first, a friendly note to everyone. speaking as a starbucks employee - when people order 'fraps', we all cringe like it's fingernails on a chalk board. frappucino isn't a hard/long word to say, and when people don't bother saying the whole thing, they sound unintelligent and rude - and they generally are. think about it this way - would you order a 'whop' from burger king?
the frappucino base we use is made from a tetra pack and some powder. i'm not sure of the exact ingredients - but i do know they include a large amount of sugar, cream, etc - check the calories list on the website, these things are heart attacks in a cup. some thickening agent is present - simply blending coffee with milk and sugar produces a horrible consistency, and seperates in less than 10 seconds.
if you want a cold coffee beverage, i'd recommend imitating our double shot on ice. we use our classic syrup (sugar syrup, basically. you can buy a bottle for 10 bucks canadian that will last you at least a month.) then, a cup full of ice. we pour shots of espresso over this, and shake like a martini - at least 10 times up and down. then, we pour into a cup (ice and all), and add milk (cream, etc) only about an ounce. extremely refreshing, more healthy, and gives you a great jolt.
talking about the double brewed coffee - all we do is brew it on double strength - ie, if it's a half batch, we brew it as a quarter batch. this is how we make our iced coffee - then we make a pitcher with half this coffee, and half ice. so to all the people who order the iced coffee without ice because they think we're trying to rip them off - there's a reason your drink tastes bitter and disgusting.
Ah, it's lovely. Here's an idea we used on my baby cousin's room (shamefully stolen from the rainforest cafe) - get the christmas lights that fade on and off randomly, then string them along the ceiling. paint or use fabric to cover the wires, and when the overhead lights are off and just those lights are on, it looks like twinkling stars... or in this case, far off fairies? my cousin loves to stare at them when he's getting changed, or if he's fussy and won't sleep.
you could make another purse the same size out of vinyl and put that one inside - it would be stronger that way. it's easy to sew paper to vinyl to make.. patterns and the like. if you sandwhich the paper in between two pieces, you can treat it like fabric.
a friend of mine used this method to make a folder, although SHE used the lotr suite (by de meij, written lonnnnnggg before the movies came out)
have you tried quilting fabrics? they often have the same pattern in many different colors. i know there's a store with lottttts of quilting fabric at... shoot, i forget the name. it's the outlet center where there's a tommy hilfiger and a nine west and such. not seattle premium outlets - it's a good hour away from seattle. it's close to crystal mall, i think.
last time i was there, they had a crazy sale going on. i had to exercise much restraint.
did you do a muslin with your pattern? how'd it work out?
maybe make it black lace OVER red fabric, so there are shots of color. i wore a black dress to a january wedding with a bright pink cardigan and patterned nylons - perfectly acceptable by all accounts, although i was worried.
in coquitlam, where ikea is.. just off the freeway, near the casino. there's a few fabric stores, both of them have a large selection of vinyl - one even has an upstairs home decorating section. that's where you'll find the best selection.
something that acknowledges the child directly, and the fact that the child is still a part of her life. my cousin drew a picture of my parents and i and my sister on a cloud with a halo - there were hearts linking us and her. he was four when she died, this was drawn a few months later. it's one of our most treasured posessions.