So then I sat and stitched length after length of floss. I was determined to make my way up the whole left side of Hocuspocusville, and, well, mission accomplished.
It's going to take me another down and up to get to the right side of this piece, but with the left side done, I feel as if I'm making progress. Now it's hooped up and ready to go again.
The bat and the crow are satin-stitched (at least, that's what I'm doing), which is always a challenge. I'm glad to have both in the same hoop so I can get it over with. Sometimes my satin stitching is perfect...other times, not so much. And I don't know what makes the difference, but I'm always hoping for the best. Rarely do I achieve it. We shall see, won't we. On the occasions when it works out less well, there's always the option to outline it.
So then, I was going to do some sewing, but I got distracted by this book that's been sitting on my coffee table for months. At some point I got it in my head that I was going to read the book, and then bake every loaf of bread contained therein. And as with so many big ideas, it was just that...an idea, and nothing more. This morning, I started reading. Before I knew it I was kind of captivated by the idea.
There are some 100 pages I need to read about all sorts of things before I get started with the "formulas" (love the use of that word). The breads are listed in alphabetical order, and so it could be anything. Now, just because I said I'm going to do this doesn't mean I'm actually going to do it, but my intentions are good. For now, I'll keep on keeping on with the reading and see where it leads me.
Discussion of bread-baking brings me to a different thought, however. I have a dream to visit the King Arthur Flour Baking School in Vermont. Just now I visited their website and had a "Holy Sh*t" moment when I discovered they now have a baking school just north of me in Skagit Valley, WA. I was just about to say that it's one of the things I want to do when we make our trip back east, but now it looks like I can do it right here in my own backyard! Like I said: Holy Sh*t!!!
As it turns out it's about a 5-hour drive, and so this is one of those times when I'd probably want to take a multi-day class.
I notice they have a 3-day "Pie and Tart" class in February. The following week, there's a 3-day "Sourdough Baking Basics" class. There's also a 4-day "Artisan Bread-Baking at Home" class in January. Well. This is terribly exciting. Obviously, I'm going to look into this some more. (By the way, each one of the exclamation points on that map above is an "incident" going on as I write this post. Yikes. Not a good day to be making that drive.)
As for cooking, Mike needed help making a salad for a Halloween Party they're having at his work tomorrow. We were going to make meatballs, but someone signed up ahead of us. Our second choice was this BLT Bow-Tie Pasta Salad. I've made this before, although I've failed to take a picture of it every time. Here's the one from the website. This is a recipe from A Taste of Home.
It's a good choice for pot luck because it can be made ahead. We have the salad all assembled now. He'll just add the dressing tomorrow and stir it up.
And now that I've managed to spend a whole blog post telling you how I've done practically nothing today, I think I'll go do some sewing. What else is there to do on a slow and rainy Sunday?