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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Crocheted stone necklace and beaded dragonflies! on: June 29, 2014 01:03:39 AM
I've seen these pins where people have crocheted lace around stones to make them like sort of sea urchin-like. I really liked the idea so for the Enchanted Forest swap I wanted to make one for Stellou. But since I'm a geek, I made it with a twist. I also felt that the green was a bit too bright, so I soaked the whole thing in coffee (before adding the flowers and lizard) for a couple of hours to deepen it. I really like the result! Smiley
--EDIT: forgot to mention, it's just a fun thing, but I picked the stone at a riverside in NZ during my travels last autumn.

The back

The front with a small lizard and pressed flowers.

I also made her some beaded dragonflies after a tut i found on pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/461619030528205702/). But I added some glittery nailpolish on the wings, because there can never be too much glitter! Cheesy

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Green man yoga bag on: June 28, 2014 01:27:40 PM
For the Enchanted Forest swap my partner, Stellou, requested a bag. And on her pinterest I saw a very nifty looking yoga bag. So I drafted my own pattern and got to work on my first bag ever! She also loves Green man, so I decided to appliqu a green man on the front of the bag, with vines going down the straps made to hold the yoga mat. The bag has an adjustable strap and I added a pocket on the inside, with a carbine hook and a strap for keys and such. I then changed the "handle" pull tab on the zipper to a nicer one with beads. I also made two little flowers on the back, to make it a more versatile bag Smiley Cue photobombing:

The front

The back of the bag

The beaded "handle" (what do you call that thing?) on the zipper pull tab

A look of the lining and inside pocket

CC always very welcome! Expecially since I'm not very used to making bags...
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Amanita muscaria - mushroom postcard on: June 28, 2014 12:56:57 PM
For the Enchanted forest & Woodland creature swap I was paired up with the lovely Stellou. She listed mushrooms as one of her favourites, so the inner geek in me had to do this postcard. Its made with watercolour pencils, permanent marker for the text, some white gouache for the dots and tinted with tea.

Aaaand a cardboard cover so it wouldn't get smashed during shipping:

And if you haven't seen the swap gallery, go check it out. There's some seriously amazing stuff in there!
4  COOKING / Dessert / Vegan, raw, gluten free chocolate "bars" - keep up the good health! on: February 19, 2014 07:56:10 AM
For christmas, my sister gave me a book with Indian ayurveda recipes. Whilst I'm not really into the whole wyurveda thing, I LOVE Indian cuisine and it's entirely vegetarian as well. While studying, I always feel like snacking on something, and as studying can go on for quite some time I prefer something at least kind of healthy so I can eat it without feeling bad. And then I found this:

All the chocolatey, coconutty goodness without any refined sugar och flour or baking. All you need is a food processor (i used a stick blender, but its bowl was a bit too small really..) and maybe fourty minutes or so, including freezing time.

Vegan, raw, chocolate bars:
1 dl sunflower seeds
1 dl pumpkin seeds
4 tbsp cocoa powder
1 pinch of sea salt
1 tsp vanilla powder
2 tbsp crushed flax seeds
4+ tbsp cocnut flakes
20 dried apricots (original recipe called for dates..)
1-2 tbsp water
1 tsp sambal oelek
2+ tbsp dried cranberries (recipe called for gojiberries which is suuuper healthy)
1 dl almonds

Process the seeds until they are like a flour. Add the rest and process until crumbly. Add water until you get a slightly sticky texture. Push into an oven form or something similar, freeze for 30 min and indulge! Or just eat it straight away Wink Keep it in the fridge or freezer.

This recipe can be altered however much you like, depending on what you have on hand. I used apricots as I don't like dates (frankly, I don't like dried apricots eiher) but it doesn't leave much taste, just texture. And as long as you get the right texture and it's sticky enough to press it into shape you can use anything. If you make it a little stickier, it can probably be rolled into little balls of goodness Smiley


EDIT: Suggestions for substituting water: milk, coffee, kahlua (if you're naughty Wink ) or just about anything you think will work with chocolate!

Also, thank you, craftster mods for the feature! Cheesy
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / First art journal on: January 15, 2014 01:38:10 PM
I've recently spent three months in NZ (lovely country!) and was very inspired by an artsy lady I met at a market, she told me about her "technique" to use sharpies and aquarelle paint - if you make a boo boo, you can't change it so just make something nice from it. I used to be very artistic, but for the past..ten years or so I've barely painted/drawn anything. But now it was time for a change!

I've had a sketchbook with very nice thick pages for yeeeeeaaaars and years (embarrassing as I am only 22..). But today I made my first ever art journal and filled the first two pages (not counting the useless sketches i did in it forever ago) with pictures of typical Swedish winter birds.

The cover: old music sheets, acrylic paint, sharpie, decoupage glue and paper (the bird is a cutout!). The text didn't come out as I'd planned, but oh well. Pourquoi pas means why not and it kind of resembles the attitude I should have towards painting!

Great tit: sharpie and aquarelle paint

Eurasian bullfinch: sharpie and aquarelle paint

Constructive criticism is always welcome!
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Homemade bagels on: May 27, 2013 01:13:30 AM
So a few days ago I decided to make some bagels since I had severe cravings for them and they're not that easy to come by around here... The process was kinda fun, actually. Since you're supposed to boil the bagels before you bake them in the oven. I topped mine with poppy, sunflower and sesame seeds, YUM! Oh, and mine are absolutely huuuuge! I made a double batch but forgot to double the number of bagels it would make, hence, they are twice as big as in the recipe. They make a great lunch though Smiley

The finished product (with cream cheese, spinach and tomato):

In action:

If anybody wants the recipe I used I can fix it, otherwise google is nice Wink
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tea cosy on: May 15, 2013 12:41:45 AM
I got my first (and so far only) tea pot as a gift when i graduated from high school. But now that I've actually started using this beautiful piece of porcelain I've realised it doesn't hold warmth very well. Enter the tea cosy! So I found a site with lots of patterns (http://tipnut.com/rosy-tea-cosy/) and used the one called "Broken rib" except I didn't decrease my stitches at the top due to my oblong knob, instead I inserted a string so I can pull it closed Smiley

8  COOKING / Dessert / Congratulations on the baby! It's a...flat. on: April 09, 2013 12:48:26 PM
This is extremely late, but this cake was so good i had to share Wink

So, two of my friends recently got a flat. A very much desired, 3-bedroom flat. Quite the level up from the 19 sq m student room they shared for months before.. So naturally, since we had champagne left over (I know, crazy) since new years' we drank champagne and ate cake the same day that they got their keys. The recipe is metric, the science geek in me despises imperial.

It's a two-layer cake (it was supposed to be three, but i f*cked up) with lemon curd and raspberry mousse covered in white chocolate mousse.

SPONGE CAKE (only used in layered cakes as it doesnt really taste anything on it's own)
4-5 eggs
2 dl sugar
1 dl potato flour
1 dl flour
2-3 teasp. baking powder
zest from a lemon (optional)

Whisk eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix the flours and baking powder (and zest)in a separate bowl and gently mix into the eggs. Pour into a round (~23 cm diameter) greased pan and bake at 175C, 40-45 minutes in the lower part of your oven. Let cool and slice it in three.

200 g raspberrys
2 dl quark/crme fraiche/thick yoghurt
2 dl cream, whipped

Mix raspberries and quark with the whipped cream.

2 dl quark/crme fraiche/thick yoghurt
200 g white chocolate
2 dl cream, whipped

Melt the chocolate and mix with quark/CF/yoghurt. Whip the cream and mix.

Assembly the cake in the cake pan to make sure it holds its shape. Brush the bottom layer with lemon juice, put on loads of lemon curd (i used store bought). Add second layer and brush with lemon juice. Add the raspberry mousse and finish with the last layer - you can make up to this point a few days in advance! On the day of serving the cake, coat with the white chocolate mousse

9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Some things... on: January 27, 2013 07:46:09 AM
Okay, so this is the first time I'm posting anything myself here on Craftster - be gentle!

I made this watercolour/sharpie painting a while back, I was mostly just playing around with it. Never got around to framing it or anything, I kinda like it as it is.

And yes, i know that's not really what a petunia looks like, i realised that after I was done.. Tongue
10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Yes, I am one of those creepy-lurking-people... on: January 20, 2013 02:28:47 PM
So, I've been lurking around Craftster for I don't know how long! Finally decided to "get my thumb out of my ass" (doesn't really translate well..) and become a member so I can maybe, finally, post something of my own!

I do enjoy almost anything that lets me work with my hands, I just find it really hard to actually find the time and inspiration - this is where craftster enters! I've seen so many wonderful projects and i always keep thinking "That's exactly what I want to do!", but i never get to it. Hopefully this semester will bring more opportunities - heck, I'm just working part-time while doing my bachelor's degree project...
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