The sun is out, again!, and it's a lovely day for crafting and thrifting. Today I started sewing little sets of super sweet cloth children's napkins (which will be in the etsy shop in the next day or two), walked to SCRAP with the kids and found a bunch of great vintage goods - little cards, lustre ribbons, spools of tulle, and pale pink and cream papers - plus fun pompom and lovely Italian and German yarns, micron pens, sharp scissors, tracing paper, a little cardboard aqua suitcase, and a bag full of faux fur for one 6-yr-old girl's upcoming Totoro costume. And I love this little sweater that I found when Madeline and I went out "window shopping" yesterday morning. No tag; I think it's hand knit. I was going to put it in the shop, but...
Listening to Christmas music (Frank, Dean, Bing, Doris, et al) and watching favorite Christmas films: Elf, Miracle on 34th Street and a new favorite since last year - Peter and the Wolf. The second two are streaming on Netflix.
There is a Santa, an elf, a reindeer and a deer girl in the works so far.
And baking sugar cookies.
And last night Madeline and I made Raspberry rose souffles - oh my god - so so amazing. We made them with two pints of fresh raspberries, which were pureed and put through a fine sieve to remove the seeds - the prettiest bright pink, no food coloring required.
But after making souffles (10 egg whites) we had a bunch of yolks leftover... So tonight M and I are making eggnog custards!
Just a little inspiration searching for my Halloween costume. I'm going to be Winter this year. I had been debating the Snow Queen (Hans Christian Andersen), Drusilla (from Buffy), some kind of deer girl, Margot (The Royal Tenenbaums), or even the Butcher Bunny (Mark Ryden) - but I think I've settled on being Winter.
So here is the start of my inspiration board - going to go all out this year.
The next few are Sarah's beautiful dolls - which I'm using as hair and make-up inspiration.