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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Beastly stitching for the hardcore - Iron Maiden XStitch on: July 17, 2013 08:01:43 AM
Holy cow, I finished this sucker! Three years, 165 colors, 35,000 stitches. By far, the most hardcore craft I have ever tackled. Who wants the pattern?!! Just kidding - I know this is insane.

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Tutorial - How to create a manbroiderer with Iron Maiden on: June 07, 2012 06:05:01 PM
This is a tutorial as to how to create a manbroiderer, specifically with the use of heavy metal.

1. Offer to make a cross-stitch for the Man.

2. Agree to cross-stitch Eddie from Iron Maiden fame (Derek Riggs, we salute you as the artist) even though it looks terribly complex and time consuming.

3. Work on the first quadrant of Eddie over the course of a year.

4. Put Eddie in the closet because it makes you sick to look at him.

5. Take Eddie out of the closet two years later, bust out two more quadrants, and show it to the Man.

6. Watch him get excited at the concept of the finished Eddie.

7. Suggest he start his own project, explaining the possibilities are endless.

8. Watch your Man blossom into a Manbroiderer right before your eyes, like a spring flower in the rain, stitching while he listens to The Number of the Beast.

9. Finish Eddie at some point. Maybe.

Any questions? I'll let you know how Eddie turns out. He's a monster.


3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Spring Time is Wine Time! Homemade Lilac Wine. on: May 22, 2011 04:59:39 PM
I was introduced to an entire new world of booze last spring when I saw the Dandewine post and gave it a try:


So I did some research and made some Cherry Bounce last summer:


And now, I'm foraging into the romantic, yet risky, lilac wine. Because it is currently lilac season, I'm posting this with scant photos just to get it out there for your drunken pleasure. I'll add photos of the rest of the process as it happens.

4 quarts lilac petals
3lb sugar
juice of 2 lemons
one packet of yeast

1. Put the flowers in a large crock or glass container. Pour 3 quarts boiling water over the petals. Cover with a towel, and let sit for 2 days.

2. Pour 1 quart water into pot, bring to a boil, and add the sugar to dissolve. Cool. Meanwhile, strain the lilac mixture, squeezing the liquid out of the flowers. Return the lilac mixture to the crock/jar, add the sugar water and lemon juice. Pitch the yeast (dissolve yeast in warm water, allowing to get bubbly and creamy - add to the lilac mixture).

3. Ferment for one week. Strain. Bottle and leave uncorked until fermentation ends. Strain again, bottle and cork. Leave shelved for one year before drinking.

If it sounds easy, that's because it is. This recipe mirrors the Dandewine recipe, which is why I'm going for it with reckless abandon. The Dandewine is fruity, sweet and delicious. I think the Lilac Wine tends to be dry, and I've heard it tastes awful if you try it before the recommended year of shelving. Still, I'm optimistic. Besides, free and homemade booze always tastes better to the DIY-er, even if it is awful. If anyone tries, let me know!

Bottoms up!
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Because we'll need booze for the apocalypse...Cherry Bounce! on: July 25, 2010 06:38:53 PM
In addition to my stockpile of garlic dill pickles, I will need mass quantities of booze for the apocalypse. Luckily, it is cherry season. Hit your local farmers market and make this delicious cocktail as soon as humanly possible. It's called Cherry Bounce, and it will knock your socks off.

What you'll need:
a glass jar with a secure lid
a funnel
a jug of vodka
sour cherries
a chopstick (to pit the cherries)

The recipe:
2 cups pitted cherries
1 cup sugar
4 cups vodka
put all ingredients in the jar, and shake

Please note, you are encouraged to adjust the recipe to suit your taste. Shake the jar once a day until all of the sugar dissolves. Then, store the Bounce in a cool/dark place for 6 months. The cherries will be absolutely radioactive by that time, and I dare you to eat them.

Enjoy! If anyone makes this, let me know how it turns out. I'll be hiding out in my bomb shelter in January with my jug of Cherry Bounce...
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Come and knock on our door........it's a THREE'S COMPANY montage!! on: May 30, 2010 12:29:43 PM
After randomly stitching a portrait of Don Knotts, I decided I needed the entire cast of "Three's Company." I used an old pillowcase, thrifted some frames from my local St. Vinny's, and now I'm ready to hang this montage in my entryway - next to the front door, of course, where the kisses are hers and hers and his...three's company too! See below for entirely too many photos:






Mr. Furley:

Mrs. Roper:

Mr. Roper:
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Preparing for the apocalypse, one pickle at a time... on: May 20, 2010 08:07:22 AM
When the apocalypse hits, I have estimated that I'll need at least 902 jars of garlic dill pickles. Hence, I have been canning like a mad woman. With the farmer's market in full swing, now is a good time to prepare for pickling season! I'm sharing my Aunt Sis's recipe below, which can be canned in jars or made in the refrigerator. They are at their peak of deliciousness at 6 weeks.

Soak whole pickling cucumbers (approximately 30-40 for this recipe, depending on size) in cold water overnight.
Cut into spears or chunks, or leave whole.

Boil for brine:
1/8 t alum
2 C vinegar
1/2 C canning salt
6 C water

Pack cucumbers in jars with:
1 grape leaf (optional, but it looks pretty!)
1 head of dill
1 clove garlic

Fill jars with boiling brine, leaving 1/2 inch head space. Jars should seal on their own, but if you want to avoid botulism, process in a hot water bath for 8-10 minutes.

For refrigerator pickles, follow the same steps, but simply wait for the jars to cool and place in the refrigerator instead of sealing/processing them.

Yields about 4 quarts.

Six weeks later - gobble them up! Aunt Sis died a while ago, but long live her pickles....
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Einstein Quote on: April 13, 2010 06:55:00 PM
I made this for a wedding gift for my cousin who is a science teacher:

I think he is wondering, "Where is the cash?!!".  Huh
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