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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Canadian Glacial clay instead of Bentonite Clay in shaving soap on: February 12, 2014 12:47:36 PM
Wondering if i can substitute Canadian Glacial clay instead of Bentonite Clay in shaving soap - seeing as how i have the first on hand. I can't think it would be that different - but then, i could very well be off base, too.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pettiskirt - much pink on: February 10, 2014 11:02:40 AM
The pettiskirt is from a tutorial on the net .... i ran the bag off my sewing machine. It does NOT love me anymore.

the in progress shot

the colors are truer in the above shot

i actually had to split this bad boy in half, as it definitely read: "Take me to the square dance"

and here's the dress with it under:

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk Frock Coat on: February 10, 2014 10:59:49 AM
So, further to this: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430632.0#axzz2scefS5lu

I made a frock coat for my daughter for a cosplay thing she's doing. I'm not even really clear what it is. I don't think I even care to ask - I just was pleased to make the coat.

I DID use a pattern - the Simplicity 4923 version, as I found upon further research that the 18th century pattern I had used originally was the father of the Simplicity pattern. Why create more problems that I had to?

So here we go:

The back of the coat. the sleeves and the hood are grommeted and laced on, the buckles on the back are purely decorative. The ones on the sleeves and pockets and front are functional.

the Daughter in her happy coat Cheesy

Better shot of the pockets. She hasn't taken it off since she put it on.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Frock Coat prototype on: January 06, 2014 10:47:01 PM
A bit of background: sometime in the spring of 2013 I became terribly, blackly depressed. This continued right through the summer and fall, right up to just before xmas this year. I wasn't able to care for my garden, which became a mess of weeds; I cried for no reason to the point of feeling I was going to go insane; nothing was at all happy; I didn't go on Craftster (which was a daily obsession); I was losing weight, and wasn't even really happy about that. And because I felt that way - I couldn't craft anything. For anyone. For any reason. And then, right before xmas, I finally spit it all out in a hugely grotesque outpouring to my best friend. And though it felt shameful and terrible - it freed me from the dark blackness I was in. I pulled xmas out of thin air, making things left right and center, in an effort to make things better for my family.

And then this past weekend, I decided to make something for myself. For the first time in a VERY long time. And this was it. It's a prototype / first draft of the steampunk version of this coat i'll be making for my daughter before March. I give you the 1713 Men's Frock Coat (which Jack Sparrow's coat was based off). I have nothing but respect for seamstresses and tailors of the day - they did all this shit by hand.

So: hanging up in my craft room

the original pattern I printed off the web (for free!! but no instructions - boo!). It took me about three hours to blow the pattern up and trace it onto tissue paper. That was so not a good time.

pattern pieces laid out - material is some old curtains i had hoarded .... i mean SALVAGED from who the heck knows where

See me in the mirror? And how I haven't showered in two days? Or changed out of jammies? The coat was my obsession

Me wearing coat. That gibbledy bit in the back BOTHERS me - but it's a first draft. Halloween costume once i fix it.

This coat doesn't have pockets yet, or buttons down the front and in the tail. 34 buttons!! i managed to find five that matched in my button hoard .... collection. I'm in the process of trying to find some that won't kill me in price.

So - this is more like my Welcome Back to the World project. And i'm happy to be back.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Xmas Sock Monkeys on: January 04, 2014 10:04:31 AM
At my friend's request, I made three sock monkeys for her: one like this

two like this:

i ended up making three more after - one for each of my kids, and one for a friend. 2013 was definitely Year of the Sock Monkey Smiley
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES / Labyrinth mask on: May 01, 2013 06:52:23 PM
So, for the Labyrinth swap round 5, I sent my partner BoomerBile a mask (if you've seen the movie, you of course can't forget the ballroom scene!) Although it was slightly damaged in transport, I was so pleased with this, and she was able to fix the tip of the beak that broke.

It started with a cheap dollar store gold mask, which I paper machied over, painted, feathered, and decorated.

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / WWE Wrestling Dudes on: December 23, 2012 11:38:45 PM
Well, I know that there's a licensed set of wrestling plush called "Brawlin' Buddies". My version have been in the planning for a year, and I had no idea the official ones were being manufactured. I just wanted to save my couch pillows from my son.

I've made four, but they're all wrapped now. I only have a pic of the one with the worst facial hair ever grown: Seamus

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / "Lolli Dollis" on: December 17, 2012 06:43:52 AM
So I broke down and bought this pattern of Etsy. I HATE buying patterns, but I was quite sure I'd spend more time drafting a pattern than it would be worth to me.

I'm making six of these little buggers, two for a co workers' granddaughters, and the others for friends' kids.

I made the doll, two outfits, and jammies for each of them. No socks or shoes, cause I just can't fit it into my schedule atm.

9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Apple Jelly on: September 03, 2012 01:49:10 PM
So, I decided that I would take advantage of the long weekend to put up some apple jelly from some early apples the neighbors have growing next door. I don't particularly like these neighbors, but they're better than some. And, they have an early variety of apple tree (two of them) that they can't use all the apples from.

We live in a fairly cold zone (Prince George, BC - zone 3, I think) so it seems like a crying shame not to take advantage of whatever will actually grow and thrive up here. My garden burnt and died this year - I have some cherry tomatoes just now coming into ripeness, and that's all she wrote. Okay, where was I? right - taking advantage of growing.

So, regardless of how I feel about my neighbors, I asked for some apples, and said I would give them some jelly in return. He was just happy to have them not on the ground. The apples are a very pretty rosy color, which makes for some very nice colored jelly:

The flecks in the jelly are apple pie spices - I cooked the juice with four cinnamon sticks, and added about a teaspoon of ground cloves, and maybe two teaspoons of nutmeg. I also add about a quarter cup of lemon juice to counteract all the sweetness of the sugar.

So, I got about 24 cups of juice from the neighbors (and from 6 unripe green apples from my mom's tree - for the pectin and flavour) and I also fortified it with a carton of Sun Rype unsweetened not from concentrate apple juice. It produced about 29 cups of jelly:

I used about 15 cups of sugar, and about double the amount of pectin the recipe called for - it just seems, for whatever reason, I always need to double the pectin in the instructions.

I'm only giving about five of these away, as my family was bitterly unhappy about not having enough last year. What they've forgotten is that my Mom's tree still has to ripen, so there will be another batch this fall.

I really love this jelly used as a glaze on pork roast - SOOOOOO good!
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Spinning Wheel on: June 01, 2012 06:55:30 PM
home made - dear gods, I love the internets. I've spun one very small skein, but need to finish my swap and my mom's bday presents before I start hardcore on spinning. This was a very cool project to do.

and you may not realize it, but you are not allowed to notice the messy downstairs crafting kitchen in the background

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