BONELUST BONE PROCESSING PROGRESS: So pleased with how this Eastern Gray Squirrel skull turned out. As common as it is for me to process these guys the skulls are usually damaged so I have few in this condition. This one’s a keeper! 💀♥💀 (at http://bone-lust.blogspot.com)
Elderberry Syrup (the absolute best cold and flu remedy)
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup dried elderberries*
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 knob of ginger, peeled (about a 1-inch piece)
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1 cup honey (exchange with agave for vegan recipe)
1. Combine the water, elderberries and spices in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a boil.
2. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot with a lid and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, until the syrup reduces by about half.
3. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Set aside.
4. Fill a bottle with the honey. Using a sieve placed over a funnel, strain the syrup into the honey (or agave if using vegan recipe). Use a spoon to press against the berries, extracting as much of their juice as possible. Discard or compost the solids.
5. Place a lid on the bottle. Shake vigorously to fully combine the syrup with the honey.
6. Label the bottle and place it in the refrigerator. Use within several months.
* The dose for adults is 1–2 teaspoons daily and a 1/2 teaspoon for children. Do not give to infants under the age of one due to the minor threat of botulism exposure.
Recipe via Ashley English at DesignSponge
Here’s a “life-hack” for you.
Apparently concentrated Kool-Aid can be used as a pretty effective leather dye.
I was making a drink while cutting the snaps off some new straps for my pauldrons and I got curious, so I tried it, thinking, “ok even if this works, it will just wash out.”
It took the “dye” (undiluted) in about 3 seconds. After drying for about an hour and a half, it would not wash off in the hottest tap-water. It would not wash out after soaking for 30 minutes.
It did not wash out until I BOILED it, and even then, only by a tiny bit and it gave it a weathered look that was kind of cool.
Add some waterproofing and I’d wager it would survive even that.
That rich red is only one application too.
Plus it smells great, lol.
So there you go, cheap, fruity smelling leather dye in all the colors Kool-Aid has to offer.
this may be important to some of my followers *and certainly not just getting reblogged because of my costuming and my boyfriends desire for leather armor*
I’m selling this elemental pendulum in the shop.
Amethyst and labradorite tree of life pendants for sale in my etsy:
Finished my first wand! Glass crystal, jewel-bug wing, sea-grape wood and a silver tip. The tags are engraved with a few healing/ protection runes!