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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Two circle skirts on: January 01, 2012 04:37:39 PM
I made these circle skirts, the first one today, the second one last summer.

I like this one, there's no sewing, I just cut out the doughnut, snipped some spots for the black fabric to go through in three lines (black fabric is just black bed sheet, pink is pink bed sheet) and then tied it up along the bottom. Very cake-like, but with the black and raw edges fraying I think it looks more hip chick than toddler. I hope...

Simple circle skirt, with elastic top, sewed on a ruffle at the bottom (took forever) because it wasn't quite long enough.

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Elephant in a cherry tree on: June 04, 2011 08:00:05 AM
Q: Why do elephants paint their toenails red?
A: So they can hide in cherry trees.

Q: Have you ever seen an elephant in a cherry tree?
A: I guess it works then!

A silly joke and a silly embroidery, but I like it. Smiley I think I should have double layered the top tree felt so the knots at the back don't show, but oh well.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Balloon cover on: November 20, 2010 02:58:58 PM
I made this for the child of friends. It's a clothe cover that you blow a balloon up inside, so it's like a light ball, but not quite as light as an uncovered balloon. It's simple, but it breaks down (you can just take the balloon out, and put in a new one later) so it stores well. I didn't mean to make it so lumpy, but it worked out because when I gave it to the birthday girl (who is two) she held onto it by the fins.

The screw is just there to hold the balloon closed so I didn't have to tie it off each time I wanted to test it out, waste of balloons that would be. Smiley

I think she liked it alright.
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Carrot on: October 31, 2010 09:27:21 PM
Here's my costume. I've never been very good at getting a costume ready in time for Halloween, but this year I managed it, so I'm pleased.

I work in a produce department, so I fit right in. Unfortunately people called me a pumpkin all day... They see orange and just assume I guess.  Undecided It was still fun. Smiley
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Simple curtain for big window on: July 16, 2010 06:21:58 PM
Here's a curtain I made as part of my effort to get the old beach towels off the windows of my house. Beach towels have their place, don't get me wrong, but it was time to move on. I had bought a whole bunch of this organic cotton for bedding materials, but I guess I didn't need it after all. It was nice and wide though, and I had enough to make curtains for four out of our eight windows, all matching and classy. Smiley

This was the hardest window to cover because it's so big, but I'm pleased with the solution I found. It let's in light but keeps us separated from the prying eyes of passersby (what are they looking at?!)

Sorry for the dark picture, it let's in light. Smiley

It took me awhile to figure out how to hang it, and this is what I came up with.

I ruined three of those little square curtain rod holders by cracking them before my husband stepped in to help (I'm not so good at the woodworking yet).

I just used those snapping metal rings to attach it to the dowel, the good part about that is that it's really easy to slide the curtain over.

I'm pretty happy with it. Thanks for looking. Smiley

6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / small batch winemaking on: June 17, 2010 12:15:25 PM
Hello, hi everyone. This is my first post. I've been lurking.

Maybe this isn't exactly food, but it's ingestable, and I wanted to share so here it is.

I've been making wine in one gallon batches, one gallon every month, since February (still have to make the June batch, cherries maybe, I missed out on the roses cause I was lazy)

Here are the four wines I have going:

In order of oldest to newest:
Pumpkin, tamarind, rhubarb, passion fruit

They are all clearing really nicely, but I still don't have the faintest idea whether or not they taste good. Gotta wait a year or so to find out. Hopefully they're alright, cause I guess by then I'll have 12.  Smiley

The pumpkin is the prettiest, I used brown sugar and it turned a great color.

I've been using effectively the same recipe, just with different fruits and different sugars, it's about 2lbs sweetener (brown sugar for the pumpkin, agave for the passion fruit, regular evaporated cane juice for the other two) some tannin (I've used a whole bunch of raisins, but I didn't like feeling like I wasted all those raisins, and black tea), fruit in varying amounts (only 2c passion fruit or tamarind, but they're potent fruits, 6c rhubarb or pumpkin) and a package of wine yeast. And a lot of sterilizing. Lots of sterilizing.

Boil water, add sugar, pour over fruit in a bucket, add tannin, acid of some kind (hard to say how much really I needed, since the fruits I used had wildly varying amounts of acid naturally), some yeast nutrient and energizer just to be on the safe side, and add yeast after it cools.

It's been really fun, hopefully they all turn out well, in 2011... Smiley

Thank you for looking. Smiley
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