Sizing A Pattern to Fit You

June 29, 2010 at 6:57 pm (Other Artsy Fun, Sewing Surprised) (, , , )

Two part article on how to resize a pattern to fit your specific body needs. Useful information to keep frustration levels low.

Part One

Part Two


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Recipes of a Historic and Snarky Nature

June 29, 2010 at 4:46 pm (History, Random Recipes) (, , , )

So I mentioned a couple of buttery goodness recipes on Ravelry, and got called a bitch for not sharing them – LOL!

Ok, OK – here they are – Remember, these are FULL of buttery goodness, and hell on your cholesterol and any diets you may have been feigning following.

The first is a recipe for Scones, from the 1850s:

  • 2 beaten Eggs
  • 4cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 6 oz/12 tablespoons BUTTER
  • pinch of salt – yes, a real pinch, you can pinch, can’t ya?
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • Milk as needed
  • 1 cup some kind of fruit, fresh or dried (note, fresh raspberries will turn the whole mix pink – voice of experience)

Combine flour, baking powder and salt, rub in the butter (not like that you pervs, use a folk and it;s easier if the butter is already soft.  I hear you snickering – you are a bunch of pervs, aren’t you?)  Do this until it’s small crumb consistency.  Add sugar, fruit, mix well.  make a small well in your mix, pour the eggs in, mix it it all up, adding milk if it looks dry.  I usually end up adding anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 cup of milk, depending on the fruit.  Doough should be a little sticky.

Now, depending on how motivated and how OCD you may be, you can roll out the dough, cut it in neat circles and bake it.  Or you can do like me – plop it on a baking tray by the large spoonful.

bake at 350 degrees, and they take 20-30 minutes.  This recie works sea level or high altitude, and works in a dutch oven in a campfire, but in a dutch oven, you actually need to turn them part way through the baking to get them cooked all the way through,  and keep a close eye on them, cause sometimes the fire cooks them a lot faster.

1860s Chocolate cake

  • 1 and 3/4 cups Sugar
  • 3/4 cups BUTTER
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup Flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder – dutch treated cocoa powder gives it a richer, smoother taste.
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

Cream together the butter, sugar, add the eggs and vanilla.  Sift in the flour, cocoa and salt.  It wll be like a brownie mix. If it seems too thick to you, add a small bit of water.  Spread it into a greased pan (makes enough for a 13×9 pan) and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.  Do the toothpick thing to check to make sure it was done.

Works sea level or high altitude without change.

Typically served  with powdered sugar on top, but I’m not a fan of that and like it just plain.  You can frost if for a real sugar overload.

And even if you don’t deserve it, one last butter loaded treat.  I’ve made these a variety of ways, and will likely make some today, after the zuchini bread.

Lemon Cookies – another 1860s recipe

Let me put this note right here – if you don’t like lemon, then don’t make them lemon, dammit! We’ve made them as peppermint, and vanilla as well.   The lemon is really actually rather mild.

  • 1/2 cup BUTTER
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Milk
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 3 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Extract

Cream together butter, sugar, eggs, milk, and lemon extract.  Add the dry ingredients, mix well.  And here is where you can get creative.  If you like cut out cookies, then roll them out and cu them out.  I have, however, found they are much moister if you take a teaspoon scoop, roll it in a ball, and lightly smoosh it on the baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees – depending how you do it – 5 to 13 minutes.  Keep an eye on them and figure out what works best for you.

Works sea level or high altitude without change.

Now if you’re feeling OCD or “organic” or whatever buzzword this month, you can use grated lemon zest for these cookies to the same effect.  I’ve also had these lightly frosted with a lemon frosting using real lemon juice and that was GOOOOOOOODDDD!

If you feel a need to be all health conscious (Ummm hello – all that butter?) you CAN use whole wheat flour or barley flour, but it WILL change the taste a bit.  But give it a try – after all, it’s sugar, kids will eat it anyway, or you can take them to the office and pawn them off on coworkers if you don’t like the taste.

There’s three recipes – don’t whine at me or I WILL inflict the bacon cookie recipe on you.

What am I saying – I know my audience – you guys LOVE bacon.  I’d better post that recipe too.

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Ahh, Stick it in Yer Crafthole!

June 25, 2010 at 7:36 pm (Humor too funny to NOT share, odd news, Random Thoughts) (, , , )

As an ardent fan of Regretsy, and knowing several people who are making more money than ever thanks to being featured in the Regretsy book and on their website, I follow them on Facebook as well.

Today, Chris Gore flounced big time because his Etsy store got deleted – and he’s blaming it on Regretsy.  In reality, he should be blaming it right where the blame belongs – on himself.  Come on, man, just because you stick a couple of handmade “additions” (of copywritten materials, I might add) on your Toyota, it doesn’t make it worth $100k, nor does it make it “handmade”.  Sorry buddy, you broke Etsy guidelines.

But your major flounce on Twitter has indeed created a great deal of amusement, and a few more slang terms.

Crafthole – as in a dark place that has no light or air where really bad crafts and flouncing wannabe crafters can be lost for all eternity.

Craftholes – people who have the good sense to know that your work is not crafting.

Craftbag – not something to carry things in, no. A term used by a Facebooker to describe herself – and she’s proud of it too!

ARThole – to differentiate from being a crafthole – artholes tend to use the more expensive supplies in their work.

And Christine C. – I just have to quote you in full, because there’s no other way to say this better:

Crafthole…is that where all flouncers go? Kinda like getting sucked into a black hole but instead a crocheted tunnel bedazzled with rhinestones and Edward Cullen effigies that leads to a VBACer’s house who enjoys making dead dog art? Am I close?

Indeed you are, Christine.

I can’t overlook “e-peen”, nor “craftwhore” (wait, aren’t we all?).

Silence, your commentary is more than worthy of here too – wonderful use of the term “crafthole”:

“Shut yer crafthole.” “What are you doing this week? Oh, just craftholing around.” “What the living fuck is this craftholery?” “Dude, you just got craftholed!” “The few, the loud, the craftholes.”

This determined flouncing has even inspired some new T-shirts.  And Sorry, Chris Gore.  You may be “that” Chris Gore”, but you don’t get royalties – someone used the term before you did – Jessica McLeod.  If anything, I think you need to send that woman a quarter for the blatant misuse of her lovely term.

Oh, and Mr. Gore?  Don’t flounce so publically when you’re just going to put up a new shop immediately anyway – it makes you look like a real…crafthole. 

and just a postscript –  ChrisGoresLovespray? Is that really appropriate for Etsy?  Perhaps a better fit would be a shop linked to

I finish as I started – with an eyeroll.

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Ever Wonder About Who Lives Like That?

June 25, 2010 at 5:55 pm (Humor too funny to NOT share) (, , )

So your newest copy of Pottery Barn catalog has just come in – or Ikea, or Southern Living magazine, or any number of furniture catalogs or decorating magazines, and youre looking through it at all the interesting stuff- and wondering – how do people actually live this way?

Does anyone?  Who are these people who live here?

Well, hopefully this blog can give you some insight into the unseen residents private lives:

Don’t drink anything while looking at this – you’ll snort it out your nose.

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I will NOT clean all the things!

June 23, 2010 at 3:21 am (Best of the Best - My Favorites) (, , )

A new blog – with awesome drawings, I think these should be t shirts – about why we shall ever be adults.  Check it out.  Oh wait, they ARE

t-shirts and cups and stuff!

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