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111  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: circle skirt made from a bedsheet [inspired by craftster] on: May 13, 2005 06:12:52 PM
AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH THAT'S ADORABLE AND I HAVE THAT SAME SHEET!  I got mine at a thrift shop, too, for <$1, and now i know what to do with it.  Grin
you rock.
112  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tutorial: Felt beads on: May 13, 2005 03:02:41 PM
wow, this tute is gonna get me in trouble....   Grin
i'm already obsessed with good ol' craft felt (the premade sheets, that is)  --  and getting dirty looks from my DH about all the brightly-colored wool bits that always seem to cling to his clothes.  I've been itching get into fibers for a while now (i must learn to knit, and maybe crochet too), but these beads seem so easy and simple to make...  *eyeballs the samplers at outbackfibers*  only $17... 
113  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Beaded box on: May 13, 2005 02:34:55 PM
OH MY STARS that is utterly beautiful.  Your mom must've been WOWED.
My masochistic side is curious how many hours that took you to complete.
114  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Re: Felt stationary box on: May 10, 2005 04:17:35 PM
WOW!  That's gorgeous! 
I have something of a fetish for boxes (small, ornate containers of any kind, actually) and a growing obsession love of felt (O, let me count the ways...) and that is simply inspiring. 
I'd love more details on how you put it together, pleeaaase  - like, did you glue the felt to the exterior of the box (and what kind of glue?) and then sew the edges, or just somehow sew the whole thing together?  did you line the box itself?  *wants more so she can make one, too* Please?
I'm sure your mom will adore having such a beautiful place to store her letter-writing things.  I'd just be bowled over to receive something that thoughtful (and handmade!). 

+100 Good Kid points
115  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / April showers = May flowers? Please look and give your thoughts! on: May 02, 2005 07:02:38 PM
Lately, I've been obsessed with wearing flowers in my hair - and so, naturally, I started crafting them.  I've given several to friends (to rave reviews), and they always seem to attract compliments, so of course I want to sell them.  The problem is, I haven't a clue what to ask for them - or if the general public is really interested at all?  (I'm forever measuring my talents against the perceived charity of friends)

They are made of wool felt, with copper wires and Swarovski crystals for the stamens, and are entirely hand-sewn (with just a tiny bit of glue to secure the knots).  I've made brooches and hairpins, and with both I secure the flower onto the base first with wrapping the stamen wires, then by sewing (a lot), and then with a generous spot of superglue.  They -won't- come off the base (unless you really, REALLY want them to), and I've not had one snag my tangle-prone hair yet. They range from 1.5 - 4 inches across.  Each takes a little over an hour to make. 

Of course, the pictures don't do justice to the sparkle of the crystal stamens, or the intensity of the colors.

The Sharpie is there for size reference.  Wink

Help me, please.  Smiley 

> What do you think?    -- I adore them, but I'm prone to liking silly things.  Are they too ridiculous?  I'm in dire need of opinions, here.

> How much would you pay for a brooch?  a hairpin?  a set (brooch and 2 pins, etc)?    -- Would $7 - $10 per brooch/pin be too high?  too low?

> Where would you expect to see these for sale?  How much would you expect to see them for?    -- I think I could market these to just about every subset of fashion-conscious women.  And...  well, the flowers here (http://www.supermaggie.com/thingstobuy/?merchandise/Felt_Flowers_to_Wear) aren't felt, but felted - and WOW.  The tag on those beautiful brooches made me gasp!

Even the shortest comments are greatly appreciated.  Thank you all, and keep on with the craftiness!
116  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Even cheapskates need to eat on: April 22, 2005 08:58:48 PM
this is such a fantastic thread!  makes me want to get cookin', but i'll put in my two cents instead ---

my absolute FAVORITE sauce/marinade - made up on the spot years ago, because I needed a marinade for fish and couldn't think of anything on hand, so I started randomly pouring things into the mixing cup.  No measurements, but from most to least:
maple syrup (or honey, i suppose)
soy sauce
chili sauce (i use what is known in my house as "rooster sauce," gotten from the local asian market.  clear bottle, green lid/spout thingy, with a big rooster printed on the front with lots of asian text.  like $3 for a HUGE bottle that lasts AGES.  it's delish.)
worchestershire sauce and/or fish sauce
smashed up garlic (smashing releases much more garlicky goodness than chopping or slicing)
grated ginger if i've got it

stir up and let sit for a few minutes.  give it a taste.  it'll be sweet and tangy and a little bit spicy (or a lot!).  it's fantastic as a marinade for just about everything (i've used it with chicken, salmon, beef, tuna, and tofu) and works great as a sauce for stir-frys (a staple of mine when i can splurge on a ton of fresh veggies).

And for the really poor - I always seem to have carrots and onions as the last veggies in my drawer (and they're cheap as dirt, and carrots are easy to grow!), so i caramelize them.  just saute them until they are just starting to get brown and almost-burnt (they'll taste very sweet), and maybe add a pinch or two of brown sugar.  toast up some nuts if you've got them, and pour the whole thing over rice or potatoes.  very simple, VERY filling, and you get the bennies of some veggies, too (not just starches and protein).

poor girl's tuna casserole -
1 box macaroni and cheese (i get Annie's white cheddar and shells when i can, but the cheapo yellow kind works, too) cooked according to instructions
add 1 can tuna fish (packed in water, and rinsed and drained well), stir
add a few handfuls of frozen peas, soybeans or broccoli (i use lots of frozen soybeans - they cheap at the asian market, they're SUPER good for you, and they're like yummy lima beans!), stir
add a bunch of shredded cheese (mozzeralla or colby work nicely), a little at a time and stirring lots, so that the cheese melts.  add a bit of milk if it starts to get gummy. 
i always doctor mine with herbs, too - just a few sprinkles of dried thyme, sage and garlic.  It's yumtastic.
117  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / it's not easy being GREEN - help me paint my house! on: April 12, 2005 10:01:28 PM
I have the desperate urge to repaint my entire house - it's a lovely 1927 wood-frame Craftsman-style house with gorgeous wood floors and almost every room is a horribly sanitary white.  The living room and one back bedroom are the only ones to escape (being deep forest-green and cobalt blue, respectively), and I love them.  The issue is that I adore bright, saturated colors and want every room a different color, but I'm a bit concerned about...  well, other people.  I don't want it to end up making their eyeballs peel (I'm already having a time convincing my fiance).

I think I want GREEN.  Tonal, from the living room to the laundry room, and INTENSE.  None of that watered-down neutral pastel hogwash.   From the slightly bluish green I already have, to kelly green (west wall of living room), to apple green (dining room), to acid lime (kitchen, possibly two shades), to canary yellow (laundry room).  The ceilings, trim, and doors would stay white.

It would look very vaguely like this.

Thank you MSPaint.

Except that there is NO WAY you could see all four rooms at once, in real life.  At the most, you can look into three rooms (living room, dining room, kitchen OR dining room, kitchen, laundry room).  Another option I'm very reluctantly considering is to leave the walls that awful white, and paint the ceilings those bright colors.

What do you think?  Would my dream house make my guests run screaming into the streets?
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