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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: babydoll top on: March 10, 2007 09:02:07 PM
Very cute, and thank you so much for the link!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: purses and wallets and wristlets oh my!! on: March 04, 2007 02:28:59 PM
Very nice work!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Pets or weird people doing weird things to your craft.... on: February 25, 2007 06:34:18 PM
Hey sorry if this was already mentioned, (maybe I did?!?!this thread is 23 pages long yipes!) but its VERY dangerous(often fatal) to let your pets, cats/dog/ferret/etc, play with string/thread.

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Best Answer - Chosen by Asker

Hi there.... String, twine, cord, ribbon, tinsel, rubber bands, dental floss, and similar items are potentially lethal/fatal to cats. When string/thread is chewed and swallowed by a cat, it often becomes caught on the tongue or lodged somewhere in the gastrointestinal tract. It continues to be carried through the tract by the natural actions of the digestive system. The taught thread slices the intestinal tissues, causing severe infection and death if surgery is not performed in time. Sometimes the end of a thread foreign body can be seen in the cat's mouth or protruding from the anus as you are witnessing, but many cannot be seen on examination. Your cat should be taken to a veterinarian immediately if you suspect that he has swallowed thread or anything else that might cause damage. Please DO NOT PULL the thread as this could kill your cat. Contact your vet as quickly as possible as this is life threatening.


 



http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/pet_pourri/85248

It sucks but after having my cat eat some dental floss I am DILIGENT about thread etc when I am crafting.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: ahhhhhhhh ceramics! on: February 10, 2007 03:07:20 PM
Hey being a potter myself, the bright side is if you make another one itll be waaaaay better cause youve already worked out the kinks the first time. You know what textures you like, the washes and glazes that worked for you or didnt etc... I know the feeling, I hope you post a pic of the next one you make that kicks your first ones ass!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Greatest Garden Contest: Veggies, berries and bees, Oh My!IMG LOADED on: August 18, 2006 07:45:29 PM
 Smiley  Thanks guys!  Tickleagangster, thats exactly how my harvest has been. One here, two there. Oh well, Im hoping that in a month or so Ill be goin "And I was complaining about how little I was harvesting. Look at the Bounty!"   Roll Eyes

Vtgirl, man I am so happy I dont have deer. My husband was talking to his paternal grandma today and she was saying how nice his dads house in Tennessee is, how the deer come right into the yard, you should have seen me cringe!


Lisiepeasie, consider the message forwarded  Grin
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Greatest Garden Contest: Veggies, berries and bees, Oh My!IMG LOADED on: August 10, 2006 05:30:44 PM
After a few years off from vegetable gardening due to my yard being a gopher haven, my wonderful hubby dug me two 4x12 "raised" beds. Kiss

 He dug about 3 feet down, then we both laid chicken wire, built wood edges, and refilled to above the ground line with sifted soil and compost(lazy sifting I admit, Im still pullin rocks out Undecided )

I have gone with the "half square foot" method of gardening, other wise known as, I-cant-pass-up-a-plant-now-its-a-crazy-jungle style. Considering my seed buying habit, I doubt its going to get any "better" this fall. Although we do plan on putting in two smaller beds for some of our fall crops(kale,broccoli,carrots,chard,cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts etc..)

I have had MAJOR garden problems, I am trying to roll with the punches and learn as I go.

There are early, just after planting photos, some middle stage ones at about 1 1/2 months of growing and more current ones. My apologies for the weird sizes, please check out my flickr page for more garden photos!(I swear Im like a old man, cause I can piddle around in the garden all day, and a parent, snapping tons of photos of my "babies" while they are growing, *sniff* the memories)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/40455922@N00/sets/72157594168642556/

Beginning right side, desiccated by pincer bugs, two tomatoes, some kale and marigolds, the beets have not sprouted yet in this photo.

http://static.flickr.com/65/189659088_382819a189_m.jpg
the right side a few weeks ago before we put the paths in.

http://static.flickr.com/48/189666988_23ae7b4c15_m.jpg

New middle, tomatoe, bell pepper, lemon cucumber.

http://static.flickr.com/47/189659086_a2a6b2a41b_m.jpg

Middle a little ways in. Notice I crammed some onions in...
http://static.flickr.com/68/189659090_43620379a3_m.jpg

Middle pre paths,

http://static.flickr.com/73/189666989_ae4d1de8ef_m.jpg

Left start, tomatoe, lemon cucumber, spaghetti squash, eggplant(RIP)

http://static.flickr.com/75/189659085_3d99d7ca28_m.jpg

month and a half...

http://static.flickr.com/73/189659089_1da0d14f08_m.jpg

YIPES! its getting outta control!
http://static.flickr.com/75/189659093_fc6b0f142b_m.jpg

One of the beets,

http://static.flickr.com/56/189666994_f4aaf6038f_m.jpg
Baby artichoke aka aphid hotel.

http://static.flickr.com/57/189666993_63617a6e42_m.jpg

Amaranth! I have around 90! seedlings I need to put in the ground, still...*sigh*

http://static.flickr.com/44/189666991_73b49832ce_m.jpg

So yummy, french citadel peas, Highly recommended.

http://static.flickr.com/65/163399413_2665f8ce7f.jpg?v=0

My first golden raspberry. I got this one before the bugs took a bite.

http://static.flickr.com/69/212119222_d4b76f831d_m.jpg

Lettuce and peas, grow your own lettuce its so easy!

http://static.flickr.com/61/163340848_8e2dba678b_s.jpg

Baby sunflower.

http://static.flickr.com/58/163340852_483b6c6d5d.jpg?v=0

Im experimenting with making my own seaweed fertilizer, PHEW WEE, not for those with sensitive noses.

Fresh seaweed (I got asked so many questions while collecting this!)

http://static.flickr.com/63/163340853_d2d1e52c09.jpg?v=0

A little time equals alotta funk....

http://static.flickr.com/57/163342862_f9b3e1a860_s.jpg

My favorite salvia.

http://static.flickr.com/60/212120453_bb07cf133b_m.jpg

Some bees in my lavenders and lambs ear.

http://static.flickr.com/77/169024897_6949725949_s.jpg
http://static.flickr.com/58/169018221_158c554d34_s.jpg
http://static.flickr.com/65/169024901_7e50294bfa_s.jpg

Baby strawberry! If you look real close you can see where the pincer bugs(earwigs)have munched it though...*grrr*

http://static.flickr.com/88/212101799_ac37a36850_m.jpg

 Almost current shots, I pretty much cant walk between these beds now.

http://static.flickr.com/71/212096534_11983c5011_m.jpg
http://static.flickr.com/64/212096527_b15a2a22cc_m.jpg

To lolomako, we love you. xoxo your friends the bugs.

http://static.flickr.com/58/212096529_c4024df810_m.jpg


*wipes forehead* thats a task with a slow computer and dial up! I wish I had the time to upload more, but I hope my garden can at least inspire those of you who feel like you have a black thumb of death like I did once.

Now off I go to fight my battles with cucumber beetles, pincer bugs,aphids, powdery mildew, late blight or something like it......   Cry  <---me sweating, or well, sometimes crying.


7  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegetarians. What do YOU eat? on: August 08, 2006 11:09:10 PM
TVP tip, dont stop after letting it soak( I actually boil mine in the broth) drain it then GRILL it with your favorite spices, like taco seasonings etc in a well seasoned cast iron skillet.

Tofu tip, wrap your tofu in napkins, then in a dish towel set between two plates and stack a can or two on top to press the tofu, let it press for a good 15 to 30 minutes. Change the napkins if needed.

Note on B12, if you are a vegetarian then you should not need a b12 supplement, it is in dairy. If you are vegan you can go MANY years without b12 your body needs VERY little and it stores extra, so you should have some left over from your vegetarian or omnivore days. Another source of B12 is red star nutritional yeast, 1 1/2 tablespoons provides you with WAAAY more than you need and a whopping 8g of protein(dont overdose on protein though)

One of the best books I have ever read is John Robbins "the food revolution"


My self and my husband happen to be vegan chefs at a Buddhist retreat center so I eat a lot. I can honestly say I eat better, and more variety of food then I ever ate as an omnivore. You just gotta learn how to cook.

One CHEAP easy, lazy night, dish:

Quinoa in the rice cooker with a veggie bullion cube, toasted sliced almonds(toast on the stove with a little earth balance butter or plain in the oven) and cranberries(dried). cook then stuff this into halved acorn squash, wrap in foil and bake.

My FAVORITE  recipe site:

Vegan / Vegetarian Recipes and More for the Vegan Diet and Lifestyle
8  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegan Mac and Cheese on: December 03, 2005 08:32:30 PM
Ok, I have to post this. SO EASY!
 
 Embarrassedsorry to hijack this thread!

you can pour it over cooked pasta and add a tablespoon or two of soy sour cream and mix. I like it with a sqeeze of lemon sliced tomatoes and a dash of sea salt.

make (fake)chili cheese fries with it.

Toast some bread spread on some vegenaise, put the cheese on, top with some sliced tomatoes, pickles and a sprinkle of sea salt!


From Bryanna Clark Grogan's 20 Minutes to Dinner:

Melty Pizza Cheese

Makes 1 1/4 cups/5 servings


1 c. water

1/4 c. nutritional yeast

2 T. cornstarch

1 T. flour

1 tsp. lemon juice

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. garlic granules

From here down I dont add anything or heat it in the microwave, just do it on the stove and KEEP STIRRING, do not stop stirring, stir through the lumps! till it gets thick I have done the long drawn out way and its not any better, do blend it in the blender to get rid of any lumps, you can also make if GF by using rice flour

OPTIONAL: 4 tsp. calcium carbonate powder

2 T. water

OPTIONAL: 1 T. canola oil


(my addition - 1/4 tsp. turmeric)



Place all ingredients, except the 2 T. water and additional oil, in a blender/processor and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into a small saucepan and stir over medium heat until it starts to thicken, then let it bubble for 30 seconds. Whisk vigorously.

Or pour the mixture into a microwave-proof bowl; cover and cook on high for 2 minutes. Whisk, then microwave for 2 more minutes, and whisk again.

Whisk in the water and optional oil. The oil adds richness and helps it melt better, but the cheese still only contains 2.6 g. of fat per 1/4 cup.
Drizzle immediately over pizza or other food, and broil or bake until a skin forms on top. Alternatively, refrigerate in a small, covered plastic container for up to a week. It will become quite firm when chilled but will still remain spreadable. You can spread the firm cheese on bread or quesadillas for grilling, or heat it to spread more thinly on casseroles, etc.


Variations

Melty Jack Cheese: Omit the oil and add 1 T. tahini to the blender mixture

Melty Suisse Cheese: Omit the oil and use only 1/4 tsp. salt. Add 1 T. tahini and 1 T. light soy or chick-pea miso to the blended mixture

Melty Cheddar Cheese: Use 1/3 c. nutritional yeast flakes and add 1/4 tsp each sweet Hungarian paprika and mustard powder. Use only 1/4 tsp. salt and add 1 T. light soy of chick-pea miso to the blended mixture

Smoky Cheese: To the basic recipe or any of the above variations, add 1/8 tsp. liquid smoke

Cheese Sauce, Rarebit, or Fondue: Add 1 cup to 1 1/4 cup non-diary milk, dry white wine, or beer (can be non-alcoholic) to any of the cheese variations. (Try using the Suisse for fondue and the Cheddar for Rarebit). You may add a pinch of nutmeg and white pepper. Add salt to taste.

Nacho Sauce: You can add drained, canned black beans, chopped jalapenos or other chiles, chopped olives, a pinch of cumin, etc., using Jack or Cheddar as a base.

9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: tattoo- make an appt? on: November 27, 2005 08:47:55 PM
DO make an appt. if you know what you want. Go in to talk to the artist and show him your design.  He/She might ask you to leave it there. They might also ask for a deposit that should come out of your total.

I worked at a tattoo shop for 6 years, so one tip for you is, if you are happy with the experience tip your artist.  This is always very nice.  Tip according to how much you paid or tip according to how great the experience was. We have had customers tip more than the actual tattoo price.  BUT anything is nice.

Be calm, be nice and be ready. If your not ready dont make the appt.

Take care and have fun!
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: fake dog (or cat) poo! on: November 25, 2005 09:00:44 AM
WHOOO, that is some good poo!  Much better than the stuff that I have paid around $5 for and it did not look real. 

You could buy resin that is used for surfboards, it would be a intial investment but a little would go a long way if you were jut coating them. It would also give them a shiny wet look.  You would probably get laminating resin, catalyst, and a respirator.  All in all you could spend under $50. Like I said a little would go a long way. I suggest looking it up online, it can be dangerous and the fumes are very very bad, hence the respirator.

The danger is really in mixing it up too hot and then it will start to smoke or burst into flames, youd have to be pretty dumb though to mix it up that hot. I have only seen it done once by a kid in high school....

I am probably sicker than most of you so... Could he make human looking poo? Like a big ol log, so you could put it on someones porch or something?  Add stuff to look like corn or nuts in it... He could package it in a gift box and istead of tissue paper it could be nestled in toilet paper with brown smudges.

Well, I think those are really good poops, and he could really sell those for at least $4. AT LEAST.

http://www.fiberglasssupply.com/

http://search.ebay.com/poop_W0QQfkrZ1QQfromZR8

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