Before Ash Wednesday I made up a batch of Paczki, which are a traditional Polish pastry. I used this recipe, and although it was my first try, they didn't come out too badly. Keeping the oil at a constant temperature was a challenge, and quite a few ended up a little burnt--we did suffer and eat them anyway, filled with cherry filling and glazed.
When we moved, I realized just how many fabric scraps I have accumulated over the years. I was considering donating them, but then decided it was just time to start quilting. Looking through Pinterest has been fun and I am filled with ideas, which you can see on my sewing board. Thanks to Leila's recommendation, I am reading The quilters: Women and domestic art, which 'chronicles the lives and quilts of pioneer women of Texas and New Mexico at the turn of the twentieth century.' It is a wonderful look into the part that quilting played in their lives. I think it would be almost impossible to read this book and not be inspired to quilt something. It has been added to my list of favorite reads.
So, I am now working on a crib quilt--my first really-from-scratch quilt, as the only others I've made were a 'cheater' quilt and one from a pre-cut kit long ago. I am using this tutorial for improvisational quilt blocks using scraps of fabric. It is amazing how fast these came together! I now have the top done, need to come up with a backing fabric, and am trying to decide whether to quilt by hand or machine--by hand would be nice, though I am not sure how long that may take me.
I received a new order of leather, which I would like to use for some totes. I've sewed one up and am excited to test it out for myself; if all goes well, maybe some can be added to the shop. Sewing with leather has been a real learning experience, and I continue to try and perfect my methods; my motivation--I just love leather bags!
Hope you are keeping warm, or maybe even enjoying Spring,