend into the snow belt gently, to avoid flooding.

Actually, the South is rather parched. Maybe the trickle down theory would work . . . maybe not! 😳

Have been enjoying my little footsie sac ~ for lack of a better name.

I’d had a 1/2 yard of sample fabric from The Rain Shed I would try to wrap around my feet when reading. It never worked very well so I stashed the fabric.

I pulled it out again, determined to use it for something and realized all I needed to do was make a giant sac out of it.

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I sewed up the ends on both sides, squared off the corners, and have a warm sac large enough to almost fold double around feet & legs. Great for when I’m putting my feet up.

Saturday night was thundery and slightly rainy. A perfect night for atmospheric candles, a reading lamp, the latest Hamish Macbeth from M. C. Beaton, and toasty toes inside the sac.

don’t ask . . .

shoulda stopped with that centre back seam . . .

shoulda stopped with that centre back seam . . .

Hello, Lovelies ~

Between grotty weather   ☀️  ❄️  ☔️ ⚡️ and other  gottiness, it’s been a tad diffy to stay focused on what’s important.

Sewing.

Lest anything be taken amiss, our personal sewing. 😉

Focus, del.    F-O-C-U-S.

no-washerDespite a washing machine getting swapped out for one that would admit warm and hot water, not much has been happening on the home front.

Yes, a new low water machine is currently in place, doing its thing for towels using hot water. Nice!

That top Renfrew doesn’t look too good at the mo, but crochet is coming along, with the blue marl (big hook for 2 strands of worsted acrylic) hat about to be finished off.

Have had a good run lately at the library, with a couple audio books (whilst sewing) and a new-to-me author, Carola Dunn. Haven’t tried but one of her Daisy Dalrymple books and found it a bit slow going. However, have raced through her three 1960’s Cornish mysteries, waiting for the high winds to subside tomorrow so I can pick up the current and fourth in the series.

And I’ve finally maybe begun (?) a Midsomer collection, in sheer desperation at what’s not available over here. But that’s a rant for another time.

Meanwhile, may your seams be straight as a ruler, and everything fit just the way you want ~ 💘

 

scones versus bread

[drat – am i the only one that just hates it when the cursor shows in the title box and i start typing away only to see everything pop down here?]

Sorry.

Although I’m still wishing I were somewhere else, totally at my leisure to ignore the world, or not, it’s too much fun reading everyone’s blogs, and perhaps I’d better make some sort of effort toward contributing. Herewith, mine humble offering . . .

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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 don’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.

It’s supposed to stay above freezing starting today.

Fingers crossed.

pressies