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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Keeping Birds Away ? on: June 09, 2005 11:19:06 AM
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.


2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Unbiased from Knitty question on: May 30, 2005 09:40:47 AM
I'm currently knitting Unbiased as well. 

I haven't read through the whole pattern, but I was assuming that the size 7's could be used for the strap maybe - it might not stretch as much if knitted on smaller needles.

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sari bedskirt and pillows on: May 29, 2005 06:29:15 AM
To find a sari:

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.
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: moving out (FINALLY) on: February 24, 2005 07:04:48 PM
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. 

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: degrassi junior high on: February 23, 2005 07:14:51 PM
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! 
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: I thought I knew how to knit but I don't and I am sad. on: February 15, 2005 06:16:12 AM

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!

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Band t-shirt blanket on: February 02, 2005 01:44:20 PM
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.)

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Quilted Tooth Fairy(with Jordy bag) on: February 02, 2005 01:37:50 PM
Very cute and very smart!  No rummaging under the pillow for the tooth Smiley
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: "Masala" crazy quilt on: February 02, 2005 01:35:41 PM
I love it!

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.

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: real simple on: January 30, 2005 10:17:22 AM
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.
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