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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / An Overload of Damaged Black Tights on: November 13, 2015 12:49:14 PM
So I wear a lot of sheer black tights. I wear them 4-10 times on average before they're ripped up beyond repair (we're talking top to bottom ladders and holes at the toes that I can fit my entire foot through), and this sadly means that I also throw away a lot of them, generally one pair each week. It doesn't matter what brand I use; the expensive ones don't last much longer than the cheap dollar store kind. I guess I just live a tights-unfriendly life.

However, I feel like a horribly wasteful person sending so much of these to the landfill. Is there any craft I could do with ripped up nylon tights? Or is there a way to otherwise recycle them? Tips to increase how many times you can wear them would be very welcome too (Or if you happen to have found THE perfect brand of near-indestructible tights Please share!)

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Memo Board With Elastic (With Tutorial) on: October 17, 2015 08:29:06 AM
Lately when I was cleaning my room I found two unused canvases, dating back to when I had delusions of artistic talent. Since I know better now, I decided to repurpose them for something I have more use for: memo boards. This project was super simple, super cheap, and I really love the effect!



You need:

A canvas
Corkboard (I used the AVSKILD cork placemats from IKEA, but any cork tile would work)
Fabric
Elastic
Glue
Hot glue gun
X-acto knife
Pushpins

Instructions:

Cut the cork to size so the pieces cover the canvas



Glue them in place.



Cover the board with fabric of choice; glue stuck in the back with hot glue.





Attach pieces of elastic to the board with pushpins in the back.



I made two to go on the wall above my desk, along with my other memo boards:

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Silhouette Bookmarks on: October 14, 2015 11:41:04 AM
I made these for the Bookmark Swap Round 7



There's an Alice bookmark (Alice in Wonderland), and a Bilbo Baggins bookmark (The Hobbit).



As I can't bring myself to destroy a book, I made them with color copies rather than actual book pages. It has the added advantage that there is no text on the back shining through. (A least, I think that's an advantage. You might think it takes away from the vintage-y feel)
4  COOKING / Dessert / 7 Minute Chocolate Cake In A Mug! (Tutorial) on: October 14, 2015 10:09:34 AM
This is such a basic recipe that it has probably been posted here already in some variation or other, but I love it so much that I couldn't resist sharing.





You need:

30g butter
40g dark chocolate (high cocoa %)
1 egg
2 tablespoons of sugar
4 tablespoons of flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
A large, microwave resistant mug (like the one in the picture)
(Optional) A long-stemmed spoon (makes beating the dough and eating the cake easier)
(Optional) Chocolate chips for decoration

Preparation:

  • Put the chocolate (broken in pieces if it's a tablet) along with the butter in the mug. Microwave at 800-1000 Watt for approximately 30 seconds, or until the chocolate and butter have suitably melted. (The specifics of this kinda depend on your microwave. I've made this in several different devices, and it's always slightly different. Never went wrong though!)
  • Beat the chocolate and butter with your long-stemmed spoon until it's a smooth mixture, and no more chunks are visible. Add the egg. Again, beat until the dough is smooth.
  • Consecutively add the sugar, beat it smooth, add the flour, beat it smooth, and then add the baking powder and beat it smooth one last time.
     
    WARNING ABOUT BAKING POWDER #1: Seriously, don't overdo it. A little bit too much and your cake rises out of your mug like it's come alive to make a mess of your microwave. It will still be perfectly edible (you'll also feel like you have more cake, as it will be approximately twice the size of your mug) but the cleanup is a bitch.

    WARNING ABOUT BAKING POWDER #2: Mix extra long after adding the baking powder. It dissolves slowly, and you really don't want tiny chunks of it swimming in your dough when you bake it, it messes with the taste.

  • Microwave it at 800-1000 Watt for about 1min20-1min35 (again, it depends. When you see the cake rising up and forming a nice bulb on top of your mug, it's about done. It might sink back when you open the microwave, but this is no problem.)
  • Add some chocolate chips on top for decoration. You can also jab a hole in the cake while it's hot, and fill it with chocolate chips for extra gooey chocolate goodness.

And to end this for proof and reassurance, this is a mug cake I made with this same recipe, just a little less baking powder than it should have had. Still perfectly delicious, and as you can see, Not Raw. (This is something I had to convince my distrusting family members of xD)

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded Bracelets on: October 07, 2015 02:51:11 PM
Here are some beaded bracelets I made for swaps!

Minions-themed:


Harley Quinn-themed:
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Arwen-inspired Bookmarks on: October 07, 2015 02:15:52 PM
I made bookmarks for Round 7 of the Bookmark Swap, and as my partners have both received, I can finally show my work!

I embroidered two bookmarks with designs I based off Arwen from LOTR; one is the classic Evenstar design of her pendant, one is an embroidery design from one of her outfits in the movies. (The "Chase Dress", the one she wore when escaping from the Nazgl with Frodo. The design is on the sleeve.)


7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Aquamarine Chip Bracelet on: September 07, 2015 11:07:28 AM
I keep finding aquamarine chips in-between my craft supplies, courtesy of a necklace I broke in my box of craft stuff once. There wasn't enough for a big project, but I did want to use the leftover chips for something. Hence: a small bracelet.



I needed only a bit of chain, a lobster clasp closure, two jump rings, and a piece of silver wire. You could use an eye pin (possibly with a better effect) but I didn't have any handy, and this was just a little project to fill an empty moment… 
For something this simple, I think it came out rather classy looking!


8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Green Beads And Chain Necklace on: September 07, 2015 10:48:55 AM
This is a variation to the Russian Spiral pattern that I tried out before. Because it turned out much thicker than my first iteration of the pattern, I didn't make an entire necklace out of beads, but added a pale gold chain and matching end beads.
The chain is relatively long, longer than I would wear for myself, but this is a gift for my mother-in-law, and I wanted to have some room to possibly adjust it.


9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cardboard Makeup Caddy on: September 06, 2015 05:28:13 AM
I recently installed mirrors in my closet doors, and to make preparing myself in the mornings easier, I also made a little caddy for my makeup, within easy reach standing in front of the mirror.



It was made from a cereal box, an empty toilet paper roll, and gift wrapping paper. 

I left enough space for future purchases Cheesy
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Bad Bargain: Not-So-Clear Contact Paper. Help? on: September 02, 2015 05:58:24 PM
I thought I was doing a great buy when I got a roll of -what I believed was- transparent clear contact paper in my local dollar store equivalent. I wanted to use it to laminate my books for the new academic year.
At home however, I discovered that the contact paper wasn't the glossy, glass-clear type that would be suitable for this (and a plethora of other crafty projects); no, I had gotten a roll of grainy, translucent but matte stuff. It had been packed in glossy foil, and the tag said "transparent contact paper", so I had no idea it would be bad


(I pulled out a corner so you can see what I mean. Not glossy, not fully clear. *sigh*)

Anyway. What can I do with this? It seems like such a waste to throw out an unused roll of contact paper, but I can't think of anything to do with it. All projects I know that ask for this stuff require the glossy kind.
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