Homemade Limoncello

The liquid right after adding the alcohol…

One week into steeping, MUCH more yellow!

After the full two weeks the yellow has deepened to a lovely gold…

And the peels have gone pale and brittle…
I made some Limoncello and you should too!

Here’s the recipe- mind you this batch came out quite potent, you could cut the wattage down a bit if you wanted to. The lemon peels do need a high proof alcohol to get the full flavor out of them 80 proof at the minimum, but you could cut it with a lower proof after the soaking is complete.  It’s important to try to find organic lemons if at all possible. You are stripping the color and flavor out of the peel and the rind is where pesticides and other yucky chemicals are absorbed if they are commercially produced. You need to find lemons that have a nice thick skin, and smell very lemony. If your lemons don’t smell at all- they won’t impart any lovely lemon flavor to your drink. Heaven forbid. What is the point, then. :-D

3oz (by weight) Lemon Peel (approximately 6 large lemons)

20oz (by volume) Everclear Grain Alcohol 190 proof

10oz Absolute Vodka 80 proof

1.5 liter jar that seals tightly

Peel lemons, being careful to only get the yellow part. The pith, the white underside, is very bitter and will make your limoncello bitter as well. I used a vegetable peeler, but you could also use a microplane grater. Put the peel into your jar and cover with the alcohol.  I used the Le Parfait 1.5 Liter jar from Crate&Barrel.

Set in a cool dark place for approximately two weeks.

Since I started mine in early summer I kept my jar in the fridge because my apartment gets quite warm and I didn’t want it to go off.  After about two weeks the liquid should be quite yellow and the orange peels quite pale and brittle.  Strain the solids out of the liquid and throw the solids away. Make sugar syrup (recipe below). Pour the alcohol mixture into a large container, preferably a large measuring jug, or something that is easy to pour from. Add the cooled sugar syrup. If you’ve gotten enough citrus oil from the zest, your mixture should transform from clear yellow to a lovely cloudy yellow. If it goes cloudy you know you’ve got a good batch!

Decant into smaller bottles that seal. I used the 8.5oz square hermetic bottles from The Container Store. Makes about seven 8.5oz bottles. Store Limoncello in the freezer. Because of the alcohol content it will not freeze, but become a syrupy liquid. Serve in tiny cordial glasses after a lovely meal, or add to cocktails and mixed drinks!

Sugar Syrup: To be made at the end of the steeping process.

3 cups Granulated Sugar

2 cups Water

Put water and sugar into a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar is completely melted. Set aside and cool completely.

Free Pattern: Reversible Liberty Print Sun Glasses Case


I’ve had a love affair with Liberty print for about 15 years. I still remember the feeling of walking into the Liberty shop on Great Portland Street and seeing bolt after bolt of gorgeous fabric. Any excuse to use this classic beauty is jumped on. I didn’t  quite realize the size of my treasured stash until I was pairing fabrics for this project. Using two small pieces of fabric and a little ribbon, these cases are not only beautiful and practical but a great stash buster. I knocked several of these out in a lazy sunny afternoon.


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Step by step directions:

Iron the fabric then cut two 8.5″ squares.

Lay fabric A with the right side facing down. Place a pin 1 1/4″ from top of fabric on both sides.

A little tip;

I originally left a 1″ opening because I wasn’t sure what ribbon I would thread through for the closure. If you have the ribbon already picked out feel free to alter the size of the opening to better fit the ribbon.

 Fold the top edge over 1/4″ and press with iron.

Fold the fabric in half the long way with the right sides together, matching the pins. Starting at the bottom folded edge, sew along the short side (the bottom) and then the long side with a seam allowance of 1/4″. Stop at the pin. Snip the bottom corner off.

Press open the seams. Make sure you press the long edge seam so it lays over and hides the edge of the top 1/4″ fold.

Repeat the above steps with square B.

Turn piece A so the right side of the fabric faces out. Piece B remains inside out.

Squeeze and wiggle B into A. B should be inside out. It’s a little fiddly. It’s important here to make sure the tops of A and B are lined up, and the 1/4″ seam allowance is sandwiched between the two pieces.

Pin the two pieces together along the top edge.  Here you can either sew A and B together on the machine with as little seam is humanly possible, or hand stitch them together using a ladder stitch. The latter method is actually my preferred way, I think it’s cleaner looking, even if it takes a little more time.

You’re almost done! Do a couple of tiny whip stitches at the base of the opening to join the two halves.Thread your drawstring through the opening, tie the ends off together and trim any excess if needed.


I also like to hand sew the top 1/4″ above the opening for the ribbon.


Orphan Black is Back!

Florrie and I are super excited that one of our favorite sci-fi shows is premiering today. 😆 in honor of it we whipped up a cocktail to celebrate. In fact the Gemini mind of Florrie thought we should do a new drink each week for all our favorite characters. Yesssss. She’s an evil genius, that one.  

Here’s Sarah. Clone #1. Seestra. 


1 oz gin (Beefeater if you want to pay homage to Sarah’s British heritage)

8 oz Pompelmo Sanpellegrino 

1 oz Apricot Nectar

1 tblsp fresh lime juice

Garnish with a slightly bruised sprig of lemon thyme. 

Road Trip: Webs

Florrie and I headed to Webs in Massachusetts last weekend to squeeze some skeins of wool and stock up for some projects we’re working on. We hopped in the Flo-Mobile and drove through the snowy mountain roads and sunshine. Webs is a great fiber destination. I was even inspired to buy some weaving supplies, it’s been way too long since I made anything on my table loom. Florrie found some delicious natural/neutrals and I filled my basket with jewel tones. If you go don’t forget to check out the garage in the back, so many wonderful deals! Such a fun and dangerous place! Hope you had a great weekend, too!  -Marie

Snow Daze



IMG_7763Lots and lots of weather happening here in the east. NYC missed the brunt of both Juno and Linus, but we still had our share of snowy, icy, slushy goodness.  Woolly accessories are in order. Scarves for everyone! :-D -Marie


Free Pattern: Knit Lamp Shades

lamp, glas bord, ikea, knit, knittingI’ve had this set of two lamps from IKEA for a few years now, and while they’re pretty they were a bit plain. Enter- Knitting! I saw that someone had knit a nice cabled cover for their lamps and I knew I could come up with something pretty for mine. After a bit of playing around this is what I came up with and I thought I’d share it with you. I’m not sure IKEA still sells this particular lamp, but it would work with any lamp of approximately the same dimensions. Small lamp: 11″ high and 4.5″ square. Large lamp: 14″ high and 5.5″ square.

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