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11  Spicy pickled yellow beans in Recipes and Cooking Tips by phreed83 on: July 03, 2009 05:48:26 PM


Is is wrong that I grow fresh veggies just to pickle them?  I just finished my first batch of the year of pickled yellow beans and will eat them within a few days, so I'm not bothering to really can them - just stick them in the fridge. Later in the season, I'll use canning jars and process them for 20 min in a hot water canner.

They are just so good -- hot, garlicky and salty -- not too vinegar-y.  This year I'm experimenting with a lowered sodium salt -- Diamond Crystal Salt Sense, otherwise, this is the recipe I usedhttp://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,162,158171-224197,00.html.  I also substitute 1/2 tsp of Red Pepper Flakes for the whole peppers.
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12  silk scarf to crocheted flower pin & cuff bracelet in Crochet: Completed Projects by phreed83 on: April 20, 2009 07:28:40 AM
I buy a lot of vintage scarves and ties for my eBay business, but when I get them home I often find a few with spots or little holes that rule them out for sales. The fabric is so nice though that I've been trying to turn them into craft materials and lately have been making them into different types of flower pins, etc. This is my favorite so far. 



I took a square silk scarf and cut it into a continuous thin strip (cut to about 1/8 of an inch from an edge, stop, turn the piece and cut from the other side) and crocheted it into an 8-inch strip about 2-inches wide with a scalloped edge on one side (actually I was trying to make a cuff bracelet thingy, but the strip was curving) rolled it into a flower shape and stitched it in place.  Then I made a covered button and leaves from some of the remaining scarf fabric and stitched them on - added a pin.

I did wind up having enough to make the cuff I'd originally intended as well. I meant to use 2 small covered buttons so it would look more like a set, but lost the package somehow over the past couple of days.  I'd been dying to use this great old flower-shaped shell button anyway.



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13  Simple padded headboard in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by phreed83 on: April 17, 2009 06:12:01 AM


Last week we moved furniture around and ended up getting rid of the giant wooden sleighbed - it took up way too much room and was way too high.  Since I have zero extra cash I found a piece of MDF in the garage, an old foam mattress pad and a piece of fabric from my stash (that miraculously was a perfect match with our duvet) and got stapling.

The result was about 4 inches too small for our queen bed, so I added a painted frame with some leftover paint from a different project.  I did spend $10 on this bar-shaped hanging device that holds up to 200 pounds and comes with a built-in level. - one piece goes on the thing you're hanging, the other on the wall and they lock together holding it tightly against the wall - works amazingly well.  It's called the Hangman Picture Hanging System - got it at Lowe's.

I'm thinking of adding some of that really thin wooden trim around the outside of the frame and maybe right next to the padded part to make it look a bit more finished, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Now I just need to make some sort of pillow with a pattern or graphic.
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14  Wine cork collector frame in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by phreed83 on: April 17, 2009 05:37:08 AM



I made this after I saw something similar at a craft fair for way more than I could spend.  I just bought a wooden shadowbox frame from Michaels - and used a 1-inch spade drill bit to make the hole in the top (cut out a hole in the liner first), found a vintage wine image online to print out and glue onto the liner and started drinking.  Nice way to commemorate special bottles or dates - write a date or message on the cork before you pop it in.

I wrote an ehow article - http://www.ehow.com/how_4880534_keepsake-wine-cork-collectors-frame.html - describing the process in more depth - but it's pretty intuitive.
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15  My first bag - vintage tie tote w/ ipod/phone pockets in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by phreed83 on: April 15, 2009 06:23:50 PM
This is pretty basic, but it's my first attempt at a bag and I think it turned out cute - 2 sturdy vintage neckties and some white denim I got at an estate sale.  The inspiration was an eHow article request for "How to Make Book Bags."

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16  Cupcake kettle cozy in Crochet: Completed Projects by phreed83 on: March 27, 2009 04:49:13 AM


I am so lazy that I normally make my daily pot 'o tea right in my 60oz electric kettle. I put some in a thermos for later in the day, but the remainder cools pretty rapidly. I wanted a cozy that completely covered it - giant handle on the top and all - so I whipped up this extra-large cupcake. 

I single crocheted a strip that would fit around the bottom and stitched it together - so it would look like the lines left on the cupcake when the paper is removed. The top is spiral double crochet with a shell stitch ruffle around the bottom. A single crochet ball is the cherry on top.

If I did it again, I would double my yarn to get a thicker layer on top - and do the bottom in dark brown (I love a Devil's food cupcake).
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17  Attack of the giant Yeti monster in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by phreed83 on: February 20, 2009 06:09:31 AM


I feel like I've been working on this guy forever. He turned out to be huge - about 8 inches tall.  I bought the pattern from Roxycraft and planned to make him for my daughter for Christmas. I didn't end up getting started until the end of January and just finished.

I made a few changes to the original pattern - mainly just customized the details - a bigger mouth with teeth instead of a line smile and claws.  I'm fairly happy with how it turned out (my hood is a little baggy because I clearly can't count rounds) - my daughter loved it - even though she could not keep her eyes open in any of the pics I took. Now onto the next -- my younger daughter wants a Shadow from Sonic the Hedgehog, so I'll have to do a bit of investigating.

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18  Re: OG Hat-along -- Hip Hats & Cool Caps by Afya Ibomu in Crochetalongs by phreed83 on: January 15, 2009 03:49:10 PM
Finished it -- came out pretty well and very warm. I may embellish it a bit with a flower, or little crocheted feather.




Added a few rows to the brim from the pattern in the book -- could have probably added another.  The puff-stitch fabric is so firm that it pretty much holds any shape, so you can fashion the crown into any shape -- also works well pulled down as a cloche.
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19  Multi-media jellyfish amigurumi in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by phreed83 on: January 03, 2009 10:20:48 PM



I've had this idea ever since I did a project making tealite holders from melted CD-Roms - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=278726.msg3154039#msg3154039 - last month.  When I was experimenting, I got a melt that didn't turn out, but reminded me of a jellyfish cap, so I hung onto it until I could figure out how to do it.

i made a standard ball and hung 6 curls around the outside and 6 chains from lower down on the ball. Then I made another round piece to cover the hole and clear area at the center of the the CD and stitched it to the ball through the open part.

The yarn is just light blue acrylic, but I added this really thin silver metallic yarn to the chains and cap-- I got a whole spool of this Lurex Metallic Yarn at an estate sale, it's exactly the same texture as Christmas tree tinsel, but thinner.
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20  Teen girl room - low-budget style - lots of pics in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by phreed83 on: January 03, 2009 06:55:13 PM
I did this room for my daughter last summer, but I'm just getting around to posting.  She's 15 and an artist.  She wanted each wall painted a different color of chalkboard paint -- keyed to the characters in a comic she draws.  After looking at the price of chalkboard paint, I convinced her to go with panels of it in those colors so I only had to buy small cans (though after using it I found I could have probably painted a whole wall with it - very little paint was used for each 2-3/4 by about 6ft panel).

The inspiration was the glass lamp I found with the tags from Target still on it  for $5 at a yard sale. Then we found the bedding at Kohl's on sale for $35 and I bought 2 door-curtains that matched the comforter for $10 each to make the wall hanging over the bed.  I attached the leftover ones to some netting I had laying around for the curtains -- I backed the east-facing window with a white sheet to provide a little better light blockage. 

The headboard was a $9 Goodwill find, painted white - and the ceiling fan/light was brand-new in the box at a yard-sale for $5.  We accessorized with all her many anime, cartoon and neopets toys.

I neglected to take a "before" photo, but her last theme was an exotic Indian affair with sari curtains, a bright blue sponge-painted ceiling (reason the ceiling is aqua instead of white) and all-over wallpaper that was a nightmare to remove.  Luckily, a lot of the exotic stuff migrated to little sister's room for her "leopard-print princess" room -- I'll have to post pics of that if she ever cleans the room.





In case anyone wonders how the chalkboard paint holds up, this has been drawn on and erased many times.  It is 3 coats over white primer.  Actually I taped over the primer and it became the white frame for all the panels - cause I'm lazy that way.



Also to the left of the bed above the bookcase is now a metal-strip magnet board -- I did a post about it before, but here it is again.  (the wall above the other bookcase is also now plastered with Bleach (an anime/manga) posters and there is tons of paper and much other junk spilling from all sides of the bed (I really should have invested in a bedskirt).



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