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1711  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.
1712  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?
1713  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.
1714  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.

enjoy!
1715  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.
1716  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: my handmade christmas gifts on: December 10, 2006 09:04:40 PM
The weight of the rice should be enough to keep it in place and it makes the bottom half of the pillow pliable, so it fits the shape of the arm rest.  With the previous one, he would just put it on the seat when he wasn't driving. 

Velcro is a good idea, but I don't know if the idea of attaching it to the car would go over very well.
1717  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: my handmade christmas gifts on: December 10, 2006 03:45:16 PM
Here's the elbow pillow I made for my dad.  He uses hand controls to drive and somehow he ends up putting a lot of pressure on his elbow, against the armrest on the door.  It's just a little pillow that has 2 sections inside.  One is filled with rice or weight and stability and the other side has regular stuffing in it, so that it's soft and comfortable.  I made one of these for him years ago and he loved it, but it got really dirty and couldn't be washed because it had dried beans inside.  So this year I made a cover for the new one.  The pillow itself is made from denim from some old jeans and the cover is left over flannel from my FIL's jammies.  The stuffing and rice I had, so it cost me $0 to make!  Woo-hoo! Smiley

Anyways, here's the pics:



I made the back of the pillow case like a pillow sham.


action shot:
1718  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: my handmade christmas gifts on: December 10, 2006 02:50:49 PM
Here's the jammies I made for my sister and my FIL (modeled by me and my husband Smiley).  I use Butterick pattern #4358 for both of them.  For my sister I took off the fly opening, straightened the legs and patterned the waist line after low rise jeans.  I also tacked the elastic so that the front part lies flat.  I made my FIL's pretty much by the pattern, but I also added a snap to the fly.



1719  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / my handmade christmas gifts (complete w/ photos) on: December 10, 2006 02:37:21 PM
Handmade Christmas Gifts ::: 2008

This year I'm only making things for people who I know will appreciate the time it takes to make something.  I'm going for knits this time around.

Mom: bath mat and felted slippers
Sister: mittens and felted slippers
Brother: hats and maybe some sweat bands
Nephew: hat and mittens
Nephew's dad: Manly Mitts (Done!! picture here)
Mother in Law: lace shawl

My Dad loves handmade gifts, but he's way too hard to knit for, so he's getting the Omnivores' Dilemma and a donation in his honor to Heifer International.

Hubby... Is definitely getting something handmade, but I'm not sure what.



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My big handmade gift list for 2007

It's that time of year again!  Here's my christmas gift plan for this holiday season.

My Mom: knit purse (brea bag) and some sort of jewelry
My Dad: knit sweater (Skye Tweed Unisex Cable Rib Pullover)
Sister and Nephew (3 1/2 years old): bean bag chair made from recycled jeans, painting of a helicopter carrying a jeep, and a bunch of organizational stuff from Ikea
Little Bro-sky (12 yo): Mixed CD of awesome guitar solos and a binder with tabs for each one
Nephew's daddy: knit scarf (exchequered from knitty)
Mother-in-law: not sure... maybe a photo calendar?
Hubby: knit socks (for snowboarding and/or just regular ones), an rfid shielding pouch (instructions here), and I'm not sure what else.  Maybe some art work or something.

Everyone else is getting store bought gifts.

2006

This year I'm trying to go all handmade for Christmas.  I'm not totally sure about what I'm making everyone, but here's my list so far and I'll post pics of finished stuff as I get it done. 

Please let me know if you have any ideas for the people I'm unsure about!

1. my sister (27 this month) - jammy pants & an apron done! Smiley pics this page
2. brother (11) - jammy pants (pics this page) & knit hat
3. nephew (2.5) - numbers and alphabet for his walls
4. dad - elbow pillow (explanation later) (pics this page) and set of etched wine glasses (for mom & dad)
5. mom - knit bracelet (pics on page 2) etched wine glasses
6. father in law - jammy pants done!  Smiley pics this page
7. mother in law - knit bracelet done! Smiley pics on page 2
8. brother in law (25) - etched beer mug and shot glass w/ 6 pack of local beer done! Smiley pics on page 2
9. sister in law (16) - cute apron (she does a lot of cooking) (pics this page) and these slippers or some head bands
10. nephew's daddy (26) - etched beer mug and a knit hat
11. ace and kayla (a couple of friends) - probably a pair of etched beer mugs
12. earthy/nature loving aunt - crocheted welcome mat made from shopping bags

I also made my Christmas cards.  You can see them on this thread.
1720  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: What do you think of these gifts? -pic heavy -pics fixed! on: December 10, 2006 02:19:11 PM
These are so beautiful! 

You could add some candy - either store bought or homemade.  That would be a very inexpensive way to fill them up.
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