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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Hideous Rosette Removal? on: December 02, 2009 03:22:37 PM
So i was dress shopping and I spotted this one and thought it was pretty cute -- except for the awful rosettes going around the bottom:  http://canada.forever21.com/images/large/66194296-02.jpg

I believe I could take the rosettes off, but it would leave very visible marks where they used to be. Any ideas for covering up/altering the area?
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Pacman necklace! on: December 14, 2008 04:22:43 PM

Made the charms with shrinky dinks coloured with marker. Blinky later fell off but I replaced him. I love this so much Smiley
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Livening up an IKEA chest of drawers? on: September 02, 2008 05:05:08 PM
Okay so my room is aqua with red accents, and I really wanted a red chest of drawers. After much frustration trying to sand and paint an old dresser, I decided to cut my losses and just get a new one. This one http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/40053930 matches my bed but I find it waaaaaaay too boring. Does anyone have any ideas as to how I can make it prettier/more interesting/more red?
Painting is probably not an option, as I don't think the glossy finish would take paint well anyway. Maybe I could mod podge some pretty scrapbook paper or such to the front of the drawers? Would the mod podge adhere well to the finish? OR maybe I could cut a pattern out of red contact paper and stick it on, in which case would peeling be an issue?
I know I have a lot of questions but if anyone could help me out at all I would really appreciate it!
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / My friends' first stencils:be kind! [img kinda chubby] on: July 16, 2008 07:01:11 PM
So since my friends are always how I make the shirts that I stencil, or asking me to make some for them, I decided it was time for a stenciling party! So a couple of hours and 3 splodges of black paint on my CREAM carpet later, I give you the results like a proud mother bird!

Ok, Ok mine first:

I'm quite pleased with how clean the lines are. I can't wait to wear it and proclaim my nerdiness and excellent musical taste to the world

My friend's shirt (and her toes)

My other friend's shirt (and her excited face lol)

3rd friend's:

All together now (including two I forgot to take individual pictures of)

The "Beam me up, Scotty" also turned out very well, but my newbie friend didn't anticipate the frustratingnness of cutting out all those letters, so by the time she was done I was pretty glad to take the knife off her. The shorts at the bottom there say "Nick" "Joe" and "Kevin" in little hearts (The jonas brothers, btw, my friend's unhealthy obsession) but it bled a lot Sad Not my buddy's fault, but none of us realised that putting the stencil on a seam would prevent it from sticking down.
All of the above done with freezer paper.

Sorry for my rambling, but I assure you I'm not labouring under the delusion that anyone actually read it all. Feedback appreciated all the same.
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Stencil placement advice needed on: April 06, 2008 06:59:05 PM
Ok so my friend's birthday is coming up and she likes squirrels. A lot. So I thought: easy, I'll make her a squirrel tshirt. Well the dearth of squirrel stencils left me with a slightly odd-shaped one. I'm having trouble deciding where to put it.
This was my first location:

(sorry for the crappy edge-of-couch shot. And you can see my hideous pink carpet too!)

I do a lot of stencils right over the chest but this stencil looked odd there, I think because it's too wide. So my options right now are:
a) Bottom edge wrapping ever so slightly around the side, like in the picture
b) Right shoulder overlapping on the sleeve a bit.
c) Under the arm off to one side

Any other suggestions and/or feedback would be much appreciated!

(sorry for my wordiness, but I've always believed that concise-ness is overrated)
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First Sewing project: sweatshirts to scarf on: February 29, 2008 04:25:11 PM
This was my first time using a sewing machine ever, so I know it's a bit plain compared to some of the amazing work posted here, but I like it just the same, so here goes.

My bathroom mirror's kinda dirty, I know...
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Salmon Avocado Salad w/ ginger lime dressing on: February 16, 2008 07:39:51 PM
So dinner tonight was this really yummy salad, so I thought I'd share..
Sorry I don't have much of a recipe, but measuring stuff is not really my style, plus it was basically improvised.

Here goes:
Salmon Avocado Salad with ginger lime dressing

Salmon fillets (we used four because there were four of us)

Fry the fillets in a bit of olive oil until cooked all the way through, let cool for a bit, then flake into large-ish chunks.
Chop red peppers, avocados, cucumber, scallions, and cherry tomatoes (well you don't have to chop the tomatoes but they fit in the list:)
Tear lettuce leaves into bowl (I think it would have been better with spinach, but we had lettuce on hand). Top with veggies and salmon chunks.


Whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar (any kind will do), lime juice, chili paste, chopped garlic and grated ginger. Pour over salad just before serving.

Now onto the beauteousness...

Pics were taken before the dressing because it looked better.

8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Printed Foil? on: January 21, 2008 03:51:25 PM
So I had these chocolate slabs and I noticed the foil they were wrapped in had this really cool fleur-de-lis pattern on it. Being the magpie that I am, I couldn't bring myself to throw it away.

(it was hard to get a decent pic where the pattern is visible, with the flash and whatnot)

Any ideas? I have several squares about 6x8 inches. They're really creased, but I suppose I could iron them out. They're also very delicate, and tear easily, as foil is wont to do.
Put your crafty hats on!
9  COOKING / Dessert / I'm like a chocoholic, but for booze-Chocolate Whiskey Bundt Cake on: January 16, 2008 01:00:04 PM
So I remember making this cake from a recipe in Gourmet a long time ago, and I loved it, but I didn't keep it. So I used my search-fu and found it on Epicurious. Huzzah!

Chocolate whiskey bundt cake

Gourmet |  September 2005

Most of the alcohol in this cake cooks off, but a distinct whiskey flavor remains.

Servings: Makes 12 to 14 servings.

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-process) plus 3 tablespoons for dusting pan
1 1/2 cups brewed coffee
1/2 cup American whiskey
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Special equipment: a 10-inch bundt pan (3 1/4 inches deep; 3-qt capacity)
Accompaniment: lightly sweetened whipped cream
Garnish: confectioners sugar for dusting
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 325F. Butter bundt pan well, then dust with 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, knocking out excess.

Heat coffee, whiskey, butter, and remaining cup cocoa powder in a 3-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, whisking, until butter is melted. Remove from heat, then add sugar and whisk until dissolved, about 1 minute. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and cool 5 minutes.

While chocolate mixture cools, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together eggs and vanilla in a small bowl, then whisk into cooled chocolate mixture until combined well. Add flour mixture and whisk until just combined (batter will be thin and bubbly). Pour batter into bundt pan and bake until a wooden pick or skewer inserted in center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes.

Cool cake completely in pan on a rack, about 2 hours. Loosen cake from pan using tip of a dinner knife, then invert rack over pan and turn cake out onto rack.

Cooks' note:
This cake improves in flavor if made at least 1 day ahead and kept, in a cake keeper or wrapped well in plastic wrap, at cool room temperature. It can be made up to 5 days ahead and chilled. Bring to room temperature before serving.

from here: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/232636

cooling in the pan

all prettied up, although it was hacked into a few seconds later

This is super rich and moist, and not too whiskey-y (is there such a thing as too whiskey-y?) Enjoy
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / The Decemberists Chinese Junk Shirt! [made of awesome] on: January 12, 2008 03:37:52 PM
Okay this is my Chinese junk shirt, because I love the Decemberists. I thiefed the pattern from this shirt http://decemberistsshop.com/pages/junk.htm
This one took me hours to cut out because of all the islands. I' m really really proud of it, so no one can say anything mean. Only effusive praise allowed!

On my bedroom floor!

Action shot!
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