Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Spencer mock-up

I'm almost finished with my spencer mock-up, and it's so darn cute that I had to take photos--before I took it all apart.  I'm wearing it over my petticoat, because it doesn't look this good over my green dress.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


I spent much of my day (more time than I'd like to admit) pleating a ribbon that's going to go just above the hem of my dress.  The ribbon is sheer vintage silk, woven with extremely light green threads that really only read as green in the edges, which are picot.  It's from Britex, and it's one of the ribbons I bought because I could finally justify the cost--I hear a wedding's worth it.  I'm pretty sure my embellishments will be costing more than the fabric did, but that's part of the fun.

The original plan was to have a narrow pink ribbon run down the center of the green (mostly to hide any stitches).

Amazingly, I was on board with the pink idea, but now I'm not sure.  I'm afraid it'll cut me off at the ankles.  So now I'm wondering if I should use my dress fabric to make a narrow strip of green to do the same.  But maybe that blends too much.

Thoughts?  Click on the photos for larger images.

fig tree?

I discovered that we have (what I think is) a fig tree in our backyard.

Previously I'd thought of it as the really ugly vine that has grown over the top of the roof, out over the car park and partly blocks the neighbor's window.  But as I was giving it a trim today, I noticed some small green fruit things, so I picked one and cut it open.  It sure looks like an un-ripe fig.

But my hesitation is this.  I thought figs were supposed to ripen at the beginning of fall.  We just hit winter.  And a co-worker brought in figs from her garden about two months ago, so why am I just seeing mine now?  I'm sure my tree is just a late bloomer or something, but I really don't want it to be a fig tree for two reasons.  One, I don't actually like figs.  I LOVE dried figs, but fresh ones are really slimy.  Two, the entire vine/tree thing has grown out of the back garden and now mostly sits on top of the back garden awning and up to the roof.  I have no idea how I'm going to get at most of the figs; I'm afraid I'll end up with rotting fruit just sitting on the (flat) awning.  Lovely. 

But still, the statement--We have a fig tree, in our back yard--is kinda cool.

What do you think?
And if any of you have recipe ideas, feel free to share.

Blogger issues

Most of you have probably read notes like this one on other blogs you follow, but Blogger has been having commenting issues lately.  Sometimes when you try to comment you enter a loop of Blogger asking you to verify your identity.  Sometimes it seems to have worked, but the comment never shows up.

Testing it myself today, I couldn't get it to work on Internet Explorer, but the newest version of Firefox worked just fine (at least the post is there a few minutes later).  I don't have Chrome, so I couldn't check that one...

So I guess if you want to comment on any post, hope for good luck, or just send me an email.