It seemed fitting that my last apron offering to the shop be that of roses.By the way, everything is 10% off, and eventually I'll be marking down as time goes on before I go to college.
Monday, August 30, 2010
"We just told you, Father. We were berry picking!"
"...It's, uh, to early for strawberries."
"Well, it's been so cold lately they've turned blue!"
(a few favorite lines from the film, The Sound of Music)
Well, this apron doesn't feature strawberries or blueberries, but it does feature many raspberry delights: in the fabric, the large button from my stash, and the delicious vintage rick rack. It's up for grabs in the SHOP this morning.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
This morning I became inspired to look through my stash for something inspiring to make, and towards the top was this lovely Waverly fabric that I made in a Tasha Tudor style apron. It of course has pockets that hold my little antiquarian books. It, the highly-sought-after book is not for sale. Sorry if I had your hopes up!The apron is, however!
Must run and check on the batch of Tasha Tudor's cornbread muffins (from her recipe book) that I have in the oven. I added some bacon fat to the batter. Here's hoping they'll still taste good!
Friday, August 27, 2010
A sister happily obliged to show it off in pictures. Like it?
2 c. all purpose flour
½ c. sugar
½ c. packed brown sugar
2 t. baking powder
2 t. instant coffee granules
1 t. ground cinnamon
¼ t. salt
1 c. milk
½ c. butter, melted
1 t. vanilla extract
1 c. miniature semisweet chocolate chips
6 T. all-purpose flour
¼ c. brown sugar
½ t. ground cinnamon
¼ c. cold butter
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugars, baking powder, coffee granules, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk the egg, milk, butter, and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in chocolate chips. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full.
For topping, combine flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in butter. Sprinkle over batter. Bake at 375 degrees for 22-24 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield 15 muffins.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Over the weekend I was able to get a few tatted bookmarks done which I was happy about. Tatting is time consuming for me, but watching the new "Emma" with Romola Garai certainly helped pass time as I sat away making hundreds of knots! My sisters prefer this version to the other two, and while I agree it does seem to stand out more than the others (perhaps the longer length that makes the story easier to follow?) I must be honest to say that I still like the others ones almost as equally. Give me any Jane Austen movie, you'll get very little complaining on my account.
::sigh:: I wish I had enough yardage to make a Regency dress. They really are fun to make even if I end up selling them all. =)
Saturday, August 21, 2010
That is, tatting. =) It has been several months now since I've done anything with hand work, and nearly forgot how pleasant it is. I finished a few bookmarks yesterday, and am wanting to finish a few more this weekend to add to my online shop of bookmarks.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Terrible, aren't I? =)
If you're a cherry pie lover, you might be glad to know that it is in the SHOP this afternoon! =)
Monday, August 16, 2010
Because January will come sooner than I think it will, at the end of this month this blog will no longer be updated and will become an archive. Many, many thanks for all of you who regularly visit the blog and those who have been gracious to leave comments here and there. It has been wonderful!
I do have a music blog, which I mentioned a few weeks (months?) ago and that will be updated, though perhaps not consistently. If you'd like to read it, drop me an e-mail and I'll send you the link!
Friday, August 13, 2010
Earlier this week I was able to enjoy the first tomato from our garden. This year we have Roma, Celebrity, and Better Boy growing. Normally you would find Super Fantastic and Heirloom varieties in our garden also.
...or reading any other book for that matter. Last week I received a book from amazon (and got it for free, thanks to swagbucks!) and read it in less than 24 hours.
Of course, I must not forget to mention the brown paper package tied up with string that arrived on my doorstep this morning, thanks to Lanier's new bookshop. Yay for another antiquarian book!
Thursday, August 05, 2010
3 c. shredded zucchini
1 small onion, diced
1 c. Bisquik
1/2 c. oil
1/4 c. parmesan cheese
1/4 t. salt
1 tsp. parsley
Mix all but the last ingredient together and pour into greased 9" pie pan. Shake pepper (opt.) and parsley on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. May fry a little bacon and crumble in batter (I poured in about 1/4 c. bacon bits, as we don't have any of the real stuff right now), or dice in a little ham before baking.
by Ronsard, 1550.
See, Mignonne, hath not the Rose,
That this morning did unclose
Her purple mantle to the light,
Lost, before the day be dead,
The glory of her raiment red,
Her colour, bright as yours is bright?
Ah, Mignonne, in how few hours,
The petals of her purple flowers
All have faded, fallen, died;
Sad Nature, mother ruinous,
That seest thy fair child perish thus
'Twixt matin song and even tide.
Hear me, my darling, speaking sooth,
Gather the fleet flower of your youth,
Take ye your pleasure at the best;
Be merry ere your beauty flit,
For length of days will tarnish it
Like roses that were loveliest.
But look! In an apron, your purple roses won't fade away for a great length of time!
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Now that she is home, I should have some more time to catch up on some reading (if you love antiquarian books as much as I do, be sure to visit Lanier's new bookshop! Oh to have money to spend on books!!!) and of course, turn my sewing machine back on. Believe it or not, I have nearly a dozen aprons cut out and ready to sew from just about all of my apron patterns so keep your eyes peeled on the shop this month as I seek to fill it up.
Should get back to my garden. For weeks (months?) I've barely been out there, and just this morning I was able to get a good half of it done. Believe me it was no small chore, yet in a way, being out there is relaxation too. Oh yes, there were bugs in there too that I've only seen in Science books from when I was in school, and my garden has always been for the most part bug and creepy-crawly free. ::ahem:: Yes, it was that bad my dears!
Monday, August 02, 2010
I wonder where these buttons would have come from. I'd like to imagine that they came off of an old uniform of some kind.