I baked my first sourdough bread today. I was in complete shock that it was edible. More than edible, it was actually quite good! I'm not talking about a modest form of shock: that Chinese kind where you expect the worst because you're never good enough and then come out pleasantly surprised that it was actually fantastic. My mind was actually blown that I could make a loaf of bread using water, flour, and wild yeast that I trapped in my goopy starter. Oh, it was not nearly as simple as it sounds. The process was labourious, and this loaf could be so much better, but I started this adventure and I really, really want to finish it.
Sometimes I go through phases of starting too many projects without any plans for how to complete them. Oh, you too? Figures. There are so many fun creative things in this world!!!
After hosting the winter retreat in February, I've had some extra time to tackle some new things.
Besides learning all about wild yeast starters and attempting my first sourdough bread, I also joined the superstar quilt class (amazing), decided to work on my Purple Workbench website (still going), started planning some sewing workshops for kids (hoping to share about this project soon!), and then bought more fabric (yup, got me some Liberty Fleece) and new patterns (Morris Blazer, here I come!) and dreamed of a new spring and summer wardrobe (Boundless Style has been my inspiration lately).
I love starting new projects, I just need to focus on getting some of them done.
A primary driver for my Purple Workbench Retreats is to provide a time and place for people to focus on their creative projects. Sometimes it's to get the creative juices going, but more often than not, guests attend the retreat to finish neglected items on the creative to-do list.
To promote the June retreat, I'm going to dedicate some Instagram posts to capturing projects that are need of some attention. It's a common misconception that my retreats are for sewers only. The retreat environment is great for painters, knitters, bloggers, scrapbookers, and almost any other creative occupation you can think of. (Food related activities are probably the only exception: the kitchen is fully occupied!) Follow along with my #CompleteAtRetreat hashtag and maybe even join along! What's on your creative to-do list that could benefit from some dedicated time at a creative retreat? Post a picture on Instagram and use the #CompleteAtRetreat hashtag!