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
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.