cording and cookies



So, let’s see… I am deciding on the designs for the frogging on my pelerine; I like the 2 I’ve posted here. I might try to incorporate both of them. I’ve finally cut the wool for the pattern, and I think I’ll be cutting the lining tonight. 2 weeks should be enough time, although I wish I had started way earlier so that I could do a bit of embroidery like on this one

Patrick and I spent Friday night baking a lot of cookies to give to family and friends, and here is a sampling: they are oatmeal cranberry; virgin rum balls and peppermint decadence. And they are decadent.

I finished gift shopping yesterday! Now I get to wrap. Of course, I like to wrap gifts, and despair if I’ve got to use a gift bag. I made a fun little pillow cover over a purchased pillow form for my FIL (he collects Wicked Witch of the West memorabilia, and I used a transfered image sewn on like a patch), and now have to figure out if I wrap it or bag it. I think I’ll try wrapping it.
I’m also dragging my feet on making a Pelerine to wear to the Feast of the 12th Night coming up in December. I think it’s just the cutting out of the patterns that I dread so much. I transfered the original pattern pieces to tracing paper yesterday and now need to start cutting the fabric out. I also need to decide what trim to use.
Have a safe end of the year, my friends.

out of the mire


hmmm, feeling a weight lifted tonight. Earlier in the year I had agreed to partner with my then brother in law to create the images for a comic that he was writing. It was nothing like anything I had ever done before, but the idea of drawing comics intrigued me so I took it on. Since then, I’ve done very little actual work on it; I just couldn’t get into it, and there was always some other project to do. So months later, when I start to sketch something I want, or spend hours sewing or reading, I feel guilty for not working on his project. Not good. I even agreed to stay on the project after it came to light that he and my husband’s sister were divorcing. Probably out of guilt or some deep seated need to not disappoint anyone; I knew by then that I was regretting the decision to work on the project. Well, I finally let him know last night that I was going to drop the project. I quashed those guilty feelings and did what is probably the right thing for both of us, since I can’t see me ever getting into it, and frankly, I have much higher priorities.
On a much light note, my Christmas shopping was done almost entirely on etsy and in the process, I aquired the most charming fingerless gloves. I received them via post today, and have not wanted to remove them since.