Made and Making No.1

Some of my favorite posts in blogland are round-ups of goings on in people’s lives, especially when accompanied by photos. I’ve been meaning to start a weekly series for ages, so I can document all the little things in my own week. Finally I was able to plan it out!

I’m going to call my new weekly round-up series “Made and Making”, and aim for Friday postings. I’ll share snapshots from my week that relate to things I’ve made (outfits including me-made items new and old, meals, newly completed projects, hairstyles I’m trying out, etc), or things I’m making (knitting, sewing, gardening, home decorating, etc). Snapshots, Instagram pics, you get the ideaβ€”you’ve seen it everywhere, now you’ll see it here. lol The number of photos will vary. I’ll probably be a little liberal with this “made and making” concept though, so I may sneak in a snap now and again just because. πŸ˜‰

So without further ado…

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Clockwise from upper left

1. Ruffles on my sundress. We had a very warm spell earlier in the week, and I can now attest to the wearability of cotton lawn in warm weather with my new sundress. I might have thought this fabric was a pain to work with, but it’s a joy to wear. But this begs the question: why don’t I own any cotton slips any longer?! I think I need to change that, stat.
2. Strawberries and cream.We joined a CSA a couple of weeks ago. For those unfamiliar, that stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Once a week we now get a delivery of fresh organic produce from a farm in southern Wisconsin. It’s just now strawberry season, and we feasted Wednesday night on strawberries with fresh whipped cream. My recipe is from a 1950s Betty Crocker cookbook: with chilled beaters and bowl, beat 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream with 2 Tbsp. confectioner’s (powdered) sugar until thick and creamy. I added in a little vanilla extract, too. Yum!
3. Me-made outfit and a wave. You never see me without glasses because I haven’t had contacts in years. I achieved a perfect wave in my bangs, although it’s not a style I find practical because I always want my hair out of my face. So it was an accidental styling. In this snap I’m wearing me-made earrings I finished this week from 50s cabochons, and a me-made feedsack blouse, one of the first pieces of clothing I ever made for myself, about 2 years ago. It has some serious issues, but I still wear it now and again.. under a cardigan. πŸ˜‰
4. My first harvest of radishes! I am so exciting to finally have a little yard!! I’m growing radishes from seeds. I pulled the first one out Tuesday and got a whole bunch Thursday. It’s so satisfying!
5. My current sewing project, another 1940s dress. I’m using a fun apple tree print in Japanese cotton. I’ve had very little time to work on it this week, but I hope next week I’ll make some headway.
6. A gorgeous vintage fabric for an upcoming tutorial. Part of why I’ve had no time for my dress! I’ll be sharing a fun little project early next week. I’m very excited about it, so stay tuned!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

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Golly, 22 Comments!

  • Congratulations for your first self-grown radishes. They even look pretty. I think growing vegetables is so satisfying. This year I tried to grow lettuce and bloodwort in pots on my back porch and they came out very well. Every second day I can take a few leaves to add to our daily salad. I also have pepper plants and the first green peppers in different shapes are already to be seen. Tomatoes, herbs and also for the first time beans are growing there too. Happy harvesting!

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    • Thanks! I was impressed at how pretty they were, too. My dad always told me how easy radishes were to grow, so I’m glad I started with them since I’m struggling to deal with some other minor gardening issues elsewhere in the yard (fungus, bugs, etc). It really is satisfying to grow even such a small veggie!

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    • We just ate our radishes last night, they are a lot hotter that the store bought ones.

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  • Oh fun, I love these types of round-ups! πŸ™‚ Love that wave your bangs are doing – that’s exactly what I want miiiine to do! Except my hair is too fine to hold a curl if there is even the slightest bit of humidity in the air (aka all summer). Oh well!

    Have you ever tried strawberries & mint? A friend introduced me to it a couple of years ago & it’s now my go-to picnic contribution. Slice a pound of strawberries, add a generous handful of chopped mint (more or less depending on your tastes, I like mine super minty though :)) and a couple teaspoons of sugar to draw out the juices. Let it sit in the fridge for an hour or so. SO GOOD.

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    • Ooh that sounds fab! Why isn’t mint one of the herbs we’re growing? I think I need to fix that. Strawberries and mint sounds great! Well, perhaps a mojito too… πŸ˜‰

      I hear you on humidity. Curls in the morning, stringy floppy mess a few hours later. That’s my summer in a nutshell!

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  • I love this! And I am proper in love with 1) you ruffles and 2) your wave πŸ™‚

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  • oohhh…fun! Love this!

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  • That dress is very cute and looks like a breeze to wear. I love strawberries. I could eat them all day.

    We started a garden and we were super excited .Until a cold storm front came in and killed all of our seedlings. I was so upset. We’d planted the seeds and watched them grow. It’s a new region for us and the weather has been crazy.

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  • Lovely post – what a great idea. Strawberries look tasty, think I might have to go and buy some now! :o)
    That fabric is stunning in picture 6, can’t wait to see what you do with it.

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  • What a stellar idea! I too enjoy these kinds of posts very much and am thrilled that you’ve started one, dear gal.

    Wishing you an awesomely lovely weekend!
    β™₯ Jessica

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  • Very nice! I like this feature!

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  • Hoo-rah, garden! Our strawberries and lettuce have started coming in and I couldn’t be happier πŸ™‚

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  • Love this blog post idea, it’s nice to see what you’re up to! Those strawberries look bliss and the radishes look so tasty! I’m growing my own garlic, and can’t wait to pull them out and feast… only a few weeks to wait πŸ˜› xox

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  • I admit, I gave up on contacts because my poor eyes got so dry and tired feeling! But you look very pretty πŸ™‚
    Excited to see your upcoming dress tutorial πŸ™‚

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  • What a great post! Love it, and looking forward to seeing future ones in the series. πŸ™‚

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  • I look forward to following this series! The fabric is lovely, excited to see what the tutorial will be all about. πŸ™‚

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  • What a lovely idea! love all the pics. How satisfying to grow your own. Our garden soil is just awful and I’d love to grow but I think I’ll have to wait til we buy some pots to grow in.

    I love your fabric can’t wait to see what you do with it!

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    • Ours are in pots! So far I haven’t planted anything in the ground, just watched what’s come up from the previous owner. πŸ™‚

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  • Wonderful new feature. Looks like you had a great week. I love those baby radishes- did you make anything special with them?

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  • Strawberries, sundresses, and the perfect (hair) wave– you are starting the summer off right! Looking forward to seeing that fabric again for the upcoming tutorial, too cute.

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