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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Another Stupid Question ~~ altitude on: November 06, 2011 12:24:23 PM
I live in Oregon (in the valley) and have been making soap for a while now with no issues. Haven't tried liquid yet though. The only issue I would think you would have is possibly a longer curing time for bars because of the somewhat higher humidity. I put mine on top of a bookcase and then tend to forget about them for a couple months so it hasn't been an issue.

When we moved I transported lye by wrapping it in the original plastic that the container came in, plus two more garbage bags, and then stuck it in the bottom of a box very clearly marked "Hazardous materials." I still think it was sort of overkill, and mostly I just didn't want to forget where it was. We were also only moving about 20 miles. I'd keep it where you can see it though, rather than entrusting it to a moving company. Obviously keep it away from the kids and where it won't get stomped on though.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: What the heck is up with the neckline of my Butterick 5603? on: August 04, 2011 11:04:47 PM
Gawds I'm having the same problem with a McCall's pattern! I have pretty broad shoulders too, so I can't figure out why on EARTH the straps on it would ever need to be that far apart! I'm working on redrafting the entire top neckline part so that the straps are closer together. I'm thinking that might be what you'd end up needing to do on that pattern too. Just trace it and then adjust it so that the strappy bits go a bit more up and down, rather than out to the side so much. Just re-trace it until the paper part seems right, then make a muslin to make sure.

Good luck with it! I really hope you can make it work, that's a really cute dress!
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Crockpot Chili (but you can make on stovetop as well ) on: May 21, 2011 01:45:17 PM
I love this recipe! I've never made chili before that I actually liked! I've already made this three times, stuck exactly to the recipe so far except once I used pork because it was on sale. Awesome! Everyone loves it! Next time I make it I think I'm going to play around with adding some more vegetables...
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Most amazing Harold and the Purple Crayon Jacket! on: April 20, 2011 01:10:36 PM
Holy fudgemuffins that's amazing!! I may actually have to steal that idea and do something similar. I love that book.

True story: My grandma bought that book (and many others) years and years ago for her great grandchildren to read at her house. They were not allowed to read this book. She thought it would encourage them to draw on the walls. We inherited most of those books after she died, and my daughter (then just over 2) insisted on reading it every single day for a month. Good thing I like that book too!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Little kid's bolero from an adult sweater - Anyone done it? on: April 20, 2011 01:00:22 PM
I'm trying to make a bolero to go with the dress I just made my 3 year old for Easter. I've got several adult sweaters I can pick from to refashion. I wanted to do a really simple one where you basically cut off the bottom of the sweater and reshape the front hem, but she's little and the sweaters are big. Could I just resize it somehow? I have no idea how to do that without it ending up looking funny.

Another question: Every time I try to make a top out of anything less than super stretchy for her, the sleeves ALWAYS end up tight around the armpit and the top is almost always too narrow across the shoulders for her, no matter how generous I am with my pattern drafting and ease and whatnot. I usually figure I'm making it at least 3 sizes too big, and then it ends up being to small. Any tips with making set-in sleeves work?
6  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: My feet will EXTERMINATE you on: April 20, 2011 12:33:31 PM
OH MY GOD I LOVE THEM! And your painting skills blow me away. I might have to fashion myself some one of these days... except mine would say extermineren on one shoe. I think the German daleks were my favorite Dr. Who moment ever. Except for, you know, all the other ones.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pop Tab Prom Dress (Quite a Lot of Pics!) on: April 20, 2011 12:22:50 PM
Wow this is awesome! I was expecting it to look more like chainmaille (which of course made me go "No way! Awesome!" and then I was all "aw, it's not chainmaille" but then I was all "but wait, that's awesome!")

ANYWAY, in short, it's pretty freaking cool. I just saw your dorito dress too. I like this one better. Cheesy
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy eating tips and tricks... on: April 10, 2011 01:13:25 PM
My weakness was always store-bought cookies. I'd buy them, since they were cheap and sounded yummy, then go home and devour half the package. That and ice cream bars and popsicles. They're so easy! So now I make all the cookies I want (which isn't that many because baking cookies makes lots of dirty dishes and I hate doing dishes), and I only buy ice cream in the tubs, which is apparently just enough extra work that a half-gallon tub of ice cream lasts me at least two months, more if the hubby isn't eating it too.

I was trying to do low-fat, low-cal breakfasts, too, since that seems to be when I'm most in control of myself, but then I'd be starving an hour later and gorge on whatever was most convenient. Then I started eating a couple eggs, fried in butter, with a glass of milk. All the low-fat people are cringing now! But it's tons of protein and vitamins from the eggs, good fats from the milk, and arse-loads of flavor from the butter, and I'm full until lunchtime! Overall it's saved me loads of calories throughout the day.

Anyway, that's all I've done to move myself toward a healthier lifestyle, besides going for a walk every day (less than 1 mile, since I'm towing two little kiddos along), but I have been loosing weight, and I've noticed myself having more energy. I'll admit I'm only losing 3-4 pounds a month, at best, but it's pretty steady, so I'm happy.
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Shirt sleeves/collars? on: April 02, 2011 08:45:42 PM
Depending on how un-ravely the material is, it wouldn't be too difficult to make little bows or flowers from the sleeves. Or a little coin purse, or handbag depending on the size of the sleeves. Long sleeved sweaters are good for making fingerless gloves from too.

If the turtleneck was a fairly loose one, it might be big enough to make a beanie-type hat from. Just gather the unfinished side and slap a pom pom or something on top to hide the hole. If it wasn't really loose, you could still do the same thing, but it'd be a baby hat. I just made one from a thrifted angora sweater that had a cowl neck for my nephew.

As for the button down shirts... I've seen some pretty cool necklace/collar things made from the collars, that were pretty much just the severed collar, sometimes edged with lace, usually with a pendant or brooch attached. And you can just cut off the cuffs and wear them as cuffs. The sleeves are pretty big pieces of material, good for small bags, little stuffed animals, bows, flowers, etc.

Happy crafting. Cheesy
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Fantasy Maps on: April 02, 2011 08:11:21 PM
My first thought is mod podge. On top of a wooden box, or a small side table, or on the inside surface of a serving tray. I'm about to do mod podge on the front of my dresser drawers with dictionary pages, but that might not leave enough of the maps intact for you.

Where did you get them? I kind of want to do that to a serving tray I just painted...

Course you could always go the easy way and frame them.
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