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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Range hob covers on: December 23, 2014 03:41:50 PM
Oh wow you weren't kidding about the hot! I didn't know you could cover the hobs on an aga without incinerating whatever was left on them. That said, your solution sounds sturdy enough. They look great.
2  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: my first stained glass window on: December 19, 2014 03:20:50 PM
Pretty - but mature? Maybe wrong image tag here!
3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Healthier Potato rosti brunch (I just had for dinner) on: December 18, 2014 10:15:01 PM
I hope you enjoy it! It's dead easy, filling food. Smiley
4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Healthier Potato rosti brunch (I just had for dinner) on: December 17, 2014 02:10:28 AM
So, I was looking to make potato rosti without adding a tonne of oil or relying on butter. I decided to just grate the potato reasonably finely, squeeze out the water, add herbs and cook in a pan sprayed with olive oil. Surprise - it was just as good. Hash browns and the like are yummy, but I really can't face that much oil (or recipes calling for butter. Not in my dinner!)

I then popped the rest in the oven to bake.


I wilted some spinach, added mozzarella slices and pesto then topped with two eggs.


I recommend this to you to fill your belly. Veganise by leaving off the eggs and cheese and it would still be great just pesto-ed and spinach-ed.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: The easiest BAG TAG from foam sheet. on: December 15, 2014 10:23:27 PM
Very sensible! I might do this to my travel bags to make them easy to spot. Thanks!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 107, 108, & 109 Gallery & Discussion on: November 22, 2014 01:36:23 PM
Here's a dodgy little pic of the shirts I sent to Grab A Coffee. I have a new fabric medium and I love the workability. It really doesn't take as many coats as before to get that really nice coverage.



7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 1930s chairs get a facelift on: November 14, 2014 01:03:44 AM
Ooh how exciting.

I will take some pics of the back, some details and the tacks and post them on the weekend Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 1930s chairs get a facelift on: November 09, 2014 08:49:43 PM
I got these cool chairs given to me so I decided to give restoration a go. They're from the 1930s and were made by my great grandmother's brothers.


Pic is from before I adopted them. Yellow vinyl!

Surprise #1 - they were stuffed with horse hair and hay. This wasn't a surprise to anyone I told (depression, perfectly normal etc. etc.) but certainly was to me.

I started by pulling the old vinyl off and keeping it to make patterns. It turns out that I threw them away  because I was using foam for the stuffing and the old pieces didn't fit over that anyway. I ended up just cutting bits that were bigger than I needed and fitting them to the chair as I went. I did re-use the plastic tube from inside the piping at the front.

Surprise #2 - I knew they had been reupholstered once along with some other chairs in the 1960s. I didn't know they had used a million nails or that they had left the nails in from the previous upholstering. I removed all of them. It took forever!

Surprise #3 - the hardwood is too hard for staples. Upholstery tacks and a hammer it is!

Then I sanded, stained and satin varnished the wood to make it all pretty.


Next, I replaced all the old hessian and strapping and purchased high density foam (100mm) for the seat and medium density foam (75mm) for the back. Cut to size with an electric carving knife. I also retied the springs in place.



Finally, I upholstered the chair in reverse order with a few decorative tacks for style. The fabric is a fun texture with a tough felt/fleece looking backing to make it suitable for upholstery.

I'm going to make some cushions and move them to a nice corner of the lounge. Pics when I've organised my loungeroom furniture.


My first upholstery project done!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 107, 108, & 109 Gallery & Discussion on: November 06, 2014 11:05:06 PM
Ok, stop the presses and focus right here!

Look at what Averia made. It's unbelievable.



Yes, that's origami. I cannot fathom the time that went into making the pieces and the cord.


There it was on my doorstep this morning. Ok, well, there was a box and this was inside. Luckily it is insanely hot today and no rain in sight. I had to wait to get home to take a picture though as I was on my way out when I saw it.

Thank you so much. I love it!
10  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Spicy broad (fava) beans - crunchy bar snack :) on: November 06, 2014 10:59:22 PM
Do! They're so good for you and are really yummy when crunched up. Apparently dried ones also work well and then you don't even have to pod them.
Tasty!
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