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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Goatcheese & Wild Mushroom Ravioli PIC HEAVY! on: August 08, 2012 05:40:38 AM
Thanks to Pinkleo's Quidditch Beater Challenge, I'm trying something new: Foodcrafting! Those who know me better also know to duck and cover at this point since I very rarely cook and my specialty is frozen pizza. Seriously, I'm a mess in kitchen and have not enough patience to follow recipes. But I wanted to surprice my darling with a meal so here we go...

Recipe is from this great Finnish food blog called Pastanjauhantaa (that name is also a really funny pun but impossible to translate Cheesy).

Here are the weapons of choice:

100g Durum wheat flours PER EGG
2-3 eggs (don't be fooled by number in picture above, I didn't use all of them)
1 onion
2dl wild (forbidden)forest mushrooms
rocket salad (or arugula or rucola according to your native language)
soft goat cheese
some olive oil
teeny bit of water

First make pasta dough. Measure flours (100g/egg) in bowl and make hole in the middle where you pour eggs. I used 300g of flour and 3 eggs which was sufficient for ravioli for 3 persons plus some extra playing with food. Maybe 200g + 2 eggs would be enough next time...

Beat (Beater challenge, see!  Grin) dough until it's firm lump (or use food mixer if you are rich and lazy). If it feels too dry, add just teeny bit of water (couple of tablespoons would be enough). Wrap your dough in a plastic wrap and put it into fridge to rest for a bit.

Meanwhile prepare mushrooms. If you have fresh wild self picked mushrooms, good for you! I'm a city girl so I had to settle for salted ones picked from supermarket. Remember to rinse salted ones, I had these beautifully illustrated how-to instructions at top of mushroom packing.

Chop onion and fry with olive oil and mushrooms until... well, fried. Add bunch of rocket/arugula/rucola and fry a bit more. I also added some dried basilica (would had used fresh one but cat ate that last week... Roll Eyes).

Now, take out your pasta dough and roll it into 1mm thick sheet. If you don't know how to use your own pasta machine you're beyond my help. If you're using rolling pin, good luck with that!

Now to crafty part! I made some really ugly lumps until I figured out how this is supposed to be done. Cut your pasta sheet into squares.

Add a lump of goat cheese and some of mushroom mixture in the middle of each square. Moist edges (with water, obviously).

Pinch opposite corners together...

...and continue pinching along the rest of edges.

If you need to store your ravioli, say, until your darling gets home, sprinkle them well with flour (to avoid them all stucking together) and keep in fridge.

When you're ready eat these babies, add them into boiling water and cook for 3-4 minutes. Original blog post recommends white wine- or prawnsauce with them, but I had sweated enough in kitchen for one day! Some salad will have to do.

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Garden Collection of Maille Bracelets on: August 02, 2012 09:06:43 AM
Have I mentioned I've been addicted to weaving maille? I just found this shop nearby that sells beautiful coloured wires, and recently I dug up some charms I bought from my trip to New York. Also my lil' sis visited London and brought me some more charms! So I got inspired to weave chains with different themes Grin These babies I have been growing due summer:

Forars kaede weave for someone with fiery temperament or lover of spicy food:

Living in Austria "Spargelzeit" was first sign of spring! Weave is Candycane cord.

Juicy grapes for wine! Sweetpea weave in purple and burgundy.

What is better in summer than slice of watermelon? Bysantine with extra cage from bigger rings.

This I named Wings of Dragonfly, because wire colours match so perfectly with charm! Also my first Half-persian 1-4.

Pea in pod or just really sweety pea? Weave name is sweetpea, so I couldn't resist... Wink

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Maille jewellery in Hogwarts house colours on: June 08, 2012 07:53:07 AM
Here's some more chainmaille, this time in colours!

I made bracelet in Gryffindor colours to my little sister (her birthday was in last month but I think it's never too late for presents). Weave is bysantine.

Next I started bracelet for myself. I replaced Ravenclaw bronze with copper, what do you think? I coiled too many links and soon it became a necklace... It was fun to do, weave is JPL 5. Since this is made from 23 gauge (0,6mm) wire, I got pounding headache every time I forgot to wear glasses while making this... Soo tinyyyy!

Last but not least is tiepin for my Slytherin husband. Cheesy I love that little owl (who finally found its place)! It's weave is JPL (=Jens Pind Lincage).

I'm getting for right mood for OTHPT3 swap! Grin Sorry Hufflepuffs, I don't have black wire at the moment (or Hufflepuff friends to whom I can donate my jewellery) so nothing in those colours... yet...
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Leafy elf socks on: June 03, 2012 07:51:16 AM
I don't usually consider my knits worth posting, but I worked so hard on this pair that I want to show them off a bit! They're made for the Hobbit Swap, pattern is bit modified version from zokni-socks pattern in Ravelry by MintyFresh (link here). I love this pattern but probably won't do it ever again...

Here's also one work-in-process photo Grin

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / The Hobbit Mirkwood Neclace (with loads of work-in-progress pics) on: June 03, 2012 07:01:26 AM
My Hobbit Swap partner has received her package so I can finally post this piece of jewellery without spoiling her surprise Grin

Here it is in all its glory! I'm kind of selfishly in love with this piece. Grin I'm definitely going to make something similar for myself later on... but in gold 'cause I don't wear silver.

There are dark branches of Mirkwood forest, spiders, butterflies that Bilbo sees when he climbs up in one of the tree. Blue glass beads on other side represent Forest river which carries them out of the forest. One of beads is caged as in "imprisoned". Teehee! Got it? Okay, not very good joke I must admit but joke nevertheless... Chain in it is Jens Pind Lincage I made myself! Weaving tutorial can be found here.

It's a really dangly piece, I hope it won't get caught on things too much.

Closeup pic of spider and butterfly.


I made matching bracelet from some leftover pieces so I could justify myself to buy that beautiful clasp. Grin

I'm posting some work-in-progress photos too cause I thought it might be fun for you to see how all this took its form. Here are first spiders just hangin' around (probably thinking something like "What on earth are we doing here?") Second spider had later its legs trimmed bit shorter...

Loads of experiments in this picture, Can you find them all?
-Jens Pind Linkage chain that was too chunky (it ended up as bracelet and I made another chain from smaller links)
-Early experiments for branch links with flower
-Small chain (too tricky to make, I ended up buying it ready made)
-Black River
-"Dwarf in a barrel"
-running Forest river

Third bigger spider joins the party! I was really tempted to make small wrapped dwarf hanging from the web as well...

This is a bit really bittersweet picture because there's lots of elements that I would love to have included but in the end they just didn't seem to fit anywhere. I really love that little owl, it just had a wrong kind of hole in it (big round on it's side and still too small for bracelet's chain)! I also found perfect barrels for escaping dwarfs but had to leave them out in the end, one of them is included in bracelet though. Also had to leave out some butterflies and most of metallic leaves but managed to sneak some of them in at least. Wink "River" part was too heavy this way and dragging whole thing off balance so I had to leave most beads out of it as well.

I also posted small "how to make silvery spiders" tutorial on HP Summer semester Craftalong, just follow the spidersGrin
6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Unicorn with massive amount of pictures. on: April 21, 2012 12:36:04 PM
Does it ever happens to you that something you are crafting sort of... comes alive? No? Umm... Me either! No!
Just this... once...

" 'ello!"
Eh, don't push your muzzle right at camera, you got to go take few steps back...

"Is it better? Can they see mee now?"
Yeah, that's better. Now you just hold still...

"Yayy! Catch me if you can!"

"Isit me you drawing there? My neck doesn't look like that."
Oh my...

"What's this you're putting in your...?"
Tea? That's honey.
"Can I have it? Can I?"

Don't give me that look! Uh. Ok.

"Njam. Nice! More?"
Not now. No.

"What's this?"
Well, I thought you might get cold out there. So I'm making you a blanket.

How do you like it?
"Does this colour make me look fat?"
No, you are just lovely.
"Yeah! I know!"

"This is your work table? It's a bit messy."
I know...
"Is it because this you work on dining table?"
Um. Yeah.
"I can help u clean this you know."
NO! No. Thanks anyway.

"And that's my blanky in there?"
Yeah. Watch your fringe!

"Is it ready yet?"
Just few more things..

There. Now you're good to go.
"Yayy! England, here I come!"
Be nice to post office folk.
" 'kay."
And don't cause rumpus on a plane.
" 'kay."
And keep your blanket on, it's going to be cold.
" 'kay."

"Are we there yet?"

So this little fellow went to my Unicorn Swap partner. Good luck to her with this girlie (and keep your honey jar behind locks)...
So, technical details: She is needle felted from super soft merino wool (She got hugs from everyone in our household because of that). She has wire armature that's covered with thin layer of foam. Hooves are round wood sawn slightly diagonally and glued to wire. I broke 14 felting needles doing this, seriously.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Maille chains on: April 21, 2012 10:29:34 AM
Remember when I threatened to learn to do maille? That's exactly what I've been up to! Behold my first 6 metres of brass wire (0,6mm diameter =22gauge) turned into three bracelets (and few extra bits). Grin I'm so proud of my babies!

I got all tutorials from Maille Artisans International League. First bracelet with leave charm is Full Persian 6 in 1 (because I like to start modest) and second with tree charm is weave called Candy Cane Cord. After these I found out true meaning of AR-value (which indicate ring size divided by wire thickness) and coiled some 2,5mm diameter links for this tricky weave with flower charm called Forars Kaede (or X-weave or sometimes Spring Chain). Short bit is Spiral 8 in 2 made from links with too small AR.

Here is close-ups from Candy Cane and Trizantine which I made just to use rest of my links. As you can see, my links got too big AR for Triz. Both are made from links 3mm diameter.

Here is also close-up from Forars Kaede.

And what have I learned from this:
-Jewelers saw is my new best friend (but not on my fingertips)
-Two pairs of flatnose pliers = less nicks and dents (except ones from saw...)
-Remember to count AR
-You don't need fancy cranks if you got cordless drill and knitting needles Wink
-Coils need to be TIGHT
-Brass is damn hard and breaks if bend more than twice (so no use taking apart weaves in a name of saving links)
-I'm addicted!
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Toward the Light on: March 20, 2012 06:34:59 AM
Painted this with oils back in -08. I had one favorite horse at that time, lovely thoroughbred mare called Atlanta. She was very light build but had HUGE muscles and thrust in hindquarters and amazing balance, I could do voltes less than 10 meters diameter in gallop with her. I had just got diagnosed for depression and somehow she ended up in this picture helping me go uphill.

closeup from my favorite part:

The whole thing measures 122x70 cm and is biggest thing I have ever painted.

Painting this was so much fun, I got huge MDF board and big stiff brush and just played with tones of this beautiful colour.

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / SUPER fun with shrinkies on: March 14, 2012 11:37:53 AM
There's been so inspiring posts about shrinky dinks that I had to give it a go. Images are traced from from Superman comic from 1978. I messed up coloring but had a blast with all those muscles! I planned to use these as pendants Grin They are about 5cm high boots to raised fists.

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Anguish trapped in a jar on: March 10, 2012 12:08:28 PM

I think I have to explain this one a bit... I sometimes suffer from anguish or anxiety due my long-term depression. You know, it's that thing that tells you that you can't do this, you not worth it, this is too hard for you and so on. It can almost paralyse me. Once my therapist suggested that I should take a closer look of my anguish. Then I had this mental image about taking it apart from me and putting it in a jar so I could concentrate without it bothering me all the time. That conception was so juicy that I had to make it in reality Grin

My anguish is made of unsuccessful projects, old failures, shopping errors and mistakes. And hot glue, lots of it. It tends to stick on everything and spread all around when given opportunity. Note on she side of jar reminds me NOT TO FEED ANGUISH (it feeds on energy). On the top I painted warning sign about harmful contents.

My shrink thought it is cute Roll Eyes Nevertheless I feel better knowing that this creeper is safely trapped away. Sometimes though I have to remind it to stay in its jar...
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