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41  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Mon(k)ey Wallet, Pics +++ on: March 06, 2010 10:06:28 PM
In my quest for the perfect wallet (not too bulky, organized, easy access to everything, contains lots of stuff), I decided to finally make my own. My seamstress skills are very minimal and I could not find a pattern which would a) be clear enough for me to follow and b) suited my wallet needs. Soooo... I created my pattern, which I must say, I'm rather proud of!

Usually, the most complicated part (for me) of a pattern is all the cutting and measuring, so my wallet is basically two rectangles (that includes the lining), plus a tiny one for the tab; the rest is just folding and sewing.

Here it is:

The inside:

Coin pouch - the black Velcro is temporary, I plan on changing it to 1 long white strip:

Pocket - perfect for receipts and coupons:

Empty (click on thumbnails for bigger image):

Contents during pictures (click on thumbnails for bigger image) - 9 cards, tons of coupons, bills and some loose change:

Hope you like it! Any critisism, comments and suggestions are very welcome and appreciated.

Thanks for looking Wink
42  COOKING / Dessert / The Art of Turning a Smoothie Into a Pie on: February 23, 2010 02:38:25 PM
How can you make your kids eat carrots and tofu for dessert, with very little sugar?

I tried this smoothie recipe, with a few modifications (see below) but could not get used to the texture soooo... I added in a few eggs, poured into frozen tart shells, and popped these babies in my toaster oven.


Here's what I used:
4-5 chunks frozen mango
2 large carrots, grated
1/2 (8 ounce) package extra firm tofu
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons molasses
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup skim milk

3 eggs
12 frozen tart shells
Bake at 375F.

The texture and taste turned out perfect!

Okay, so pie crust is not very healthy (esp. commercial) but you could always make a healthier crust with whole wheat flour or nut-based, but the practicality of the frozen tart shells is awesome, only a blender jar to wash up.

Not sure you could do this with any smoothie recipe - but you could always try (if you do, I'd love to know the results)!

Enjoy Wink
43  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / I REALLY want to crochet these, but... on: September 28, 2009 09:52:07 PM
I found these really cool mitts/gloves that I want to make, but the pattern is for knitting Sad and I don't knit. I do crochet, but am a beginner. I don't think these would be too complicated to make (probably even easier to crochet than to knit). I just don't have enough practice and knowledge to try to wing it - and winter's coming fast!!!

I'd appreciate if someone could convert or explain to me how to convert this pattern (without any of the fancy stitching on top, just very plain stitches):

44  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Suspended Lamp on: August 20, 2009 04:25:25 PM
Hi all!

I have this hanging lamp made by mom over 25 years ago that I'd like to install- but I can't make holes in the wall or ceiling to hook it up.

Anyone have an idea about how I could set it up without the drill? It has to be solid (no chance of tipping over) because I don't want it to break...

Thanks for any suggestions and advice!!!
45  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Key-tainer Made With a Rubber Bath Toy (tutorial) on: July 04, 2009 08:48:06 PM
Have you ever had to dig deep in your purse or bag looking for your keys and end up taking everything out before you actually find them?

I made this key-tainer (word I invented to represent a container to hold keys) using a rubber-ducky-type whale I got at the dollar store. It came along with a chicken and a frog. It makes for an easy grab and is cute too!

  • I've tied a cell phone chain to my key ring (that I keep hanging out of the whale's mouth) so that I can pull out the keys easily, rather than fondling around to try and get a good hold on the keys.
  • Putting the keys back in is quick and easy - just squish the toy and drop them in.
  • It is very solid, I can shake the thing around and the keys don't slip out.

Just be sure that the toy is large enough to fit keys. If it's not, I think you could also use this to carry along candy, medication, or other little things that you lose at the bottom of your bag.

So here's the tute, I hope everything is clear...

VOIL!!! It's as easy as that!
Please, post or send me a picture if you try this!

(I used a lanyard from an old portable cd player that has been collecting dust - the only thing that bothers me is that the brand name is printed all over it... anyone have an idea how I can hide or remove this?)
46  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Trash? I think not... on: May 14, 2009 08:38:46 PM
This was a pouch given to me by a friend who picked it out of a neighbour's garbage. It was ripped below the velcro closure, so, as I was sewing it up, I decided to re-vamp the bag. I removed the ugly brand logo sewn on the front of the bag. To perk it up more, I added an old tie lying around in a drawer. There was a belt loop at the back, which I wanted to keep, that I also hid with the tie. I didn't think of taking before pictures, but this is the end result... tell me what you think! I'm actually quite proud of it  Embarrassed

Here it is:

The back (belt loop):

Close-up on the bow:

Thanks for taking the time to look!
47  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Glass Beads: Ring on: April 10, 2009 08:29:24 PM
This is a ring I made a while back. It is made of glass and seed beads. I weaved a clear fishing cord to connect the glass beads (on top) and clear elastic cords to tie up the seed beads that go around the finger. The elastic cord makes it easy to take on and off. I haven't made much jewelry (esp. beaded), but I'm very proud of this piece. Hope it inspires someone  Smiley

Side View

Ring "Base"

Top View
48  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bronze Family Heritage Medal Necklace on: April 10, 2009 08:15:41 PM
I recently found this medal in my stuff. It means a lot to me and I wasn't sure what to do with it since it is quite heavy, but it is actually very comfortable. This is what I came up with:

The necklace

The Clasp

On me

Matching earrings

Any comments or suggestions about what else I could do with the other, slightly smaller medal I have, are more than welcome...

Thanks Grin
49  COOKING / Dessert / Chai tea turned cheesy?! on: September 12, 2008 12:54:51 PM
Hi all,

This is my first post and I kind of have a weird question... I tried making chai tea the other day and decided to add vanilla protein powder. When I did that however, the mix started to curdle. Undecided So now, I'm squeezing out the water and pressing it. I suppose it will be similar to paneer (I've never had paneer).

So, my question would be, what do you do with chai flavoured cheese? I would like to prepare it in some way just because it's weird eating it just like that... and there aren't many recipes out there using this rather, umm, unexpected ingredient.

Thanks for any suggestions!
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