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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 107, 108, & 109 Gallery & Discussion 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.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 1930s chairs get a facelift on: November 14, 2014 01:03:44 AM
Ooh how exciting.

I will take some pics of the back, some details and the tacks and post them on the weekend Smiley
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 1930s chairs get a facelift 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!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 107, 108, & 109 Gallery & Discussion 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!
5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Spicy broad (fava) beans - crunchy bar snack :) on: November 06, 2014 10:59:22 PM
Do! They're so good for you and are really yummy when crunched up. Apparently dried ones also work well and then you don't even have to pod them.
6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Spicy broad (fava) beans - crunchy bar snack :) 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.

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 107, 108 Gallery & Discussion 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.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 107, 108 Gallery & Discussion 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!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 107, 108 Gallery & Discussion on: October 16, 2014 03:56:48 AM
Yeah I don't get the purpose of wrapping food to freeze... I just use plastic containers or bags. Still, I have found a substitute! Disposable paper palettes from a cheapy shop  - 40 sheets for $2.50AUD. Cheap as and waxed on one side. Irons on just fine and comes off without residue. I've just used a sheet to make a shirt for Grab a Coffee. Very please to find something I can get locally and cheaply to do stencils on fabric.

I also just recieved from Anna.Wahnsinn. A very beautiful and superbly neat letter organiser for my wall. It is much needed and in fab colours. It is late night here so my photos are turning out absolutely terribly so I will take a nice one once the sun comes up in the morning. Thank you so much! It's a lovely surprise getting happy mail, even when you know it is coming Smiley
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Polymer Clay Food Miniatures and Jewelry on: October 14, 2014 06:36:11 PM
I see an NZ coin! Yay!

So fun. I have no idea how you make them that small.  Shocked
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