We ran out of bread three days ago. But being on the thrifty challenge I decided to haul out the bread maker and whip up a loaf. I've now made a loaf each evening for three days. It really only takes five minutes to pop all the ingredients in and turn it on. I really should do it more often.
It's been getting rave reviews as well I might add. Apparently it's better than it used to be. Lighter and more fluffy. Even the little people prefer it. It's a shame I can only smell and drawl over it. Most of my baking is like that unfortunately.
I'm hoping the birds also enjoy it, as the crusts are a bit too much of a challenge. (She peers out the window). Yes all gone. Oh and it's raining yet again!
Now dearest Liz, the loopy one in case you're wondering (as she runs to hide before getting a flick in the ear), anyway she wants to know how I do my applique stitches so neatly. What a lovely compliment! So I've taken it upon myself to take a few pickies on my very flash camera (a freebie included when purchasing a new TV some time ago. No I haven't been naughty!
Now what I do is a bit sneaky really. I come down into the base fabric directly underneath the previous stitch to make a little straight stitch.
Now to do the next stitch I take a couple of fabric threads from the applique piece about 5mms from the previous stitch. But when I take the fabric in the needle, I take it from the back of the folded edge a little so it becomes almost hidden from the front.
Do you see what I mean? I'm crap at explaining things very clearly! I'm really hoping the wonderful photos will explain themselves. Look at how magnified the fabric is!! This is just your standard cotton patchwork fabric. I can count the threads! Truly amazing. Unfortunately ones fingernails are also magnified!!! Atrocious indeed. Must add that to my list.
We're having a party tomorrow! We like parties at our house. This one is for a little cousin who has just turned two. Her family is coming up from the deep south and we are having a second party for her. I'm making the cake. Pooh Bear is her favourite character so I've found a picture in a colouring book that will do nicely. That should give me plenty to do this afternoon.