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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Eddie Izzard Swap?? on: September 11, 2005 06:49:34 PM
This sounds so wrong to non-Eddie lovers---

I ADORE babies on spikes!!!!!!!
(I think I had that guidance councelor.)

btw- anyone old enough and east-coast enough to remember the commecials for the store, "crazy eddie's?"
(that was random)
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Question for the professional designers... on: September 11, 2005 05:11:30 PM
Oh wow- I just noticed the post had responses!  Thanks everyone for the advice...  Ended up with a really good resolution:  Contacted my new client directly (yes, my new client...  *grins*) and spoke about specifics- what she liked so much about it- and how she envisioned the setup at her event--- turns out that I have an old tobogan (sp?) that's better scaled to use for her- and I have no personal attachment to it...  Everybody's happy.  My Flexible Flyer is back over my door supporting a topiary and weathervane...

For the future, I'll be sure to spell things out a lot more clearly- and definitely use the astronomical quote method- the truly priceless will never leave my grips again (I'm scouting for another sled at all the swap meets now...)

Other uses for the sleds:  Instead of shelving (which isn't as easy to rig as you'd expect) could include a towel bar in a guest bath- or a small media rack, or even a cocktail table.  Cut down the runners and mount some heavy double bar hinges and you get some wicked doors for an armoire...  Maybe built out with a few salvaged runners welded vertically could make an airy base for a vessel sink...  (Can we tell I specialize in repurposing things in unexpected ways?)  I'm toying with an idea for an outdoor bench as well- but haven't had time to mess with drawing up plans...Figure 3 or 4 of 'em for backs- built a base- some nice buffalo check cushions--- VERY lodgey...  ((always a challenge to get the "lodge" in without any taxidermy...  Someplace I just won't go.))
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: can someone explain American food to an Aussie?? on: September 10, 2005 10:49:28 PM
Oh yeah--- there's a big difference between the Kraft stuff and the REAL thing, baby...

You know- it's not that heavy- just marshmellows- I could send it over...  (My SuperFresh carries the big plastic tub- think Quart size- of Fluff...)
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: can someone explain American food to an Aussie?? on: September 10, 2005 10:16:18 PM
What??!?!  No Fluff on the left coast???  That's almost sinful!

(my mother and I both used to spend rainy days inside with a jar of fluff, two spoons, some tea, and some good books...)))

5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: can someone explain American food to an Aussie?? on: September 01, 2005 10:55:47 AM
Sure, you can eat tortillas on their own, the flour ones are a quick and easy breakfast warmed up on a skillet and smothered in butter and jelly, or some leftover meat and eggs. Just about anything that you like in a sandwich will be just fine wrapped up in a tortilla.
I think a lot are thinking of the pre-packaged tortillas that you find smothered in plastic in the refrig section of the grocery store...  While those will work for wraps and whatnot-- there's nothing like a fresh tortilla from the local tortilliaria (sp?)- I'm lucky to have one downtown that has them all fresh and ready daily- occasionally, when I'm particularly patient, I can wait and get warm ones fresh from the pots...  Mmmm...   SO soft and good!!!!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: mispronunciations! 'fess up! on: September 01, 2005 07:24:09 AM
Us Italians here on the east coast pronounce focaccia:
fo-KAH-chia
Wow, that's funny. That's how I've always said it, however....My boyfriend's dad is Italian, which I'm sure of, but I think that his dad likes to, um, embroider how Italian they really are. Maybe this is b.s, maybe it's not (though I tend to believe the former) but he says the way it ought to be said, according to whichever part of Italy they're from, is fo-cahss (as in rhymes with Ross)- uh. And if you ever pronounce it any other way in front of him, oh lord help you. So I just refrain from calling it anything in front of him, saying instead, "Could you pass the flat bread?" Maybe they think I'm slow in the head because of it, but I prefer not to be ridden about it. Anyone else ever heard it pronounced this way? Should I stop calling "dad" a total bullshitter? Thanks! Wink

That really surprises me, when i went to italy that is NOT how they pronounced it... (i went to naples/ tuscany area). the "cc" in italian makes a "ch" sound, and they tend to extend the vowel sounds out like FOH- CAAAAA-CHIA. of course, he may be sicilian or another southern accent, but he shouldn't bollock you for that pronounciation.. with "ciabatta" it was CI-BAAA-TA

You're absolutely right--- And the Napoli pronounciation should be adhered to--- It's the origin of the dish... (Thank you Mario Batali and Pauli at my neighborhood Italian joint who was from Naples- and has an amazingly beautiful nephew that visits and works there in the summer...  But I digress...)
Anyway--- I think your Father in Law's pullin' your chain- or just misguided in a distilled Italian-American way about the mother language...  It he, by and chance, tryin' to get you to call it, "Fooo-gasz" (the K sound in there turning soft- into a G?)  'Cause then it's funny- and he's pullin' your chain- and just being a silly Italian-American who's watched too much Pacino and Pesci...  LOL
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Imaginary Friends on: September 01, 2005 07:13:11 AM
FWIW- I had an assistant once that had a combo of Aspy/OCD---  She was the BEST!  I'm notoriously scatalogical- and I know I drove her wild (she got major hazard pay for dealing with me)- but I don't know if I could ever have functioned at the company without her!  Granted, she wasn't someone I wanted on the phone with clients- she was kinda, well, brisk with people- but DAMN, she was one hell of an administrator.  One of the higher-ups stole her from me shortly before I left-  She didn't want to go, but I asked her to test it out for a few weeks (the pay increase alone was worth it.)  Turns out she loved it. 
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Post Secret Swap Round II {SIGN-UP CLOSED: First mail out 9/15} on: August 31, 2005 11:46:22 AM
Yeah- I think DC's will slow everyone down--- they're just postcards or envelopes--- a lot easier to slap on a stamp and drop in a box--- Gettin' a DC- having to hand your secret over to the raised eyebrow of the postal matrons--- I dunno--- Even I would get squeamish thinking about that.   Good call.
Keep it honest people--- honest secrets- honest swappers...
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: HELPPPP last-minute school concern!!! on: August 31, 2005 08:52:04 AM
My solution to this (considering my HS was a sprawling campus- and Honors labs were always WAAYYYY down on the opposite corners of the campus) was to use manilla folders to hold the day's required items for each class- and keep a binder at the locker with those clear-page protector pockets...  I could load up the page protectors with a chapter/unit when I was done with it- and move onto another one...  Kinda a $$$ solution- but it worked wonderfully...
Also- if- and only if you're a super geek--- you can find pdf versions of a lot of text books these days- and load them onto a pda. (Yes, I did that in college- I'm a dork, I know.)  My Journada carried everything for a semester's worth of classes- and I could synch it to my pc at the dorm...
On the clip board side--- can I recommend the aluminum kind that have a "box" on the bottom to hold other loose pages, pens, even a small book?  You can find them at Staples and such- and they're amazingly handy--- and aluminum, so they're light and shiny.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Hello Old Navy "Designers" cause I know ya'll are looking at Craftster...a lot! on: August 26, 2005 02:35:23 PM
Listen, if I were in that kind of a marketing position, you bet your bippy I'd be hunting down ideas on Craftster to take back to the factory...  There's no doubt about it--- Craftster IS hip and cool- we're cutting edge, if not bleeding edge- and we get to see the aesthetic likes and machinations of a very nice demographic.  If I were in that kind of marketing position, I'd use this place for the wealth of knowledge it is.  And I wouldn't be surprised if there aren't some in that position already doing the same exact thing.
I can't make any judgements about right or wrong in this case...  I've got a very open-source, start-my-orange-peel-for-me, steak-and-granola kinda mindset (if you can follow that.)  It's just what it is- and it happens.  Frankly, if OldNavy is gonna make 125,000 copies of a bag I post on here and sell 'em for 12.99- well, then people will know, "Hey- there's a hand-made bag- it looks like the OldNavy one, but look at the extra detailing on that!" and pony up the extra $40 for my special time, care, attention, and experience with the item.
I've had it happen with furniture- where one designer uses something in a new way- has a showhouse opening- then everyone's doing it.  It just happens--- and that's what prompts folks to keep innovating.
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