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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / What can I grow without a yard? on: June 01, 2006 09:26:58 AM
Hi everyone,
I'm moving in a few weeks and I will have a bit more space to have green things, both indoors and out. I don't have any sort of a yard (that is mine for planting in at least) but I would like to grow some potted herbs, veggies if possible, and brighten up the interior with a few house plants. The thing is, I have never grown anything in my life. Ever. Any suggestions for herbs/veggies that are easy to grow in pots (but in smallish amounts) and for houseplants that won't easily die under my care? I live in central Ohio, and I have a curious dog too, so pet-safe houseplants are a must. I would be starting to grow and plant these things around the first week in July. (I'm not sure what things have to be planted at what times of year)
Thanks for any advice you can give!  Grin
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / polymer clay too dark?! on: May 09, 2006 01:42:51 PM
I got some polymer clay the other day to make beads with, after several years of not making anything. I made some sushi earrings (rice topped w/tuna) out of Premo. The rice and the light stripes in the tuna came out sort of brown tinted when I was done baking it. I followed the temp and time recommendations on the package---should I be baking at a lower temperature when I use translucent clay? Is there anything else I can do to prevent the "baked" look? (It is supposed to be raw sushi after all  Grin)
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / handmade bead swap? on: April 28, 2006 09:53:21 AM
I have been making a lot of jewelry lately, and started to make my own beads again as well. Would anyone be interested in a handmade bead swap? Polymer clay, paper, wood, crocheted and knitted beads, etc...I think it would be fun. Maybe 1-2 large beads/pendants and a handful of smaller beads per swapper? I'm not sure if I'd be able to organize, because I am in the midst of finishing up my degree and graduating this quarter (yay!), but I guess it depends on interest and when we wanted to have it.
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / MSG-Free? on: August 17, 2005 11:26:29 AM
I recently found out that MSG in foods may be causing my long-time migraines/dizziness. Apparently it is in just about everything we eat and in people who are sensitive to it, it can cause a whole mess of problems. (If anyone would like more information, a great site/book info is here: www.msgmyth.com) I am hopeful that cutting out MSG will work for me, as I have always have a tendency to eat a lot of processed foods and such, and have nearly always suffered from spells of extreme dizziness, and now migraines. My doctor just keeps pushing more medicine on me, but if this is something I can control with diet alone, then of course I would love to. Anyhow, I was wondering if anyone else on here has decided to stop eating food with MSG, or at least cut back, and if they can recommend any non-MSG food brands or restaurant items? Recipes would also be great.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / help on making wedding guestbook on: July 28, 2005 07:31:06 AM
I am getting married in November and am trying to make as many things as possible.
I really like the idea of sending out guestbook pages/asking for people to bring pictures and then compiling them into a more personal guestbook after the wedding. I am trying to design a card which fits in my invitations which simply asks that people bring a picture with them (of them and me, them and my fiance, all of us, etc), but I don't can't for the life of me come up with a good way to word it. Our wedding will be moderately fancy (I'm not sure how that happened--here is my wedding theme and such, in an earlier thread http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=29211.0) and I am making my invitations myself. Basic wording of "____ & ____, together with their parents, request the pleasure of your company at their marriage..." I'm not sure how to politely ask people to come to my wedding AND bring photos. Has anyone else done this?
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / crochetme's book thong pattern on: July 15, 2005 10:56:00 PM
I have been wanting to make the book thong from the crochetme website for a while. I finally bought some crochet thread and a steel hook, and now the website doesn't appear to be working! All day, the attempts to reach it have timed out. Does anyone happen to have this pattern saved or printed and could pm me the basics? I would really like to make one for a friend in the next few days.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Dutch patterns? on: May 29, 2005 07:12:54 PM
Could anyone point me in the direction of a Dutch inspired embroidery/cross stitch pattern? I'm thinking maybe the "classic" image of a little Dutch girl or something similar. I have a friend whose parents are both from Holland, although she was born here, and I'd like to make her something with this image on it. It could also just be a simple drawing that I could then play around with, I just need somewhere to start
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Dog-Proof Trash Can? on: April 29, 2005 06:50:54 AM
Semi-craft related: I have a bloodhound who loves to get in the trash and pull out whatever smells good. And with her awesome sense of smell, pretty much everything smells intriguing to her. She is very good at opening lids, and I think she would even figure out the kind that you step on. I need to either come up with some sort of a cover for our current trash can, maybe with a zipper opening, or find a pup-proof store bought can. Has anyone else solved the problem of curious dogs getting into their trash? If so, I would love to hear how. We currently keep our can on top of the washer in our off-the-kitchen laundry room, but we are moving soon and will no longer have a closet to hide it in.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / first beaded earrings on: April 26, 2005 11:56:40 AM
I just got my ears pierced about 6 weeks ago and was finally able to change my earrings, but....I didn't have any. So I started making earrings last week and I think they are pretty good so far. My friend and I are in the midst of starting an online business, do you think these are sell-able? I was thinking about 12-15 bucks a pair depending on the cost of the beads.

I'm not sure that Yahoo allows me to post them here, so I'll just post the link to my album:

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/mandy.hinds@sbcglobal.net/my_photos

They are in the album labeled "earrings" (I know some of them are blurry, I will be using different pics on our website though)
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / ideas for a making a large rug? on: April 07, 2005 08:17:12 PM
My fiance and I live in a 2nd floor apartment, however our stairs are inside the apartment and thus we have this weird foyer/entryspace that is basically just....4 feet square maybe? I was thinking I should make a rug to put down there to wipe our feet (and our dog's) when we come in (so think easily washable) and also to perhaps brighten up the foyer. I was going to buy an area rug and then I realized that in that size they can be pretty pricey.... I was thinking about crocheting one but I'm not sure if I want to tackle a large scale crochet project at the moment. Has anyone else made a rug before out of any other materials, or have any other ideas?
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