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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: What are you currently working on? on: March 06, 2009 08:31:46 PM
Scarf on a knitting loom.  Fluffy and colorful.  And going through my fabric stash to find something to sew a peasant blouse out of. 

Tracy
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Roasted Brussels Sprouts---No, really! on: March 06, 2009 08:20:40 PM
I totally love roasted Brussels sprouts. 

My husband had never even eaten a Brussels sprout (he was afraid of them, thought they were beyond nasty) until I gave him a roasted sprout.  Now he asks for them. 

Here is how I make mine.  I use whole baby sprouts, or cut larger ones in half.  I mix up a dressing/marinade of olive oil (enough to lightly coat all the sprouts), lemon juice (one lemon's worth usually), a little salt (to taste), a little garlic (one clove worth usually), and some herbs du provence (about a teaspoon or so) and toss the sprouts in it.  I just pour the baby ones out on a glass baking pan, the big ones I arrange cut side down and let the extra oil mixture just drizzle down on and around them.  I bake them at 400 until the tops start to look nice and roasty brown. 

They are SO GOOD, and even better the next day. 

Sometimes I will also toss cauliflower pieces in with the sprouts.  I've done zucchini and mushrooms, baby tomatoes with them too... I assume you could probably do most vegetables this way.

Sometimes I will butterfly a chicken, make up extra of the oil mixture, coat the chicken in the oil and also toss the vegetables in it.  Then I lay the chicken out on a large pan, arrange the vegetables around it, pour the extra oil over everything, and bake it together at around 350 for a while, baste the chicken with the pan juices and then kick the heat up to 400 until the chicken is done and the veggies are nice and roasty.  It's an awesome one pan meal. 

Tracy
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: IS criticism NOT ok? on: March 06, 2009 08:08:36 PM
"  Not everyone thinks fat rolls are ugly. "


Wink  That.



Seriously, some of us just really don't care what shows because we don't feel ashamed at what we see in the mirror and couldn't care less about what anybody else thinks.  Some of us like to show it off or at least not totally camouflage it away because we have lovers and partners who *like* what they see and enjoy seeing a lot of it.  Some of us are just so big that unless we wear a tent, it's just gonna show. 

(And there are some of us who are all of the above).   Grin

I would not assume that somebody is concerned about whether their clothing camouflages or covers any part of their body unless they have specifically said so. 

Tracy




4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Any bigger plus-size crafsters here? 4X and beyond And/or taller than average? on: March 06, 2009 07:49:39 PM
I'm 5'11" and wear anything from a 4X to 6X depending on the garment, and do a good bit of sewing for myself.  Anybody else in my size range or larger?

Tracy
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Summer clothing panic on: March 06, 2009 07:42:19 PM
Skirts and peasant blouses or some combination with the two are pretty much my staple summer wardrobe. 

I love to wear cotton eyelet peasant blouses.  Those teeny little eyelet holes do indeed help keep me cooler when the heat and humidity are sky high.  If not eyelet, then some other lighter weight cotton fabric like gauze or thinner muslin. I use a very simple pattern that I have modified over the years.  At this point, the original tissue paper pattern is long gone and I just have a permanent pattern I made from tightly woven cheapie fabric that doesn't unravel. It's only two pieces.  Sleeve and body.  I'll change up the sleeve length, maybe make the front from two pieces so I can have a split at the front neckline, use a pretty ribbon or bias tape made from some other fabric as a casing on the right side for drawstring or elastic.

And for skirts, same thing.  I have a very basic 4 gore long flared skirt pattern that I modified for size and length many years ago.  It's one piece.  I just cut four, and add a waistband casing for elastic.  I can't even remember what commercial pattern I used to get that one but I think it was based on an evening skirt of all things.  I make skirts out of whatever print cotton I find that catches my eye (usually something crazy and fun) and I wear them with tee shirts, tank tops or camisoles and can layer over the tank/cami I want to cover up a little more.  Even though they're usually long, they are really comfortable in hot weather. 

I was actually looking through my fabric stash last night to see what I had and figure out what I can make. 

Tracy
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tips and tricks on M&P soapmaking?? on: March 06, 2009 07:24:52 PM
The only utensils I devote totally to soap are some plastic measuring spoons I have used to measure ingredients.  If I am making something heavily fragranced and using a glass measuring cup or metal knife, I will soak off excess soap in the sink before running it through the dishwasher, but that's about it. 

As far as molds?  I have used little cup containers like you get single servings of applesauce in, and stuff like that with no problem.  Candy molds to get little shapes too.  You can use the little cutters you find in the cake decorating aisle at craft stores like you would cut gum paste or fondant with to cut out shapes of hardened soap.  I have used an old slap-chopper I found at a thrift shop to chop soap into little bits to embed in other soap.  In fact, I got a lot of the things I use for M&P soap in the kitchen sections of thrift shops.  There are all kinds of kitchen gadgets you can repurpose for soapcrafting. 

And I agree with the craft store soap and supplies being not as good of quality.  But, if you're just starting out, it is easy to find, and a good way to get started, especially to experiment with techniques.

Tracy
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knifty Knitters! on: March 06, 2009 07:07:49 PM
I knit both with needles and on knifty knitter looms as well as a long knitting board that has metal nail type pegs.  I sometimes have trouble with my hands, and I can just work longer on the looms than with needles before my hands get fatigued.  So, I usually have projects in progress on both needles and looms and alternate between them. I'm a novice with both (started about 6 months ago), but learning as I go.

Tracy
8  Texas / Texas: Southeast / Re: Houston Area Crafty Ladies?????? on: March 06, 2009 07:00:04 PM
Yeah, I'm not really out in the suburbs, but still not actually in the city.  I did live either inside the loop or right next to it for most of my life.  It was always SO easy to get anywhere I wanted to get.  Now, it seems like I have to drive a bit just to get anywhere. It's also a bit of a culture shock, going from big city life to living in what feels like a small town in some ways.  But it is what it is and I would totally be willing to meet up with a group somewhere central in town. 

Tracy
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to resize pics for charms??? on: March 06, 2009 03:58:41 PM
You know, I am interested in learning how to do that too, because I collect lockets and would actually love to be able to put photos in them without having to pay to have them resized at a photo lab.

I have done a search online for "photo charm software" and found a couple results, but have not ordered any CDs or downloads yet so I can't say how it works.  But there are programs out there.

I do know you can resize them in photoshop, in that case. I'd just search "photoshop charm resizing" or something like that to try and find an online tutorial.

Tracy
10  Texas / Texas: Southeast / Re: Houston's surrounding areas? on: March 06, 2009 03:39:36 PM
I'm in the Deer Park - Pasadena - LaPorte area... and do quite a lot of different kinds of crafts.
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