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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Rejuvinating an old quilt on: August 12, 2017 07:55:04 PM
A friend was given a quilt on their wedding several years ago and wanted to use it but it had some problems.

Problem #1 it had no backing. The lady who made it didn't seem to know a lot about quilting and "finished" her quilt without actually finishing it.

Problem #2 The lady decided to use the wedding veil in it and ended up just haphazardly sewing it over the tree. There were pins left sewn under it and it was a stabbing hazard. It was also covered in small gems that stuck out and made it a lumpy surface.

Problem #3 It just didn't look nice, poor sewing, poor design, poor craftsmanship etc but the thought was nice.

Fortunately because the backing was nicer sewn on I was able to update it a bit to suit them a little more. Let me tell you though, it is hard to redesign someone else's work! Matching styles is hard enough but this one was a Doozie!

After some careful thought I removed the blue edge, removed the veil and gems and added tree branches and turned the mushroom like tree into a green batik one. I also added some falling leaves to counteract the large open white space. I finished it with a dark brown on the back to tie into the tree on the front. Overall I am satisfied with the end result but more importantly the owners can use and enjoy this quilt with 2 sets of memories for years to come!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Box of Sunshine Swap (SIGNUP 2017 Jan 27-Feb 4 ; MAIL BY Feb 17 2017). Gallery on: February 12, 2017 02:42:47 PM

vkvhawk->Sylvanna ->Edelc -> vkvhawk
Helena Puck <>Gigglygirl
Witty_Child <> ilovesnails
LovelyMiss <> Wulf
Roler <>Monkey_girl

Sent = Orange
Received = Green
Problem = Red
Sent & Received = Blue
Crossed through = Feedback given

Read more: https://www.craftster.org/swapsinfo.html#ixzz4YVvqUcm0
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Bread Machine Recipes? on: January 29, 2017 10:01:31 AM
Does anyone have and exceptionally good recipes for a bread maker? My mom just got one and is looking for a fail safe healthy bread recipe.
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Cheese making - Progress 1 month in... on: January 29, 2017 09:59:09 AM
My mom and I occasionally make cheese. This time we decided to up the ante from making the usual mozzarella, curd, ricotta and yogurt to Raclette cheese!
I found a recipe and the bacteria online from New England Cheese and began the process.
It wasn't hard to do but just took forever. Fortunately we have a large stainless steel pan big enough to hold the 7gallons required per recipe. We made a double batch and some curd, ricotta, butter and yogurt on the side. The raclette is currently sitting in my cheese cave and will stay there for another 3-4 months before i can sample it but Here it is at 1 month!

The process involves making a buttermilk and a yogurt first then adding them to the main body of milk before adding rennet and cooking it into curds. The curd is then removed and strained and pressed. The whey meanwhile has vinegar added in to make ricotta. After pressing the cheese is soaked in a salt brine then placed in a cheese cave for 4-6 months. Everyday for the first while you salt it and flip it then it becomes twice a week salting. I used a spring form pan with a cheese mat underneath to get the shape and a pail of water and mountain of bricks to press it to the 50lbs. The cheese cave i built from a wine fridge with a hygrometer that i modified and hooked up to a cool mist humidifier.
The recipe can be found here : http://www.cheesemaking.com/raclette.html

Heating the Milk

Cutting the curd

Pressing the Curd

Soaking the cheese in a salt brine

Straining off Ricotta

Curd, Mozzarella, Butter, Ricotta, Yogurt, & Raclette

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Musical notes on: January 29, 2017 09:27:16 AM
A friend of mine likes my hummingbirds so she wanted me to paint one with it looking like music was coming off it and also a wave of music. Here are a few preliminary paintings. Eventually they will be done in a large mural on her piano. Just the ideas stage right now Smiley Then while i was at it i painted another hummingbird the same style but different colours lol  Cant get enough of hummingbirds!

6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Box of Sunshine Swap (SIGNUP 2017 Jan 27-Feb 4 ; MAIL BY Feb 17 2017). on: January 27, 2017 09:29:12 AM
Swap name: Box of Sunshine Swap
 Craftster member who is organizing this swap:vkvhawk
 Sign-up date range: 27/1/17-4/02/17
 Date to send item by:17/02/17

 Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):no

 Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
 If so, which country? N/A

 Additional Age requirement? No

 Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
 - Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
 - Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
 - Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
 - Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
 - Is at least 18 years old: YES

 Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
 - Has been a member for at least one month: YES
 - Has posted at least 15 times: YES
 - Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
 - Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
 - Does not have any negative feedback: YES
 - Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
 - If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
 - If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

 Details of swap:
With the cold bleak and serious lack of sunshine here in winter we will be sending out a box of sunshine.
The idea is to fill a box or envelope with bright sunny colours (yellows, oranges) of things that bring sunshine and happiness into your life. The box when you open it should practically radiate warmth with all the yellows and oranges! Can be a mix of supplies, crafts, treats etc.
Say 5 or so Small to medium items. I should be a low stress low cost exchange. Say about $20 in supplies or 2-3hrs crafting time. It can be either a box or an envelope for those worried about shipping cost.

Box items could range from:

Bright paints, markers or yellow happy supplies
Happy cards
Bright candies/treats/beverage mixes
Any yellow crafty thing
Doodads of all sorts

 If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

 Name of swap
 Craftster username
 Email address
 Your real name
 Mailing address including the country
 Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
 Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
Any Allergies?
Things you don't want to receive?
Supplies you'd love to receive?
Link to your pinterest page?


 Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

 Sign Ups:
1. vkvhawk
2. Sylvanna
3. LadybugsAndBumblebees
4.Helena Puck
5. Witty_Child
6. LovelyMiss
7. Wulf
8. roler
9. edelc
10. monkey_girl
11. ilovesnails
12. quaggy
13. Gigglygirl

 Send outs

vkvhawk->Sylvanna ->Edelc -> vkvhawk
LadybugsAndBumbleBees <>quaggy
Helena Puck <>Gigglygirl
Witty_Child <> ilovesnails
LovelyMiss <> Wulf
Roler <>Monkey_girl

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Shopping bags on: January 27, 2017 04:35:34 AM
I got into the de-cluttering mood after work one day and came across old t-shirts that I outgrew/hate/stained etc. and decided to turn them into shopping bags. It was super easy and I highly recommend anyone try this. You cut off the sleeves just before the seam and then cut a scoop around the neckline approximately 10" radius and then flip it inside out and do a double seam along the bottom and TA-DA! you have a shopping bag! If you have a tank top it works as well and you only need to seam the bottom just make sure the straps are sturdy enough to hold. Sleeveless tops you can sew in some cute ribbon handles etc, you get the idea! It took maybe 2 minutes to make each one and each are sturdy, easy on the hands to hold and washable. I plan on making more!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Paper Piecing Geese on: January 27, 2017 04:25:18 AM
I signed up earlier this month for the mini quilt swap which gave me the idea of paper piecing so I took to Pinterest. I ended up coming up with a lot of ideas and decided to do a test run of a goose and goslings one that I came across before starting my block for the mini quilt swap. It took me the weekend to do it but I think it came out alright, now I need to figure out what to do with it lol. Maybe a larger quilt! The pattern was easy to follow using 2" finished squares with each square being paper pieced. Really a neat concept! A LOT of sewing though. The one I did for the mini quilt swap was also of bird like nature. Hopefully it will arrive to my partner soon!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Place mat swap? on: January 09, 2017 04:56:52 AM
Not sure if this has been done before or not but...

How about a place mat swap?

The idea would be to make somewhere between 4-6 placemats or a number decided by each partner. Can either match or be each unique (again depending on partner) and can be made either by quilting, weaving, wood craft, painted board, vinyl, knitting, some form of binding, epoxying or laminating etc. Something that can be washed and re-used after being food splattered. Partners can decide on a theme/holiday etc.
Its always nice to jazz up a dinner party with some new style!
Perhaps run this swap around Feb-March?
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Bird drawing bonanza! *PIC HEAVY!! on: December 23, 2016 04:48:58 AM
I've become obsessed with drawing birds lol.
I go on the internet (usually pinterest) and find images of birds I love and them I modify them into watercolour paintings. Here are a few examples

I hope you enjoy my bird obsession. Next step is to convince my  man I need one of those bird feeder cameras for Christmas! lol
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