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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / decoupaged tupperware? on: March 19, 2004 12:25:14 PM
I want to decorate a bunch of the old margarine tubs and things I pack lunches in, and I'm thinking decoupage. But I've never seen decoupaged objects that are meant to be flexed, bent and dunked in soapy water after they're finished, so I'm a little worried about peeling and cracking of the protective coat.

Is there a good non-toxic, washable, flexible clear coating that y'all can suggest? Doesn't have to be dishwasher safe.
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / SUPPLY SWAP (sign up closed ; send by: 4/6/04) on: March 08, 2004 10:38:39 PM
So I'm thinking of the stuff I found on deep, deep clearance at JoAnn's, the stuff I salvaged from the side of the dumpster, the stuff that came from nowhere that I just can't throw away... and it's just sitting there in my craft stash, sad and unused. Cry

Better to share, isn't it? I'm thinking a smallish box (mine is 12" x 6" x 9") full of ribbons and fabric and cute/cheesy hot-gluable goodies (not AOL CDs).

Sign ups: please fill out the form at http://greengabbro.net/swap.php to sign up. I listed all the major categories of crafty junk I could think of, but let me know if I forgot your favorite!

Sign up by March 30, 6 pm PST (or whenever I get home from work that day).

I'll do the match-ups by April Fool's, you'll send your box out by April 6, most of us will get our boxes by USian tax day, hoorah! I'll try to arrange things so that people with yarn send to knitters and so forth; hopefully most people will want many kinds of things (or the super-random junky things that everybody has) and this will work out easily, hint hint. Wink

Questions, comments, suggestions?
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / cheesy christmas clearance lamp on: January 06, 2004 11:03:22 PM
I picked up about half a dozen strands of white Christmas lights on "sale" at the local dumpster - a few broken ones on each strand, but no matter:

I feel like I've got a zillion Tinkerbells locked in a jar, all passed out drunk.

Can anyone think of similarly quick things to do with the other strands? I think hanging them would just make my walls look emptier, and I'm out of bottles...
4  COOKING / Dessert / pansy candy on: November 19, 2003 07:10:47 PM
So I picked a patch of pansies on Sunday. Following a recipe for violet syrup, I washed the flowers, put them in a little mason jar, poured boiling water over them and let 'em steep for 24 hours. Monday, the liquid was a slightly disturbing dark-Windex blue (the pansies were a purplish variety - "Dynamite Wine Flash"). I put it in a pan.

Also in the pan were two cups of sugar, one cup of light corn syrup, and a dash of artificial vanilla. Stirred until the sugar dissolved, and then let it alone until my trusty candy thermometer registered near the "hard crack" stage (300 F). At this point, a spoonful of bubbly sugar-liquid dropped in cold water will make hard, brittle threads, like the one on my candy thermometer:

I had to lick it clean when I was done.  Tongue

Last step was to pour off the mixture into a pie pan (liberally sprayed with Pam beforehand, natch), leave it in the fridge to cool and harden, and smash it into pieces with the butt of a knife.

Pansies have a rather subtle, delicate flavor, so the finished product tastes mostly of corn syrup. I've bought another couple flats of plants, though, so next time I might be able to make a more concentrated solution.

Also next time... I want molds, and individually wrapped pieces! I think it'd be way cool to have a pansy (or viola, to keep it bite-sized) embedded in translucent hard candy - good as little Christmas package-toppers. Has anyone ever made hard candy in molds before? And what kind of paper can I use to wrap the candies?

5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / mini vases galore on: September 12, 2003 05:04:34 PM
I work next door to a florist, and have started dumpster diving at lunch for only-slightly-wilted desk decor. My l33t ik3b4n4 sK1llz are coming along nicely.

With the flowers, there are often these little mini-vase carrying devices: little inch-long test tube things with a rubber cap you can stick a single stem into, to keep the flower watered without spillage. I'm planning to attach velcro to two or three, put the opposite strip of velcro on my dashboard, and have some bud vases in my car. Maybe make some fridge magnets, etc.

Here's where I need help brainstorming: I can collect an arbitrary number of these things, but I'm having trouble moving beyond the basic "paint, glue, add flower" concept. What would you guys do if you had all the mini-vases in the world?
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