In a fit of domestic mania that Martha Stewart and Snow White would envy, I made three batches of cookies this afternoon.
I blame this book. I got it when I was five and learned to bake my first cookies from it. The illustrations are really cute. It also shows boys cooking, and who doesn't love that?
Here we have Peanut Crispies, Fudge Crinkles (made from a fudge cake mix) and Sugar Cookies with chocolate chips. I did all the mixing in the food processor so it only took about an hour to make all three kinds.
I wanted to take some to my mom's house so I turned the empty cake mix box inside out, taped the corners and stamped the cover with stars. Instant container!
A sweet treat, don't you think. :-)
Here's a screenshot of the Fudge Crinkles recipe from the Betty Crocker webpage. Super easy. I didn't even mess with chilling the dough or rolling balls in powdered sugar. I just spooned the dough onto parchment paper and ten minutes later... yummers!
Now I have six batches of frozen cookie dough ready to bake. Bring it on, December!
Do you like to cook? Who taught you? How did you learn?
Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. ~ Harriet Van Horne
I was wandering around the internet and saw these lovely lightweight cloth bags for sale in Japan. They are called azuma bukuro. I stared at them and folded paper for about a half an hour and then came up with a pattern. Then I found out that there are lots of tutorials out there to make them if you look around.
The original bags are lightweight fabric and are tied at the top for handles. I wanted to try a heavyweight fabric. So here's my version...
Here's the finished bag made from an upholstery fabric remnant and some printed cotton for the lining.
bri·co·lage noun \ˌbrē-kō-ˈläzh, ˌbri-\
Definition of BRICOLAGE
: construction (as of a sculpture or a structure of ideas)
achieved by using whatever comes to hand; also : something
constructed in this way
Things have been busy here at the Curvy Closet Sewing Club.
I made a sun hat which came out a little floppy. Kinda sporty, don't you think? I bought some heavier facing and will be making another one. ~ Vogue 8405
It's been inelegantly hot here this last week so I made this arctic fleece coat this morning because it was a cooling thought. I am ready for rain and cold mornings now. The fleece is wonderfully soft, it's like wearing a cashmere baby blanket. I'll most likely use it for an upscale slanket. It's the perfect thing for curling up with a cup of tea. The pattern was super simple. ~ Vogue 8930
It does look a little like a rhinoceros hide though.
In those days the Rhinoceros's skin fitted him quite tight. There were no wrinkles in it anywhere. He looked exactly like a Noah's Ark Rhinoceros, but of course much bigger. All the same, he had no manners then, and he has no manners now, and he never will have any manners.
From How The Rhinoceros Got His Skin by Rudyard Kipling
So any chilly morning when I don't feel like having manners, I shall wear my coat and feel most sentimental.
Yesterday I slipped over to the Dorell Fabric Outlet and picked up this bit of lovely... for free.
They have two big bins filled with free fabric remnants. The first one is free, others are two bucks a piece. I also bought a piece of fake suede.
I was inspired by this pattern on "Weekend Designer" an awesome blog with all kinds of free lovely patterns and advice. Go check it out. I'll wait. (Though it may take you an hour or two, there is so much glorious stuff there.)
Once I got home I started cutting and we were off to the races...
The fabric was a lovely light purple, the color Arwen might wear.
The bag came out okay. The overall shape is a little big and boxy, great for carrying books or art supplies but incongruous for such a feminine fabric. I may add a few outside pockets for cell phones and pens and sew on some foofy bits like lace or something. I don't know. What I was most experimenting with was how the thick and thin fabrics worked together.
I did the lining in matching plum colored linen.
Dorell also had a remnant of this strange fabric that I really liked for five dollars. I just don't know what I'd do with it. I may go back a snag it if I can think of something. There was about a yard and a half. Suggestions, anyone?
Sewing mania continues. What's next? Time will tell.... Marilyn
In Seattle you haven't had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it's running. ~Jeff Bezos