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Sunday, July 24, 2011


Let's get one thing out of the way from the start: I love ratatouille! It takes a little while to make, though using a pressure cooker does cut that time down a bit. But summer in the desert is no time to be really excited about standing over a hot stove, so I don't make ratatouille as often as I might, and summer is when all of the vegetables for it are in season.

However, a few days ago I just couldn't stand it any longer and made a batch of the yummy stuff. Naturally, the two of us can't really eat an entire batch (and it's not worth making half a batch), but the leftovers are wonderful in a tarte à la ratatouille, or ratatouille pie. That will be our dinner tonight, and I can hardly wait! :) Lovely ratatouille, cheese, olives — what could be better? 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

And another hat

One of my daughters liked my new hat so much that I made her one of her own to wear to her children's ball games. She wanted white, and I couldn't resist making the reverse side a very pale aqua, since that color brings out her eyes.

Here's the aqua side:

Finally, here's my lovely daughter wearing the hat. I had to blank out her face to preserve her privacy, but take my word for it: she looks great in her hat! 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

More hat photos

I've had a couple of requests for photos of my recently-completed hat on me. Ugh. I hate taking photos of myself! But here is the darker side of the hat; please forgive the busy background, as the easiest way to take my own picture is to do it with my computer.

Then I decided to take another, showing the paler side of the hat, but I also wanted a "cooler" background. I just zipped really fast up to Yosemite for this one; it's lots cooler there than here in Las Vegas! ;)

Isn't it wonderful what we can do with computers these days? Anyway, you can see how wide the brim of my hat is, so it's really going to be great for keeping the sun off! :)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Two finishes

It's been a while since my last post, but I have a good excuse — as usual. ;) Actually, our guild is having a challenge; we have a piece of red batik we must use (it's gorgeous!), and we must use a heart somewhere on the front of the quilt. The challenge isn't due for several months yet, but I had an idea and was afraid I'd forget what I was planning if I didn't do it right away. So now it's finished and awaiting the due date, but I can't show it to you until after the challenge is over! :( 

My second recent finish — as of this afternoon — is thanks to a friend of mine who sent me a link to a pattern for a reversible hat. :) As it happens, I've been looking for a hat I can use to keep the sun off of my face and neck; in our area, the sun can literally be a killer. I hadn't found anything, though I've been looking for some time. Every time I think I've found something good, it's either not good on me, or it's so expensive that I won't even consider it. ;) However, what did I have to lose with a free pattern, fabric from my stash and a couple of hours of my time? As it happens, I like this one! It covers my head and neck and fits well enough to be secure while still not resulting in "hat hair".  

I did make a few changes in the pattern. First, I added a layer of pretty stiff interfacing to the brim. In addition, I added a layer of flannel to the crown for a bit of body. Finally, I turned the hat right-side out through the brim instead of the sides and did a few rows of topstitching on the brim for extra stability. I think it will work quite well! :)