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1  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: $5 in Paris KAL (pattern included)--The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan on: July 21, 2014 02:23:54 AM
So just done with this entire thread (yes, all 97 pages!). Very inspiring but I wonder how achievable for someone who has never knitted before (I think I did some squares back in primary school/pre 1995)?

I recently bought some wool to start an arm knitted scarf so once that's done I may have some money to buy some circulars and more wool. I hope to join on this KAL (even if no one else is going it at the same time lol)
2   / COOKING / Re: Featured Projects January-June 2014 on: July 11, 2014 01:33:03 PM
Oh how exciting! Thanks for sharing my pasta!! Cheesy Cheesy Hope everyone enjoys it!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: CRAFT MY BELOVED PET on: June 09, 2014 07:45:31 AM
Open to FIRST TIME swappers? NO
Open to FIRST TIME swappers? NO

Oh ok Sad
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: CRAFT MY BELOVED PET on: June 03, 2014 12:15:32 AM
rockmygypsysoul, if you're sick of peppermint there is another humane method that you can try. You'll need a tall container like an empty garbage can or sometimes a 5 gallon bucket, a thin stick like a wooden dowel, a toilet paper tube or other cardboard tube, and some peanut butter.
Put the stick across the center of the garbage can, put the cardboard tube on the stick and slide it somewhere toward the middle, and put peanut butter (or cheese) on the cardboard. Oh, and put either a ramp up to the stick, or put the container near something the mice climb on.
The idea is that the mouse will go to get the peanut butter, and the cardboard tube will spin and he'll fall into the bucket/trash can. If it's deep enough, they won't be able to jump out (and if you put some straw and food down there, they won't try to jump out as much). Then when you've caught some, you can take it far away and dump it.
It may not make a big dent in the population, but I've found it makes me feel better that at least some of them are going somewhere else!


But what if you take the mother away and her babies starve? Then it's no longer a humane method Sad

But I guess this isnt the place for this discussion, so I wont get into it, dont worry Smiley
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Animal Jewellery (Pic heavy!) on: June 03, 2014 12:12:51 AM
So long as they're humanely euthanised and not frozen live, I'm ok with it Smiley
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Homemade Pasta! on: May 30, 2014 04:46:15 AM
Thanks! I don't think I'll buy storebought anymore, this is way more fun and tasty!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: CRAFT MY BELOVED PET on: May 30, 2014 01:34:41 AM
My little blondie Luna made some wool bits for me to use in an art dog doll for gotgrey....she also made me a wee basket out of a wool ball once....she's very crafty  Grin

And yeah... My dogs don't need stuff, I just need stuff of them Grin

Yeah, there's nothing that wouldn't have a bit of dog in my life anymore.  And apparently now a bit of mice... (grumbling about moving to an apartment building right next to a gigantic field)

Off topic, but as a side note, cotton wool soaked in peppermint oil placed in nesting areas (roof, compost heap, under stairs etc) will drive them off and they'll take their babies with them Smiley They can't handle the smell Smiley

And it's humane!
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Homemade Pasta! on: May 30, 2014 01:02:03 AM
So totally made this last night!! And it was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

I used this recipe (can't find the site I found it on)

4 eggs
2 /1/2 cups all purpose flour (I used white bread flour as we didn't have all purpose and cake flour doesnt have enough gluten in it)
1 tsp salt
and I added a drizzle of oil (prob about 2-3 tsp)

I sifted flour and salt onto the table
Made a well in the center
Cracked the eggs into the well
Added the oil
Gently whisked eggs and oil, slowly bringing in flour from the sides.
When it got too thick for the fork, I used my hands to gently mix the rest.

Because I used bread flour this felt VERY tough whilst I was kneading it (in fact I almost tossed it away in frustration) but I kept going until it was as smooth as I could get it.

Wrap it in plastic wrap and set aside for at least 30 min. This allows the gluten to rest and it becomes stretchy when you use it. I made my bolognaise sauce during this time.

After 30-40 min, unwrap and flour your service like crazy. I cut off 200g for 2 of us (afterwards, even 150g might have made a perfect amount if you're not a large portion person) and rolled that through my pasta maker and then through the fettuccine cutter and hey presto! PASTA!!

Got some water boiling on the stove, added salt and added the pasta. It cooked for barely 3-4 min and it was done.

Out of all the videos I watched, these two helped me the most with methods used in both making and rolling Smiley

http://youtu.be/Fb5foRha2D0

http://youtu.be/mV7_-_D26vY

Didn't think it would make such a huge difference, but damn homemade pasta tastes good! You can actually taste the egg in the pasta and it just tastes so fresh!







9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Cupcake earrings on: May 29, 2014 06:50:28 AM
Made this on request from a colleague...I'm not sure if she liked them?



I think they're cute Smiley Made without use of a mold!
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Dollhouse miniature braided bread on: May 29, 2014 06:48:27 AM
So cute!!

I used to have some Sylv. friends when I was little, but they were always too expensive for my parents' to afford so I only had 2 or three with nothing else lol
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