I have had a really great 24 hours. Last night DH and I made Coq Au Vin. Seriously. LIke for real. And it was wonderful… truly wonderful. Not perfect, the amount of sauce we ended up with wasn’t quite right. But the chicken tasted like the chicken you would get at a good french restaurant. Just so yummy.
I do not have photographic evidence of said Coq Au Vin… you will just have to believe me.
What I do have photographic evidence of is this poolside tote that I made! I am really proud of this one. As I have said a bazillion times on this blog, I could not have done this a year ago. Sewing, sewing, sewing and I am getting better. Obvious that would happen, but still cool.
Now this bag is far from perfect. My topstitching still has a looooooong way to go. But it is perfectly serviceable, and I got a “that looks so cool!!!” from my stepdaughter for whom it was made (she needed a big bag for all her books and stuff).
I sound very smug, I know. But I am just a technician getting better at the things I do – the pattern was by Anna Graham, the recipe by Winnie Moranville. The time and the dedication to become an expert at some things (very slowly) is mine. I am VERY LUCKY to have the time and resources to do these things. Very lucky. I am grateful – very grateful. And a wee bit proud of myself.
I am about to shower after a hike through the woods and then off to cook some steak with wine and cherries.
The next 24 hours are looking pretty good, too.