since my little hiatus/re-prioritizing i've made quite a few things, only i can't really remember what they all are--call it post-postpartum fog or early dementia, but i'm having problems with recall. hmmm. oh, yeah. i bought some crappy frames at a yard sale for a few bucks, spray painted them all dark brown, and put some of my paintings, doodles, etc. in them. it livened up an otherwise boring blank wall in my bedroom, so hey.
i do have quite a few works in progress, like a present for my mom's birthday, my never-finished mendocino quilt, a valkyrie hat for my niece, etc. i did manage to finish my kid's awesome halloween (excuse me, HARVEST) costumes, which i will be posting pictures of once they're actually wearing them.
ilya and i also made this little fall decoration which was fun. i gave him a sheet of paper and some finger paints in fall colors and let him go to town. (it's so funny how uptight he is--i had to actually get in there and show him how to finger paint because he spent the first 20 minutes making meticulous and evenly-spaced dots all over the paper.) then we cut out leaf shapes, found a neat stick outside, and used glue and jewelry wire to rig it up. it was fun.
last night i made the most amazing bread EVER. i've been making bread since i was a kid, with varying degrees of success, but this was so successful i almost didn't know what to do with myself. i used this recipe from king arthur flour's website, only i added lots of raisins to the dough (husband is obsessed with raisins) and used regular milk instead of the powdered variety. i don't know what the magic ingredient was but it had to either be the awesome instant yeast we just bought, or the potato flakes (what a weird thing to put in bread, right?) but it is just the nicest fluffiest non-bricklike bread i've ever pulled out of my oven. the dome did collapse a little but i think that was because it smelled so good i was impatient to pull it out of the oven. whoops. still, just look at that! ahhh...
too bad i'm not supposed to eat it.