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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Re: Why the 80s should not be brought back... on: February 14, 2006 06:39:38 AM
Um... I wasn't a kid at the time.   Roll Eyes
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Re: Why the 80s should not be brought back... on: February 14, 2006 06:23:46 AM
 I owned that stuff! That sweater looked wicked awesome with my pegged jeans! I wore my brow band with a flashdance sweatshirt and leggings.

(Am I dating myself?)
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Gifts For Kids Not Clothes, Toys, Or Candy on: November 23, 2005 11:37:19 AM
I feel your pain...... My Mom always says that we have more toys than a toystore (and takes pictures to show her friends all the toys in the basement) and then goes and buys the kids tons of toys.

Anyway, my suggestion would be magazine subscriptions. My 5-year-old son gets Big Backyard and my 3-year-old daughter gets Wild Baby Animals. They love then. We read them every month then cut them up for collages and stuff.

There are all sorts of different magazines for all age levels. Amazon has quite the selection....

Hope this helps!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: passport, $$$, and info pouch for trip??? on: November 22, 2005 06:27:41 AM
I went to Europe several years ago and had a money belt (waist pouch) for my passport, etc. It was very slim (and being plain beige, very ugly) and did fit under my clothes without being bulge-y. I put only my passport, plane tickets, a few cashier's checks and US$20 in it with no problem and wore it inside my pants (under the waistband). I had a backpack (with a small luggage lock to deter pickpockets) for the things that I would need to get to readily, like my cameras, credit cards and pocket money.

The money belt was Samsonite brand (so it's perfectly sized for passports and stuff) and I found it near the suitcases at Target. I think it was about ten bucks.
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Homemade dinner date for the boyfriend on: October 07, 2005 06:24:02 AM
Oops, I was too slow to reply. I second what krebstar5 says - they probably won't be ripe when you buy them. Give them a few days. But I will still say to add lime juice so that the fruit wont turn brown when exposed to the air.

Hey - a free history lesson here: Chocolate was originally from Mexico (the Aztecs/Incans). They drank it sort of like hot chocolate except it wasn't sweet at all. A friend makes it (but won't share his "Abuela's" secret recipe) and it's very cinnamon-y and cocoa-y and yumm-y(?). I think it involves unsweetened cocoa powder, cinnamon and warm milk.
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Need HELP! with Chewbacca costume on: September 02, 2005 12:47:37 PM
My 5-year-old son has his heart set on being Chewbacca this Halloween. (In fact, he's "in charge" of costumes for the whole family this year.) I can sew but don't want to mess with fake fur - either sewing it or him having to wear it to school all day.

I'll paint his face brown with a black nose and the ammo belt/bag will be easy but I'm not sure how to get him hairy. I have an idea to cut lengths of yarn in shades of brown (which I have started buying) to about 4 inches (or 8" folded in half) and somehow affixing them to a hooded sweatsuit. I first thought to sew them in rows all over the top and pants but I still want the "hairs" to appear random. I also thought of sewing the hooded sweatsuit out of some sort of material with holes in it (like football shirts) and "latch hooking" the yarn onto it.

Any suggestions from all you crafty folks will be greatly appreciated!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: help needed: bridesmaid dress pattern for big women on: June 20, 2005 08:00:22 AM
As a larger and busty woman myself, I need to add my two cents:

I, personally love wrap-style (like the Butterick 3843) and surplice tops wear them all the time. I find them very flattering for anyone. It is true that this style can pull at the bust line but, if it is fit properly, that won't happen.

I also need to comment on the assumption to automatically go for dark colors. If there is any sheen to the fabric whatsoever, black or navy look absolutely terrible.

You also have to be very careful with empire waist lines because, if anyone has any sort of belly at all, that style really emphasizes it and is not flattering at all.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Gifts for new moms? on: August 23, 2004 10:09:48 AM
Here's my 2 cents:
Make the family a quick and easy meal. Several friends brought me casseroles along with salad in a bag plus dessert when my babies were first born. It was wonderful knowing that I had a hot meal that just needed to be tossed in the oven.

Another idea that is to give your time. Tell Mom that you are coming over but you don't want to talk to her... She is to take a nap or shower in peace while you watch the baby. I tell ya, naps and showers are very hard to come by with new babies around!
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where can I find plaid? on: August 18, 2004 09:36:04 AM
You should be able to do a web search for "family tartans" (that's what those plaids are called) or "kilts" and find lots of websites. My husband and son are renting kilts for a wedding and family tartans are also sold by the yard from the same catalog. If I recall, the website is scottishlion.com. They have a tartan finder.
10  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Re: restaurants, coffee shops & bars that show art on: August 06, 2004 09:58:10 AM
If I recall, supah, you are near Kalamazoo, right?

Off the top of my head, I know that the Water Street Coffee Joint in Kalamazoo shows work from local artists and I'm sure that there are lots more. I don't get out much anymore (what with all the crafting I'm doing  Wink. Uh, that and I have kids.) but in my college days, it seemed like everyone exhibited local artists. I guess I'd recommend checking out small locally owned restaurants, etc. to see for yourself.

I'm hope I've been helpful.
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