Wednesday, July 12, 2006

A few reasons I haven't been posting much in the past week. . .

We're starting preparations for Ashley's wedding reception on July 29th. We are catering it, and right now we are making shopping lists, schedules, and beginning to bake some food ahead of time. On this week's agenda is baking 600 little pigs-in-blankets.


I'm doing some sewing for Tabitha's Attic. I'm making doll-size quilt/pillow/sheet/mattress/dust ruffle sets to be sold at a sale next month. My goal is five sets, so I'm trying to get a good start on them. I'm using Butterick 4538, which is turning out very lovely, but the directions for the pattern layout (and the pattern pieces as well) are weird, so I wouldn't recommend the pattern!


My blog has been silent, but I've been participating in a few blogging discussions on other blogs, including the women-in-college thread on Lydia's blog. I finally figured out how to pronounce Sherrin's name over on an amusing discussion on her blog, and Jessica and I are discussing What's Wrong with the Gospel, Keith Green, Charles Finney, and missions over at her blog.

Okay, I better get back to sewing. I just wanted to pop into my blog for a moment so Ashley wouldn't comment soon with a plea for a post ;). I have a number of posts floating around in my head, but we shall see when they get written :). Hopefully soon.

13 comments:

Amy said...

Your picture of all that baking reminds me of my own wedding. We had an afternoon tea and my mother baked *all* the fancy cookies and bars!

Your sewing project looks lovely. Did you make the outfit you're wearing in the picture? I've just started sewing again and have almost finished my very first little girl's dress. I had never tried a lined bodice before so I'm very excited that it's actually turning out quite nicely!

Ashley said...

Hehe you're funny... I was thinking about it, but decided that it's probably more annoying for you than funny. ;-) So I declined.

Hooray! I can keep tabs on the food via your blog. They all look so cute! I'm excited.

And I LOVE the little doll stuff. Have I ever mentioned how much I love dolls? (By the way, I'm really excited about the doll with the "I LOVE SANTA" shirt that you gave me!) I've always wanted to open a doll shop where I'd sell clothes and I would repair clothes and dolls, and bathe them and make them all clean again... Ah, sounds lovely.

Susan said...

Amy,
What a fun idea for a wedding - an afternoon tea! Yes, I did make my dress and apron, and they happen to have the same shade of purple, so I love to wear them together. I'm glad the dress you are sewing is turning out well. Little girl's dresses are so much fun!

Ashley,
Hehe. Your comment is guaranteed to leave my blog readers scratching their heads in confusion. I thought Susan hated Santa?!?! We'll just leave them to guess :). Half-told stories are so much fun! And a doll repair shop sounds like a lot of fun. I don't think you've ever mentioned that before.

Ashley said...

To all of Susan's dear blog readers: Susan SAYS she hates Santa, but she secretly LOVES him. She's all about the Santa hats, and she hopes that her future husband proposes while wearing one. There, that should clear up any confusion. ;-)

Okay so I have to comment about this discussion about Sherrin's name. All this time I've gotten it wrong too - except I'm been saying it with a little Spanish twist - sher-REEN. Hehe There you go, Sherrin. :-)

Jessica said...

I too love your apron...did you use a particular pattern or just "wing it"?

Mrs.B. said...

I love your dress and apron Susan!

Oh, just wanted to let you know that the sisters now have names.....but I'm not telling you what they are, you have to come and see for yourself! hee hee hee! (o:

Susan said...

I just made up the pattern, Jessica. It uses all rectangles, so it's easy to make with gingham. I have the directions already typed up in a Word document (for a sewing class I taught), if you'd like me to e-mail it to you. Just e-mail me if you'd like it: susan dot garrison at gmail dot com.

Lydia said...

Oh my goodness, Susan! I had no idea you had so much going! And to see you commenting numerous times on my blog in response to people, well you must be a good time manager (not to mention a Type A personality).:) It was good to have a glimpse into your life happenings in the present.

I appreciate your input so much in these discussions. Thanks for all your many contributions. I wish you the best in your sewing, baking, blogging and other endeavors. Keep up your work for the Lord!

Jessica said...

Sure...I'd love the apron directions...I'll be e-mailing you! Thanks!

Sherrin said...

I think I'm going to do a special post on "How to pronounce Sherrin" after learning how to explain it to you. Thanks for asking such good questions, Susan! It is hard to knwo how to explain pronunciation.

deb said...

Hi Susan, I'm finally getting a chance to check out bloglines...and I'm finding I have so much reading and commenting to catch up on with being away last week!

I love the purple dress! And, wow, on all that cooking! Will those pigs in a blanket actually stay fresh frozen instead of getting tough? That's always my problem with do-aheads like those.

Susan said...

Thank you for the compliments!

The key to cooking the pigs in blankets ahead of time is to cook them at a lower temperature (-50) and only until they are just barely golden. Then we freeze them flat, pop them in a ziploc, and the day of we'll finish baking them at the regular temperature until they are more browned. I used to work for a caterer, and this method worked wonderfully, and they really do taste fresh :). And it saves a lot of time on the wedding day!

Deb said...

Thanks Susan for following up on the explanation. I will make a note and try that out!