It was Auntie Dutch's birthday at the weekend, but with all the things going on in the Dutch's households, I didn't expect to see her. I did, however, make some tiny bunting instead of a card. I was inspired by a Pin.
It is not very tiny. I bought the material and fussy cut it. I love that term, it is a quilting one that I have appropriated for other things. Each bunt (Is that what an individual piece of bunting is called??), or flag, is about 4cm high. I applied the biased binding, trimmed and then zig-zagged. I decided I couldn't neatly stitch-in-the-ditch. I made an embroidery bobbin, and wound the bunting around.
Then, lo and behold, Auntie Dutch rang on Monday morning and I had lunch with almost all The Dutches and baby Zoe!! Baby Zoe's favourite word is 'No', or its variant 'Nuh'. She is very well and very cute!! Auntie Dutch loved her bunting. I was very pleased.
I wore my new Green Dress, and the belt I made. I looked at Tilly and the Button's tutorial, and then thought perhaps I could change it a little.
I made the belt thinner, and the bow as well. Instead of two sets of hooks and eyes, I used the hook from a Trouser Hook & Bar set. I sewed it under the bow, with the hook facing out so it wouldn't dig in. And then I sewed in some 6mm elastic when I closed the other end of the belt. It works well as a toile. The Belt Proper needs to be well and truly interfaced and shorter. It doesn't stay in the right place, and I fiddle with it all the time. The bodice of my dress is just 2cm too short. More or less. When I sew my New Dress 2.0 I shall adjust the pattern. I am hoping to trace off a cardboard pattern for the bodice just like a proper pattern maker's set.
MrsDrWho requested little galettes for dessert on Sunday so I made some with apple and pear.
Peri and Gilly are very confused by the weather: it is humid, sunny, warm, drizzly, rainy, there is hail, snow down to 300m and then wild windy storms. Repeat ad infinitum. They were very cross when I came home yesterday after lunch and went up to the car to fetch groceries. They cried and cried at the gate and carried on a treat. There are always lots of smells at the dam. I think rabbits or potoroos and wallabies dig all these holes. The holes are full of smells.
In gardening news, some more plants have volunteered to come to live (or die) at our house: a large pot of mint and then six other herbs. They look fine now, but just give me a few weeks and they will be pushing up the daisies.
Now here's my catch up review for Recipe to Riches. Last week's winner was a box of almond meringue biscuits, gluten free. It cost $5-99 for a 112g box of 8. The biscuits were nice, they were actually nicer when I accidentally left one on a plate overnight and it crisped up. I think all macaroon type meringues are gluten free. A typical recipe has almond meal, egg-whites and sugar. That's pretty much it. If you didn't want to bake a batch, then these would be a suitable substitute, though $6 seems a tad over priced to me.
As usual, books on Hold are starting to arrive at the Library en masse. Long, thick, closely typeset books. I shall have to dedicate some time to reading. If the weather is as rainy as forecast, I'm looking forward to a few afternoons of reading and maybe some potato crisps too. We hardly ever have crisps or bought biscuits, I might just lash out!!!