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11  Black Raspberry Jam in Recipes and Cooking Tips by kaz814 on: July 07, 2014 10:42:17 AM

So yesterday I began my Adventures In Canning (tm).  On Saturday, I went and picked 3 pounds of blueberries and a bunch of black raspberries and the raspberries were my first victims in my adventures.

I used a combination of various recipes I found online, but basically:

4 c smushed black raspberries
2 c sugar
2 T pectin
1 lemon (juice and zest)

Various steps (excuse the fact that they're out of order):  From L-R, putting on lids, testing to see if its set, bottom: all of the ingredients beginning to cook.

When we were done, we had 11 little jam jars full of black raspberry jam.  I loved hearing the little pings as they vacuum sealed themselves!

And of course, the best part of canning is eating it!

It was so yummy and I'm totally hooked on canning!

I haven't decided what I'm going to make with the blueberries yet, but mmmm, are they good.
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12  Featured Projects January-June 2014 in Recipes and Cooking Tips by kaz814 on: July 03, 2014 12:02:03 PM
The first half of a year has been busy on the Cooking Board!  We certainly are a talented bunch and make delicious food.  Some of the yummy dishes are below, as voted for by you hitting the 'this rocks' button!  (And I just noticed that the fabulous HSG also featured projects from Jan-March.  Whoops!  But more yummy featured dishes the better, I say!)

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13  Featured Projects - April-June 2014 in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kaz814 on: June 30, 2014 03:03:54 PM
We've had a fabulous spring on the PBW with a lot of gorgeous new projects!

Here are the featured projects for April-June 2014, as chosen by your votes in the 'This Rocks' button and my own personal preference.  They are in no particular order.

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14  Featured Member - Diver in PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS by kaz814 on: June 03, 2014 04:05:50 PM
We have a new featured member: the fabulous Diver!  Heer are some of the fabulous projects Diver's posted on the PBW board:

When and why did you begin making purses, bags, and wallets?

I started making purses about 10 years ago, my first project was a patchwork corduroy bag without a pattern. I didn't even make a lining. I constructed most of my bags without patterns for a long time. Once I found craftster, I followed a few tutorials (The Jordy Bag square bottom purse) and applied my newfound skills to my pattern free purse making.

How long have you been sewing?  

My mother taught me how to hand sew when I was younger, but I didn't start using a machine until about 12 years ago

What type of sewing machine do you have?

I have a Bernina Artista and I love it!

Do you have any tips for anyone looking to make their first bag?

Find a tutorial on craftster and keep trying

What other sewing projects have you tackled?

I've made 2 crib quilts, a variety of nursery items for my son. Infant and children's clothing, adult's clothing, kitchen accessories, curtains.

What other crafts do you enjoy?

Tie dye, hair accessories, bead and wire jewelry.

What's your favorite aspect of Craftster?
The tutorials of course!

What's your favorite PBW project on Craftster that you've posted?

My best Plaid Spring Purse

What's your favorite project on another board that you've posted?

Electric Guitar turned coat rack. It was heavy and required a little handywork from the hubs, but it worked.

What's your favorite PBW project on Craftster that someone else has posted?

Definitely the Jordy bag.
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15  Featured Projects Jan-March 2014 in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kaz814 on: April 21, 2014 05:01:08 PM
2014 started off with a bang here on the PBW board.  There were so many lovely projects.  Here are a few favorites, as chosen by your votes in the 'This Rocks' button and my own personal preference.  They are in no particular order.

Diaper Bag Backpack by b2j2fitz

Aeroplane bags by mouseinmypocket

Bicycle basket liner by puppybreath

Smurfs messenger bag by Diver

Old Jacket to a Funky Bag by krekkertje

Suede Placemat Purse by elsielorpu

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16  Environmentally-Friendly and HypoAllergenic Nutlace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by kaz814 on: April 01, 2014 05:05:08 AM
So with all the cold, snowy weather we've been having lately, I had the urge to make something pretty and spring-like.

After checking the coming trends, I settled on one focus: nuts.  Unfortunately, I'm a teacher and with all the peanut allergies, I couldn't wear a nut to school.  However, I found a solution: a packing peanut.

Using 3 strands of turquoise embroidery floss and some beads and stones I had squirreled away, I centered the peanut in the place of honor.  I think it turned out great, and will definitely be something that will get noticed!

What do you think?

and a closer, money shot:

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17  October-December 2013 Featured Projects in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kaz814 on: January 18, 2014 10:46:40 AM
The last quarter of 2013 was chock full of amazing projects here on the PBW boards.  It was hard to choose only a few to feature, but here they are.  They were chosen by your votes in the 'This Rocks' button and by my own personal preference.  They are in no particular order!

Zebra print Woven purse by lookingforangels

Replica of vintage bag by Diver

Pizza Delivery Bag by craftADDchick

Green Linen Purse with paint pen embellishment by felicitybaby

Yoga Mat Bag by Abbeeroad

Coach inspired bag by hax

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18  Re: 2013 Christmas Tree Along! in Winter Holidays by kaz814 on: December 01, 2013 03:37:17 PM
I used to have an artificial tree, but my rabbit decided the wire made a good teeth tester and ... yeah.  So a new tree for this year.  I decided on a real tree and looked all over for a small one (since my house is teensy and I wanted it out of range of rabbit teeth).  After searching and not finding what I wanted, I bought a regular sized tree, had them cut it in half, got the boughs for decoration and a small tree.  Cheesy  I was just lucky that the trees were oddly affordable!

I've decorated it in Craftster chic.  75% are ornaments I've received in swaps, either hand made or purchased for me, with the last quarter being sentimental favorites I just can't not put up!  You can also see the stocking I received last year in the Stocking swap and the garland I got the year before in the Stocking swap. Cheesy

And nighttime:

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19  Re: Holiday Ornament ATC Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: November 23, 2013 01:30:49 PM
I received from vincentvanbuck and stellou!

vincentvanbuck needlefelted a nativity scene for me - I simply adore it!  The colors are vibrant (and perfect with the blue and yellow) and the scene is awesome.  I cannot believe this was his first venture into needlefelting.

and stellou used my Christmas tree theme and my doors theme to make two gorgeous ATCs.

The background of the tree is burlap with the tree embroidered on, and the door has real hardware!  And a wee little key!

Thank you both SO much!
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20  Re: Holiday Ornament ATC Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: November 20, 2013 02:32:06 PM
I've received from Helcura and kosmicgirl!

From Helcura ...

A fabulous nature scene, complete with adorable fox!

and the back with a very cool pinwheel:

And a gorgeous stained "glass" which I adore.  The colors are amazing.

And the back:  (Funny thing, my very first ornament I got when I was a baby looked very similar!  Love it!)

And from kosmicgirl:

She went with my nativity scene and drew or painted (I think) the wisemen.  I am in awe of her skills.:

and the back with the star:

Thank you both SO SO much!  They are going to look amazing on my tree!
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