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681  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Bowling Ball Garden Sphere on: July 06, 2008 09:28:28 AM
I had something similar, but didn't craft it up like you. (nice idea, btw!)
I just collected bowling balls from yard sales and thrift stores - just the swirly glittery kind - dunked them in Future for a good shine, and stuck them around my garden so they poked up from the ground cover.
682  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: What can you do with that old window?? on: July 06, 2008 09:13:07 AM
Wish I had pics, but it's easy to imagine...

I had an old 6-pane window hanging around for awhile. I had removed the glass and began sanding it, preparing to paint, but when I saw the layers of white, cream, pale green, turquoise, and tan under all the last layer of white paint, I stopped sanding.

I put a clear-coat over all the wood, put some eyehooks along the top, and while it was drying, went through some photo albums.

I found pics of my hubby, and his sister and brother when they were kids, then more recent shots of them. I scanned them into my Photoshop, resized them, tinted the old photos sepia tone, and printed them out. I dug through my craft supplies and found 6 oval cut mats in white. I put the glass back into the window frame with a matted photo in each pane, kiddy pics in one row, adult pics in the other.

I wrapped it up and gave it to my (crafty) Mom-in-law for Christmas. She liked it so much, she cried! The perfect gift for a hard-to-buy-for person...
683  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Favorite "Weird" Food? on: July 05, 2008 02:04:57 PM
GAH!!! And I thought my dad's omelets were gross! He would put anything left over into an omelet! Now, a chili omelet is tasty, and a chinese food omelet is okay, but DON'T COMBINE THEM!!! And he wondered why none of us kids were ever hungry when he cooked breakfast!

And every time I visit my grandmother, I go through her fridge and dump foods that expired years ago (usually she bought the item so long ago, it expired long before she even opened it!), as well as things like green beans that have turned grey from being reheated a gazillion times. Once she took a cheese dip to a church function. Someone commented on it, and she informed them it was made with the last of the cheese her sister had giver her before she died - 15 years previous!

My favorite 'weird' consumable is kombucha tea - it's a fermented tea made by letting this thing called a scoby grow in it. You put a scoby in when you make it, then it grows a new baby scoby while it turns plain sweetened tea into a healthy brew. There's even a woman who grows huge scobys to create 'body puppets' as art!
684  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: what to do with sangria fruit? on: July 05, 2008 01:46:30 PM
Mmmmmmm! I like that last idea, maybe make Popsicles too?
OMG - if you type the word popcicles without capitalizing it and do a spell check on it, one of the suggested replacement words is testicles!!!
685  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Rhonda's Fast and Fabulous Blender Salsa on: July 05, 2008 01:42:58 PM
My daughter was kind enough (and addicted enough) to watch me make this and write it all down, which is a good thing, because every time I take it anywhere, people beg for the recipe. I handed out a dozen copies at my family reunion!
It may sound complicated, but all you do is grill the peppers and onion, and throw it all into a blender. My daughter just like things to be VERY clear!
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This recipe makes 5 quarts of salsa, which isn't very much in this house.
need:
4 28oz cans of diced tomatoes (or 7lbs of fresh tomatoes, preferably roma)
8 or 10 jalapeno peppers (or about 6oz to 7oz canned diced jalapenos)
3 or 4 large green pablano chili peppers (or about 6oz to 7oz canned whole green chili peppers)
1 large red onion
1 clove of garlic
1 bunch of cilantro
1 whole lime (or 2-3 tbsp lime juice)
about 1 tsp (or less) of fresh-ground pepper
1/2 tsp salt
a blender
a container that can hold 5 quarts (we use old ice cream buckets)
do:
1. It is not necessary, but I prefer to grill the whole peppers until their skins are black. You may also grill the onion, preferably on a higher level than the peppers.
2. Wearing a glove or other protection, cut the stem nubs off of the jalapeno peppers.
3. Using the "liquefy" feature, blend the jalapeno peppers with one can of tomatoes until the entire mixture moves (instead of just the lower part). Pour into a storage container.
4. Cut the stem nubs off of the green chili peppers, slice them open and remove the seeds (the seeds are very bitter; gloves are not necessary).
5. Liquefy the green chili peppers with another can of tomatoes until the whole mixture moves. Pour into the storage container.
6. Cut the onion into a few pieces and the garlic clove in half, and liquefy with another can of tomatoes until the whole mixture moves. Pour into the storage container.
7. Remove old/dead leaves from the bunch of cilantro. Using scissors, cut the leaves off into the blender (I just snip the bunch in about half, where the leaves start thinning out).
8. Liquefy the cilantro leaves with the last can of tomatoes until the entire mixture moves. Pour into the storage container.
9. Add salt and pepper as per your taste.
10. Cut the lime in half and squeeeeeeeeeze all the juice into the salsa.
11. Completely stir the salsa.

Keep the salsa refrigerated, and it should last about a week. Well, only if you don't eat it all the first day!
686  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Any one else in the River Falls area on here? on: July 05, 2008 01:11:02 PM
Hi All-
I'm Rhonda aka odd_artist, and I'm wondering if there are any crafters here that reside in River Falls, Wisconsin?
The annual 'Art on the Kinnie' is coming up in early September, and while I don't have enough stuff to rent a booth for, I'm dragging out all the stuff I've stored the past few years, and will be setting my booth up in my front yard. I'm just off Cascade near the college, and if anyone is interested, there's room for a few more crafters.
I'll have about 20 paintings that have been returned from a gallery I was in out in Nashville, as well as some stuff I've hung onto from my past craft sales. I'm also in the middle of about 25 birdhouses I'm building out of reclaimed wood.
If you are interested in setting up a table, let me know. If you just want to shop, that's ok too!

I call myself an experimental artist - I explore an idea for awhile, then jump into something else. My evil daughter turned me onto this site a few days ago by sending the link for that awesome bench made from repurposed chairs and a headboard. That's the type of thing I enjoy doing the most! Too bad I didn't find you sooner - for years my family has said 'Don't let Mom see that! She'll make a lamp out of it!"
687  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Imperfect dildos and butt plugs on: July 05, 2008 08:34:00 AM
This thread reminds me of the stick-shift knob I had made for my VW many moons (decades) ago. I worked in a place that made those LOVELY ashtrays with a pic underneath, surrounded by hunks of resin-dipped rocks - basic tourist crap. My dad owned it, and had asked me to create an armadillo in clay, and make several molds to be used at work. After I had completed this project, I reused the (non-drying) clay to make a nice handful of resting cock-and-balls, created a mold, and the next time I went to work, I took the knob off my gear-shift and imbedded it in the resin I had poured into the mold.
I enjoyed driving a lot more for awhile, until the day my dad's car broke down and he borrowed mine. He didn't notice what he was gripping for several miles, but when he did, he almost had an accident! Out the window went my knob.
I'm thinking of making another mold and selling the knobs on eBay - if they will allow it!
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