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71  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / fat, calories, sodium, cholesterol...how do you cut down in homemade recipes?? on: October 02, 2009 10:09:00 PM
I was just looking through my mom's latest copy of Good Housekeeping and drooling over the recipes inside for soups and other goodies.  at the bottom of the recipes, they included fat content, sodium content, etc.  I understand that most of the foods you buy at the store have high sodium content as a preservative or whatever, and that they are more likely to be higher in cholesterol and all that for whatever reason, but why would they be so high in something that is made in your own kitchen?  one item I looked at had just shy of 1,000mg of sodium!  another had 31mg of cholesterol!  my parents and I all recently had blood work done (mine was far more through than theirs) and when we got the results back, my dad's cholesterol was in the "at risk" range while mine and my mom's were...well...a little higher than that.  high cholesterol runs in my mom's family and while we don't know about my family (I'm adopted) or my dad's family, we do know that we all need to watch mainly our cholesterol.  with high cholesterol plus heart disease in mom's family, dad only has one full artery in his lower legs (look at this picture.  see how below the knee it splits into 3 "main" arteries?  he only has the largest one.  the other 2 never formed.  it gets blocked off, he'll lose his feet), and I have benign (so I've been told) heart "issues", we all need to watch our everything intake.  how does one do that in homemade recipes??

I'm sorry about the rant, but I want us all to be in good health.  I worry about losing them every day, and not just to health related issues.  it's a major pain in the @$$ standing in the grocery store reading labels.  I'm almost to the point where I wish I could be vegan, but I like meat too much (though animal fats are bad), and I can't survive on fruits and vegetables alone.  I'm so torn!  I'm going through enough as it is right now, I don't need to be stressed about the foods I eat.  can anyone help?  my family and I would greatly appreciate it.
72  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / New Moon needle book book on: September 08, 2009 03:58:24 PM
yes, I know I put book in the title twice.  but that's because it's a needle book that looks like a book.  it has a black cover and white pages.  so, it's a book.  Grin

front cover of the pattern I designed:

spine with the book title:

it took me forever to make this and my fingers never hurt so much.
73  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Washington starfish bracelet and Bella's Cottage earrings on: September 08, 2009 03:52:58 PM
since my partner has received for the Twilight swap, I can finally post some things I am very proud of.

first is the bracelet of starfish I made from beaded starfish that you might find lying on the beaches of western Washington state (oh yes, I did my research on this).

then, a pair of earrings inspired by Bella's cottage.  the key she was given with a soft pink bow, a sparkly blue bead that looks like the night sky, and some sparkly blue crystals like flowers in the garden.

you like?
74  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / picture hosting, out of curiosity on: August 23, 2009 12:21:03 PM
I found out about this while trying to find a member's gallery.

why was the picture hosting page not fully changed over?  was it forgotten?  or is there a real reason why?  what I mean is, the picture hosting page is a mix of the old cork board-like layout with the new blue and white background.


again, just out of curiosity.  Smiley
75  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My Little Pony and Kingdom Hearts cross stitch on: August 08, 2009 08:20:35 PM
these were for 2 different swaps.  they have both been received, so I am safe to post them.

for the first swap, I made some things based on the video games in the Kingdom Hearts series.  this is a Riku card from Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories that I made into a patch:

this is the sprite I used:

the second is Buttons from My Little Pony.  I put this one on the cover of a needle book.  I had originally planned on doing that, but then I ran across this needle book by cacauate and based mine on it:

this is the sprite I used:

I decided to add the sprites I used for these projects.  Smiley

you like?
76  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Ghostbusters and TMNT etched beer mugs on: August 08, 2009 08:01:36 PM
another swap item.  my partner received, but the TMNT mug was shattered.  Cry  stupid post office.

done with, you probably guessed it, puffy paint.  I'm not as good at it as Onyxnox or skarinja, but I'm happy with them.
77  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / from TMNT t-shirt to drawstring backpack! **now with tut!!!** on: August 08, 2009 07:57:26 PM
now that my partner has received, I can share this awesome bag I made for our swap.

it was originally an XL t-shirt (so that I had plenty of material to work with, and since I can't cut straight lines to save my life, I needed it).  it's made of 3 layers of material mainly because the t-shirt fabric is that amazingly annoying new material that is so light and stretchy that it would never even hold a soft cover book.  I've got a layer from the t-shirt, interfacing that's supposed to be iron-on but doesn't cling to anything, and purple cotton for the inside color (her favorite turtle is Donatello, so I had to use purple since that's the color of his mask).  I even used purple thread.  Cheesy

I want to post a tut for this since I don't see one on here, but I don't have one ready yet.  as soon as I do, I will be sure to add it!

it is now 3:25 am as I start to type this.  I stayed up when I should have gone to bed and made a rough tutorial.

materials that I used:
1 t-shirt
1 yard of heavy purple cotton for the "lining" (had some left over)
1 yard of medium weight interfacing (had some left over)
21/2 yards thick cording
9 inches of bright green nylon webbing (this is the item whose name escapes me in the tut)
purple thread

bear with me, this is my first tutorial.

also, when I added the loop, I did like you see on school backpacks and stitched a square, then an X in the middle.  for durability I guess.

one last step...after putting stuff in it and closing it...ENJOY IT!  show it off to your friends.  be the envy of everyone you see.  Wink

I hope that's clear enough.  if not, MESSAGE ME!  I'd be happy to try and help you figure out what you may be stuck on.  and remember, you can play around with the tut as needed.  like, if you have a shirt like the one I used in the tut where the picture would be totally lost in the final scrunching, you can add fabric to the top to make it longer.  or you can make the whole thing shorter and have a square pack.  or add to the side and have a wider one.  do what you need to do to make it work for you.  and remember...HAVE FUN!

and don't forget, if anyone makes one of their own, link it here so we can all see the awesomeness of what you created.

and it is now 3:46 am as I hit post.  I'm going to bed now.
78  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / another loading issue on: August 03, 2009 02:05:17 PM
upon looking at this thread, I had this loading issue:

like the picture's titled..."huh?"
79  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / my version of the mason jar pincushion on: July 14, 2009 02:30:08 PM
I got this idea from SuzNTX.  I fell in love with it the minute I saw it.  here's my version:

the blue kind of reminds me of blue, blue waters somewhere that isn't here (we have muddy waters, sometimes green waters).  my partner LOVES the video game/manga Kingdom Hearts, so I had to incorporate that into a sewing accessory.  the blue could be like the beautiful waters of the characters' island home.  the paopu fruit (think of it as the baby strawberry on traditional pincushions.  yup, there's a little emery pouch in there) is an item found in the world of KH.  now she can have Kingdom Hearts at her fingertips while sewing.  Grin
80  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / themed bottle cap pin cushions I made for some swaps on: June 18, 2009 10:03:15 AM
I'm really behind in posting these.  but here they are now.  Cheesy  I'm always making more, so I'll have to add them when I get them done.

first we have my Dark Crystal themed pincushion.  my partner loves Kira, and I imagined that if she were a seamstress, she might use a pincushion something like this.  I found a picture of either Kira or Jen sitting on the ground surrounded by little purple flowers.

the second and third were for a Twilight swap.  one is a sparkly red apple, the second is based on Isle Esme.  beautiful blue waters surround a kidney bean-shaped island.  a little feather made of polymer clay sits on the island while a coffee bean like boat sits on the shore.  yeah, my polyclay work is kind of lacking when it comes to tiny items.

I'll have more to post as I send my swaps.  if I get a person who sews a lot for a partner, they're getting a pincushion.  I've got some together now for current swaps, but I'm not showing them off until my partners receive.  Grin
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