New Subscription Box for Francophiles

Sep. 20th, 2017 09:39 pm
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Posted by georgianna

My Stylish French Box by Sharon Santoni

Hello, friends! I’m sure most of you read Sharon Santoni’s My French Country Home, a blog that has been inspiring many of us for years. It’s one thing to fantasize about an idyllic life in the French countryside but Sharon has been living it for over two decades, and in addition to her blog, has chronicled her experiences in two very popular books, My Stylish French Girlfriends and My French Country Home, Entertaining Through the Seasons.

My Stylish French Box by Sharon Santoni

She has recently started a new venture: a quarterly subscription entitled My Stylish French Box.

My Stylish French Box by Sharon Santoni

Every three months, subscribers receive a shipment of carefully curated and authentic items from France. I thought you’d love to see what’s inside one of them so here is the most recent from August with the theme of “Summer in Provence.”

My Stylish French Box by Sharon Santoni

My Stylish French Box by Sharon Santoni

My Stylish French Box by Sharon Santoni

My Stylish French Box by Sharon Santoni

Details of the contents can be found here.

My Stylish French Box by Sharon Santoni

Isn’t this a delightful treasure chest to receive all the way from France?

My Stylish French Box by Sharon Santoni

Charming limited edition watercolor by Jeanne McKay Hartmann.

My Stylish French Box by Sharon Santoni

My Stylish French Box by Sharon Santoni

Contents are not revealed ahead of time so that you can anticipate wonderful surprises. The November selection is still available, (all previous boxes sold out well before the shipping date). I hope this gives you some ideas for holiday giving to that Francophile on your list, that just might be you!

xo

G

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Baen's mass market paperback edition of Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen is coming up next week. Official launch date is next Tuesday, Sept. 26th. However, I don't think this one has a hard don't-sell-before date, so it will probably start trickling into brick-and-mortar bookstores whenever they get around to opening the boxes in the back room.

My box of author's copies arrived. Front looks like this, more or less -- Baen's shiny foil does not scan well.




The back looks like this:



They somehow got the first draft of the cover copy onto this one, and not the final one as it appears on the hardcover jacket flap. That last line was not supposed to be, misleadingly, All About Miles, but rather to put the focus on the book's actual protagonists and plot, and read, "...the impact of galactic technology on the range of the possible changes all the old rules, and Oliver and Cordelia must work together to reconcile the past, the present, and the future."

Ah, well. Most readers (who bother to read the back at all) will figure it out, I expect. Those that don't will be no more confused than usual.

Ta, L.

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Rolled Jam Buns with Sour Cream Glaze

Sep. 20th, 2017 01:42 pm
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Rolled Jam Buns with Sour Cream Glaze

I saw a lovely lady riding her bike through New Orleans today. The sunlight was low and behind both of us in that comforting way that says the day is almost closed and we’re all headed home to take off our bras and make butter pasta. She was riding her bike wearing a dress and I had split second of jealousy thinking, gosh, I don’t do that nearly enough. I’ve forgotten that as one of life’s very simple graces.

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I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but me and sheet cakes have a thing. It’s not an old relationship at all. In fact, this guy right here was kinda the first sheet cake I’d ever made. But once I made that one, I was like WHOAA. This is WAY better than a big, layered cake because it’s a million times less stress and time. I also think that anyone, AND I MEAN ANYONE, can decorate a sheet cake. It just takes some swoops and swirls with a trusty off-set spatula and that’s it. I mean, even a butter knife could do the trick. Here’s the trick—I found—to making those bomb-ass swirls: You gotta plop all the frosting right in the center and then push it out. It really works splendidly. It also takes under 5 minutes. If you mess with it too much then it starts to look too purposeful. The decorating needs to look casual yet cute. Don’t put too much effort into it, you know. This combo is A++++, too. When I first started this recipe, I thought I was going to make a salted caramel frosting but then we did and we both HATED IT. It was […]

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Finally: Rain

Sep. 19th, 2017 02:29 pm
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Oh, the sky had mercy. It's been raining off and on for the past couple of days. I have no words to describe my relief and my joy. Amazingly, most people around here are conflicted: They don't like rain. I love rain. It could rain every day, as far as I'm concerned. (It doesn't, even though people think it does, here. But it really doesn't.) We are getting a new sofa tomorrow and I plan to sit on it with my windows open to the rain and knit for 7,000 hours, starting tomorrow. I can't wait.

Thaaaaaaaaaaank you, thank you for the quilt kit orders guys!!!!! Thank you! There are still quite a few of some colorways left in the shop, and a few king-sized kits in the more popular colorways (which are always the ones I think won't be the popular ones — go figure) that I will probably break into smaller kits when I catch my breath. I've just packed up the last seventeen orders today and I'm hoping we can stop at the post office to drop everything off on the way to ballet; if not, they will go tomorrow. Thank you ever so much for all of your orders and your emails and your kind words about these. I do hope you are pleased with them and I hope people send me pictures of what they make. I really want to see these made up.

So, no kidding, I've been cleaning and reorganizing pretty much nonstop since Amelia went back to school. Over the weekend I cleaned out the upstairs medicine cabinet in the bathroom and rewallpapered it. Then I went through every single piece of clothing in Amelia's room and got everything organized to either keep for next summer, save forever, or sell on eBay. It was a great feeling. The feeling is hard-earned, however; these things do not do themselves. I literally spent the whole weekend doing these things, which was fine because on Saturday it was so smoky again (before it rained) that we had to stay inside, and then on Sunday I just wanted to get it all done. I've hit the reorganizing plan hard this month. Some of these things, like the books and the linen closet and the medicine cabinet, I've been wanting to do for five years. It's hard to put my finger on exactly why it's so hard to do these things when your kid is super little. They (these projects) just seem to take a concentrated amount of energy and a long-enough amount of uninterrupted time alone so that you can actually, like, think and make decisions. About even the smallest things, like Why did I spend money on this expensive BB creme when I hate putting things on my face? Why do I have fifty pillowcases that don't match? Why does my child insist on changing all of her clothes (and taking half of everything out of her dresser) every time she spills four drops of water on her sleeve? Just a few thoughts that run through your mind when you're experiencing your first, uninterrupted fit of binge-cleaning in five years.

We are getting a new sofa tomorrow. The old one is so uncomfortable. And this, after I was just crowing about Ikea! Oh well. It's been a long-time coming in our minds, but perhaps not in reality, because it's only five years old. But we've lived hard on that thing. The new one is less scratchy, smaller, and, hopefully, more firm — the old one is literally like sitting on one of those puff-ball mushrooms. Or an air mattress with a slow leak. Bah. No. Just — no. My back. Too soft. Andy and I both got so fed up with it at exactly the same time, and we are giving it to a family down the street. They're excited. They're probably younger and less annoyed about anything that interferes with their own established levels of personal comfort. Well, this is our twentieth anniversary present to each other, just a bit belated and quite a splurge for us. I'll take some pictures after I get the room back together. Uncovering the spot where the old sofa was has been illuminating. Andy, on hands and knees: "Look, there's Indian corn." Also, many knitting needles, cable needles, yarn needles, embroidery needles, and countless mini-legos and countless ponytail holders.

Next week I'm pretty sure I will have burned through most of my motivation for cleaning. It's like a fever. It will run its course. Then I plan to start several other projects. Here they are, in random order: Amelia's birthday dress. Many pillows for new sofa. Quilt to raffle off for Hurricane Harvey and now Hurricane Irma relief. School clothes for Amelia. Several flannel nightgowns for Amelia. New curtain to cover up built-in bookshelf in living room. I don't know what else. Halloween costume: She told us this morning that she wants to be a "pink and purple kitty, with a saddle and a rider on its back." Oh my.

A few people asked about the lavender and cedar chips and stuff I mentioned that I got for my linen closet. Now I'm out of time to look them up and I have to go but I will take a picture and show you and link to them next time.

P.S.: That's Clover Meadow's face when she is listening to the dustbuster. The dog who jumps out of her skin when she hears hummingbirds or airplanes is singularly unperturbed by vacuums, the dustbuster, and Roomba, who I have seen actually hit her in the rump before she will move herself out of its way. GOOF. BALL. FAMILY.

Trying On Their Pants

Sep. 19th, 2017 02:47 pm
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The little mouse was not only a talented seamstress, but she was also an excellent tailor, and had been working hard on Mr. Ropuha and his friend's formal wedding wear.  
​Their pants are ready to try on....  

"I'm not used to wearing pants. I hope they don't make my butt look too big."
Tiana thought her fiancé's pants were perfect....
"Doesn't he look great?"
But Miss Mousy had no time to waste, as there was still a lot to get done....

A Spicier Life Crochet Along

Sep. 19th, 2017 09:01 am
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Posted by Sandra (Cherry Heart)


Squeee, I'm so excited!  Are you?

As I mentioned on my last podcast, I've been fit to burst carrying this secret little up and coming project around with me and it feels so good to share it properly with you at last.

Ever since the fun and the really surprising and wonderful success of the Spice of Life CAL which I ran together with Black Sheep Wools, I've been talking with those lovely peeps about the idea of a 'Spice of Life 2' and I'm so happy that we're working together again to be able to bring it this even 'spicier' new blanket and crochet along which we're calling A Spicier Life!

After settling on keeping the ‘spicy’ theme, I’ve taken lots of inspiration from India this time, thinking of the sights and flavours of that fabulous and endlessly interesting country. You’ll see the colour packs this time around have been influenced and named appropriately.

This second blanket is very much the sequel to the first and I think they work really well with each other.  It really carries on from the first blanket, with new stitch patterns to discover and some more new stitches to try.

I really hope you like it!

Please have a little look below where you'll find the 'Introduction' file to download to get you started, information on the yarn packs and there's a little extra podcast I've recorded too...

: :


Pattern Download & Links


You'll be able to find this and all future downloads on my Spicier Life CAL page


Facebook Group
 A Spicier Life Crochet Along

Crochet meet up and chat at Black Sheep Wools
Book Afternoon Tea with Me

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Yarn Packs 


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Jaipur Yarn Pack in Debbie Bliss Rialto DK




Jaipur Yarn Pack in Stylecraft Special DK



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Taj Mahal Colour Pack in Stylecraft Special DK




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Bollywood Colour Pack in Stylecraft Special DK



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Spicier Life Podcast Special



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Introducing Miho

Sep. 18th, 2017 09:01 pm
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I've had my Miho for a year already, but could never decide if I wanted to go into the FID line, or not.  I even ordered her a guy last Christmas in hopes they'd make a great couple.  But with everything else going on in my life, I found it difficult to decide if I really wanted to add another size doll to my collection - especially since it's not compatible with the dolls I play with most.

But I finally decided to give them a decent try, which meant getting them painted, so I took them to Charie Wilson last week, to work her magic on them. I picked them up this afternoon.

Miho is gorgeous, and I had to give her her dress back, and take some photos.
It's a good thing I never shortened the dress for Isis, because it's perfect for Miho. After all she's the doll I made it for.

FID Lawrence and my second Owen were both painted as well. But I'm not taking any photos of either of them until I've made them each a wig, and some clothes. 

A Wedding Dress

Sep. 18th, 2017 08:57 pm
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Tiana's friend, who was also a seamstress, was just making the finishing touches to the wedding dress, as Tiana arrived for a fitting....
Tiana tried on the dress, and hopped up in front of the mirror to have a look....
"It's gorgeous, and fits perfectly!"

Monday blues

Sep. 18th, 2017 10:04 pm
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Urgh, what a Monday. One of those days when it all goes wrong. Oh, nothing monumental, and I feel like a spoilt diva complaining, but I woke up in a grump and now a whole day of unproductiveness has gone by and I'm in even more of a grump.

Spent the morning wrestling with an email problem and got absolutely nowhere. You know that point when you want to throw the laptop through the plate glass window.

The dog was annoying ALL DAY. Running round the garden dragging the clean washing through the mud. Getting his paws wet, then coating them in earth and running through the kitchen TWICE, once straight after I'd cleaned up from the first time. The morning dog walk did not go well. He doesn't like to Walk Nicely, he would rather do that demented spaniel thing of running about getting under my feet, sniffing everything and trying to eat all the litter.

I gave up on the writing and put up a towel rail instead. Turns out it's not quite straight. This sort of thing matters more than it should to be I'm afraid. I opened a new phone, but it has to be sent back. I taped up a box of papers for the courier with the lable inside. I stood in something nasty (both shoes) while chasing the dog round the garden. The washing got soaked in a sudden shower. Oh I could go on but I won't. It sounds ridiculous now I've written it down and I feel like I'm standing here stamping my foot. I am pulling myself together immediately and tomorrow I shall be a completely different, lovely, patient and good-natured person.

Any tips for unslumping oneself?

Photos from a great afternoon up on the common running about the place with the dog and playing happy imaginative games.

Ready to Leave

Sep. 18th, 2017 08:55 pm
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Everything was packed up, and we were almost ready to leave. Aaron was poking around in the dead fire.  "I had a really good time camping.  I sure hope we can come back again next year."
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Postcards from Pennsylvania

Sep. 18th, 2017 07:50 am
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happy flower qal week 29

Sep. 18th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Posted by Kristyne

ATTENTION QALers:

The blade template for this block is a smidgen too big.  If you sew the blades together with a 1/4" seam, the dresdan plate will finish too large to fit inside the 6" parameter. 

TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM:

Simply sew the blades together with a 1/3" seam, rather than a 1/4".  That's what I did for mine. Sorry for the messy photo, but now you see that my process isn't always ... "neat". I wasn't worried because I knew the circle in the middle would hide all the inside threads, and I simply tucked all the outside threads in as I appliqued the plate to the background.  Easy fix.  No fuss. :)

(Also, I modified the pointed part of my template so I could finish the tips a little differently than the standard applique method.  If you're not familiar with this method, don't worry about it, just notice how I increased my seam allowance.  It took a few rounds to get it right.)

And then you can also reduce the size of the circle center, if you like, which is what I did.

All that said, I think this is my favourite block so far.  What is it about a wee dresdan that is just so gosh darn cute? The background fabric is from my "First Romance" collection (coming sooooooon!)

If you're sewing along and haven't made this block yet, learn from my mistake and take note that you need to make TWO of the large leaves.  The way the templates are indicated on the sheet in the book make it look like there is only one. :)   I used another "First Romance" print for the background of this block too.  Kinda reminds me of those green plastic strawberry pint containers.

 

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