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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Can you help me make homemade sausages? on: January 31, 2015 02:05:19 PM
I tried making some but they were not tasty at all and way to dry. I used some pork that had very little fat so that's likely the cause. I also used artificial casing and it was dry and you could really feel it. We ended up removing it from the cooked sausages to avoid eating it.

Any tips or recipes would be welcome. We don't hunt and there's not much too hunt here except wild pig, so I will have to use meat from the supermarket.

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas cards on: December 18, 2014 02:12:19 PM


I made some wood ornaments on the scroll saw. Then, I attached them to cards, and decorated with  pastels.



3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Summer blouses on: November 06, 2014 07:22:20 PM


I made lightweight blouses as it is still quite warm. Actually, I went to the fabric store to buy oil for the sewing machine and came back with all these new fabrics. I've decided that I should make them right away and not let the fabrics go on the shelf, where they could stay for a long time.  So, here they are:



I'm thinking of adding embroidery on the collars.
4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween cats on: October 30, 2014 12:38:02 AM


Cats invaded our home. Maybe there all here to have a purr-ty while their witches are getting ready for their big night.
And there's more:





They are all made of black construction paper and basic printer paper.
5  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween spray paint on: October 30, 2014 12:25:42 AM


There was big white blank on the wall that wasn't in the spirit of Halloween at all. So, I made a very quick painting to fill this white out.

I had old spray cans of yellow, red, black and white. I also had lots of blues, but I decided not to use them. I used an old plastic card to scrap the paint and "draw" the tombstones and trees. I cut out the haunted house, bat, witch and hat from construction paper.

Next time I will spray paint, I will make sure I have paint thinner or mineral spirits on hand, especially on a Sunday evening. There was quite a lot of scrubbing involved!
6  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / low flying witch on: October 30, 2014 12:15:58 AM


This year, I tried to give the dining room a bit of a vintage Halloween feel but I didn't want to buy any new Halloween decorations.

I made a witch with things I had at home: two trash bags for the head and body, newspaper for the stuffing, two hoses for the legs and arms, a broom, a dress, a leftover piece of black fabric, and a hat from costumes from past years, paper for the shoes and tape to hold it together. It was fast and fun to see it appear. I'm thinking of adding facial features.

The witch was flying very low above the table, so I made a sign with a yellow sheet of construction paper.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / First carvings with a knife on: September 07, 2014 10:23:57 PM

During summer, I carved a few mountain animals. I used a carving knife and small pictures from a book to help me.
The first picture shows a chamois or isard, a kind of mountain goat from the Alps that looks a lot like a goat. It was easier as I got to see some while hiking.
The next one is supposed to be a big fat groundhog from the Alps, just getting out of her burrow. Everyone in my family said I made a nice bear!  Cheesy

They did get the wild sheep called mouflon right. It was pretty easy with the curved horns though. I have to admit I did a better job on this one.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Lamp shade repair on: September 06, 2014 12:21:47 PM


The white lampshade had seen a better life. It was bent in places from having too many falls or people bumping into it. I wanted to buy new ones and paint them but couldn't find any in a size that fit. So, I just took the old one and made it look like it wasn't bent. I used a glue gun and a fabric I like. i glued the fabric at the base first. Then, the top with some pleating to make it fit the shape.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / First attempt at chip carving on: August 12, 2014 07:53:04 PM


I carved a welcome sign with carving knives. I used plywood. It was hard cutting into more than one layer of wood. Next time, I will use solid wood, it should give a better result. I encourage you to try chip carving, I really enjoyed it.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Whittled edelweiss on: August 03, 2014 11:50:55 AM

I visited my parents for a few weeks in the Alps. While I was there, I saw some beautiful mountain flowers called edelweiss.
(picture from Wikipedia)
At the library,  I saw a beautiful big wooden flower. After trimming the trees, I decided I could try to carve some. It was my first attempt at whittling branches and it was quite enjoyable.

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