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31  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Dandelion Jelly on: May 23, 2012 10:44:13 AM
I'm expanding my homesteading skills with canning.  Here's what I made using dandelion flowers I harvested yesterday:

DANDELION JELLY: Taraxacum officinale petals, spring water, sugar (100% white granulated in light yellow batch and 50/50 with brown sugar in darker batch), lemon juice, liquid pectin.
32  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Basic Hemp Milk on: April 27, 2012 12:00:14 PM

Ingredients:  Water, hemp seeds, vanilla extract, cane sugar, sea salt.
33  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / FLOW! - Gallery on: March 06, 2012 12:07:18 PM
Original thread - (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=401175.0)

We have a sender!


dreadlocklove (FEEDBACK) <--> Jenna_Gayle (FEEDBACK)
jennden (FEEDBACK) <--> Anubisheart (FEEDBACK)
Witchhippie (FEEDBACK) <--> amymisha (FEEDBACK)
34  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegan Chocolate on: February 07, 2012 07:25:59 AM
I made vegan chocolate last night!  I've been wanting to make some for a while and my first attempt was a complete mess due to using agave nectar instead of sucanat.


The one to the left contains:  Certified organic cocoa butter, certified organic and fair trade cacao powder, certified organic vanilla bean, certified organic sucanat, certified organic acai powder, certified organic hemp seeds.

The one to the right contains:  Certified organic cocoa butter, certified organic and fair trade cacao powder, certified organic sucanat, certified organic maca powder, wildharvested bee pollen.

They may not look the best (I let them sit on the counter to harden rather than putting them in the freezer, I don't know if this has anything to do with it) but they do taste good! 
35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Crafting Along with the Kids (2012 & 2013) on: January 20, 2012 09:35:35 AM
Welcome to the Crafting Along with the Kids thread!

I'm a stay-at-home-mom to Ava (5) and Brahmi (almost 4) and crafting helps us to get through the day.  Painting and drawing are some of our favourite mediums but now that the kids are getting a bit older, we're going to delve into other crafts.

I'd like to create a space for us as well as other Craftsters to document projects and share ideas.  Feel free to post an abundance of details and photos as you progress through your works.  Let's make this interactive and fun!
36  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / First Handspun Yarn! on: January 12, 2012 10:46:18 AM
Here is the my first handspun yarn, using a drop spindle.  It's not the best photo quality but it's all I could manage.  

The roving came from Zombie_Queen, who hand dyed it, and it took me about six hours to do.  I tested on some samples she had sent me and then jumped right into the project.  Then I decided to have a go at plying.  I used Knit Pick's Swish DK, in Persimmon Heather.  It's a 100% Superwash Merino Wool.  

I overspun a bit with the roving, and underspun in some areas with the plying, but overall I'm really pleased with how it came out.  I think being able to spin my own fibers will make my crochet projects that much more special.  And it's nice to finally be dabbling into new crafts.
37  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Zoe Cardigan on: January 07, 2012 02:10:38 PM
I started this crocheted sweater during the holidays in December and finished it today by adding the heart-shaped buttons.  

Zoe Cardigan. Interweave Crochet magazine, Spring 2011. Knit Picks "Comfort Sport"; sport weight (2); 75% pima cotton, 25% acrylic; blackberry, ivory, peony, lilac mist.
38  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / FLOW! - Send by March 12, 2012 on: January 02, 2012 06:27:51 AM
GALLERY! - (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=405153.0)

Swap name: FLOW!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: dreadlocklove
Sign-up date range: January 2 – January 15, 2012 (partners January 16)
Date to send item by: March 12, 2012
Limited to a certain number of people?: No
Restricted to people who all live in Canada? No
Age requirement? 18+

Swap Organizer herself meets these conditions:

- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

- Is at least 18 years old: YES/NO

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:

- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 18 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

My invitation to Brecken's “Waves” hoop class has been accepted!  It's time to prep for outdoor flow season with a swap!

Here is the link for the “Run Away with the Circus” swap, held in June 2010:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=350381.0

FLOW! is open to anyone who plays with toys, however skilled, or to anyone feeling inspired to learn.  Poi, staff, buugeng, hoop dance, unicycle, levistick, contact juggling, etc.  Gift ideas can include a variety of handmade toys and accessories, inspirational art, fire safety kits, tutorial videos, clothing, etc.  

There is no point system that must be followed this round, just let your ideas flow.  This works seemingly well for the other swaps I've organized and I'd like to try to keep it open to accommodate possible budget and crafting time limitations.  Be sure to pay attention to your partner's questionnaire though and to dedicate your full potential and energy to each gift you can offer.  While efforts can be made between partners to avoid a largely unbalanced exchange, it is important to understand and accept that such an outcome may occur regardless.

One other point I'd like to make clear is that your primary/"big'" gift must be:

A- crafted.  You are free to purchase extras but your main gift must be created by you.

B- created specifically for this swap and specifically for your partner.  This is obviously difficult to enforce but please wait until you know who your partner is and take the time to stalk him/her!  You'll be all the more thoughtful about your gift if you do.  With the freedom in the amount you craft and almost two months to create the main gift, this seems like a reasonable request to make.

If you would like to participate, complete and submit the following questionnaire to me, dreadlocklove.  Please include “FLOW!” in the subject line.


Name of swap: FLOW!
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name and mailing address, including the country (please include the appropriate line breaks):

Are you 18 years or older? YES/NO

Have you read and understood all of the conditions outlined in the Swap Info Guide, and do you agree to swap accordingly?  YES/NO

Do you agree to be an active participant in the discussion forum – perhaps a post to keep everyone updated on your progress each week – as well as communicate regularly with your partner? YES/NO

Do you agree to put 100% effort in each gift you create for your partner? YES/NO

Are you willing to ship your package to an international destination? YES/NO

Are you willing to provide a delivery confirmation number to your organizer and partner upon shipping your package?  If your partner lives outside of your country, do you agree to provide a copy of your receipt? YES/NO

Are you willing to take photographs of the packages both sent and received, as well as post a photo of the gifts you received in the gallery? YES/NO

Which toys are you most skilled at and are there any others you've played with?

Where do you play?

Are there any toys you would like to try?

What types of crafts do you enjoy and/or are there any specific gifts you would like to create?

Which crafts would you rather not create?

What is your FLOW! Wishlist (include a minimum of 5-10 items)?

Are there any gifts you would rather not receive, whether due to allergies or general aversions?

Do you have any preferred colour schemes?  Are there any colours you dislike?

What is your general personality/style?

Are there any websites your partner can visit to get a better sense of who you are (ie: Wists, Etsy, Blogs, etc.)?

Is smoking permitted in your home?
Do you have petmates?

Is there any other relevant information that you would like to share?


Also remember to read and understand the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.
39  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Carrot and Cardamom Oatmeal - Slow Cooker on: December 12, 2011 12:28:15 PM
I'm discovering the joys of slow cooking!

I had a slow cooker but it was used for soap making.  Recently though, someone gifted me one and I've been browsing online for recipes.

Here's what we had for breakfast this morning:

I followed the recipe as written, except I substituted with a cardamom spice mix I blended a while back. 

It was delicious and I highly recommend it!

40  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Bare Nesta on: December 12, 2011 12:20:01 PM
I've been soaping almost two years now but don't know if I've ever even posted any photos here.

Meet Bare Nesta, a 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil soap I cut earlier this afternoon.  This is the second castile I've attempted.

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