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1  Rainbow thrummed mittens in Knitting: Completed Projects by nataleeza on: February 17, 2009 09:05:35 PM
I made these mittens over the past few days from this pattern that I found via Ravelry.

I knitted them on 3.5mm dpns, with 8ply acrylic, and corridale sliver from Ashford that I had lying in my stash.  I've never made something so pretty from my stash before!

Ravelry project notes are here
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2  Marshmallows for the faint-of-heart (now with pic) in Dessert by nataleeza on: July 02, 2008 09:57:02 PM
Hey everyone, I just made a batch of marshmallows, and thought I might share my recipe. 

(these are a few of the orphans - I took them over to my folk's last night and we ate most of them)

Most of the recipes I've seen online call for you to use a mixer to mix boiling hot syrup into gelatine, and I don't know about you, but the thought of splattering hot syrup on my skin scares the bejeebers out of me!

But I adapted an old recipe (found it in one of my mum's notebooks) in which you cool the mixture down before whipping it up.  It's a truckload safer, and the marshmallows are delish!

So, here goes:


2 tbsp gelatine
1/2 cup cold water

2 cups white sugar
1 cup cold water

1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp almond essence

1.  Combine gelatine and 1st measure of water, and set aside.
2.  Combine sugar and rest of water in a large pot (I use a 2 litre one), and heat on low until sugar is dissolved.
3.  Cook gelatine mixture on high in the microwave for 40 seconds (until the gelatine just dissolves), then add to the pot on the stove.  Bring to the boil and gently boil for 15 minutes.
4.  Remove from heat, and leave to cool until lukewarm.
5.  Add the essences, and beat the lukewarm mixture until light and fluffy - about double in volume.  If it doesn't reach this stage after a couple of minutes, then your mix is still a little hot, so place it in the fridge for a minute or two.  You can cool it on the bench, but I'm impatient.
6.  Wet and line a container with greaseproof paper (I use two icecream containers).  Pour the marshmallow in and put in the fridge for an hour or two, until very cold, and set.
7.  Cut into cubes, and dredge in icing sugar, or toasted coconut.  Leave to dry on a cake rack for an hour or so.

They are now ready to eat!  But they taste much better if you can leave them for at least a day.  You can keep them in an airtight container in a cool dark place, the fridge makes them rubbery though.

Of course, you can flavour them however you like - I also like raspberry essence with a little citric acid, or strawberry with vanilla.  I've been thinking about trying them with candied zest or coconut in them too.

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3  Re: Ridiculously long engagement... in Weddings and Bridal Showers by nataleeza on: February 19, 2008 12:26:48 AM
Thanks everyone!  I knew I'd come to the right place.  Cheesy  And congratulations to all of you who are engaged also!
I've been with my partner for 9 years already, so I am getting far too excited that the weddings is actually nearly in sight!  I'm planning to keep browsing and pulling ideas together until I'm sick of it, and will hopefully feel a bit more relaxed for a few months!

I hadn't thought of pulling ideas into a note book, I'd had a look at wedding planners, and they focus more on getting quotes and booking things etc (which is obviously out of the question at the moment).

I bought a scrapbook today, and I've been printing out pictures and pasting them in.  It looks great!  Here's the only one I've finished yet:

I've been holding onto the main green dress picture for about 2 years, as I think it's absolutely beautiful!  The other two I found in a wedding magazine.  It should all be shades of olive, but the colours are a bit wacky...

I feel so much better now because I really can use the extra time to look over heaps of pictures, and pick out exactly what I'd like to craft when the time comes. 

I'd recommend getting your guestlist together. It's been not only the most time-consuming, but also the most contentious item yet!!
Excellent point!  I can't even guess at how many guests we will have at this point.  As small as we can manage, but I have a large, close family.

the things i did at the beginning, i wish i hadn't.  now i'm stuck with stuff that either doesn't go or stuck doing things twice...
That was my thought, but thanks for supporting that.  I'm just dying to break out the paper and glitter!

Right now, just relax and enjoy the research
I totally will!  I'm a researcher by trade, so if there's one thing I can do, it's conduct thorough information gathering Wink
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4  finishing hand carders? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by nataleeza on: January 08, 2008 01:38:52 PM
Hey everyone, I just bought a pair of Ashford hand carders, and was wondering how to stain/finish them for protection.  I bought my Ashford Trad wheel second hand so it was already finished and I have very little woodworking experience.  The side edges are a little rough, so do they need sanding?  It came with a little square of sandpaper, so is that what it's for?  I can't imagine how sandpaper is used for carding.

But I'm so proud of them, here's a pic:

That's my first rolag (my partner calls them 'wool poos'), it's black corridale with a tiny bit of blue angelina.
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5  Cuddly Companion Cube for Christmas in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by nataleeza on: January 08, 2008 01:32:05 PM
This is my very first stuffie ever:

She's a Weighted Companion Cube from the game portal.  My partner played it obsessively until he reached the end, and as I'm low in cashflow (being a postgrad student will do that!) I thought I should make him a companion cube as a gift.  I found templates for the pieces here: http://jetlogs.org/2007/10/29/companion-cube-plushie-sewing-pattern/
And its made of acrylic felt and sewn together with matching embroidery floss.

He absolutely loved it and took pictures of it to work to show his buddies, and they thought it was awesome too.

There are a few things I'd change if I made it again, like take into account that I didn't need a seam allowance, so I should have made the cube itself larger.  But it took days to make so I can't imagine making another any time soon.  But I really do want to make a storage cube to keep her company (for the uninitiated, it's just the same, but without the hearts, and blue lines instead of pink)
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6  First page! [digital] in Scrapbooking: Completed Projects by nataleeza on: September 21, 2007 03:25:20 PM
I made this page a few days ago on ScrapBlog when I just found out about digital scrapbooking (I'm already a sewer, knitter, crocheter and spinner so I just can't justify having a whole other section of physical crafting goods in my tiny little flat - I already have a whole cupboard full of fibre and fabric).

Here it is (click for big):

It's just a simple page with a few of my favourite shots my partner and I took when we went on earlier this year.

I'm still very proud of my first attempt, and now I'm deep in learning how to use Paint Shop Pro 9, so I can have complete control over my pages.

But really, if you have a few digital pics, and you are interested, head over the ScrapBlog and give it a go.  It's so easy and so inspiring!
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7  Re: Mrs. Darcy KAL in Knitalongs by nataleeza on: April 19, 2007 09:45:23 PM
So, here she is, Mrs Lizzie Darcy in her just finished, unblocked-undyed-'safety pinned together' glory!

This is my first grown-up piece of clothing I've knitted, and I'm stoked with it.  It's also the first pure wool jersey I've had in my adult life, and I can't believe how cosy it is!  I'm already planning to make my 2nd sweater, although I have no idea what I want it to be, all I know is I want it to be pure wool.  Just in time for winter.

I still haven't decided on a colour for this one.  Cream/white really doesn't suit my pale-pinky skin.  I'm thinking either brown, dark green, purple or burgundy...  As the days go on, the list of possible colours gets longer...
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8  Klimt makeup bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by nataleeza on: March 30, 2007 02:06:47 AM
Hey everyone, I used e.r.i.k.a's lined zipper pouch tute to make these cute little makeup purses for my best friend's 24th birthday.  The backs are black, but the fronts are iron on transfers that I printed off on my bubble jet of two of Klimt's paintings.

She absolutely loves Gustav Klimt (she even based her 6th form art portfolio around his work, and all of her paintings were stunning!)
I hope she likes them, her fiance bought her a gorgeous full-colour Klimt book for her birthday, so I guess she's still nuts about him Smiley

So, here they are,
Klimt's Young Ladies on the left, and Klimt's The Kiss on the right:

And I even lined them in colours from the paintings:

So, what do you guys think?
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9  Fit to be *pink*! [2 pics] in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by nataleeza on: January 19, 2007 10:35:01 PM
Hi everyone, I've just finished making a Fit To Be Tied for one of my best friends' birthday.  She'll be a grand ol' 24 tomorrow, so I wanted to make something to make her smile, and anything pink will make her smile!

I used an 8ply (dk) acrylic, and a 3.5mm hook, so it's slightly smaller than the pattern states, but it's nice and sturdy so that's the main thing.  I lined it in cotton (by the way, a fat quarter is the perfect size for lining two of these), and invisible quilting thread makes for really neat stitching.

I also made a little card pocket in it, It's so bright and girly, it even makes me *squee*!

So, without further ado, here's the front:

And the inside, with label and the card pocket:

Thanks for looking guys, I'm quite proud of this one!
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10  Smaller necktie bag :) [now with better pic] in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by nataleeza on: October 10, 2006 07:49:03 PM
I made this bag for my baby sister's 22 birthday (it's been and gone, but I've assured her this'll be worth that wait!)

Excuse the water on my front, I'd just finished the dishes!

Made from 8 men's ties (all with navy blue in them), and adapted from the tutorial here.  I was going to make one with 5 ties on the front, but I didn't realise how enormous it was!  This one is 3 ties across and the gusset is made of only 2 ties.

Thanks for looking!
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