How to Make Rag Paper by HEIDI A. REEVES

Before the advent of mechanized paper mills and wood sulfite pulps, people made paper from old clothing. Historically, the rags people used for papermaking were linen, but fabric made from cotton and hemp also make high-quality paper. You can find rag paper made from cotton and linen at office supply stores, but you can also make your own. Making paper is a time-consuming and messy process, but your efforts will yield sheets of paper unlike anything you can find in a store.

Things You’ll Need

  • Cotton, linen or hemp fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Paint bucket
  • Hollander beater or industrial strength blender
  • Plastic tub with high sides
  • Shallow plastic tub
  • Mould and deckle (wooden supports with a mesh screen stretched across the top and a removable wooden frame)
  • Wooden boards
  • Industrial polyester felt sheets
  • Weights (heavy books, doorstops, etc.)
  • Sheets of cotton blotter

Step 1

Cut the fabric into squares that measure approximately 1 inch, place the cut fabric into your paint bucket and fill it with enough water to cover the fabric scraps.

Step 2

Allow the scraps to soak for at least 24 hours; saturating the fibers with water will make them break down faster during the pulp-making process.

Step 3

Find the zero point of the Hollander beater, which is a piece of papermaking equipment with a moat-like tub and a rotating cylinder (beater roll) with macerating blades that break fabric into pulp. Open the beater’s top to reveal the beater roll. Move the roll back and forth with your hand as you turn the crank on the side of the beater counterclockwise. When the beater roll starts scraping against the metal plate that rests beneath it, stop turning the crank and set the counter

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Cherries Jubilee Recipe | Food Network Kitchen | Food Network

Cherries Jubilee

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Total: 26 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 11 min

1 pint vanilla ice cream

1 pound fresh, ripe sweet cherries, such as Bing

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/cherries-jubilee-recipe-1928361

How to Make Dried Apple and Orange Slices | How to Make and Do

Here’s how to dry apple slices and orange slices for use in swags, wreaths and fragrant potpourri.

Dried fruit slices and peels are a great way to give your home a country prim look. They are fragrant and can be added to potpourri blends, fixings blends, wreaths or swags. They also make pretty and fragrant gift package decorations. When they are placed around candles, especially bakery candles, they give a nice country prim look.

The picture shown at right is an orange fixings blend. It combines dried orange slices and orange peels with fragrant spices like cinnamon sticks, allspice, and cloves. The look and smell is very seasonal and makes a great addition to country prim home decor.

The easiest way to dry fruit slices is to use a dehydrator

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Top Ten Ways to Decorate Like a Witch – by The Witch of Howling Creek

Thanks for your interest in my popular post of all time! For brand new ideas to satisfy the witch in all of us… visit my current blog, The Witch of Lupine Hollow.

A lot of books these days will insist that witches don’t really live in whimsical cottages and fairytale houses. And… it’s true. Most of us live in modern, everyday homes in cities, towns and the suburbs. But one of our most powerful tools is our imagination and the whimsical cottages and fairytale houses are an inspiration to many of us. So bring a little bit of that spirit into your home with these tips:

  1. Many witches have a deep connection to the pentacle but may not want to display it prominently in their homes or yards because of stigma. But one thing that is often forgotten: the pentacle is really just a star, an image readily available in home décor! Gift and even craft stores almost always have wall-hangings, throws, pictures and trinkets featuring five-pointed stars you can proudly have in your home, no matter who may visit.
  2. Tie bundles of herbs together and hang them upside down in the kitchen, dining area or even the bedroom. It is appropriately witchy, attractive decoration and practical.
  3. Even if you don’t have a greenhouse or conservatory, you can still achieve

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