Does anyone have any ideas on how to keep birds away from gardens. Or more specifically, how to get them to NOT eat my thyme, basil, and pansies? I don't want to put netting around my containers (balcony garden), but it might have to come to that. No one I have talked to had ever heard of birds eating basil before. And most of the garden pest-related literature that I have come across only deals with bugs.
Interestingly, I found many websites detailing how to attract birds to your garden.
1) Go to a big city that has an Indian area (with Shops etc). As an example, you'd head to Gerrard Street in Toronto, but I'm sure most large cities have an Indian area -- Even just an Indian shop in a small city might do, or they might be able to give you ideas and/or order one for you.
2) A lot of Indian families living in North America travel to India to buy things like saris, I'm not sure if it is a quality thing or not, but if you hear of anyone going to India, just ask them to pick you one up. You can get a fairly fancy one for about $10, but really fancy saris (ie, wedding saris) are way over $100-1000 +.
3) If you have any Indian friends ask if they have any extra saris at home. Chances are they will have a lot of old ones or ones that they don't want anymore and would be happy to give them to you. I'm going to make a sari quilt for an Indian friend, and her mom told me not to buy any because she has tonnes of old ones that I can use. I didn't consider this until she offered.
The bedding combo is beautiful. One day when I get my quilt finished I'll be sure to post it.
Things that are in regular rotation at my and my boyfriend's house:
-fajitas - I tried them with pork once and it worked well; pork is cheaper than chicken. Or, just have peppers and beans as the filling
-homemade pizza - we make dough in a bread maker, but its also fairly easy to make by hand and it freezes well. or you can just use pita shells.
-Pad Thai - fairly quick and simple, and if you have an asian grocery store nearby you can buy cheap noodles.
-various curries - you can easily bulk them up with mushrooms and other veggies and lots of rice. There's a brand of curry pastes that I love: Asian Home Gourmet, they make all sorts of Thai and Indian mixes.
-pasta with homemade sauce: saute garlic in olive oil, add dried red chili, add a can of tomatos and oregano and basil, simmer.
-"fancy" sandwiches - a bagette, cheese, pesto: anything more exciting than your usual sandwich. I've been grilling portabello mushroom in the toaster oven for these sandwiches lately.
-anything on the bbq, if you're lucky enough to have a porch. We don't have a big bbq, just a little portable one. You can also get $3.00 disposable/recyclable ones that would be perfect for a picnic in the park incase you can't have one at your apartment.
I also really like Jamie Oliver cookbooks. Some of the recipes are kind of fussy, but some of them are surprisingly simple good.
There's a series of books too! They're great.. My highschool had them, and a couple of my friends in university had them as well. You could get the "Spike" book, or "Snake" book, and it was told from their point of view. I had fun comparing Spike and Shane's account of the night at the party.
I've actually watched from the beginning.. I can't remember when, but I remember watching the kids of degrassi street on Sunday mornings when I was 6 or so I think (back in the mid 80's). Ahh Degrassi. Nowadays, i also love Degrassi the Next Generation. I think they deal with good issues - generally what I read in the Saturday Globe and Mail will be a part of an episode showing soon after (i.e., Emma's "hooking up" episodes).
Anyway, I think a bedazzeled jean jacket would be great. Or you could try to fashion some of Lucy's outfits - she always had the greatest clothes which are probably somewhat in style now. And, I agree, anything Zit Remedy. Or a journal, like a Degrassi day planner would be great.
As a side note, does anyone remember the episode when one of the twins got Mono from kissing high school boys? Well, the summer after grade 4, I went on a family vacation with my parents and got really sick. I overheard my parents discussing the possibility that I might have mono and I yelled "NOOOOOO!! I don't have mono!" I was so upset because I knew it as "the kissing disease" and I didn't want them thinking that I was kissing boys!
Thanks for your explanation. I tried to modify the way I knit to make it more "proper", but in doing so I started twisting my stitches. So the first way that I knit I was knitting into the back and purling into the front, but I guess i was wrapping the yarn the right way. When I started knitting into the front and purling from the back i wrapped the yarn the same way (clockwise) and my stitches are crossed. I figured it out with your pulling the yarn apart tip.
I might stick to felting... then it doesn't matter what the stitches look like!
One of my good friends mom has done this for my friend and her brother and sister with various t-shirts from when they were growing up. Starting with a t-shirt from kindergarten up to the end of high school, she made them each a quilt for when they started university. They turned out really neat, and included lots of neat t-shirts from their childhoods (sports teams, favourite tshirts etc.)
I'm going to India soon (6.5 weeks!) and my plan is to bring back a suitcase full of fabric to make some quilts out of.. So hopefully I'll have my own spicy masala quilts completed in a year or so. I'm picturing lots of silk, cotton, and colour. I can't wait to go to the markets to do some fabric shopping.
I started reading Real Simple pretty much from day 1, but I haven't enjoyed it as much recently. No offence to the new editor (who's been there for almost 2 years I guess), but i haven't liked it as much since the switch. I think it used to be a little more edgy, but now i think it's more ultra conservative. I find a lot of things in it really obvious, and I don't like the short cuts that the recipes are based on a lot of the time. I really don't like that they automatically renewed my subscription before I had a chance to cancel it...
Anyway, I have enjoyed the last few issues more though, so maybe things are getting better. And in general the magazine does have some inspiring craft ideas in it.