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1  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by edelC on: September 02, 2015 04:02:08 AM
Research Project Name: Meadowsweet drink
Team: randomizer
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, patterns/techniques used, materials, plan of action, expected timeline, etc.) Meadowsweet is a gorgeous wildflower that is coming towards the end of its season in Ireland now. it is really pretty frothy creamy coloured flower and signifies summer to me.  Although we have had a terrible cold wet summer, so there are still plenty of flowers around.

 It has a beautiful honeyed smell. It was used in medieval times as a strewing herb (ie on the floors to make the place smell sweet) but it was also added to drinks. I want research uses of it, specifically in non-alcoholic cordials, but if I get enough, maybe try and make some wine type stuff. And see if it is usable in any other forms.

this is what it looks like
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2  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by edelC on: September 01, 2015 02:08:41 PM
I am a first year student and very nervous, my first class was herbology and this is my first assignment

Class/Challenge/House Pride:
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Pesto made by hand
Project Page Link (if available):http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440560.msg5335083#msg5335083
Brief Description: Homework was to make something green..this is very green
Project Picture:

I have a number of HP projects that I can't wait to post, but given that our Glorious Leader (AKA Mistress Jennie) is my swap partner, I will have to contain my impatience
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3  Pesto made in a pestle and mortar and jetlag...and a bit of mindful creating in Recipes and Cooking Tips by edelC on: September 01, 2015 02:06:02 PM
It was a number of years ago when i arrived back from Australia, via Bangkok, about 20 hours in transit in total, I was very very jetlagged.

the kind of jetlag that you don't know your name. Anyway for some reason, in a fit of insanity I had ordered a huge bag of fresh basil from a local farm, for when I got back.

So what else could I do but have friends around for some wine and make some pesto. I decided to see if there was a difference in taste between pesto made in a pestle and mortar, or in a food processor. I made both and it turns out that the pestle and morter one is better, but the difference is very slight. So use the food processor if you have a big bunch of basil.

Fast forward to today, I had a small bunch of basil and some roasted garlic sourdough and it was pesto time.


clove garlic
1-2 tbl sp olive oil
1-2 tbl sp fresh, finely grated parmesan
1 tbl sp fresh squeezed lemon juice
large handful of basil leaves.

1-Take a pinch of salt and pound a generous clove of garlic, or two.

2-Add a large handful of fresh basil leaves and pound until you get a green paste.

3-Add a tablespoon of pine nuts (these are better if toasted in a dry pan first, I didn't bother) pound, but leave them a little chunky

4-Add 1-2 table spoons of fresh, finely grated parmesan cheese and 1 tsp fresh lemon juice. Mix together with 1-2 tablespoons of good olive oil. Taste and see if you want more garlic, cheese or salt, make it exactly as you want it

You will end up with a vivid green, incredible paste. Eat it just as it is on good bread, or added to cooked pasta.

Even if you buy bottled pesto, it is worth trying this out, there is a world of difference.

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4  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by edelC on: September 01, 2015 01:40:21 PM
Prompt: September Zeus/Poseidon/Hades
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: Engineering, community
Project Name: Jack Skeillington tee shirt
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440558.0
Brief Description: this is the battle of the underworld vs the overworld,Zeus/Poseidon/Hades. of course Jack represents Hades and the ultimate end of us all!(at least he is smiling!)
Project Picture:

So this is my first time joining any of the battles and I hope I am doing it correctly, I posted a long tute on the project link, I assume that I shouldn't repost here, but please let me know if I need to!

EDIT thanks bunny1Kenobi!
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5  using up cutouts from freezer paper stencilling tutorial in Stenciling: Completed Projects by edelC on: September 01, 2015 01:31:48 PM
So my DD said to me, from the sofa, make me something...she is my stencil cutter in chief and so she does deserve to get something occasionally. I had saved this jack cutout, from a stencil that she had cut for me. This had come out in one piece and so I thought it could be used. And this tute was inspired by the fall nerd battles..I have never done them before, until now!

but how to use it, you can use this kind of thing with a bleach spray, as this gives a nice effect, but I wanted something more contained. So I thought I would use the cutout within a frame, but the colour of the tee shirt needed to be taken into account.

I wanted Jack to be white, so the background needed to be white. but I didn't want to waste paint and didn't want to have too thick layers of paint.

step 1, lay down the cutout--NB DO NOT IRON YET. Using masking tape make a border all around the cutout, getting quite close to it, remember we are trying to not use too much paint.

2, remove the cutout,

3 fill in the shape with the colour that you want the cutout to eventually be on your teeshirt. This will be the main colour

4 allow to dry,

5, fully dry, remove the masking tape

6 Iron on the cutout, in mine, this didn't stick as well to the paint layer as it does to the fabric, so you have to be careful with applying paint over this, use a dabbing rather than a brushing motion with your brush.

7 make another border outside of the cutout, This will be the final border around the design, so it needs to be regular and centered. I choose a square, but you could use any shape.

8. Paint your background colour, this goes over the cutout, and within the final border. In this design I wanted the eyes etc to be the same as the background colour. But it would be possible to mask off areas with more masking tape, and add a third colour.

9. peel off the cutout and take off the masking tape and enjoy!
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6  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by edelC on: August 23, 2015 05:22:55 AM
This year (as with every year) I intend to do more painting. A swap with lindyv321 gave me the perfect excuse to paint this. (inspired by a painting that she had on her pinterest.

It has it's own thread here

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7  patronus (harry potter) from a painting on pinterest in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by edelC on: August 22, 2015 10:27:24 AM
I recently did a personal swap with the fabulous lindyV321. She had this painting on pinterest and I painted a copy of it, my version is not exactly the same as I modified the antlers a tiny bit. Unfortunately I cannot find the name of the original artist to credit her/him here. This is the pinterest link

this is my version

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8  Re: OMG - I need a drink swap GALLERY (send outs July 10) in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: August 22, 2015 10:17:40 AM
So Holistic Knitter triumphed over the postal demons. Her first package to me got lost along the way somewhere. but the second one (she made a second one, isn't she great!) arrived. It was worth the wait.

She sent me this awesome tee-shirt. I really love it!! and it fits perfectly.

Then this great set of coasters and a larger coaster for a jug of cocktails-if that isn't an invitation to test some of the recipies in this cocktail book then I don't know what is.

Also these fun cocktail glasses and shots, plus this awesome set of notecards, with very funny captions.

Thanks so much HolisticKnitter and to our awesome organiser!!
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9  Re: I Love Musicals Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: August 16, 2015 08:08:44 AM
MoriarT my daughter finally got her hands on the hoodie and tee-shirt. She LOVED them, especially the tee shirt. She is going to use it as a code at college, if anyone comes up to her and admires the tee shirt, she will know that they are of the musicals family.

Here she is modelling them. They fit perfectly.

thanks again MoriarT and thanks spikefan for organising this

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10  Re: I Love Musicals Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: August 08, 2015 05:35:42 AM
I received from MoriarT The package was for my daughter and she is away until the middle of next week, so she hasn't seen it yet, she will be thrilled.

First out is this great hoodie, I love it (and may steal it occasionally) it will fit perfectly and she will love everything about it. (there is a shine on this picture, the sun is not shining -crappy crappy summer here in Ireland- but for some reason despite its refusal to shine, it is still making a shine on my photos!)

Then this tee-shirt ( more shine!). She will also love this, mostly because a lot of people won't have a clue what it means, but the ones that do, it will be like a secret club at her Uni.

and then nicest of all (for me) was that MoriarT included this gorgeous picture for me. I have a wall in my kitchen full of items related to love and this is to be added. I love the colours and the lyrics, it is perfect.

Thank you so much for this, it has been great fun.  and thanks spikefan for organising.
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