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311  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Apartment angst! Argh! on: March 11, 2005 10:47:05 AM
I've got the same problem with the veritical blinds. I don't know what the style you're of your furnishings  is but if it's pretty ecclectic like mine, or more contemporary, the blinds could be pretty cool.  Here's how: Paint them. Use  something that will peel off easily. Something for kids or even T-shirt paint (the puffy kind). Let the plain color of the blinds work for you as a background and paint away. Polka dots, branches, flowers whatever. Have your pattern match up when you close them or have it be more random. Or you could use vinyl and cut out and layer on your chosen design. It might be little more expensive but it comes off really easy and they can be re-used. Hope that helps.
312  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: rental decorating on: March 11, 2005 10:23:13 AM
Yeah I'm in the same boat. College student. I've lived in dorms and put up posters and pictures all over, but next year I'm moving to a more permanent apartment situation and so I've been searching her on Craftster for ideas. Try starching fabric to the walls or using contact paper. I'm going the contact paper route and making big 5-6 in vertical stripes on two of the walls of my bedroom and then I'm hanging some artwork. OH and check out the rasterbator(http://homokaasu.org/rasterbator/wizard.gas?Phase=1). I'm a little obsessed with rasterizing right now. Just blow up an image you really like and use it like mural or wallpaper. Or make tall fabric covered or painted panels (plywood or even foamcore) that you can set on the floor and lean against the wall (you can take them with you when you move). They make good headboards to! Good luck, there's so much you can do. You just have to get started thinking in the right direction and then the ideas don't stop!
313  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Red Embroidery Floss on: March 02, 2005 07:33:47 AM
Yeah, hand wash your floss in warm water (just rinse it, no soap) before you start. Dry with paper towels to see if it's still bleeding. Rinse it again if it still is.
314  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Attn hairdressers,experienced folk/ Help wanted with pixie bangs on: February 28, 2005 09:30:04 PM
I came late to this one but...I've got pretty short hair with the side fringe (i cut them myself and they turned out fine). But I'm bored and want to try on some little short pixie bangs. I heard that they are tricky. Any tips (hair dressers VERY welcome)?
315  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Poker Card themed room, anyone? on: February 28, 2005 03:24:17 PM
I'm a playing card fan too! I just bought an awesome set of glasses at walmart that are playing card themed. They have several sets of sizes too...tumblers and regular water glasses. I don't know if you would need them, and they're not diy (you could copy the idea with glass paint though), but they were cheap.  Also, try watching the last bit of Jan Svankmajer's 'Alice' (Alice in Wonderland). It may give you some ideas. Try using just parts of the card... colors, shapes, items that just remind you of cards to keep from making your room more "themed" than you want it to be.
316  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Shoe Covering - with tutorial on: February 28, 2005 02:52:58 PM
I have a question too, do you need to actually glue the fabric down to the shoe, or is it just at the seams?
(I'm so glad you've posted this. It's opened up a new world! I'll have pictures soon!)
317  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Diabetic Dessert Recipes? on: February 28, 2005 02:46:11 PM
I have a family full of diabetics. Use splenda, it's great. Really good for kids too. They say it measures just like granulated sugar, but I use a little less than you're supposed to because I think it's sweeter. Sugar free jello is awesome too, you can do wonders. What kind of sweet stuff does your dad like? I'll try to hook you up. 
318  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Dinner for one, anyone? on: February 28, 2005 02:35:17 PM
I like cooking a big, family sized meal in advance (roast, soups and stews, pasta) and then freezing small portions. It saves on time. And I can always cook if I don't want what's in the freezer.
319  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: smoothies anyone? on: February 28, 2005 02:29:38 PM
I'm the smoothie queen, but I always use bananas. You can live without the yogurt (i know what you mean, it makes a chalky smoothie). Ummm...try just making a frozen fruit slush type thing with juice, frozen fruit and ice (add some sweetener if it's too sour). Or if you really miss the creaminess that the yougurt or bananas gave, try lite cool whip (tastes funny and would kind of cancel out a smoothie's good for you factor though). Oh...or use a low fat/sugar frozen yogurt that you like. That would be even better.
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