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1501  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Hooded Dresses // Vintage Sheets on: September 19, 2012 03:39:25 PM
I love that first one too! Nice job matching those stripes!
1502  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Virgin Soda Syrups...with recipes! on: September 18, 2012 02:54:12 PM
Thanks for the comments!  Smiley
I'd be interested to hear how a rhubarb one turns out.
1503  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Virgin Soda Syrups...with recipes! on: September 18, 2012 01:11:23 PM
I love Italian sodas and was deeply saddened when I developed an allergy to the one flavor of syrup I liked and was sold nearby. Fortunately I ran across this site (ETS: I had a link there but it's broken Sad )and used a lot of the tips to make a batch of my own, safe-for-me strawberry-lemon syrup. Delicious! And it lasted for 2 months until I ran out yesterday. Right away I made a batch of raspberry-lime. Also delicious!

Isn't it pretty? I opted for no ice, milk or whipped cream. Just sparkling water and syrup. It's that good!

For both batches I used the site's tip and added 1/2 teaspoon of citric acid (often used for canning) to help it keep.

Here's the strawberry-lemon recipe I came up with:
1 bag of frozen strawberries
Peeled zest of 1 lemon (just take a veggie peeler to it. Try not to get the white under layer! It's bitter.)
2 cups of sugar (the site said to reduce the amount of sugar based on the sweetness of the fruit. I think strawberries are pretty sweet so I started with a cup and half. It tasted like jam.)
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon citric acid
the lemon's juice

For the raspberry-lime:
1 bag frozen raspberries
peeled zest of 2 limes (Mine were small. Adjust to taste.)
2 cups of sugar
11/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon citric acid
Juice of 1 of the limes

For both I brought all the ingredients except the juice to a boil then let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Next I put it through a cheesecloth-lined sieve over a glass bowl, mashing the simmered-mixture with the back of a spoon to help the juices leak through the sieve into the bowl. Once the syrup cooled a bit it was into a bottle with the juice then into the fridge. Easy-peasy and yummy! Different than store-bought, but excellent nonetheless. And it makes a lot:

I've already used about an inch and that's a 33 ounce (I think) bottle.

These are so quick, easy and, as far as I can tell, pretty much fool-proof just like the link says. Make up your own, check the link for more recipes and tips and feel free to use mine too. Cheers!
1504  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: SURPRISE Swap GALLERY-- Send by 9/10/12 on: September 18, 2012 06:36:29 AM
I love both necklaces from Craftsunderground, but especially the vintage roller skate/rink/derby-themed one. So cool! And that card box? Yeah, that's getting pinned too.
1505  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Steampunk Clock Face Buttons on: September 17, 2012 03:30:18 PM
Super! Love those!
1506  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Fiver's Scrapbook and Sheet Protector - two finished quilts! on: September 16, 2012 08:06:29 AM
I've been admiring those polaroid quilts for a while now. Yours looks wonderful! I love the colors for the other one. I may have to steal that idea to use the wrong side of blacks for grays. Genius! 
1507  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Bento Swap Round 5 Gallery! on: September 15, 2012 08:06:15 AM
We're in need of 1 angel. Here's the link to the call: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=414308.0
1508  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Bento swap r5--Found! 1 angel on: September 15, 2012 08:04:49 AM
Puamelia is angeling. Thank you!

Winter83 is located in the US. This swap was for 3 points worth of crafted, bento-themed goods (see first 2 posts in the discussion thread for more info and helpful links) PLUS at least 2 store-bought bento items. The amount to be spent was to be decided with partners. Here is what winter83 sent her partner: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=412895.msg4891389#msg4891389
I would like an angel who could send within 2 weeks. Winter has waited a long time!

Discussion thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=411456.0

Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=412895.0

From questionnaire:

What bento supplies to you currently own? (boxes, sauce containers, bag, etc. List any details you feel your partner might've need to know.) None I am a Bento noob

What bento supplies would you like to receive? (boxes, sauce containers, bags, etc. List any details you feel your partner might need to know.) I could use beginner stuff! Also I'm really big on my food not touching and keep flavors separated so little containers for that would be awesome.  

Anything you would rather not receive?

What is your bento style? (detailed landscapes, plopping things in, it depends on the day...) Will be simple things I make for myself.

What colors, patterns and themes do you like? Purple! Purple and green together. Paisley patterns, jewel tones, and patterns and things that lots of people think are gaudy.
And shiny things.
Any colors, patterns and themes you really dont like? Yellow

Do you have a wist, pinterest or similar? http://pinterest.com/jenbrown1983/   http://www.wists.com/winter83/
Lots of other places for stalking see profile

Anything else youd like your partner to know?
I like Tare Panda and Hello Kitty stuff.

I would like to know what kind of characters do you like or do you prefer a more grown up classy bento.
1509  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage apron on: September 14, 2012 06:22:42 AM
I think it's perfect! As the recipient of this beauty, I can attest to its excellent construction and stellar fabric and design choices. Thanks again, ShannonMN!
1510  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: SURPRISE Swap GALLERY-- Send by 9/10/12 on: September 13, 2012 04:09:33 PM
I just got home and what did I find waiting for me?

Goodies from texscrapper! She made 2 lovely pillow covers to feed my addiction to them with some scrumptious autumnal fabric. I love the sunflowers, the colors and the mottled, whimsical background. It reminds me of Halloween! (Lots of things remind me of Halloween, especially around this time of year).

Thanks bunches, texscrapper!
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