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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hemingway chibi / Midnight in Paris cross stitch on: March 28, 2012 05:52:24 AM
...he could also double as Sean Connery.

Anyway, my boyfriend has been wanting me to make him something for his workplace, and when he loved the movie Midnight in Paris so much, I decided to stitch this quote (which he really loved from the movie)

(he doesn't have weird stains on his shirt, that's glare from the glass)

I drew the letters on gridded paper, and started out drawing Hemingway with the aid of the pic of these lovely chibis, but he turned out far too short so I lengthened him a bit. Cheesy I ended up not making him quite like my drawing either, but he turned out pretty good looking! In spite of running out of my mystery gray thread for the shirt, and having to finish off with a different gray dmc thread, which isn't really the same color at all. Roll Eyes

Now he's glaring out from his new home

(I don't know how the boyfriend intends to solve it once he gets his screens, but he says the mini wall partition can be moved, so maybe he'll figure something out Wink )

It's not Hemingway from the movies, because I wanted something more iconic, so I went with the famous turtleneck picture instead. And the final chibi is so nondescript, it could just as well be Sean Connery if you need to stitch one of those instead. Cheesy
22  COOKING / Dessert / Delicious chocolate scones on: March 04, 2012 11:34:23 PM
I wasn't sure whether to post this as a dessert or just "bread", but as they're a little sweet all on their own, and I tend to eat them with tea, I'm just gonna stick them here Cheesy They're delicious as is with some lemon tea, or you can spread some cream cheese and orange marmalade on them!

The table below has deciliters and equivalent in the first column, and cups etc in the second. Unfortunately the tables here don't have outlines, but I hope you can read it anyway!

4 dl1.7 cupswheat flour
3.5 dl1.5 cupssifted rye flour (a mix of 40% rye, 60% wheat)
0.5 dl3.5 tbspdark brown muscovado sugar (raw sugar if you can't find it)
0.5 tspsalt
1.5 tspbaking soda
125g1 stick & ~1 tbspbutter
2 dl0.85 cupsmilk
1dl1.5 cupschocolate chips

1 tbspwater
1 pinchsalt

Turn the oven to 250C / 480F

Mix flour, salt and baking soda

If you're using a machine: Beat butter until soft, add sugar, and then stir with the flour mix.
By hand: Stir sugar into the flour mix, and pinch butter in the flour until fairly evenly divided.

Whisk egg and milk and add to the batter. Only mix until it's evenly divided. Add chocolate buttons and stir only to incorporate.

Divide into four pieces and flatten into circles on a lined cookie sheet.

Whisk the eggbrushing and brush the scones with it.

Put in the oven for 10 minutes.

Serve warm. Any that won't be eaten the same day should be frozen asap.
23  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / KitchenAid Speed Guide on: February 05, 2012 05:15:00 AM
Not sure if this is necessarily the right category, but I figured it's a better "cooking tip" than it is a "paper craft" Wink

I guess this is something you learn after having had it for a while, but for now, I like having it accessible, and not having to browse through the book to find it, when referencing what is "beat" and what is "whisk", etc. Smiley

So I copied down the text from the manual into a word document, found a pretty little image online (which I posterized in pixlr), and put it on my wall! Much quicker, and rather comforting Cheesy

24  COOKING / Dessert / Four flavors of shortbread on: February 05, 2012 05:02:08 AM
This is the first time I tried out my new kitchenaid! The picture isn't the best, but the lighting is really weird today. Cloudy but very bright due to all the snow.

Almost a double batch of shortbread, in four delicious flavors:
Left/top: Ginger-cinnamon (with some normal sugar added)
Middle: Chocolate chip
Right/bottom: Raisin
and my favorite, the golden row on the top/right: Orange-coconut Cheesy (orange zest and coconut flakes)

I've never made shortbread before, but I've tasted it, so I figured I'd just toss in whatever flavors came to me. Boyfriend approved, and he normally hates ginger, but it goes incredibly well with the cinnamon.
25  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / KitchenAid cleaning questions (dishwasher safety) on: February 04, 2012 05:09:12 AM
Hello helpful people!

I got a KitchenAid for christmas, and it's finally arrived!

Now, I've noted that all parts that have exposed metal in their action-area (wire whisk, shredding drums) are stated to not be dishwasher safe. Has anyone put them in the dishwasher anyway? What happens?

My general guess is that this is either one of those hysterical-don't-touch-things warnings, or perhaps they'll rust. Thing is just that perhaps it won't take all that long before I lose patience and chuck them in the dishwasher anyway. What I fear for most is of course damaging the drums, especially if I manage to cause the bit that goes into the engine to bend, and damage the whole equipment when running.

Most of all, I want to know if I can just go ahead and chuck them in the dishwasher already.

Anyone have any experience of not following the guidelines here? Cheesy
26  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Improve the database query for PMs to reduce latency on: January 18, 2012 02:49:14 AM
It seems that the database query for fetching PMs requests ALL the PMs of a user, to then provide the data from memory. This means that once they're loaded, you can change PM pages quickly, but it unless you only have very few pages, it'll take a shitload of time to do that initial load.

The way it is now could grant an ever so slightly more positive experience for new users if they need to flip pages in the PMs and only have two or three, but how many times don't we go there to check that one new message, and have to wait for the entire history of PMs to load? The change I'm suggesting can't make it that much worse for those few, because craftster apparently manages to hold a whole history of forum activity with decent serving speed, but it would heavily improve things for people who have been here for a while and have several pages of swap dialogue and similar.

And before anyone dismisses this with "delete your crap", let me remind you of one of the many site mottos Cheesy

27  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Gift card/envelope on: July 16, 2011 11:01:01 AM
Went to a wedding today, and they'd requested that instead of gifts people could just give them money towards their honeymoon trip. Since i've been sick I never had time to prepare, so today before the wedding, I had to go get some cash from the machine and put together an envelope/card thingy. I made a paper template, and then cut out the base from a pure white linen-textured folder (from an apartment viewing we went to a few months ago), and decorated it!

I'm quite happy with it, especially as I rarely do paper crafts! What do you think?
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / the Slotted Wallet, with ribbon closure on: June 19, 2011 11:40:50 AM
I've made a couple of wallets like the ones posted in this thread (there are written instruction-like text at page 11 or something)
but this time the boyfriend wanted a ribbon closure instead of a snap or button. So, I eventually had to get around to making one Cheesy

It's pretty hairy in the photos, I had to snap pics quick before he got off from his shift at work, so he'd be surprised to find it! And yes, that's also why the pics are so blurry  Undecided




There are three slots for credit cards, and a full-depth pocket for receipts and cash (you have to fold bills, as in the original pattern, but it works really well - we almost never deal with cash anyway) The pockets turned out a bit wonky because I had to patch the fabric used for them - it was only a foot long with the pattern the right way up, and I needed approximately one and a half.

Hope you like it! He sure did!
29  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Simple kitty potholders on: January 22, 2011 01:54:31 PM
I got this kit years back to make some for my mom, and I made ONE really wonky one and then no more... the kit was for two, and had enough fabric for three, so now that I was eagerly awaiting partners for the mug rug swap, I finally finished the last two!

The picture sucks, but it wouldn't feel as complete without a post here! Wink

These are really not wonky, the flash just makes it seem that way when the floor lights up like that - I didn't iron after quilting, so they're all bendy due to the batting. The colors are a lot warmer as well. I cut the striped fabric the wrong way (it was supposed to be short stripes) but I think it turned out pretty nice anyway Cheesy (the kit didn't include any actual instructions, just a picture of the finished product, that I imitated)
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cross stitched koi pond on: January 08, 2011 02:43:36 AM
I saw this piece over at xstitchhappy and I immediately knew I had to embroider it to make a bank login set cozy for my mom. (in sweden, almost all banking is done online, including all invoice payments etc, so that gets used at least once per month)

However, it felt wrong that the koi was swimming away! I know that a koi swimming upstream is good luck, but that is clearly a pond, not a stream. And when the surroundings doesn't show you something it's working with, things should always be coming towards you imho, not escaping you. So I turned the design.

The colors are very wrong here, primarily the background which is a pale baby blue / turquoise glittery piece. I don't know why the camera won't accept it (daylight is very cold here in winter). The lily pads are sort of right, while the koi is perfect - except that the white stitches are actually white!

The lily pads are still "facing" the same way as in the original design, but I drew the shadows on the other side (didn't turn out perfectly, but I still like it), duplicated one of the pads, and moved the eyes on the koi, using beads instead of stitches, because that did seem perfect Cheesy

I haven't made the cozy yet, but I wanted to share the embroidery, to pat myself on the head for finishing it! Cheesy
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