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31  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Give me your crockpot / slow cooker recipes...Please on: December 26, 2007 08:02:06 PM
One dish I make is sauerkraut and sausages. Throw a jar of drained sauerkraut and a cut-up Polish sausage in the crockpot with some large chunks of (raw) potato. I cook for 3-4 hours on high, but you can use the 6-8 hours on low method, too, I think. Serve with mustard.

Another super easy one is BBQ country ribs. Dump a bottle of BBQ sauce (or part of a bottle depending on how much meat you have) over some country pork ribs (the boneless meaty kind) and cook as above.
32  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Thai Chicken Wraps on: December 22, 2007 10:12:27 AM
Cilantro would also be a good topping, although even with 4 people in the house it's hard to use up a bunch before it goes bad. You could use some fresh and then chop and freeze the rest to put in soups.
33  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Easy-to-make, Amazing Peppermint Bark on: December 22, 2007 10:04:01 AM
I just made some of this last week. The Martha Stewart recipe mixes some Rice Krispies into it, too, which might cut the sweetness of the white chocolate for those who don't like it as sweet. I left it out and made it thick, and it was still good. Girardelli white chocolate works really well, and I just melted it in a double boiler (metal bowl over boiling water).
34  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Pre-clean dry-clean-only fabric? on: November 13, 2007 11:07:25 AM
Hello,

I am new at sewing, but have been able to successfully make some bags using the tutorials here. Thanks!

My question is about pre-washing fabric. In the stuff I have done so far, I have been faithfully pre-washing, drying and ironing the fabric I use, so I have stuck to washable.

What happens if you use dry-clean-only fabric? Do you pre-clean or just dry-clean the finished item as needed? Will dry-clean-only fabric shrink like washable fabric, or is that not a problem?
35  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Easy to clean fabric for makeup bag lining? on: November 13, 2007 10:46:49 AM
How about oilcloth? It's actually vinyl.
36  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: is interfacing machine washable? on: November 13, 2007 10:40:45 AM
I bought "craft interfacing" at a fabric store, and they said it was washable. I think the brand was Crafter's Choice iron-on.
37  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: my new overnight bag! on: November 13, 2007 07:53:38 AM
Beautiful!  I love the shape and the colors/stripes!

I am making one of these right now, too. It took me a lot of math and redrawing the pattern to adjust to my zipper length, but otherwise I agree - it's a great, easy project. I also agree about the fabric choice. Canvas would be best. I did a slightly stretchy heavy cotton, so I interfaced the lining and the outer fabric and it's still not very stiff.

Doing the lining the way you did it sounds easier. I did the separate lining to avoid seams on the inside, but still have to sew it in (after I fix a seam that came open by one of the loops.)

Is the bottom side gusset piece also a pocket? That would be a nice addition. I put pockets on the long sides on the outside, but the short-side pockets would be even better.

Nice job!!
38  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: wholesale w/ no sales on: November 12, 2007 07:29:44 AM
Here's some information that would be useful for you, assuming you are US-based:

http://www.bankrate.com/brm/itax/tips/20010403a.asp

Basically, the article lists various ways the IRS distinguishes between hobbies and businesses. Note that if you start a business, you have to make a profit for 3 out of 5 years to continue as a business, i.e., if you want to deduct business expenses.
39  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Toy EU Regulations on: November 12, 2007 07:21:57 AM
You're quick - I went back and added in the annex with a list of what is not considered a toy (in all its bureaucratic weirdness!)

40  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Toy EU Regulations on: November 12, 2007 07:19:28 AM
Since no one replied yet, and I'm searching through some EU legal stuff for work anyway, here's the relevant directive:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:31988L0378:EN:HTML

Note that I am not a lawyer, but it does appear that scale models and toys made for adult collectors are exempt.

"ANNEX I

PRODUCTS NOT REGARDED AS TOYS FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS DIRECTIVE

(Article 1 (1))

1. Christmas decorations

2. Detailed scale models for adult collectors

3. Equipment intended to be used collectively in playgrounds

4. Sports equipment

5. Aquatic equipment intended to be used in deep water

6. Folk dolls and decorative dolls and other similar articles for adult collectors

7. 'Professional' toys installed in public places (shopping centres, stations, etc.)

8. Puzzles with more than 500 pieces or without picture, intended for specialists

9. Air guns and air pistols

10. Fireworks, including percussion caps ()

11. Slings and catapults

12. Sets of darts with metallic points

13. Electric ovens, irons or other functional products operated at a nominal voltage exceeding 24 volts

14. Products containing heating elements intended for use under the supervision of an adult in a teaching context

15. Vehicles with combustion engines

16. Toy steam engines

17. Bicycles designed for sport or for travel on the public highway

18. Video toys that can be connected to a video screen, operated at a nominal voltage exceeding 24 volts

19. Babies' dummies

20. Faithful reproductions of real fire arms

21. Fashion jewellery for children

() With the exception of percussion caps specifically designed for use in toys without prejudice to more stringent provisions already existing in certain Member States."
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