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1  a wino's pasta drying rack and recipe in Recipes and Cooking Tips by rani.switchblade on: March 25, 2009 12:03:33 PM
I cook dinner for 4 every night and we finally quit store bought pasta!

There was one problem.. I had no place to dry the pasta and I found that making little nests does work and looks really cute but it stays a lot better if i dry it hung up.

So I came up with this little contraption that holds a whole batch of pasta without taking up too much space. I just happened to have two empty wine bottles lying about. Although It would be fun to start with two full ones and a friend.  Wink

I just made a tiny "ax" cut in the tip of the cork with a paring knife and jammed a cooling rack into it.

Happy cooking!

ps this pasta is simply 3 cups of sifted whole wheat flour and 4 eggs. It will make enough for one lasagna and plenty left over to have a sauce-n-pasta dish another night. 
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2  Pleated Polka Dot Goodness in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by rani.switchblade on: March 18, 2009 01:08:33 PM
Hello! I made this skirt this morning...

Features include side zip, 5 fat pleats across the front, some darts in the back, and best of all...cuteness.  Smiley

Let me tell you, matching up all those dots was a pain.

Thanks for checking it out! Lemme know what you think.

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3  orange juice dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by rani.switchblade on: March 12, 2009 02:53:41 PM
The second I was gifted this fabric last summer I got some silly idea in my head that it would make the perfect summer dress to drink a nice tall glass of orange juice in. I dont know if it reminded me of Florida or if I was just thirsty. Either way this little dream has come true.  Smiley

Thats my new puppy Calvin. He is very smart and enjoyed "helping"

Here is the back...

And my Mom just happened to catch me doing this...

I dont know if I was picking my butt or pulling down my bra but i thought it was pretty funny. Hope its not offensive.

The bodice was kind of funky and stuck out right over the girls and in the back around the curve of the straps so I gathered it before sewing the piping on there, then it still stuck out all crazy so I added a band of bias tape around the inside and it worked out well.  There is probably a better technique to pipe edges, I just didnt bother snooping to find out.

Also, I think I might remove the bias tape from the bottom for a softer look. It sort of bells out a little bit. But I dont know.

Tell me what you think  Smiley

Thanks for looking!

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4  Purrrse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by rani.switchblade on: March 11, 2009 11:51:41 AM
Like Catwoman would say it. Haha I crack myself up.

I made this a few months ago and wear it about every other day. (it looks crazy with any other type of bold print) but I wear a lot of black so its all good.

The outside is made out of a suiting fabric sold at JoAnnes.

Here are its electric blue polyester insides. No pockets in this one, guess I forgot. Next time I want to put a zippered change purse or something on the flap. Its too much dead space for me.

It hold all my junk just right

9" long 3" wide at the base and tapers 8" to the top so I can still shove a small book in there if I want.

It stands up on its own and has lots of interfacing. There is some really cute pleating detail on the front of the bag but it got lost in the print. Oh well. I really like how the blue lining shows a little bit even when its closed.

I tried to take a picture of me wearing it, this is the best I could do. Boo-urns.

Thanks for looking!
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5  fresh meat never looked so good in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by rani.switchblade on: February 20, 2009 04:17:49 PM
Well, fresh meat always looks good.

Anyhow, this is my first share on craftster and I would like to say

Here is a dress that I made...

Here is its story....

It has been my favorite vintage dress for 10 plus years

But look at those awful holes!

So I made good friends with my seam ripper...

Did lots of pressing, measuring (the dress was a little too tight for my grown up figure although that never stopped me I thought it best to add an inch here and there) and cutting....

Then I reconnected all the bits, tried it on and danced around!

Here is a close up of the bust detail, and um, my bust  Wink

Thanks for looking!

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