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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 in Craftalongs by edelC on: February 06, 2016 09:36:10 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: SOAR
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: F**K the menopause shrine
Project Page Link (if available):http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442777.0
Brief Description: perimenopause is kicking my ass, so it was either make something or kill someone today..I made this to express how it feels...Sorry if this is TMI for those whom menopause is a million years in the future..

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2  F**K the menopause... A shrine in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by edelC on: February 06, 2016 09:31:00 AM
Oh man but this is kicking my ass. I am 48 and apparently the perimenopause can last ten years. Hot flashes I had gotten kinda used to, annoying as hell and necessitating rethiniking my wardrobe. I lecture and in an hours lecture I swear I take my cardigan off at least three or four times. I spend half of the night kicking covers off.. I can deal with the red face.

but the last couple of times the moodswings are wrecking my head. Today I wanted to alternately cry and kill someone. So I figured I needed to get busy doing something, I made this small shrine.

inside..what a hot flash feels like

right and left sides are respectively a woman shooting a gun and holding dynamite. All of these images are from a book of reprints of mens adventure magazines, All of the women are in imminent danger of loosing their tops.

outside old crone types. Yes I know they are Froud faries, but they look old..which is apparently what I have to look forward to when this is over. Time ticking away with a devil in charge on top..this heat has to come from somewhere..

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3  Re: Thing-A-Day February 2016 Craftalong in Craftalongs by edelC on: February 01, 2016 04:27:33 AM
I'm in, I had a ridiculously crafty cooking day yesterday, made and used up a ton of food. And started on a WIP. But I need motivation to start on the days my crafty mojo is running low.

Prompts for short crafty items.
Notecards, earrings, ATC, inchie, Draw something, zentangle, scrappy patch, regular patchwork block, zippered pouch, potato print, kite paper star, sewn felt hearts/other shapes, bake something, pull out leftovers and make a meal for tomorrow,

1-I decorated a blank TM patch.

2 I made and embroidered this one,. We have a saying in ireland ' Full of the joys of spring' and that was what this fabric made me think of.

4. -
5. I made a simple turkish cucumber/tomato/onion salad.--no pic
6- Shrine, link here. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442777.0
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4  Do you use a serger much? At all? in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by edelC on: January 31, 2016 08:17:46 AM
Yes that is a cobweb attached to the to left..

I should get more use out of it, even if it is a cheap generic. How do you use yours?
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5  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 in Craftalongs by edelC on: January 28, 2016 07:44:52 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology (spikes)

House: ravenclaw
Project Name: Pink Rosie
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Brief Description: Rosemary is a herb with spiky leaves, it is also delicious, It is said that rosemary planted by your door keeps witches away. I've also read that rosemary will only thrive in a place where the woman is the boss..whichever is true. It has taken me a few trys to get rosemary to thrive in my garden, but now it is.

This is a wonderful cocktail, it looks pretty and is actually good for you. And it is not too sweet, some cocktails can be cloying if you drink too many of them, this is really bright and refreshing.

Take about 5 healthy sprigs of rosemary, Add a cup of water, bring to the boil in a saucepan, add a cup of sugar and simmer gently until the liquid has reduced by half. Remove the rosemary and discard.

Allow the rosemary syrup to cool. (rosemary is really good for you, checkout these health benefits http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266370.php_

1-2 teaspoon of syrup
3oz vodka (simply omit this for a non-alcoholic version, it tastes just as good)
6oz fresh pink grapefruit juice

shake with ice and serve in a martini glass.

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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 in Craftalongs by edelC on: January 28, 2016 07:29:53 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy

House: ravenclaw
Project Name: thai sticky black rice with mango sorbet
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.) This is all about the congelation or change of state.

It is also easy and pretty impressive, I cooked dinner for some friends last night and I was able to cook this the night before and reheat the rice to serve.

You have to start with the right kind of rice, I get it in my local asian shop, it is called thai black rice. It is a whole grain but a different variety to regular rice. It is really simple to make, you simply cook the rice with a can of coconut milk in a saucepan, It takes about 45 minutes to cook, once done you stir in sugar and salt, topped with some toasted coconut shavings if you have them (I didn't) It also reheats really well in the microwave.

This was the recipe I followed. http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-coconut-black-rice-pudding-176861

it is traditionally served with mango, but ripe, nice to eat, mangos are rarer than hen's teeth in Ireland, so I used a large can of kesar mango pulp (30oz) I also got this from the asian store. Sorbets need about 20% sugar, a little more is OK. There was 5% sugar in the mango already, so I added more sugar, plus a little water to dissolve the sugar, lime juice and put it into an ice-cream maker.

can mango pulp (30oz)
5oz sugar
1/2 cup water
Juice of 2 limes.

dissolve the sugar in the water (warming it on the stove to help it dissolve if necessary)
mix in mango and lime, stir well. Put into an icecream maker.

If you don't have an icecream maker, just put it into a container into the freezer, take it out and stir it well to break up any ice crystals, after about an hour. repeat this once or twice more until it is frozen.

I managed to get a mango that was pretty ripe, so I had some fresh mango on the side.

Project Picture:

I remembered to take a photo before I had eaten all the leftovers for lunch today.
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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 in Craftalongs by edelC on: December 31, 2015 08:25:19 AM

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Pillowcases
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Brief Description: I used the burrito method for making these, which is mad when you read it, but if you don't try and understand it, it works perfectly and all becomes clear. Basically you have to wrap everything up and sew everything into a kind of burrito, then turn it the right way around by pulling out the middle of the burrito. It works great.

I had this fabric from the last time I was in the US (7 years ago!!) and there was just enough to make these, they are so pretty on my bed and bonus, I had used some of the same fabric for the quilt, so it matches...but it so pretty and nice.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie botts beans Plum pudding
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Mashed turnips
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Brief Description: This is the veg that got my daughter to eat veg, it was a staple throughout my childhood too. A very very simple side dish, but it is cheap and tasty
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Take a turnip-or whatever you call it in your country, in scotland this would be neeps, in the UK a swede, I think the same in Oz. in Ireland it is a turnip. A largeish one-about half the size of your head (I am not sure how else to size turnips!)

peel and chop into chunks about 2 inches square. Cover it with cold water in a saucepan, add about 1/2 tsp salt.
Very important. you must salt the water that you are going to boil the turnip in, or so an elderly scottish man told me once.

Bring to the boil and then turn down to simmer until it is tender.

Add approx 2 tablespoons butter and the same quantity of milk (or cream if you are feeling decadent)

Mash-I use a stick blender as it needs to be completely smooth with no lumps.

Then taste, add salt if it needs it, some more butter/cream will make it more unctuous. And I like to add black pepper. This last is contentious, My mom adds white pepper, I like black. White pepper doesn't make speckles in the golden puree, black does, but I think it tastes better.

The beauty of this side is that you can make it in advance, it reheats perfectly in a microwave and it will keep at least two days in the fridge to heat whenever you need it. Plus one turnip makes a lot of puree.

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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 in Craftalongs by edelC on: December 31, 2015 07:51:17 AM
How I love craftster and in particularly this group in this craftalong ...let me count the ways

but firstly I will allow a brief break to find a tissue.

So I am alone today, this isn't a terribly common occurrence as I don't love it. I have one daughter and she is turning 21, still at school, but the days of her finally leaving home are approaching too fast (empty nest...arrrrgh) as she and I are really close. So she has gone off for new years eve to spend it with her boyfriend. So I am hanging out alone, planning and dreaming of our  big US road trip..but still with a little loneliness around the edges, if you know what I mean..

yesterday the postman brought me a three craftalong christmas cards, which really put a smile on my face (thank you Netchez, the aquahearts and whistlefish)

and today while I was not expecting anything, he knocked on the door again and handed me not just one but two packages and another card (thanks so much treemoon, I loved what you wrote) They have put a huge smile on my face and most importantly warmed my heart. Craftster packages seem to have a knack of arriving when most needed.

this from noodlebug a fabulous selection of HP goodies for participating in the search for the philosophers stone. And she wrote me such a lovely message on the card. And there were jelly beans!!!...
-I may or may not be munching on the jelly beans as I type-


And from ErinAquaheart. She sent these gorgeous cat ornaments for my tree (for help in subding the Nundu-I still have scars)

but the bit that may have made me all teary eyed because of warmhearted strangers is the addition of a bundle of beautiful FQ because "I saw in your profile that that you like fabric"

so like I said, people, HP craftalong people in particular are wonderful..

you have made me happy
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9  Re: Christmas Stocking Swap! in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: December 26, 2015 05:05:01 AM
Roler and I decided to open our stockings on christmas day, which was great, made the day even better.

First up, check out the stocking, it is so cute, a frog theme, felt frogs and a frog fabric top. She also sent some gorgeous fabric, a great candy cane and this really cute fabric lucky cat ornament. This is on my tree!

A great ear warmer (and yes it fits!) some veg potholders, which came in really handy yesterday. I also love the tissue cover, which is great as I have a cold at the moment! Check out the mugrug, It is really nice and the fabric is fabulous..

and this box was filled with goodies,  A brilliantly sized bento box, perfect for lunch for me. Some more fabulous japanese fabrics and this 'holder' full of cute fabric tapes (did you make this? it is lovely) Plus jelly santa lollipops..yum!!

So many cute things!! Thank you Roler. This was a really fun swap.

TrickyMcVomit, that stocking is really different and very cool! I hope your partner posts pix of her goodies soon.

People got amazing stuff and there were great stockings...and now it is a whole year to wait until we do this again!!!
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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 in Craftalongs by edelC on: December 23, 2015 09:10:05 AM

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress random crafty zaps..
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Lemon and thyme bundt cake
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:

The recipe is from here, I didn't use quite enough thyme I think, but it was still excellent, fast to make and stays moist for at least a couple of days.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Everyone gets to be Rudolph
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: This was a christmas decoration project that I had in mind, and I love how it turned out, cheap farm animals (and Dogs) painted, glittered, red nose and antlers

Project Picture:
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