“What,” you might ask, “is so special about freezer paper & crackers?”
Except I had no source for either until Friday. Yippee!
We who sew know freezer paper is great for tracing dressmaking patterns. It’s sturdy enough to write on, you can iron it, and it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than anything else.
My lack thereof was crimping both use and storage of my PDF patterns.
You know what I’ll finally be able to do this week!
I should also explain that an early Christmas box arrived from my sewing bestie, Samantha. Needless to say, I picked up the phone and we had a long natter whilst I was unwrapping things. (Yes, I tried to wait, but it’s been such a difficult time I needed an early holiday.) Have included some of her lovelies below.
Here’s some of the other things that happened last week ~ as my contribution to Natalie’s Sunday Sevens. If you’d like to find out more, just check out her site.
this lovely abalone & nickel silver pin came all the way from the Midlands, along with the cute dangle
also in my Midlands box was this lovely fan from Málaga, Spain
trying to get into the season… and from my own library cause there wasn’t time for the local library!
before: 2 ugly plastic sacks full of… plastic sacks.
after I’d finally done my thing with 2 quilting squares picked up last year
experimential crochet with a varigated cotton yarn
Sunday Sevens was created by Natalie at Threads and Bobbins. Click to see the guidelines.
The big news for America’s Agatha fans is the Agatha Raisin series, currently only available on Acorn TV, will be on PBS sometime in 2017.
click one of these 2 photos to see all the captions
why was it labeled made here but included a UK address??
but they were pretty – excellent example of thanksgiving/autumnal decor.
My final photo isn’t mine – it’s from friend Scott’s blog, Furrowed Middlebrow. Let me explain…
In honour of Remembrance Day and our equivalent, Veteran’s Day, I downloaded a new reprint of a wonderful British woman’s first-hand account of London during World War II: A Chelsea Concerto, by Frances Faviell. It’s written with an artist’s eye to detail. It’s harrowing. And I can hardly stop reading it.
I should explain that my San Francisco acquaintance and publisher (oooh, that’s so nice to type!) Scott is the instigator. His blog, Furrowed Middlebrow, has been a continuing source of new authors for me to read.
Now, Scott’s dream of reprinting many of the wonderful out of print (OOP) books he’s found so difficult to locate has come true, and there are NINE in his first group. If this one is any indication of the quality of the rest, and I’m confident it is, I’ll be devouring them all. At which point, I hope another batch will be ready.
If you enjoy reading, and want to discover forgotten British women authors, click on over to Scott’s post of the initial nine here. He’s included both UK and US Amazon locations for all of them. He wrote, “… You can easily find all nine of the Furrowed Middlebrow books by simply searching “Furrowed Middlebrow” on Amazon.”
This is his 2013 review of the book I’m now reading, during which he wishes he could get it reprinted. And now he has.
It’s been a busy, warm week here. Nevertheless, some cooler weather gear has been brought out right quick, to take advantage of days when the mercury dips below 70℉/20-ish℃.
In between I’ve been laundering said cooler weather garments, trying on, starting a small mend pile… the usual seasonal wardrobe shuffle.
Don’t know if it’s the warmer Autumn or what, but there’s another camellia bush or two in bloom, which wasn’t blooming in Spring.
Somewhere around the middle of the week I decided to make meat loaf. I read through several suggestions and recipes from Joy of Cooking and then decided to improvise. The result was tasty, and I froze half for another time.
A lovely surprise also arrived mid-week. A large envelope and note from Yorkshire, enclosing two pieces of beautiful silk dupioni (or dupion) from Margaret over at The Crafty Creek. Dupioni is…
“… is a plain weave crisp type of silk fabric, produced by using fine thread in the warp and uneven thread reeled from two or more entangled cocoons in the weft. This creates tightly-woven yardage with a highly-lustrous surface. It is similar to shantung, but slightly thicker, heavier” Wikipedia
notice the sheen and tight weave of these silks?
some of the projects from my 1995 booklet
that Avoca wool is so tempting! but at £30/m (roughly $45) I’m taking my time to decide… 😉
these were very interesting
We’d been chatting about the gorgeous embroidery she does, and some of the exhibits she’s written and photographed for her blog. I mentioned I’d gotten out my holiday ribbon embroidery booklets and was wondering what and where to get some fabric. Next thing I knew she was asking if I’d like something from her silk stash!
Goodness! Here I was thinking about some sort of linen or even cotton, and suddenly this lovely lady was offering silk. Eeeee!! Aren’t sewing friends the bestest?! Above is both an ivory and a warmer dupioni, one of which has been in Margaret’s stash since 1990. You’d never know it from looking at the fabrics!
As a lovely courtesy, Margaret included a scrap of the magnificent Avoca wool she’s gotten from Fabworks Mill Shop, “… just in case you’re tempted!” . . . Oh. Dear. Meee . . . . . . (where’s the emoji of flushed face with tongue hanging out??)
The latest Agatha Raisin arrived at the library as requested, and I immediately picked it up and read it that night.
Enjoyed it so much I’m reading it again, but more slowly. I also managed to locate 2 new-to-me books by Debbie Shore, Half-Yard Home and Gifts. There are several projects I’d like to try, when time permits.
If you’d like to join in with your own Sunday Sevens, just click over to Natalie’s page and have a peek at the very forgiving guidelines.
Hope everyone has an enjoyably spooky Monday, and a lovely rest of the week! 🎃 🎃 🎃
Golly, another week is gone! Hols are starting to creep closer… And my Sunday Sevens are mounting up. Would never have thought I’d still be doing them. If you’d like to join, wander over to Natalie’s explanation, and have a go!
This past week has been a bit hectic over on this side the pond, but nicely so. If you’re hungry, have a snack before viewing as there are several food photos. Just a suggestion . . . 😉
Monday I was off to get hair done, but forgot the camera. Everyone in the salon crochets, so I took a recent magazine along for them to look at.
My lovely stylist and I discussed knitting. She was intrigued by arm knitting, which I’d never heard of, so she located a video on her phone for us to watch & discuss. We decided it looked too much like having both arms tied by heavy, hot, thick yarn.
Next thing I spy is Ali, aka Thimberlina, arm knitted a prezzie Saturday in 30 minutes, and it looked great! Click the link to see her Sunday Sevens, which have all the deets – thank you, Lovely! 😘Hope she includes some deets, as I can’t figure out what sort of yarn she was using!
Tuesday I made a lovely curried pork recipe mum used to make. I used uncooked wild rice, lots of candied ginger, cubed apple and raisins, and chicken stock. After browning the chop on both sides I dumped everything into a glass dish and popped it into the oven at about 350℉ with a sheet of foil laid over top so rice wouldn’t dry out.
The rest of the week sort of whizzed by whilst I tried to ignore the heavy politics. Early voting began Thursday and lines were around the block all over the state. Is that unusual? Sorry, haven’t a clue.
Here’s another favourite Hallowe’en card, framed and on bath counter (hence the mirror).
Did sit down over several days and do some decorative stitch discovering. I took several doubled pieces of a cotton/linen blend and started numerically and have gone through almost all of the stitches.
It’s proving several things – that I do have a proper chart (thanks to Rainbow Junkie), and this exercise is helpful because sometimes the chart only shows 1 of the pattern. That 1 can be a bit enigmatic if there’s just the one. If I can begin concentrating on purchasing solid colour fabrics for basics, these samples will come in quite handy.
stitches 23 to 41
stitches 39 to 49
stitches 50 to 59
Taking it easier on Saturday, had take away delivered from the local pizza place – manicotti and salad. Yum!
And Sunday have popped another batch of double chocolate bran muffins in the oven. When I made the last batch I measured out for 2, and left the leavening out of the second batch. Then I put the second batch (dry ingredients only) into a bag and popped it into the freezer until needed. A quick mix of the wet ingredients, plus baking powder, and into the oven. Now I’m supplied for another few weeks. 😀
It’s finally turned a bit cooler here, with temps in the 60-70℉ range instead of 70-90℉. However, leaves aren’t changing yet, so I’ve switched my computer desktop photo and this blog background to photos from last November. Guess it’ll be closer to Thanksgiving before we see colour around here. Please keep taking those luscious piccies of the glorious colours elsewhere, Lovelies!
The buttons? Oh, Am spending time staring at them, deciding which one to add to the very top of my Folkwear Middy jacket, in cotton & linen, which is now in season. Pattern is here, and super easy to construct.
May your week bring delightful surprises and happy sewing!
It’s been an unusual week, to say the least. Although the most unusual bits have been the last 3 days, and this huge storm.
More to come even though the rains have stopped, as rivers won’t crest for up to several days from now, windy conditions continue to fell trees across power lines, and roads are badly damaged in many locations.
Nothing various other countries haven’t experienced from time to time. Unfortunately. Perhaps the difference over here is the length and breadth of the storm’s track.
By my extremely unofficial measuring, the storm battered about 1,000 miles of coastline before changing direction and going off to sea.
That appears to be about the equivalent of the distance from the southern tip of Norway down to Crete.
Width-wise it would have covered Ireland and Wales completely, and much if not most of England and Scotland.
The European coastline then becomes too full of ins and outs for me to figure further down. Hopefully this gives some scale for comparison for both sides of the pond.
Thus endeth the geography lesson. 😀
May we all have a wonderfully productive week ahead!
Sunday Sevens is the brainchild of Natalie, at Threads and Bobbins. Why not check out her post & join us!
Ali/Thimberlina sent a lovely pattern last winter (NewLook 6871, here), and I knew I wanted a very light weight cotton for it.
Enter Anne/Compulsive Seamstress and her suggestion that we trade some fabrics. Then add a few weeks for it to finally percolate through my brain that this could be the perfect cotton for that pattern.
I cut it several sizes larger than if I were doing the blouse, and used all the length of the fabric so it’s just above knee length. Perfect for really hot summertime lounging or sleep wear.
Left out the interfacing & lined yokes, did the gathers all the way across front & back instead of a section in the middle, and it is perfect! I’ll zip up arms & neck & hem Monday. Super huge Thank You’s to both Ali and Anne for thinking of me!
Now here’s the rest of the week, which has been packed, but not very photogenic.
Hope everyone is getting back into the groove of work after vacations! 😉
PS/ Monday – Josée’s original recipe is here & my printable version is here.
must be getting cooler as just pulled a batch of my fav chocky muffins outta t’oven
here’s what half my cutting table looks like
and here’s the other half
taken sunday at dusk – the last rose of summer?
fabulous new book with loads of fascinating info about colours – THANK YOU to Margaret for the details! http://thecraftycreek.com
these are popping up all over – but who’s been nibbling? not me!
And no, you don’t have to listen to it all in one go. Above the line in the Iplayer are little squares, indicating where each piece starts. Hover your cursor and titles appear.
Nothing like the zaniness of the second half to put me back on track. (Yes, I sing along.) Only available for 3 more weeks, so listen soon. ⌛️
I attacked the UFO/alteration pile last week, and managed to overcome a reluctance to use a twin needle as well as reduce the pile, and am feeling quite chuffed. Below, the pale green is a men’s silk shirt re-do, liberated from a charity shop. The rest are updates to existing makes.
this completes the set, made from 1m fabric from white tree fabrics
a twin needle project – re-cut the neck & arms to cooler/looser size
adding a pocket, maybe even 2
another double needle project, this just finishing the arms & neckline
added elastic to shoulders to pull them it
Am also debating my next project, and what thread to use. I’d thought white originally, but looking amongst my blue spools saw variegated. It looks tempting, and as this is another lounge around home project, only my eyes would be offended. What do you think? The fabric came from a trade with Anne/Compulsive Seamstress, and the pattern from Ali/Thimberlina.
looked everywhere for a frozen breakfast like this & we’ve n-o-t-h-i-n-g over here to compare. it’s all waffles or pancakes or dinky muffins with egg & bacon. i want beans, too!
what do you think about this thread?
Lastly, my UK DVD of Agatha Raisin finally arrived. Am a fan of both author M.C. Beaton’s series(es?), Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth, so was delighted to see Agatha being made for telly. The U.S. compatible version isn’t available yet, so am very grateful my hardware/software plays PAL.
However, the movie raises two questions:
Why can’t I find frozen breakfasts like Agatha’s over here?
Is everyone flipping back & forth doing video calls like Agatha, her therapist, and Roy?
Hope everyone has a lovely week planned, and we all survive the regional weather shifts!