December 5, 2013
Hi there! I'm still recovering from Thanksgiving, and I feel like I'm not quite ready to let go of golden November days with pumpkin flavored everything. I see everyone in blog land and Instagram racing to get their Christmas decor up, and I still have pumpkins on my fireplace hearth and a fall table look still. This weekend we will be getting our tree though and transform the house into Christmas. Good bye lovely fall, until we meet again.
A while back I mentioned that we were working on Caitlin's old room to turn it into a guest room, and that I would show you some before and afters. It has taken a while, and it still is a work in progress, because I want to make it a bit warmer in feeling. The wall that is facing the bed is naked, and I'm not quite sure what I want to do with it yet. Here are some shots of it now though. I also bought two prints from my favorite artist Elsa Mora. I love her work so much! If you go to her website you can get lost in all her wonderful art. What I love about her is her ability to work in so many mediums and produce such magical work.
My own shop news is that I'm going to try and sneak in some items before things get crazy busy here. My most recent items, after the velveteen garments are some Liberty hair bows. So check back for a post on those. I'm hoping to get those in for possible stocking stuffers.
On that note, I better get cracking, so until next time..............
November 29, 2013
Thought I'd share some pictures from my Thanksgiving. I had lots of helping hands this year, which always makes it nice and not as taxing. My dad and stepmom came out from the east coast to share the celebration.
I had a little trouble with the cooking of the turkey yet again this year, and I think I have possibly solved the problem! All the years that I have cooked my turkey in a cheap foil baker, where the most successful, and I believe that the rack in my fancy All Clad roaster is the culprit for the dark meat not cooking correctly. The breast meat was perfect and juicy, and the thigh meat when cut into still looked undercooked! As you can see from the photo, it sure looks done, and the instant read thermometer said it was all 165, but NO! I had to put the dark meat back in. Anyone else have this problem? Next time it will not have the rack. Aside from the nerdy turkey being annoying, the rest turned out fantastic I must say. I did haricot vert with chanterelles, toasted pecans and shallots topped with lemon zest, and I decided to make the camote recipe that I did last year with the sweet potatoes. The rest more traditional and yummy. Everyone was happy and full after dinner. Cyrous joined us later for dessert. I made my usual pie and we ordered an ice cream cake from a local ice cream shop that was pumpkin with a spice cake. Very nice and a fun alternative for those that didn't want pie.
I sure hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and didn't over eat too much!
November 19, 2013
Ok, what happened to most of November? I feel like I just got back from London and life just fast forwarded at the speed of light! Seems like it took forever to get back in the groove of the daily routine and we were only gone for a week. Oh well. Now I'm back in my work room and I've started on more hats and cut out some bloomers and one other garment in chocolate colored velveteen. I'll show you that later as I get closer to completing them. For now, I'm concentrating on the hats, since they are a good gift item for the holidays and I only have one left in the shop in a large size. I have my heart set on going to my favorite fabric store to pick up this faux fur that I saw last time, that I think would be adorable with some of the color of ribbons that I just bought. The fur is like a snow leopard.....so just picture how cute that would be! I'm also planing my Thanksgiving dinner this week and finalizing what I'm going to make. My dad and step mom will be here this year, and I'm excited to see them, as it has been quite a while since last time we visited in Chicago. Our weather has finally changed dramatically and it is raining today. Perfect for sewing with a nice hot cup of tea. Speaking of which it's waiting for me, and so are my hats. I also want to show you a couple of beautiful prints I bought on Etsy for the spare room, so stay tuned for that. Catch you up sooner than later..................
November 8, 2013
Well, this concludes my show and tell of our trip to London. We really enjoyed our time visiting Nicole, and the photo of her standing in the entrance of the B&B, slightly breaks my heart because we hated to say goodbye :( Speaking of the B&B, here are some photos I managed to snap of the place. I really loved our stay there, and the owners of the place were really nice. It was decorated really tasteful and it was SUPER clean. I was jealous of all their beautiful house plants and those gorgeous wide planked floors in your room. Like I said, if you ever find yourself in this neighborhood, I highly recommend this place. The daughter, in the kitchen picture, made the best cooked breakfast, and every morning when we started down the stairs, the lovely smell of toasted bread and other things she was cooking, would hit you. They also had the jams that I bought in the photo above.
I had to snap a shot of our taxi driver that took us to the airport, because he was so friendly and regaled us with many stories about Somalia. He took us back into Kensington to Whole Foods, where I had forgotten that wicker hamper that the jams are in.
The last pics are of my treasures that I bought. I'm excited about my new scissors and fabric the most.
Hope you enjoyed my tour, and I didn't bore you too much :) I gave myself a break this week to get things organized in the house and do all the trip laundry, but on Monday I start to so some cutting and sewing. I'm going to start with some more hats, and hopefully a few little outfits, before all the holiday craziness begins. I'm not going to stress out about filling the shop for the holidays. In a dream world, I would have many pieces sewn already, but reality is that I just can't fit it all in and I'm going to do my best to have some special pieces to offer.
On that note, I wish you all a great weekend.
November 7, 2013
If you are a long time reader you know that I shop at Whole Foods pretty much everyday, so I just had to visit the biggest Whole Foods in the world right? We had a really nice lunch there and then spent a lot of time looking around and comparing this store to the ones in the US. It was indeed quite large, and had a lot of really nice features to it, like independent restaurants in the food area, which included a nice place for Nicole to choose a gluten free lunch option. I was also very impressed with their customer service. I had left a purchase there and didn't realize it until I had gotten back to the B&B. I sent them an e-mail with my contact number etc. The very next day someone did call my phone and gave me options to either send it or credit my card. Luckily we were able to come back before we headed out to the airport, but I had to comment on how nice and helpful they were! Enjoy the photos of Whole Foods Kensington.
Nicole's gluten free lunch. Very tasty!!!