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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / please help me figure out how to make these. on: October 10, 2017 05:38:20 AM
I am munching on some chocolate cookies, they are small, about one inch in diameter, but really crunchy.

ingredients in order of amount (from the back of the packet!)
Glutenfree flours (maize, rice, potato tapioca, buckwheat)
veg margarine
sugar
cocoa
concentrated fruit juice
vanilla
raising agents (I can just use normal baking powder for this as I am not GF)
xanthan gum

Any ideas on this list. I guess the rice flour is giving the crunch? Or one of the others. I can sub in normal flour for all that.

I guess amounts, would be helpful if anyone has any thoughts. They are small, very chocolaty, but only 18cal a bite.

these are them

https://www.foodsofathenry.ie/shop/biscuits/gluten-free-cookie-shots-brownies-foa
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Viking re-enactment costumes on: October 09, 2017 08:42:56 AM
I am a member of the SCA and we had a viking themed event at the weekend, I finally finished my viking garb.

There was a notable contribution by Roving Anarchist, she made the red apron dress and matching hat. and the tunic with battleaxe embroidery worn by my SO. Plus craftylittlemonkey made the pouch I am wearing and sent me some of the beads on my dress.

My coat is fully reversible and I made a plain white tee tunic to go underneath.

SO wears the tunic from RovingAnarchist with another plain white tunic and baggy pants.



Close up of the embroidery and beading detail (craftylittlemonkey sent me the gorgeous irregular blue beads on the bottom string)

then I travelled in time and wore flemish garb that I made some years ago.
A beaded chemise and a maroon underdress with a blue/yellow overdress. And removable sleeves (plus a fur stole from the thrift store)


3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Book sleeve for my precious travel journal on: September 13, 2017 12:48:25 AM
So I have been on craftster for a while now, and quite a few years ago I was inspired by Phizzychicks travel journal, so I started one. As it happens in the first trip in that journal I met Phizzy, which was cool.

That journal lasted from 2008 until 2012, and included a big trip to the USA, a long road trip (6 weeks) across Europe and quite a few smaller trips. It finally filled up. In retrospect I would never have chosen that type of book as once it was filled, it bulges significantly and the metal spiral binding feels very fragile. I now make my own books for this kind of thing, with fabric covered board for the covers.

I had intended to make a book sleeve for it for ages and in a fit of gloom (aka craft something to cheer yourself up) I made this, it was a PITA, because I didn't measure properly, but it eventually came together . I covered it with some travel themed paper-badly, loads of wrinkles, but it protects the book, so I can live with it.


These are some book pages
London

Florida

Italy

Croatia (I have just realised that there are two Kali's in the book)

The protective book sleeve (with the book poking out-It does fit all the way in to protect all the tags and stuff)
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / cardboard shelving unit (with tute) cheap+easy on: September 04, 2017 02:48:05 AM
There are ton of great cardboard furniture tutes online, they are very precise and exact. I am more of a suck it and see type of crafter. I made a kind of hybrid cardboard/papier mache shelving unit to take some of the amazing shrines that I have received from craftster swaps in the past.



requirements
  • corrugated cardboard
  • masking tape
  • wallpaper paste/pva glue
  • newspaper
  • gesso-optional

Plan the dimensions of your shelving unit. I set out the things I wanted on the shelves and drew lines around them.



this back sheet remains uncut, you need the fronts of the shelves, I created a 'frame' for each opening of the shelves


Then decide the depth of the unit and cut cardboard strips to 'separate' the front from the back. You can use tape or hot glue to make the overall structure.
Each shelf is like a little box, so you need strips for the sides and the bottom of each shelf. This takes time!

Then the whole structure is covered with strips of newspaper dipped in glue, you can use wall paper paste or thinned PVA. This step makes the whole thing very wet and it will take a few days to dry.


I then painted a couple of coats of gesso on to to give a surface for painting, this is not necessary, you could build up a couple of layers of newsprint and use plain white copy paper for the top layer. but the gesso gives a nice textured surface.

Taking advantage of the surface roughness, I colour washed different shelves different colours.

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Make me something inspired by my favourite poem(or song) on: August 29, 2017 11:37:29 AM
A disclaimer, I'm not much of a poetry person, but it might be cool to have a swap inspired by a favourite poem(or song) it would be so cool to see how it inspires someone else
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / The flamingos are escaping (new house number) and a flock in my bedroom on: April 27, 2017 02:26:43 PM
So I have a minor flamingo obsession, it started with lawn ones, because I like the kitschyness, mostly I have kept the rest of my collection to my bedroom. But these escaped



I live at number 8, but I haven't gotten around to getting a number, people are always moaning that they can't find the house. So in a fit of inspiration today, I free handed these. Crappy paints so I'll have to do something to protect them. But no-one is going to lose my house now!


I wasn't kidding about my bedroom. It's very small only about 10'x10' but there is a very substantial flamingo flock


7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / arrghhhhhhh help. I may have used too much lye and water on: March 19, 2017 07:19:13 AM
Ok so I used a soap calculator for a mix of  olive oil and  shortening .


Unfortunately before I did this calculation I printed one where I estimated the amount of EVOO  and shortening to be 110,

I printed both and used the first amount of fats and the second amount of oils---ARRGH!  i am such an idiot.

It traced fine, I added in about a table spoon of honey, and about 3 teaspoons of essential oils.

I have basically added in 0.45oz of lye and 1.7oz of water too much. (I used 2.9oz lye and 8.14 of water) The weight of essential oils+ fats is about 20 oz

have I ruined it?Huh

other add ins included a tablespoon of honey and a teaspoon of cinnamon.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / recycled sweater quilt, tied, hand quilted on: February 23, 2017 02:20:05 AM
I made this for my partner in the geezer swap, she has received so I can post it now.



 There are a few in progress shots too. But the technique is fairly simple, lots of sweaters (I used about 6) cut them apart including the sleeves, I cut approx 10" squares, but I tried to keep interesting detail like shoulder decreases, or with cable sweaters, where the cables changed direction.



Sew together, this takes time as you do need to be a bit careful not to stretch the squares, Use a small stitch to prevent fraying.

When pieced it is heavy (this fits a queen bed) , And it didn't need any wadding, so I used two fleece blankets for the back.

Machine quilting was impossible as it would stretch too much. So I laid it flat on the floor, with the top facing up. Safetly pinned it together and then tied the corners of all the blocks (Using cotton knitting yarn and a darning needle)

laid out ready to trim the backing and hand quilt


I embellished it with lots of hand sewing, large running stitch to create quilting lines and a few motifs here and there.


The whole lot was finished with a blanket stitch around the edge, which I have to admit is not great stitching, but it looks honest and hand made.


It turned out way better than I thought part way through. It has incredible drapeablilty, it is heavy and so it is really cosy. I plan on making one for me next.
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone use paper stencil and letting the ink 'glue' it to the screen on: February 01, 2017 09:08:44 AM
I did a short screen printing course a million years ago and I want to get back to doing some more, I am going to a medieval reenactment event and I want to make some banners, and I can't be arsed painting them

I have a screen, squeegee, paint and I had a go and promptly ran into problems, the first print was good. then it went very pearshaped.

The technique that I learned was cut the stencil out of thinnish paper (think newsprint) lay it down and put the screen on top, mask off the sides with tape as usual and then do a flood stroke, this will cause the paper to stick to the screen. It is cheap and fast and works well when there is no colour gradient needed and relatively simple shapes (although this is limited by the detail of the cut) it is also only useful for one session of printing, once you have run out of time and patience and let the whole thing dry out, the stencil is junk.


So as I said the first print worked fine, but i think I had problems because my speedball ink is old, about 7 years old and has the consistency of mayo. Should it be thinner??

I think I pushed too hard and so that caused the paper to wrinkle a bit causing bleeds (and gnashing of teeth) Then given that my enthusiasm won out over planning things properly, I ended up with paint to the eyeballs because I hadn't worked out anywhere to put the screen or squeegee down.

Two questions, do you know of any good online tutes on the old fashioned paper stencil method.
Any details of appropriate consistency of the ink?

OK I lied, three questions, any good videos online showing the basics of the push pull stroke.

I actually do have emulsions, but it is a lot of faff with developing them and I only have one good screen at the moment, so I don't want to tie it up. Plus my image is pretty simple so a paper cut works fine.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7d/Martlet_(English).png

Advice for this very messy person
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Latest lino cut, sock monkey, printed onto cotton fabric on: January 18, 2017 09:04:55 AM
My latest cut, sock-monkeys craftylittlemonkey suggested it as theme and I like it! Three separate stamps, monkey+hat+heart. I've been away from crafting for weeks due to a succession of minor illnesses, this is the first time back and it was great!

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