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1801  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Trip Around the World Wedding Quilt on: August 28, 2010 04:38:36 PM
What a lovely thing. Great colours!
1802  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Mabon Swap Round 22 (Signups 8-8-10 to 8-14-10, SO 9-13-10) on: August 26, 2010 05:54:10 PM
Congratulations, Betsy! I have to go over and look at the ring right now.

And Maman, your blog idea is a good one. I've been wondering why I haven't found any pagan craft blogs or sites anywhere. There should be a Pagan craft version of Mr X Stitch. It doesn't even need to be limited to Craftster stuff - there's probably lots of witchy craftiness out there, on blogs, Flickr, Etsy and other sites that would be very inspiring to have together in one place. But the WWP Swaps is a perfect place to start.

Wulf
1803  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! on: August 25, 2010 05:48:30 PM
Shaneblate, I love the idea of the red white and blue fabrics spilling out of the bucket. You could even have them start out as quite distinct large pieces at the lip of the bucket and break up into smaller and more inter-mixed scraps until they're almost indistinguishable by the time they reach the floor. (Of course myself I wouldn't be able to resist going one step farther and have them blend into lavender at the floor, but that's the sort of idea I always regret having once it comes time to actually do it!)

I'm not surprised your teacher is so excited about this. You have to remember that teachers see so little original thought or creativity that when a real creative idea actually does appear they grab it like a life preserver! It would be cruel not to let her have this.

Wulf
1804  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Gypsy Swap Round 2 Gallery Sendouts 7/31 on: August 25, 2010 05:17:19 PM
Okay I'm finally posting the great stuff I got from Saturn on Monday. I tried to get another, better action shot of me wearing it, but it looks like this is as good as it gets.


This great vest is appliqued with glittery fabric and trimmed with metallic gold sari fabric. The traditional shisha mirrors are hand-sewn on. Saturn was a bit worried about her shisha sewing, but those babies aren't ever coming off! You totally can't see in the photo but the sash (extra long - thank you!!) has lovely heavy fringe at the end.


Saturn also sent this great necklace made from a Pakistani coin and some very authentic silver findings and tiny brass bells. Now, I don't wear necklaces very much anymore, not because I don't like them, but because my beard makes it rather pointless. I'm wearing it in the photo above -- can you tell? You see my point. But I like it too much to not wear it.

I immediately recognized where I could wear it to much better effect: as a hat-band. My old felt hat has needed dressing up for a long time, and I think this may be exactly what's required:


Thanks so much, Saturn. I love all this, and can hardly wait to manufacture an occasion to wear the vest and sash.

Wulf

1805  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Mabon Swap Round 22 (Signups 8-8-10 to 8-14-10, SO 9-13-10) on: August 24, 2010 05:32:58 PM
Welcome back, Edel - hope you enjoy your first night in your bed. Cheesy

HG, your garden looks fabulous, and I love the use of the pallet as shade for the lettuce. I buy big bunches of basil at the farmers' market all the time and think "Who actually grows basil this tall?" Now I know! You can always make tons of pesto and freeze it. The best idea I've seen is to freeze it in ice cube trays then transfer the frozen pesto cubes to a freezer bag. That way you can use as much as you need without having to chip off a huge block. Some people get all verklempt about never freezing cheese, but they'll happy pop a frozen pizza or lasagna into the oven without a second thought. None of the ingredients of pesto, including cheese, olive oil or pine nuts, is harmed at all by freezing!

And those tomatoes - shameless food porn!

Wulf

PS:  Hungarian Summer Soup sounds great! Must get some kielbasa and give it a try.
1806  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! on: August 24, 2010 05:22:03 PM
Wow, OKnickers, that looks great! I want an overall shot, too!

I've finally got started on mine. Combining a too-small pair of pants and a too large shirt into a sort of vest thing. It's all very vague at the moment, but I'm counting on it firming up as I go along. Photo when there's finally something concrete to look at.

Wulf
1807  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Gypsy Swap Round 2 Gallery Sendouts 7/31 on: August 24, 2010 05:02:21 PM
Okay, that's my favourite Gypsy package so far, weird though that is. I love the doll, and the odd little felt caravan makes me a bit weak. That your daughter has them talk to each other just makes it perfect!

Wulf
1808  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Mabon Swap Round 22 (Signups 8-8-10 to 8-14-10, SO 9-13-10) on: August 23, 2010 08:15:59 PM
SecretAgentStarChild, I looked in several references but couldn't find any mention of producing mint oil by enfleurage (which is the technical term for what you're doing.) It's usually done by steam extraction. The ever-thorough Mrs. Grieve's Modern Herbal does explain though that the amount of oil in mints varies a lot by species, variety, season and growing conditions. You may have a type of mint that doesn't contain a lot of essential oil, and you may not have picked it at its peak, which is usually just as it begins to flower, early on a sunny, warm day.

To maximize the amount of oil you extract from any plant or flower, you can heat the oil until it's hot but well below boiling, then pour it over the plant material. Allow it to steep for a day or so, then strain out the plants and repeat again using the same oil and new plants. You'll probably want to repeat this five or six times. The hot oil and repeated enfleurage might give you a mintier oil than you're getting now, even if you don't have the ideal type of mint to work with.

Wulf
1809  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Gypsy Swap Round 2 Gallery Sendouts 7/31 on: August 23, 2010 04:32:25 PM
Finally received my package from Saturn. This was the second try - the first attempt disappeared into postal oblivion for a few weeks before being returned to her for no apparent reason.

Photos coming as soon as I can set up for an action shot.

Wulf
1810  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Mabon Swap Round 22 (Signups 8-8-10 to 8-14-10, SO 9-13-10) on: August 22, 2010 07:41:52 AM
What you have to remember about extracting herbal essences is that some are easily soluble in oil and some aren't. Eucalyptus certainly is, but I'm not sure about mint. I'll see if I can find any info for you.

As for drying sage, I'm not sure why it would take more than a couple of weeks. Closets are usually very dry even when the air circulation isn't that good, because the clothing absorbs all the excess moisture. You might try heating your oven up to about 200℉, then turn it off and leave the sage in until it's cooled down again. The extra bit of heat might drive off the remaining water and crisp it up.

I finally bought an electric dehydrator at a yard sale last year, and just love it. It draws quite a lot of power, so would be expensive to run continuously, but it works so fast that you can run it in short bursts.

Wulf
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