Yes. that is what I thought this morning when stuffing my home-made taylor´s ham with wood scraps for hamsters bedding. I think I have been more than an hour patiently filling it, making a mess all over the place…
I already had this ham done before, only that I had put rice inside, and besides beeing too heavy I was always afraid of little mosquitoes, or whatever it is called those creatures that come out from rice when there´s some humidity (steam) and warm (central heating). Not that I happened to see any, but just in case..
So off there went the rice to the bin and there went I in search of wood scraps. I eventually found it in a chinese bazaar near my house. Gosh, I think there´s nothing you can´t find in a chinese bazaar, but I must say I try to buy everything from local producers. Sadly, no one is producing hamster bedding in Madrid :-).
Ok, so filling it was a real pain in the ass: I tried with a plastic funnel, but the chunks wouldn´t pass. I then made a funnel with a sheet of paper and it was as useless. The solution was waiting for me in the bathroom (forgive my scatology), in the form of the rolled cardboard inside the toilet paper. I don´t even know how this thing is called in spanish hehe. With this, and a japanese stick I was able to fill it , pressuring woodies until it was filled up and I was fed up.
Well, I´m happy with the result: no fear of creatures now, and it doesn´t weight a ton anymore, althought I must admit the ham stuffed with rice (it smells good already hehe) was charming and could have been used as a secondary pantry. Just in case of rice shortage, you now.
The upper part is a real wool scrap (expensive), and the white thing is calico (cheap). So, well balanced at the end. The pattern I downloaded free somewhere in the internet and I used the triple stitch which I think it will be strong enough for the strain. By the way that stitch is great sor sewing pant crotches, or at least makes me feel more secure with my memadetightpants.
Notice not a word about my looong absence? Life got into my way, but I am currently recovering from an ankle sprain, thus can write a little bit. For your information, I have been learning a lot about sewing –most of the time theory–, but I managed to sew a Minoru and a vintage jean, with acceptable results, or so says my mother. Thanks mom ;-)!!
My resources have been mostly YOUR WONDERFUL blogs (all that were featured in Madalynnes Best sewing blogs 2014 and a few more ;-). I have followed this years´ Project Sewn wonderful edition –hi girls, you rock!, and am currently a fan of the Great British Sewing Bee second edition —oh, hi Patrick, you also elegantly rock!
Now that I review the post before publishing, I find the title somewhat familiar…mmm right, it´s the same I say to myself when eating chocolate.
Best sewing wishes ladies and gentleman, (Peter)!