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11  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fantasy, Fairytales, Faeries and Folklore Round 2 on: May 20, 2009 04:35:35 PM
Wow YoungMom! I need to get a move on! I am sooooo excited to send your pkg, but am having a nosy cat issue. He is living up to his name (Aris, the greek god of war) and has declared a new war on my large. I come home to find that somehow the door to my craft room has come open while I was out and there is my large with giant kitty prints in acrylic medium all over it. And from the looks of it, Aris did not fare as well as the large did. I set off to seek him out and scold him, unfortunately... I never got to the scolding. I come around the corner and here is this big, slinky cat covered in still-wet-medium and (after having turned over my chocolate mint plant in the kitchen) attempting very unsuccessfully to shake potting soil off his paws.

For the next bit to make sense, I must explain that my cat thinks he is a person & gets very offended when someone laughs at him. So, there I am, chortling to myself while I walk to the mud ball to intervene on his behalf when Aris decides he doesn't like my tone and begins to "run" from me. However, said cat is also very wierd about things touching his paws, so he does this half stunted canter, half cowboy walk to get away from me, shaking his paws after every step. It probably took me about 5 minutes to catch him because I couldn't stop laughing long enough to make any headway.

Now each time I attempt to go to my craft room to work on patching up the large, Aris plants himself in front of the door and kitty-growls at me. I find it so funny that he has a vendetta against crafting now. Silly, sticky cat Smiley I am going to give him the night to come to terms with me recreating his arch-enemy and I will start again first thing in the morning. LOL. I should be sending a few days before the deadline as long as General Patton Paws over here doesn't decide he needs to tank my project again. I can't wait to see everyone's photos! The anticipation is palpable Smiley
12  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fantasy, Fairytales, Faeries and Folklore Round 2 on: May 12, 2009 02:31:22 PM
Congratulations, YoungMom! Finals are always a stressful time, but you've survived Smiley
13  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fantasy, Fairytales, Faeries and Folklore Round 2 on: May 04, 2009 04:24:50 PM
I have finished or started all but one of my crafts. I am waiting on a shipment to arrive, which according to the online tracking should be Wednesday!! I cannot wait Smiley It's a new craft I haven't tried before, but I know that if it turns out the way I am planning, Youngmom will have a blast opening the package  Wink

Blessings and good energy sent everyone's way! Heartaches and setbacks are naught but fodder for the positive enrichment of our souls if we let them be.
14  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fantasy, Fairytales, Faeries and Folklore Round 2 on: April 30, 2009 02:13:17 PM
I love my partner & have so many ideas bouncing around in my brain! I may need to do some self editing to be able to afford to ship the package. hehe.

PS:  What do Aussies have that we don't here in the States?  We'rehaving this discussion, and I'm drawing a blank.  I know what I'm sending her though!   Grin Grin Grin

As for Aussies & Yanks, there are some big food stuffs there that we don't have & vice versa. One product that Aussies have that we don't is definitely Vegemite. It is an incredibly acquired taste & not all Aussies even like the junk. Their Pringles flavors were even different. There was a Paprika flavor that was amazing when I was over there, but I suspect they don't make that one anymore. There are the animals specific to the area (koala, wallaby, kangaroo, taz devil, kookaburra, etc), plus about a gazillion species of snake. Aboriginal tribes there differ quite a bit from our aboriginal peoples & had some distinct weapons and musical instruments (like the boomerang and the didge). Hope this helps get the ideas for differences flowing Smiley I spent two summers in AUS & NZ when I was a teen and loved every minute![/color]
15  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Hot Tea with Fruit in it? HELP!! on: April 17, 2009 06:46:54 PM
Hi there! I just stumbled across this & had a recipe or two to suggest. What you were probably served is actually called a tisane, not technically a tea. A tisane is any brew not made from a derivative of the tea plant (such as oolong, black, pekoe, green, white, etc). It can include fruit, fruit oils, roots, bark, spices, flowers or herbs. Herbal tea is technically not a tea either since it contains no tea leaves. It's a tisane as well. Tisane's generally have a much less potent taste & are more palatable to the "non-tea drinker."

For a good citrus herbal tisane, similar to one you would find blended at a fancy tea house, I would suggest the oil from the peel of half an orange (more or less to taste), a few pinches of honeybush (similar to rooibos, or red "tea", and sweet by nature- generally sold in bulk at natural food stores or tea houses), a small amount (maybe one pinch) of hibiscus or rose hips, and an equal amount of echinacea (mild in flavor and used to ward off colds, flu and fatigue). Using either chessecloth or a loose leaf tea strainer, combine the ingredients and place in your cup. Cover with water that is just off the boil, 5-6 oz. for one serving. Let steep 1-4 minutes depending on your desired level of strength. Stir in a small bit of honey, agave, royal jelly or raw sugar (again to taste) and the juice of your peeled orange. Just before service, float a segment of orange reserved from the zesting & juicing process above.

The citrus could be replaced by another fruit as honeybush lends itself to any sweet pairing. I make a "pumpkin pie tea" by making an orange tisane (like the one above), adding cardamom, ginger, white peppercorn and nutmeg & floating a cinnamon stick in the liquid during steeping. The flavors are similar to chai, but the addition of orange to chai is an old trick I picked up when I was a barista to mimick the familiar taste of pumpkin pie. After the tea strainer and cinnamon stick are removed, stir in a small amount of natural sweetener and some soy milk. Regular milk or cream will curdle due to the citrus if the levels are wrong, but you can play around with it & get it to work.  Grin

Just a little personal tidbit: My Irish grandmother taught all us grandkids to love our tea & we still religiously have "tea time" everyday Smiley I loved it so much I became a barista when I went away to college. Then I worked in a tea house to pick up some tips & tricks. That really is the whole reason I took that job. haha. I cannot say enough about the joys of tea. It truly does wondrous things for stress level & sensory memory. Each trip I take I always drink a different variety of tea, that way all the memories and experiences come flooding back when I drink it. Like for me, peppermint tea will forever be linked to a trip to Ireland and mango-infused green tea is evocative of my trip to China. Nothing feels so much like home, even when very far away, as a steaming cup of tea (or tisane Cheesy)

Hope this wasn't an overload. Undecided Good luck on your journey! Just keep looking. There is something out there for everyone!
16  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Trio of Tree Paintings on Upcycled Book pages on: April 11, 2009 12:06:08 AM
I'll be happy to share them! Grin The first is of all 5 that I made, the second is a close up of the three that were modelled after your lovely creations. I loved the swing of the branches on your tree, so I wanted to stay true to that & also wanted to give her a fun little spiky guy friend. I think they turned pretty well considering I don't really draw. hehe.

My autumn spiky tree turned out kind of strange looking, but from far away it looks cool  Cool

Also, I have heard some people talking about Twinkling or Twinkles water color paint pots (they're supposed to have a luminescent quality about them)... have you ever tried those? I'm just kind of drawn to their name Smiley
17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Trio of Tree Paintings on Upcycled Book pages on: April 10, 2009 12:12:20 PM
You inspired me to make up a few of these drawings myself Smiley I loved your first drawing; it reminded me of a woman. So I took that idea of a feminine looking tree & gave her a male looking tree. I don't know how to use water color and didn't have colored pencil, so I used permanent marker. It is the size of a business card so I put them on one of those magnets for business cards & it holds a picture of my neice onto my fridge. Thanks for the link & the photos! Your concepts are just amazing. It makes me wish I knew how to do water colors (and that I was better at drawing, doh! Tongue).
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Three finished mini-projects on: April 06, 2009 09:19:52 PM
So I just recently finished three little charts. Each one is smaller than 6" x 6" and is stitched on 18-count Aida with DMC floss. None of them are matted or framed yet. Please excuse the awful photos; my digital camera is in storage & I had to use my cell phone. Enjoy these little nuggets of stitchy goodness  Grin

The first two designs are from Dragon Dreams http://dragondreams.accra.ca/Sample%20Charts.html

This third design is from Joannesanderson.com.

19  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: For a friend who underwent a hysterectomy... a happy uterus! on: April 06, 2009 07:06:42 PM
Thank you all for the great comments!! I did write up a pattern as I was making her. If anyone is interested, I can definitely post that   Wink

*dawnsierra- That is exactly the expression I was going for! If she were a man, I like to imagine she would do the "what's up" head nod thing. Awesomeness2
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Modern Baby Bib for Michelle on: April 06, 2009 06:45:25 PM
I loved this bib design I found on Ravelry & just had to make some. Luckily, one of my very close friends is expecting and I had good reason to make them  Grin I made it in a durable but soft yarn so it could function as the heirloom it looks like. Each one took a little over 2 hours, so they're a fabulously fast knit.

I included them with a crocheted baby blanket in the same pink & brown with accents of cream, some chocolates & strawberry body butter for mama in a round pink clothes hamper. I called it my "Chocolate Strawbaby Gift Set." I was so proud to be the only one with homemade gifts for mama & baby! These were the hit of the party; so ladies & gents, get those needles going & whip up some of these for the little ones in your lives!

The pink bib has an adorable pastel pink button closure.

The chocolate brown bib has a strawberry button closure.

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