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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Brand spankin' new Singer serger at Goodwill for $40!!!!!! But..... on: March 14, 2009 06:41:00 PM
It doesn't doesn't have the power cord or pedal.  It still has the strip of fabric attached from where it was tested at the factory!  Does anyone have any idea (besides the Singer company) where I could get this for less than $40?  I checked ebay with no luck, and Singer wants $45 plus shipping.  I'll do that as a last resort, but I really can't afford to right now.  Thanks for any ideas of where to look!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Presenting my daughter, the cheese on: November 01, 2008 03:03:58 PM
There is a bit of a back story to this costume.  May daughter, now 3, recieved a Sesame Street DVD as a gift last year about this time.  In this DVD, Ben Stiller is a guest in the "People in Your Neighborhood" song, and he dresses up as a cheese in order to be a "person in the neighborhood."  (See video)

http://www.sesamestreet.org/video_player?p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_id=videoPlayer_WAR_sesameportlets4369&p_p_uid=0297d722-155d-11dd-a62f-919b98326687


She asked me weekly, for and ENTIRE YEAR, for a cheese costume for Halloween.  Without further adeu, my daughter, the cheese:




(this is her "cheese face")



The costume is made of felt, foam core board, masking tape, and hot glue.  Oh, and I sewed the felt pieces together. 

We went to the Fall Festival at our church, and everyone thought she was a riot.  (Only one person thought that she was a piece of pie.)
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Changing colors? on: October 03, 2008 05:40:43 PM
This may be a totally *duh* question, but how do you switch from your main color to another color?  Everything I've knitted to this point has been solid color, and I'm having a total mind-block on figuring this out...  Any pointers would be much appreciated!
4  COOKING / Dessert / Strawberry Cupcakes on: September 17, 2008 09:16:23 PM
My daughter turned 3 a couple weeks ago, and she wanted a Strawberry Shortcake birthday party.  I wasn't going to pay $35.00 to get a nasty cake with too much frosting just to have Strawberry Shortcake.  So I spent the money on making her a fancy dress and tried my hand at cupcake decorating.  I used a boxed cake and store frosting, and the kind of frosting that comes in an aerosol can with interchangeable tips.  The first few were a little rough, but they tasted good and she loved them, so what can I say?   Cheesy



5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Star blanket on: September 17, 2008 09:09:04 PM
I jumped on the bandwagon and made a star blanket.  It was my intent to actually make something for myself (as if!) but my daughter stole it halfway through.  I can't get it away from her to weave in the ends or get a real picture of it...   Roll Eyes  I guess that means she likes it?



I'll try to get another picture so you can see the size, etc.
Always love to see your comments!
(The colors aren't very true, the red is more of a pink/fuchsia color)
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Another (baby) hat on: September 17, 2008 09:05:19 PM
I'm trying to use up all of the bits of yarn I've begun to accumulate, this is from Puffin Baby Hat and Booties pattern (a free pattern from straw.com).  I used Bernat Softee Chunky and size 7 needles.  I don't have any (baby) action pictures, the baby I made them for isn't due until December.  But my 3 yo was happy to oblige.





I just realized I forgot to take pictures of the booties   Tongue
Always love to see comments!
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Lead in Lipstick?!? on: September 03, 2008 04:39:11 PM
I just heard about this (apparently I'm a little behind the curve), over 70% of commercially made lipsticks contain much more than "trace" quantities of lead.  I found these via google when I searched "lead-free lipstick":

http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/lead-free-lipsticks-470402
http://www.enviroblog.org/2007/10/lead-in-lipstick.htm?gclid=CLKn3ozgwJUCFQWxsgodWH-RQw

Now, I'm not a "save the world by buying only locally grown organic underpants" kind of girl.  I do go to the local farmer's market for veggies and grow some of my own, keep my driving to a minimum, and use a clothesline for my laundry as weather permits, but this is completely crazy!

Here's my question for you, ladies:  How hard and/or expensive would it be to make your own lipstick?  I've seen a lot of lip balms here on Craftster (and elsewhere) and I'll admit that I only started looking into this today.  And if I'm not satisfied with what I can do on my budget, what brands are safe that aren't $25 for a tiny tube?  And what about other cosmetics?

All I'm looking for here is some information, I'm not trying to advertise or start a political fight, so if you lovely ladies that keep this ship afloat think this is inappropriate in any way, I won't be offended if it gets edited or deleted.

Thanks in advance for any input!
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Red Velvet Wedding Cupcake Help... PLEASE!!!! on: September 01, 2008 05:58:32 PM
My sister is getting married next Saturday, and asked me to make red velvet cupcakes for the "cake."  I made a test batch today, and although they taste absolutely wonderful, all of the middles of the cupcakes sank in  Cry  Any advice on how to prevent this?  My mom suggested using a "high altitude" version...  What do you think?  (If I can't get them to stay up, I was thinking about putting a Hershey's kiss in the sink hole and then putting the frosting on...  Any thoughts on that?)

Thanks in advance!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Too big hat... on: August 26, 2008 05:47:09 PM
So I made this hat a few weeks ago:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=262010.msg2937678#msg2937678
It's too big and I was wondering much it would shrink up if I tried to felt it, and if it would still be a little stretchy.  It's 100% merino, and knit in seed stitch...  And if it goes too far in the small direction, can it be blocked out to the right size?  (Can you tell this is my first time doing any of this?  Cheesy)
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Seam Binding? on: August 11, 2008 09:16:01 PM
What exactly is seam binding?  Is it anything even close to bias tape?  Does it have to be sewn in, or is it sticky, or like fusible interfacing?  I'm doing a pattern specifically designed for knit fabrics, and it calls for seam binding on the shoulder seams (I'm assuming to prevent saggy seams?)  Can I add the seam binding later n (so I can keep working on the dress)?  Thanks in advance!
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