Tuesday
May232017

sadness

I pulled out my letterpress before gallivanting and made more business cards.  It was needed.

I am sad today.  The bombing in Manchester, of children, really got to me.  But I cannot say it is any different then when I hear of bombings of children in Syria.  Why do we do this to each other?

I really do not have any words today.  I went for a walk.  I picked up garbage.  I am trying to care for myself and those in my life but we all seem rather sad.  Some can speak to it.  Some, like Koda Bear, just do not want to let go.  I think that is a very lovely response right now.  

Hopefully, by the next time I write, there will be more words.

Saturday
May202017

off gallivanting

There was a mid week jaunt this week.  It involved supporting my Beloved in his knife business.  I had to dress up a bit, chat, smile.  The conversations were good.  The nibbles were fabulous.  And the adult beverages were never ending once they got started.  Drink as little or as much as you wished.

The break was nice.  I found a good croissant and a nice cup of tea while we were out.  Walked in different places which is always nice.  Especially since I am continuing to try to walk more to manage pain and get ready for gallivanting with my Mom.  The allergies were not as positive but it is what it is.

I came home to many flowers.  I am wondering what I am going to do with all the pumpkins when they are ripe because they are getting huge.  This is not an understatement.  I did not get much of a chance to stitch but I am hoping to make up for that this weekend.  I took stitching and a crochet project with me.  There was not a lot of extra time.

But, I am home again.  It is time to start more bread.  Stitch.  Plan presents for the two July birthdays that are about to happen.  Life continues forward.

Tuesday
May162017

Tres Leches

I had friends who had a Cinco De Mayo party.  I asked if I could bring anything and desert was suggested.  I misread the text and brought the wrong desert but oh well.  We laughed and had two Tres Leches.  

What was interesting was that our recipes were very different.  I used one from Pioneer Woman.  I will just point you there if you want the recipe.  

I did tweak it a little bit.  "Dirty" sugar is now the in thing but it has actually been the sugar of choice lately in our house.  When we went to the Boucherie last autumn, we met sugar producers in Louisiana and have been purchasing their sugar when they have some in stock.  Basically, it is a non-bleached granulated cane sugar.  It has just a bit of molasses note.

The other thing I changed was that the recipe calls for baking powder.  I can always taste baking powder and I do not like the flavor so I changed it to a teaspoon of baking soda and a teaspoon of cream of tartar.  It worked well.

And it was a very yummy cake.  I only had one bite but it was good.  But remember, I do not particularly care for cake so why would I have a whole piece?  I put strawberries on top instead of cherries.

I was told the two Tres Leches were very different but we had people eating two slices, alternating bites.  I would say that was a win.

Saturday
May132017

the last of the traveling projects

These are the last of the projects I made on my last trip.  I really like the yarn store in Ashland.  It does not help that it has spinning wheels and such.  It just fits who I am when it comes to fiber.

They had a kit there for a Blue Sky Alpaca knit hat kit.  I hate knitting so i crocheted it.  The package said it was a slouchy hat but it reminds me of a Rasta hat.  I like it because it keeps my head warm and it goes over my hair easily when my hair is up.  Which it is most of the time!

I also really liked the yarn that I made the Bear's ear flap hat from.  I used the last bit of his and mine and made a cowl for me.  It is not a cowl that you can twist twice around your head and hangs to your waist.  It is just a simple close fitting cowl.  I could have probably made it even closer fitting but it keeps my neck warm well. 

These two bits of wool, my Carhartt's, a cardign sweater, and a t-shirt and I did not need to put a heavy coat on all the way home.  With my mirrored aviators, I looked strange.  But that is okay.  I was warm and covered in wool.

Today has been a scattered day.  I went with a friend to the farmer's market and then we did a bit of shopping for her.  I had to walk a few miles to try to make my hip feel like it was working.  Then I ran out of embroidery floss!  The hand sewing and embroidery has caught me very hard.  But that is life sometimes.  i am not so much at my sewing machine but that is okay.  Changing things up a bit is a good thing!

Thursday
May112017

t-shirts

I find t-shirts are a difficult piece of clothing for me to purchase.  Part of it is color.  Part of it is fit.  Part of it is quality.  I want a t-shirt to be able to hold up to more then a couple of washings.  I do not wish to be choked.  I like long sleeves.  And every time I find a t-shirt that fits those parameters, the company who made it changes something in their process or stops making what I like.  My best friend has the same problem.

I have a treadle sewing machine so fabric that stretches is not really the right choice usually.  Recently I went down a rabbit hole at the Alabama Studio sites.  Such a bad thing.

Hand sewn t-shirts.  Organic cotton jerseys.  I decided to give it a try.  It was a lovely calming process. Such that I wish to do more hand sewing.

Felted seams.  Herringbone stitching.  My best friend has a t-shirt to try.  I have a t-shirt to try.  I am now working on Christmas gifts that are teaching me reverse applique.  I just keep trying and learning new things.  It is a true rabbit hole!

And just because.  Flowers from my garden.