Fog at Haceta Head, picture from Allposters.com
Hello, and welcome once again to fog days. My little home sure looks fogged in, from the outside, doesn't it? One good thing about the fog is that it hides from sight all the yard work and the house painting that needs to be done. The house looks kind of elegant, through the fog.
I have sewn another fleece cape, from an old pattern (1995)
however there are versions of it still available in the current pattern catalogs.
Capes seem to go well with fog; case-in-point: Cape Shank, Cape Byron, Smoaky Cape, Sandy Cape, Cape Townshend (Australian Capes) and, Cape Cod, Cape Disappointment, (rated the foggiest), Cape Cheerful (that's an Alaskan cape), Cape Augustine (American Capes). If I had the time and money I would make a cape for each cape that I liked. I was rather insulted that Cape Disappointment was rated one of the most miserable places to live, especially since I have spent several posts undoing that misery-theory about fog.
I did not want to buy buttons this time, and so I found out how to make those fabric flowers that you coil, twist and glue, and made four large buttons for the loops on the cape. There are many tutorials online for fabric roses, if you want to see how these are made.
I do not know if you have ever seen the flower called "snowdrop," that grows in cold climates. I have made 6 snowdrops from the same fabric as the cape, and fastened them with pins in various places in this messy up-do, great for fog, which wreaks havoc with some hair.
This is what the snowdrop flowers look like up close. I first made a center and then hot-glued them into a 3-petal base, gluing down some of the petals to open the flowers a bit.
The sun came out for a whole minute today, and my young photographer got a picture of the cape and the new hat I made, which is similar to the one in the previous post.
Here is the pattern. I chose view C and made 4 loops and buttons instead of 3.
I originally wanted something like this, from Cloaks of Ireland.
This is the fascinator-hat made from the same fleece fabric, following instructions for making fabric roses. I made various sizes of roses and several rose buds.
I hot-glued them on to a wide head band I bought at the Dollar Tree. Sometimes there are two for a dollar, so that makes a very inexpensive base for a hat, and it makes it exciting to make them. I am already planning what the next one will be.
You might be able to see where I dabbed bits of hot glue to make dew on the roses. The cost of the fleece for the cape was a total of $11.00, and the head band was a dollar. It was such an easy pattern that I cut out the cape one day and sewed it the next, and still got my dishes and laundry done.
After the cape-walk in the cold fog, there was hot tea in the dining room,
...made from frozen strawberries and hot water, poured through a strainer.
I am using the Prairie Rose tea set from Alberta, Canada.
I bought this cookie from a bakery because it looked like it would match the tea cups.
Some of the bakery products are works of art.
A ceramic spoon
and a beautiful heart-shaped tea strainer makes the
experience so delightful, and there was someone standing by, after
the photographs were finished, waiting to eat the blog food.
For a collection of heart (Valentine) crafts and things, go here and be sure to follow the older posts after that page, as there are quite a few of them with the heart theme.