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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My first shorts! on: April 23, 2013 07:33:38 AM
I ripped my pants, it was sad.  Cry

And it was a liiiiiiiittle bit too high up for any sort of modesty. So what's a girl to do? It'd be a shame to throw them out, finding a new pair that fits is such a chore. Enter the lace ruffle, mohahahaha! A snip here, a zigzag there and presto!

(Sorry about the crappy cell phone picture folks, it's the only working camera I have atm.  Undecided )

Now I should have used a thread that matched the pants better and lined up the lace more carefully, but the store is too far away and I know I'll just forget if I leave the project lying around. I'm happy, the shorts are awesome and that's what matters. ^^ Much love, y'all!

2  COOKING / Dessert / Princess cake on: March 23, 2013 09:56:59 AM

I don't think it's a cake specifically for princesses, but that's what they're called anyway. Dad requested one for his birthday, but unfortunately he's lactose intolerant, mom is gluten intolerant and there are a couple more allergies that keep us from buying cake from bakeries. So this is made of gluten free sponge cake with layers of raspberry jam, lactose free vanilla sauce and low lactose cream topped with a lid of green marzipan. And a marzipan rose.

Unfortunately I had two different shades of green marzipan and didn't quite make the lid large enough the first time... So it's got a few Frankenstein seams I'm not too proud of. But hey, if it's tasty I'm happy (dinner is starting, so I'll report back in a few hours!)

Aaaaand a recipe for the gluten free sponge (I'm metric, sorry):

50 grams of butter
1 dl boiling water
2 eggs
2 dl sugar
3 dl gluten free flour mix
2 tsp baking powder

Set the oven to 175 degrees Celcius. Melt the butter with the boiling water. Grab a bowl and add eggs and sugar, whisk until fluffy. Then add the baking powder to the flour mix, stir and add to the eggs and sugar. Finally add the water and butter mixture and whisk it all up. Pour into a breaded cake tin and bake for 30 minutes or until spongy and golden.

I used two of these sponges for my cake, sliced in halves. If you're more skilled with the cake knife you might double the recipe and bake it all at once.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Anyone starting their summer garden yet? on: March 14, 2013 05:22:41 AM

Yes, there's still snow outside. It's an unusually cold March, even here! But I can't just not start prepotting because the weather doesn't agree with me. Grin This is the first batch of stuff that's going into the garden. I've got kale, garden beans and swiss chard in little individual tubes. They're newspaper rolls, so I can stick them straight into the garden and not damage any roots. Plus the paper seems to keep in moisture really well, which is an unexpected bonus.

So what has everyone else been up to? Any itching to start planting?
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Embroidery Brushes on: October 16, 2012 09:05:49 AM
Umm, I'm not sure where this goes, or if it even goes on Craftster. It seems closest to embroidery, but it's not actual embroidery. It's not really art either, though it could be used for that... Huh But in the worst case the mods just remove the post, right? Charge!

Anyway, I've been on an Illustrator high lately. So since I'm quickly turning into a serious craftster addict, I had to make something craft related and this is what happened. It's a set of embroidery stitch brushes for illustrator. Most of them have corners and stuff so they don't look completely horrible. It's got a cross stitch, chain stitch, a few straight stitches and a bunch of others I don't know the english names of. There's also a weird little aida weave brush, but dunno about that one.

download:  http://www.elina.me/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/embroidery-brush-set.zip

Anyway, I guess I just hoped someone would find it useful. I've been going back and forth for ages trying to figure out where it should go.
5  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / MY first tea dye! (sorta picture heavy) on: September 24, 2012 06:19:58 AM
OK, so technically second, but first I'd wear. I didn't read up, and it turns out pit stains soak up the tea dye about 50 million times better than the rest of the shirt.  Embarrassed Epic fail, prep with bleach.

I've had this shirt for ages, and I love it because it drapes so nicely and the fringe in the back makes it sorta sexy without being too much. But it went from white to a dingy gray, got some stains, couple of holes... I didn't want to throw it out though, so here's my attempt at salvaging it. I did two dyes, one quick soak that brought it to a light beige to even things out and then a spiral tie-dye with really strong tea for some texture. I tried to make a little flower with henna at the bottom as well, I got a packet ages ago that I'll never use for anything else. That was kind of a fail, my paste was too runny so it got blurred. Overall though, I'm pretty happy with it. I wasn't expecting the fringe to take any dye at all, but it's got a lovely golden tint to it now.

Here's the finished thing:

And the back:

And here's what it looks like on. Taking a picture of your own back with a crappy cell phone is way too hard.

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / The Wall of Hats on: September 19, 2012 02:05:45 PM
I'm not entirely sure this counts as a crafty thing since I haven't really made anything (except one of the hats! <3), but here we go.

I have a lot of hats. I don't know why exactly, I've only bought two or three of them, but for some reason people see me wear a hat, assume I like hats and give me another. It's a whole thing now, whenever someone comes home from vacation I get a local hat as a souvenir. So since I don't have nearly enough paintings or posters to fill the house, I decided to show some of them off instead! I painted some nails to match the wallpaper (so I can take a hat down without it looking too odd) and stuck them on the wall.

The first hat is my granny's, the second is from Venice, the third is my graduation cap, the cowboy hat is from San Antonio, the next one is a homemade newsboy cap, the straw hat is from Curaao and the white hat is a thrift store find.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / tiny flower earrings on: September 10, 2012 02:12:08 AM
I made the smallest project in history, I think  Grin

It's just two little flowers made up of 5 loops around a ring. I didn't even trim the tassels and I think I used about a foot of bubbly yarn for each.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Redcurrant Lemonade Syrup (it's not Bacardi folks, I promise!) on: September 07, 2012 02:09:20 AM
I have this enormous redcurrant bush on my yard. It's taller than me, wider than a barn door and gives incredible amounts of fruit. Unfortunately I don't have incredible amounts of space in my freezer, so I have to think of ways to condense their tastiness. I made this bottle of lemonade syrup for my grandma's birthday this weekend.

It's more of a strawberry candy red in real life, very pretty.

You will need:

2 liters of redcurrants, fresh or frozen doesn't matter. You can cook them with stems and everything, no need to sit around and tidy them up.

7 deciliters of water

6 deciliters of sugar per liter of cooked juice

1 milliliter of sodium bensoate or equivalent other preservative (you can skip this if you plan to drink the syrup within a few weeks of opening)

1 large pot

1 very fine sieve or a not-so-fine sieve lined with a piece of cloth

1 bowl to put under the sieve

1 or more sterilized bottles (booze bottles are handy for this, they're very easy to clean)

1 funnel or very, very steady hands

Rinse the berries and let the excess water drip off, clean out any obvious large twigs and leaves. Put the berries and the water in a large pot (really, this boils tall, make it a large pot) and boil for 10-15 minutes with the lid on. Stir occasionally, crush the berries against the side of the pot with a large spoon. The berries will be a bit paler and shriveled-looking when it's done. Pour the contents of the pot into a sieve and let it drip off into the bowl underneath. Measure the juice and add the corresponding amount of sugar. Let simmer in a clean pot for another 10 minutes, remove any froth or junk that floats to the surface until the liquid is clean. Take a little bit of the liquid in a cup and add the preservative, stir until dissolved and mix with the rest. Pour into sterilized bottles and seal tightly. Store in a cool and dark place.

When you want to drink it, pour into a glass and mix with water to taste. I found the batch I made tasted best with about 3 parts water to 1 part syrup. I'll try to put up a version for people who don't use the metric system as well, but for now here's a good unit converter: http://digitaldutch.com/unitconverter/
9  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Ummm... Hi? on: September 03, 2012 04:43:00 AM
So I've actually had an account here for like a year and I've never posted a single thing. Sorry about that, obviously advanced lurker syndrome.

I''m Swedish, 25, have been crafting casually for just about as long as I remember. Runs in the family I guess, most of my relatives do something crafty in their free time. I have an uncle who paints, my grandma knits socks and my parents' last project was a chimney! O.o

Me, I crochet, paint, knit and I'm pretty handy with a screwdriver when needed.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Netted Mobius Scarf with matching fingerless gloves on: September 03, 2012 04:33:29 AM
Hi guys, long time lurker, first time poster. Please don't hurt me!  Shocked

So I made this:

Actually I made 7 or 8 of these already, but I think I've finally made one I'm happy with. It's a mobius scarf, so it's twisted 180 degrees. The entire thing is just a simple trellis stitch (NOT the same as the Ravelry Trellis Wrap, since this is a single trellis instead of the double they used) made from the middle out. It's just long enough to go twice around the neck on me, it makes a comfortably snug high collar that way.

Then I made these to match! I haven't even finished fastening the threads yet, didn't want to risk chickening out.

So uh... Hi, noob here, tell me if I messed up and whatnot? I guess I'll come back and fix the pictures once I work up the courage to post some more. Kisses!  Kiss
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