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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Why are you Vegetarian/Vegan? on: March 07, 2012 01:07:36 PM
Hello all,

I have just gone vegan, it is two weeks today. A few things about me: I never thought I could give up meat or dairy. No offense to those of you who did not like the taste of meat but I am/was the opposite. I never really had a problem with eating meat, and while I agree with the some of the opinions that we are not necessarily still developed to continue eating meat I still do not think that it is evil.

I am in law school and this semester took a class on Animal law. We watch videos every class. I have seen some horrendous things. While seeing this horrible videos I was still eating meat. I was particularly taken aghast by factory farming. If you don't know about factory farming you should look it up. It is something that we as a society should be protesting adamantly. The CAFO Reader is a great source to find out all about them. So...

Basically I decided that I would go vegan over Lent. 1. I wanted to see if I could do it and 2. I wanted to feel less disgusted with my own apathy. I love animals, and to mirror other comments I believe all animals are the same (There was a video of piglets being thrown into a cart which made my cry because it actually reminded me of my dog).

So while I have not been doing this long I have found it incredibly rewarding. First I lost 2 pounds in the first week. Which was super nice! Also I don't have the same shamed feelings about the horrible treatment of animals because I am not. Now, this may be an unpopular statement but I have not found the transition particularly hard. I am eating healthy, not just junk food, because I have been attempting to lose weight as well. There have been hard days but overall it has been extremely rewarding. Although my boyfriend has been extremely supportive of me, going to vegan restaurants, making vegan food and always checking labels.

I am unsure whether I will keep the veganism up after Lent but if I do not then my boyfriend and I are going to commit to cruelty free meats alone. This is complicated because there are no formal regulations from governmental agencies requiring the humane treatment of farm animals. However, Whole Foods does monitor this based on a step system. So if I do return to meat it would be under those conditions.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bad Idea??? on: February 16, 2012 10:01:48 AM
Thanks for the advice!!! I am going to make a practice version this weekend!! We will see how that goes!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bad Idea??? on: February 10, 2012 02:29:13 PM
Thank you both for the response. An update: I have a large behind, sizable breasts, and am working on the tummy. So I'm somewhere between an hourglass and a block. I am considering color. My brother and I are going to test out patterns over my Spring break. Thanks for all the help!!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Bad Idea??? on: February 09, 2012 12:56:46 PM
I am going to Barrister's Ball in April. It's basically prom for Law School students. Now seeing as I never went to prom and have the love of my life to go with me I am ecstatic. However, I have been investigating dresses and I don't like many that are out there to buy. I am full sized, between a 16-18. I am losing weight but I want to make something spectacular. This is where all of you come in!! Here are some of the patterns I like...

http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v8358-products-5828.php?page_id=859

http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v1047-products-8856.php?page_id=858

http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v8729-products-14168.php?page_id=943

http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v2962-products-8314.php?page_id=943

The last one is my favorite. My mother thinks that it is too old fashion. Basically I want a show stopper! Something beautiful and wonderful. I have just started sewing, but my brother is a pro. Any ideas that people think are gorgeous would be greatly appreciated!! I'm going for something elegant and red carpet-esque. Hence making it rather than buying one! Thanks!!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Monster Swap Round 3 Gallery on: December 01, 2011 06:53:09 AM
Thanks JLed for posting!! I love my monster babies. I have named each of them and they sit in my boyfriend's room taunting him.
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Monster Swap 3 (Sign-ups 09/23/11 - 10/08/11, Send by 11/14/11) on: November 14, 2011 03:58:58 PM
All sent. Estimated delivery date is Wednesday!!
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Monster Swap 3 (Sign-ups 09/23/11 - 10/08/11, Send by 11/14/11) on: November 13, 2011 06:49:17 AM
Finishing up took a little longer than expected but all ready to send off tomorrow. Sorry J, that I didn't send before the last day. I hope the wait was worth it!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Monster Swap Round 3 Gallery on: November 07, 2011 01:07:06 PM
All the packages have been amazing!!! I cannot wait to get mine. I am sending out mine either tomorrow or Wednesday, fingers crossed. I have to put last minute touches on them.
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Duct Tape Dalek on: October 31, 2011 09:55:26 AM
This year for Halloween I wanted to make my own costume. I saw someone posted a Dalek costume on here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363204.0 so I thought that is a wonderful idea. Unfortunately, I haven't really learned to sew yet. Except for by hand and I wasn't going to do a costume by hand (although I have done that once). Anyway, I made this completely out of duct tape. There is no material underneath it. the dots are Styrofoam covered in duct tape and the base is a hula hoop. Hope you enjoy!!



And here is one more of me and my boyfriend before heading out

10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Monster Swap 3 (Sign-ups 09/23/11 - 10/08/11, Send by 11/14/11) on: October 29, 2011 09:15:27 AM
I know!!  I was so angry when I woke up this morning.  My boyfriend is from Wisconsin, so he doesn't understand why I'm so upset.
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I am from Wisconsin and I still think snow during Halloween is just wrong!
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