I sewed down the bias tape (by hand) today and added the black sequin rose lace on the top. I’ve deliberately left the sequins off the bottom – they would chafe on the cycling shorts – but will probably put them on once the AIDS Ride is over, assuming I still have any interest in the corset by then. (Who knows – maybe I’ll take up a career as a dominatrix. Weirder career changes have happened…)
Anyway, the corset is done, hallelujah, and I have gathered the first 8 feet (out of about 12 feet needed) of gold ribbon into ruffles. I have also made beef stock and chicken stock and oh yes, had an EXCELLENT job interview this morning! It looks like it is a really good fit for what I’m looking for AND for what they’re looking for. I go back for a second round on Thursday and if that works, for another round next week. If all goes well, I may find myself employed sooner than I expected. In which case I will probably ask for an additional week off, so I can make my chocolates. The sewing I can do more or less anytime, the chocolates are much more time-critical and fussy.
As a side note, I am not impressed with chicken heads for making chicken stock. The guy at the farmer’s market told me that it produces a beautiful golden broth (it doesn’t) and also a stronger-tasting broth than usual (it doesn’t). It’s also weird to have all these dead chicken heads in the pot. Next time, I go to the local Chinese grocery and invest in some real live chicken bones. The beef stock, though, seems to be just fine.
Tasted the lime and the lemon basil today. They’re wonderful, but haven’t figured out what to do with them yet – pungent with a distinct bitterness that reminds me of rose geranium. I’ll try them in chocolate, but somehow I think they’d be better in fudge. I just haven’t figured out what kind of fudge. The regular Italian basil I’ll try in ganache, and I’ll also try a Thai basil if I can find some.