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remembering esther

does your parchment paper begin to burn even below 400℉ as sides of mine do?

Every Labor Day I remember a neighbor named Esther. A dear and very talented woman, I once asked what she did on Labor Day.  I always labor on Labor Day, she said. And now, so do I, in her memory.

edible, but not too…

Had been telling myself all week that it’ll be September soon and time to bake scones again.

Yeah!

Labor Day weekend’s goal was peppery olive oil scones with Parmesan cheese (from this book).

NOTE added 5 Sept.: This recipe is made specifically for olive oil, not butter. It is not a simple substitution! Read remarks in Alston’s introduction, available here as she specifically discusses substitutions!

Remembering I’m not fond of whole wheat (wholemeal) flour in this recipe I used plain, and decided to try Greek yogurt instead of soured-with-lemon milk.

Big mistake because Greek yogurt isn’t nearly as runny as buttermilk or plain yogurt and the dough wouldn’t form into a ball.

I added milk several times, albeit in tiny amounts. That overworked the dough.

rather dense . . .

I used a different combination of herbs, and didn’t get enough to add much flavour.

The just out-dated flour and baking powder probably didn’t help.

At least they didn’t burn!   😳

Neither did the loaf of wheat bread I threw into the machine this afternoon. Mind you, I almost forgot the salt. And the paddle – an essential if you expect the machine to do any mixing or kneading.

Ah! Home-made bread to toast in the morning.

On the sewing front, am making progress with the winter fabric, washing and loading into large zip plastic bags. Now just need to do a bit of a sort and it should be done. Unless I find another pile in some deep, dark corner . . .

he-he-heee!

using up yarn.
still.

setting a sleeve & other stuff

Managed an update over the weekend, and a save – not bad! (click a pic for all the details)

What’s on the table just now? What’s not is my denim hat. Remember the hat? It’s on hold, awaiting horsehair braid . . . (no, it’s not real horsehair).

denim hat on the corner, waiting . . .
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The machine’s currently threaded for a new duster, using handkerchief linen from stash.

(Pattern? Good question. One of the Big Four and very basic: front, back, sleeve, front & neck facings. From California days and I didn’t save it. I had one cut out and made a  pattern from those pieces.)

Since linen ravels so badly this had to have french seams, which means double the work.

Not satisfied with that, I decided to add a bit of shoulder seam detail. And if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge . . . 😄

Then there was that one sleeve that had to be pieced to fit the limited fabric…

So its slow sewing this week, and lots and lots and lots of ironing between seaming and seaming and seaming.

Remind me not to do french seams on a fabric that has no right or wrong side. . .

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poignant pillows & other stuff…

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One of my favourite people, cat, and used bookstore is going away.

Meeeeehhhh ! ! !

It’s retirement time for Keith in Chicago, who reports he has several projects in mind and I, for one, am eager to hear what they are.

Meanwhile, I’ve been contemplating for many moons how some of Samantha‘s gifted-to-me  Book Cotton fabric could find its way over to Chicago and into Keith’s possession.

What better item than a pillow, with an added bonus of fitting Keith’s lifestyle, both old and new.

Another dip into the stash and I came up with the perfect backing.

after all, its used books **and** sheet music 😉

Aside from unselfish sewing & crocheting, what’s been doin’ around here?

To keep spirits up I listened to some “Beyond Our Ken” wireless programmes. You can wander through some here.

Ever on the watch for new stuff… no, actually bored and wanting something new to watch, I spied these 2 videos over on Marcy Tilton’s blog.

Scroll past the eye candy to the “Fitting” section and see how Marcy fits tee shirts. I’m inspired.

In case you’re as tired as I am of reading doom-and-gloom headlines, here’s one from the NY Times (from Lizzie over at Vintage Traveler I think). When they start spouting words like “elegant,” “sophisticated,” and “practical” I get interested. Add “““We’re political people,” (Karla Welch). “Clothes are a form of armor.””   I was hooked. Let us know what you think.

Lovelies, may your weekend be glorious and totally suited to whatever you love doing!

   ❤   ❤   ❤

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.

we’re havin’ a heat wave…

For everyone in the rest of the world... if you're in the U./S., you don't wanna know!
for everyone in the ℃ world… if you’re in the U.S., you already know it’s too hot! (cut & pasted from weather.com)

… and it’s nothing like that Bing Crosby song. (Didn’t he sing that in one of his films? Wonder why I keep hearing it in his voice?? Maybe it’s hotter than I’d realized . . .  😮)

Kind & gentle words to other states on this side the pond, where they’re even hotter.

Before I forget ~ Just watched the final Great British Sewing Bee episode, and it’s an edge-of-your-seat one. Won’t say who wins, you need to watch. (edited: Hopefully, it stays available over here…. ssshh!)

Please bear with me… it’s about lights. Again.

Some Dear Readers might recall the trouble I had with very yellow artificial light in all my apartment fixtures, which I replaced in key areas with sunlight bulbs (at my own expense, leaving less for fabric~whaaah).

Last week the sewing area got a new fixture, and Tuesday so did the cutting room. You’ll never guess. They both use differing styles of lights, but they all share the same characteristic. Wait for it . . . . .

they produce yellow light. AGH ! ! !

Yep. Now there are 3 different kinds of bulbs in this rental, all with very different specifications.

Why am I freaking out, you ask?  😮    Let me show you.  😢

(click any pic for enlargement, then Escape back to this post)

Nevertheless, I persisted and got shorts and a Colette top cut out of this 1m of fabric from U.K.’s White Tree Fabrics.

The quality is almost Liberty, and I’ve 1 more piece to make up. Might cut the same things. We’ll see…

What’s going on with that black jacket? I think it’s called procrastination.    😱   he-hee . . .

top o’ the morning!

Not exactly the right colour for St. Patrick’s Day, but I was delighted a few days ago to get this out, washed, and finally wearable, albeit just around the house.

Bought at a charity shop several years ago, it bleeds profusely in the wash, and is probably an older rayon, but it’s a nice rayon that can be worn loosely over other things, and is great for around the house.

The only “but” is the silly pocket someone stuck on the front. It’s so heavy it pulls everything out of line. Short of doing a lot of tricky unpicking, which I’m disinclined to do, it isn’t too fixable. What do you all think, Lovely & Discerning Fellow Sewers???

Only thing I can think of is to cut off the pocket bag and straight stitch around that opening, making it more of a design element. I hope.

What else did I do to this? Free-cut off a badly ripped cuff on one side, leaving the cutout areas where the closing used to be, and rounded off the bottom hem. Nothing bears too close scrutiny, so it’s definitely not for “special” wear! It’s good to have one less thing on the mend pile, and another topper in the closet.

Brody & CadburyAs you can see, I found a bit of Cadbury from across the pond  at Target,  as suggested by transplant Natalie, of Sunday Sevens.

Can’t say how true the flavour is to the ‘real” version, but can say it’s definitely much creamier than any U.S. chocolate I ever ate. Wish they’d had other varieties to try.

Just as I get this topper wearable again, record-breaking high temps arrive.  Did I ever mention how much I don’t like heat & humidity? Oh. Harumph.

sewing room curtain
curtain & matching table topper

A good reason for lying (laying?) low, and not doing much until after nightfall.  But the second Brody mystery came in, so I can be “passively active.”

Considering all the ironing I did before it got so hot I can be lazy & still feel virtuous.   hehehehee!

When I sew up a curtain, I prefer as simple a style as possible, and today’s newly hung version is no exception. Unlined at the moment, it will probably get lining, and might even be hung by clip-on rings. Will decide after living with this a bit.

I keep curtains for years, and sometimes re-use them for different things. The simpler the style, the easier it is to re-use elsewhere. After all, a stored curtain is stashed fabric. 😉

solid & daubed

Lily brand cotton sugar 'n cream, in potpourri & ecru
Lily brand cotton sugar ‘n cream, in potpourri & ecru

That describes the 2 balls of cotton yarn I located whilst shopping at Joann’s on Tuesday.

Haven’t cast on any wash cloths yet, but they’re on the list. 😉

Pssssssssst!

Decades of Style has released 2 new patterns & they’re on sale this weekend. Just so’s you know. 😀

Submitted for this week’s photo challenge from

stitches

food processor cover - done!Am finally getting more of my kitchen decor stitched up. Who knew, back in 2014 when I got this fabric, that it would fit into this kitchen so well!

Last year the toaster cover & pot holders, tea cosies & placemats were made. Then the 2 fabrics aged a bit in stash. You know how that goes… 😉 he-he!

Finally, I dug them out after THE DOOR got opened, determined to at least drape the fabric a bit.

This morning was The Day, and now the food processor cover is in place.

Getting this pop of red colour into the new-to-me kitchen makes me smile!

the trio

Submitted for both Wild Daffodil‘s & The Monthly Stitch challenges.

Lagenlook 1: what’s that?

Lagenlook refers to a layered style in clothing, and appears to be credited with appearing in the 1970’s.

I saw the term about a week ago. Then I went on-line and started educating my eye & intellect. Then I spent time thinking.

initial analysis
Since the 1990’s I’ve favoured a summer outfit topped with either a blouse or a long jacket. I still have two jackets from that period, each of which I’ve worn and been complimented on this summer.

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