Monday, March 31

The All Consuming Time Suck

Sewing and peddling on Etsy; the all consuming time suck.  My mother always says it keeps her off the streets.  I guess she is right, I'm never bored when there is fabric around.  Speaking of around, where is spring?

Sunday, March 16

The Short Stitch

I picked the name for my Etsy shop because I had to have one and the reusable paper towels were so popular on my blog I wanted a blog similar name.  That Short Girl was already in use so I chose This Short Girl.  Cute, doesn't completely roll of the tongue but it doesn't trip the speaker up either.  I never liked that it didn't have anything to do with sewing.  A few years ago I did an open air market and a friend said I was the short stitch.  I decided I liked it and wanted to keep it.  Its not really a cross road as much as a yield sign, carry on. 

Stop by The Short Stitch and check out the new banner.

Thursday, March 13

Seriously Good Orange Sticky Bread - Recipe

Seriously Good Orange Sticky Bread - Recipe

This dessert is a little bit gooey, not overly sweet and flavored with orange.  It reminds me a little of the orange cinammon rolls my mom would make when we had sleepovers.

1 tube of jumbo buttermilk biscuits, 8 count
zest of 1 orange
zest of 1 lemon
juice of 1/2 lemon
6 Tablespoons of butter (~3/4 a stick)
3/4 cup of powdered sugar

1. Cut each biscuit into fourths.

2. In a deep microwave safe bowl melt the butter and allow to cool slightly.

3. On a plate or shallow dish sprinkle the powdered sugar, zest the lemon and orange directly onto the sugar.  Mix gently with a fork to combine.

4. Dip the biscuit pieces into the melted butter and roll in the sugar zest mixture.

5. Place sugared biscuit pieces into a bunt pan, it should make a rough two layers of biscuit pieces.

6.  Once all of the sugared biscuit pieces have placed in the bunt pan sprinkle with remaining sugar, followed by 1 tablespoon of the remaining butter.

7.  Squeeze 1/2 of the lemon over the dough

7. Bake for 30 min at 350C or until the top of the bread turns a light golden brown.

Serve warm. Typically, unable to hold off our piggish tendencies, we have eaten it right out of the pan. However, if you are having company you may want to turn them out onto a plate after allowing to cool for five minutes. You probably wont have to worry about the next part; store left overs in an airtight container at room temp.

Saturday, March 8

Canvas and Leather Tote

 Leather working, a simple upgrade to my sewing obsession.  I'm starting with the no-frills approach and making purse handles.  I can get carried away so it was a struggle to keep the design straight forward.  I wanted the end to have a little shape instead of a squared off blunt cut, so I'm pleased with the curve from the strap end cutter.  Then I made an edge crease all the way around, I like the way it looked but I think a little wider would be better next time.  No dyeing, stitching or painting, just simple hand tools. 

 I made this canvas and leather tote to take to the beach this summer or whatever other adventures befall me.

Here is the body of the bag complete and the uncut leather before I started working with it.

 Its roomy, stylish and understated; the perfect summer companion.   

The inside has one hanging pocket and is lined with muslin.  I was concerned that all of the weight and wear of the rivets on the canvas might result in a tear or fray, so I added leather pieces to the inside as well.  They are functional but I like the detail they add.

Here you can just faintly see the edge creasing, again a little wider next time.

Yes eventually they will show up in my Etsy shop once I become more comfortable with the process and the tweak the bag pattern.   In the mean time I'm interested to see what natural patina the leather will continue to take on.

Thursday, March 6

This Short Girl on Facebook

I am very excited that I started a small business page on facebook for This Short Girl.  There will be specials, sales and and listing information for the Etsy shop.  There will also be insights and information about the creative process and the TSG studio.  (When I say studio read; dinning room table disaster area.)  My personal goal is to reach 100 likes by the end of the week, it seems so small when I see pages in the thousands.  I'm currently at 85 and I would be tickled to pieces if my blog readers would help me get there.   You can either go to my Facebook page here and click like in the top corner, or go to the Etsy shop page here and click like just below the main shop banner.  Thank you!

Reusable paper towels ready to ship.