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11  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Black Raspberry Jam on: July 07, 2014 10:42:17 AM

So yesterday I began my Adventures In Canning (tm).  On Saturday, I went and picked 3 pounds of blueberries and a bunch of black raspberries and the raspberries were my first victims in my adventures.

I used a combination of various recipes I found online, but basically:

4 c smushed black raspberries
2 c sugar
2 T pectin
1 lemon (juice and zest)


Various steps (excuse the fact that they're out of order):  From L-R, putting on lids, testing to see if its set, bottom: all of the ingredients beginning to cook.





When we were done, we had 11 little jam jars full of black raspberry jam.  I loved hearing the little pings as they vacuum sealed themselves!




And of course, the best part of canning is eating it!




It was so yummy and I'm totally hooked on canning!

I haven't decided what I'm going to make with the blueberries yet, but mmmm, are they good.
12  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Featured Projects January-June 2014 on: July 03, 2014 12:02:03 PM
The first half of a year has been busy on the Cooking Board!  We certainly are a talented bunch and make delicious food.  Some of the yummy dishes are below, as voted for by you hitting the 'this rocks' button!  (And I just noticed that the fabulous HSG also featured projects from Jan-March.  Whoops!  But more yummy featured dishes the better, I say!)

13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Featured Projects - April-June 2014 on: June 30, 2014 03:03:54 PM
We've had a fabulous spring on the PBW with a lot of gorgeous new projects!

Here are the featured projects for April-June 2014, as chosen by your votes in the 'This Rocks' button and my own personal preference.  They are in no particular order.

14   / PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Featured Member - Diver on: June 03, 2014 04:05:50 PM
We have a new featured member: the fabulous Diver!  Heer are some of the fabulous projects Diver's posted on the PBW board:









When and why did you begin making purses, bags, and wallets?

I started making purses about 10 years ago, my first project was a patchwork corduroy bag without a pattern. I didn't even make a lining. I constructed most of my bags without patterns for a long time. Once I found craftster, I followed a few tutorials (The Jordy Bag square bottom purse) and applied my newfound skills to my pattern free purse making.


How long have you been sewing?  

My mother taught me how to hand sew when I was younger, but I didn't start using a machine until about 12 years ago


What type of sewing machine do you have?

I have a Bernina Artista and I love it!



Do you have any tips for anyone looking to make their first bag?

Find a tutorial on craftster and keep trying


What other sewing projects have you tackled?

I've made 2 crib quilts, a variety of nursery items for my son. Infant and children's clothing, adult's clothing, kitchen accessories, curtains.


What other crafts do you enjoy?

Tie dye, hair accessories, bead and wire jewelry.


What's your favorite aspect of Craftster?
The tutorials of course!


What's your favorite PBW project on Craftster that you've posted?

My best Plaid Spring Purse




What's your favorite project on another board that you've posted?

Electric Guitar turned coat rack. It was heavy and required a little handywork from the hubs, but it worked.





What's your favorite PBW project on Craftster that someone else has posted?

Definitely the Jordy bag.
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Christmas in July? on: May 05, 2014 05:32:26 AM
So I know it's only May, but I want to give time to sign-up, plan, craft, send and open by July 25! 

Is anybody interested in a Christmas in July type swap?  What size would you be interested in sending?  I was thinking 3 points, but could lean another way, too, if that's what's preferred. 

I'm thinking signups until Memorial Day(ish), crafting in June, send by July 4?

Any interest?
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Featured Projects Jan-March 2014 on: April 21, 2014 05:01:08 PM
2014 started off with a bang here on the PBW board.  There were so many lovely projects.  Here are a few favorites, as chosen by your votes in the 'This Rocks' button and my own personal preference.  They are in no particular order.


Diaper Bag Backpack by b2j2fitz





Aeroplane bags by mouseinmypocket





Bicycle basket liner by puppybreath





Smurfs messenger bag by Diver





Old Jacket to a Funky Bag by krekkertje





Suede Placemat Purse by elsielorpu





Congratulations!
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Environmentally-Friendly and HypoAllergenic Nutlace on: April 01, 2014 05:05:08 AM
So with all the cold, snowy weather we've been having lately, I had the urge to make something pretty and spring-like.

After checking the coming trends, I settled on one focus: nuts.  Unfortunately, I'm a teacher and with all the peanut allergies, I couldn't wear a nut to school.  However, I found a solution: a packing peanut.

Using 3 strands of turquoise embroidery floss and some beads and stones I had squirreled away, I centered the peanut in the place of honor.  I think it turned out great, and will definitely be something that will get noticed!

What do you think?




and a closer, money shot:

18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / October-December 2013 Featured Projects on: January 18, 2014 10:46:40 AM
The last quarter of 2013 was chock full of amazing projects here on the PBW boards.  It was hard to choose only a few to feature, but here they are.  They were chosen by your votes in the 'This Rocks' button and by my own personal preference.  They are in no particular order!


Zebra print Woven purse by lookingforangels




Replica of vintage bag by Diver



Pizza Delivery Bag by craftADDchick



Green Linen Purse with paint pen embellishment by felicitybaby



Yoga Mat Bag by Abbeeroad




Coach inspired bag by hax



Congratulations!
19  Category Challenges / Reusing/Recycling/Recrafting: Challenge Entries / Vote! - WINNER ANNOUNCED! on: December 07, 2013 09:31:17 PM
It's time to vote for your favorite RRR holiday project!  Voting will be open until December 15, 2013!


Congratulations to Cherie!  Her beer can widget ornaments won our challenge.  Smiley

Cherie, I'll be in touch to get your address to send you your prize!
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Holiday Ornament ATC Swap Gallery on: November 08, 2013 02:36:57 PM
Original thread


Let's see those amazing ATCs!


Sent
Received
Late with communication
Late without communication - contact kaz814 ASAP
Feedback given


Group 1 - blupaisan to cmarion3, Helcura
              cmarion3 to blupaisan, Helcura
              Helcura to blupaisan, cmarion3
Group 2 - blupaisan to Onyxnox, vincentvanbuck
              Onyxnox to blupaisan, vincentvanbuck
              vincentvanbuck to blupaisan, Onyxnox
Group 3 - blupaisan to kosmicgirl, michelleandbean
              kosmicgirl to blupaisan, michelleandbean
              michelleandbean to blupaisan, kosmicgirl
Group 4 - kaz814 to Helcura, stellou
              Helcura to kaz814, stellou
              stellou to kaz814, Helcura
Group 5 - kaz814 to kosmicgirl, vincentvanbuck
             kosmicgirl to kaz814, vincentvanbuck
              vincentvanbuck to kosmicgirl, kaz814

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