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catching up

perfectly suited for a joint reading spree!

Summ-ah heat has arrived, and luckily I had a grand solution to hand:

Books.

When the hottest day started I dove into the coolest room ~ luckily, the bedroom ~ and cracked open a new-to-me author. Gerald Durrell.

It’s the only Durrell available from this (insert your invective of choice) county library, and it wasn’t listed the last time I’d looked. Its a Penguin edition, so I was doubly pleased to have it.

What can I say . . . It was the perfect antidote for hot weather. Although A Zoo in My Luggage is about collecting animals in a hot jungle it was delightfully minus the heat and long on charming, light-hearted descriptions of hilarious high-jinks by four- and two-footed creatures.

The perfect opposite to Ann Cleeves’ latest in her Shetland series, Cold Earth. Reading brief descriptions of wet and cold were also a perfect solution for the heat wave.

On Friday I only put one book down long enough to pick up the other with one hand, and a cold glass in the other.

Now I’m attempting to line up more from both authors before the next heat wave hits.

Lest I forget, I read bad news about my much-loved rayon fabrics recently, and thought I’d pass along some things originally from Lizzie Bramlett’s The Vintage Traveler blog. This and this detail the pollution some factories product whilst making rayon. Thank you, Lizzie.

On a brighter note, another favoured blogger, Linda Przybyszewski’s blog, The Lost Art of Dress, included this and this about hats.

Do take a look if you’re at all interested in chapeaux, or women who purchase hat factories. 😉

Now, as The Fon of Bafut might have blogged,

My good friend[s],

… I am glad you have arrived once more to [the end of my post]. I welcome you. When you are calm from your journeys come and see me [again].  p. 64, A Zoo in My Luggage, Gerald Durrell

a button, horsehair braid, ribbon & a cat

Completed my handkerchief linen duster this week and gave it some good wear testing, but totally forgot to get any photos.

(click any pic in today’s entry to go to large photos & comments)

Decided to use totally different buttons, which suddenly reappeared and are the ones I’d originally thought of before the others seduced me.

I sewed on one of the favoured, large plain buttons (the one below in photo) but it was too heavy and bright. Apologies, Dear Readers, for asking your opinions and then ignoring them.

The orphan dresses I’ll mostly wear with this duster are more subdued, and this button sets the  mood. Shoulda toldja that before, right? Sooorry. 😢

In a package from Vogue Fabrics in Chicago was more petersham ribbons, and that horsehair braid I hoped would be perfect for a hat brim. Nope.Too flimsy for the denim. No idea what to try next.

Reading is still in progress, with an addition from Nanacathy‘s latest list. Blue Monday was written by a husband & wife team, Nicci (her) French (him). I found the premise interesting, but too wordy, and a bit too psychological just now.

Some pretty shots to hopefully brighten your week.

From my soon-to-be retired used bookstore owner friend Keith, in Chicago. Lovely comments from Keith, and delightful poses from author Hodge, Chicago’s Most Famous Cat, at the end.

Enjoy your week!

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 ~ 💘