Mary Beth ordered complete kits for us to being our lessons, the kits would have everything needed to complete a sampler piece.
New Ironing Board Cover!
Well the last time I saw Bill he had brought one of my old 2006 Australian Stitching books out to me & laughing he told me how he & Nick had found it while packing & in it was a doll that was so me as I have been living & breathing my garden this year! And I probably would want to make it for my potting shed. I looked at her & she was oh so sweet!
OK! I'll see Bill & Nick next weekend so I best get busy making her---I read the instructions but she's to be painted with Parisian Essence & her apron to be dyed in it, what's Parisian Essence?!
I looked it up on Google & it's a darkening sauce used for gravies, fruit cakes, & fabric for craft items. Well then I found a recipe so last night I made some & here's how it went!
Recipe for Parisian Essence
1 cup of white sugar
1 cup of hot water
In a heavy bottom pan, over low heat, melt sugar, stirring constantly until burnt and black.
Remove from stove & cool a little.
Add hot water a few drops at a time, stir till smooth & return to heat till the burnt sugar becomes a thin dark liquid.
When cool - pour into a bottle.
Parisian Essence will keep for years, the intense heat destroys all sweetness. A few drops will go a long way to darken gravies, fruit cakes, and the staining of fabrics for various crafts.
How simple was this going to be! Well it was simple but a very long process of nearly two hours~!
For the doll I will need 2 tablespoons but for years to come I will now have Parisian Essence in my pantry & better yet...I know what it is!! lol
I'll post my results of the Gardening Angel Doll, when I start the process. I swear I've ADHD, I'm so close to finishing the Vintage Tin. Two more squares & I can bring it all together but what do I do?!!
I spend an evening making Parisian Essence & tracing out a doll pattern, pushing away any Vintage Tin fabric that was in the way. I really need to focus on the task at hand!
Blooms In The Garden
I planted them in a large basket pot & placed gravel deep in the hole for drainage. In the fall I will remove the basket & retrieve all my bulbs for next spring!
We've had so much rain here on the east coast & being shore side it's been chilly & damp but when I look out the window & see the garden, it makes me smile & happy to see it!
Maybe not so happy to see the grass & how much it has grown!
My post is late this week as the beginning of my week started off sadly with the passing of a friend then on Monday John Cowhig, my father-in-law died. He battled cancer for over a decade & was one of the positive, caring person I knew. I will miss him & his Irish accent as he would speak, I would smile, he was a delightful man.
You are so loved & missed by so many of us! What a privilege it was to have you in my life!
We all come with an expiry date.
Live each one of your days to the fullest & love & enjoy all the friends & family that are part of your life each day. You never know when your date is up.
Thank you for stopping by for a visit with me. :-)