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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Gung Haggis Fat Choy! on: January 10, 2006 02:10:31 PM
This will probably strike a great many of you as incredibly bizarre, BUT...
Chinese New Year and Robbie Burns Day tend to fall very close together, and in my hometown of Vancouver it's become somewhat of  tradition to celebrate both events in one: Scottish-Chinese fusion! Even for folks that belong to neither cultural group.

I am living in Edinburgh right now, so the Scottish element of this is a no-brainer. It's the Chinese angle that poses a challenge. I've never really had any call to make Chinese dishes at home (stir-fries aside) because I lived next door to Chinatown and would just toodle over and collect a bunch of goodies and decorations.

Although I haven't got much time I am thinking of hosting a very small gathering of this sort (to the extreme puzzlement and amusement of the Scots I invite, I'm sure). Here's where you come in:

What do I cook? Not sure the restaurants will be a big help in this situation. Again, the whole Scottish element is quite amply covered (unless anyone out there has a fab recipe for something that combines both cultural elements in one dish - I am toying with the idea of "mini-haggises" that are actually potstickers...), so I am looking for cheap and easy decorating ideas and nibblies. I probably won't need to feed more than 6 people. Not looking for anything too major as I am a bit exhausted after all this Christmas business and just getting the flat back in order.

If you are from Edinburgh and can tell me where to get Chinese stuff (not food) - lanterns, lucky money, etc., please please please let me know!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Carroty goodness ... for stationery on: December 14, 2005 04:02:45 PM
Some of you may have seen the journals I stamped with a potato last week-ish, and maybe even the turnip-print Christmas cards... I raided the crisper once again to come up with these!
It's a stationery set for a friend who writes a lot of letters; I bought a package of wee brown envelopes and a writing tablet (the light, light blue kind), carved up my carrot and got stamping. I also bought a bigger envelope to fit everything into as a bit of a case, and printed it, too.
Here are the pics... I was having a hard time with the sheets of paper so I apologize in advance!







And here's the carrot!

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Beach Glass Icicles! on: December 07, 2005 04:47:54 AM
The beach closest to my house is on a shipping lane and surrounded by marinas, harbours, etc. It has a lot of junk on it, but most of it is glass. Lots and lots of beach glass ... all shapes, colours, thicknesses. Lots of it patterned, too. I'm away from home (& thus my box of Christmas decorations) this year, so I came up with these to put on the tree. The first few were made with the regular white thread that was in my Altoids sewing kit, but I eventually bought a spool of silver thread to make them sparkle a bit. I added a dab of Elmer's to the edges so gravity couldn't pull the glass out of the thread wrapping.

Close-up #1:


Close-up #2:


And the 'icicles' on the clothesline (no tree yet!):


I made 32 of these one afternoon last week; some as long as my hand, some only an inch long. I plan to send a few to friends & family in their Christmas packages.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Stamped Notebooks on: December 07, 2005 04:31:01 AM
I found these blank notebooks at the local dollar store and wanted to give them some oomph, so that I could make a gift of them to a friend for Christmas. So, so broke this year, and tight on time as they also must be mailed across the ocean. So - 1 hour, 1 potato, 2 notebooks, some acrylic paint, and voila! Cheap to make, cheap to mail.



I'm usually a lino print gal, but I can't afford lino these days, nor the time to carve and print a more intricate design. These look a lot less quick-and-dirty than I feared!
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