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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Huckleberry pies on: August 21, 2016 08:27:10 PM

(Hubby cut it still a bit warm,)

Mum's Never-fail Pastry
5 1/2 C. Flour
1 1/2 tsp. Salt
3 tsp. Baking Powder
1 lb. Shortening
1 egg
1 Tblsp. Vinegar

Mix flour, salt, and baking powder well. With a pastry blender, cut in shortening until the consistency of coarse meal with a few larger pieces.
Break egg into a measuring cup and beat slightly. Add vinegar. Fill to the three-quarter mark with cold water, and blend together.
With a fork, gradually stir in liquid mixture into flour mixture. Add only enough liquid to make dough cling together, and clean easily from the bowl.

Makes 3 Double-crust pies.

Berry pie with fresh fruit
Makes gooseberry, currant, BlackBerry, raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, huckleberry, or Loganbery.
4 C. Fresh fruit
2/3 - 1 C. Sugar (or more)
1/4 C. Flour
1 1/2 Tblsp. Lemon Juice OR 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
If fruit is really juicy, add 2 tsp. quick-cooking Tapioca

Preheat oven to 450F . Line a pie plate with bottom crust.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Let stand while rolling out top crust. Dump berry mixture into bottom crust, dot with butter, cover with top crust
Slash top (use a fork to put berry initial in middle of top crust. "H" for Huckleberry, for example)
Bake in 450F oven for 10 minutes.
Reduce heat to 350F. Bake 35 to 40 minutes more or until golden brown.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: an alternative Leatherman sheath on: June 26, 2016 06:11:16 AM
dyabolica & minouette:
I have a Leatherman Squirt, on an S-clip.
Very handy.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Advice on how to price wares...... on: June 24, 2016 08:19:19 AM
I am a maker of bags. Simply because, I am allergic to plastic.

I make a really good looking bag, and often get asked, "how much?"  I have gone to asking for phenomenal prices for one. Because whether I charge very little or a lot, I get the same answers, "I can make one myself.", "I could buy one at whatever store for <$10.", "{another seamstress} doesn't charge that much!".

So, when making an item for my sister, I charged minimum wage, and carefully timed how long it took, and for the cost of materials.

(I have heard, from other seamstresses, that if you do anything for nothing, for a friend or relation, word spreads FAST. Suddenly, that person is asking for myriad projects sewn [because other people are asking her/him to ask you.]  And there you are, chained to your sewing machine, and getting nothing for it.)

Anyway, good luck on your sewing business.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Do you charge your friends for commissioned gifts for others? on: June 24, 2016 07:53:58 AM
My sister asked me to make some curtains for a Boler trailer. I carefully timed how long it took. And I asked minimum wage ($10) for my time. Since the material was actually a tablecloth that was on sale, and I used twill tape for the hanging tube, The materials came under $10, but I charged her for them as well. Altogether, the curtains came to $75. She was quite adamant at not getting more of them done when her boyfriend said, "we should get her to do all of them." Since she did pay for the tablecloth, and there was quite a bit of it left, I finished the one end of it, and gave it to her as well.

I do have to admit that I am very glad that I charged what I did. Not that the Boler trailer has lots of curtains by any means, but if I'd have given them to her for free, I could see myself doing all of them, and getting nothing for it.

I could also see, down the road, people coming to my sister, & asking her to get me to sew _____ for them, and getting it for nothing, too. And even though we don't want to admit it, word about "free sewing" spreads fast.  And there I would be, chained to my sewing machine, and getting absolutely nothing for it.

My opinion: charge for it. If you haven't been charging for it, and more people ask you for them, just tell them, "these items have become so popular, I have to charge for them now." And then name your price. (Free sewing does not equal popularity.)
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Some sound business advice on: June 21, 2016 05:26:48 PM
A friend on Facebook posted this. It references Cake making, but I think it's sound advice for all Handmade Crafts.
(Moderator: if this is disallowed, you are permitted to delete.)

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hubby's Old-School Gold Totes. on: June 03, 2016 10:47:54 AM
These bags are darling and look sturdy enough to conquer the Lost Dutchman.  Good luck to them on their gold adventure!
Thank you! I'm sure that they'll have a good time, anyway. My daydream is they return with all the bags packed solid with Gold nuggets, but I think it's only a daydream.
I'll be sure to pass your good wishes along.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Hubby's Old-School Gold Totes. on: April 26, 2016 11:06:19 AM
This summer, my husband and a friend of his, are planning on going and finding, "The Mother Lode". Mike's friend has been reading books, poring over maps, and has decided exactly where they are going.
Mike had a thought that since his wife sews, she could make him some bags: "Gold Pokes", they used to be called.  Cheesy
So, he explained and drew me a picture of what he wanted.

Then, just to be sure that I knew what he was talking about, he drafted me a pattern.

I'm not sure if he knew that I had a whole bunch of old leather jackets that I had bought at a discount re-use store;but, he mentioned that having them out of leather would be really great, since that's how the old ones used to be.
So I showed him my leather jackets, and he chose one to make these beasties out of.

The two top ones are fairly large. They were made from the sleeves. (About 12-14" long) The two bottom ones were what Mike was originally planning. (Roughly 4X6")

Then, he was searching in a bag he keeps his cords in, and he realized it would be the right size and shape. So, he showed the bag and explained what he wanted.
This time, I drew up the pattern and explanation for myself.

Because the original little bag was not very heavy duty, he wanted to see what it would look like in a heavier duty fabric. So I made one out of denim.

And, the interior,

(I will make one out of leather -- eventually.)
What do you think, Craftsters and guests? Feedback welcome.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Calgary Stampede Ribs on: April 06, 2016 05:36:19 AM
Thank you, Missing Willow. They are really tasty. They take 2 days, but they're well worth the wait.
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Faux Bois Embossed Chocolate Shortbread St. Patrick's Day Cookies (the usual) on: March 26, 2016 05:26:34 AM
I'm not sure what faux Bois is, but, I clicked because it looked like it was on the wrong page: it looked like it was knit, or crocheted!  Tongue
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: removing Sharpie marks from plastic number 1, PETE on: February 29, 2016 08:03:30 AM
A product called WD-40 (from automotive department) has lots of uses. Removing market is one. And crayon marks from walls.
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