I am a lover of crafts.
I just feel calmer and happier when I am in the middle of a project that allows me to be creative and includes a skill that I want to master. It gives my soul a break from thinking about the things I cannot change and it helps me to feel centered and competent.
I craft because it is much more effective than therapy ever was, even though it's not actually cheaper.
Once I find my groove in a project, I tend to be a little obsessed.
I might possibly be a little obsessed with sewing right now...........
The painter's tape on my fingers to help where I have poked and pinched my fingertips raw may be seen as a cry for help.
My sweet husband knows it means he chose well when he was Santahusband.
He also knows it's sign that I'm doing better and allowing myself to do the things that make me feel okay.
Yesterday, I decided to teach myself applique.
There are so many cute things you can make with applique and you can take personalization to a whole new level.
I started small with a freebie download that looked very simple.
My first attempt was bad.
The applique shifted, just a hair too far and it was all off, then I wasn't paying attention and realized that I had sewn the tabs of the bib to back of it all and had to cut it off of the hoop.
I thought it was making terrible noises.
FINISHED ANOTHER QUILT.
Just a baby quilt, but I am really happy at how much better the binding is and the patches line up better than my first one. I still have a lot to learn, which means my readers are going to have to endure many more sewing posts.
Both of these will be mailed to SLC for my sister, Sunnie, who is having a baby in a few months with her husband, Chad. They are a blendy family, too and this will be their first baby together.
Because I am a Domestic Goddess, I also baked 4 loaves of homemade whole wheat bread yesterday.
Okay, I'm more of a tired schlub who didn't want to go to the store and buy bread, but the ends justify the means, Yo.
I used a new recipe, using vital wheat gluten. I've heard my friends sing the praises of that stuff, but had never used it. I have had struggles getting bread to rise since we moved to New Jersey, so I picked some up, hoping it would help.
It cut the raising time in half and the bread was very light and airy for being whole wheat.
Add me to the vital wheat gluten club.
It was great stuff.
I'm posting the recipe for my friends who asked.
When I make this again, I'm going to make a couple of changes because my bread was a little more crusty on the outside than I like it.
The inside had a texture that was similar to white bread though, I think this is one kids will love.