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1  gesso separated or mold? in More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions by dulcet on: February 16, 2018 07:52:31 AM
I got my daughter some jars of gesso, and she's used them a couple times.  But the other night she opened the white and there was gross, thick, orange stuff on it and it smelled.  Has anyone seen this happen?  Is it just separated or can gesso grow mold?  Should we just throw it away or can it be saved?  I really know very little about paint.

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2  angel food revelation in Dessert by dulcet on: July 17, 2017 08:43:31 PM
You can make angel food cake in paper muffin cups!!!

My family enjoys a good english custard.  Problem being that I end up with a bunch of egg whites that end up going bad before I use them.  I wanted to try using them up for angel food cake, but I don't have the special tube pan.  Well, I was reading a magazine the other day (Better Homes & Gardens to give credit where credit is due) and they had a recipe where you put the 'batter' into paper muffin cups!  I had to try it!

The recipe was pretty standard, 12 egg whites exactly the same as in my cookbook.  I thought it was only going to make 12 cupcakes, but when I got them filled (pile it all the way above the cups) I realized I was only halfway through.  So I decided to do an experiment.  The standard recipe has you put the 'batter' into the ungreased tube pan, and after cooking it letting it cool completely in the pan.  So I did that with a second muffin pan.  Bake them in a 350 degree oven for 20 min according to the recipe, though I did for 25 min on the second batch and thought they were better baked.

The results were good!  I was impressed with how the paper cups peeled off the angel food cupcakes fairly well.  The cupcakes straight in the pan had to have a knife run around the outside, which wasn't pretty with the way they puffed over the rims.  But they were still good.  The pan is having a good soak, though.

With the 12 egg yolks I needed 2 quarts of milk for my custard!  Put a generous ladle of custard in a bowl, plopped in the angel food cupcake, and piled sliced strawberries on top!  Now that's a dessert!  I'll be making these again, though most likely a half batch.

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3  Re: Thing-A-Day February 2016 Craftalong in Craftalongs by dulcet on: March 01, 2016 05:14:39 AM
I agree with everyone else, this was a great craftalong.  (Though it made me realize how much I let slide around the house when I craft.)  It was fun finding little projects that I could do every day.  Thanks so much WileESongdog!

Here's my final picture dump.  I found one of those coloring pages online to print.  But it took me three days to finish! 

Then I added a tier to a skirt my daughter wanted from the thrift store.

28 was making overnight oatmeal for the first time.  It had mixed reviews from the family.  And I don't make pretty food, so no photo.

Finally, 29 was an attempt at mixed media.  You can't really see the tissue paper on there, and my white gelpen was dead.  But I think it's a keeper.  It reminded me of the fairy tale where the disguised fairy blesses the kind girl that gems and flowers will fall from her lips when she speaks.  Then the rude sister is cursed with snakes and toads instead.  So I added the gems and flowers.  (The single 'ruby' is for a previous verse.)

Thanks again WileESongdog!
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4  Re: Thing-A-Day February 2016 Craftalong in Craftalongs by dulcet on: February 22, 2016 03:47:52 PM
Wulf, you are amazing!

My offerings are much more humble.  I think I'm losing steam.
19 and 20 are fancy friendship bracelets.  I was looking at the old craftster vs. pinterest craftalong, saw a lovely post by Smeddley, followed it through pinterest to this.  I didn't have any of the actual supplies, so just subbed what I had.

21 is another old family recipe:  Zucchini Pie from my Great Aunt Agnes.  Just think pumpkin pie with a different squash, and meringue.  I remember my Mom making it only once.  She thought it was a main-dish kind a food, what with the zucchini!

22 and 23 are more tiny totoro, no photo.
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5  Re: Thing-A-Day February 2016 Craftalong in Craftalongs by dulcet on: February 18, 2016 08:40:39 PM
whatthepuck, I'd never had plum pudding before, either, much less made it.  It wasn't super-fantastic, but it was fun to use a family recipe.

WileESongdog, saving lives is so much better than any old 'thing.'  You're amazing!

Acadian, loving that mugrug block.

Always, I've been casting longing glances at those type of coloring books.  Show us more pages.

Thing 16, head start on shamrocks that I make for my kids every year.  Usually I give them a few so they can give them away.  Every year I have to re-remember how to cro-tat, since this is the only thing I do it on.

Thing 17, a hand drawn tutorial for the running stitch.  (BTW, I only barely know what I'm talking about.)  I'm mailing it to my son who is on his own for the first time, out of the country, and doesn't have access to the internet.

Thing 18, Jam Cake from my grandma's 1939 Household Searchlight Recipe Book.  I make dinner pretty much every night, but don't do dessert very often.  This turned out okay.  Tasted more like a quick bread than cake.  Not very sweet considering it uses 1 1/2 cups jam!

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6  Re: Thing-A-Day February 2016 Craftalong in Craftalongs by dulcet on: February 15, 2016 03:18:32 PM
Hang in there dewshinesdopp.

Whatthepuck, I like the jump ring bracelet.  Care to share how you did it?

ActsofCraftiness, I think ripping out should count as a thing.  Sometimes it takes almost as long as the stitching.

Acadian's goldfinch photos and Wulf's watercolor are both skills I admire and appreciate.

For me, #14 was a plum pudding.  I used my husband's grandmother's recipe, and some of her bottled plums.  It was none too pretty, but tasted yummy.

#15 was adding beads and crystals to pieces that will be attached to a  ballet costume.  It's for the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland.  Here's the bodice embellishment.  You might recognize the organza ribbon flowers from day 2. 

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7  Re: finally tiny totoro in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by dulcet on: February 13, 2016 03:02:46 PM
And a tiny totoro rainbow!

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8  Re: Thing-A-Day February 2016 Craftalong in Craftalongs by dulcet on: February 13, 2016 02:51:35 PM
Wow, I love so much that you guys have been doing! This craftalong is fantastic!

I hope it's okay that I've made the same thing for seven days in a row.  They do have different personalities, though.  I'm going to let each of my kids pick one for Valentine's tomorrow.  And any leftovers I'm going to give to little kids at church. 

pattern again
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9  finally tiny totoro in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by dulcet on: February 08, 2016 08:19:44 PM
I finally got around to using Angry Angel's tiny totoro pattern!  here  I ended up making a couple and will probably make more.  I used what I had, so they've got different sizes of eyes, and creative colors.  So cute!

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10  Re: Thing-A-Day February 2016 Craftalong in Craftalongs by dulcet on: February 08, 2016 06:30:21 PM
Wow ActsofCraftiness, those are amazing baby sets!

kbrison, they are super fast to do on the sewing machine.  Set it for the longest straight stitch, and away you go!  I did them in a long chain and cut them apart after.  You just have to make sure to leave a long enough tail at the top so you can tape them to the ceiling.  Here's the finished product.  I love how they gently turn whenever the heater is blowing.

#6  On Saturday I tried making a strawberry bag.  I've had the post here on craftster bookmarked for too long.  But I used the wrong fabrics, and it didn't turn out so well.  Of course, I'm going to share a picture that looks deceptively good.  I may call this a learning experience and have another go, another time.  berry bag post

#7  I finally tried the pattern for a tiny white totoro. So cute!  I don't even mind that I didn't have the right size of eyes.  

#8  Then today I went and got smaller eyes and made another!  No, this color isn't standard, but I may just end up making a rainbow of tiny totoro.  (And it's good for using those small balls of yarn.) pattern on craftster

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