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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Oscar Party - Ideas? on: January 29, 2004 06:14:01 PM
So, the Academy Awards are Feb. 29 and I really want to throw an Oscar Party (got the idea from http://www.ljcfyi.com/) Here's a list of nominations: http://www.oscar.com/nominees/nomineelist.html

Any ideas on what to serve? I liked the Lord of the Onion Rings and Cold Mountain Dew. I also thought we could serve some sort of teriyaki kabobs on sword skewers for The Last Samuri. Maybe something to do with fish for Finding Nemo? There has to be something I can do with Pirates of the Caribbean or Master and Commander. Huh

We're also planning on having ballots on hand with prizes for whoever comes the closest to predicting all the winners. Gotta think of some sort of prize. I wonder if anyone has Oscar-shapped chocolate molds?

Thanks for the help!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old Sweater => Snow Bunny Set on: November 14, 2003 10:24:17 AM
I've been messing with old sweaters for the Holiday DIY zine I'm planning on sending out and figured out a really easy way of making a scarf, mittens, and headband set. Thought I would share it with all you crafty people!

  - old sweater (I used a yummy cashmere one I found for a buck at a thrift store)
  - sewing machine
  - fleece (optional)

1. Throw your sweater into the washing machine for a couple cycles. Make sure that you have a sweater made mostly from wool. Look for labels that say "Handwash or dryclean only."

2. After your sweater has shrunk significantly, allow it to dry either by hanging it out or throwing it in the dryer. Felting (or is it Pulling?) is great because it fuses the individual strands of yarn together, preventing the material from unravelling.

3. Lay the sweater out flat and cut off Scarf 1 and 2 (see diagram). You can adjust the width according to taste and the amount of material you have to work with.


4. Cut one seam off of each scarf section so that you're left with two large strips of sweater. Sew these two strips (right sides facing each other) together to form your scarf. You can accent the edges or ends with pieces of fleece.

5. For the headband, all you have to do is take the lower section of the sweater that you just cut off from the scarf section and measure it around your head. Mark where the headband fits comfortably, turn inside out, and sew together. Once again you can accent with fleece.

6. Use the upper section of the sleeves for your mittens. If the space isn't wide enough, you could also try squeezing in the mittens on the chest section of the sweater.

7. Trace a mitten-like outline of your hand, adding a 1/2 in. for your seams. I like my mittens to be snug...add an inch or more to your hand outline if you'd like a bit more space.

8. Include two inches from your wrist straght down to create the mitten opening.

9. Cut out patterns and sew all the way around your mitten, leaving the opening unsewn. If you're going to add decorative fleece, make sure you do it before you sew the mitten together. It will be much easier this way!

10. Leaving the mitten inside out, fold the opening 1" in and sew along the cut edge.

11. Sew a second line .5" to the right of the line you just sewed (closer to the opening). You're going to use this canal to hold the elastic in place so don't sew the second line all the way shut. You'll need some way of getting the elastic in.

12. Tie a piece of elastic to a safety pin and begin weaving it through the canal opening. Go all the way around the mitten to meet itself again. Tie elastic off, making sure that it will stretch enough to get your hand in but is snug enough so that the mittens don't fall off.

13. Repeat steps 7-12 for other mitten.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Flower Hair Band on: August 06, 2003 07:57:54 AM
Why buy one when you can create your own?

Flower Hair Band

  - rubber band
  - flower
  - pretty bead
  - string

1. Take apart your flower so that all your are left with are the soft petals. There should be a hole in the middle where the plastic center used to go through.

2. Cut a six inch long piece of string. Thread your bead to the center of the string. Make sure your bead is large enough so that it can't slip through the flower hole.

3. Grab both ends of the string and push through the center of the flower.

4. Use the string to tie a tight double knot around the rubber band, sandwiching the flower between the bead and the band.

5. Cut the string close to the knot.

6. Wear the flower in your hair and go to a luau!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Decorating Blank Walls on: August 07, 2003 06:14:33 PM
Ok, I'm not sure if painting the walls of your house can be crafty but here goes!

A couple of weeks ago we began fixing up our kitchen and living room. Since they're joined, we wanted the paint on the walls to really define that one section was the kitchen and the other section was the living room. So, we painted the kitchen walls white with a foot high red border on top and the living room red with a foot high white border on top. It looks great but there's one wall in the kitchen I want to do something fun with. Here are my ideas:

I would love to hear your opinions on which one you like best. Heck, feel free to let me know that all of them suck and give me new suggestions! Thanks!

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Easiest Fish Ever! on: August 06, 2003 07:38:29 AM

Enjoy the zen-like environment a fish creates but don't enjoy scooping poop out of the water? Then this is the project for you!

Fake Fish Vase

  - vase
  - tattoo paper for your printer
  - varnish
  - paintbrush
  - fish image

1. Print out the fish image on tatoo paper. Here's the image I used:

2. Carefully cut out the fish and even more carefully, pull the paper backing off the tattoo.

3. Trying to prevent as many folds as possible, stick the tattoo on the back side of the vase. The tattoo paper is extremely fragile so take your time. Don't worry if small pieces tear or rip off. It will just look like your fish has battle damage!

4. Since these tattoos usually come off with water, you're going to want to protect your little fishy. Gently apply your paint-on varnish, going just barely out side of the fish edge. Let dry.

5. You're done! Add water, put the vase on your desk, and laugh when people ask if they can feed your fish.
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