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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tea cup how-to's? on: January 15, 2009 06:39:31 PM
I have to say that I possibly do.  It depends on whether I can get into a ceramics class or become friendly with someone who has access to the ceramic class' kiln.
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tea cup how-to's? on: January 14, 2009 11:43:19 PM
I would want to use clay. Sculpey is poisonous and it is not recommened by the company to be used with food.  In all honesty I'd much rather use porcelain than plain clay, but I'll take what I can get. Any advice?
3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: what do you wish people told you before you became a vegetarian/vegan on: January 04, 2009 07:53:49 PM
I have no idea how many times I've responded to this post, I just keep experiencing more and more.

1) After being vegetarian for a year, and vegan for a year, and now going back to vegetarian (it wasn't too hard being vegan or anything, I just wanted something different) I wish someone would have told me I was going to feel persecuted by vegans for going back.  When I decided to go back to being a vegetarian my friend Hannah told me she was going back to being vegan (strange huh? She ended up not going back but just cutting back on the dairy a little) and when I went to her house she gave me a small lecture about eating animal products.  I see lots of advertisements about going vegan and how I'm hurting animals and so forth like I was never helping the cause and am not helping now?  I'm taking the metro to the farmer's market, buying eggs from cage free, hormone free, grain fed, and nest raised hens, getting my cheese from Whole Foods, and I'm STILL drinking Silk.  Why should I feel guilty?

2) That because my mom got caught in a misunderstanding where her coworkers assumed she was vegetarian she would use the things I've been telling her for years to explain to others why she is "vegetarian."  It isn't like I care or anything, and I know she doesn't care that I'm vegetarian, it is just so strange to hear these things come out of her mouth.

cfbandit you are doing well by only eating meat once a week.  The recommended protein serving for an average adult in the United States is one to two servings of protein a week.  A serving of meat is about the size of a deck of cards.  I don't have to tell anyone how much that number has been skewed over the years.  Has anyone been to Claim Jumper recently? Haha.

Selnith you actually made me really sad when you said what you did about raising vegetarian kids.  People assume that because you are vegetarian you are a bad parent and it just isn't true.  You can actually be denied a foster child if you are vegetarian/vegan.  My own sister told me that I would be a bad mother if I didn't give my children meat and I almost cried.
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Tea cup how-to's? on: January 04, 2009 07:26:19 PM
Hello,
  I am completely and utterly new to using ceramics.  I have used sculpey before, but I know that I cannot use that to make tea cups and so I am lost as to what I should do.  If anyone could point me to a book or website that could get me started I would be very appreciative.

Thank-you very much,
Bailey
5  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Here's an idea for shoe soles that I thought I'd share on: August 01, 2008 11:11:44 AM
This is seriously the best idea I've ever heard.  Chalk it up to you for being a genius.
6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: what do you wish people told you before you became a vegetarian/vegan on: March 24, 2008 11:03:44 PM
I'd like to put out some sort of formal letter that says "I am vegan, I am purposefully denying myself food so that hopefully I can make the lives of some animals better.  If it is too much to hope for, then at least I am not contributing to the problem.  However, there are thousands of meals that replace the food I lost and I am not unhappy.  I am healthy and satisfied with my decision.  You don't need to worry about what I'm eating unless I tell you I am having trouble.  You don't need to cook for me, you don't need to order for me.  I am fully capable of doing these tasks.  I know you are concerned but it is unnecessary. Thank-you."

You may wish to remember your words when you start telling someone else how wrong their own choices are. There is nothing wrong with holding deep seated convictions, but not everyone will agree with them. Best to go on your own way and understand you can not convert everyone. Shoot, you can not even convert most.  Cheesy

One other thing, if you are looking at someone's shoes in disgust because of the leather used, it is very likely your aversion is coming through in body language. No one likes to be jumped on.  Wink

Nameste.
What? That has nothing to do with what I was saying.  How does being a "soapbox vegan" have to do with my mother thinking I am alienating myself by not eating cheese?  I don't tell people they shouldn't be eating what they do.  You may wish to not play the blame game on someone you don't know.  Especially when you're fishing inbetween the lines of a "letter" that is aiming for compassion and compromise.  You are way off base in your judgement of me.
7  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: what do you wish people told you before you became a vegetarian/vegan on: March 24, 2008 12:06:41 PM
I had a huge test on my veganism last night.  I've been having trouble with my sister ever since I got home and obviously that means that there's a strain on my patience.  So I've been a bit testy and when I apologized to my mother for being a jerk she said it's because I don't eat. What she meant was I'm not eating real food. 
She, as far as I can see it, refuses to acknowledge that milk and egg animals go through just as much torture as the meat animals.  She told me that I isolate myself by not eating milk and eggs anymore.  I do miss the foods with milk/cheese/eggs in them, but I know that I can make these things and it doesn't make me sad.
I've been having this problem a lot.  Ever since I made the switch to veganism it's like I became a rabbit.  I wish someone would have told me that being a vegan would mean that people would feel sorry for me, that people would feel like they have to order things for me at the restaurant, that people would have to apologize for not having vegan food like being vegan is a disease.
"Would you like some grilled cheese?"
"No thank-you"
"Oh that's right! You don't eat cheese I'm so sorry!"
"That's okay Smiley"
I'd like to put out some sort of formal letter that says "I am vegan, I am purposefully denying myself food so that hopefully I can make the lives of some animals better.  If it is too much to hope for, then at least I am not contributing to the problem.  However, there are thousands of meals that replace the food I lost and I am not unhappy.  I am healthy and satisfied with my decision.  You don't need to worry about what I'm eating unless I tell you I am having trouble.  You don't need to cook for me, you don't need to order for me.  I am fully capable of doing these tasks.  I know you are concerned but it is unnecessary. Thank-you."
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Is there a market for fiber art? on: March 13, 2008 03:16:18 PM
Hello ladies and gents!  I'm seriously considering switching majors to fiber arts instead of English because my master plan is to have a fiber farm when I can afford it.  I'm curious though, is there a market for already made yarns and fabrics or do you guys prefer to do it all yourself?  Not that I wouldn't enjoy spinning, weaving, and knitting for four or so years (may end up being more because I'll be a transfer student with English major credits on the quarter system which equals lots of useless credits :[ ).
I suppose it all matters on what the yarn/fabric looks like.  I'd still like to have some opinions from buyers and sellers. Probably sellers specifically. Do you get any business?
Thanks for your help,
Bailey
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pop art inspired high waisted skirt on: March 05, 2008 01:13:26 PM
My goodness if this isn't the greatest skirt I have ever seen.
10  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: what do you wish people told you before you became a vegetarian/vegan on: March 03, 2008 06:19:20 PM
I don't see not eating meat or animal products as being any different from not eating bananas.  Just because we do it with intention and purpose that makes it a stigma?
I had a conversation with a boy who only validated vegetarians who didn't eat meat because they didn't like the taste.  If you did it for the animals you were "stupid." Some people.
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