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1  Wine from store bought Grape Juice. Image heavy in Recipes and Cooking Tips by funkensteins on: September 25, 2012 06:36:39 AM
I posted a blog on how to make grape juice wine, and then thought, "Hey! Why not share on Craftster!" I did a quick search and did not see anything already posted, so here goes:

It is Loosey Goosey, so bear with me!!

Country Kitchen Ghetto Wine
4 Quarts Grape juice 100%, no cocktail
4 Quarts Water
4 lbs Sugar
2-3 gallon or so wine jugs  (Like Carlos Rossi ones)
Packet of yeast   (bread or wine -who cares, it does have an effect on the finished product, but this wine is not for impressing people. It is for getting drunk, although wine yeast will make it stronger)
Fermentation locks (Can use real ones with size 6 rubber stoppers, or just slap a large punch ball balloon thing over the top (they sell them at Dollar General 2 to a pack on an end cap)
Put everything in a big bucket (You can get the yeast going in a small bowl with a bit of warm water and sugar first if you like, it seems to be happier this way.) Dont even start with me about mixing it in a kitty litter bucket. I dont care what you say. And the floor is like a garage floorits not my kitchen or anything Dont even look at it!

Mix it up!
Let it sit covered with a towel for a few days. Stir it every day, except the last day. Let it sit 24 hours after the final stir (20 hours or 28 hours is probably fine too. I bet you could do it after like 2 hours, but I have never tried it, and all the recipes say 24 Whatever

Then, rack into gallon wine jugs. This just means pour it out of the first bucket, and into the jugs. Try not to disturb the wine too much, as all of the dead yeast and stuff has settled to the bottom (Called Lees) You can pour it through a funnel with a cloth over it to catch lees if you like, it isnt really neccessary, it mostly stays put until the end, and you can see it.

It will fill 2 or 3. If you can not fill them all the way, fill them evenly and fill with Grape juice to about an inch of the top Smiley
I use little cereal box tags to label them so that when I rack again (Every 3-4 weeks until clear and no lees) I can move the tags to the new bottles and wont forget what I made!)

Slap those fermentation locks on there and wait! (If you used a balloon, it will fill with air, that is normal, and means your wine is fermenting.
Rack into new bottles ever few weeks until the wine is clear, and then either bottle it into somaller bottles, or drink it up!

Let it sit in the bottle a year for best flavor.. (HA!! I have no idea how it tastes after a year, mine has never made it that long. it tastes ok after 6 weeks If it is not sweet enough, add more sugar next time. Too sweet? . you know the drill.

This recipe can be found on my blog as well: http://caseywashere.com/blog/
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2  I Heart Art Barrettes in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by funkensteins on: March 24, 2012 03:17:28 PM
I have been going crazy making tiny little yoyos and bareetes and pins and all sorts of carefree fun stuff. I just made these, and could not wait to share. Especially since I was so excited about the pictures I took too! I have a new policy of wearing my heart on my sleeve, and these just seemed to be born of love for art. (Art on my sleeve?)
Anyway, hope you enjoy!

My art is done with rules. Smiley
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3  Name Banner for my friend in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by funkensteins on: February 18, 2012 05:57:17 PM
Last year, I made a banner for my festival booth, and I got so many compliments on it, I considered taking it down because I was afraid it was detracting from my product! Wink lol... anyway, I thought it would be fun to make some for childrens' rooms, or for a family name in the living room... so, I made my first one. I will do a couple of things a little different next time, (I sewed the buttonholes on the wrong end by mistake, so I had to improvise! DOH!)

It is a wall hanging that can be hung horizontally, vertically, or tied together as a soft letter book. Vertically, it is hooked together with buttons and holes, and then horizontally, tied through the buttonholes with ribbon. (In an ideal world, I would have had only one set of buttonholes, but I think it turned out pretty cute anyway, and I like the buttons across the top when it is horizontal.)
Onto the pictures!!

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4  Mirror Mirror on the Wall in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by funkensteins on: November 29, 2011 12:24:07 PM
A few years ago, I found a hideous mirror on the side of the road. It was faux wood grain paper stuff over partical board, with water damage at the bottom... peeling paper, you get it.... I rarely take before pictures, because, well... I never think of it until I am halfway through, and then I am having too much fun to stop! Smiley

Anyway, I sanded, primed, and painted. During the process, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. I thought ,"Hello self! Hmm... what do I want to think when I look in this mirror?" Then I remembered my grandmothers saying. She told me, when I was an angsty teen, to look in the mirror everyday, and say to myself, "Every day in every way, I get better and better." I did it, and it really did help change my attitude about myself and my life and how to be a more positive person. Of course, that is what I will think when I look in this mirror, and hopefully so will anyone else, because I painted the phrase on the bottom inside edge of the frame. Anyway, enough story, on to the pictures!

Comments appreciated, after all, I am posting for camaraderie! Smiley
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5  Bird on a Branch Handbag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by funkensteins on: January 15, 2010 07:55:32 AM
I have an amazing friend. She has helped me so much during the past few weeks. My financial struggles have been huge due to a string of bad luck.

First my sewing machine broke. I had orders to fill, and I had to have it. Then, my iron broke. Followed by the microwave, the oven, the furnace and the van.. I got the van fixed, and 2 days later hit a deer.

This friend and her husband have helped so much with these things. First, her husband came over and fixed the oven and the furnace! AND the broken outlets in my sewing room!

Then, she brought my children a bunch of new clothes, and filled my freezer with food. Now, she has been driving me to the van fixing places I need to go to and helping me emotionally as well. She even took me to my bank 20 miles away, and took me out to lunch!

I make handbags, and she likes them, but they are usually not "Her style" They tend to be whimsical and patchworky, and she is more of a classy rocker (Does that even make sense?) She likes grown up things like gold jewelry and oriental rugs...
I have wanted to make her a purse, but could not figure out how to make it match her. I know that a purse cannot make up for all she has done (I plan to do that by being a good frind to her as well!) But, this purse is just more of a thank you....
It took me about 6 hours from deisign to completion, and I really hope she likes it.  I am pretty proud of it, and I would love to read your comments and words of encouragement! Thank you for getting through my long-winded post! On to the pictures!

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6  Lots of new bags! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by funkensteins on: December 05, 2009 06:52:39 AM
Hi there everybody!

Here are some of the bags I have been making.
I am so inspired lately, and I have been really in the groove!

Would love to read your questions, comments.. Smiley -Casey
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7  Mountain and lake purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by funkensteins on: November 20, 2009 03:15:42 PM
Hello! I am super excited about my recent project. I hope you like it:

It is based on a view I have from one of my favorite walks. I love this purse. Everytime I look at it I remember spring will come back again soon..... I love Fall, but it is almost over and I usually only like the first month and a half of winter.... It goes on forever here! Would love to read your comments!
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8  Gnome Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by funkensteins on: November 07, 2009 11:44:35 PM
I haven't posted anything here in a long time. Today I saw the Gnome post on Craftster front page, and I thought "Hey why not share MY gnome!" Smiley
I made a purse, it has all the bells and whistles with interior zippers, and exterior pockets, I used a super heavy duty interfacing on the bottom which would allow it to stand on its own if it weren't so tall. My camera is in bad shape, so I don't allways get the greatest pictures. Bear with me... Smiley

So, The story goes:

On my wanderings through the backyard I call "The .7 Acre Wood", my daughter and I happened upon a tiny, purple, sparkly berry. It was a species we had not seen before.
Trying to find the bush it must have grown on, we were surprised to see they grew at the top of a tall tree. We could not quite get to them, and felt defeated until my daughter noticed tiny footprints winding down the trail with the tiny, magic looking berries strewn about like they had been dropped.. (To me the footprints appearred to be nothing other than little spots from fallen twigs or raindrops, but she was sure they were footprints.) As we neared our property's boundaries, I thought I could hear a beautiful sound coming from some thickets nearby. The prickles and branches were too dense to crawl through, and I decided it must have been the sounds of the town down below us, but my daughter peered into the thick foliage, and she says she could see a cute little old man sitting on a mushroom. "He looked like a tiny Santa" she said, and he was playing a guitar just like Dad!

We have been up there now many times searching for our mysterious friend. She has not caught sight of him again, but we did hear his sweet strumming one warm summer afternoon. The bees and crickets were playing percussion, and the birds were singing along...

Hope you enjoyed my silly story! Smiley
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9  Re: I've recreated The Misfits skull on Plastic Canvas(surely Danzig would be proud) in Needlework: Completed Projects by funkensteins on: July 09, 2008 08:33:30 PM
Ok, Here it is:
This was completed in 1998, but started in 97. I was a brand new mom in addition to be young and lazy, so I do have a little excuse there!

My now ten year old kid borrowed my camera to make a claymation video, and now my camera doesn't work, so that was the best picture I could get. but it is all counted cross stitch, and I used some sort of washable grid stuff my mom gave me that you can do all the stitches, and then wash it away so the cross stitch is left on the fabric. The sweatshirt is pretty raggedy by now, but I think it adds to the whole aesthetic! I am so glad you posted this, It is giving me sweet young married life memories.

Much luck to your friend! Can't wait to see Morrissey

Edited to add:
Here I cropped that photo so you can see the stitching better:
Thumbnail so I don't hog up any more of your post:
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10  Re: EEEEKKKK! I can't recycle dairy containers anymore! Any ideas? in What the heck can I do with THIS? by funkensteins on: June 06, 2008 05:38:31 PM
When I first started saving them, I ended up with tons and thought I was going to turn into one of those crazy people with stuff all over their home... but, once I started thinking of things and using them, I am finding I constantly feel I don't have enough. Here are things I use them for:

I use the large yogurt tubs to mix paint, and I also put small plants in them. I crocheted hanging plant holders out of worn out clothes and fabric I would not use for anything else and put the containers in there. The ones pictured are actually milk jugs cut in half. I also use the giant ice cream buckets for these (I have a family of 6, so that is a staple.. Smiley Here are the photos, I am not good at crocheting, and I used a giant hook:

 I know the photos are far away, but hopefully you get the idea

I use the smaller ones for seed starting, and I also use them for homemade pudding and single serve type things. I have grabbed a handful of them for disposable cups on a long distance picnic, Where I still ended up throwing them away, but at least we got another last use out of them first. I use them for mixing paint, and I fill some with water and put them in the freezer to help fill it up so it uses les energy. Good luck. bummer about the no more recycling!
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