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11  Mr. Saturns belt in Needlework: Completed Projects by IndigoCharm on: January 10, 2010 10:09:18 PM
This is a bit of a late post, since the belt in question was a Christmas present for my boyfriend, but I took a picture of it and promptly forgot of its existence.
Anyway, my boyfriend is a bit of a nerd, and one of his favourite games is Mother 3 (part of the Earthbound series), wherein a boy goes in search for his brother (I think) and fights some pig-headed things. In the game, there's a race of people known as Mr. Saturns -- these peach-coloured blobby things with big noses and ribbons who speak absolute nonsense. So for lack of any better ideas, I decided to embroider them on a belt I found laying around.





This is what Mr. Saturn's actually look like: http://www.snackordie.com/2008/02/11/mrsaturnss.jpg

My boyfriend seems to like it a lot -- that, or he's just forgotten to change his belt for the past two or three weeks. Tongue
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12  Lazy Varenniki in Recipes and Cooking Tips by IndigoCharm on: January 10, 2010 07:09:15 PM
When I was little, I used to eat lenivye varenniki -- or lazy varenniki -- cherries and sugar wrapped in a tvorog-based dough (tvorog is a type of dairy product popular in Russia -- sort of sour and crumbly, you can eat it for breakfast with jam). Since I've moved in with my mom, she's never really had the time to make them, and I didn't know how -- and anyway, tvorog is hard to find in the U.S., so I didn't have them for years.
Recently, however, I managed to find a small Russian store nearby and buy a small package of tvorog. Add an egg, cherries, sugar, and flour-- and voila:





They were delicious.  Grin

Here is the recipe, should anyone want it:
-About 8 oz. tvorog
-1 egg
-2-4 tablespoons sugar
-about 1/2 cup flour
-About 20 cherries or so
-Flour for dusting

Pit the cherries. Mix together the tvorog, the egg, and the sugar, then add enough flour to make a sticky dough. Dust the table and  lay out the dough; pull off a small piece and stick a cherry in the middle, throw in a pinch of sugar, and wrap the dough up into a small ball. When you've made several of these, throw them into sweetened and salted boiling water and wait until they swim up. Then consume. Smiley
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13  Buckwheat in an onion pot in Vegetarian / Vegan by IndigoCharm on: January 10, 2010 06:54:21 PM
I had the idea to roast something in an onion, but when I looked up recipes for stuffed onions, it mostly came up with bacon and breadcrumb type stuffings. I decided to do a buckwheat stuffing, with the buckwheat cooked in broth, but then realized I have no broth and almost no ingredients for it (you know, celery, red peppers, whatever) so I just cooked it with a bit of the onion "innards," mushrooms, and a bay leaf. Then I stuffed the onion with that and roasted it, along with some brussel sprouts. The result:





I think next time I'll change some things -- namely, I'll make stock to cook the buckwheat in, fry the mushrooms and onions before mixing them in, and roast the onion for a bit before stuffing it, so that it is cooked through. Also, I'll probably add tons more spices to the mixture -- the amount I added this time just didn't come through enough. Still, it was a good start.
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14  Radish decorations in Recipes and Cooking Tips by IndigoCharm on: December 19, 2009 06:40:55 AM
(I'm not sure if this is the right area to post this, since it doesn't involve any cooking, but I dunno where else would be more appropriate...)
I made a bunch of salad decorations out of radishes, a while ago:



There were five different sorts of flowers, a bee, and two... um... disk things. I'm not sure what to call them.
A better view of all of them:


Way too tilted a picture, but the bee was captured nicely:


And a close-up of one of the flowers:


Then I ate them all.  Grin
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15  Lazy Not-Really-Borsch, or, What I Do When I Feel Bad For Unused Food: A Novel in Vegetarian / Vegan by IndigoCharm on: December 19, 2009 01:07:46 AM


See, I have a problem -- our house has no central heating, and our little electric heater mostly stays in one room.
Going into our kitchen is like going into the Arctic -- well, it the arctic was 40 to 50 degrees or so (in Fahrenheit). My boyfriend puts on his coat to make cheese sticks, for god's sake.

As a result, I don't make food much and mostly live off of oatmeal, quick sandwiches and tea. You'd think this would mean I don't have much food, right? Wrong. Unfortunately, I go through phases of delusion when I look at others' food blogs and think, "Well, they can make healthy food every day! Why can't I? It'll be easy!" So at one point, I became convinced that what I really needed to do was try more vegetable recipes, particularly those with winter vegetables (it being winter and all). See, usually when I eat vegetables, it is in the form of slicing onions and cabbage up (sometimes with some other additions, like a bagful of radishes) and dousing them with vinegar, salt and pepper -- voila! Salad! Just ignore my boyfriend's disgusted looks and eat it obsessively 50 times a day! I don't often actually cook them or anything.

So I went off and bought a small bunch of beets, even though I hate beets. I've no idea what I was thinking.

Two or three weeks later, they were still sitting untouched in my refrigerator (along with a bunch of other unsandwichable things). So today I decided that since I obviously wasn't going to make that recipe, I'll just use them up in the only form I've ever liked beets -- borsch (or borsh' -- it would make more sense to spell it that way, at least to my picky Russian self). I used to eat it when I was little -- tons of it -- with sour cream. Unfortunately, I moved to the U.S. before I could figure out how my grandmother made it. So I looked it up.

Hmm, I became vegetarian some years ago, so of course I can't make it with beef broth. I shall use vegetable broth. Reference the recipes for some basic ingredients -- "onions, carrots, potatoes, cabbage..." Ok! Easy enough. Ish. Onions will be substituted with a wilted-looking onion end. Carrots? Well, there are some baby carrots... I don't remember buying them, though, hmm. Potatoes? I know! Now I can use that one potato I bought months ago! I'll just cut off those five-inch sprouts coming off of them... and no cabbage, damn. Well, brussel sprouts and cauliflower are from the brassica family, so maybe they'll do. I'll just cut any dark spots off the cauliflower...

All in all, just like real borsh! Perfect. Ish.
Whilst looking in the refrigerator, I found some sour cream. It was somewhat... old. But no mold is a good sign, right?
And then the bread. I bought some half-dark bread a while ago, and the remains have since turned brick-hard, very suitable for giving someone a concussion or shooting out of a cannon. I would have liked a small electric saw to cut it, but I had to do with a flimsy knife. I decided microwaving it might make it softer.

Results: The soup tastes vaguely like borsh, but more like vegetable soup with beets in it. Not bad, though not up to my expectations. I hope the sour cream doesn't kill me.
Eating the bread was difficult, to say the least. I gave up. It is sitting sadly on a plate next to my computer.
Better luck next time, I guess.
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16  Ugly corduroy pants into skirt (lots of pics) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by IndigoCharm on: October 23, 2009 02:18:57 PM
So almost a year ago, my SO's boss (also his relative by marriage) gave us a bunch of clothes he didn't need anymore. I've been slowly using them up for sewing projects, but so far hadn't really done anything to the pants he gave us.  They were these black corduroy pants -- when I put them on, they were too big to stay on, and too long to not trip me up, and baggy in all the wrong places. Here's a picture of them:



So I decided to make a skirt out of them. Without a pattern, of course. Who needs patterns?  Roll Eyes
So I tore all the seams and re-sewed the front together, then measured myself and cut out something approximate. As I was doing all of this, my cat decided to help. He did this by laying down on what I was doing.




No matter how many times I chased him off, he seemed absolutely enamoured with the future skirt and as I was trying to shove him off it for about the 20th time he attempted to eat my hand. Then I gave up and just let him sit there and tried to sew sort of under his side.
I had to re-sew the back several times because my patternless approximations turned out to be not so correct, and just when I thought I was done, I noticed that the back slit of the skirt is weird --sort of... wobbly? basically, I cut off too much and now it wouldn't close.
So I thought back to a skirt I saw once and decided to sew on some -- ruffly bits, I guess. Like this:



And here's some photos of it in use:







Since my sewing machine is broken (again) and I'm back to sewing by hand, it took me almost 8 hours to sew it -- I stayed up all night to do it because I didn't want to go to sleep until I finished. Then again, I guess that gives me more to be proud about. Tongue
Thanks for looking.
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17  Need ideas for redecorating horrible rental kitchen in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by IndigoCharm on: July 15, 2009 11:20:33 AM
We're currently living in a rented house, and the kitchen is horrible. Well, it has nice wood cabinets, but that's about it -- it has barely any natural light, ugly counters, and a horrible wallpaper that the last resident (many, many years ago) put up. There isn't much counter space, either -- we were recently given a microwave (I don't care for it, but my boyfriend wanted it) that takes up most of the counter space you see in the picture.

Observe:


Sorry for the darkness of the picture...
There is also a grate on the floor around which the flooring stuff is peeling and dirty, and I'm afraid to use half of the cabinets because they get moldy so quickly.
I should also mention that I am fairly poor right now, I don't have a permanent job and have to mostly rely on money I either save up in coins or that I make from occasionally helping farms out.
Help? Sad
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18  Glass necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by IndigoCharm on: July 11, 2009 09:20:01 AM
This is kind of an old creation. At my old house, there was a place in the woods where I would always dig up glass, and one day I found several very beautiful iridescent pieces with a design on them. One of them was perfect as a pendant.







It goes between blue, gold, purple, and green, depending on which way you look at it; it's quite beautiful.

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19  Homemade Nettle-Rosemary shampoo in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by IndigoCharm on: July 11, 2009 09:14:08 AM
I ran out of shampoo the other day and decided to make my own, since I prefer organic shampoo (as in, no weird chemicals that end up making my hair greasy within an hour, as they tend to) and the only place nearby that sells it is about 30 minutes of annoying traffic away. As you can see, I used the old bottle, because I am lazy.



Both nettles and rosemary are good for any sort of hair, and rosemary tends to darken it slightly over time. I simmered 1/4 cup dried nettle leaves and 1/4 cup dry rosemary in about a cup of water, then mixed the resulting tea with about 1/2 cup castile soap and added in some cedar essential oil. It's a little runny, but works well anyway.
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20  Earl Grey Cupcakes in Dessert by IndigoCharm on: July 11, 2009 09:05:00 AM
Erm, it's really not the best picture, I know...



I forgot to take one right after I made them, so this was taken on the day after, after most of them were gone and the icing sort of melted (think 95 degree weather and no air conditioning in the kitchen -- sticking them in the fridge just made the icing sort of hard, bleh).
But good god, they were delicious. I had one for breakfast, and with lunch, and after dinner... These are now my favourite cupcakes. Cheesy
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