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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegan Comfort Food!! (Garlicy goodness) on: January 26, 2013 07:45:37 PM
I found this blog,
which has tons and tons of goodness in my opinion. Smiley

I made this garlic baked pasta recipe off the site. OMG. since I have been off of dairy items, this is hand to God the BEST recipe I've found when it comes to baking pasta. I constantly miss having mac n cheese. diaya is good, but it's got NOTHING on this recipe. it's garlicy goodness is amazing. amazing. I could go on about this forever clearly. but I think anyone who bothers to read this should try it. it's so simple! takes very little time. Smiley

if you roast two heads of peeled garlic,
add that to your food processor or blender, olive oil (which I used about 1/2 cup of)
some salt, probly not more than a tsp though.
blend well!
add to cooked pasta with some spinach (I used frozen and it turned out great)
I baked it at 325 cause I was using glass, for about 25 minutes.

I LOVE THIS. I just wish I could get everyone to try it. my whole family liked it, and they aren't usually partial to me creating foods without milk. (ha ha) they had no idea that it had tofu in it. ha ha.


I know I need to work on the photos and stuff. the red counter/yellow stove is just to sexy to get away from. (we don't have anything closer to normal at my house. lol)
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Winter Scarf Swap 2013!!! SO Feb 1/13 on: January 19, 2013 06:46:14 PM
This is the Gallery for this post!

Pretty exciting that we have senders already!!! Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

Red= Have not sent, Get in touch with Organizer
orange= Sent
green= Received
Strikethrough= feedback given

Purplepaisley group




3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / sunshine monsters on: September 23, 2012 09:30:18 PM
I made these monsters for the MONSTERS swap! For kittyherman. (I don't know how to do the clicky thing to her name)
It was REALLY hard for me to give these away, but that's always how I tell I did a good job on my work.
I'm super excited to show these off, I don't think I've ever done such a good job on a project. Cheesy
They're sc stitches, kinda like the amigurumi things that people make, I made it for her daught, who has a birthday soon.
They're cotton, because I personally think it's better to have cotton because kids like to suck on things. at least in my experience. Smiley

my big was the orange one, clearly it's my favorite.... lol.

and one more, because although I'm not a teenager, I like pictures too. lol

thanks for looking

I love comments or constructive crit's!

Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / can't ya hear; can't you hear the thunder on: September 21, 2012 11:41:33 PM
I made this hatttt!! It took like an hour or something. Maybe an hour and a half or something. I'm always super cold at work, and needed something besides just my hoodie today since the temp dropped again. I made it with wool-ease, in "Wheat" color, with "Denim" as the band. It was going to be a stripe, but when I tried it on, it was too the point on my head where I needed to stop

(the towel was hanging in EXACTLY the right spot, and makes me look fat. lol [I'm not really.])

Kinda close ups, these are the best I could get this late. lol. There's like NO natural light.

(C&C Welcome!!)
Thanks for looking! <3

to the person who can name the song/band of my title without having to google search it!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Spring Flowers Headband on: March 24, 2012 07:49:11 PM
So I'm super into spring. I am also totally envious of those baby headbands that are everywhere... anyone who has looked at my pinning probably knows this. ha ha. anyhoo, after searching for what seemed like forever, I found a youtube video on making them... if I find the link, I'll link back to it, but I can't remember it atm.

I crocheted the headband, and that's the reason I was actually posting it. Smiley
I'm kinda proud, I haven't been able to crochet very well for a while due to shoulder tendon issues. I'm psyched! that it even kinda turned out. Cheesy

close up of the roses...

I just kinda winged the pattern. ya'll know how it goes.
feedback is always nice. Wink
Thanks for looking!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Kiss Lock - Kiss Closure Wallet-- Tutorial of Sorts on: July 01, 2011 01:33:06 PM
So, after searching for hours looking for a tutorial on kiss lock bags... searching clam closure, clam locks, kiss locks, kiss closure, I searched everything I could think of and could not find anything. (I'm sure as soon as I post this someone will point me in the right direction.) But I could wait no longer. So, I just took a scissors and some fabric I didn't mind destroying, and hopped to it.
I ordered three kiss closures from http://www.etsy.com/shop/bagpurseframes she has EVERYTHING. It's a little crazy. Anyway. I received them and was still a little bit lost. I looked up some pictures and this is what I came up with afterwards.

This is the final product.

Starting out put two layers of fabric down. Trace around the outside of the kiss closure, and decide how large of a bottom you want the purse to have. Fold over the material, and trace the opposite side of the kiss closure.

Cut about 5/8 of an inch outside of the lines for the tracing, down to the edge of the tracing. Square off the edges, unless you really want just a short super square wallet type deal. Similar to this picture.

(I apologize for the quality of the not so great pictures.)

Fold over the edges of the traced part of the bag, about 1/4 of an inch. **but make sure to check before you sew** I had to rip out what I was doing probably six times, just on this particular step. The kiss closure needs to be touching all around, and fit comfortably, when pressed into the closure. Sew!

Now, for connecting the lock. I used super glue, and many people will tell you NOT to do that. Something to do with the fabric and the way the glue bonds to it... It boils down to, it is way better to use something like craft glue, or hot glue (watch out for burns!!) sometimes gorrilla glue. It all depends really on what you like best personally, and which you have on hand. I laid a light layer of glue down on the inside of the closure, only about half at a time, because the glue I have dries fast. Push the fabric as far as you can into the closure, and hold there for a couple minutes.

Now after you do both sides with glue, and let it dry a bit, get a pliers. Yes, pliers, but don't worry, we're pinning fabric around them!!

as such.

they sell a special tool for this, also at the etsy site I tagged at the beginning, that is made especially for this, but if you are a cheap college student like me, or mom with no money, or whatever your circumstances, if you aren't going into doing this to make money, I'm not sure buying the tool is really worth it. Because pliers work perfectly fine as long as you are careful, and have fabric covering the tips.

Start going around the edges and pressing down to squish the lock onto the fabric.

Now, before you hook up the other side, sew the bottoms together in the fashion that you would like. I didn't want mine to be tooo bulky, so I did something like this.

So, now hook up the other side of the closure, same as the other side, let dry, and clamp close.

If you're more talented or have your wits about you more-so than I do, you might be able to make the base of the bag, without having to hook the bag to the closure until the end. But I will say this made a pretty bag this way too.

I will be adding a chain to it, so as to be able to carry it as a purse.

I'm sure this is the first tutorial I've written and I'm sure it is a bit wordy and such, but I hope that maybe this will help someone in the future. It is always incredibly frustrating to try and find a diy or tut and you can't.

c & c welcome and encouraged. If you have a better way of doing it, I would love to know! Cheesy

Also, I have no idea whats going on with my photobucket. I have flipped the photos twice each, and for some reason, they are still not flipping. I apologize, as I know it is incredibly annoying.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recovery of a FREE chair! :) *pic heavyish* on: January 24, 2011 10:58:35 PM
I started going to school, and instead of doing homework, I was super motivated to move about. Therefore, I recovered a chair last week. It was kind of a pain. I has pictures though! I will spare you the ridiculous amount of pictures I had to go along with it, but I will show a few... Smiley

This thing was hideous. Like, I didn't want to touch it with my bare hands-disgusting-hideous. I got it for free at a church sale a couple years ago, and it has been sitting in my parents shop since than. We kinda threw that [fireproof I might add] fabric that I got from a friend over the top so that we could have the extra chair at our family get togethers. Anyway. I am more than certain that these people must have left it like outside in the weather or something, because it had some serious damage.

This one is actually after I stripped it down. The original 'stuffing' of sorts was SO GROSS. I believe it was actual original batting, like in cotton or something, and it was starting to like biodegrate or something. Plus there were all kinds of like weird fuzz things in there. Also the stuffing/batting that I used I'm pretty sure is stuff my sister got for me at a garage sale a couple years ago, for an entirely different project.

I am DAMN proud of this particular part of the chair. This is the first one I did, and the other one did not turn out as well as this one did.

It still looks better than it did when I started. So that is good enough for me. Smiley anddd.... apparently I only have an action shot of the chair. Whatever. All in all, I think this took about like 6 hours or so. The entire time I was working on it, I was listening to Tom Petty [can I get a hell yeah?] who has so much music, I think I only repeated a couple songs. Pretty amazing, I think. BTW this was a serious workout. My legs got an amazing hamstring workout. lol

and me! acting like a queen. ha ha.

C&C Welcome and Appreciated. Smiley
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / cabled wristlet/FIRST time double pointed needles!! =] on: December 29, 2010 01:26:24 AM
I totally Love wristlets! I've wanted to knit some for a while, but have been too afraid of double pointed needles to try it out... I was feeling ambitious the other day when I had some extra time off work, and decided to just go for it. because, hell, we only live once right? and why be afraid of needles? lol.

I'm rather proud, even though I have not finished its mate yet. I just couldn't wait!!! =]

as you can see, I also got impatient when it came to the thumb part... I just crocheted it up for lack of a better solution in the heat of the moment.

C&C welcome!
thanks for looking. =]
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / wife beater + fabric = pretty sweet dress/ shirt. on: January 24, 2010 01:15:28 PM
So I am definately one of those people who takes comfort over style. daily. but lately I have been wanting more girly-esque clothing, while still wanting comfort. crazy I know.
This idea came to me literally in the middle of sleep, I sketched it out, and next morning it was born. I took an old wife beater I had, and some extra fabric I deemed cute, and created this...

[excuse the unbrushed hair, and sleepy looks on my face.]

[and the crumby blurry picture] I added ties to the back cause I like the look. =]

and a touch of lace to the top, because the tank top, being cut for a man, is insanely high necked.

comments or constructive critisicm welcome. =]

thanx for looking. =D
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Newsboy Cap !! [throw back to the 60's ?] on: May 14, 2008 05:12:12 PM
I have wanted a hat for a while now that was cute, that I could wear around, I have several knit ones, but those are getting pretty warm lately. =] I got this pattern from  http://www.wildginger.com/products/wildthings.htm
[free downloadable program]
I had to alter it to make the band completly different, even so,
It is a pretty wicked program.
ok... so here is the hat!
[and computer and cell phone and cup... lol]

The button ! I had to put the fabric over and sew it... it was definetly an interesting experience.

The brim kind of ends upbruptly and I am not sure how to make it not do that...

and an Action Shot!

ok, one more, mostly I just like this photo. =]

Constructive critizism and comments welcome and appreciated!
Thank you for looking!
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