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1  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Advice needed: lampworking, torch setup on: July 22, 2009 10:03:07 AM
So, the short version of the story is, the place I used to use my torch (hothead torch with mapp gas, small container--1 lb) is no longer available to me and I need somewhere else to work. 

I rent a teeny apartment with my partner (less than 500 square feet) in a former farmhouse--lots of old, dry wood and probably horsehair or newspaper for insulation.  No room for a permanent setup in the apartment.  Previously I was using a stripped down ironing board (all metal, cloth & padding gone) to clamp my torch on.  I could fold it up when I was done and tuck it in a closet.  Is it safe to work in a space like that?  Does anyone else work directly inside a living space (i.e. not in a dedicated craft/glass/work room?)  Any suggestions for safety?  What to move out of the way, what to have on hand, etc?

If not, my budget is too tight to allow me to rent time/space anywhere, so that's out.  Any other suggestions?  The weather/climate wouldn't allow work outside.  I don't have access to the garage, can't construct a structure (temporary or not) and the basement has a furnace or water heater in nearly every corner and is damp and full of spiders (stupid phobias) to boot. 

The lampworking bug has bitten me many times over the past few years but now worse than ever.  I want to play with glass again!
2  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Need soft veggie meals! dental surgery = :( on: May 22, 2009 05:47:54 AM
Yikes!  My partner had dental surgery on Monday and can still only chew on one side of her mouth.  Plus, she still has to go back two more times in the next couple of months.  I'm running out of soft food ideas.  She's vegetarian and I cook vegetarian at home.  Pastina(tiny star pastas), pudding, mashed sweet potatoes, ordering out for curry, sandwiches without crust on softsoftsoft bread . . . I've run out of ideas.

Any good soft/slurpy/soupy meal ideas out there?
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Ribbon & Copper Necklace on: April 03, 2008 09:10:56 AM
I love using ribbon as my stringing material--finishing is so easy!

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4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Pear & Blueberry Etched Jars on: April 03, 2008 08:50:05 AM
Here are a couple of glass jars I etched, one with a pear theme, the other with a blueberry theme. 

I made the stencil with masking tape, a marker, and a craft knife (my fingers got sore . . . but I think it was worth it)

The pear blossom is my favorite (I shoved the camera bag into the jar for contrast)

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