Monday, February 16, 2009
I bought these boots on etsy with a bit of money sent to me by my grandmother for the holidays. I suspect they are new old stock from the late 80s, as their thin crepe soles show no wear whatsoever. They are really slim, which is great: for once, it'll be a good thing when the leather stretches/relaxes a bit.
... but I thought they could use a few minor changes...
I had a shoe repair man take the back seam in a little (easy to do, since they are exposed, and there's no lining) so they would fit my ankles and not flop around.
I polished them with cordovan shoe polish - a rich purply brown, that I knew would get into the leather's texture.
I replaced the original laces (one was torn, anyway!) with the last bit of leather thong I had leftover from an old Halloween costume.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
and he does things like make beautiful greek salad, bringing it to me while I work through a pile of books and readers. This one has tomatoes, cucumber slices, olives, and a little feta on greens, with a lemon dressing. It's from Field of Greens, the second Greens restaurant cookbook. So nice and fresh, though it feels like cheating to eat this in winter, as it's definitely a summer salad.
I couldn't help but think, as I failed to even make it through half of this, that Sal probably could have managed it easily.
In thanks, I made sure that he finally got the haircut he's been asking for, even if I had to do it at midnight. It's kind of a low-key romance, but I think these are the things that matter most of all.
Monday, February 2, 2009
This is when we clear the house of any remaining vestiges of winter, and prepare for the onset of spring! We also cleared out the over-wintering garden: carrot soup and roasted beets with kale and spinach salad for dinner, we feed ourselves with the legacy of last year, bringing to light the roots that have been hidden under snow and under wet black earth, growing in the secret dark of winter.
The original blouse had long sleeves, a collar in the same fabric, ruffles on either side of the front placket, and a single ruffle trimming each sleeve hem.