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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Straight Addi-Turbos? on: March 09, 2006 10:44:08 AM
I have several pairs of circular Skacel Addi Turbo needles, and as everyone knows- they are fabulous. I wanted to know if perhapse they make a straight needle, or if someone can reccomend a high quality brand that they enjoy? Thank you Cheesy
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitted Old-Cd Coasters on: November 05, 2005 10:12:28 AM
Dunno if you gals have seen this, but i thought this was a rather cute idea for recycling old cds!

http://www.frugalhaus.com/homepage/CDCoaster.htm

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pregnancy Bras on: July 31, 2005 10:55:20 PM
I have a friend in need of womanly knowledge! She is just about in her 5th month of pregnancy, and says that her boobs have gotten so sensitive and sore and just generally painful that it hurts to even put a shirt on.  Im asking on her behalf if anyone knows of any kind of bra.. or bra-type thing that can help her out with her maternity-boob problem. Brands, types of things? what to look for? what to stay away from?

Im not preggers, and havent been yet- so i turn the question over to you gals in search of hope! Thanks ahead of time!
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Surprise Oat-Fruit Muffins on: June 02, 2005 04:02:43 PM
Surprise Oat-Fruit Muffins

This recipe was given to me by my wonderful grandmother, who said she origonally got this recipe from her local newspaper, the Marysville Advocate- which is a little tiny blip on the map in Kansas. Hope you enjoy! PS- The suprise is a cream cheesy center in these hearty and delicious muffins. I love having them with a tall glass of OJ in the morning. fruit suggestions: Raspberrys, cranberries, blackberrys, apricots...

1 3-oz package of Cream Cheese
1 Egg Yolk
1 C. Flour
C. Quick-Cooking Rolled Oats
Cup Packed Brown Sugar
1 T Baking Powder
1 t Ground Cinnamon
t salt
1 beaten egg
C. Milk
3 T cooking oil
cup dried fruit bits
1 egg white
1 T water
3 T  sugar

In small mixer bowl beat together cream cheese and egg yolk; set aside. Line or grease 10 muffin cups. Set Aside. In a medium bowl combine flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Make a well in center, in a small mixing bowl combine the whole egg, milk, and oil.  Add all at once to flour mixture. Stir until just moistened (batter should be lumpy!) Gently fold in the fruit bits, spoon half the batter into prepared muffin cups. Spoon about tablespoon of the cream cheese  mixture into each cup, and fill up the cups with remaining batter. Fill cups to about way full. Bake 15-18 minutes at 400 degrees until golden. Remove from pans, cool slightly. In a clean small mixing bowl beat together egg white and water with a fork until well blended. Brush mixture over the tops of the muffins and sprinkle with sugar.
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Homemade Soymilk Recipe, and Tofu How-to on: May 28, 2005 11:14:42 AM
NOTE: Ive added below, how to actually MAKE homemade soymilk, for those that are interested!

Ive just stumbled across a really great way to improve the overall texture of handmade soymilk... via big pot, or machine.  I didnt want to have to shop for special thickeners or ingrediants (dates... ect), and using things like xanthan gum does weiiiird stuff sometimes (your milk can turn to gel while its in the fridge and you have to shake it back up before you use it... bleh)

And one of the easiest ways ive found to make a thicker, more rich, and less watery soymilk is to add a small spoonfull of steel cut oats to your soybeans and soak them both together. I make irish oats all the time, so i have them on hand- but if you dont have steel cut oats, you can just add regular quick-oats to your ALREADY SOAKED SOYBEANS and grind them up together. The quick oats turn to mush otherwise.

Just thought I'd share!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Because I heart the 40s-50s on: May 25, 2005 11:55:23 PM
Okay now that im not so sleepy, let me introduce my dress!
I used McCalls patter 4826, new for this season.
I wouldnt reccomend using this pattern, to anyone- especially someone who is newer to sewing. The instructions with the pattern are rediculous, and leave out a bunch of crucial steps to making the dress look good. The sizing of this garment was also very strange. I had to do allot of modifications to a muslin practice run, before i started cutting my fabric out. I had to take almost 12 solid inches out of the bodice to make this fit right. by the time i was 1/4 through the pattern, i threw the directions away in disgust, and did the rest on my own. I dont think i will bother using their pattern next time- but i guess its a good start if you are in a hurry.

The fabric i used was some really cheap, but  cute floral quilters print flannel (so soft and light weight) with teal against a solid white, and tiny golden accents. Ribbon accent, and a muslin lining, zippered back with a hook and eye, and hook and eye closure around the neck.

I did this in the better part of a day and a half, while I had the house to myself, and listening to The Vampire Lestat *drool*

http://home.comcast.net/~shmooey/newdress.jpg

My boobs do NOT fall out of the dress like this picture shows. I will be putting up a new and much more flattering (for the dress, and myself!) picture, once my man wakes up and can press buttons.

EDIT: He didnt wake up early enough (bah!) so i just took a picture myself. Thats me on the phone trying to wake him up for the 20th time!

http://home.comcast.net/~shmooey/newdress2.jpg

And heres a close up of the fabric.
http://home.comcast.net/~shmooey/newdress3.jpg
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / FFX Chocobo Cardigan on: May 16, 2005 11:59:12 AM
Showing my love to Final Fantasy. I guess no one would see what it was unless they already knew what it was :/

*My face looks chubby in this picture because im squishing it with my hand Sad Sorry!

http://home.comcast.net/~shmooey/chocobosweater25small.jpg
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Bready goodness! on: May 15, 2005 12:42:09 PM
Ive been baking for quite a while now- and i have quite the amass of recipes, if i do say so myself, but one section of my recipe box(es) that is quite lacking- is the breads! I have very few bread recipes that i make frequently, and know are fantastic. Would anyone be willing to share their favorite bread recipes? Im so bored using the same ones over and over, and cant wait to find a new one!

as any recipe-hunt goes, we all know that there are many failures before we come across a real gem- and hoenstly, im just *%$#ing sick of wasting all my bread-flour on undesirable rolls and loaves!

SO please ladies and gents, if you have a little recipe card for any sort of bready delight that you keep close to your heart- will you share it with us all?

Thanks so much!
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Fusible Interfacing Question on: April 26, 2005 08:09:53 PM
Does anyone know of a place online (or a national chain) that i could buy some Fusible Grid Interfacing, with a 1" Grid, with very dark lines? I know Pellon sells some 1" quilters fusible, but the markings are SO light, you can barely see any of it, and its killing my eyes to try and use.

If anyone has any ideas, id really appreciate it! Thanks Smiley
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Would this do well on Ebay? on: April 24, 2005 08:18:16 PM
Hi there, I've gone through allot of my house recently, trying to clean up my crafts areas here and there... and over the years, ive inherited a LOT of fabric from a lot of people. I have over 50lbs of scrap vintage (I would say over 80 percent is at least 35 years old, if not more.) fabric, and all the peices are at least bigger than your palm, and some are even several yards.
Plaids, Polka Dots, Knits, Upholstery Fabric, Interfacing, Synthetics, Rayons, Tricot, Flannel, Muslin, Terrycloth, Cottons and Cotton Blends, Coorderoy's, sateens, broadcloth, brocade, twill, Quilted prints, stripes, tye-dye, gingham, vintage quilt prints, vintage knits, weaves, denim, tulle, wool, velvet, polyester.... EVERYTHING.
 Old lace to 60s mod, to 80s funk.
Also, old ric-rac and fringe and stuff....

Ive been saving all of this fabric for so long but.... I cant keep everything. I wanted anyone and everyones oppinion as to wether or not this is something that would possibly sell on ebay? Im pretty new to Ebay so i am timid i guess. I have everything clean, folded and pressed and neat... i can take very good pictres, and they come from a smoke and pet free home. 

Can anyone give me any insight as to wether this is something people look for, and how much i could expect to get? (An estimate, obviously....)

thanks in advance!
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