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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Irregular crochet samplers? (three sorta big pics inside) on: October 09, 2005 07:21:25 PM
Okay, so a friend's mom gave me this HUGE bag of leftover cheapie acrylic yarn, and in it were a bunch of these crocheted sampler-type squares, in all different kinds of stitches.






They're also all slightly different sizes, so I think a quilt-type project is out of the question.  They also smell unfortunately of Old Lady House, but I think a good airing-out will help fix that.

Any ideas?  Anyone?  Anyone?  I could take the easy way out and just use them as trivets, but that's so boring !  Let's get some Craftster inspiration going on here!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / E6000 in the refridgerator? on: October 07, 2005 12:29:22 PM

For the life of me, I cannot figure out why the manufacturers use those stupid molded-in plastic nipples to keep the refridgerator shelves in place.  Quite some time ago, a bottle of wine slipped in the fridge, and the force of its landing was enough to pop one of those silly nipples right off.  Meaning that now, the shelf wobbles in a rather worrisome manner (having only three supports instead of four), and I'm terrified to put anything remotely heavy on it for fear of the shelf deciding to do somersaults. 

So, while I was cleaning out the fridge today, I was struck with a Great Idea.  E6000!  Super-industrial-strength adhesive ought to keep that wayward shelf in its place, right?

The ony dilemma being that the stuff takes 72 hours (or is it 48?  a LONG TIME, nevertheless) to cure, and that it's about as safe for humans as nuclear waste.  (Really.  Have you SEEN the warnings on that stuff?)

I can definitely keep the shelf clear long enough for the glue to cure, but I'm worried about all those hazardous fumes around my foodstuffs.  Namely, the fatty dairy products that soak up every stink in the fridge (and just turn downright nasty when kept out in the room-temp heat).

So...  will using E6000 in my fridge doom me to a slow and painful death by fume poisoning (or just nasty milk)?  I haven't used the stuff yet, so just how fumey IS it?  The fridge is about the most un-ventilated a place as I can think of.
3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Bob & Weave KAL (Knitty Winter '04) on: September 22, 2005 07:45:15 PM
After months of lusting after all you fabulous Craftster knitters for months, I finally taught myself how last week.  (YAY!)  And, like all beginners, I'm ambitious.   Grin  I've only got the requisite scarf, a pair of armwarmers, and a few odd cat toys under my belt, but I've got a hankering for a knitted throw. 

Bob & Weave to the rescue!  It can easily be altered to blankie-size, and I've got a bag full of $1 Target yarn that's begging for a purpose.  (And I can learn how to drop stitches without making a mess of the whole thing.)

I figured I'd start my very first knitalong, in case anyone else wanted to join in on the fun.  Also, because it'd be nice to have some folks to pester for answers when I'm stuck (as I'll inevitably be).   Wink

Bob & Weave pattern, Knitty 10 -->
http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTbobweave.html
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Boyfriend/spouse with ADHD? --any advice/suggestions? on: September 21, 2005 03:05:04 PM
I know this isn't exactly crafty, but I do need some help.  My boyfriend of three years has ADHD, and is consistently forgetting things, procrastinating, not completing chores, et cetera.  And, though I love him fiercely, this is starting to be a big issue -- exacerbated by the fact that I'm not the most organized girl, myself (in fact, it's likely that I have ADD and was never diagnosed). 

I've just started researching ADHD (well, giving it more than a cursory look-over) and have found almost nothing relating to the spouses of adults with ADD/ADHD.  Everything is for diagnosis, or for kids and parents -- except for a few studies that make the whole thing seem rather bleak.   Embarrassed  And there is absolutely NOTHING on couples where both partners are affected.

So!  Who has any experience dealing with ADHD in adults?  Does anyone have any suggestions for dealing with the frustration and burnout?  Does anyone know of any support groups?  Experience with medication?

Also!  What are some quick (or fast-paced), relatively easy, manly-type crafts to involve him in?  What kinds of organizational things can I (or we) make?




Rest assured that I am not relying on you fine Craftsters to take the place of any kind of medical professionals.
I just want to know if anyone else has been here, and maybe get some feedback and suggestions.
This is also posted to the Misc. Topics board, for lack of a better place.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Boyfriend/spouse with ADHD? -or- Help us stay organized!!! on: September 21, 2005 03:02:46 PM
I know this isn't exactly crafty, but I do need some help.  My boyfriend of three years has ADHD, and is consistently forgetting things, procrastinating, not completing chores, et cetera.  And, though I love him fiercely, this is starting to be a big issue -- exacerbated by the fact that I'm not the most organized girl, myself (in fact, it's likely that I have ADD and was never diagnosed). 

I've just started researching ADHD (well, giving it more than a cursory look-over) and have found almost nothing relating to the spouses of adults with ADD/ADHD.  Everything is for diagnosis, or for kids and parents -- except for a few studies that make the whole thing seem rather bleak.   Embarrassed  And there is absolutely NOTHING on couples where both partners are affected.

So!  Who has any experience dealing with ADHD in adults?  Does anyone have any suggestions for dealing with the frustration and burnout?  Does anyone know of any support groups?  Experience with medication?

Also!  What are some quick (or fast-paced), relatively easy, manly-type crafts to involve him in?  What kinds of organizational things can I (or we) make?




Rest assured that I am not relying on you fine Craftsters to take the place of any kind of medical professionals.
I just want to know if anyone else has been here, and maybe get some feedback and suggestions.
This is also posted to the Bath&Beauty board, for lack of a better place.
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Good culinary schools? Recommendations, advice, etc - please! on: September 17, 2005 10:54:11 AM
Wow!  It's great to see other foodie Craftsters on here.  I've been cooking since I was about twelve (baking since 15) and I love it.  I love feeding my family and friends; I love the smells, the tastes, the way different ingredients interact with each other, and the getting dirty, haha.  I love mixing my ingredients by hand!  (My mom begs me bake her cookies when I visit, haha!)

So, I've been cooking for years and loving it for years and I sort of only recently realized it.  I've been doing a lot of aimless bouncing around lately (after finishing my rather inconsequential AFA), and then...  HEY!  Culinary school!!  That's a GREAT idea!!!

My only problem is, I have no idea how to go about researching good culinary schools.  I know my art schools really well, but I'm not in high school any more -- no access to a library of college catalogues, no helpful teachers, just me all by my lonesome with no-where to start.  I can Google to my heart's content, but that doesn't tell me much about how good the schools are.

Can anyone recommend some reputable culinary schools?  Does anyone know which ones are considered the best?  I live near Tampa, Florida but I may be willing to move....  (Albeit a little reluctantly, and the DBF has a bit to do with it, too.)
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I'm ready, I'm set... but where to go? (newbie knitter patterns?) on: September 14, 2005 11:40:57 PM
At 2:25 a.m, I have made it my mission tonight to Learn to Knit.  At last!  Thanks to knittinghelp.com, I can cast on stiches!  Eeeeee!!!

But...  now, with my two dozen or so cast on stitches, I don't know what else to do.  I mean, I could knit aimlessly into the wee(-er!) hours of the morning, but I want to make something, like all good beginners.

I have: 
- 1 skein not-too-cheap acrylic yarn (Caron's Simply Soft in a wonderfully tacky rainbow.  Worsted weight.)
- 1 pair US size 8 straight needles
- insomnia
- the craze

I want:
At least a darn scarf.  Preferably wristwarmers, or maybe even a wrap.  It should be easy!  I would love to find a pattern that would give me some room to play with all this new knowledge - but all the beginner's patterns call for specific yarn...  or worse, different needles.  WHAT DO I DO?!?!?

Please don't suggest buying a book/patterns - I am specifically looking for free newbie patterns, and I am beyond broke ATM.  Knitty is no help at all.

...Also, while I'm at it - what's the deal with rolling yarn into a ball?  Should I do this?  Why?  I was working straight from the skein for my CO stitches. 
And what needles would you recommend for a beginner?  Are there particularly commonly-used sizes?  What about bamboo versus aluminum versus steel versus plastic?

8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Diplomacy tips for reconciling bodymods with the unaccepting? on: September 08, 2005 11:03:44 AM
I love bodymods.  I also love my family.  Unfortunately, my family doesn't love mods nearly as much as I do...  Okay, they hate them with that good ol'fashioned Southern vigor.  My cousins, that are my age, like 'em - but they're not the concern here. 

Now, ultimately, I will probably get as pierced and inked as I like, anyway.  But Christmas and Thanksgiving are huge deals, and everyone gets together, and I'll bet a nickel that if I showed up with visible ink and facial piercings, we would ALL be plenty uncomfortable.  Namely, I would probably get a ton of dirty looks (as many of my family's professional and/or older friends attend) and I'd have to dodge the same questions a million times.  Heck, my own mother is the type who sees facial piercings, and instantly thinks less of the person.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who has faced this kind of dilemma - and it's not quite so easy as just puffing out my chest and bulling through it.  I love and respect these people, and I hate to think that bodymods would alter their opinion of me...  but (of course) I keep picturing a total worst-case scenario.  "AAAAAH!  WHAT DID YOU DO?!?  YOU'RE A FREAK!  WE CAN NEVER BE SEEN IN PUBLIC WITH YOU!"  And of course, I'm counting on a few of the completely unaccepting ones, that instantly think of the very worst/scariest associations (BDSM, self-mutilation, self-destruction, etc) and just refuse to let those go.

So.  Any pointers for reconciling family members (individually and en masse) with visible mods?  Has anyone here been in a situation like this before?  I definitely appreciate any *ahem* diplomatic tips!
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Caffeine-free stimulants? on: September 07, 2005 12:05:44 PM
Recently, my boob scared the bejeezus out of me.  It had a lump.  After a few very harrowing days, I learned that it was only a benign (although very sore) cyst; my breasts are apparently very fibrocystic, which means I am prone to cyclical cysts (they happen with PMS, mostly).   They are also typically triggered (and irritated) by chocolate and caffeine.  Angry  It's awful. 

Even though I've only experienced one cyst, I would really like to avoid any more in the future.  Cutting down on chocolate is pretty easy, but what I really, really miss is my evening cup of coffee.  I'm used to a little evening pick-me-up when my energy starts to flag (it really helps), and the ritual of making it in my french press is very nice and calming.

Does anyone have any suggestions to help fill the void?  Switching to tea won't help, as tea contains caffeine too.  Are there any caffeine-free stimulants that actually work? 
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / what to get for newly-wed biochem cousin? on: July 26, 2005 01:08:45 PM

My notoriously-hard-to-buy-for cousin is just completing her degree in biochemistry, and has received a grant to do a few months of studies in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, testing deep-sea temperatures/pressures/what-have-you.   ...in fact, I believe she's doing her studies now. 
It's her birthday in about 2 months, and I don't have a clue.

This has been a dilemma for years, at this point.  I love my cousin dearly, but in terms of academic and fashion style, we're polar opposites:  she is an academic acheiver with a 4.2 GPA (I'm a slacker art student   Roll Eyes), she's got the classy-neutrals sorority-type style (I'm for bright colors and being oh-so-slightly mismatched), and she's recently married (though I may be catching up on that one) to the (likely) up-and-coming govorner of South Carolina (mine is a geeky surfer boy, haha).  We're pretty much the same age (she's nine months older) @ 23 years.

I've never known what to get for this poor girl.  Now, being very, very broke, I want to craft gifts for her (and everyone else!), but every color scheme I think up for her seems really, really boring to me - and the ones that I like seem way too loud for her.  (Ugh!  Neutrals!)  She's also very into comfort, quality, and her Boykin Spaniel.  She is not into pink, or other essentialy "girly" things. 
She was living in a big old house with her husband, her sister, her sister's boyfriend, and their assorted pets (cats/dogs) - and I think they may buy the house, so maybe houseware-type stuff would be good, too?

I would love ideas for color combinations and craftable (and useable!) goods, and especially things that involve biochemistry of a sort.  I'm totally lost!   Embarrassed  Is it even possible to combine biochemistry with gubernatorial aspiration?  I'd love to make things for her and her husband but...  wow.  What do I do??  Huh
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