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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Growing Cantaloupe on: March 09, 2006 02:20:20 PM
I'm planning a small garden at my home in San Antonio. I'm rounding up the usual suspects: tomatoes, peppers, herbs, cucumbers, squash. I wanted to try something a little sweeter and in the Jung catalogue, I found these: https://www.jungseed.com/jungsite/jungsiteviewproduct.aspx?ProductID=27336&gcitem=189004ea83cf21 .

Does anyone have any tips about growing melons? I've never tried it before. Do they need a lot of room? Sun? Do they grow on the ground, or would they do better climbing somewhere?
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / stubborn beds on: February 17, 2006 03:21:38 PM
I live in a rented house (in south Texas) who's backyard has been completely neglected over the years. We cleared out all of the hackberry and bamboo (or at least what we could find... that stuff is like zombies: comes back from the dead). Under all of that mess were flower beds!

As spring is rapidly approaching, we are getting very excited to have our own little garden. Unfortunately, these beds are in bad shape. I need to turn over all the soil and add new stuff to make it ready for my little plants-- but this is much harder than I thought it would be. After about one hour with a shovel, I was ready to call it quits.

Do y'all have any advice as to how to make the space easier to work with? The ground is very hard- will watering it make it more mailable, or just make a muddy mess? Should I go after it with a pick-ax, or just teach my dog to dig holes? Is pure elbow grease the only way to make it happen?

thanks for any advice!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Brighteyes Comforter on: February 14, 2006 06:13:50 PM
I made this for my boyfiend for his birthday back in December.



First I made the tree trunk: I cut out the thing, then sewed many rows of this awesome string that is made of several colors of brown to make it look like tree bark. The leaves were the most time consuming part. I cut them all out of strips of fabric with really skinny lines of interfacing running up the middle (so i could then iron them in place). After I got all of those on, I sewed them right up the middle over the interfacing- I wanted them to be kinda 'flappy'. The birdie was embroidered and the words were written with fabric pen. It has a plain brown back, and I hand tied the whole thing with embroidery floss.

All in all I am happy with it: it has lots of texture and is plenty warm. What do you think?

4  COOKING / Dessert / Falafel? on: February 07, 2006 05:15:26 PM
I attempted to make falafel the other night, and I haven't had that big of a disaster in a very, very long time. When I put the little balls in the oil to fry them, they held their shape for a bit, but when I checked on them a few minutes later, they had turned into soup. I need help.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Strap Sturdy-fication Situation on: February 07, 2006 04:36:58 PM
I'm making a bag designed to hold some rather heavy cargo. I have double stitched (is that a term?) all the seams and used interfacing ironed onto a heavy-weight cotton material. Everything I have done so far seems pretty secure (can hold both of my fatty cats), but now I am stumped.

What is the best way to attach a strap? It is messanger-shaped: should I use d-rings or some other metal ring to join the two sections (strap and body of the bag)? What is the best way to be sure that the materials/construction holding the rings in place will hold up over time? I was thinking of using several layers of the cotton material to give the strap more body and strength- is this the best way to do this?

That is the most question marks I have ever used in one paragraph- obviously I'm a little confused. Thanks in advance for all your help!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Bowie Lyric Ideas on: February 07, 2006 04:22:30 PM
I'm making my boyfriend this awesome bag to carry his records in. Him being a bowie fanatic, I stenciled a picture of the cover of Aladin Stone on the front, but want to include some sort of love-y DB lyric somewhere to make it more of a romantic valentine's day gift. any thoughts?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / About yarn choice... on: January 07, 2006 10:30:34 AM
I am not especially new to knitting, but I have never really branched out much from scarves/hats, and have always just made things up based on what I had on hand. Now, however, I have my heart set on Knitty's Candy sweater(http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTcandy.html). I need advice about how to find the right yarn online. I have spent time browsing various sites, but just wind up confused.

I can't find the brand that is listed in the pattern, but I have a feeling I wouldn't be able to afford it even if i could. What is an easy way to know that another yarn will be a good substitute? I know that the gauge listed here is 18 sts/25 rows = 4", but how do I know what category of yarn that is (ie: worsted, etc)?

The internet can sometimes be totally overwhelming: thanks so much for y'alls help.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Embroidered Undies on: December 16, 2005 10:41:20 AM
I have purchased several pairs of undies for my roommate, and I wanted to personalize them with funny icons/words/etc. for her. The only idea I have so far is "Bad Reputation"... I'm having some brain blockage (my creativity has been sucked dry by the rest of my christmas gifts!) so I was hoping you crafty hipsters could give me some inspiration. I'm decent at embroidery, so I think I could try some fairly intricate designs if I need to. Thanks so much!!!!!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Hand Tying on: December 10, 2005 09:19:03 AM
Hello Y'all!

I'm working on a "quilt" to be given as a gift. It's a copy of the artwork from Bright Eye's "i'm wide awake it's morning"-- large tree appliqud onto a plain background. I was inspired by http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=35759.0.

I want the finished product to be quite fluffy(think comforter). Should I use super-thick batting? Several layers of moderately thick batting? Is there some special product I have never even heard of that would be perfect for this kind of thing?

I wanted to hand tie the whole thing in hopes that it would help it look a little "poofier" (also, his birthday is in one week). I'm against using yarn for this (it seems like that would look a little too elementary school). What is another good option? Embroidery floss? Quilting thread? How do I know how close together to put the "ties"?

Thanks in advance for your help. Y'all come up with the most amazing stuff- I couldn't think of a better forum in which to ask these questions.
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