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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Reversible Scrap Bag on: August 20, 2009 08:53:30 PM
Leaving for vacation tomorrow and I needed a new bag that was easier and more comfortable to carry around than my giant shoulder bag.  Given a few hours and some scraps I'm pleased with how this came out Smiley.

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I had these materials leftover from the patchwork skirt I made a month or so ago.  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=313451.msg3604156#msg3604156
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / My first bento (and tamagoyaki recipe) on: July 29, 2009 02:30:34 PM



I was bored at work yesterday and came across an awesome blog about making bento that inspired me to give it a go.  I went down to the local Asian supermarkets and Asian-run .99 shop for supplies.   I got a cute bento for $1 and whatever ingredients I needed for this tamagoyaki recipe [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja8fCHS4aRI]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja8fCHS4aRI
.  It came out pretty good, tho rolling the egg was quite difficult!  Mine was not quiiiiiite as pretty as the one in the video, but I think it takes a lot of practice to roll the egg like that.  The presentation is very simple since it was my first bento and I was running late for work.  

FYI... If I remember correctly the recipe doesn't say what temp to cook the eggs, I did it round med-low since the layer is so thin and you don't want them to burn.  I also used a round stainless frying pan as opposed to a rectangle non-stick tamagoyaki pan and it came out just fine.  I also added some sesame oil, and would ease up on the sugar next time I make this, but overall it was delicious, like the melt-in-your-mouth kind of mmmm.  I made the tamagoyaki last night and left it in the fridge overnight.  I ate it with Jasmine rice (apparently I'm out of my favourite sticky rice) and also ate Taiwanese cucumbers with daikon.  I hope other people like this recipe too... surprisingly easy!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A Patchwork Skirt - Now pics in post! on: July 16, 2009 07:56:49 PM
This is my first post and my first attempt at making 1. something patchwork and 2. a skirt.  Please be gentle!



I got a bunch of pre-cut quarters and some other fabric intending to make a cute sundress... I got to a point where it was either rip out a bunch of seams for the third time or make my project into something else and start over on the dress.  Luckily, what I had was the perfect measurements for a skirt!  All I did was hem and turn down the top/add a drawstring and voila.  I may add some slits on the sides because it's a little constricting to walk in, but we'll see...

This is the completed skirt:


Front view:


And side view:


Sorry about the fuzzy quality of the last 2... it's late and taking pics in a mirror w/a flash just doesn't work out too well, which I'm sure you all know!  Aside from this not being the intended project, construction went very smoothly.  I had no idea what I was doing but somehow the math all worked out in the end.  The only snafu I had was that the cotton material I used was very thin, so when I was doing the buttonholes for the drawstring (which I would definitely make a bit longer next time) the material kept getting pulled down by my bobin so they're a little sloppy looking.  Overall I'm quite pleased with how it came out considering it was trial and error and my first try at clothing without a pattern.  

Now I just have to figure out how to get the dress to work... if anyone knows any resources for drafting dress patterns online I'd love to know!
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