Was Your Week Sketchy? : A Couch Adventure
First off, this Dahlia is from my garden with compliments of my son who has been dying to pick it since it started to bloom. We are still pressing forward with school. Some days are very long, while others are easier. It just depends on the amount of live classes and whether or not the teacher estimates the appropriate time for self-guided lessons. Each week we learn something new about how to do things and we are getting to the point where I am finally able to sneak periods of 5-10 minutes here and there to get something household related done.
Yesterday, during my sons live class, I strung up the basket of tassels I made during quarantine in my daughter’s room. I have SO much yarn and I needed to weed out my stash so I took a lot of half used skeins and colors that I thought I would never use and made a gazillion tassels. Ok, it wasn’t that many, but it sure felt like it at the time. At least my daughter was pleased. She danced around and pronounced it was a princess room.
The weather has finally gotten cooler and it feels like fall. Two weekends ago we went apple picking with the family and the day was quite warm. It didn’t feel at all like the crisp air we are used to for apple picking. This weekend, we stayed home and relaxed. I made a Dutch Apple Pie per hubby’s request.
For those of you that don’t know, a Dutch Apple Pie is made with a crumb topping instead of a pastry crust topping. Speaking of baking, I m excited that the new season of the Great British Bake Off it out on Netflix. I can’t wait till family night so we can all sit and watch it together.
We also made homemade butter this weekend. My Mom was a teacher and she would bring our old fashioned butter churn into school to make butter with her students. On occasion, we would make it at home. I have the old butter churn now and I recently got it down off the laundry room when I was cleaning. My daughter inquired as to what it was so I explained the process of making butter. Ever since, she has been asking to use it.
To make the butter you add room temperature heavy cream and salt, then you churn away. My daughter churned for quite a while and then my sons came in and wanted a try. After about 30 minutes, the cream separated from the buttermilk which made it difficult to churn, signaling it was ready. I strained off the buttermilk and gathered up the butter in a ball and refrigerated it. We have been enjoying it on bread, sweet potatoes and muffins. Next time, I think me may try some honey butter. YUM!
Master Bathroom Update
We are finally starting to see progress in our bathroom! At the end of last week, our shower floor was tiled. It is not grouted yet but I think it will look similar to what you see here as we have chosen a white grout.
Here is the shower wall. This morning, I was informed by our tiler that the saw blade that he uses to cut these tiles broke. He ordered a few new ones but it will be a few days before he gets them, so the shower is on hold for now. But isn’t it pretty? We weren’t sure he would be able to cut the field tile (white) to fit into the mermaid tile. I tried not to get my hopes up as it takes a lot of extra time and planning to make the intricate cuts. Most people would just cut a straight line but our tile guy did everything he could to make this work. He went out and purchased a new saw and practiced before working on the real thing. Despite the time setbacks, we have a talented grew of guys working on our bathroom. I am super thankful for our second full bath as this remodel is taking a lot longer than planned.
I am still working on my facial features class taught by Gary Faigin on Craftsy. I do most of my class work in the evening while hubby is watching football or a movie that I am uninterested in. Here is what I did this week.
I am learning to view the skull when I look at a person instead of just their surface features. The foundation of feature placement is under the skin. That has been the most helpful tip. The sessions I went through this week were eye study, ethnic and ancestry study along with the differences between male and female faces.
Get Out Your Easter Bonnet
Yes, I said Easter! This is my daughter’s Easter dress from this year. Well, it would have been her Easter dress but due to quarantine it sat partially started on my ironing board for the past 7 months. It is now fall and I haven’t sewn anything this year and all her dresses are too short. Yesterday, I grabbed two hours in the afternoon to rip off the short sleeves and whip up these 3/4 length ones. Afterwards, I tried it on her, just because, and found that between March of this year and October she has grown out of this bodice. I couldn’t get the bodice closed!! Should I cry now? But no worries, I just need to add an extension panel to the back. Thankfully, I didn’t have time to put in the buttonholes yesterday or I really would be crying. Here’s hoping I can get it completed by Sunday for church.
My mother In law and I were discussing fall decor last week and I was telling her how I want to decorate for the seasons but I don’t want to spend the money on decor that is going to sit in the closet for 11 months out of the year. She started telling me all about this new book she purchased, Welcome Home: A Cozy Minimalist Guide to Decorating and Hosting All Year Round and how the author talks about decorating for the seasons using nature, household items and a limited budget. I started reading Sunday night and I am a good portion of the way through the book. I think I read enough to where I can recommend it.
I love the authors take on simplistic decorating. Instead of making the emphasis of any season about your house or decor, she makes it about hospitality and sharing the time with those we invite into our home. She shares tips about hosting and how to make it a memorable experience without breaking the bank or stressing the hostess out. I am looking forward to implementing some of these techniques and tips, especially with the holidays approaching.
I am a bit late to the party today as I got sick last night, right around the time I start writing my blog post. I am joining in with the T day Ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea of choice today is Numi Organic Tea Golden Chai. I generally don’t drink a lot of bagged tea but nothing beats the convenience of it at times. This week I drank this delicious chai that I steeped in a large mug of coconut milk. It was very creamy and a delicious treat without all the extra calories of a chai latte or other fancy drinks.
Happy Tea Day,