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1  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 107, 108, & 109 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by schnerby on: November 22, 2014 01:36:23 PM
Here's a dodgy little pic of the shirts I sent to Grab A Coffee. I have a new fabric medium and I love the workability. It really doesn't take as many coats as before to get that really nice coverage.



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2  1930s chairs get a facelift in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by schnerby on: November 09, 2014 08:49:43 PM
I got these cool chairs given to me so I decided to give restoration a go. They're from the 1930s and were made by my great grandmother's brothers.


Pic is from before I adopted them. Yellow vinyl!

Surprise #1 - they were stuffed with horse hair and hay. This wasn't a surprise to anyone I told (depression, perfectly normal etc. etc.) but certainly was to me.

I started by pulling the old vinyl off and keeping it to make patterns. It turns out that I threw them away  because I was using foam for the stuffing and the old pieces didn't fit over that anyway. I ended up just cutting bits that were bigger than I needed and fitting them to the chair as I went. I did re-use the plastic tube from inside the piping at the front.

Surprise #2 - I knew they had been reupholstered once along with some other chairs in the 1960s. I didn't know they had used a million nails or that they had left the nails in from the previous upholstering. I removed all of them. It took forever!

Surprise #3 - the hardwood is too hard for staples. Upholstery tacks and a hammer it is!

Then I sanded, stained and satin varnished the wood to make it all pretty.


Next, I replaced all the old hessian and strapping and purchased high density foam (100mm) for the seat and medium density foam (75mm) for the back. Cut to size with an electric carving knife. I also retied the springs in place.



Finally, I upholstered the chair in reverse order with a few decorative tacks for style. The fabric is a fun texture with a tough felt/fleece looking backing to make it suitable for upholstery.

I'm going to make some cushions and move them to a nice corner of the lounge. Pics when I've organised my loungeroom furniture.


My first upholstery project done!
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3  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 107, 108, & 109 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by schnerby on: November 06, 2014 11:05:06 PM
Ok, stop the presses and focus right here!

Look at what Averia made. It's unbelievable.



Yes, that's origami. I cannot fathom the time that went into making the pieces and the cord.


There it was on my doorstep this morning. Ok, well, there was a box and this was inside. Luckily it is insanely hot today and no rain in sight. I had to wait to get home to take a picture though as I was on my way out when I saw it.

Thank you so much. I love it!
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4  Spicy broad (fava) beans - crunchy bar snack :) in Vegetarian / Vegan by schnerby on: November 03, 2014 04:46:18 PM
I love a crunchy, savoury snack with a drink. In fact, I am a monster who gobbles them all. To prevent over-gobbling and dying from salt overindulgence, I decided to stick to healthier options.

Broad beans (fava beans to those of a more American persuasion) make great snacks. They are easy to cook and very tasty. You could make them from dried beans (there are recipes online) but I have a bounty of fresh beans since it's springtime.


First, pod the beans. The half tomato is not required  Cheesy - breakfast leftover/morning snack Smiley


Then, boil a little water and pop the beans in.


They just need 2 minutes to loosen the skin.


Next, pop them in a colander and drain. Run the cold tap over them.


Give 'em a swim in some cold water. Then put them back in the colander and shake so the skins are loosened and wrinkled.


Pop the outside leathery skin off. It comes off very easily.



Dry the halves on paper towel so they go crispy in the oven. 10 mins or so sitting there and they are dry.


Mix them in a flavoursome concoction of your choice. I like olive oil, garlic, black pepper, chilli and Chinese five spice. A Cajun blend would be nice, too.


Pop them in the oven on a flat sheet until they're crunchy. Mine take about 25 minutes at 200oC. Just keep them in until they look munchy and they're done. Soft inside and crispy outside. Yum!
They will still be green - unlike when made from dried beans.

 
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5  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 107, 108 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by schnerby on: October 21, 2014 01:49:28 AM
It's been a happy mail time for me!

Jemimah sent these sweet coasters. Beautifully made and they look lovely on my bookcase ready to be used. I am now no longer int he bizarre adults group who don't own coasters. Smiley They're a rich red rather than slightly pinkish as in this photo.


Also, she made these four fab cards. Elegant and simple with watercolour and pen - can't wait to send some cards.


Thank you so much.
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6  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 107, 108 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by schnerby on: October 18, 2014 03:55:31 PM
Ok, so after a super busy spell I finally got back on here. Here is a better daylight picture of Anna.Wahnsinn's lovely mail organiser.

The stitching is perfect and I love the colours. It will be on the wall today. Hooray!



Thank you so much!
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7  Herby onion bread in Vegetarian / Vegan by schnerby on: March 09, 2014 11:02:00 PM
This stuff is yummy!



Ingredients:
1 packet dried yeast (I think they're 7 grams each)
2 cups plain flour
3/4 cup warm water
1 tsp sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups grated tasty cheese (or less than this with a little parmesan on top)
6 tablespoons of chopped herbs. I use all flat leaf parsley but basil would work as well. Olives maybe too)
1 egg
Half a Spanish onion, sliced finely and soaked in lemon juice for an hour. Skip the soaking if you like a sharper onion flavour.
2 tbsp olive oil
Milk or egg wash


Put one cup of flour, the water, sugar and yeast into a bowl. Mix to a thick paste and leave (covered with cling film) for 30 mins. It will go fluffy.

Add the other cup of flour, cheese, salt, herbs, onion, egg and oil to the paste and stir. I do this step in a mixer with the dough hooks on. You could knead by hand. It takes about 10 minutes to knead, adding a little flour when it becomes sticky.

Put the dough in an oiled bowl and leave for 15 minutes covered in cling wrap. Dough should rise and double. Punch it down and knead lightly.

Shape the dough however you like. I braid it like a round challah, but you could do a loaf, pull-apart balls or plait it. Cover with wrap and leave for 10 minutes.

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7D8PSBsy1M) - Challah shaping video

Brush with egg or milk wash (parmesan if you like) and bake for ~30 minutes at 190oC fan forced. A little longer if you don't have the fan. It should sound hollow when tapped.

Eat warm or cold - just keep away from hungry hands who tend to burn themselves on the hot loaf.  Cheesy

This is my challah baked at the same time. One of the three is a bit misshapen  Grin



And everything uncooked.

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8  Propaganda stencil work in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by schnerby on: October 22, 2012 01:36:49 AM
Here's some stuff for my next show! It's called the Teacher Artmaker Project and is for secondary teachers who are also artists making art about their experience. We look at the tension of being both a teacher and an artmaker as well as the pressure put on art teachers to continue making art when other teachers may not be expected to practice their discipline. Oh, and how being a teacher working with teenage artists impacts our work. It's quite fun!

These are about 1m high and made from original single-use stencils. The original images were made in Illustrator. I glued newspaper to MDF board and then sprayed over the top. It gave them a slightly imperfect paste up look.

I'm nervous about putting them on show, though. I've really put a lot of honesty into the descriptions for the catalogue and I feel so vulnerable having myself out there!








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9  Re: Teesha Moore Patch Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by schnerby on: February 24, 2012 08:59:22 PM
Here are my lovely patches from KwiltyKate. I love them! I'm going to sew my patches together to make a fun mug rug for my desk at work. SHould look fantastic!

I'm so sorry about the camera phone pics. I'll replace them as soon as my Mum gives my scanner back. It should be tomorrow.


And these lovely squares of fabric
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10  Re: Make My Collectible Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by schnerby on: February 15, 2012 09:31:17 PM
I love pins. I love the way they don't get tangled in stuff like necklaces can. Well, now I have another one. Yay!

Banana731 made this lovely crochet bird pin for me. It's starched to keep it nice and upright. Ain't he lovely?  Grin

(well, more lovely than my naughty scanner)

Oh, and I'm a Rene Magritte/surrealism tragic, so the card she made (or, not a card Smiley) was perfect!


Thank you so much! It's lovely!
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