chaiya: (blue butterfly)
Some of my butterfly photography will be sold at the Tremont Street Shul's holiday craft fair this Sunday between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. I won't actually be in attendance, due to crazy Arisia meetings, but I hope some of you get a chance to check it out! :)
chaiya: (knitting in progress)
We discovered this morning that we were out of (or unable to find) cooking twine. We needed to bind that 20-pound bird!

So we've substituted my wholesome cotton yarn that I was saving for kippot-making.

There are times when it's good to be a crafty person. ;)
chaiya: (crafty presentation)
A friend posted these elsewhere. I *love* the second set of instructions.

Advice from a Singer Sewing Manual from 1949:
Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Think about what you are going to do. . . never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically. Good results are difficult when indifference predominates. Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade. When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing. . . When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible. Put on a clean dress. Keep a little bag full of French chalk near your sewing machine to dust your fingers at intervals. Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick put on . . .[If] you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing as you should. . .


From a 2002 Burning Man sewing manual:
Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Chilled vodka for martinis works well, but don’t use a martini glass because it’s too tippy. The music of your choice should be running on random play so you don’t have to keep changing CD’s. Sew naked. It saves time when you need to try things on. Make sure you have the appropriate materials. If it’s not glitzy, furry, shiny, bright, vinyl, irridescent, fluffy, sparkly, funky, wild, metallic, leather, sequined, or glow-in-the-dark, it’s not worth making. Drink another martini. The olives can be your lunch. If you think you’ve added plenty of decoration to the finished product, add 10% more. Try on costume at least 5 times, dancing in front of your mirror to see the full effect. Try it on again with high heels. Drink more vodka straight from the bottle. If you don’t know how to sew, or don’t have a sewing machine, use glue, staples, or safety pins.
chaiya: (crafty presentation)
I love the smell of new soap in the evening. Managed to get a couple of batches out of their molding tonight, despite tipsiness.

Now serving:
Pumpkin spice, clove, rhassoul clay soap
Same as above mixed with chocolate soap (smells amazing! must not eat!) (sold out)
Jasmine green tea soap (sold out)
Lemon verbena soap (extra moisturizing)
Mildly scented grapefruit with cranberry seed soap
Beeswax honey with ground ginger soap

Also left from previous batches are some of each of the following:
Vanilla
Vanilla clove
Vanilla/clove/sandalwood
Peppermint
Lavendar
Unscented
Beeswaxy Unscented (I didn't scent it, but it had a lot of beeswax and shea butter in the recipe)
Marzipan almond
Sexy Men (I did not make up this name -- see sweetcakes.com)
Hibiscus w/ oatmeal
Honey ginger (a more cinnamon-y scent than the beeswax honey above)

All of them are pretty darn moisturizing, actually. Given that they're veggie oils, and I use very little coconut oil and quite a bit of avocado oil, it's good soap to go into winter with.

Small bars of the first two and the last will be headed out to [livejournal.com profile] catchild tomorrow, if I can manage to get to the post office. Anyone else? :)

Edited to add: Also, I will be making another batch soon. If you want to help design a soap (compatible with your allergies or sensitivities, for example), feel free to let me know. I can do that with relative ease, although a pure avocado oil soap (for example) would be more costly to do. If you care about what additives are in your soap, for scrubbiness or extra moisture or whatnot, this might be a good option for you.
chaiya: (crafty presentation)
Sadly, it's on a Saturday, so I can neither buy nor sell. But this seems infinitely of interest to various parties on my flist, so I repost for your viewing pleasure:

The ReCraft Fair in Somerville.

In other arts news, have I pointed everyone to the Rob Scott website, which features a painting of me? :)
chaiya: (meeting of the minds)
So, on the one hand, I spent most of the weekend (starting Friday morning) exhausted & still sick feeling. On the other hand, we interviewed [livejournal.com profile] clara_girl for housemate potentialship, we had lots of yummy food from Grasshopper, we watched another season's-worth of Deep Space 9, and I finished the following sewing projects: a baby quilt, a present for [livejournal.com profile] awfief, mending my shirt sleeves, a skirt, and lots of prep work for finishing our wedding quilt.

In general, the past month has had a lot of sewing in it. I've been patching my Mom's two huge quilts as a present for her birthday, and then I got *really motivated* and patched the queen-sized quilt I bought for myself when I was a junior in high school.

I f-ing love this quilt. I believe I bought it after breaking up with John B, my first ever lover, who I thought I was going to marry. I was, in fact, rather decided on marrying him. Him breaking up with me was quite the shocker. But this is the story of the quilt, not my sordid love life. Mostly. )

And, damn, I am really happy with the quilt. And with [livejournal.com profile] hakamadare. Life is good. :)

Also? I swear, this song came from iTunes on random. iTunes is just that good.
chaiya: (wine)
George Takei is da bomb on YouTube. Gay activist, giving the "real deal" message to Tim Hardaway (homophobe). Hilarious. Link via [livejournal.com profile] cheshyre.

In other news, the household was roused last night (except Steve, who disturbingly slept through the whole thing) by malfunctioning fire alarms. All of which are wired together so the whole house goes off at once. At 1 am, after going to bed *early* for a change. *sigh* I just can't win.

Also? Decanted my first bottle of Fierce Anything Goes Vinegar. Thank you so much, [livejournal.com profile] regyt! I'm really enjoying this experiment. My next two batches will be more Anything Goes and maybe some non-grape (peach?) vinegar. I have enough mother for at least two batches, now. :)
chaiya: (crafty presentation)
My friend Marc made this really nifty, beautiful table, which he's talking about selling on DC Craigslist. It can go from being 4 squares, to 6 squares, to 9 squares large (40" each side to 40"x60" to 60" each side). I have no idea how he did it, but it took him a year, and he engineered it such that it could handle 200+ pounds of weight, too. He's an engineering genius, and I'm proud of him. If you're in the DC area and need a table, let him know!

Soon, Steve and I should head out to the film festival. :)
chaiya: (cooking and medieval oddities)
Now that my vinegar project is really going (based on the writings in Habeas Brulee, I need more bottles of red wine. Preferably already open and unwanted by original owner. No, really. I tend to get my wine at Nashoba Valley Winery, which doesn't tend to make grape wine. And I prefer the peach and blueberry wines, anyway. So, um, I am in need of grape wine with which to make vinegar. Anyone want to help out? ;)

(This also can serve as a notice that, when I ask you to bring a bottle of wine over for dinner, you can feel free to bring an extra opened one to feed the vinegar with, and please do bring red wine. *laugh* Vinegar must be fed!)
chaiya: (crafty presentation)
Oh! and those of you still looking for good holiday shopping opportunities, don't forget that I still have quite a bit of soap for sale! I sell most of it for 80 cents an ounce, although the really expensive materials soaps are $1 per ounce. This equates to $3 or $4 per bar, for the average bar size, and I have a number of really good moisturizing winter soaps right now. Peppermint, creamy almond, vanilla/clove, eucalyptus, French vanilla, clove/cinnamon/sandalwood/oatmeal ... Good stuff. :)
chaiya: (flowers)
We're trying to make applesauce. [livejournal.com profile] hakamadare added *far* too much water to the mix. What do I do? It's already been cooking for a day, lots of extra water has not boiled off, and the apples have turned to mush on their own. At this point, I only need to put them through the food mill to get out the skins.

On the plus side, I'm using some of the extra juice to see if I can turn it into vinegar mother for making my own vinegar. So that's exciting. :)

Recipes

Sep. 7th, 2006 10:18 am
chaiya: (crafty presentation)
I owe some folks some recipes from last weekend.

For [livejournal.com profile] maastrician, among others --
To make homemade chai, Read more... )

For [livejournal.com profile] regyt, among others --
My soap resources are Read more... )
chaiya: (crafty presentation)
Making lip balm is damn easy when you have all the ingredients! Making soap, on the other hand, still requires finesse. I made both today, the soap with [livejournal.com profile] ceelove, and I'm worried about how it may or may not be solidifying. The lip balm? Just damn easy. You were so right, [livejournal.com profile] rosif3r.

Now, of course, I need more beeswax. [livejournal.com profile] regyt, I don't suppose you have some you helped collect yourself? That would be the awesomest, if you did ...
chaiya: (narbonic kiss)
I have done a lot of sewing in the past few years, and this means that I have also accumulated a lot of bits of fabric. Bits of shiny fabric, bits of exotic fabric, bits of cute quilt-y fabric, bits of "normal" fabric. Bits that are large enough for patching things, but not for making something new. In the past, I've patched pants for [livejournal.com profile] lyonesse, [livejournal.com profile] dreda, and [livejournal.com profile] hakamadare (among others). I'm interested in doing this again, with the caveat that you may not get your piece of clothing back for a little while, and I do a much better patching job when you give me free reign on what to use and how to use it.

Is anyone else interested in this service? I like keeping my hands busy, so I don't charge that much. :)

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