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Archive for July, 2012


Sunday, July 29th, 2012

I’ve been at a conference. This involves lots of work and fun and the eating of strange foods. #2 son was in town for a few days and #2 daughter is here for the conference, so that also has been fun. A lot of our conversations last night were just silly, though. How sure footed […]

Hanging Organizer

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

I decided to make #2 daughter a nice hanging pocket organizer for her birthday. I had this one nearly finished, patchwork and all, when I noticed how completely crooked the top row of pockets was. I had to start over, of course. You can see the second attempt below. I hope to finish both of […]


Saturday, July 21st, 2012

I’ve sewn a couple of things since I was last here: a nightgown in very cool cotton lawn and a nightgown-like top in green rayon challis. Nightgowns are great things for practicing sewing skills. They have little fitting to worry about and your audience, if any, is likely to be uncritical. If you have little […]

Florentines from Scratch

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Here are some florentines I made as part of my summer studies. They were delectable. I’ve also made financiers and chocolate croissants and other tasty things. This week I’m supposed to do macarons, but we’ll see. It’s hard to think about baking in this heat. My tailoring class is not going that well. I’ve watched […]

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