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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Wheatpaste and fabric removeable wallpaper on: January 23, 2015 06:53:26 PM
I'd like to try this but am worried about attracting cockroaches or ants. Did you mix any kind of insect repellent into your paste?

No I didn't add any insect anything. It dries completely and is very solid. When you think about the small amount of flour actually present in that much paste I doubt it would be of interest to ants. We don't get cockroaches so I wouldn't know about them.

It's really the same paste used for kids crafts and none of the things we made as children ever got insects interested, even in humidity. I can't say it would be 100% fine for everyone - when I lived in a humid tropical environment even tea towels would get mouldy - but none of this paste has ever gone bad for me.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: OOPSIE Project on: January 20, 2015 01:08:22 AM
So sweet! I love the texture of knitting and this is a lovely way to have it around the house.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: I made this Mario hair tool caddy for my battlestation! on: January 12, 2015 02:56:46 AM
Seems cute, but the pic is tiny - even when I click on it. Any chance of a bigger pic?
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Wheatpaste and fabric removeable wallpaper on: January 11, 2015 02:26:42 PM
I had a lovely green fabric with an organic pattern on it (which wouldn't have required panels as the pattern worked along its length) but I couldn't get past the fish. Since it's removable, I can just peel it off and replace it with something else when the mood strikes. The fabric can also be washed to remove the stiff paste and it's still fine to sew with. Win!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Wheatpaste and fabric removeable wallpaper on: January 10, 2015 11:46:37 PM
I decided to add some interest to my boring hallway, but wasn't sure how. I don't think I'm finished, but I have trialled and succeeded with removable wallpaper from fabric.

The fabric is 100% cotton from Japan. It's a medium thickness, but I think any reasonably thin fabric would work well. Thicker fabric might be a problem. It would be easier if the fabric fitted in one piece (for example, if I cut along the length of the fabric) but I needed to go across the fabric so the fish were swimming across. I just used two pieces for the longer stretch of wall above the fridge and matched the fish when I cut it so the join wasn't obvious. This might be more of an issue with a geometric print.



Firstly I made paste from 1L of boiling water and just under 1/4 cup of cornflour (made into a slurry with water and then whisked in). I cooked it until it thickened and would come away from the bottom of the pan when I tilted the pan and drew the whisk or a brush through it. Wait for it to cool and put it in some kind of practical container. I put the pan in the sink with cold water around it and it was cool by the time I had cut the fabric.


I cut the fabric to size and ironed it.

I put a fair slather of paste on the wall with a 5mm brush before putting up the fabric. It can be repositioned, removed, trimmed and whatever else you need while the paste is drying. i went along the top sides of the fabric again after putting it up just to make sure they were really stuck and well pasted up.

The hallway
BEFORE


AFTER


The kitchen
BEFORE


AFTER




 
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Range hob covers on: December 23, 2014 03:41:50 PM
Oh wow you weren't kidding about the hot! I didn't know you could cover the hobs on an aga without incinerating whatever was left on them. That said, your solution sounds sturdy enough. They look great.
7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: my first stained glass window on: December 19, 2014 03:20:50 PM
Pretty - but mature? Maybe wrong image tag here!
8  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Healthier Potato rosti brunch (I just had for dinner) on: December 18, 2014 10:15:01 PM
I hope you enjoy it! It's dead easy, filling food. Smiley
9  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Healthier Potato rosti brunch (I just had for dinner) on: December 17, 2014 02:10:28 AM
So, I was looking to make potato rosti without adding a tonne of oil or relying on butter. I decided to just grate the potato reasonably finely, squeeze out the water, add herbs and cook in a pan sprayed with olive oil. Surprise - it was just as good. Hash browns and the like are yummy, but I really can't face that much oil (or recipes calling for butter. Not in my dinner!)

I then popped the rest in the oven to bake.


I wilted some spinach, added mozzarella slices and pesto then topped with two eggs.


I recommend this to you to fill your belly. Veganise by leaving off the eggs and cheese and it would still be great just pesto-ed and spinach-ed.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: The easiest BAG TAG from foam sheet. on: December 15, 2014 10:23:27 PM
Very sensible! I might do this to my travel bags to make them easy to spot. Thanks!
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