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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Flirty springtime pillowcase skirt on: March 12, 2008 07:39:14 PM
I think this is my favorite recon EVAR.

This cool retro pillowcase was purchased at the Goodwill's last-stop-before-the-dump where you buy things by the pound! It became a happy skirt with the help of a thrift store tee shirt for the waistband, and an old slip and a bit of fabric from the remnant bin for the second tier. I really had fun doing the twill ties in the back that kind of bustle the skirt. I really like the muted color scheme, that is somehow still springy.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recon your sweaters! (pic heavy) on: November 27, 2007 09:53:12 AM
I lack the foresight needed for before pictures. But I had all these sweaters that don't fit quite right, or that I've shrunk in the wash, or were just out of date. I decided to franken-sweater them - cutting them up and sewing back together into something lovely. It was great fun!
3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Recovering or refacing shoes? on: August 08, 2007 09:22:53 PM
My sister wants me to get dyeable shoes for her wedding that will cost like $80. Those of us in reality don't have that kind of money. I'm wondering if anyone here has ever recovered/refaced shoes and any advice? I think it will be an easy color to match and I'd like to try that first. No tip too small - didn't find anything by googling, so of course, I'm totally adrift! Thanks!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Rooooster! on: August 01, 2007 06:10:27 PM
I rescued this appliqued and embroidered rooster from the second hand store where he was living on a pillow case and bound for the dump. I bought him for $.50 (approximately since they sell stuff by the POUND!) I pulled out coordinating scraps from my bags of quilting scraps. Now he is part of a patchwork skirt that I can't stop looking at! I just sort of winged it (haha) on the pattern based on my understanding of A-line skirts from "Sew What! Skirts". I gave it a drawstring waist with beige twill tape. It is so delightful. Any and all cock jokes gleefully welcomed.


5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Pasta Arrabiata with bacon on: July 15, 2007 10:01:03 PM
Came back from camping this morning with some leftover raw bacon. Whipped up my own recipe and liked it so much I had to share. I used a lemon liquor (Limoncello) to deglaze the pan. You could use a little white wine and maybe a squeeze of lemon instead. Enjoy!

2/3 package corkscrew whole wheat pasta
Leftover bacon (6-8 slices), cut into squares
10 cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup frozen peas
2 cups swiss chard, chopped
1 cup chopped fresh italian parsley
2 T Limoncello or white wine
2 T Cream
c. Milk
Dried herbs: 1 t basil, 1 t oregano, 1 t marjoram. t crushed red pepper, t garlic granules

Boil water for pasta. In a large frying pan, fry bacon until well cooked, transfer to paper towel lined bowl with slotted spoon. Drain most of fat from frying pan, then in same pan, fry mushrooms with salt and pepper until well cooked. Set aside in bowl with bacon. Deglaze pan with limoncello (or white wine), add bell pepper, frozen peas, and dried herbs, with 2 T of cream and c of milk. Saute for a few minutes, stirring frequently. When mostly done add bacon, mushrooms and chard and parsley. Cook until greens are wilted, serve over pasta.

Serves 4
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Embroidered pillowcase - bunny skirt! on: July 12, 2007 07:03:03 PM
Happened upon a set of matching embroidered pillowcases featuring embroidered Japanese bunnies. On one the girl bunny says "no!" and makes the boy pull her in the cart. In the other she says "yes!"....and they look like they are about to get it on (it's tucked away - no picture).   Anyway, I am feeling contrary so I took at the "no" one first, chopped off the bottom (already scalloped and everything, thank you 1960s) and added brown linen and an elastic waistband. Mostly I just wanted to show off this bizarre embroidery to all you inspiring reconners here. I have to post a link because I haven't made my requisite 10 posts yet. They're worth it.

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