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Marmalade making for the first time

January is a perfect time to make some citrus marmalade. 🙂
It’s been on my “to-do” list since early december, but with school and that thing called “Christmas”, I just couldn’t manage the time. I finally did my first marmalade this Sunday afternoon.
Here’s the recipe I took from Conserves maison. (Excellent french blog about canning).

Will give you 7 to 9 marmalade jars of 250 ml.

  • 2 limes
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 citrus
  • 1 medium-sized grapefruit
  • 3 cups (700 ml) of water
  • 8 cups (1530 g) of sugar
  • Wash the fruits to make sure there are no wax left. If you wash them in cold water, they will be easier to cut.
    Cut the fruits in the smallest parts that you can. Use your sharpest knive for this part, it will be much easier.

    You first start by boiling the limes for 15 minutes as their peel takes longer to soften.

    Add in the other citrus fruits. Boil for 30-45 minutes. Once their peel has soften, you can add in the sugar and boil for another 45-60 minutes.

    If you wish to can your marmalade, it’s very important to follow good instructions for sterelization.

    : ** The only way to sterelize jars is by boiling them. The dishwasher or oven method doesn’t work. You absolutely need to sterelize them with boiling water. **

    You may want to use a large saucepan/canner with a rack to avoid the jars touching the bottom.

    Tadaa! You’ve made marmalade. 🙂


    Of course, this is not a very detailed tutorial for canning, you may want to check theses ressources if you’re new to this and would like to know more:

  • The Bernardin guide to home preserving is a good and cheap guide to get you started.
  • Marmalade tutorial (with lots of pictures!) by Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories.
  • National center for home food preservation. Lots of information about home canning, in general. (PDF documents)
  • Golda’s kitchen. This is a very useful online shop to buy kitchenware.
    I used it to order a couple of things I couldn’t find for home canning.
    French written ressource:
  • Recettes de conserves maison by Vincent. A must-read  blog about canning.
  • Halloween serie: 5 Halloween Makeup tips!

    Oli aka “Smiling Skeleton” with his makeup I did for Halloween 2007

    I’ve been facepainting for over 9 years (Yipes!) , so I thought it would only be fair to share some basics makeup tips for this Halloween.


    1) Use water-based makeup only for facepainting.

    It’s very important for your makeup to be water-based so it will be easy to take off.
    The last thing you want to do after a huge Halloween night is to struggle to take your makeup off (and wake up in the morning with still some on! )

    You may use a water-based brand like Snazaroo which you can find in your local art & craft store.

    The only reason why you’d go for an oil-based product is because you want it to stay for a very long time and you already bought a good cleanser to take it off.


    2) Use a makeup brush and sponges.

    As funny as it sounds, it is much easier to use brushes instead of crayons. You can’t make small details with crayons and the lines always looks hard and uneaven.

    Use the sponges if you have large areas to cover. You know, like white or green. 😉  It’s a lot faster!


    3) Use cosmetic-safe glitters only.

    It may look useful to use your craft glitters on your makeup, but please don’t! Theses glitters can irritate your skin and damage your precious eyes.

    Cosmetic-safe glitters can be found at cosmetic counters or your local specialized makeup shop.They are very fine compared to regular craft glitters.

    4)Practice before Halloween!

    Don’t wait to try your material on October 31st, take some time to practice as well. Listen to a tutorial or look at pictures of the desired makeup and practice.

    There are many good Halloween makeup tutorials on You Tube.

    Yours truly facepainting on Halloween a couple of years ago.

    5) If everything fails, hire a makeup artist!

    You’ll be giving a job to a local artist AND your makeup is sure to be safe and awesome!

    Look for a local makeup specialty shop in your town, they usually this service on Halloween. Or ask makeup cosmetic counters if they offer this. Usually with a minimum makeup purchase, they’ll do your makeup.

    Or tell your friends on a social media site that you’re looking for a makeup artist. (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) You never know who knows who!

    Halloween serie: How to make sparkly shoes

    This year, I’ve decided to go as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. I was lucky enough to find a very similar blue dress at a local thrift store. As for the top, I already had a white short-sleeves medieval blouse from this Renaissance Etsy shop, Fairest of them all.

    The only thing missing was the famous ruby shoes.
    I could have bought a pair from The wizard of oz costume shop (Yes, there’s an entire online shop dedicated to Wizard of oz costumes!) , but I had a budjet and didn’t want to spend too much.

    So I got a vintage pair of marine shoes, from the same thrift store, that looked very much like Dorothy’s shoes except for it’s color.

    The outside of the shoe is fabric, so I decided to paint them with Pebeo’s Setacolor paint for fabrics.

    When it dried, I set the color with an iron. Not an easy task as shoes are not straight like fabric. There is probably a better way to do this (or other product to use). So if you know, it’d be nice if you could tell me. :-p

    Then, I bought a bunch of red craft glitter and mixed it with the amazing Modge Podge glue.

    The consistent of the glue was more “glitter with Modge Podge” rather than the other way around. :-p Repeat as needed.

    Once it dried , I re-applied a second coat of Modge Podge to “secure” the glitters.
    You don’t want to leave a glittery trail as you walk around.

    This is a great tutorial if you need sparkly shoes of any color for a costume.

    You could make  a pair for a 30’s era costume.
    If you use black glitters, it could be some nice shoes for a lady vampire costume.

    And here’s another great tutorial from the Craftster forums to make shoes with real sequins instead of glitters.

    Oh, the possibilities!

    Another Halloween trick-or-treat bag project

    I’m really into Halloween crafts, lately. I’m trying to get everything done before everyone else. Eheh. 😉

    Other than using my free stickers, I am also planning on making theses cute muslin candy bags for Halloween from Marthat Stewart’s Living magazine of October 2008. (Yes, it is an “oldie”. :p)

    It’s very simple, you need:

    • Muslin bags (You can get them at this Etsy shop)
    • Apple (This will be your “stamp”)
    • X-acto knife
    • Foam brush
    • small cosmetic sponge (1$ store kind)
    • Acrylic paint (orange & green)

    01. Cut an apple in two, vertically. Use your x-acto knife and carve out the pumpkin face.
    02. With your foam brush, apply a thin layer of your acrylic paint. Stamp.
    03. To create stem shape, cut off the tip of your small cosmetic sponge, dip in green paint. Stamp.

    Only 31 days left untill Halloween! ^-^

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