a very detailed site on how to make paper darts
shopping for fabric at britex: a primer
aka. don’t you wish every place could have a user interface expert?
- the people who work there are frazzled snobs, they know a lot, they have a deep appreciation for fabric, they are probably expert seamstresses and tailors, they are asked idiotic questions all day long (rather like librarians)
- there are four floors, expensive silks and dress fabrics on the first, home fabrics and cottons on the second , more dress and remnants on the third and notions on the fourth
- there is an elevator and stairs in the middle of the store, the elevator is slow
- you pay for notions at the counter on the fourth floor
- you pay for fabric at the counter on the first floor
- they are pretty low-tech but do take credit cards
- don’t get up on the ladders
- if you want some fabric leave it where it is (don’t carry the bolt away) and beckon (good luck) an employee to the fabric, they will cut it for you there and give you a slip for it, which you present to the register on the first floor
- the dress fabric in the back of the store on the first floor is very expensive and if you look like I do they will ignore you
- the prices are hidden tucked in the ends of the tubes, this is a good thing to check before you bug a salesman who was consciously ignoring you and knows you don’t acutally intend to purchase that $80 yard of embroidered silk from India
- head to the remnants on the third floor first, this is also the floor with the fake fur, you can unwind the rolled remnants to check the fabric
- there are remnants of terrycloth, oil cloth, corduroy, velvet, all the silks and bridal fabrics and expensive embroidered silks from India, fake suede and pleather, etc. the prices are marked on the paper wrapped around the middle. we love the remnants.
- they have vintage buttons!
I made a few small graphic improvements on the halloween page – not to say they are better, just that they don’t clash with the background color anymore.
I recently had spiced pumpkin bread with breakfast at a nice little restaurant, it was so very autumnal I found some recipes to try – downeast maine pumpkin bread at allrecipes, way too many at recipe source and spiced pumpkin bread at epicurious. The one I had was baked in a mini-muffin pan (my very own little bread, all for me) but I’m going to attempt muffins. I love autumn best of all seasons, bring on the sweater weather!
I adore these jack o lantern tarts
I didn’t have internet access all day today – boo. But that means I had plenty of time to start a halloween page! yay! I love halloween!
Yikes. A co-worker of mine is planning her wedding and a while ago asked me about the glass-topped favor containers. I very excitedly told her about the ones at Lee Valley being less expensive than the ones at Martha by Mail. And then I told all of you. My co-worker, who is very smart, ordered a sample of them (that being, not the 100+ for her wedding, just one box) to check them out. Specifically, she ordered these 70mm (2-3/4″) ones which come in a cardboard box. They arrived today and they aren’t so great. The glass in the top fell out of the first one she opened (there will be children at the wedding), and the one I picked up had it’s lid well and firmly stuck on it. They were kind of dirty (the edges were dirty and you could see a thin layer of dark on our fingers), and the glass was heavier and thicker than I expected. The cardboard box looked very abused and old.
Now, to the defense of Lee Valley, they are being sold as a way to keep little hardware and tools well kept, for which they would be fine, great even. But these particular ones aren’t going to work as favor containers. With that in mind, anyone order the ones from Martha By Mail? How are those? How about the other sizes at Lee Valley?
i troll martha stewart so you don’t have to: halloween
I work wonderfully close to a great knitting store – Artfibers. They have the most beautiful yarn I’ve ever seen, it’s all scrumptious. The store is small, but it’s on the second floor of the building and the staff is very friendly, which makes it seem more like a community meeting place than a shop. The yarn is all dyed for them – if you’d like to know more take a look at the about page. They have classes for all levels of knitters, and hold small lunchtime classes. I don’t think I could get into the neat and tight kind of kitting (tried it in high school but I couldn’t get the whole no-dropped stitches thing), but I might take a whack at huge and chunky striped scarves made out of really fuzzy yarn for the holidays.
I’m looking for a recipe for wheat paste and found a few:
- solar cooking?
- at make-stuff.com check out the one near the middle for extra-hardening
- make-stuff pinata page
- martha stewart uses wheat-paste poweder in her recipe on this pinata page
(silly question day continues) Anyone have a tried and true recipe? Where can I get wheat-paste powder? Is it any better than just using stuff from my kitchen?