Thursday, August 27, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Then another box bag. This time my favorite mushroomy fabric! It's lined with the chambray too. I think it's best for me to make several of these at once, because I forget from time to time all the parts to include: pull tabs + handle! I took this one apart twice before it was done... :( This one's a gift, but I'm not tellin'!
Also becoming clear, I have a thing for Etsy. Oh, boy! Don't get me started. We'll talk of that another day, there is so much to say. Fun.
ETA: There's a new bag that came off the sewing machine tonight, but I'll have to show you that one when we get back from our little family trip, ok? What is it about going out of town and needing a new bag?! It happens to me almost everytime we go away... it might be a packing procrastinating thing, I don't know. Just sayin'!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
First, we went to the Farmers' Market for some peaches and blueberries. Once home, I did a bit of blog reading and found Alicia's post which included a recipe for blueberry buckle. I've been thinking on blueberry buckle for a week or so, but couldn't come up with a recipe in my cookbook library, so coming across this recipe was perfect timing. YUM. Next, for dinner I had some chard to use. I was thinking quiche, and when I referred to Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone (thank you, S!) I found the recipe for Chard and Onion Omelette (Trouchier). I did a "favor" for a friend and took over (read: "received a gift of") her CSA share for this week which included the chard, basil, onions, and parsley of the recipe along with bunches of other gorgeous food and flowers. I think this is like a frittata, right? It was delicious and is all gone now; the whole family liked it! We all recommend it! YUM. I made a great big salad with one of the heads of lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, and pepper that came in the share. I think it was the best salad of the summer - everything was so crisp and tasty! EXTRA YUM.
Then, after dinner, my son, one of his good buddies, and I went to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince! It'd been a long time since I'd been to the movies. What fun! I really enjoyed it and wished the story would go on, I love it when that happens. By the way, have you every seen a pink nasturtium?! I love it. This one is from a mixed seed pack I planted which has produced the usual orange, gold, red, and then this surprise. So far, two blooms, but I've been checking every day for more...
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Now, right before camp, Maya made available in her Etsy shop a PDF pattern to make a round burlap bucket, and I did not hesitate to purchase that as soon as I saw it. I set the pattern on the sewing room table for "someday". Well, "someday" happened last week, and look what I made! Speaking of generous people, I think it is very generous for designers/makers to share their patterns for re-interpretation; it is a kind-spirited offering on many levels, don't you think? So, thank you to Maya too!
I made the medium size, without handles, and turned over the top inch or so for show. I used heavyweight linen which I purchased from LinenMe for the outside and quilting cotton for the linings. Since the linen is so sturdy, I only padded the bottom of the buckets with cotton batting, not the sides as in the pattern. I left the selvage exposed because I like the look of the linen strings. The cotton of two of them matches the new bathroom cutain.
The buckets are now housing the lotions+potions in the bathroom. I'm very happy with these! The pattern is very clear, it was smooth sailing all the way. I'm sure I'll make more since there seems to be so much stuff around here that needs to be contained! It might as well be a pretty container, right?!
Just for fun, since I know you'd like to see it:
This threesome visits out apple tree every day. :-)