Thursday, September 25, 2008


Sometime a lot can go right with a dress and yet, it's just not that flattering. Exhibit A:

This dress is actually pretty cute. The fabric is camo made up out of little army men and the dress fits pretty well. The pattern is Butterick 5031 and it looks nice on the package. I had a few problems with it: it's cut waaayyy too low and the markings on the waistband do not match the markings on the bodice. Once it again the zipper sucks, but I don't like the dress enough to do it over. I also have issues raising up my arms, and for some reason, it really hikes down in the back. (I need to check one of my fittting books to see what is up with that.)

I just don't like it on me. I managed to close the wrap a little more, and I could always go in and fix the zipper to make it a little more professional. But, I'm just not that thrilled. I'll probably wear it, (I wear almost everything I make) but I'm not gonna love it. However, I am totally crampy and I may like it more when I am in a better mood. I'll also check with the husband to get his input; he usually has some good feedback.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Empty Nest

We dropped Io off at college yesterday. I already miss her.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Finally. I have been waiting forever for my lemon cucumbers to come in, and I just got enough to make a dozen jars of bread and butter pickles. Last summer was so crappy that I canned less than 10 jars. I am hoping beyond hope that I will have another crop next weekend.

I use the recipe from the Joy of Cooking canning book, which got me a blue ribbon at the Puyallup Fair two years ago. I highly recommend it. I love making pickles. I make the vinegar ones and my husband makes the fermented ones (pickles, kimchi, and sauerkraut.) I also make jellies (sweet and hot) and pickled jalapenos.

This year's plan is to make:
  • More bread and butter pickles if I get more cukes.
  • Lemon jelly, maybe with ginger.
  • Pickled Jalapenos with carrots.
  • Maybe some grape jelly (I don't really feel like picking blackberries this year).
  • Some kind of hot pepper jam. My habaneros do not look like they are going to do anything, but I have some of those hot Thai peppers that might do the job. I could always buy some peppers, but it's not the same.
My mother and grandmother both canned when I was kid, and I decided a couple of years ago to keep up the tradition. I love having a little bit of summer shine through in the winter months. If I am able to put up some more pickles, I think I'll give a little tutorial.

Friday, September 12, 2008


I'm in Ashland, Oregon for the week visiting my friend Scott and being very, very lazy. Here is the obligatory water shot. (We just went to Hyatt Lake for a few hours to read comics and relax. There were too many flies.)

I did get some projects done before I left home. I finished one of the sushi pillowcases that I am embroidering for my daughter.

I also made Simplicity 3867. I needed a dress to wear to some fancyish occasions. It was a little more complicated than some of the stuff that I have been making, but that is why I chose it.

This is not such a great picture, but the dress is both flattering and pretty. I tried to install an invisible zipper, and that didn't go so well. I probably could have gone down a half a size at least, so I had some fitting issues once I inserted the zipper, which I hacked my way through. I am electing to view this as a wearable muslin.