Bloom

I really wish the internet had a scratch-and-sniff option because I assure you, they smell just as good as they look. Both lilac trees outside my house are in full bloom right now (It’s not even June yet!). They are very mature (I suspect they are original to the house) and reach up to the second story, so the smell wafts through the open windows at night. I have also used every vase and jar and can possible to bring them inside as well!

Hello dreamy summer. I have been waiting for you.

Pyjama Bottoms for the P.J. Party

I don’t know which was more fun, making the pyjama pants or modelling them. You see, I am already at a pyjama party of sorts: my sister and I have travelled from different parts of North America to visit my parents. There’s lots of crossword-puzzling, weekend-newspaper-reading, Sherlock-watching, and cereal-eating.

I asked my sister to take some photos of me, a plan which quickly became derailed due to lots of giggling.  I tried to (clandestinely) jump on the pristine guest-bed with as quietly as I could, which of course only made us laugh more.

The pants themselves are great. I will be making lots more of these. The fabric was left over from a dress I made for a friend of mine. The pattern was NewLook 6321. This is a unisex pattern, so be forewarned! I cut out the smallest size and still had to take them in. I also cut a straight leg rather than a tapered one (who wants tapered pyjamas?).

I added in some extra touches – modelled after a favourite pair from Gap Body – including 2 inch wide elastic, a drawstring, and big cuffs. I wanted to make them at least a little bit fancy, so I added in some cute pleated-ribbon trim around the bottom of the cuffs. I LOVE them!

As always, my bedtime reading is The New Yorker. It’s a weekly subscription, so I’m always trying to keep on top of it!

Thanks to Karen for such a great idea! It was just the prompting I needed!

Let them eat cake!

After seeing this post from The Kitchn, I decided to make my own birthday cake this year. I’m not even supposed to have chocolate (allergies), but I am a firm believer in the everything-goes-on-your-birthday policy. As the chef/baker in this house, I didn’t feel confident assigning a gluten-free cake to someone who wouldn’t know what even a ‘scant teaspoon’ meant. Gluten-free is tricky business in the first place, not to mention the fact that I was combining two recipes in an attempt to adapt what I wanted to gluten free.  They both had sour cream as a common ingredient, but that was about it. One used 3 eggs, one 5, so I compromised and went with 4. After shrugging my way through the rest of the recipe, I put it carefully in the oven and hoped for the best. What came out was one of the best cakes I’ve ever had. It was dense and fudgy, and the saltiness of the chopped pistachios cut the sweetness of the icing nicely.

Yes, I highly recommend making your own birthday cake.

 

Backstage at the circus

Here I am! February has been a bit of a blur, between a major illness and the many rehearsals for the circus show I am performing in right now. Here are a few behind-the-scenes images from the green room and from the wings.

In terms of sewing, there has been a lot of circus-costume alteration and repair happening, but also three different dress projects! I’m looking forward to getting back to my sewing table, but for now, I am swinging through the air with the greatest of ease.