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151  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Funky high heeled shoes? on: March 30, 2007 06:52:52 PM
I have a couple of outrageous pairs-can't wear them,won't toss them.What could be made from them?Any ideas?
152  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / something good with winter tomatos on: March 17, 2007 09:58:05 PM
I marinate them.Slice maybe a pound? 2 or 3 regular,4 or 5 plum tomatos.Dressing is 3 tablespoons veg oil-olive or plain,and one tab.vinegar-cider vinegar is good,white will do.One teaspoon dried basil,if you like garlic put in a clove,I use a smigen of garlic in a jar,a lot of dried minced onion-I don't really measure,pepper and salt to taste.You could chop a small onion,or shallot if you like instead.I like onion flavor,but not raw onion myself.Mix it all up and pour over your tomatos.Stirand let sit a little while if you can.Even winter supermarket tomatos are good prepared like this-summer ones will be even better!

Also-a variation on grilled cheese. Slice a tomato,seed it.put tomato and swiss or mozzarella cheese between two slices of bread. Beat an egg with a little milk. Heat a little butter in a skillet-or I've just used a spray like Pam. Briefly dipped the sandwich in the egg,both sides-don't let it soak! Fry it untill it's nice and toasty and the cheese melts. Sometimes they're hard to flip.Depends how full the sandwich is,how much cheese you use,how much egg it's soaked up. Even if it comes out a messy eat with a fork sandwich instead of a pick it up and chomp sandwich,it'll still be delicious.Bonus-it's not being fried in a ton of butter if you have to watch that.And it is delicious.
153  UNITED STATES / Kentucky / I love freecycle on: November 07, 2006 01:56:13 PM
So I joined the Louisviile chapter of Freecycle. You post things you want, or things to give away.All must be free. I have recieved a lovely box full of junk jewelry, and already made one collage from it. Someone is letting me know about costume odd and ends that they thought would be good for anyone who sews.Well, I do, but by hand.Someday I'll have a machine!I was given some nice stuff for the quilt i've been saving brocade and velvet for.It seems people always have craft stuff to give away. And I managed to give away the swingset I was dreading dismantling!
It might be worth checking out your area Freecycle.
154  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Terry cloth bathrobe on: November 06, 2006 08:45:14 AM
I have a large white terry robe I'll never wear. What can you make out of terrycloth? There's got to be a good use for it. I don't want to pack it off to goodwill, them smack myself on the head a week later when a good idea hits me! Thanks.
155  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / switchplate covers, ect ect-and a fun idea on: November 03, 2006 08:53:50 PM
I've always done crafty stuff at home, but now I'm so desperately broke, I'm toying with the idea of making stuff to sell. I'm going to ease into it with simpler stuff. I love decoupaged light switch covers. We sell small books by Taschen of retro ads from different decades where I work. If I cut out a page to decorate a light switch, maybe glam it up a little more with collage, will I be violating copywrite if I sell it? What if I scanned the picture and used my copy instead of the original page from the book? We've got employee appreciation coming up soon, so I will get a better than normal discount.
Someday I'm making record crafts-I rescued a stack of maybe 50 from a neighbor's junk pile. And I lucked into some old circuit board to play with-drool. I Love how it looks!
I won't copy anyone's designs from craftster. I get inspired with ideas here-for example, I never knew you could do anything with records except play them, before I found this place.But I think I'm okay taking a concept-for example record purses-and putting my own spin on it, especially stuff it seems tons of people are making.
Anyway, back to the switchplates-I'd feel pretty safe using old magazines/books from Goodwill, but the new book of ad collections is so cool.Any advice is deeply appreciated.
Oh, the fun idea-I've made the most fun wreath, and it's a concept I'd like to share. I found a great toy dinosaur in shades of orange and yellow-it just looked like fall. And I thought of a wreath using various objects in red, orange, and yellow.The dino is prominitely at the center, and some of the other bits are a red tiny tot stapler, a orange birthday noisemaker, a red foiled wrapped teabag, barrettes, a few silk fall leaves, a red brown green beaded necklace wrapped around the whole thing before I glued/wired bits on, and much more-god, I wish I could post a picture. It's in my kitchen-I like it too much to put it away.
I want to do an xmas one with red and green stuff, but no holiday materials. No bows, ornaments, ect, just quirky things in those colors, but who knows if I'll actually get to it or not. It's a good way to clear the odds and ends out of your stash that you've been keeping with no idea what to do with them! Plus it's fun.
Thanks again!
156  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / coffee candles on: November 01, 2006 07:02:11 PM
Hope this is in the right thread. I want to make some candles using coffee mugs. I figure since they are fairly thick sided, and made to pour boiling water in, they'd be good for candles. But I'd like them to smell like coffee, too. Any ideas? Could you use instant coffee? Also, I saw somewhere on craftster someone using old teacups for candles. They used a birthday candle for a wick, said it stayed nice and straight, also I suppose a good way to use what you have. Has anyone done that? Did it burn well? Any ideas gladly appreciated-thanks!
157  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / earring reconstruction for sad daughter on: October 25, 2006 06:32:48 PM
My 10 year old daughter had her ears pierced almost a year ago and became an earring junkie like her mom. Well it seems she's developed metal allergies-some of her earrings even make her ears bleed. I've told her this means nothing but hypoallergenic from now on, and hey, it's not all bad-it means you can only wear the good stuff! Right now she's pretty bummed. But I'd like to reconstruct some of the old favs for her. Lots of tiny earrings, and lots of long outlandish dangling ones-her favorites. I thought of snipping off the posts and adding jump rings to some to use as pendants for necklaces.Does anyone have any other bright ideas? I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!
158  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / if you plant in big containers you'll thank me W on: October 15, 2006 09:39:06 AM
Well, a little late now, but a good idea. Flowerpots full of dirt weigh a TON. So you fill your pot at least half full of styrofoam packing peanuts! Cuts the weight in half, so you don't get a hernia moving the darn things.. Plus it's excellent drainage material.Have to thank my brother in law for that one. Wish he'd told me a few months ago, whenI did a big planter for my parents. It was their 60th anniversary, and I had so little money, plus they're trying to winnow down belongings. I planted it with 60 flowering bulbs, about 4 different kinds. It was a hit. But boy, was it hard to move!  This is my first post, I kept hearing about crafster in books-alternacrafts, Tease(a tshirt book, that!). Yes. Leah, I will get your book when I can afford to buy instead of borrow! Been lurking awhile, I'm in awe of all the crafty genius. Looking forward to warm weather again, so many ideas on this thread to try.
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