Monday, October 31, 2005
Friday, October 28, 2005
jane purse with wallet out
Originally uploaded by rungirlrun.
Here's my Month of Softies submission for October. I'm not really a monster or ghoul type gal but thought I could contribute something cute yet macabre. The purse isn't very practical. Her body isn't big and deep enough to hold anything but the head wallet. Maybe I'll make a more functional one...
My favorite part and inspiration for the purse was the red rickrack. I found it in my stash and thought "hey, that would make a great vein or intestine". This is how my mind works.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Saturday, October 22, 2005
My grandmother was a dress designer for Bonwit Teller. She made custom wedding gowns. She died last February just shy of her 94th birthday. When I went through her closet I found she had sewn Bonwit labels into her clothing. I also found a stash of Bonwit labels. The sneak. She worked for them for 11 years then got pregnant with my father. The entire time she worked there she never mentioned she was married. She was afraid that they would fire her. How do you not tell any of your coworkers about the other half of your life? 11 years?
These took up most of the box.
I found these great little labels she had made up of her initials using both her formal name and her nickname. AK and GK. I wonder if she put these in the gowns she made?
I also found a wooden darning egg, a small turning tool, various wooden spindle of thread, needles, buttons, and this great portable sewing case (the brown cylinder).
This is the inside. I may just have to make one like this.
Going through this stuff tonight was tough. It cemented how much I really am like her. Do I like sewing because she did? Would I if she hadn't have taught me?
Friday, October 21, 2005
I made Spaetzle tonight. My grandmother made it, my mother makes it and now I make it. Each of us do it a little differently. My grandmother used to cut her dough by hand so her Spaetzles were thick and meaty. Mom's are thin and light due to using a Spaetzle maker which looks like a glorified potato ricer. I have a potato ricer. Mine are a happy medium. Here's the rough recipe:
Bring a big pot of water to boil.
Take a 1 cup measuring cup and fill it to the rim with eggs. About 4-5 eggs. If you are close to the top and feel that one more egg would make it over flow then top it off with water. Beat eggs in a separate bowl.
Measure 2 cups of flour into a bowl and add eggs to it. This will make a very thick sticky dough. My mom uses 1.5 cups flour but her machine has smaller holes for the dough to flow through.
Put dough in potato ricer. If you don't have a ricer you can use a colander and press the dough through. Boil noodles for about 3 minutes. The noodles will float to the top. Remove into bowl with butter. Repeat until all of your dough is gone.
You can serve them like this. My family likes them fried in butter. Some people add onion which I haven't tried but it does sound good. I've had them with nutmeg added to the mix but that seems to only work well if you're eating it with Sauerbraten.
Spaetzles are served as a side dish like a potato or rice. Tonight I served them with pork chops, sauerkraut, applesauce and beets.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Monday, October 17, 2005
presente para a "troca" (4)
Originally uploaded by Oficina d'Encantar.
Isn't this unbelievable? I am totally coveting. Look at the rest of her work. It's amazing. Maybe I should live in Portugal. It seems like all the work I adore comes from either there or Australia. See her blog here.
Friday, October 14, 2005
Aren't these beautiful? These are Chinese lanterns from my garden. My friend Trix send me the seeds a couple years ago when we were both waiting to meet our daughters. The first year only about 3 small plants grew but this year there was a good 30 or more. The lanterns are first green then slowly turn this beautiful orange-red. Sadly, some insect has eaten holes throughout the leaves and now they look pretty pathetic but the lanterns are untouched. Inside each lantern is a shiny orange ball. Tootie has discovered this and wants to pop them all to get the ball out.
Thanks Trix. I'm a little embarrassed, this is the second post I've referenced Trix. She might think I've got a little girl crush going. Which I probably do.
updated click here to see what the plant looks like.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Saturday, October 08, 2005
No crafting to report on today. We woke up late this morning and I made my first fire in our new woodstove. Tootie helped by handing me stuff. I had it going a little too hot and had to open the window. I love how the rest of the house feels cool when the stoves on. Perfect for sleeping. Oh, I'm so happy it's finally turning to Fall. This is my favorite time of year. Today we went with my parents to the pumpkin patch. They had a little petting zoo set up for the kids. Tootie called to them in a sing song voice "here animals! eaaaat your food, animals! eaaaaaat it." It was very sweet. It's the same voice I use when I feed our dog.
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Tootie learned what an acorn is today. We collected handfuls and stuffed them into our pockets. When we got home I drew little faces on them and Tootie fed them to her hippo flashlight. Oh, and beware, Carebears have scary eyes. So scary in fact that Carebear must be banished to the basement. He sort of gave me the creeps too.
Monday, October 03, 2005
Originally uploaded by rungirlrun.
I made a bunch of these buttons last night intending them to go onto hairclips. I happened to glance up and see my stash of hairbands and voila it came together. I really like how this turned out. I'm off to make more. Some for myself this time in cool brown and turq fabric.
Saturday, October 01, 2005
Lydia's dress is a combination of material I found at a garage sale, the flowered pattern, and an old table cloth. The flowers are from several linen shirts which were salvaged from a thrift store.
I had to restrain myself from making too many of these little flowers. I was tempted to put them all over her. Less is more. Less is more.
Lydia's shoes are simple in contrast to her overly busy dress. My husband, H, mister simple, complimented the shoes. He also liked her hair stating "it's silly".
Once I put the finishing touches on her Tootie whisked her away for a tour of the neighborhood.
Note that her beloved Frog is in first position under her arm. She also had to bring her hippo flashlight cause ya'know you may need to flash someone with a laughing light.
See my friend's daughter loving on her new doll. I'm honored.