Here are seven things I’ve been doing over the last week and a bit:
A couple of friends and I spent a delightful day sorting my pattern stash and sorting it into 6 big boxes. I still need two more boxes, one for menswear and one for my printed-out patterns, but it certainly feels tidier!
Of course, as soon as we did this I realised I’d missed an entire box of 1940s patterns! That’s OK, I can sort them and add in these two latest additions to the stash while I do so.
Yes! Lots of it! I’ve been demolishing the UFO pile, but I have also been working on a historical project:
I know. It is not exactly exciting at the moment. It will get there.
3. Celebrating spring
My bluebells and rock irises are well up, and the full irises are just starting. I can just tell that my first two tulips are going to be yellow and coral, respectively, but the freesias are still just masses of green buds. So exciting!
Mr D & I named the first two irises Beth & Cecily, because they are lovely and delicate and won’t be with us for very long, and I have a macabre sense of humour (although I had to tell Mr D we couldn’t name them Rose and Daisy, because that was just weird).
4. Spending time with friends
A friend made this fabulous pound cake from her great-grandmother’s 1880s cookbook. The cake had no leavening agents at all, depending on the eight eggs in it to rise and be light.
My friend said “The cookbook said I could omit some of the butter and sugar for a lighter cake, but I figure go hard or go home.”
Oh my god. I love my friends so much!
(the cake, btw, was delicious, especially with lemon curd filling and lemon icing)
5. Doing some reading
I’m currently working my way through ‘Last Curtsey’, Fiona MacCarthey’s account/memoir of the last season of debutantes to make their curtsey to the Queen in 1958. It’s fascinating, if a little anaemic – I’d hoped for something meatier from someone who is both a former deb and a respected historical author.
6. Buying fabric and having new experiences
I went to an auction this week for only the third time in my life, and bought something at one for the first time! My other two auctions were a fine art auction at Southeby’s in New York (they were selling 18th & early 19thc. horse paintings – a genre which I was, and still am, both ignorant and indifferent to, but it’s not often you get the opportunity to go to an auction as Southeby’s, so if you do, you should!), and a car auction.
At this week’s auction I bought a lot of vintage upholstery fabric, specifically for this piece of vintage linen, which makes my heart go pitter-patter, and may get turned into a blind for our lounge. Sadly I had to leave the auction before the whole bolt of vintage Liberty chintz came up. Boo.
7. Cuddling Felicity