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31  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Grandma's Avocado Salad... on: June 23, 2004 01:03:24 PM
I have to share this one.....
Simple but so good!!!  And no measuring equipment required!

-avocados (1-2 cubed)
-red onion (1 diced)
-garlic clove (2-3 diced)
-red or green pepper (1 diced)
-1 lemon (squeezed)
-sea salt (sprinkle)
-black pepper (sprinkle)

Put cubed and diced avocados, onion, garlic and pepper in a bowl.  Cut Lemon in half, squeeze out juice and pour over ingredients.  Sprinkle salt and pepper over everything.  Lightly toss salad.  Enjoy!

(P.S....I have a very "hip" grandma!  Shes always creating new dishes for me when I come over)

This dish rocks on a hot day.  I like to dip tortilla chips in and eat it that way.

Just add cold Corona's with lime, a nice sunny afternoon, music, and you will feel like your on vacation!
Enjoy All!    ~M
32  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Flower Coaster on: June 23, 2004 05:56:53 AM
Sweaty Drink Season Is Here...

I did this all in 100% cotton yarns so it is completely machine washable

If anyone would like the pattern I would be more than happy to try to explain it...
Enjoy!  ~M

33  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Felt and Fabric Journal... on: June 18, 2004 03:49:57 PM
I got this idea from something I saw in the store Anthropologie....
Except theirs was $40 bucks!!!!!! Mine was made from things I already have in my supply collection!
They put more of a laminated fabric on theirs and it was bigger in size (like single subject notebook sized)

Front closed


The butterfly fabric was originally curtains that my moms friend made out of bedsheets back in the 70's...so it has been reincarnated several times.

The "binding" is just ribbon put through two holes....its mushroom ribbon that I found in AC Moore a while back for $1!!! (its lion brand too!)
I cut a stack of yellow paper to size...punched 2 holes in it....cut felt to size..cut fabric to size...stiched it onto the front and back panels with zig zag stitch...punched two holes in the 2 pieces of felt.....stack everything then tied the ribbons through and Finick!

{[oh and I cut everything but the paper with pinking shears...it helps to disquise un-straight lines so you dont have to be perfect on this one...sometimes straight lines and I dont get along]}

It feels good to hold and is very light weight so it can be taken on the go with you.
Can be used for journal, photoalbum, memory book, sketch book....

Hope you like it....~M
34  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Keep off the Grass! (planter) on: June 18, 2004 02:59:40 PM
I have always thought about this project and finally did it!
The pot is a tag sale find. 
All you do is fill w dirt, seeds, water and in a week youll have your very own grass planter!
It is so soft to run your hands over too!

I am going to be moving to a city apartment later this summer and this is going to be my ode to suburbia! (and how much everyone is INTO their lawns there)
Gotta stay true to my roots...(get it ha ha ha)

There is something so satisfying about having grass growing in a pot!!

After this project sprouted I was thinking about what else I could grow grass in.   I am thinking of contructing a square flat tray and growing grass out on the fire escape (that would be so fun!!)
I think it would still allow for safe exit if there was an emergency b/c it would just be like a "carpet" thick tray.
(Then I realized I too secretly have the "suburban grass bug" in me!!)

Hope you like...~M
35  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / YarN and HeMp BasKeTs (pattern) on: June 16, 2004 07:06:02 AM
Here are some baskets I made....

Side view                                                                                       Top view

These were a lot of fun and make really nice gifts!  Ive made quite a few already that have gotten new homes.
Its interesting to use new unconventional materials too...these can be done in plastic cord, hemp, lace, raffia, plastic bags, yarn, rope (which would be a good fathers day or fathers B-day present)....

Crochet makes my day!           ~M
36  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Drawstring Pouch... on: June 14, 2004 12:46:52 PM
Heres one of my latest pouches...

Had to throw the kitty pic in there for scale of course! Wink  Thats Snickers investigating my crafts...
The pattern is REALLY easy!!  I definately recommend it!  I modified it from this site.
What I did was expand the bottom to the width I wanted.  Then kept the stictches the same for the body and finished up with "holes" for the drawstring just as the pattern call for...I also went around the top with 2 rows of single crochet.

This pouch can be done in rounder shapes or in tubes by just tweaking the amount of rows crocheted in the body.
Could be used for sunglasses, crafts, un-mentionables...the possibilities are endless.
37  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Free Hanging Mirror "Mobiles" **Felt Version ADDED** on: June 13, 2004 07:28:20 PM
Ive always loved mobiles..So I came up with these free hanging versions.
Super Super easy to make too!  Just hot glue shaped mirrors back to back with fishing line sandwiched in between!!!  For the top of each one I made a loop for easy hanging.

They can be arranged in any pattern and could be hung in clusters or separately.  They reflect the sunlight in little patterns everywhere...even when hung inside a room (especially with a ceiling fan on)!

Hope you enjoy.... Grin     ~M

38  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Huge Crocheted Tote Bag...(medium & purse size added) on: June 13, 2004 07:08:33 PM
My monster sized bag is finally finished!
I modified the pattern from this site
I used 2 strands held together throughout and added a stripe of fun fur.  The base is double the size it originally called for.
This bag is perfect for toting my never ending supply of yarn to take on the road with me.    ~M

What do you think?
39  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Paper Crane Folding? on: May 24, 2004 12:11:50 PM
I was wondering if anyone knew how to fold oragami cranes?
I did a search but didnt find anything.  Looking to make a hanging strand of them and maybe incorporating some beads too...like a mobile or car rear-view-mirror decoration.
Thanks A Bunch!    ~M
40  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crocheted sushi instructions?? on: April 10, 2004 03:07:58 PM
Does anyone know any patterns for crocheted sushi now that getcrafty.com is no longer up??
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