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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crochet Cramps on: May 11, 2011 12:19:04 PM
Totally aside from your crochet style or hook type, a glass of tonic water with quinine in it helps me to relieve the cramp and keep further cramping at bay (do not drink if you are pregnant). Drinking plain water can help too, dehydration can cause cramps. Oh, and eating foods high in potassium like bananas helps too.
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Irish potato cakes, from leftover potato, quick, frugal and yummy (and veggie) on: March 17, 2011 12:02:12 PM
I love potato cakes. In our half Dutch/ half Irish house we have our own version.
In the Netherlands they often make stampot which is basically a mix of mashed potato and veg. My favourite is potatoes and carrots, crushed rather than pureed, with sauteed onions mixed in.
Using the leftover stampot mashed to make potato cakes for lunch the next day is yummy!
Finely diced smoked sausage makes a great addition but it does lose it's veggie status.
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Captain Pigtail - A toddler pirate costume. on: November 02, 2010 04:05:56 PM
Hi all,
This isn't a particularly original costume and I didn't make all of it, but my 2 year old daughter looked so cute and enjoyed herself so much at her Halloween party, I had to share.

*The pants are home made - help from a tute on HandyHomeProjects Blog.
*The waistcoat is home made - help from a pattern "ORLANDO VEST by Der Donzi". I have since added some gold braid to the front of it but I don't have any batteries for my camera in the house.
*The shirt was bought for Euro1 in a sale and I added some sequin buttons, and lace on the front and cuffs.
*The hat was bought as I didn't have enough time to make one. It was a little too large so she wore a stocking cap underneath (a pair of stripey tights with the legs tied together to make the head section and the feet folded up into the legs out of sight).

4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Oche Shamhna Daoibh! Happy Halloween on: November 01, 2010 02:03:16 AM
Oche Shamhna Daoibh!
This is my first posting with pictures but I had so much fun making decorations this year I thought I could share them.
My first ever pumpkin.

A paper cutout I printed from the BHG website. I couldn't find my craft knife so I had to cut it with a scissors! The other cutouts I did were much simpler.

Happy pumpkin paper cutouts with tissue pasted over the holes. My 2 year old daughter did the glue-ing.

To creepify the pictures hanging in my hallway I printed out some scary pictures that I found on the internet and sticky-tacked them over the hall pictures.

And of course there were buns!

I would like to say that the camera was bad, but actually my ability to take photographs is really the problem.  Cheesy
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Your Best Pumpkin Recipes!! on: October 11, 2010 03:30:33 AM
Hi pumpkin lovers!
I am over here in Ireland where pumpkins are used for cutting up for Halloween.
A lot of people are surprised to hear that you can eat pumpkin.
My question is this... lots of recipes call for "pumpkin pie spice". What is in this?
Is it like dutch Speculaas spice mix?
20 grams cinnamon
10 grams ground nutmeg
5 grams ground cloves
a pinch of cardamom powder
a pinch of ginger powder
6  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Invasion of the Witch BOO'ts!!! - Paper Mache on: October 11, 2010 03:18:09 AM
Wow! I love your boots!
Papier Mache is something I haven't really played with yet.
Did I read right? Is there a tutorial in the offing?
Please... pretty please!
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Baby Wipe Boxes on: October 03, 2010 04:55:03 AM
I got stuck with a load of these boxes too. I ordered wipe refills in bulk online one time and they were out of stock so the shop sent me the boxed ones instead for the same price. 24 of them!

Since then they have been used to hold plant labels and dibber in the greenhouse, as drawer organisers in the bathroom, crayon and small toy holders in the childrens room, sachet holders in the kitchen cupboards, container for smelly dishwasher tablets under the sink... the list is endless.

I used contact plastic to cover the boxes and printed off some labels to stick on. If I change the use of a box, I just print a new sticky label.
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: A Green Idea Chain Game 2010 on: October 03, 2010 04:40:41 AM
How to recycle video tapes....

Well there are the usual options. Send them to a specialist recycle centre, or, offer them on Freecycle or your local "Swap and Share".
Knitting, weaving and crochet are not options ... Hmmmm
You could use a little of the tape for bird scaring in your fruit/veg garden (if you have one) or more if you offer it to a local allotment or garden club.

Ah, I have just found this on instructables... rope made from tape. Here is the link for a rope making device...

What can I do with my stash of used birthday and Christmas cards? I never have the heart to throw them away.

9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: A Green Idea Chain Game 2010 on: September 24, 2010 01:38:04 PM
My question: What can I did with bright blue bubble wrap beside mailers?

As a practical idea, you could use the bubble wrap to make cozies your pot plants, especially the ones that are out to overwinter in the greenhouse or cold frame. Electrical tape would be good to join the seams and good colours too.

For a more fun notion, you could do some modeling. The texture could be good as crocodile/lizard/snake skin. Make long sausage shaped rolls of the bubble wrap. Add embellishments such as cardboard feet shapes, eye-balls or forked tongues. Then paint with acrylic paints to finish... maybe a layer or 2 of kitchen towel papier-mache before painting might smooth out the body shaping before painting. You could put some wire with bended ends (heavy florist wire or old coat hanger) down the centre of your sausage shape to give your snake its wiggle. 

My question:
What can I do with a sack of yarn off-cuts?

I visited a woollen mill recently and near the looms were boxes of trimmings. There are about 20 different types of yarns, most quite fine and some are textured. There are some in short lengths 50cm to a metre, and others in 4 to 6 metre lengths. Needless to say they are currently all knotted together but I am becoming adept at untangling the mess sitting on the couch of an evening.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: A Seuss Nursery OR The Lazy Parents Guide to Decorating on: September 16, 2010 12:37:03 PM
Hi Tapestrymlp,
I agree with you on the painting of walls. A miserable job. All that moving of furniture and bits.
Though I still don't agree with you on your classification of Lazy; practical, efficient, sensible, forward-thinking maybe?!
My daughter's room was decorated with the future in mind too.
Gender neutral (because we did not know if she would be a boy or a girl) and colour chosen to go with some fabric in my stash so that when she moves to the larger room I can make it in to a guest room without a major re-org.
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