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1  COOKING / Dessert / Lazy banana pudding - seriously lazy on: July 18, 2008 06:02:52 PM
I heart banana pudding, but I'm frequently too lazy to make even the easier versions. Solution? Just combine a fresh banana (it really does need to be fresh - the overripe ones don't seem to work as well) with whipped cream (you can use the canned version, lite, soy cream, whatever's in your fridge). You don't need the pudding part at all - for some reason, it tastes the same. If you're feeling fancy, scoop up the mixture with vanilla wafers. For the sake of any neighbors peeping in the window, you should probably slice the banana, though.

Told y'all it was lazy Smiley
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Housewarming present! (img chubby) on: June 22, 2008 12:52:14 PM
A friend is moving into a new place this week, and I wanted to give her something that would personalize the space and (hopefully) make it feel like home as quickly as possible. I hand drew a design inspired by some sixties fabric onto a terrycloth dish towel. The design was finished using split stitch.



Closeups:




I probably won't stitch on a terrycloth towel again - the loops pull too much (as you can see in the closeups). However, I'm fairly pleased with the design and the colors, and I hope she likes it!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Four leaf clover from craft pad on: June 22, 2008 12:42:52 PM
Good luck charms seem to be the theme of the day Smiley One of my friends recently finished her master's degree, so I wanted to make her a little good luck charm as she looks for jobs/starts a new one soon back home. I stitched up a four leaf clover from the Sublime Stitching craft pad using split stitch and satin stitch, and attached it to dark green felt backing with blanket stitch. I've framed it in a cute, fancy little frame, too. I hope she likes it!



Closeup:
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / From blah white to fun purple storage on: June 20, 2008 07:55:05 PM
I have no storage in my bathroom aside from a medicine cabinet, so I stuck one of those white laminate storage things from Target under my sink. Problem is, it gets splashed by water when I wash my face or hop out of the shower...so the top looks a little water-warped. Solution? Craft paper and clear drawer liner. I can splash away without worrying now - and it matches my shower curtain Smiley



(Ignore the mess - it isn't visible when the drawers are pushed back)

Action shot


Looking at it now, though, I think I want to cover the front of the drawers too (probably in a solid purple, though).  What do you all think?
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Easy-peasy cube/side table redo on: June 20, 2008 09:10:42 AM
Inspired by a recent post from KonichiwaKay (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=251701.0), I decided to re-cover a rather ugly "box" of my own...But first, a bit of backstory: My husband has had these cubes, which we use as side tables, since well before we were married. I think they were once props from a department store his mom managed back in the day. He had covered them with a bunch of old stickers and memorabilia when he was a teenager. Very cool, but it was starting to get torn and (ick!) a little moldy-looking. I'd been ignoring that by covering them with some bright green and purple fabric from my own retail days, but I couldn't stand it anymore.

First, I cleaned the heck out of it. No more moldy-looking bits - woo! Then, I picked up some cheapie Martha Stewart craft/wrapping paper in a pretty aqua color that matches our spare room, and promptly re-covered the cube. It took two rolls (it's a pretty large cube). For the top of the cube, I put a layer of aqua glassine paper over the flower-patterned paper to make it look a bit more muted. In order to protect the paper, I also covered it in some clear, sticky  drawer liner (also, apparently, from Martha) that I had in the closet. Unfortunately, I don't have any before pics (I got too excited at the prospect of redoing it), but here's the after.... 



And an "action" shot of the cube holding my old stereo:


You can probably see a few wrinkles or bubbles in the plastic. I should have worked with slightly smaller sheets, but I think it turned out fairly well despite that. Most of the seams are on the sides and back (which you don't see). At any rate, it matches the room a heck of a lot better than it did before. I heart it Smiley
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / First Project Post - iPod cases! on: January 11, 2008 12:49:53 PM
Long time lurker, first time poster....I was inspired by Lubee's lovely post and tute here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=42994.0. Sooo, I decided to make one for myself and for a friend:



They look so sweet and innocent, yes? Maybe not...



I couldn't resist embroidering one of our favorite words on the case for Kay.

The next time I make cases like these, I'll make them a wee bit smaller and add windows for the screen and the wheel, and I still need to stitch a bit of velcro in to fasten them. In fact, I may still add those to these versions. I do have space for the headphones to come out, though. Next up with this pattern is a bunch of eyeglass cases - this basic design works remarkably well for that.

Comments? Suggestions? Smiley
7  UNITED STATES / North Carolina / Some free supplies (Charlotte area) on: June 08, 2007 05:50:13 AM
I'm about to move to Virginia, and I am trying to cut down on some of my inventory of crafty supplies. I'm still sorting through them all, but here's a brief list:

*quite a bit of waterproof (?) pale green and purple fabric - this is from a store display, and most of it was never used. It's difficult to stitch, but it works as tablecloths, etc.

*about 6 small cardstock Matisse prints

*selection of cards (with envelopes) - angels, vintage travel, etc.

*I also have some books (some craft-related, others not so much) to share for fellow Craftsters in the area.

I know there's more....just have to sort through. PM me if you're interested and I can give you more specifics - possibly some pics, too.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / English dorks + Halloween = ? on: October 17, 2006 11:47:37 AM
...And that's the extent of my math skills.

Craftsters, I need your help with a Halloween party I'm hosting. It's for English graduate students and faculty/staff, and it's an official social event for our grad student association, so I want it to go well. It's potluck, so I can't really do much of a theme with food. What I really need help with is the decorations. Any ideas for Halloween decorations that English majors and faculty will enjoy? I'd like them to be as inexpensive as possible - I am a professional student, after all  Wink
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