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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Pattern help please! on: October 24, 2013 07:58:13 AM
Finally venturing into socks and part of this pattern doesn't make sense to me:

Heel Flap:
For the next 12 (14, 16) rounds, place 12 (14, 16) stitches on needle #1, and
divide the rest of the stitches between the other two needles.

Heel Flap Row 1: (Sl 1, K1)*, repeat * to end across 12 (14, 16) stitches, and
turn work.

Heel Flap Row 2: Sl 1 purlwise, P11 (13, 15), and turn work.
Repeat the last 2 rows 4 (6, Cool more times, ending with a P row

To me it would make sense to Sl1, K(11,13,15), turn. Am I reading that correctly or do they mean Sl1, K1,Sl1, K1,etc. to end of row and turn?
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Finally venturing into CP.... on: October 17, 2013 12:31:46 PM
Just a couple questions about CP, I've been reading all sorts of stuff about it, especially the things you ladies recommend. But well, I'm pretty much at the point of absorbing too much and my head's about to explode lol.

I've played with the mms sage lye calculator til I'm fairly comfortable with reading it, but my question is, how much water should I actually use? Shoot for the middle range and hope for the best?

And has anybody used milk cartons as molds? Does it need to be lined? Can I just clothespin the top closed or cover the top of the soap first?

Thanks ladies and germs....off to mop the floor, I think some gray matter is oozing out my ears Tongue
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Vitamin E enlightenment please on: June 18, 2013 10:22:47 AM
I've been looking at lotion and lip balm recipes lately and almost all of them call for vitamin e....does it really have that many miraculous superpowers? I notice some people refer to it for a preservative (Which I know isn't a good idea to assume that).

I'm guessing that recipes with beeswax, coconut oil, olive oil, etc would already be rich with moisturizing properties. Does Vitamin e just give it oomph or is it like that little "key" ingredient that brings it all together??
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Lotion recipe hunt on: May 07, 2013 08:16:32 AM
Hi All,
I'm looking for a good basic lotion recipe (maybe using beeswax and aloe?). My mom starts chemo next week and was advised to keep her skin well moisturized. We found a local beekeeper that makes their own lotion, but my Mom asked if I could try to make some that was less expensive. I can update this later when I can grab the ingredient list off the jar.

So basically I'm looking for an unscented, as natural as possible (without having to store in a fridge would be nice) lotion recipe. Any ideas??? Undecided
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Anna's Garden on: March 08, 2013 06:58:30 AM
After marveling at the farm playmats on here I decided to make a version of one for my cousin's daughter who just turned 2. After finding all the fabrics, I realized its more of a garden than a farm, but eh, it works Cheesy

This being my third quilt, I'm still learning quite a bit, but some tidbits are finally sinking in:
  • spray starch is your friend
  • pressing and ironing = 2 entirely different concepts
  • when all of your local craft stores are out of basting spray, Elmer's washable glue sticks work (Thanks for the tip Mom!)
  • Probably should have pinned the strips as I was sewing, but the crookedness adds to the charm I think  Grin


Front and Backing:

I picked up the critters from the Fisher-Price store

My Chunky helper


6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Reverse applique/applique questions on: November 14, 2012 08:58:49 AM
I decided to make a quilt for my Mom for Christmas this year, so I really need to get started on it.

Basically I want the focal point to be a large applique of an animal. I found some really pretty landscape fabric for the cut-out/second layer and want to do a somewhat plain/solid color for the rest of the main/top panel. Basically in the interest of time and patience (that much hand sewing would drive me nuts!), I'm thinking reverse applique is the way to go.

My question is, with the ragged edges, should I do a regular stitch around, do the cut out and then use the zig-zag around the edges? I grew up in the boonies so having things that are rustic/rough looking with loose threads are okay, but I'm really afraid of having to do a lot of repair work down the road because of fraying.
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Where to find some Vanilla Bean FO? on: November 07, 2012 10:14:11 AM
Hello all,
I'm getting back into Christmas crafting mode, which means making wax melts. But I'm having trouble finding Vanilla or Vanilla Bean. Everything I find it's mixed with something else. Anyone have any good leads on where I can find just good ole vanilla?  Huh
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Back again...what's the deal with monofilament thread? on: August 24, 2012 08:17:13 AM
I was reading up on applique quilting yesterday and a lot of them suggested monofilament thread. Is anyone for/against it? I want to make a quilt with this basic idea but I want it to be usable, not as a hanging. It'd be going to a friend so it'd most definitely end up machine washed and well used. Will monofilament hold up? The cat in the window isn't going to be black, she has siamese cats so I plan to make it look like hers.

Any ideas, suggestions? Thanks!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Just what does one put IN a mug rug? on: August 22, 2012 05:39:14 AM
So...I made a rag quilt a little over a year ago and I love it. It's one little (very heavy!) way I could ensure that I wouldn't have to part with my old snuggly pjs and my family's old jeans Tongue

I decided I want to do more quilting, but of the applique/artsy variety. I should really start small...aka...mug rug. But what does one put in it? Batting seems a waste because it's not going to be keeping a body warm, plus I'm anticipating spills. So, a doubled up old towel? I know essentially it's really up to me, but has anybody found something to work better in this case?

10  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Re: We Wish You a Spooky Christmas - ANGEL FOUND on: December 14, 2011 03:43:46 PM
Swap Name: We Wish You a Spooky Christmas
Original Thread link
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# of Flakers: 1

Hi All, This is a 5 point swap, mixed any which way you like, no requirements of at least one big, one med, etc. The main idea is Spooky Christmas. A lot of people went with The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton-esque ideas. But TeaCouture would really love a ZOMBIE CHRISTMAS!!!!

Swap Information for TeaCouture - Located in the U.S.

What crafts do you do?: Water Colors, sewing, shadow box, some needle point
Any crafts you want to learn more about?: felting, needle point
Any allergies?: Cigarette Smoke
Any allergens in your house(smoke, pets, etc)?: Cat and dog hair
Favorite (Halloween/Christmas) colors?: Well since I'm leaning towards a zombie christmas there definately has to be gray's in there but who's to say a zombie wouldn't wear a bright red or green?
Any colors you don't like?:

Favorite Halloween/Christmas characters(ghost, witch, snowmen, Jack Frost)?:
I actually don't really like Christmas. My idea to help me get more into the sprit is to have a zombie christmas =D

And as a side note I don't mind making christmas themed stuff. So no worries there.

What I actually want to do is take my smal pink foil christmas tree (24" tall) and make zombie christmas ornaments for it. I think it would be super awesome to have any christmas type stuff that has a zombie twist to it.

Favorite Halloween/Christmas symbols(pumpkins, autumn, snowflakes, snowmen)?
: zombies

Any symbols/Halloween/Christmas characters you don't like?: zombies

What kind of Halloween/Christmas styles do you like?(cute, horror, traditional, vintage, etc)?
: I want a zombie Christmas =D

Do you have any Favorite Halloween/Christmas related:
books?:
I'm reading Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897)
 right now. And I love the movie
.
movies?: A Christmas Story (1983), Shaun of the Dead (2004)
tv shows?: Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (TV 1964) et all...

Do you like items that can be used, items that are decorative, or both?:
I definealty like usuable items, but I also love a well made stuffed animal too. Living in az with animals things get hairy and dusty pretty darn quick.

Anything you can think of that you might want or can suggest for your partner that they may make?:
Christmas ornaments, Christmas stocking, Tree Topper, small tree skirt (All zombie Themed), a zombie painting would be fun too.

Anything you don't particularly need?: Since I don't really have christmas stuff anything zombie/christmas will be appreciated.

Anything else you can think of(remember the more info, and contact you have with your partner, the better the chances of having a good swap):
I can't really think of anything. But if you have a question please feel free to let me know.

Do you have a wist/ravelry/pinterest, etc: My Wist- I'll try to add more things to it. I was without a computer for about a year and have only recently picked one up again.
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