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Great Storage Idea from Leethal Blog!

I saw these in my RSS feed last week from Do Stuff!  Leethal Blog by Lee Meredith and then again in a post by Re-Nest and so I just had to share this great idea with Furious Shirley readers!  Drawing inspiration from a Pringles can project on ReadyMade, Lee used coffee cans, contact paper, cardboard, duct tape, and contact cement to create these awesome storage cubbies.


Here pictured housing yarn, I can imagine these stuffed with all kinds of things!  For more details on making a set of your own, visit Lee’s Leethal Blog!


Reader Recipe: Veggie Sushi

The following post was sent in by reader, Sara Bimmel of Star Costumes in Toledo, OH.  Sara has an appetite for DIY, all things macabre, and of course Veggie Sushi!  I hope you enjoy her tutorial recipe!

At Home Veggie Sushi by Sara Bimmel

If you want gorgeous results with minimal effort, look no further. It helps to have a few pieces of special equipment to create these lovely works of edible art, but they’re easy to use, so don’t panic!

Head to your local specialty-foods store or Asian grocery and pick up a flat sushi paddle and a sushi mat.  [Often they come packaged together.]  You’ll also need a bag of sushi rice, which cooks up sticker and thicker than basmati or regular white rice. Finally, you need sheets of flat nori seaweed that you can use to wrap the sushi.

All set? Okay. Cook some rice according to the directions on the package. While it’s steaming and simmering, chop your desired fillings into long, thin strips. I’ve had good luck with thin carrot sticks, avocado slices, cucumber sticks, and fried sweet potato sticks, but you can use whatever you like—including fish, if you’re so inclined.

When the rice is finished, give it a few minutes to sit away from the heat so that it gets nice and sticky. Lay one sheet of nori seaweed on your sushi mat. One side will feel a bit rougher, and that side should face up. Use the sushi paddle to pat a thin layer of rice on top of the seaweed, but leave a rice-free margin of about 1/2″ to 3/4″ at the top of the nori.
Add your fillings about 3/4″ above the bottom edge of the rice. Don’t pack them in too tightly or the roll will be hard to close. When you’re ready, take the bottom edge of the mat and roll it up with the nori. Roll until the bottom edge of the nori forms a complete loop and meets more rice. Then peel the mat back slightly and keep rolling until your roll is completely sealed.

Believe it or not, that’s all there is to it. Slice it up into bite-sized pieces, serve with some wasabi, soy sauce, and pickled ginger, and enjoy!


Reuse Those Lightbulbs!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  I am STUFFED and was just killing some time on the computer when I saw this awesome How To on Instructables.  This light bulb vase is such a clever use for your burnt out bulbs [that you are now replacing with CFLs – wink].  The base is just an aluminum ring from a recycled hard drive and they have some other options for keeping the bulb upright as well.  They have also made a light bulb terrarium – LOVE IT.



Terrarium Keychains, Jewelry, and How To Grow Your Own

I’ve always loved terrariums, but for some reason thought they were difficult to make or maintain.  I was so wrong.  They are so simple and soon they will be all over my house!  They also make really pretty gifts – anybody want one for Christmas??!!

A terrarium is a collection of small plants growing inside of a [usually] glass container … like a mason jar, fishbowl, etc.  A tiny little eco-system.  So tiny you can even put one in a keychain.  I found these tiny bamboo plants on ebay.bamboo

This ring by ILDVED [Danish name meaning ceremonial firewood] is made from oxidized sterling silver and a bit of copper and features a glass dome with preserved reindeer moss inside.  How cool is that?!  Made to order for $65.00.


A love of outdoors and living at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains were the inspiration for these moss terrarium pendants by Warm Country Meadows.  Hang them around your neck, from a keychain, or just sit them somewhere in your home and admire their loveliness.  The shop also has some great terrarium ornaments!  Two pendants for $10.00.


These beautiful terrariums were created by Stephen Orr [What Were the Skies Like] and his friends during a weekend in the Catskills.  You can read his tips on making them at Apartment Therapy.


A little bit of charcoal, some stones, potting soil, and of course a jar and plants are all you need.  Check out these other tutorials for more pointers:

CRAFT Project:  Mason Jar Terrariums


Moo Mama:  Build a Terrarium


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