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08 September 2015 @ 02:45 pm
I’m looking for wig advice for a first time wig purchase…

I own a copy of Kendra’s 18th Century Hair and Wig Styling book, but of course it’s at home and I’m at work…for anyone who’s followed her instructions, do you think this will work for a tall hairstyle? If I recall correctly, I want something with no bangs and a center part, texture of some sort is a plus.
13 October 2014 @ 03:58 pm
I was just gifted with a big bag of sweet chestnuts that a friend of a friend harvested from their tree. With visions of marron glacé in my head I set about shelling the windfall only to discover they are at least 60% infested with chestnut weevils. I'm trying to decide if it's worth trying to go through the rest of the bag to salvage what I can...chestnuts this fresh are pretty much non-existent in local grocery stores. SO BUMMED.
20 September 2014 @ 02:53 pm
Attempt number one at adapting a traditional Turkish Delight recipe to make a copy of Liberty Orchard's Aplet candy is underway.

In case anyone's interested.....Collapse )
30 July 2014 @ 11:03 pm
jenthompson makes a good point for us non-costume college folks - instead of feeling envious over not attending, I'll make a stab at some actual content for a change. Since she also just posted some Harry Potter related awesomeness, I thought I'd write about an annual event my sister and I organize with our group of friends. Each year we pick a theme, decorate, create a special menu, the works.

Last year we set up a potions lab with instructions for three "signature potions." Each ingredient was decanted into containers (we had been saving and sterilizing bottles and jars for months) labeled with potion ingredient names. Each guest was invited to mix their own potion, but no one knew what type of drink they'd end up with. Along with cocktails, we set up cheese fondue and broth fondue "cauldrons." After all the work we'd done on potion ingredients cutting up fruit, veggies, and bread was wonderfully low-effort. For dessert, we served Thai iced tea topped with a chai spice infused culinary fog and cupcakes.

We had so much fun we didn't take pictures - which I didn't notice until the day after during cleanup! This year's party is going to be a small affair, but the food will be good, and hopefully I'll remember to pull out my camera.
26 October 2013 @ 06:39 pm
Baking a wedding cake. I think I might be finished with today.
26 January 2013 @ 02:32 pm
I've been feeling inspired by koshka_the_cat's recent posts about muffs. While I love the idea of Spoonflower samples, I felt like I could do things more frugally with supplies I already had on hand...so after doing an experiment today, I thought I'd toss this idea out for anyone who feels like a DIY project.

Printing on Silk

Freezer Paper
Fabric (I used some silk habotai from dharmatrading.com)
an Ink Jet printer
Standard Ironing equipment


I tore a strip of fabric about 8.5 by 11 inches long, and tore a piece of freezer paper about the same size. I used my iron on the dry setting and ironed the plastic side of the paper to the fabric until they were fused. Then I trimmed my fabric/paper to exactly 8.5 by 11 to fit in my printer.

I did a quick Internet search for a picture I wanted to use, did some resizing, and sent my freezer papered fabric through my ink jet printer. After a couple false tries, I found that changing my printer settings to high quality photo printing on glossy paper got the best results. Without the glossy paper setting, the printer wouldn't grab my fabric, but I'm guessing if I used a less slippery fabric a regular paper setting could work.

I don't know how the ink will stand up to water, but I'm thinking a good heat set with an iron, or setting with vinegar might be a good thing.
Current Mood: creativecreative
25 December 2012 @ 07:59 am
I hope everyone's day is full of cheer!
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
18 September 2012 @ 04:54 pm
To the Mount Vernon 18th C. Market Faire? I'm on the fence about going this weekend and I'm wondering if it's worth the hour+ car ride.
Current Mood: curiouscurious
26 August 2012 @ 08:04 pm
My sister and I are making some college care packages for a few friends...I'm SO excited because we've decided to make them Harry Potter themed.

All items are going to be labeled and packaged as though they're arriving from the Apothecary in Diagon Alley...and the goal is to be as authentic-looking as possible. So today I did a dry run on one of the things we're hoping to include....hand pulled hard candy masquerading as unicorn horns. I'm no stranger to a candy thermometer, but I've never tried any candy pulling/molding before today.

I'm not sure what this says about me, but WHAT A RUSH. Molten sugar that is almost too hot to touch and needing to move as fast as humanly possible before the stuff cools was kind of insanely exciting. Also, um, probably dangerous. Next time I do this, I'll definitely need a cooking buddy; I wasted half the sugar solution because I couldn't move fast enough!

The finished candy looks so cool - it's a shiny opaque ivory color. All the lighting in my house is too dark for decent pictures, they just aren't turning out too well. I'm definitely doing these again though, so I'll post pictures with the final packaging before too long.
Current Mood: energeticenergetic
25 June 2012 @ 01:59 pm
I know some folks on my f-list are hardcore tv show fans, so I'm asking for a little help. I just finished a season of tv and am experiencing the worst post-season depression I've felt since the end of Harry Potter (books, not movies). Any suggestions for distracting myself?
Current Mood: depresseddepressed