Monday, August 17, 2009
Before I get down to the point of things, this summer, come hell or high water, I’m drinking my first mint julep. It’s a long while since I studied The Great Gatsby in my final year of high school, but by jolly I was smitten. Such is the influence of this book, (despite the tragic stuff – including the bit about a character called Myrtle meeting an unfortunate end), that every summer I frequently, fleetingly yearn for decadence, parties and Gatsby-esque frivolity: everything a mint julep delivers. While I haven’t an inkling what such a drink would taste like, although I am aware it involves whiskey and presumably mint and hopefully not Creme de Menthe, I have conviction that a mint julep really, really would deliver because:
1. F. Scott Fitzgerald tells me so for a whole book except for the end bit when it’s all gone whiskey sour;
2. because I am a basket case after half a glass of anything.
The Point of Things
I finished those coasters I was going on about last Thursday. Aside from an extended and irritating sewing machine conniption, they were a fun make. Problem is, the fun-est bit was the sketching and the thinking of ideas (anything drink related with a fabric detail and a simple outline I could half feasibly navigate a sewing machine around).
The bit involving the actual stichery was fraught with tension issues (mine and machine) and all my spontaneous energy gave way to pulling the machine apart to see if a dust and polish would solve stuff. It did, as it happens, but at a cost. To me, things look a smidge too considered and that one, top right in the pic below, looks a convincing bikini but doubtful ice cubes.
I also reckon they could do with an extra bit of pizzazz(?). Not that the frail winter/spring sun does ’em any favours. I have no doubt they’d look divine, shot on a sultry, summery late afternoon with a background tinkling of pre-party laughter, long shadows, the smell of the sea and after only half a glass of mint julep...
The whole coaster notion was inspired by Tiel Seivl-Keevers, and her lovely versions in the Meet Me At Mikes book...