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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Brazilian Redwood scraps on: November 12, 2010 12:07:39 PM
Hi everybody,

My dad's neighbors just finished putting in a new deck in their backyard and the builders gave my dad several big boxes filled with scrap wood, which they said was Brazilian Redwood.  It is beautiful wood and extremely heavy for the size!!  The scraps are mostly triangle shapes around the size of my hand, some small rectangles a few inches wide, and a small stack of thin trim.  I discovered this when I visited my dad and he was tossing it into the fireplace!  He said it did seem a little sad, but he had nothing else to do with it. 

They also gave him a bunch of scrap cedar from the roof part of the deck, I didn't see the size of all of it, but I believe it is in bigger chunks (it is in his wood pile in the backyard).

There must be something I can do with all of this beautiful wood!  I would love to make something useful, but I am not much of one for woodworking so it can't be too complicated.
If anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate it!!!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My plastic bottle beads on: May 16, 2007 11:45:05 PM
I saw verdilak's tut on here and had to try it myself Cheesy  These were so much fun to make!!  I was thinking this would be fun for crafting with boyfriend's nieces/nephews/cousins over the summer.  I thought if I (or one of the older kids) cut the strips everyone could color on them with markers and then I would do the melting (as safe as a heat gun seems I am not able to trust the kids with it Cheesy)  Anyways, I love this idea, thanks so much for the tutorial!!
Sorry the pictures are so bad-i was having trouble zooming in.

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / the mostest boringest but pretty pillows on: May 16, 2007 11:30:26 PM
I made these for my boyfriend's mum for mother's day (they were from both of us- I just did the work hehe).  They are just completely boring regular pillows but I really wanted to show people (this is only my second project post). 

The spot on this picture is actually just a shadow

A little bit better pic- with my sneakers Cheesy

A close up of the fabric-it is so pretty! I have to figure out what to do with the leftovers!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Summery tote on: May 16, 2007 11:18:58 PM
Hi there!
This is my first finished project post so be nice Grin.  I made this for my mum for mother's day.  Its just a basic little tote but I liked the lemon fabric a lot- my mum loves provincial fabric and it kind of reminded me of that.  The inside is lined with blue and white gingham.  It can be reversed but since I added a cuff to the top it looks sorta silly turned the other way Cheesy  This was my first larger project on my new sewing machine, too. Its not the best bag ever made, but I had fun Cheesy

I hope the pictures worked!
5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Traveling to Africa on: May 08, 2007 03:50:03 PM
Hi guys, I need some suggestions!

In about three weeks I'm going to Kenya for a study abroad.  I will be gone only one month and there are 19 students.  I am getting pretty worried about my eating situation....  I am completely vegan and I have never been to Kenya before.  My friend had told me not to worry, most people didn't eat that much meat there anyways....I have been reading the exact opposite in all my travel guides!  Maybe she was referring to the many rice and maize dishes over there, not realizing most of them have meat in them or at the very least are made with stock from animals.  I did read that there are a few vegetarian restaurants in Nairobi and quite a few Indian restaurants (mostly veg).  I will be in Nairobi for two weeks (although not really in the city all that time).  Even if I want to eat at some of these places, I need to try and stay with the group- too dangerous to wander off alone.  We may not be near any OK restaurant or people may not want to go there.   I'm not sure what I am going to be able to eat...  My mum suggested I don't "worry" so much, ie eat rice/beans that may have been cooked in meat juices or have milk in them.  Thats easy to say as a non-vegan, but this is part of my life.  I was told that the safari we are going on will include vegetarian meals, don't know about vegan.  (in parts of Europe being veggie meant seafood and dairy!!)  I was thinking of bringing some vegan protein bars or something?  Maybe going to a local grocery and picking up some basic things for me to eat?  Also, how do I explain to locals without offending them?  We will be visiting some smaller, remote villages (one where my professor is from)  and I definitely do not want to offend anyone.  I was thinking of saying I'm allergic to meat??  I do speak some Swahili, and English is the main language in the bigger cities so I know I can communicate, I just need to figure out how to decline hospitality without insulting anyone.

If anyone has had any experiences like this or has any suggestions, I would very much appreciate it!!
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