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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / wanna make 5 shawls for me? on: November 09, 2005 11:46:54 PM
Okay. So this is completely random, but I've been toying with this idea lately. I'm getting married in June 2007 and I want to give my lovely ladies shawls as a gift. I however cannot knit/crochet.. I've tried. I suck. I hate it.

Anyways! So, I'd like to contract with a craftster if possible, you know keeping it all in the family.  Grin I of course would provide all of the materials and pay. As for payment! I'm broke, but I'm also a potter. I was thinking that it might be a fair trade for 5 shawls... some monetary compensation, and then a variety of lovely bowls, platters, etc. From my biased perspective, I feel like that would be a fair trade.

I really love the highly detailed, delicate looking shawls.. but then again a small detail goes a long way.... I'd be completely willing to talk it out.  I have limited knowledge in this field.

So... here's hoping someone thinks that it's a great idea...  Grin 
2  UNITED STATES / Vermont / Vermont Weddings on: November 04, 2005 01:58:24 AM
Hey All!

So! I'm recently engaged and it seems like my life is now strictly wedding... at least that's what my brain has been telling me.  Grin I was just wondering if  any of you crafty people have gotten married in the Burlington area and might have some pointers for me.. Please? Right now I really would like to be married in the old round church in Richmond Vermont... now the problem is finding an affordable reception. Oy.  Grin ANYWAY! Any input would be most appreciated! Thank you!

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Pickle Favors? on: October 14, 2005 02:44:21 AM
SO! I am newly engaged and all of these ideas have been running through my head and now! I want your opinion too!

I've been thinking that for favors I'd like to give out.....a small jar of my Mom's world famous bread and butter pickles! YUM! I of course would fancify the pickle jar (simply of course). Do you all think that's weird? I think it would be a fairly economical favor and uber delicious.

AND THEN! The boy's (probably going to have to stop calling him that eventually, huh?) family has offered to make maple syrup in addition to the pickles.... (nothing like Vermont farm families, eh?) Would it be weird to give out pickles and maple syrup?

AND THEN! I was thinking.. I've been working on a family cookbook. Why not make a combination family cookbook and give out one to each family unit/couple/really awesome single friend... Is that over zealous? The wedding is a little over a year away...

(I've always been a little overzealous... do note the frequent "!" use... I even spell my name with one!)  Grin

I'm also thinking... that depending on how many children are coming I'd like to make small toyish favor specifically for them. Because.. what little kid really wants pickles? Of course these pickles are divine.. especially with room temperature VT Cheddar and ritz....
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / A FESTIVUS for the REST of US (help!) on: November 16, 2004 05:29:43 PM
This year instead of going out and making Christmas presents, I want to give a few select people a Festivus kit. Now, there's little information on Festivus, just what you can glean from that one (or two) episode (s) of Seinfield. So far I've decided to make festivus cards, featuring an aluminum pole( no tinsel!! It's distracting!  Grin ), and providing a mini festivus pole. (I'm just going to get a big nut, and a pole that will screw in). Other ideas I've had was to make score cards, so that people could keep track of all of the things that people have done bad to them for the coming year and to maybe include a karate headband (for the fight with the head of the household of course!). I was wondering if any of you had any other suggestions for what I could add?

PS! I wasn't sure where to post this, so I apologize if this is the wrong forum area.
5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Delicious Vegan Cookies on: October 19, 2004 09:48:37 PM
Although I'm not vegan, I do try to reduce the amount of animal products in my diet. If you have the misconception that vegan food isn't as good as it's animal product cohorts, this recipe will completely change your minds.

It's from the book How it All Vegan (a recipe book that's received mixed reviews) and  they're called Cootie's Coconut Cookies.

And without further ado... the recipe!

They are at their very best when piping hot out of the oven, but are still most delicious cold too!.

2 bananas, mashed  (I like to do 3 bananas... but this does make the cookies a little soft)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sweetener ( I typically use brown sugar)
1/2 cup oil (I've had BAD experiences using olive oil, so I advise against olive oil! Grin )
3 teaspoon coconut or soy milk
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup rolled oat flakes ( I add a little extra if I use extra banana)
1 cup coconut, shredded

Preheat oven to 350F. In a blender or food processor, blend together the mashed bananas, vanilla, sweetener, oil, and milk. in a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Stir in the oat flakes and then fold in the banana mixture, stirring well. Mix in the shredded coconut. Scoop spoon-sized portions onto a lightly oiled cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Makes 12 large delicious cookies, good for all to enjoy!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Bumper stickers on: April 16, 2004 08:45:46 AM
So I have this simply FAHbulous idea. I want to have a bunch of bumper stickers made for a few of my friends. I've done some research online, but haven't found any places that do it for a decent price.

do any of you know of a good company to do it through?

Thanks! HAPPY FRIDAY! Grin
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / soda blue plastic on: April 11, 2004 12:24:25 PM
I've been collecting the blue plastic piece that comes inside the lid of plastic soda bottles FOREVER. Now I have a few thousand of them (once people hear you're collecting something strange they seem to want to help.. yay for wacky art classes with crazy students!) Now, I want to do something with them.  I was thinking of maybe joining them together and then layering them as a translucent curtain.. or perhaps layering them over a piece of foam for a bathroom rug... I know that people make bracelets out of them... I could probably do both the amount that I have... I want to do something really great and interesting with them  just to stick it to any naysayers in my life Tongue. .. (granted some of ideas do drown... never make a throne out of used tires... Grin)Any suggestions?

ps I LOVE this site. I've been lurking around for a few months and I just got the nerve to become a member. YIPEE! Yay for crafty peopleof the world!
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