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21  UNITED STATES / Vermont / Re: er... any other vermonters on the boards? on: February 10, 2005 08:05:21 AM
*waves hand*

Hi! I live in southernish Vermont.

*waves back*

Are you far enough south that you keep getting all the snow we're missing?  I'm in Montpelier, and until last night, we were getting pretty green.

yea i live in vermont, st j area

Ah, St. J.  I miss the Northern Lights bookstore.  How's things your way?
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: painting to go with decor on: February 08, 2005 09:04:03 AM
Word!   Grin

I'd love to see other pieces you've done -- can you post pics?
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: painting to go with decor on: February 04, 2005 07:37:16 AM
I'd sell in a heartbeat if I knew someone wanted to buy one.  And not for a ton of $ either  Grin

Love the colors, love the design (and the cabinet you've got it on is a great little piece, too).  If you do start selling, please let us (me!) know.  I'm definitely interested in seeing what else you come up with.
24  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: can o' soup happiness on: February 01, 2005 07:08:14 AM
anyone have any tips for sprucing up campbells chicken noodle? i'm addicted as is, but would like a little change. i know its not good for you but whatever

Adding canned beans is another cheap and easy (and healthy) addition.  Just about anything would be good with chicken noodle -- I'm thinking navy beans would be really good.  Or black beans, a bit of cayenne and a little fresh cilantro?  You'd have Mexican chicken noodle.
25  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Merchandising in a used bookstore on: January 31, 2005 08:13:49 AM
I'm so jealous!  I've always wanted to run a bookstore.  You're really lucky.  And I don't think your house looks junky at all.  One of my favorite bookstores is in a house that looks very much like yours.

Definitely paint -- it'll transform the space.  Depends on the effect you want, dark colors will make it feel like a study, lighter colors will help bring more natural light in.  Wood floors are a must -- they stand up to wear and are easy to clean.  And comfy chairs (not too big, though -- don't want to take up too much space) scattered around, so folks can plop down with a book while they're browsing.  Floor lamps will be handy, too, especially if you decide to use a darker wall color.  And of course, bookshelves.  Against the walls and freestanding back-to-back in the middle of rooms.  You can arrange them to make little nooks and mini-rooms for particular subjects.  The sides of the bookcases make good display space for hangable things -- or you can add on shelves for pottery, etc.  And you can turn your windows into display areas for books faced-out onto the street by adding window shelves.

If you have Freecycle in your area, see if you can swap your display cases for something you like better -- like the armoire like kstarsk suggested, or bookshelves.  But I think the display cases can probably be altered so you like them better -- cover the sides and shelves with fabric, for instance.  And you can use Freecycle to get rid of the slatwall, if you don't want to keep it and can't return it to the store where you bought it.

Don't worry about being too matchy-matchy.  Find furniture and paint that appeals to you, stuff you'd be comfortable with.  You want personality in your shop, and if you're comfortable in your space, customers will be, too. 

Good luck, and let us know how it goes!
26  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Peanut butter, ritz, and melting chocolate...yum!! VERY EASY!! on: January 28, 2005 08:12:13 AM
Ooh, that sounds good.  We used to just smear PB on Oreo cookies.  I'm trying yours tonight!
27  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: best cheesy love songs EVER?! on: January 28, 2005 07:59:25 AM
oh, the cheeeeese...

Love Will Keep Us Together -- Captain and Tenille
I Can't Help Falling In Love With You -- Elvis (or Lick the Tins -- last song from Some Kind of Wonderful)
Baby I Love Your Way -- Peter Frampton
Cherish; Crazy for You -- Madonna
Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon -- Neil Diamond
Groovy Kind of Love -- Phil Collins
I Honestly Love You -- Olivia Newton John (cheesiest song of all time.  EVER.)
If You Leave Me Now -- Chicago
I Will Always Love You -- Whitney frickin' Houston
Wind Beneath My Wings -- Bette Midler
Just the Way You Are -- Billy Joel
God Only Knows -- Beach Boys
I Just Called to Say I Love You; My Cherie Amour; You Are the Sunshine of My Life -- Stevie Wonder

and, of course, anything by Celine Dion.  Because You Loved Me.  *shudder*
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Curse - Real or Just a Bad Coincidence? on: January 27, 2005 08:40:34 AM
Several things:
1. I had never heard of The Curse before.  When I saw this thread I was thinking of a different Curse and wondering what that had to do with knitting. Huh  But I figured it out eventually.

2. I went to the site with the aran patterns... my clan (I am part Irish and have an Irish surname) isn't on there Cry.

I first thought of the other curse, too.  Wink

As for the clan names, does your name begin with Mc or O' or similar?  If so, try leaving that part off.  I'm a Mc, and when I first entered my full last name I couldn't find it (even though our crest was right there on the damn page).  So I left off the Mc, and found us and our pattern.  very cool, tho' I'm not about to spend almost $200 on a sweater...
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Mother Earth News Almanac and the Foxfire series on: January 14, 2005 10:22:38 AM
I found this funky little DIY paperback waaaaay back just after I graduated from college and was determined to make everything from scratch.  It's not specifically or strictly crafty, but it contains all kinds of tips and ideas for everything from building a cold frame for cold-climate gardening to making cosmetics from the contents of your fridge.  I'm not DIY all the time anymore, but I still love flipping through this paperback.  It was originally published in the '70s when the back to the land movement was really being embraced.  Don't know if what you can get from Amazon is the same, but if you see this red and yellow paperback in a used bookstore or at a yard sale, snap it up!  Here's the link to the little info Amazon offers.  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0553200690/qid=1105725823/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-3489579-6972668?v=glance&s=books

On a related theme, the Foxfire series of paperbacks conceived in the '60s to preserve the Appalachian way of life are full of all kinds of old ways of doing things -- like quilting, caning chairs, making cornhusk dolls and brooms, and making moonshine!  Not uncommon finds in the used book stores.  There are at least 10 in the series, plus a few more related books (Forfire Christmas, Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery, etc.)
30  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: can o' soup happiness on: January 14, 2005 09:47:30 AM
Soup!  I love soup!  When I'm really hungry, I'll throw a handful of orzo (the tiny, rice-sized pasta) into my tomato soup as it cooks.  Only takes about 5-8 minutes for the pasta to cook, and you wind up with a cheap and filling bowl o' goodness.  You can, of course, do the same with actual rice, great when you have any leftover from ordering out Chinese.

Also, add the orzo to any broth for a quick meal.  I like to grate some Parmesan cheese on top, too.  If you add enough orzo to absorb all the broth, you wind up with a fast fake risotto.

If you make ramen as soup (I used to always drain most of the broth off -- silly me, I just wanted the noodles), add garlic and whatever fresh veggies you may have languishing in the bottom of the fridge.
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