This weekend was a cooking, crafting dog-topia kind of weekend. I made Swiss Chard Gratin, which I found very tasty and very green (so green), mashed potatoes and home fries (trying to make sure things don't go bad), and oreo-stuffed cookies. I completely misread the recipe for the cookies, and used just over half the quantity of butter and it still came out just fine.
I have started my dress. The outer pieces are all cut and have been shaped to my body to make sure that it will fit when I get around to sewing. Tonight I will probably cut out the lining pieces and sew those first. The silvery knit filmy fabric is definitely sheer enough that I could read my tshirt yesterday when checking the fit.
My method for this was to fold the fabric roughly doubled, so I had four layers and then fold my tshirt in half and cut around the tshirt. This is similar to the method my friends and I used on my houppelande in college. In college, we folded the fabric and I lay on the fold line. We then placed a piece of fuzz, a penny and another piece of college room detritus at strategic points. And then we realized that none of this accounted for my body's depth and thanked our lucky stars that we had a stretchy knit fabric (velveteen) for the base.
I wanted more ease, so I have cut a gusset-like creature that is roughly 2 inches at the top and wider at the bottom that can roughly stretch from my bra line to the bottom hem.
I wanted this to look professional, but done and lasting for a weekend is more important than looking factory made.
I started the second of my arm warmers for this costume. I'm using Vanna's Glamour in platinum and size 0 and 1 needles. I'd take a model shot of the first one, but I'm lazy. Maybe tomorrow if my husband has time to use the camera. Photographing my own arms seems a little complicated!
Victor got a lot of loving this weekend. It was snowing (again), so I let him out the back door and watched him play in the snow. Snowy days often mean extra treats, because he is a sniffy dog and to encourage extra play time I throw a handful of either the bacon or charlie bear treats. He then spends some good time sniffing and finding the treats in the snow. Otherwise he would pee and then sit at the door to come back in.
I have thanked my lucky stars this winter that we have a huge back yard that he can run around in. I walked him all of last winter and drove myself mental. This way I don't have to walk him every day, though as soon as the weather is better it will be back to the streets for us!
Until then, Victor wants a treat!
We love his face when he hears us say treats (or most other words in the same vague intonation). His ears rise up and he looks so focused! Our food-motivated dog.
Poor puppy. I think we need to give him another treat!
Doesn't he look like the most food-deprived pup in existence?
No actual dogs were starved in the making of this photo. A treat was proffered and accepted for sitting long enough for us to get a cute picture! More treats were thrown out the door later for running around in the snow like a fool dog.