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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Nettle Smoothies! on: March 25, 2012 03:02:00 PM


Hey, I've finally given up on gardening (for this year at least), so I'm trying to make the most of the plants that are already in my yard. I've tried nettles a few ways (you just have to cook them slightly, puree or pound them to remove the sting). Fruit smoothies are my favorite so far. You can really use any smoothie recipe and just throw in a big handful of rinsed fresh nettle leaves (use rubber gloves or something to pick them) but I put my favorite recipe in this post: http://www.ironcityalchemy.com/2012/03/nom-nom-gnome-nettle-berry-smoothie.html

2 large smoothies

3 cup Nettle, roughly chopped

1 large banana

1 cup oat milk/almond milk/other veggie milk

1.2 cup mixed frozen berries

0.5 tsp pure vanilla

10 drops stevia concentrate

1 organic lemon, zest & juice

1. Rinse and roughly chop the nettles and add it to the blender along with all other ingredients.

2. Blend thoroughly (about 1-2 minutes depending on your blender) this makes the stings disappear and it breaks down the cellular walls of the nettles which makes the nutrition more available for your body to absorb.

3. Add some frozen berries and say cheers!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bathing Suit With Legs on: March 03, 2012 05:27:59 PM
Thanks, I spent forever looking for that fabric, because vintage suits were my inspiration for doing a longer suit in the first place. I was a little worried about how all those vertical stripes would look on a bathing suit, but I am happy with how it turned out Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bathing Suit With Legs on: March 03, 2012 12:27:55 PM
I just made a bathing suit! I'm not very experienced at creating my own patterns, and I was afraid of sewing lycra, but I'm glad I finally did it. It actually fits great and I'm much happier with it than I have been with a bathing suit in a long time.

To make it slightly supportive and not too invisible without having to do complicated lining things, I just used a double layer of fabric (right-side in on the inside). I made the pattern by estimating from a pair of leggings and a tank top. Oh, and the legs were finished before, but I cut them off because they were too long at first.

Complete tutorial on my blog, here: http://www.ironcityalchemy.com/2012/03/how-to-make-bathing-suit-with-legs.html
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Mandrake! on: February 28, 2012 08:21:39 AM


Hey, I just joined Craftster and got my picture-posting credentials Smiley This is a screenprint I made recently - my first attempt at two-color registration. I'm really pleased with how it turned out, but it helps that my colors don't actually meet - still can't really imagine how people make it work with something like an outline.

Oh, made on a Yudu by the way.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: My first attempt at Embroidery on: February 28, 2012 08:08:40 AM
Wow, for a first attempt the stitches actually look really even. Pretty!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: What size matchbox do you use? on: February 28, 2012 07:58:37 AM
Are there special "matchboxes" for crafting? My son really wants to make a lunch box craft from a book that involves a matchbox, but that doesn't really seem food-safe :/
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to present your art as a gift on: February 28, 2012 07:51:12 AM
Depending on the medium (basically, if it's flexible and not at all sticky), rolling it and stuffing in a tube is pretty good.  That's what I do, but admittedly my stuff is more often prints or drawings.
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quality Art Supplies on: February 28, 2012 07:45:21 AM
Too late for the original poster, but like the last comment, I would recommend art markers...professional, but an easy transition from what most kids are used to. Utrecht recently started making a store brand that are relatively affordable, and I really like the color selection and quality.
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sketch book question on: February 28, 2012 07:38:55 AM
I really prefer to use both sides, but I use a lot of markers, and some of them bleed through. I do like to use spiral-bound sketchbooks when I can, though... easier to make them lay flat (and also to remove pages that turn out badly).
10  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Any ideas for adult brownbag lunches? on: February 28, 2012 07:25:04 AM
I know this is old, but veggie sushi is one of my favorite easy-to-store lunches.
And don't underestimate the power of dinner leftovers Smiley
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