June 2018 Recap

After Hours, Newsletters

This month, I tested a bucket bag pattern to make two canvas pouches. They have a round bottom, which allows them to stand upright when empty.

Green and White Canvas Pouches Done

The canvas has a really great, understated floral pattern outlined in white. I added a coordinating green and white polka dot accent (a better view here). I just need to finish the documentation and take more pictures, then I can list them in the shop.

I use similar baggies to organize my socks, undies and bras when traveling, and find them very handy. These ended up really cute, even if I say so myself. 🙂 I’m also finishing another, slightly taller pair from teal floral canvas.

Otherwise, I spent most of my sewing time adapting patterns and making clothes for myself. Last year, I made a bunch of tops mostly out of linen…

Top Pattern Fabric Cut

Clothing for Myself Tops 2017

I already picked apart the grey top’s neckline to re-do. 🙂

So, this year, to go with the tops, I adjusted a pajama pants pattern into two (day) shorts variants, one without and the other with a side seam.

Apart from creating a pattern that fits me well, it was great to use some of my leftover fabric with the first few test pairs. Some were highly experimental, others used up bits and pieces that by themselves were too small to make anything. At times I had to be very creative to make a whole pair of shorts!

Then I wanted to add pockets to the shorts without a side seam. That lead to more experiments…

Experimental Pocket Done

I may have gone a little overboard – I now have five new pairs of shorts! Also, I want to make a pattern for a pantskirt (with pockets, naturally) and add pockets to a dress pattern I like. Good grief, I may have unleashed a pocket monster! 😀

Speaking of pantskirts – is that the English word commonly used? The Finnish term I grew up with is the same word for word (housuhame). I did also find the translation ‘coulottes’, but I don’t have a good enough of a grasp of that or pantskirt. Coulottes does ping my medieval or Renaissance-era brain, but that may just be the ex-SCAdian in me talking.

As usual, I took a few days off to enjoy the midsummer, and it was glorious. For one, wild roses in our neighborhood were absolutely loaded with blossoms this year.

White Roses Blooming

The only interference came from the trees:

Washed-out Pollen

A-choo!

On the other hand, blossoming allergies meant I had a great excuse to stay inside and play more WoW. 🙂 I set the game aside last month, but now I wanted to get back to mop up last quests and achievements before the Battle for Azeroth expansion is released in August.

WoW Legion Warlock Weapon Imbued Jun 2018

Both spring and summer were late this year, but we finally have pleasant summer weather. I hope it is enjoyable wherever you are!

Random Beauty: New Monstera Leaf Uncurling

My Spaces, Random Beauty

There’s a new “baby” in our house! The monstera plant grew a new leaf:

New Monstera Leaf Uncurling

I find the new, uncurling leaves of any plants fascinating – the shapes and colors change almost daily, and the shape, especially, can get very ornate. Beautiful.

P.S. I won’t be blogging on Monday due to Labor Day. Hope my U.S. readers have a relaxing long weekend!

Random Beauty: A Pink July Sunset

Ahem Ahem!, Random Beauty

Spring is my absolute favorite time of the year, but summer is great, too. A case in point: a July sunset near our house from a few years ago:

July Sunset

Isn’t it amazing? I find the pink cloud cover turning gradually to purple especially striking.

In business-related news, I’m taking a few days off to attend my cousin’s wedding. My Etsy shop is in vacation mode for the duration, and instead of a fresh post, I’ll be reblogging from my hobby blog Co-Geeking on Monday.

Not Quite a Hobbit Location

Random Beauty

Last week, Husband and I did a daytrip to western Massachusetts. Traveling through Buckland, we flashed unexpectedly on Tolkien. As if the name wasn’t enough, the village of Shelburne Falls has bit of a Hobbity feel:

The gentle, wooded hills plus colorful, low houses seen across the river and the glorious blossoms on The Bridge of Flowers certainly made my Hobbit radar ping, even if the house styles aren’t quite right.

Alas, we didn’t find a Crickhollow nearby.

Raspberry Sour Cream Pie Recipe

DIY, Food & Drink

A sour cream pie made with our first raspberries! Berry pies with sour cream are quite popular back home in Finland, and very summery.

Raspberry Sour Cream Pie

Here’s my favorite recipe converted into American measurements from metric.

Ingredients:

For the crust:

  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup water

For the filling:

  • ca. 1 cup fresh or frozen berries
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F / 175 C. Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the baking powder and then flour a little at a time, mixing well in between. Add the water last. Mix gently. The crust should be a little flakey, not elastic like bread dough.

Pat evenly on the sides and bottom of a 9” pie plate with well-floured hands. Spread berries evenly on the crust. The berries should fill the crust but not overcrowd it; a few gaps are fine.

In a bowl, mix together the sour cream and sugar. Add egg and mix. Pour on top of berries.

Place pie plate on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper in case of spills. Bake for approx. 45 minutes or until slightly browned at the edges.

Tastes best when cooled and keeps well in the fridge for up to a week.