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21  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Homemade Soda : Ginger Beer on: September 07, 2010 03:30:41 PM
Interesting! I'd previously only seen recipes for ginger syrup that you added to carbonated water.  I'm wondering if the yeast carbonation works the same way as regular carbonation (I've read that carbonated beverages leech calcium from your body).

I don't know about other flavors. It might be worth trying in a small batch. You're cooking the juice anyway, so you should be killing any bacteria that might make it go bad. Whether it will ferment, though, is another question.

Any idea what the lemon juice is in the recipe for? Keeping it from going brown? Tartness? Something else?
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: craftalong to post a project on every completed projects board in craftster 2010 on: September 06, 2010 06:27:27 PM
Thanks for the link, tcmatteson!  When I run out of sidewalk chalk,  I'm going to try it!
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: craftalong to post a project on every completed projects board in craftster 2010 on: September 06, 2010 09:42:28 AM
Ooh, homemade chalk! That sounds interesting. My kids love chalk! I'd love to see a recipe, if you can share it.
24  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Two Tiny Anime/Manga Things Swap; Signups DONE, Send Aug 30th on: September 06, 2010 09:37:27 AM
Christal1994 has sent, too (I'm her mother).
25  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Two Tiny Anime/Manga Things Swap; Signups DONE, Send Aug 30th on: September 04, 2010 11:09:55 AM
It might not be a bad idea if everyone who has sent would post in the swap thread, as the organizer hasn't been on since August 23rd.  You know, just in case. 
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: craftalong to post a project on every completed projects board in craftster 2010 on: September 03, 2010 10:34:42 AM
I think you got a bit too excited to post your projects, edelC. The second and third links took me to "post a new topic"!  Smiley

The links for the last two are:
poppet:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=358510.msg4199471#msg4199471

bag:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=358511.msg4199472#msg4199472

You did a great job on all of them, by the way. They look great!
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: craftalong to post a project on every completed projects board in craftster 2010 on: September 01, 2010 04:34:34 PM
From what I can tell, the key to machine embroidery is the stabilizer. So much so that I've seen multiple classes with a kit with various stabilizers.

There almost has to be directions online. I think www.patternreview.com had an embroidery class with a set of stabilizers (though it's not running right now), and sewbaby.com has a stabilizer sampler pack, though I recall it having more than three for some reason.

Most of the others who do machine embroidery probably have a really awful project in the scrap pile that's from when they were first starting out. I'm sure most of them do a test run with their fabric/stabilizer/thread to make sure it's going to come out, and adjust everything accordingly.

I was thinking of cheating and doing my embroidery project when I go to a local sewing expo at the end of the month. They have the fabric already hooped and stabilized, so it's really easy.  Smiley
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Kai-Mei Socks from Sock Innovation on: August 31, 2010 11:49:28 AM
I should have known it was from Sock Innovation without even reading the name. Cookie A does some amazing patterns!

I was also amazed that I could look at Ravelry without logging in. When did that happen??

Anyway, great color, great socks!  It would be a shame to cover those up with shoes!
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: craftalong to post a project on every completed projects board in craftster 2010 on: August 31, 2010 11:33:42 AM
I was going to do machine embroidery on the insulated bag I made, but it was a last minute project (like the day after official send-outs), and the first attempt didn't turn out at all. So I cut a new piece and scrapped the embroidery idea for that project.  Smiley

I've heard of people using nail polish as a sealer for polymer clay, but I have no idea how well it holds up. It is something that's going to be handled a lot (button, zipper pull), or something decorative?  If it's something that's mostly decorative, I don't think it should be a problem.  The author of the site EdelC mentioned wrote up a response on sealers here.
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: craftalong to post a project on every completed projects board in craftster 2010 on: August 30, 2010 08:21:48 AM
Great pictures, Edel!  I'm either going to work on the stenciling board, or I'll be making a dress to wear to the funeral I'm going to on Wednesday. My childhood friend's mother died last week. I haven't really seen her in about 15 years, but since I spent a lot of my time in the summer at their house, I'm going to pay my respects. Unfortunately, my wardrobe doesn't have much of anything that's black, and the black I do have tends to be velour (which is too hot for this weather).  I'm just not sure I'll wear a black sundress later if I make one now. Undecided
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