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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / um, help!! supplies questions on: June 06, 2007 07:31:36 PM
 i would love to learn how to silk screen as stenciling isn't working as well as i would like. i have read numerous tutorials, and the whole thing finally 'clicked' after watching a video.
 but i am still confused about what supplies i need. for the moment, i want to make simple designs for personal use on my own clothing/fabric. i was sent a frame in a swap, but i honestly have no idea how to sue it. i also recieved the net, but it is too small for the frame. for a complete beginner, is it best to purchase a kit of some sort? the frame i have is about 12x16, and it is solid two inch or so wood. there is a small slit in the center that goes all the way around the frame. i'm not quite sure what it is for, any ideas on how to work? aside from new net, what should I plan on buying? i have emulsion already.

 gah, i apologize for the wording of this. i am horribly tired and cant think very straight Tongue i am pretty much just wondering what are the simple basics. i can figure it out from there. thanks for any help!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Whale Plushie Pattern? on: April 24, 2007 05:47:03 PM
 I bought the cutest fabric with little whales all over it, so I can make little gifts for a few friends.
 I really haven't made very many-if any-dolls or plushies, so a place to find patterns is beyond me. Can any of you either recommend a webpage, or a specific pattern for a whaled shaped toy? I could do something simple in 2D, but I think something a little more intricate would be best.

 Thanks for any hep Smiley
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Black and White Striped fabric- Please HELP!!! on: February 18, 2007 09:48:48 PM
 I know that people have been asking questions as to where to find fabric, over and over... but I seriously need help!!!
 I have a dress design all drawn up and I seriously have to make it, but I am unable to find the fabric. I want a black and white striped fabric, with approximately 1/2 inch stripes. I would like some sort of apparel fabric, but most every suggestion will be SO appreciated! Also, I kind of need horizontal stripes. I went to Denver Fabrics' actual store, and could not find a thing. Which was very surprising. Oh well.
 Seriously ANY help whatsoever- even places to search- would be fantastic!!! I am having one of those crafty moments where you have to make it, or you will explode  Cheesy
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Castile Soap? on: February 14, 2007 08:49:03 PM
 Where can I buy a solid block of castile soap? I have tried all of the hardware stores, and I cannot find it. Even google only yeilded castile soap flakes. I could buy the flakes, but I would prefer to buy a block of it.
5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies on: February 07, 2007 08:01:34 AM
 I tend to be on a sugar free diet, becuase sugar is terrible for someone with hypoglycemia... but every once in a while I treat myself.
 After searching around for recipes, I found one on the PPK. I, as usual, did not follow the recipe, so here is my modified version  Smiley


1/4 cup earth balance margarine
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 oil
1/4 soymilk
1 1/2 peanut butter (I used chunky)
2 cups sugar
4 teaspoons molasses
2 teaspoons vanilla

3 cups oats
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

350 degress for 12-15 minutes

1. Sift flour, oats, soda, salt and cinnamon. (you can't really 'sift' oats, but whatever =D)
2. Cream peanut butter, margarine, and sugar until well combined. Stir in applesauce, milk and oil. Cream until well combined. Beat in molasses and vanilla. Fold in oat/flour mixture.
3. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork.
 *You will have a very thick batter!!! It will not seem like much, but after baking, these cookies are super cute and delicious. Just be sure you store them in an airtight contianer! They were si soft when they came out of the oven, but younger siblings seem unable to close anything  Wink
6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Basil Lasagna Rolls on: February 02, 2007 01:27:02 PM
 There have been far too few recipe posts in this board so far, so I am going to change that.



Basil Lasagna Rolls

2 Tablespoon olive oil
5 green onions, chopped
1 clove minced garlic
1 1/4 cups grated zucchini
1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
1/4 cup vegan spinach pesto (you can use your own recipe, or the one I provide below)
1/3 cup fresh bread crumbs
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt to taste (Seriously do not add until you taste! I ended up oversalting, and omitted the salt from the sauce to cut down on the salty flavor)

Sauce:
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 cup water
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes- blended (I hate chunky tomato sauce, but you can just used diced tomatoes if you prefer)
1/4 fresh minced basil, or one Tablespoon dried

12 or so lasagna noodles

Heat half of the oil in over medium heat, add half of the green onions and all of the garlic. Cook until soft. Place in a food processor or blended with the sun dried tomatoes, pesto, bread crumbs, cayenne, and salt. Blend until smooth. Stir in the zucchini. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Heat the remaining oil, and lightly cook the remaining onions. Add in the sauce ingredients except for the basil, and season lightly with salt and pepper. Simmer for about 10 minutes, then stir in basil. Reduce heat and keep warm.
Cook lasagna noodles. Drain and spread on wax paper. Pat dry.
Divide the chilled filling among the noodles, roll each into a tight spiral and place in a lightly greased 13x9 glass pan. Lightly nap the tops with a small amount of the sauce. Cover with aluminium foil and cook in a 350 degree oven for 20 minites.
Spread a small amount of the sauce over each one and serve.

Pesto recipe:
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup pine nuts
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups lossely packed fresh spinach
1/4 cup olive oil

Blend or process until smooth.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Petticoat question on: January 26, 2007 07:24:16 PM
 I am making a 50's style dress with a circle skirt, and I want to make a petticoat to wear with it. I wasn't sure if I should make a circle skirt one with just a bunch of layers of net, cut the same way as the overskirt; or if I should make one in tiers. I would probably wear it with other dresses as well, so which would be more versatile?
 Also, does anyone know of any tutorials or anything I could use?
8  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Seitan on: January 23, 2007 10:19:37 PM
 I attempted to make Seitan a while ago... and it came out like crap. Can anyone suggest a great recipe to me? I like tofu, but my doctor recommended that I only eat it once every two weeks or so. Seitan is so high in protein and is a cheap way for me to get my nutrients up higher.

 Also, how the heck do I use it??? I honestly cannot figure out the stuff, It is always gooey when I make it, and is overly salty. Plase help me! I want to make pretty seitan  Wink
9  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegan cookie- recipe suggestions? on: January 18, 2007 05:39:57 PM
 I adore cookies! I cannot even stress how much I love cookies- I used to make them all the time and eat far too many.
 Anyway, now that I have cut eggs from my diet, I am unsure what the best way to make cookies would be? I also won't be putting milk or butter which leads to more frustration. Can anyone suggest a tried and true favorite cookie recipe? Really any kind is lovely. If possible, please post maybe a mini review. Such as how they taste, and whether or not they are a little kid friendly recipe. Only becuase my five year old sister loves making cookies, and I would like to make sometihng we would both like.

 I apologize for the grammar. I am having the hardest time speaking and typing. lol  Cheesy
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Crooked Cable Socks- my first pair on: January 01, 2007 03:25:39 PM
 I had never knit a pair of socks before, but my mother practically begged me to make her some for Christmas. Most would start with a simple ribbed pattern, but I tend to make things hard on myself and have to start out as hard as I possibly can. haha. These actually weren't that bad- the needles were size 1, so they did take a while. It's all good though, my mum LOVED them so much!


 -They aren't really too big- they were just bunched up on the bottom in this picture  Smiley


 -Fuzzy detail



 I apologize for the mediocre pictures. My mum was too busy to let me take 'modeled' pictures, so I had to do it while she was on the phone.

 Pattern:Crooked Cable Socks
 Yarn: Essential- Grass
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