Thursday
Jul222010

Another dress

This last weekend I got a few dresses started.  

They really do not take that long but I do have to sit and sew on the buttons.  And make the buttonholes.  I do that by hand.  

Russell calls them my Pride and Prejudice dresses because they are a bit more fitted then my frontier dresses.  They still go close to the ground.  The funny thing at work today I was craving the same dress in corduroy.  Black, brown, green, and red.  Probably more then one black.  I am laughing at myself because that is just not practical for the season.  I think I am really craving autumn! 

Wednesday
Jul212010

Halloween type bag for the Faerie

I went fabric shopping this last weekend.  I really did not need to but my favorite fabric store for quilting fabric had a 25 percent off everything in the store sale.  I tried to limit myself to eight pieces of fabric.  I did pretty well.

But then I saw these:

These prints are so my kid!  I could not pass them up.  I bought a half yard of each.

 

and made her a bag.  She screamed with happiness when she saw it.  Later, I got a text that the skeleton fabric glows in the dark.  She was so excited!

For less then one hour of work, it is an easy way to make a smile!

 

Tuesday
Jul202010

plastering

I finally finished compressing the earth plaster wall in the spare bedroom while my family went and jumped out of a perfectly good airplane.

 

Compressing a wall that has been earthen plastered means that it will not dust.  The way I am doing it here is with a sponge and water.  You use pressure, water, and the sponge to smooth out the surface and compact it.  You can also use a trowel to do the same thing but it takes MUCH longer but the surface can be as smooth as glass.  This is just wall is unique and lovely.  Now to finish the rest of the room for whenever Nilgun chooses to come home.

Monday
Jul192010

all the testers agree: this is it!

I tweaked my chocolate peanut butter brownie again.  Something that Russell thought was perfect.  He thinks this is better.  Actually, everyone who tried it agreed with him.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie

1/3 cup olive oil

3 ounces semi-sweet choclate

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup peanut butter  (I used Laura Scudder's smooth this time)

1/3 cup plain hempmilk

1 tablespoon tapioca starch

2 teaspoons vanilla

3/4 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

3 tablespoons cocoa

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahenheit.  Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with parchment paper.

 

In a pan over medium heat, place the oil and chocolate.  Stir until the chocolate is melted.  Turn off the heat. Add everything in order down the list, stirring as you go.

Pour into the prepared pan and use a spatula to spread it out.  It will be thick.  Bake 22 minutes.  You want a little bit of crumb on a knife if you stick it in the middle of the brownie.  

Try to wait until it has cooled before cutting.

 

These are very rich.  Be warned but to die for!

But to my family:  Notice no pinch, dab, handful.  Everything is measured.  So you just miss the lady touch if it does not turn out like mine!

Friday
Jul162010

a new dress

I have been working on new dresses.  I have an old Simplicity pattern that I dearly love.  My family calls it my frontier dress.  The ones I have had though are starting to fall apart and shrink in length, which is a sure sign that the fabric is going.  I have been putting more together.

I have been changing the top and changing the skirt.  I have taken five patterns and put them together the way I wanted to.  The first time I did it in front of Russell he was confused and curious.  His mother sews straight from the packaged pattern and does not deviate.  I always deviate except maybe the first time.  It is the way I cook as well.

 

The changes on this one is that the bodice is fitted and so is the waist.  It has a mandarin collar and sleeves that end at the elbows.  It goes down to my ankles as well.  I really like it and find this shape very comfortable.  But I do sometimes get taken for Mennonite or Amish, especially when I add an apron!