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1  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by edelC on: March 11, 2015 02:21:50 PM
so I have finally done some decent stash busting. I made two quilts.

One was a cot quilt and while it didn't use much of my stash as it was a commission and they bought most of the fabrics, I did use some of my own..and I got paid, my first payment for a quilt!

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the second was a quilt for the geezer swap. This was interesting and I had to buy the wadding, but the rest was from stash..This was a difficult project for me as I am not a doggie person and so I was really dubious that it would look ok, but I love the colour scheme (favourite colours of my swap partner) and so I actually really do like how it turned out.
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there was some scraps of fabric left over so I made myself a cushion cover
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2  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by edelC on: February 10, 2015 08:33:28 AM
yes, I managed to destash a little

I made three of these, crappy pix, but I need a win today, Blank notebooks with reusable covers, these were made with some scraps of fabric, buttons etc from my stash. I also made a few pairs of earrings but seeing as they make such a very very small dent in stash, they are hardly worth counting


oops noticed threads to be trimmed..


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3  first oil painting ever, still life, wet on wet. constructive criticism needed in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by edelC on: January 29, 2015 06:33:00 AM
Hi folks.

so I bought oil paintings and have made a start, it is not wonderful, but it is not dreadful. It is wet on wet

anyway this is a still life and was done in about an hour or so. original composition for reference. Looking at it, I see that I have missed shadows that the grapes had thrown onto the limes and lemon particularly..

but what else..any advice/ criticism would be very welcome..as it is the only way I will learn!
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4  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by edelC on: January 21, 2015 07:49:35 AM
OK So I did make something today..

in Ireland, around christmas we buy these small wooden crates of clementines, (my hand for size)

I turned it into this for some potted herbs..





and am currently doing this, a (kinda) kaffe fasset shirt quilt..I am regretting it already

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5  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by edelC on: January 21, 2015 04:30:10 AM

Here's my entire stash at the moment:


Karin. I am awe of your organisational skills, if my stash looked that nice, I think I would be tempted to just leave it alone so I could look at it..often...

sloth003.. six quilts?? that's it. I am officially awarding you the big shiny award for the most misnamed person  on here...


me...well I have a stash busting fail to confess too. I went to the thrift shop this morning and came away with this..

Couldn't leave it behind, I see lots of quilt backs in this pile, the blue and whites are sheets (large), lovely quality cotton, the stripy is a duvet cover (not mad about the front fabric, but I want to make a kaffe fassett shirt quilt (have all the shirts) and that will make the perfect back....and the flowery fabric is a set of two vintage sheets, cotton-terylene (its an old name for a type of polyester fabric) mix.. the whole lot for about $10...

but I know, I know..stash busting..OK as penance I will make something out of one of these fabrics today..

ps the blue fabric, those are not marijuana leaves, they are sprays of lavender..blame my camera!
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6  Re: IYP 27 Crafty Quickstep Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: January 05, 2015 06:33:33 AM
So I am back online today and then offline for a week...arrgh!...what a thing it is to live in middle of nowheres ville Ireland...

anyway I got a fabulous package yesterday from Jemimah...

This is my favourite thing, she did some lino cutting for me and I love this design (wouldn't it make fabulous fabric!) I have a love themed wall in my kitchen and it is going to get framed and go straight on there.



that is not all, some more lovely art work and a great card


and she made me this beautiful little tea wallet, it is so well made, shows a lot more patience than I am capable of, I love the colours too. Plus as an extra she made this cowl for herself, but decided that since she is decamping to somewhere warm that my need was greater than hers...and it is cold here. It kept me toasty while walking by the lake yesterday.


I have loved this swap...I had two wonderful partners Wendiek and jemimah and have loved my packages,Thanks LuckDragon for running this, it is my new favourite swap...so next time it rolls around, feel free to ask me to dance anyone....xxx

happy new year..I am off into the wilderness again

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7  energy giving smoothie (I hope!) in Recipes and Cooking Tips by edelC on: July 15, 2014 06:16:49 AM
So I have been so depleted of energy lately, it was time to focus on some serious nutrition and something to give me a bit of energy, rather than the carb laden comfort food that I have been eating too much of, calorie dense, but that's just giving me more padding to carry around rather than giving me any get up and go..

I did a bit of research and came up with this recipe to get a decent amount of some superfoods into me in a tasty (if not very pretty) form. The picture is not mine, but the smoothie looks exactly the same....green..

Makes one large serving:
Big glass of almond milk (You could use soy, but I like the taste of almond milk)
1 banana
small handfull of ice
1/2 mango (You could use a different fruit, some kind of berry perhaps, blueberries would be excellent as they are also superfoods)
1 tablespoon of ground hempseeds (i grind them in a spice grinder, they have the right ratio of omega 3 to 6)
1-2 teaspoon of spirulina (this makes it green)
I teaspoon of Maca powder
1 teaspoon of camu camu powder
1 teaspoon of bee pollen

put them all in a blender/smoothie maker, or even use a stick blender. zuzz until it is smooth and enjoy. It looks less than lovely, but it does taste nice and fruity and it is extremely good for you.

these last four ingredients are the powerhouse, they don't have a lot of flavour,  but they punch way above their weight in terms of nutrition.

I got all of the ingredients in the health food shop, in powder form, except for almond milk and hempseeds.
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8  old sweater quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by edelC on: July 01, 2014 09:46:30 AM
So a few years ago I lost a load of weight...but then I found it again, c'est la vie, I am trying mostly to just accept me who I am, but that is another story, in the interim I bought a bunch of cheap sweaters. (Primark-think forever21 cheap clothing) Cheap mostly because I am broke, but that is another other story...

so rather than toss the bundle, which I could wear, but they were a little too tight, and a little too short and a little...cheap...I decided to have a quick and dirty go at a lap quilt, this is the result




it is backed with a plain fleecy blanket. The whole quilt is made of synthetic fibres, but it is soft, cosy and snuggly.

this is maybe where it will live, in a little cosy reading corner...wanna join me?

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9  spiral dyeing, fun in the irish sunshine in Dyeing: Completed Projects by edelC on: July 01, 2014 07:33:20 AM


Normally in Ireland our country looks like this but for the last while it has been like this



so sunshine...it is actually hot outside, and sunshine is the perfect time to do some dyeing. I posted a tutorial on here before about spiral dyeing, it is fast easy and a lot of fun. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=361939.0#axzz36EA49c1d

This is a large piece which is the side wall of the pop up awning (gazebo,) that will be coming with us on our trip in Rosita the wonder van. It was a plain piece of fabric, printed with black and grey trees from IKEA..now it is FABULOUS!
laid out in my garden, without the excess dye washed out, it will be quite a bit paler. I like to unwrap it to allow time for the dye to take, so that one colour doesn't bleed too much on another. I will machine wash the excess dye out...

Dyeing is messy...but the mess is rather beautiful







and tie dyeing is the one thing that brings a big grin to my face...



I used three colours of procion mx fibre reactive dye, (red, yellow and blue) using the soda soak method (3 cups of washing soda to 8 L hot water, soaked for about 15 minutes before applying the dye)

and a bonus read about yarn dyeing and the meaning of life (my interpretation!) from my new favourite blogger http://elodieunderglass.com/2013/03/12/the-rainbow-in-your-hands-protocols-for-hand-painting-yarn/
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10  Re: Altered Spool Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: June 26, 2014 04:28:38 PM
 Wow that twisted spooly tree is amazing...and to jump back a little cackle is a master of.. well everything actually, but that silver spool rocks..

That is gorgeous and I'm in love with your LOVE wall!


What she said.

more love wall pics (in my subdued midnight lighting, camera finding is too hard)... there are few swap goodies on there- The function of the wall is to remind me, when I am having breakfast and am all cranky and morning-ish..that there is love...and I need to add to it..




I should work on hanging pictures straight Cool
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