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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Cosby Sweater





This post to Threadbanger is sew awesome that I decided to do an homage to the Cosby Sweater. Enjoy.




Friday, September 23, 2011

Harnessing the inner patchwork hippy.

I have been experimenting with applique lately. I'm not too skilled at it yet but posted are two recent projects. One is a tote bag and the other is a pair of modified wide leg trousers that I picked up at the G will.

The tote bag was a stencil job gone really really bad that needed covered and the trousers were inspired by the book "Applique Your Way" by Kayte Terry.

I also found these cute applique undies as posted on whipstich that I just haven't had time to make yet.

although I need to tighten my applique skillz, I do find it an easy way to update or to personalize something that you already have.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Blackberry goodness.

After blackberry picking Apocalypse 2011 yesterday, I decided to use half for jam and the other for some sort of modified hooch. Had I had actual alcohol in the house, I would have made a fast cordial but alas, I am lame.

I loosely followed the directions for jam  inside of the box of fruit pectin (always the lower sugar type) and made a few jars of sticky glorious blackberry jam. With the left over berry mash I added about two cups of water and a ton of sugar. Boiled it a bit then put it into a reused glass bottle with a hermetic cap on it. ...then I thought...hmmm doesn't hooch need yeast? I took a cup of apple juice (100%) with a teaspoon of yeast and dissolved it together in a pan then added it to the bottle.

For fear of explosion I uncapped it and put a loose cover over the top to allow gas escape-age then placed it in a cool cupboard all high and dry and safe. Smells ok but I'm pretty scared as to how it will turn out. In two weeks I will strain it and re-cap it, allowing it to further ferment for a few months.

If I go blind, I am sure you will understand.