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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: energy giving smoothie (I hope!) on: July 15, 2014 05:32:53 PM


Wow way to go Alwaysinmyroom!! I must get a protein powder and add some, chia seems great, but they are sooo expensive!

the carb brekkie is a problem for me...because I am a total bread addict. I have been trying oatmeal, made with half milk half water, plenty of seeds and a little fruit and a small bit of sugar. Nice and very filling.
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / energy giving smoothie (I hope!) 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.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: how should I quilt this, using only a regular short arm sewing machine on: July 07, 2014 01:00:34 PM
I would outline each block in the print.  The big blocks look like they are large enough to need something extra, so I think I'd crosshatch those.


Oh I like this idea, do you mean just the diagonals or more than that in the large blocks?
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: old sweater quilt on: July 02, 2014 04:11:54 AM
*hugs* michellebelle. I have been thinking about you too, hope you are well.

And thanks Amazon_warrior, it is certainly lovely and snuggly, and it is so much better than an unloved pile of sweaters.
5  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: spiral dyeing, fun in the irish sunshine on: July 02, 2014 04:10:38 AM
thanks folks for the lovely words x
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: old sweater quilt on: July 01, 2014 10:21:56 AM
Thanks lindy, I needed to read that. I had a bit of a kick in the teeth from an unexpected source just after posting that, so my happy crafty day got dumped on... Sad but your words made me feel a bit better. xx
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / old sweater quilt 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?

8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / spiral dyeing, fun in the irish sunshine 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/
9  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: 10 Minute Swap round 4 (Signups: Full! SO: May27) on: July 01, 2014 03:30:03 AM
that is a great package..but I am impressed with your restraint..I couldn't 'not open something yet'...lol..I dive into stuff when it arrives...
10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Hexagon Sweater Blanket on: June 30, 2014 08:41:48 AM
nice, very nice.
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