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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: My 2 Cents... on: May 25, 2009 08:56:16 AM
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pennies aren't legal tender

Wherever did you get that idea? They are issued by the US government and are in circulation; of course they are legal tender in the United States. 

Really neat idea!  There used to be a company in California that would make pet id tags out of foreign coins; but they were engraved and didn't last very long.  It looks like your pennies would hold up better, you struck them deeper.  I especially like the ND H8 idea.

12  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Calling Victorian underwear people on: May 17, 2009 02:52:55 PM
I am not a Victorian underwear person, but many of my friends are. Well, they're actually Victorian clothing people, but that includes underwear.

Okay, first--Doctor Who! Yay!

If you were dressing a human, I'd say this look requires a cage crinoline.  However, dolls aren't assembled in quite the same manner as people.  Dolls are also incapable of sitting in a way that will keep their undergarments properly arranged.

Before the invention of the cage crinoline, women would wear hundreds of petticoats to achieve the fashionably female bell shape. (fine. not hundreds. only a dozen.)  I suspect this, combined with corsets, is what lead to the Fashionable Female Heroine of period novels swooning at the drop of a handkerchief.  Cage crinolines only needed a single petticoat, worn to soften the lines of the cage.  They also needed long drawers, because a good breeze could be very embarrassing.

What if you tried several petticoats?  You could probably make a sort of modified, built in cage crinoline in the bottom layer.  Make your boning channels reach waist to knee, and concentrate on boning the sides and back.  That way her skirts might not poof up into her face when she's sitting.  You could make the bones out of water or juice bottles so you'd have some natural curve.

   

http://www.fashion-era.com/undergarments.htm


13  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Black & White Cake?? on: March 27, 2009 06:03:34 AM
I would strongly suggest that you make a test cake and icing before your party since very dark colors tend to taste funny-not-in-a-good-way, and to stain the tongue and teeth. 

You could cut your decorations out of dark chocolate and apply them to your frosted cake.  Melt the chocolate, pour out into thin sheet, cut out before completely set, then let it finish setting before use unless you want the shapes to be curved.

Maybe for the cake itself you could add some black food coloring to chocolate batter to make it darker?
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Tiny House Swap Gallery on: February 13, 2009 06:00:18 AM
It's an Eichler!  I looked at the pictures, realized it looked like an Eichler, and then read the text.  There are a couple of Eichler tracts in the area, and we've been in a couple of them when they were for sale.  One still had all the original luan paneling and the original kitchen appliances--it was gorgeous.   
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me figure out the best layout!!! on: February 07, 2009 04:29:59 PM
number 1.
16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: K9, the shooty dog thing on: January 18, 2009 08:37:15 AM
Aww, K9.  You did a great job.
17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Cuddly TARDIS on: January 18, 2009 08:36:11 AM
Fantastic!
18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Cuttlefish / cuddlefish softie -- image HEAVY, including semi-tutorial on: January 10, 2009 08:31:06 AM
What a great job you did!  I would be proud to own that cuttlefish.
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: time to ask for help **Updated with location pics** on: December 26, 2008 06:23:09 PM

Keep in mind that not only does really dark frosting/fondant have an unpleasant aftertaste and stain tongues, it also stains anything else it comes in contact with--like guests' clothing, tablecloths, etc.

erika
20  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: The Fanatic's Grillin Thread!!! All Grillin All The Time on: December 26, 2008 03:26:16 PM
I'll have to send my husband over to your blog.  He has a Traeger pellet smoker that he loves dearly.  Last Saturday he cooked a lamb shoulder (garlic, salt, pepper, rosemary) almost to the pulled pork level, then left it (covered) in a low oven overnight.  Sunday morning we made a dozen crusty french roll and lamb sandwiches to take to sheep herding lessons.  Sunday night, he made the best shepherd's pie I've ever had.
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