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1701  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Eeek! Save me! a.k.a. I made a boo boo and now I need your opinion. on: December 12, 2006 08:47:08 PM
So here's the deal.  I'm making my little bro (11) some jammy pants.  I bought a men's pattern, cuz I'm making some for other people too and decided that I could just alter it to fit a kid.  But I ended up making the legs too narrow Angry.  So here's my question, should I go with
Plan A: add side panels in the same fabric
Plan B: add side panels in a different fabric or
Plan C: I was hoping you could help me out with Plan C.

I basted on one panel of each fabric to help us out:

The pants:

Plan A with close up and a pic of me squeezed into them for comic effect to give you an idea of what they look like on a person. (And yes, I am wearing my husbands socks.)

Plan B:

1702  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I can't decide? Should I braid the scarf? on: December 12, 2006 03:15:24 PM
On my monitor the colors look fine together.  And I love the way the scarf looks braided.  I vote for braiding.
1703  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Fishy photos on: December 12, 2006 01:23:25 AM
these koi pics are beautiful.  I looked through the flicker ones you linked to and they are all amazing.  The spider one gave my the heebie-jeebies, though! 
1704  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Daily drawings update on: December 12, 2006 01:13:38 AM
Thanks, Deana!  Yeah, I think I'm in week 7 now.  I haven't put many of these up here because I don't get much response about them, but they're all there on my blog. 

Yup, I pretty much draw whatever I've got lying around.  I like it and it helps me see things better. 

Don't worry about your hand drawing skills.  They'll get there.  It's all about practice and being willing to try.  We all have our strengths and weaknesses.  Your fashion doodles put mine to shame any day!
1705  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Why are you Vegetarian/Vegan? on: December 12, 2006 12:53:37 AM
As for health, http://www.pcrm.org has some good information.

Thanks, marleah, for all the info.  That site was really helpful.  And thanks to each of you who read my forever long posting and answered my questions.  Smiley  I really appreciate the open, sharing attitude in this thread (and on craftster as a whole)!
1706  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Orange Tree Leaves Pouches on: December 12, 2006 12:48:48 AM
My husband walked in just now and saw the picture of your press and was like, "Oooh! You're jealous!"  and yes, he was right.  I'm completely coveting your little press.
1707  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Why are you Vegetarian/Vegan? on: December 11, 2006 03:15:00 AM
I'm not a veggie, but can I add my 2 cents anyways?

I've been toying with the idea of going vegetarian forever - or at least 10 years Smiley.  When I was little my mom could never get me to eat meat.  In high school I stopped eating red meat for about 4 years or so and even now I rarely eat it - and when I do it's usually because I'm craving iron.  When I started eating it again I had a lot of trouble digesting it and it would make me feel sick.  I got used to it again, but I still can't eat pork (it gives me migraine-like headaches and terrible indigestion).

At first I wanted to go veggie because of the cruelty thing, but lately it's more about environmental impact and health.  I don't like the idea of eating beef from rain forest cattle or having antibiotics and hormones in my food.  I hate that the food industry has made it so difficult to choose good foods.  A hundred years ago no one had to worry about genetically engineered foods and what sort of strange additives they were ingesting.  Although I don't eat much meat, there are three main things keeping me an omnivore: 1. I enjoy eating meat.  I like the taste of some meat prepared in certain ways.  2. There seem to be nearly as many unpleasant things happening with veggie friendly foods as with foods from animals (too many foods are made from hybridized corn and soy (something ridiculous like 80%), too many pesticides and fertilizers poisoning the air, water and soil and hurting the farm workers)  3. It seems like it takes a lot of time to maintain an ethical, healthy diet.

A few years ago I visited a friend who had become vegan in college.  She and her friends are pretty radical, PETA, Earth First types and they did a lot of dumpster diving for food vegan foods that stores had thrown away.  It seemed to take up so much of their waking hours just to stick with this lifestyle.  I know that they were extremists, but it made such a big impression on me.  (Incidentally, I also learned that you can smoke pot in a potato from them Roll Eyes.)

But, anyways, would you humor me and tell me how difficult it is for you to be veggie/vegan?  And since I'm still thinking about going veggie, can you recommend any good info about how to have a healthy vegetarian lifestyle?
1708  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Kimono Hoodie from Green and White Sheet ((thanks Radish_Spirit)) on: December 11, 2006 01:48:44 AM
Its adorable. Grin The link to the tutorial isn't working though. Angry

it works for me.  It's a pdf, so you might just need to give it a second to download.

cute kimono, btw.  Love the fabric and the way you added the hood.  I'd love to see the front when you change it.
1709  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / drawing books on: December 11, 2006 12:20:19 AM
So this isn't exactly a finished project, but I thought some of you might be interested.  If you go here: http://www.placidchaos.com/AM/index.php?title=andrew_loomis&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1
you can down load 6 really great, out of print books by Andrew Loomis about drawing.  I think that Figure Drawing For All It's Worth and Drawing The Heads and Hands are particularly helpful.

1710  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Orange Tree Leaves Pouches on: December 10, 2006 10:59:42 PM
I love these!! What kind of plate are you using?  That doesn't look like linoleum... is it rubber? 

I would very much like to see your other prints, too.  This one is beautiful.  I love how graphic and abstract it looks.
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