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1  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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2  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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3  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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4  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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5  how should I quilt this, using only a regular short arm sewing machine in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by edelC on: June 26, 2014 04:15:09 PM
So I finally dug out some of those lovely special fabrics, the ones that I have been saving for something special

*I had a revelation that I don't want to be someone who dies with a roomfull of craft stuff for my daughter to have to get rid of...plus the cool fabric that I love today, after a few years, well I don't love it so much*

so I got out the nicest ones...inspired by a quilt I saw on pinterest, I made this top. It is midnight here and I can't find my camera, so this is a cellphone pic and the colours are a lot more vibrant in real life..

the question is, I have just a regular short arm sewing machine, I am using a 4oz polyester batting, as I want softness, lightness and drapeabilty (I usually use recycled 100% woollen blankets as wadding, lovely, but stiffer). I always tend I quilt in straight lines as it is easier. I think I might do the same...don't really want to risk free motion on this top. But what 'pattern' should I use, plus as you can probably see, the top is not completely flat- I still haven't managed to cut exactly on the grain and sew without stretching!

1-follow the 9 main blocks
2-outline each block
3-something else??

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6  Re: Altered Spool Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: June 26, 2014 07:27:26 AM
So my fellow fabulous swappers, have you had the experience of having a really crappy day and then getting a swap package, it is wonderful as it is a bright spot in an awful day...turns out a swap package on a good day makes the day even better. Today is a good day. I am just at the start of my academic holidays (weeks and weeks of them, very very lucky me) and I dusted of my little camper van, she had to go for a roadworthiness test and she passed with flying colours...she has her own thread here..http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=343917.msg3998899#msg3998899 (france here we come!)

and to cap it off, I got this amazing spool from smmarrt. it is all Alice in wonderland/cups of tea themed and it is fabulous. I really love it. Unfortunately the cup and saucer and little plate of cookies (LOVE!) came adrift, I know they should be glued to the top of the spool, but I am waiting for my partner to tell me where exactly.

and I got spoiled with a few extras...chocolate...mmm...and these really clever little notebooks, I think they are made from altered coffee sleeves, very clever. And I also love the card that she sent.

This is the card added to my 'love wall' in the kitchen.

Thanks so much Susan. As ever it is fabulous swapping with you xx
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7  Re: Ten minute swap round 4 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: May 27, 2014 12:51:39 PM
So the postman arrived today, he brought this wonderful package from my anna.wahnsinn We had agreed to take more than the one hour crafting time, and then (luckily for me!) she couldn't decide which bracelet to send me. The red one is my theme of hearts, action shot.......


and the blue one from my theme of the seaside...

 if this wasn't enough spoiling, she also made a really pretty necklace to match.

action shot...squinting at the setting sun... (how do I hate thee selfies...let me count the ways)

all three together...so you can see the heart one more clearly...as a lovely touch, they have gorgeous little heart clasps..

Thank you Anna, I really love all of them..I wanted to wear both bracelets at the same time going out earlier, but my 19 year old daughter stopped me..
 as Kathe Lette says. 'Living with a teenage daughter is like living with the Taliban. Mothers are not allowed to dance, sing, flirt, laugh loudly or wear short skirts. - (although she is not quite that bad...and she definitely approved of the Jewellery Anna)
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8  Re: Fabric Printing Swap Rd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: May 23, 2014 10:06:39 AM
this was a great swap, when is the next one??

So I did a bit of fast sewing today, I used some of leapfeetfirst's fabric and made this tea cosy. I didn't want to cut into the fabric too much, so I left it mostly square. It has it's own thread here... http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433640.0#axzz32YjREJrX

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9  quick tea cosy in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by edelC on: May 23, 2014 09:53:17 AM
I got this amazing printed fabric from the most recent round of the fabric printing swap, from leapfeetfirst and I needed a new tea cosy. I am a complete tea addict and own about 4 cosies, but I bought a new, bigger, teapot and I needed to make something fast and cheerful to wake me out of todays slump-I had the whole day planned for craft and did feck all..but this is cheery.

Tea-cosies that you have to lift off to pour the tea are a pain in the ass, I like the ones with the spout free...this one wasn't really measured, I held the fabric to the pot and sewed away (it is padded with an old bedspread that has a polyester lining between two layers of cotton) ..I added a couple of buttons to make it even happier.

this is how I will be pouring out tea in about ten minutes...

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10  Re: Fabric Printing Swap Rd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: May 18, 2014 10:42:58 AM
The second package from across the pond also nailed my themes in an entirely different way...cool!...and LeapFeetFirst, totally spoiled me.. Smiley

first was some extras,

 Washi tape!! imagine I have reached 46 years of age and never before owned washi tape...I do now and will enjoy it. I love these little ceramic hearts and the mushroom ribbon is so cool. (I am also doing a lot of book binding these days and I am making a journal for a friend, which will be a log of her house renovation, she loves grey, so i am going to use one of those heart tags at the end of the book mark for that)

anyway the main event...another few loves of mine, Alice in wonderland, and anatomical hearts...

I love this...this is a close up of the image ( really have to get myself into some screen printing)

and the hearts,

and so some of my themes were 50s and hearts. I love this as it is a combination of both, the kind of atomic design from the 50s with hearts instead of balls...

And my favourite, I love this one, both the print and the background fabric.

a close up
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