Well, today was really busy. I worked on the prototype mask for the Tempest all morning and then I has to stop to clean the house for the people coming over. My gardening buddy came at 10:00 and we were able to clean up the whole front yard so it looks beautiful and ready for spring. Then there was more mask work until my friend DW came over at 4:00 to work on costumes. Fortunately she was late so I was able to get the whole house clean and ready for the party before she showed up. We started drafting a pattern for a 14th century dress, but I ended up draping her instead because the pattern was pretty tricky. And finally around 7:30 everyone showed up and we had a lovely party. So anyway I am exhausted and still didn’t finish the prototype. sigh… However I did make a bit of progress from the picture above. Hopefully tomorrow night I’ll have it done and ready to send for approval. And now swiftly to bed.
Well I finally had my Eureka moment after several pretty frustrating days. I thought I had the new mask process working yesterday and then when I tried it large scale I was totally unhappy with the result. So I took a break today and fixed all my old masks (picture above) when has gotten bent out of shape. That little bit of down time helped me figure out some things.
Well, I had hoped to have the leather mask making process to put up here today, however yesterday was a bit of a disappointment. Sadly leather working does not seem to be one of those skills that grows in neglect and every time I come back to it the start is like an old junker car: fits, starts and backfires. So, I am cleaning up and starting over today, literally.
I woke up today with a terrible craving for scones and tea. By around 10:00 I simply couldn’t fight it any more and so while I was waiting for my friend to come over I put in this batch of scones made from Stonewall kitchen organic mix that I picked up from Whole Foods. The flavor was nice, but they used a quite a bit of butter and it made the texture a bit different. It satisfied the craving, but I regretted being in a hurry and not using my normal recipe which I have modified from The Celtic Cookbook by Helen Smith-Twiddy. I also like this fancier recipe modified from a 1998 Bon Appétit which I often make after holidays to use up extra cranberry sauce. Mmmmm . . .
So in using vintage linens I have run up against one problem. There are a few of the pieces that are just too stained for me to feel comfortable putting them on the table. So I did a little research on the web about linen care and decided to experiment with sun bleaching some of the worst stains.
I have recently inherited some silver pieces from my husband’s family when his mother passed away last summer. Well in the domestic revolution that I have been going through I decided to get them out and polish them up and actually use them. However I hate the typical metal polish that I get from the store because every time I use it, I feel like I will pass out from the fumes, and I hate having to wear gloves because the stuff is so nasty.
You will notice during the time that the pieces are in the cooling water that they will begin to gleam and that the aluminum foil will become milky and begin to get holes in it. This is a chemical reaction that is occurring which is removing the oxidized layer from the silver. This is the same vase as in the initial photo after it went through the salt bath. You can see most of the black tarnish has been completely removed.
Ok, I have to say I am a total TacoDeli fan. I tend to like restaurants with really fresh, healthy delicious food that are reasonably priced and not pretentious, and TacoDeli absolutely fits the bill. Above you see the Migas Royal, which is the Saturday special, along with a side of sauteed veggies. The sauteed vegetables are without a doubt the best I have ever had in my life. Fortunately the people are really nice and are willing to answer my questions about why their food is so good. They let me in on the secret of the veggies which I will now pass along.