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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Hooded Dresses // Vintage Sheets on: September 25, 2012 07:03:00 AM
I adore them both. The second is my favorite though. Smiley It is totally the vibe of my childhood. Early 80's.. san diego beaches. The sunset with salty air and my parents glasses clinking with ice cubes... Smiley
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Wine from store bought Grape Juice. Image heavy 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/
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: I Heart Art Barrettes on: March 25, 2012 06:31:58 AM
I have been on craftster for forever, but  have never done a swap. Maybe I should try one out! Smiley

Thanks for the comments! Smiley
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I Heart Art Barrettes 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
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: A bundle of pendants on: February 29, 2012 02:00:44 PM
Wow, Lovely, and it is totally inspiring a project I am working on! Thanks for sharing, I will too if I ever finish! Smiley
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: It's Bigger on the Inside! [TARDIS Box] [IMG Heavy!] on: February 23, 2012 11:00:19 AM
Beautiful. Lovely. Funny. A+
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Name Banner for my friend on: February 20, 2012 08:19:06 AM
Thanks! The fabrics were actually special to the recipient as well. They brown background was an old pair of her mother's pants, and the blue and brown I purchased at an African Dance performance I attended with her family. So it was sentimental as well! Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Name Banner for my friend 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!!

9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: 18th Century Gown Muslin (Lots of pics!) on: December 10, 2011 04:09:19 AM
Absolutely lovely!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Legend of Zelda mural on: December 03, 2011 07:28:47 PM
I do not know her, but I love it, and am now whistling Zelda Ocarina of Time songs.
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