Sunday, 16 June 2013

Teaching at Chalkle.... Flops and successes

This has been a very interesting month. I have met some really lovely ladies, teaching how to use Pinterest at our local library. I also me the 'Friends of the Library" and gave a talk on  Pinterest and the classes I hope to teach in the future. However, attendances haven't been what any of us have expected, and I'm scraping through financially. Teething pains. A new system in a new town. It will get better. I hope so, anyway...

My first class

But the ladies I have met! Awesome! Fantastic people with so many skills! That has been the best of all.  This is a small town, and you kind of think you know everyone, and then you meet people with such interesting hobbies. I have lugged my suitcase full of things I have attempted from Pinterest to the classes each Friday, and now things that have been made by others are coming through.

 Sadly, the last week, all I could show them was a bunch of flops, things I had tried and they just didn't work out very well.I have a memory of clotted cream when I was a child on holiday in England.  Thick, creamy, crusty toppings for scones. 

This is what it should look like- mine was so shameful I didn't want to photograph it!
I HAD to try it, so went out to a local dairy and got some (!!! Seven litres!) of unpasteurised organic milk. It was delicious, like drinking a milkshake, and I consumed too much and the next day had a rather shaky constitution. I scooped off all the cream and put it in my slowcooker for 12 hours. Pinterest posts had said 9-12 hours in the oven on 185 degrees F, but I couldn't bring myself to have the oven on that long, so opted for the slow cooker. Maybe that was what I did wrong.  I watched the temperature, but the result was a rather nasty creamy oily mess, reminiscent of rice pudding without the rice. FLOP!
As I had so much milk, I decided to make cheese too, with a kit that was given to me by my husband 2 Christmases ago and so I made Feta. But I got the temperature too high, and made a rather squeaky, rubbery block of cheese which my daughter says is Haloumi .A SORT OF A FLOP!
 And after that, the cheese kit instructions suggested I made ricotta with the whey and some extra milk. So I made that too! SUCCESS!

That night all I wanted to eat was boiled, plain vegetables.

The milk has been lovely, and today I need to go and get some more. Its fun driving down the country roads to get the milk, but I do wonder if I will keep it up.

Successes on Pinterest have been a lovely wool blanket which I knitted from some waste wool at out local knitting mill. I just love it. I was lucky to find some carded wool on  rolls in my bag of waste, which I unravelled and re-rolled and produced my big cream 'Blankie' which goes over our knees at night while we are watching television

My bag of waste wool

 I had to unravel the wool and rewind it
My knitting.. see how fat the needles are!

Here is a blouse which I attempted Ombre Dyeing. SUCCESS!

Other items I took in was the 'Toilet roll wall decoration', a picture I had managed to print onto curtain lining and paste onto a picture board, you know, the things which seem to come up again and again on Pinterest.

But I am kind of over all of it now.... time for a new Challenge. Pattern making classes start tomorrow!


  1. Wow I'm dead impressed with your list of new things tried, whether they were successful or not. Did you use the haloumi in the end? Lovely stuff

    1. Yes I did eat it all up! It was a bit chewy, I think I got the temperature a bit too high. Pinterest things fascinate me, I had fun today with my friend's 3 year old granddaughter, we played around with baking soda and vinegar and food colouring, and 2 days ago I made her some pinterest playdough too. I'm hooked...