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« Reply #590 on: August 05, 2014 01:40:40 PM »

kbrison...I made two of those beaded suncatcher/whimsy things!  Aren't they fun?  Of all the things in my garden, the kids seem to like them the best!

Also, I have been making those little crochet bags from leftover sock yarn as well (we are on the same wavelength! Grin)....I plan on using a few for art abandonment and some to put in small gifts for Christmas.  I think a bowl of them at the front door filled with some wrapped chocolates or other goodies would be fun for guests to take home.

I thought about using them at Halloween as well...when I was a kid, I loved having little boxes and bags to store treasures!

I made my whimseys because I remembered yours and thought they'd make a nice change of pace project. Like your ideas for the little pouches, too. I have thought about giving them to my great-great nieces as doll purses.

Need to get back to my card making. Still need to make several for the real Notecard Swap and three for the fake swap.
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« Reply #591 on: August 05, 2014 09:20:06 PM »

Ladybugs, that blanket looks awesome!

cmouse, i love your stocking! Did you use a pattern?

kbrison, those whimsies are really cool.
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« Reply #592 on: August 06, 2014 09:05:35 AM »

Some serious destashing this time.

I made paper with orange peels that I dried last year with the idea that I'll use them for papermaking right away...

The other batch is made with Cota tinctoria I saved ten years ago when I attended a course on dyeing Tongue And yes I meant to use them right away  Grin

So happy it's not taking up space in my freezer any more \o/ And it made such lovely paper Smiley The orange peel didn't work as well as I'd hoped. I'll have to use some washing soda next time I try.
The paper pulp is made of a batch of old important papers that needed to be shredded. Didn't really manage to even make a dent in that stash Tongue
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« Reply #593 on: August 06, 2014 09:07:26 AM »

They are wonderful, full of texture!
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« Reply #594 on: August 06, 2014 01:21:48 PM »

I haven't made paper in years, but never would have thought of using orange peels. Bet it smells delicious!  Grin What does the baking soda do to the pulp mixture? And what is Cota tinctoria? Looks like it might be some type of flower. Very interesting visual texture. Now, how long are they going to be in your stash before you use them? Grin
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« Reply #595 on: August 06, 2014 01:42:43 PM »

She uses washing soda(sodium carbonate), which is one molecule different than baking soda(sodium bicarbonate)...Grin.  I know that at least for yarn dyeing, it is used to help the naturally acidic fibers neutralize to take on the dye better..I use Borax in all of my dyes...it is interesting that it is used in making paper as well...so I am also curious as to why...I know washing soda is also used in soap making (soda ash)..we also use it as a flea and bug killer in our carpets...it kills fleas by clogging their "gills"...

Cota is a daisy like flower...I use it because it is a nice golden yellow natural dye for yarns.. it is considered a weed around here..I never thought to use it for paper!  Isn't it lovely?
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« Reply #596 on: August 06, 2014 01:56:56 PM »

Science lessons of the day. Love it! Carbonate = 1 carbon atom; bicarbonate = 2 carbon atoms? I think soda ash is also used in the glass-making process. Will have to google the flower to see what it looks like. The tinctoria segment of its name should have been a clue to me that it had some interesting properties like being a natural dye. In my defense though, I haven't had a chemistry or botany class in 45 years.  Grin
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« Reply #597 on: August 06, 2014 04:03:18 PM »

I experimented last year with natural plant material...I am hoping to try some paper making this year with this knowledge...I just have to find another blender...I learn so much from everyone here and from google and wikipedia...I just love the rough texture of the handmade papers...I hope more people will post
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« Reply #598 on: August 06, 2014 05:59:04 PM »

I love that paper! What a good idea!
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« Reply #599 on: August 06, 2014 10:16:07 PM »

Cota tinctoria here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cota_tinctoria

Washing soda is used for removing lignin and some other things from the plants. The plants brake down to fiber easier and they will last time and light better (think of bad quality newspaper, it's full of lignin). Or something I'm not a chemist either and it's been years since I read about the theory of papermaking. Here is a better explanation of things http://maybabcock.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/phragmites-australis-can-be-made-into-paper/

Sadly the finished paper doesn't really smell (Also a good thing Grin), but during the process the orange smell was delightful Smiley

Now, how long are they going to be in your stash before you use them? Grin

Cheesy Good question! The orange papers I'm going to use for cards this X-mas and I think will need to use some of the other batch too. The flawed papers I was thinking to give to a friend who swaps a lot and the rest Cheesy My best bet is that I'll try to sell them. I have this funny idea that I'll learn the routine to make paper from all the fruit peels and rinds and sell them to buy more yummu fruits for us to eat Smiley \o/ I'm not sure I'll ever get there though.
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