Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
|Not fall themed, necessarily, but we like to make the Star Wars cookies because it's fun to say "I am your father," and then eat them.|
|Nothing beats soy milk and warm cookies!|
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Today, I begin with my bottle collection. Once, it was pretty large, but over the years I have culled it to be something manageable that doesn't require too much space or dusting.
Some of my favorites among these are a La Choy soy sauce bottle, the clear one toward the center of the pic which has a honeycomb texture, and the dark pinkish ones my sister got me more recently as a gift. And of course the blue Milk of Magnesia bottles are always a hit. And I have a white Ponds cold cream. And a Bayer with the lid. And I love the brown ones. Oh! That's all of them!
Here is a pic I took in the winter- only a few of the bottles are in it, but I love how they look against the frost on the window.
Are there any fellow bottle dump diggers out there? Anyone else like or collect vintage bottles?
Simplicity 5343 copyright 1963
|That's my big sissy Jessica and I walking together as Matron and Maid of Honor|
Speaking of last minute, did you know that once people know you can kind of sew, they will show up places and expect you to make dress repairs and alterations at the last minute?
|Brat! Me 'n my little sis pre-ceremony. Ain't she cute?|
|All of these beautiful ladies are my sisters.|
I have 5! Aren't we lucky?
Yes, my dress looks like a different color. That is because I am the only one in shiny, shiny taffeta
And here is the pattern for the baby's dress- Simplicity 9191 copyright 1970. It is the same pattern I used for her Easter dress. I knew it fit.
|Her dad put her hair up, but she pulled out the ponytail in a nanosecond. Later she decided she'd had enough of tights.|
|Dashing, aren't they?|
The fabric: I wouldn't say it was "from hell," but it certainly didn't come from that other place. It was a pain in the tush. It creased badly, marred easily, and it was difficult to press because of water spotting and changing color. And it was slippery. But on the upside, it cost me under $35 bucks for the fabric for these two dresses, and I still have some left. Tha's pretty sweet, right?
Adjustments: I made a size 16. I shortened the bodice by one inch and removed an inch at center front and center back at the neckline only, tapering to nothing at the waist. I have since made sense of the seam method for pattern alteration- the waist on this one was short because I removed the fabric at the waist instead of over the bust. I think I've got it now, doh.
Pattern Instructions: I have gotten pretty bad about reading these at all. I did refer to them many times to figure out those tucks. Those blasted tucks. Those tucking tucks. Shucks, those tucks were a pain.
So, I winged it. Wung it. Something like that. I underlined the bodice in a tricot interfacing. This worked very well. I used the glue method Gertie blogged about here to no ill effect. It was fast and the result was a less creased and wrinkly bodice. Actually, underlining made the fabric behave very nicely. I also lined the bodice with self fabric. I hand picked the zipper. I serged all seams, and I did a narrow hem. I wanted a deep hem, but I would have had to underline the entire skirt to hide the stitches. And I didn't do that. What I did do was mark my hemline, serge it, and turn and stitch it. Not the traditional method perhaps, but it worked out fine.
Problems: The blasted tucks. Did I mention the tucks? And the creasing. Wah wah wah! Actually, that was the biggest headache. I flew with hubby and baby to Maine for my sister's wedding, and I packed a separate, hard sided vintage suitcase for our dresses. I stuffed them with tons of tissue, and I wrote a sweet letter to TSA begging them not to wrinkle them all up.
What I would do differently next time: sew with a fabric I can press and steam like we're on a train to hell.
|Me and my man on the dance floor|
Monday, October 24, 2011
was afraid the power would go out in the middle of a seam. I will
worry no more-my red eye is belted up and ready for action. In fact,
last night I made a fried egg shaped pot holder with it. Why? Because
I couldn't think of any reason not to!
Friday, October 21, 2011
I know the drill:
Don't look under the bed, or in the basement, closet, or that big wooden trunk.
|Love me some Arsenic and Old Lace|
|AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! (This is not my cabinet!)|
I simply put a tablespoon or so into a spray bottle, fill it with water, and keep it close by for wiping down counters, the table, baby's high chair tray (which I do rinse), etc. etc. Since we use it as our dish soap as well, I find the spray bottle handy for soaping up large pots and pans, and I think it saves us money as opposed to pouring gobs from the bottle. And saving money means more thrifting cash for sewing supplies. Yeah!
|Patterns scored on our recent camping/road trip|
If you wish, of course you can do the same thing with Dawn or any dish detergent you prefer, but don't think that because Sal Suds is a naturally derived cleanser it is not strong- I spray it in the tub and watch the soap scum run off of the sides. Gross, huh? Plus, it smells like pine needles, and I like pine needles.
Yeah, and you can still pour bleach in the toilet and spray a little in the extra icky parts of the shower.
Wait! DON'T PULL BACK THE SHOWER CURTAIN!
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Brian and I worked our butts off and got a lot of work done in the
camper over the past weekend, so we could be extra comfy (think
campfires and fresh air, but with a queen size mattress and a down
feather bed for sleeping. Plus a three burner gas stove and oven for
Here is what we saw when we woke up this morning in Chimney Rock, NC.
By the way, Last of the Mohicans was filmed here, as was some of
Firestarter, and Dirty Dancing was filmed in nearby Lake Lure. As we
were driving by the lake I kept picturing Johnny and Baby practicing
in the water! Har har!
Well, we are on the road again. I'll post more pics as I take them.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
|Photo from Thebirdpoint.wordpress.com|
This was my second unusual bird encounter this week, as earlier in the week I scared away a hawk that was trying to attack one of my chickens. I have seen many hawks here, and I always just assumed that the chickens (which are well fed and fat) were too big for the hawks, which are smaller, to mess with. I guess I was wrong! The chicken was unharmed, thank goodness.
The hawk looked like this one.
|Photo from Carolinanature.com|
Are there other 30-something-kitchen-window-bird-watchers out there just like me? What have you spotted lately that made you just stop and watch?
Monday, October 3, 2011
If you ever find yourself in Rabun Gap, Georgia between May 1st and October 31st, you must go to Osage Farms. We did, today. We go a lot, especially in fall. Here is my post from around this time last year, and Osage is just as full of pumpkins, squash, apples, and tourists this year. And, yes, it is worth braving the crowd to get all of these goodies for such a sweet price.
|Talk about Fall Palette!|
|They may be ugly, but they taste soooo good!|
|Make sure you use plenty of buttah|
|And I threw some extra crispy skittle veggies on top of my soup. Can I get a "hell yes?"|
|Baby approved, if this evidence of the destruction of her sandwich will hold up in court|
Sunday, October 2, 2011
As pretty as it is though, I had no idea what to do with it. It dates to the 1800s, and I'm sure it was a very practical way of storing cheese in those days. In the year 2011, I just put it in a drawer in the fridge. I didn't want to tuck it away only to be brought out for special occasions, as it is really just too lovely. So, I left it on the kitchen counter and thought about it for about a month.
In that time, I came up with a new and practical use for this purty cheese keeper. Any of you who happen to have a cheese keeper around the homestead or spy one out on a thrifty scouting can be just like me and use it as a place to hold the jewelry you take off at night before bed. I don't like sleeping with my wedding rings on, or any other jewelry on for that matter. Except the toe ring. I have had this toe ring on since I was 16 and took a trip to Puerto Rico, and I don't really ever take it off. Anyway, who cares?That's not the point. Aside from the toe ring, while I slumber, my most lovely and prized jewelry will rest on my night stand....in the cheese keeper.
Does anyone else have any totally unpractical possessions that they apply to practical uses so they won't feel like they belong on the show Hoarders?