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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: I need new ideas!--please post your homemade Christmas ornaments on: December 14, 2008 09:57:08 AM
The little elves with pistachio nut ears are ADORABLE! i'm going to do those tomorrow night with the kids club i take. Will be back then with lots of photos, as we're making quite a few different types  Cheesy

good, because we still can't find our better camera!  I don't think I'm ever going to get a better photo of ours. Sad   They're lots of fun to make.

You've got to put the little screw eye in first so you have something to hold onto when you paint or it's super-frustrating though!  We painted the ears before gluing so they wouldn't get in the way of the hats.  We just stuck them in clay and painted one end, then when they were dry, flipped them and painted the other.  When the hats were dry we got out the  dreaded flame thrower and glued them onto the sides of the acorns and drew on the faces.


beadedbyamy-those are pretty, what a great idea!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: I need new ideas!--please post your homemade Christmas ornaments on: December 10, 2008 10:31:59 AM
We love these elves made with wooden acorns (you can use real but we can't find them here) and pistachio shells.  We used a dremel to make a hole so we could screw in one of those little eye pin thingies for a hanger (and to hang onto while painting.)  Then used fine line paint pens to draw faces.  I sprayed with acrylic sealer afterwards.



I hope to have a better pic later, my dh took the better camera to work with him today and I cannot figure out the focus on this one.  Cheesy
3  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Chocolate-fudge Layer Cake & Black Forest Cupcakes! on: December 07, 2008 02:42:25 PM
I never thought of making that as cupcakes!  Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum..........

I am so going to have to try this!

4  COOKING / Dessert / Re: dried mini marshmellows? vanilla powder? honey powder? on: October 15, 2008 08:55:41 AM
I know this is an old thread, but I just saw this

http://www.americanspice.com/catalog/22090/Sugars_&_Honey/Honey_Powder.html?show_size=1&DEPT=42&ORIG=2&PAGE=AH&_ssess_=29b8095ac18a4690068f63e5da3ecc73
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 29 ENTRIES / Re: Childhood Treasures Preserved in Children's Literary Hero Table...Dr. Seuss, on: August 10, 2008 11:57:45 AM
Like everyone else, I had to hit 'this rocks.'

Kills me that we lost nearly everything in a move a few years back and can't copy your idea. Sad (not that I have a prayer of carving the legs anyway)

Great job on the carvings, amazing work! 


6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: what do you wish people told you before you became a vegetarian/vegan on: July 23, 2008 10:11:03 PM
Back atcha!  Cheesy
 
I have great respect for the philosophy behind being a veggie, it just isn't an option for me, and it isn't nice for someone to imply that it's a character flaw when they don't know the actual reason why it might not be good for everyone.




7  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: what do you wish people told you before you became a vegetarian/vegan on: July 23, 2008 09:51:13 PM


6. That there are a lot of aspects of Vegetarianism that veggies would rather that people ignore.

I don't to put a damper on things... but it was really frustrating to me when everyone kept reminding me that being Veggie would make me healthier. I am hypothyroid, meaning that my body doesn't produce enough of certain hormones, basically. So things like metabolism, growth, general hormones, whatnot--those are all screwy in my body. My thyroid function took a hit as a result of being vegetarian. This, in turn, led to upping my meds. Upping my meds lead to my developing symptoms similar to those of mental illness, a turn which resulted in my being forced to take a year away from high school to recover from my "mental trauma." Only problem was, there was no trauma! Switching back the meds and eating the darn steak changed things so much more than I could imagine.


I guess what I'm trying to say with that life story is that there isn't just rudeness from the carnivore side. I was criticized for going back to my meat-eating ways, even though it was very clearly in my best interest to do so. Not saying people HERE do this, but some veggie friends still act very holier-than-thou because they don't eat flesh. I think there are bigger things to think about.


At the same time, though, being veggie was a positive experience for the majority of my 3 1/2 years of doing so, and I do miss it. However, I still do my best to retain my vegetarian sensibilities even when eating meat for my health. I enjoyed the most delicious steak I've ever had today---and it was grass-fed beef. Much leaner, but more tender and flavorful. And did we mention better for the earth? Oh, yeah, that.  Cheesy




Thank you for saying this.  I had a very militant veggie friend who tried to force/trick people into eating vegan, and as a hypo patient who also effed up my health with too much soy, I get very PO'd about this.  I already know way more about how food affects our health than many of the vegetarians I know, and it is insulting when they start telling me how healthy soy is, when clearly they have no clue about my health issues or the real dangers of  unfermented soy.  I would never try to trick a vegetarian into eating animal products, and I expect my friends to treat me with the same respect regardless of their opinion about my eating habits.   My thyroid medication itself comes from pigs, the synthetic hormones never relieved all my symptoms, so if I were a vegan I would have problems taking medications even.   I think it's great if you can avoid animal products for your own moral reasons, but in my case, my life depends on animal products, unfortunately. Sad
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Crafting in Public Rude? Dear Abby says it is... on: July 23, 2008 03:48:43 PM
Dear Abby also thinks it's legal to ride bikes against the flow of traffic or in crosswalks, which it isn't, so what does she know?  Roll Eyes

(ask a cop, you walk in a crosswalk and obey the same rules as any other vehicle otherwise, duh)

9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 24 ENTRIES / Re: ReUsable PLAPER Grocery Bag! on: March 13, 2008 12:38:59 PM
Veering way OT, but yes, exactly!  There is  no more food in our food, and that is how they are profiting while people grow fat and sick.  It's evil. The things our government (FDA is such a joke) allows all big businesses to do in the name of profits irritate me way more than anything one company does.  It's what you buy, just as much as where you buy it.

Back on topic, the OP's bag rocks.  I'm crocheting one still, but I guess I'll have to try one of these, too.
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 24 ENTRIES / Re: ReUsable PLAPER Grocery Bag! on: March 08, 2008 12:46:07 PM
Oh yes, the dollar store especially!  A lot of people I know who proudly proclaim that they never go to Walmart regularly go to the Dollar store.  Huh

The whole MIC thing is so much deeper than Walmart.  There are so many items in your house with parts that started in China, and if you really wanted to completely avoid buying anything that was even partially manufactured in China, it would be kind of like trying to avoid Disney, (go to http://www.cjr.org/resources/) practically impossible.  (It kills me that A&E, ABC, and Discover Magazine are part of Disney, who I consider to be The Original Evil Empire.
IMO, the energy people put into protesting Walmart could be better used watching  C-Span, studying tax law and writing your congressman. 

Recycling, OTOH, shows instant results, even if it's just in your own home.  It's something anyone can do, and people like the OP come up with creative and innovative ways to reuse things that would otherwise become trash.
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