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Aren’t these the most beautiful shoes you’ve ever seen? These are my favs from the current shoe offering. I must say, after reading blog after blog and seeing cute adorable little flats with precious little bows and flowers, who isn’t just dying to make some at home? In my little shop, I try to stick with the traditional and ever versatile bow. But, who can resist a little flower or bit of silk?

Here is a lovely tutorial from Ms. Jewel Box Ballerina on how to make it yourself. Enjoy! I’ll post pics of my endeavors tomorrow.

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Have you ever looked in your fridge and wished that there were less packaging bits, and more fresh pure ingredients? Then when at the store the extra 25% $$ of the organic items poke us right back to our happily enriched lives.

I think part of the intense and evil cold I contracted over the weekend impacted my absolutely fiendish desires to grow my own oranges, churn my own butter, and hire pigs to sniff out my mushrooms. AND the overall “pure push” I’m now feeling. But in moderation, I do think a bit of the DIY-@Home is great for the moral if not for the body.

Usually the T’s are content with a lot of produce, meat, some pasta and of course cheese. But recently I have had the keenest desire for homemade diary and breads/starches. So, again I will commence my cooking escapades. Here is the running list. May add more depending on success of #3 & 4
1. Butter
2. Bread
3. Yogurt (again, I think WHOLE milk is the trick)
4. Sour Cream
5. Pasta

So. Yesterday, on a calm sweet Sunday afternoon, while my sweetheart was playing guitar, I took it into my head to make butter. I had purchased the only ingredient necessary: heavy whipping cream.
I had hoped to post pictures of the progress, but I was so eager to be done with it, I didn’t document as I ought to have. So. Here are the ingredients and output of my excellent Sunday afternoon:

I have to say, making butter really is the easiest thing on the planet. These are the steps I took:
1. Shake little container of cream until cream thickens into butter*
2. Separate buttermilk, using a cheesecloth is best, but a firm spoon pat is also fine
3. Eat butter on toast or some other delightful treat

* this time, I shook it in the little carton for about 10 minutes, then transferred it to a clear container, shook for another 5 minutes. At which point I’d made whipped cream, and was slightly fearful I’d committed my cream to whip instead of butter! But, then transferred the whip into mixing bowl. Used electric mixer to mix until it obediently separated into butter & milk. YAY!.

And that my friends is it. When I make it again, I promise to show the unromantic steps.

If you still must have pics of the process, I refer you to Ms. Joy’s “Joy, the Baker.” She did a great job, but I don’t think you need the big mixer — if you have a little hand one, that works great too 🙂

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I’m always eager to find others who snip, destroy, reinvent and lace up old clothing into new fabulous pieces. So here for your enjoyment, I found these delightful tutorials by Julia Barbee. She has a laid back way of explaining how to snip and sew. Love her boho, pieced together way of working.

This is a great sample of her tutorials. Check them all out for some expert advice!

And if sewing is a little beyond what your skill is, perhaps just snipping out some vintage paper dolls will give you that DIY fix. These really are too precious to resist. Wouldn’t you agree?

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MmmMm. Great to start on a project, but even more fun to be right in the middle of it, enjoying the progress — in my case one bunting flag at a time.

Been slowly working on the bunting. Yesterday added the fusible interfacing strips to the flags to make them reversible. And really, I must say they look marvelous. What do you think?

And now, once sewn and strung up around my little shadow box (complements of my dear Grandfathers), dont they look just about as precious as you can get? I must say, I do love the little ones. But I always love little things. Cannot resist.

Naturally one would like a detail pic of the birdie salt shakers.

I’m only about 25% done with the bunting at this point. Many more ironing and stitching phases in store for Mrs. T. But it is coming along just swimmingly. Thought you’d enjoy a status check.

Yesterday a dear friend also popped over, and we made cupcakes from scratch! They are the Mud Cupcakes that are supposed to be lava-ish and gooey in the middle. Ours were magnificent, although we didn’t quite achieve the lava-levels in the middle. Here is a snap of the inspiration and creation.

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Well ladies. It’s done 🙂 Here is a pretty snap of it’s fluffy loveliness:

The green is the most delicate sweet pattern, and the chiffon is a soft olive. Detail of the fabric:

I really must find a non-blue dress form someday. But for now, make do 🙂 I mentioned last time general steps for making this skirt, but here’s a more detailed tutorial on

“How to whip and snip a curtain into a fluffy little skirt”

1. Measure curtain to 1.5x around your waist (i.e. wrap fabric once around you, then wrap 1/2 around again).
2. Snip length.

(Leave in all casings, and seams)

Chiffon piece
3. Seal edges of chiffon by hair-spraying each edge. Wait to dry. Trim edges, so there are now lose treads &c.

4. Measure chiffon to the same length as skirt.
5. Fold chiffon as shown, and hem both tiers of the underlay.

6. Pin & sew to finished edge of curtain. Iron smooth.

7. Snip any unneeded material and bind seam.
8. Sew up the back (i.e. fold your skirt in half — right sides together — stitch up the unfinished seam). Be careful to sew all the way around the existing casing, so you don’t lose the home for your waistband.
9. Iron smooth.

10. Insert elastic through waistband casing. I usually measure the elastic by holding a piece snugly around my waist, and adding two inches.

11. Adjust elastic to be evenly smooth around skirt.
12. Stitch casing closed.
13. Primp, admire and adore.

This little sweet thing turned out great. For wearing out and about, I’d wear it with a little white tee, draping beads and throw a little vintage lace belt around it, or maybe a brown leather belt. Flats, wedges or boots. MmMmmm. Glam glam.

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The bloggoworld is full of cloth bunting these days.

Little buntings on cakes, medium on pillows and large ones for children’s rooms.

I was wondering what BUNTING actually was, so I wikipedia-ed it. And this, is what I got:
* Bunting (bird), a group of birds
* An infant sleeping bag
* The act of laying down a bunt, a type of offensive play in baseball (???)
* Bunting (textile), a lightweight cloth material often used for flags and festive decorations ta da!
* Bye, baby Bunting, a nursery rhyme (presh).
Then of course there are the endless names of Sir Bunting, of Buntville Cakes (and such, :))

So. I am making a bit of bunting for a dear friends shower. Her colors are blue, navy, cream, and blue. So I pulled all my extra blues out of my fabric cupboard and am setting to work.

My goal is to make this sort of bunting (which I labeled “Circus Garland”)

Hopefully this will turn out quite sweet, if not I will tear apart and turn into a patchwork quilt. And put up paper crape and *tears* instead 🙂

Tutorials. I found a few when google-ing “how to make bunting.” But I think I’ll just wing it on my own and post the tale tmr.

Guiding Framework:
1. Snip triangles (and seal)
2. Secure together (or to a ribbon)
3. Hang & festoon about the room.

Potential Pot-holes:
1. May need to purchase pinking sheers.
2. Will do small flags to I can get more color variety (I’m thinking 4″ long, with a 3″ base)
3. Will snip original flags by hand (don’t have my rotary cutter yet), then hair-spray edges to seal (in the event the pinks don’t get purchased pre party)

BUT. If you’d like to make a bunting TODAY. Here is a sweet little pic-by-pic guide by my Aunty at A SIMPLE LIFE

In other news, found the most dramatic Robert Cummings thriller yesterday, “Sleep, My Love.” I’m not sure if Gaslight was a remake of this or if this is a remake of Gaslight. Either way it was a delightful thrill to enjoy while hopping about on my week off. Don’t you just LOVE her dress (they really make the sweetest couple I’ve ever seen.)

Little snap of this charming pair in, "Sleep, My Love"

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