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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Painted Shoes on: April 22, 2012 02:11:29 PM
So I found three identical pairs of Ardene's black shoes on the side of the road a little while ago.



Someone threw them out because the sole was coming off...luckily for me they didn't know about shoe glue. (Ardene's is a store in Canada that sells pretty cheap acrylic "fashionable" clothing...e.g. 3 pairs of shoes for $10 or $15...they just don't last)
All of a sudden I knew why I had a bunch of paint and some furniture varnish stashed away. Here are two pairs:





I'm sure they'll be cracking soon but it was a fun project for the afternoon.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Easy Giftbag Lampshade on: February 09, 2012 05:18:47 PM
This project requires absolutely no skill level and takes about two minutes. It's just a silly little idea I had while at work when I came across a transparent giftbag that I knew I needed to take home with me.

I bought this giftbag



to jazz up this lamp a little



So basically I took off the lampshade (durr), poked a hole onto the bottom of the giftbag and stuck it on. Then I cut off the little rope handles and wrapped one around the tip of the lampshade poking through. (you can use glue for a more permanent lampshade)



Final step: illumination!



Much nicer, don't you think? Thanks for looking!






3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Resizing a vest with wool on: February 07, 2012 09:56:13 PM
Hello all,

I bought this vest years ago and adore it. I now want to re-size it but am sort of not sure how to.
The back of the vest is 'woven rayon and acrylic', but the front is a knit (also rayon/acrylic mix).



Also you can see that it has been put into the wash once or twice when it shouldn't have been.



Basically I am afraid of opening the seam up for fear that the whole thing will unravel. I thought of cutting along the seams of the back to take in the front but then the back would be very wonky looking. Should I "tuck in" the extra material and dew it on the inside as to not disturb the seam? I don't have a sewing machine by the way so it must be a hand-knit procedure. Thanks for looking.
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Fabric Marker and Stenciling! on: January 22, 2012 02:41:43 PM
Hello all,

so I'm going to be drawing on a t-shirt using a fabric pen but I don't necessarily want to free-hand it. My question is: if I use a parchement paper/freezer paper stencil with the fabric pen (as opposed to fabric paint) will it bleed out?

I just want a nice clean stencil and would rather not buy the paint. Thanks for the advice.
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Breakfast for Vegetarians on: March 17, 2010 09:47:44 PM
Hey,

I've been perusing for some better breakfast ideas. Me and my boyfriend are vegetarians and we want somethign to eat in the mornings that isn't eggs & potatoes & fruits or granola/cereal/oatmeal. Anything not sweet would be perfect since sometimes it isn't that pleasant to have the sweetest stuff first thing in the mornings. (Also waffles and pancakes have been thought of already)...any ideas? Even ways to jazz up the same old things (yes I saw that yummy crockpot recipe).

Thanks!
6  COOKING / Dessert / Fried Bananas with whipped Cream, Chocolate & Other Fruits! on: June 06, 2009 07:35:05 PM
This is my first post, I just wanted to share something delicious that doesn't take that much effort!
This is dessert for 2-3 people, depending on your appetites.

Ingredients:
3-4 firm, green-tipped bananas
6    medium strawberries
15  raspberries (approximately, just a small handful of them)
Whipped Cream
Cooking Oil (reg. vegetable or canola oil should do)
Optional:
Nuts (unsalted peanuts, hazelnuts, almonds, whatever you prefer)
1 Chocolate Bar (I only use the Cadbury chocolate bars, because their chocolate is really good. If you've got actual chocolate, use that instead!)



Instructions
1. Peel and chop the bananas into 1/4 inch slices. This doesn't have to be so exact, so don't worry!
2. Start heating a pan up to fry your bananas. Put the head on med-high, so halfway between medium and maximum. Add 4 tbspn of cooking oil. You're likely going to have more banana than you can fit into the pan, so if you want to start another pan as well and fry in both at the same time, that works as well!
3. While the pan is heating up, chop up your strawberries, raspberries and nuts if you have them into whatever sizes desired. Personally, I prefer cutting the raspberries into four pieces and the strawberries to about the size of my fingernail (if that's any help).
4. When the pan's heated, drop in a banana slice. If it sizzles, fill the pan with them. They take a few minutes on each side. Fry until they are at least a light-brown colour on the bottom. I fry them a bit longer. Flip them over.
5. If you're frying all the bananas at once, this is the time to melt the chocolate. Cut into small pieces and put into a bowl. Warm it up in your microwave/toaster oven until it's melted. Stir it once a minute until it seems adequately melted.
5. By now, the bananas should be done. If you only cooked some at once, cover the ones that are done and cook the next ones.
6. Put the bananas on a plate. Drizzled melted chocolate on top of them, as well as the nuts.
7. Spray whipped cream on top of it.
8. Add the chopped berries.
9. Enjoy!



I hope you guys enjoy that. If I find the cable for my camera I'll add pictures and a recipe for deep-fried bananas.






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