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Happy Vernal Equinox

March 20, 2012

Remember when I mentioned that spring was decidedly not in the air? Well, on its official first day, when my narcissus are poking through and the windows are open, the weather people predict summer-like temps. Happy spring, everyone! And very happy birthday to my bestie :)

Now that I’m feeling a bit refreshed, it’s time to jump back in. I definitely needed to step away from the computer for a bit. I’m trying to work out a system for myself, wherein I have allotted times for sewing, blogging, reading blogs, shop upkeep, work on a personal project, reading books, exercise, and of course time with my man and my pooch. And pesky chores. I definitely think transitioning from a 9-5 to a self-devised schedule is a challenge. It’s important to set tasks, goals, time frames, but just as important to have an open-minded approach, and I am trying to find the balance that works for me.

I’ve finished the changes to my jacket muslin, and my fancy zips arrived yesterday. These babies run so smoothly, and have a nice weight to them. I’ve decided against the sleeve zippers for a couple of reasons: the sleeves have plenty of room without them; I don’t want to go zipper overload on this motorcycle-inspired, but not motorcycle, jacket; and the cost of five YKK Excella zips, cut to size, was kind of bringing me down. Yes, I got all bougie and had them cut for me. Don’t judge this typically DIY gal – they’re nice zippers, and I didn’t want to flub up shortening metal zips, ruining the tape with my non-professional tools & skillz. As you can see from these photos, my DIY is definitely intact.

In between decompressing and getting comfortable cruising around on my bike, I made yogurt:

And cheese:

And mayonnaise:

And saved the whey from the cheese, which Ry used in a dill boule. I don’t have a photo of the bread, but my husband does somewhere. Trust me, it’s delicious. The mayo came about because we wanted to make chicken salad sammies from the remainder of a roasted chicken, perfect match for the bread. After twirling every utensil around an empty mayo jar, I remembered the egg yolks saved from a recipe that only needed whites. Egg yolks + acid + oil + a TON of whipping = mayonnaise. I know mayo freaks some people out, but my god is this good.

Oh, and I have been sewing. Of course :) If your name is Sarah or Sheila, read no further, unless you have already opened a package from me. My two besties each have two gorgeous daughters, roughly the same age. I don’t think they’ve actually met, but I find this amusing, and very helpful when sewing. Of course, children’s bodies are as unique as adults’, so I hope my rough pattern drafting works out okay. I wanted to throw my finicky serger out the window by the end of this, but the Baby Lock will have to wait. Delayed gratification in a world that encourages instant gratification.

All of the fabric is from the stash, of course. The denim puff paint for the smaller feet and soles was used for one of the little girls last summer. I mysteriously have a ton of this fabric, and my genius friend suggested it be made into booties, for a non-skid sole. I’m non certain it will perform that function well, but it’s still super cute, no? The lining and yo-yo fabrics on the smaller pairs were used for the respective girls in unblogged projects when they were younger. I thought the yo-yos were not only cute (I’m addicted to them, remember), but possibly a good way to teach right from left. Googling the age that is learned sent me down an interwebs rabbit hole of competitive momming, so let’s just leave them at cute. And be okay with the buttons, which my responsible friends will wisely remove if they determine a danger. Okay? Okay.

The slippers came from this adorable pattern, available in baby, children’s and adult sizes! I so want my own pair, and to make up a handful for guests. I added a layer of batting for cushion. It made stitching the smaller sizes difficult with a 1/4″ SA, so I might adjust the pattern next time.

The skirts are self-drafted, and I hope they fit okay. As I mentioned, my serger was having none of it. None. Sometimes that thing runs along so smoothly, but a lot of the time it is utterly possessed. It’s old, inexpensive and probably is due for another servicing. The tiered skirts were meant to be longer, but I had a last-minute engineering revelation, post-hemming. I was originally going to stitch the red a few inches below the elastic, creating a false yoke. Instead, I stitched it to the elastic, which had already been applied to the ladybug print. Hopefully they aren’t scandalously short for toddlers! The fabric came from my mom’s stash, although I didn’t mention it at the time to avoid spoiling any surprises.

Right-o. Time to cut and sew. And enjoy the weather.

 

18 Comments leave one →
  1. March 20, 2012 12:04 pm

    Happy spring! That’s some gettin busy! I love making homemade cheese. And those slippers are so adorable–great gift idea. I know quite a few little girls that’d love having a pair. And oh, having those zippers cut for you is gooood–especially if it separates–I know it’s possible but I’ve made royal messes trying to shorten metal ones.

    • March 21, 2012 7:32 am

      Thanks for alleviating my twinge of guilt! I need to realize that I don’t need to touch every single aspect of a garment to make it. I’m a DIYer to the core, but sometimes it’s best to leave it to the experts.

  2. March 20, 2012 12:13 pm

    Hi Lavender! Baby Booties? Is there something you want to tell us? Just kidding, wink-wink!! Another fabulous use for those cuter than cute yo-yos! How on earth do you keep your lovely figure with all those yummy things you make- oh I know, the Spring time biking!!! Have a terrific day!!

    • March 21, 2012 7:35 am

      You’d better be kidding! Hehe :) The versatile yo-yo… put a yo-yo on it! (Have you seen Portlandia, the “put a bird on it” clip?) The yogurt goes quickly, but I don’t know if two of us can finish the cheese. Mayo lasts forever in this household!

      • March 23, 2012 10:48 am

        Okay!!! Just watched it!!! Put a yo-yo on it!!!! Thanks! It’s hilarious!

  3. misscrayolacreepy permalink
    March 20, 2012 12:14 pm

    You MADE cheese?!??! You’re my hero, let’s hang out!

    • March 21, 2012 7:37 am

      I LOVE cheese, and can’t believe it took me so long to make it. Granted, this is simple farmer’s cheese, and too much of it for two people. So yeah, let’s hang out! I might try aged cheese, but that seems much more complicated…

  4. March 20, 2012 1:00 pm

    I actually perked up at homemade mayo, not grossed out at all. I love mayo, and homemade is way better than bought. Did you use a crockpot for the yogurt? Been wanting to try that.
    And the booties are adorable, yay for stashbusting!

    • March 21, 2012 7:40 am

      Much better! The safflower mayo we buy is great, but this is basically the same. Only fresh. And cheaper. I think I’ll post my yogurt method… there are tons of recipes out there, but why not?

  5. March 20, 2012 1:21 pm

    Isn’t it wonderful to see and feel spring? I’ve got crocuses and hyacinthe poking through the soil.

    I made mayo this weekend too. My in laws are visiting and my MIL is celiac so our open mayo won’t work for her because I’m sure we have double dipped and got crumbs in it. So I put my little food processor to work. I’m seconding the request for details on yogurt. There is lots of information out there but I’m curious how you made yours. I keep thinking about giving it a try but haven’t quite done it.

    • March 21, 2012 7:43 am

      Ooh, pretty flowers! Food processor… a girl can dream! I started off trusting Ms. Child’s advice to whip by hand, to “complete [my] mastery of the egg”. It wasn’t long before I was begging for Ry to grab the electric beater, stat :) Yogurt making post coming up.

  6. March 20, 2012 2:54 pm

    Thats some good spring DIY!! We were big into making our own yogurt and cheese last year and then we quit in favor of more doughy projects! Must get back on that…

    Thanks for the peek!

    • March 21, 2012 7:45 am

      Yogurt’s a daily for me, so I’m psyched to know that if I always save some starter, I potentially never have to buy it again! Make some cheese, save the whey for your bread. The texture is great, and it adds some protein (so I’ve read).

  7. March 20, 2012 3:25 pm

    I’m in awe of your mayonnaise-cheese-yogourt making skillz! Too awesome!!! I LOOVE making things that most people just buy, but that’s one realm I haven’t delved into yet…. sounds intriguing!! :D

    • March 21, 2012 7:48 am

      It was way easier than I imagined. But use an electric hand mixer, or food processor if you have one, for the mayo. My arm was screaming after just a few minutes attempting to hand whip!

      • March 21, 2012 2:46 pm

        I’ll have to do some recipe searching – what’s the flavour of the cheese like? Mild? What do you use it for? I’m very intrigued now!! LOL

        My mum got me a food processor for Christmas and I’ve yet to use it; wouldn’t she be surprised if I told her the first thing I used it for was to make mayonnaise!! Then again… she probably wouldn’t be surprised at all LOL

  8. March 21, 2012 12:17 pm

    Aww, the booties are cute! I’m very impressed by your cheese and yoghurt making, I bet they taste lovely! Happy spring!

  9. March 22, 2012 4:19 pm

    Booties!! And the skirts are too cute!

    I hope you’re able to find a happy balance in your life soon– that you don’t feel bound by restrictive scheduling, but that you’re able to be pleasantly productive. Good luck!! And enjoy the spring weather!

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