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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: August 22, 2014 10:05:34 AM
midkiffsjoy: it's knotted like macrame Smiley but the pattern could be done in bead work if you wanted to do it that way.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: August 21, 2014 09:48:13 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Thank-you, you're awesome!
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: This was a little card I made for my boyfriend just for being awesome. The actual card is made from scrapbook paper, and the dinosaurs are freehanded from construction paper. I glued them down but I didn't have a glue stick only a glue pen and it discoloured the paper. Sad I then cut little bows out and folded the centres to make them 3Dish and glued them on, as well as the little heart. Then I took some fancy swirly glitter-glue and wrote Thank-you and decorated the bows. I also glued an insert into the inside to liven up the centre and some dinosaur stickers but I forgot to take a picture before I wrote the mushy stuff in soooo.... unfortunately you don't get to see the inside Tongue

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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Kombucha
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I used the SCOBY I created for another class to create my own Kombucha! As I explained in my last post, Kombucha is a healthy drink that helps detoxify and cleanse the body. There are many different recipes but this is the one I have:

2 gallons of sweetened tea (Boil the water and add 1 cup of sugar use black or green tea and nothing with added oils)
2 kombucha mothers (AKA scobies, or mushrooms) (see my SCOBY post for instructions on how to make one)
1 cup of starter liquid or last batch of Kombucha
2 large 1 gallon glass jars
1 thin kitchen towel, coffee filter, cheese cloth etc. to put over to keep foreign bacteria and bugs out
15 oz of fruit juice (if you're double fermenting)
6 quart sized jars with lids (any size bottle or jar will do, so long as you\ve got enough to hold 75%-80% of your brewed kombucha)

-Boil your water and steep your tea.
-Add your sugar while the water is warm to ensure it dissolves well.
-Wait for your water to cool to room temperature, if you put it in while it's warm you can kill it.
-pour your tea into your jar(s)
-pour your starter liquid or part of your last batch of Kombucha into the jar
-carefully place your SCOBY on top of the liquid (it's ok if it sinks, it's still doing it's job, your SCOBYs just won't stick together)
-Cover and leave until a film begins to form on your tea, taste daily to find your preference

Double Fermentation:
-Pour your Kombucha into glass jars leaving only a small space for air at the top.
-Add a tablespoon of sugar OR organic fruit juice
-Tighten your lid on so no air will get in
-Leave for approximately 7 days (depending on the temperature of your brewing area)
-Leave to taste, your Kombucha should come out fizzy

(unless you're me and you left too much air at the top -___-)

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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch- Chaser (Hopefully I still got this in!)
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin / Bulgaria
Project Name: I Heart Tardis' & Sonic Screwdrivers
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I whipped this bracelet up in about and hour and a half. It features Two hearts per Tardis and a lovely Sonic screwdriver Smiley
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3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: August 21, 2014 05:07:42 PM
You grew a SCOBY too! You'll have to tell me how your kombucha turns out, I tried double fermenting but mine didn't come out fizzy, still tastes like kombucha but I think I left too much air at the top :/
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: August 17, 2014 04:26:32 PM
NEWT Subject: Potions
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Doctor Who Embroidered Quilt
Brief Description: I want to have a kick at my first ever quilt, I've done a lot of research on quilting and finally have the guts to try. I will be combining many 'ingredients' to accomplish this and likely many techniques in this 'potion' until I figure out what I like. I plan to make a nine square quilt, each square will have an embroidered doctor who image on it and a border in another fabric and backing in yet another. All my fabric is cotton and will be embroidered with images by hand AND all sewn together by hand. I expect this to be a very long project, with each square taking a few days to embroider alone, the more complicated ones possibly taking a week. I want to complete all the embroidery first and then do all the borders and then begin batting, quilting etc. If this doesn't kill me I don't know what will. I hope to have it done by mid October if I'm lucky and progress is good, possibly early October.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: August 15, 2014 05:30:30 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Water Marble Nails
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I decided to give something a go that I haven't done in a couple years, and had difficulties with before. This time it worked quite easily! (YAYYYYY!!!) I decided to water marble my nails again. Not only are the nails the blue/green colour of water, they swirl like waves and for an added watery bonus, were created by dropping nail polish into a cup of water Smiley They take a while, and are a bit (lot) of a messy process but the finished result is really cool! Smiley

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6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: August 10, 2014 04:29:11 AM
@butterflyangel : marathon a tv series or movies, that way you're not just staring blankly at knitting all day, it makes the time pass a little faster, at least that's what I do. Smiley Find a series on Netflix of whatever that you heard someone say was good and give it a whirl!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Doctor Who Craftalong 2012-2014 and Beyond! on: August 09, 2014 02:39:25 PM
I made this a while back for _Kitkatpro for the heroes and villains swap, but she never got it... Sad yet another package lost by Canada Post... It took me quite a while as it was the first thing I've cross-stitched in about six years, I was quite happy with it.

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: August 08, 2014 10:33:53 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch: Blagging
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin/ Bulgaria
Project Name: Kombucha SCOBY
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: [Disclaimer: If you do not have patience I would not recommend growing your own SCOBY, but rather purchasing one. This takes a long time.]

If you've looked at the picture already, you're probably going 'ewwww...', 'what the bloody hell is that?!' or other such things. I have made a Kombucha SCOBY. What the heck is that? I'll start with Kombucha, it's a tart, lightly fizzy drink made from fermented tea. The drink includes many health benefits and acts as a detoxification process as well. The SCOBY is a Symboitic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast, the slimey thing in the picture, it is what helps make the drink so healthy and it is used in the fermentation of the tea.

I grew a SCOBY from scratch rather than buy one to begin brewing my own Kombucha, it has taken three weeks to make/grow and be able to use.

The 'recipe':
- Boil 4 Cups of water (they say distilled or filtered water is best, but I used regular old tap water and it worked fine.)
- add 1/2 cup of sugar (this is what the Bacteria and Yeast feed on)
- steep 4 black tea bags in water
- let cool to room temperature
- add 1 cup of starter liquid or store bought Kombucha
- put into GLASS jar, DO NOT put lid on, it needs to breathe
- cover with a towel and elastic band and tuck away in a warm dark place.
- check over the next few days/weeks to make sure no mold is forming (it will look like mold on bread, fuzzy and the whole bit). Temperature will change this time from days-weeks. Mine took about three weeks.
- when it becomes 1/4- 1/2 inch thick (or thicker, doesn't really matter, you can leave it longer but 1/4 inch is the minimum) remove from jar, keep 1 cup of liquid dispose of the rest.

you're Scoby is 'complete' but always growing and alive, with each batch you make, your SCOBY (aka. Mother) will produce more SCOBYs (aka. Babies), you can use your mother SCOBY for a very long time, brew after brew or you can use the new baby scoby and pass along the mother to someone else, or dispose of it.

You are now ready to make Kombucha!

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What it looks like in the Jar:

What it looks like after I remove it from the jar and am preparing the tea for the Kombucha:
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: August 01, 2014 11:23:57 AM
wow. I love that mandala, the colours and the pattern are beautiful! I love all those bright hats too! They're sure to make someone really happy. Smiley
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My Son's Blanket on: July 23, 2014 07:57:47 PM
Love the colours! Smiley have you thought about vacuum seal bags? They come in massive sizes and you can suck all the extra air out lol
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