A few close-ups to keep up my interest for the next phase of the French connection soft furnishings project. . . .
. . . . whilst awaiting squidgy package . . . . 😬
A minor achievement this week: 2 small pillows stuffed, sewn up and completed.
Ta-dah ! ! !
These are the fronts.
Love that hat, but ain’t too keen on the corset. But it’s red, so that’s okay.
A bit of searching round t’internet and I found this panel is actually part of an entire quilting series. Hmmm . . . . . 🤔
A bit more thinking about it, as we know we do with something we really want to enjoy to its’ fullest potential . . . . . 🤨
Taking a deep breath, ignoring my fierce promise-to-self not to buy any more fabric, I decided to acquire just a teeny bit more.
But only so’s the whole rest of the original purchase could be used and enjoyed to the full, instead of always regretting I hadn’t used x or y instead — y’know what I mean? 🙄
Next week a small squidgy package is due . . . . .
There’s more to come, Lovelies! 🤣 😆 🤣
(The above piccies are repeated here from a 2015 post that is referenced below.)
In the 2015 post I was mumbling on about swapping out winter clothing for spring, and showed some of the sweaters and fabrics involved in my musings. (See above.)
Below is a photo taken just now, showing how I combined the green corduroy and the upholstery fabric into two 20″ pillows.
I could have done one all-green fabric and one all-upholstery fabric, but chose to make them identical, so half-and-half they had to be. Now they match.
I generally show the green in summer and as they’re corduroy, have the nap going down so the shading matches. The upholstery pattern side I use in winter.
That reminds me… still have some of that green cord . . . 🤔
Joining in with Wild Daffodil’s monthly photo challenge, here are some windows from the Chicago archives. Hope you enjoy❣️
… but about 10 days ago I started replaying my box set of BBC’s The Good Life (1975-1978), aka Good Neighbours.
It’s still as delightful as it was when I first saw it (the 90’s), plus the fashions and hair-do’s Margo (Penelope Keith) wears are classic 1970’s. It’s been fun crocheting and pausing to watch, and a much needed respite.
What I haven’t mastered is sewing and telly. But when sewing came up in one of the episodes, I took a screen pic to show that altering was commonplace then, even for Margo Leadbetter.
Also had to include one of her Jungle January outfits – a glorious caftan that must have been silk because it swished so beautifully.
That mysterious blue crochet became a hat that got finished, along with another beanie-style. (Directions are here.) It had to be a beanie because I ran out of the blue, and used some cream to complete. Both are on their way across the pond and might be worn for the March NHS event, provided they fit.
Hope everyone has a grand 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.
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!
(Written Thursday & scheduled to post Sunday, just in case 😉)
Took time a week ago to visit some antique shops in a nearby town, and spied a few interesting items… presenting them in keeping with Wild Daffodil’s photo challenge.
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Made some tests today and ate them for dinner to see if they’d gotten soggy. Nope! Guess I’m good to go for tomorrow’s party.
Now another quandary has arisen: What to do with those crusts . . . bread pudding?
HUGE thank you’s to all who suggested the test. Will sleep better tonight thanks to you!
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I’ve saved those crusts, being a waste-not, want-not gal. What to do with them . . . bread pudding?
Took a page or two from Diane Ericson’s YouTube video, and removed cuffs, then pinned in pleats on the yoke, just atop the sleeves.
Am still thinking about them, and trying on from time to time to see if anything else comes to thought. Meanwhile . . .
D’you ever make a list of very important stuff, file it, and forget about it for months?
Clearing out files last weekend, I found another.
Saw a book that looked fascinating, researched it a bit, and discovered my library had a copy. Whee!
After looking through it, I decided to put a clean, used copy on my Wish List.
Categories include Beginners, General Reference, Fabric & Textiles, Fitting, Home Pattern-making, Details & Embellishments, Menswear, Lingerie, Other Specialty Techniques
There’s another list just for beginners.
Just had to share ~ hope everyone enjoys!