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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What's for supper? on: May 23, 2010 12:12:28 PM
Can I join the fun?

I just read through an embarrassing number of pages of this thread and I must say, any place that both inspires me for when I'm motivated and reassures me that sometimes it's okay to eat a bag of popcorn for dinner is someplace I want to be!

Tonight I am attempting to recreate a delicious sub I once had at a cafe in Boston. Mexican meatball sub. Yum! I'm thinking pork and beef meatballs with lots of cilantro and garlic, with jack cheese,tomato slices, shredded lettuce and jalepenos au jus on a toasted buttered roll. It may sound strange, but I've been craving it for a year now. It's delicous! We'll eat it with a small corn and avocado salad on the side.

What's everyone else having?
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Crafty Penpals! on: May 23, 2010 09:10:26 AM
This thread looks to be pretty slow at the moment but I'm going to give it a whirl anyway...
I'm a 22 (nearing 23) year old female living a quiet, quaint life in CT. I'm a lover of all things heirloom, blooming, delicious, and delightful. I mostly sew clothing but I do dabble haphazardly in many crafty areas. My French vocabulary consists of approximately 47 mispronounced words. I own a guitar but cannot play a song. I own and love many pairs of shoes but would go barefoot for the rest of my life if I didn't have to worry about hypodermic needles and rusty bottle caps. I very much enjoy cooking and entertaining. I am currently working to set up house in my first place. This is a tiresome but very rewarding process. I'm passionate about design, but in an unpretentious, whatever works kind of way. Summertime will find me sitting outside in the grass eating the raspberry bushes clean, gardening, throwing candlelit barbecues, visiting the farmer's markets, flea marketing, and hopefully relaxing on some shaded grass with a good book and some lemonade.

I'd love to find someone I can connect with to trade letters, photos, recipes, or small ephemeral items with. All my friends here are boys. I need someone to talk lace with!

Please PM me if you think we'd be a good fit! Thank you!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / - on: May 20, 2010 05:45:37 AM
adorable! I love french knots. I was just thinking that my living room needed some texture as everything is so shiny and new since I just moved and now I think a french knotted piece would be just lovely. Of course your french knots are far more beautiful than anything I can get from my needle, but that's okay!

And regarding framing- I purchased a medium oval frame at Michaels, normally $20 but on sale for $10. You coud very easily run a gold leaf pen along the inside edge to give it that extra character. That was the cheapest oval frame I could find after searching high and low for months. Thrift stores are also a good place to look, but neat vintage frames are a hot commodity these days and tend to fly off their dusty shelves.

Good luck!
4  COOKING / Dessert / Re: First shot at Fondant on: May 20, 2010 05:32:02 AM
I second the idea for a figurine of some sort!

Craft stores usually carry silver baby booties, etc as favors.

Or, you could pick up a fancy piped cookie from a bakery with the baby's or mama's initial in it. Or, hey, any cookie would do. Chocolate or white chocolate dipped tuille cookies, yum!

Your fondant looks great! Keep it up!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wood and Silk Headboard on: May 18, 2010 05:03:45 PM
That's really great. I've been wanting a headboard forever. It definantly doesn't sound too hard, but considering I don't have anything to cut wood, that might be a problem Smiley I'll have to look more into it though. Your's looks amazing, and now I'm really jealous.

Thanks, miss! I too ran into the nothing to cut wood predicament. But, I very inexpensively picked up a hand saw and mitre box kit. I believe it was about $18 for the set. Now I feel very cool for owning it. Though a table saw would be much cooler!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wood and Silk Headboard on: May 17, 2010 06:26:53 PM
Thanks guys!

I think you did an excellent job on this headboard. I really am looking for an idea like this for my bedroom like this as well since I am mid-way through a renovation on mine, but had to stop due to my wife's knee surgery lol. I am really drawing alot of inspiration from you on this one and I think what you have done with your head board will definitely work very well with what I would like to see happen in my renovation. Thanks for the inspiration!  Wink

Glad I provided some inspiration! That's very flattering. It really is a simple/relatively inexpensive way to make a big difference in a room. I wish your wife a speedy recovery!

I really want to do this! How did you do it?

Hi there! The process is simple- but a pain to explain without visuals, so I'll do my best!

Basically, you can think of the construction of the upholstered piece the same way you would recover a seat cushion. Plywood is cut to size to fit inside of the frame piece. Layered on top there is a layer of foam, mine is 1.5" thick but you can use thinner, on top of the foam there is a layer of cotton batting, then a layer of muslin (this is something I added because of how thin my top fabric is.... it helped make the silk more substantial), and then finally my purple silk. Everything is wrapped around to the back and stapled from the center out, so you can pull out any wrinkles.

The wood frame is very basic. My two vertical pieces double as the sides of the frame as well as legs that stand on the floor so I didn't have to screw something his heavy into my walls. These as well as the top piece are cut with mitered corners to fit together. The bottom piece just fits between the two vertical pieces. The upholstered plywood piece should be an inch or so bigger on all sides than the opening of your frame and it's screwed in from behind. Just be sure your screws aren't too long, like mine were! Good luck!
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Foraging wild vegetables on: May 03, 2010 05:08:40 PM
How interesting! I don't know that I'd trust myself to not accidentally saute up some deliciously poisonous plant of doom. Are you using any particular reference book? Please do keep us updated with anything else you may try!
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Dumb question... Sell food from someone else's recipe? on: May 03, 2010 05:01:32 PM
My personal opinion on this is that cooking is just as much of an art form as any other craft (sewing, painting, etc...) out there. Someone put time into creating, developing and testing their recipes and I don't see someone selling their hard work for profit any differently than if someone knit up a sweater using someone Else's pattern. Also- I feel it's very important to support small business, especially in creative fields and I would be much more likely to do this if I knew I was buying and tasting your personal take on things and not something from Martha Stewarts cookie book (which I am not at all knocking. Love!). When I wear a hand knit scarf I think of the crafters hands forming each of those stitches just for me and I feel the same way about an artisinal cupcake. The selection of ingredients, the stirring and tasting... Perhaps I am romanticising it too much. Do I make any sense? As I said, this is just my personal opinion. I am all for sharing, it's how we learn. But I would be very disappointed if I went to my favorite restaurant only to find out that my entree was straight out of The Joy of Cooking. If you have a passion for cooking, experiment. Hit up your local markets. If you have to use some basic recipes as jumping off points, so be it.  I have no idea about the legal aspect of this type of situation. It is a tricky one and much to my mother's disappointment, I am not a lawyer. I apologize for my bloviation. I hope my opinion can at least provide some insight as to how a potential customer would feel.  Good luck with your business venture!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wood and Silk Headboard on: February 24, 2010 06:07:05 PM
Is your headboard freestanding or is it attached to the wall somehow. My fiance and I are renting, but I really want to do a nice upholstered headboard kind of like this. I'm afraid it might fall down and kill us all.

This is free-standing. The plaster walls in my place could not support the weight. The two vertical pieces also function as legs. It stands leaning against the wall, ever so slightly, and the weight in combination with that slight angle is enough to keep it upright. When I was figuring out my measurements I made sure that the upholstered portion and the cross-piece sat slightly below the matress to minimize the risk of it falling forward.

So far, it has withstood all of the normal activities that take place in a bed, including my somewhat violent tossing and turning. I don't think it's going anywhere.

Good luck!
10  UNITED STATES / Connecticut / anyone want my fabric? on: January 30, 2010 06:47:21 AM
no... i'm not kidding!

I just moved into my first place and have finally retrieved all of my sewing supplies from storage. As I began to unpack I came to the realization that I have more than I will ever ever be able to use. So, I'm getting rid of a TON. I have boxes and boxes that  I need gone. I have calico, knits, some fleece, corduroy, printed canvas, some denim, some vintage, home dec, everything! The majority of the pieces are a yard or more. Some are smaller. The fabric does smell a little musty from being in a storage unit, but a quick wash will solve that in a hurry. I see no water damage on the boxes or the pieces themselves.

I want getting rid of it to be painless as possible. I'm still getting settled into my new place and don't have time to sort out specific things for specific people. So, if anyone is interested in a box, or four, it's all yours! A grab bag of the best kind. I just ask that you pass along whatever you don't like in a respsonsible way, I don't want it to end up in a landfill.

I located on the Bridgeport/Stratford line, close to Broadbridge Ave. I'll give this post about a week before I post over on Craigslist. Wanted to give the craftster girls first dibs!
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