Thursday, September 30, 2010
|Laroyces' fig jam
Supplies and ingredients
A large canning pot
Canning funnel , tongs, and jars with lids and cover
A food processor
An equal amount of sugar as figs
1. Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water for 10 minute
|2. Wash figs and take the stem off each one
|3. Put figs in food processor. You can also just chop them finely.
|4. Measure chopped up figs
|5. Measure out an equal amount of sugar
|6. Add the figs, the sugar, and the juice of a lemon to a stockpot. Cook and stir frequently until the jam runs thickly off the spoon. Mine cooked for 45 minutes.
|7. When you first get started put a small dish in the freezer. When you think the jam is ready drop some jam onto the plate. If it hardens up the jam is ready. If it still runs you need to cook it longer.
|8. Funnel the jam into the sterilized jars and place the lids and screw caps on them.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
|This dress has an underskirt with a pleated ruffle with a vertical tuck.
|The peasant style top ties in the back.
|Holding the skirt out and a detail of the ruffle and crochet trim.
|This dress will be available at my new etsy shop at sewcountrychick in sizes 2 to 8
Monday, September 20, 2010
Hi Folks, I'm teaching a class for school girls that starts this week and called It's Sew Cute! We are making our own pattern for an a-line skirt and then sewing it together . I will be posting the directions on what we are doing in class so the students can follow along starting Thursday. Anyone can join along and I would love to hear any comments you might have. Following is a list of what you will need for the first class :
- A sharp pencil and paper scissors
- A see thru quilting ruler that we will need for adding seam allowances to the pattern
- A hip curve ruler which is really great for drawing waistlines and hip curves but is expensive so optional
- Brown butcher paper for making a pattern. You can also use wrapping paper or large pieces of drawing paper taped together.
- A soft measuring tape to take your measurements.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
|I made this from some Merino Wool sweaters I shrunk in the machine.
|I had some trouble with the collar and setting in the too puffy sleeves. This is just a prototype .
|The appliques sort of look like eyes don't they?
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Greetings from my 1966 Driftwood Trailer
The perfect kitchen for a Betty Crocker Camp Dinner!
Happy Labor Day folks! We took the Driftwood out for the second time to Avila Beach up on the Central Coast of California. Every RV in the world must have been out so I felt it fitting to send a greeting from my little trailer. I actually cooked sausage and eggs on the tiny stove! There was no water where we camped and the bathroom was down the mountain but the views were unbeatable. Port San Luis in Avila Beach is one of the oldest ports in California, having been a working port for the Spanish and a passenger ship embarcation spot until the early 1900's. Nowadays it is a fishing pier and you can go out fishing for a half day or a whole day on the fishing charters that leave from there. There is an old fish restaurant on the end of the pier called the Port San Luis Inn. There are lots of sea lions you can watch on the end of the pier too. The whole place has a kind of old California John Steinbeck feel to it. With the economy being the way it is it looks like camping is making a comeback in a major way. It seems the RV world is not immune to the American tendency to supersize everything . The trailers just keep getting bigger and so do the trucks . Our little trailer was totally drarved by these behemoths! It reminded me of the little House in one of my favorite children's books, The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton after they build all the skyscrapers and the little house is left in the middle.
|The view of Port San Luis from our campground
Thursday, September 2, 2010
|My suntanned Dad at Dinner
|The pleated Skirt made from One Yard wonders
|Goodbye Summer Vacation!
|Jean Christophe and Baby Kissa
|Friends at the Baby Shower
|An art filled wall at Darla's
|The view from the glass walled dining room at Darla's
|Fist Day of School.