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91  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Hey you Vegetarians! I have a question on: May 05, 2007 04:57:51 PM
Ducky~

Hey there and good for you!! and PLEASE do not worry about the poster with the unhealthy friend, being a vegetarian or vegan does NOT make you unhealthy.  As with any eating plan omni veggie or otherwise, you just need make sure you are eating healthy.  It turns out most meat eaters get waaaay too much protein, I guess the western diet is full of it.  Just be smart about your food and aware of what nutrients you need and which you are getting.  I quit eating meat when I was about ten, that was when I discovered factory farming.  About the fishing thing, I always told people if I ate any meat again it would be raised/ killed in a "responsible" manner.  For example, my dad goes and hunts a deer, full grown in his natural habitat, or an egg from my neighbor's chicken (in the suburbs lol:))  I would be more likely to eat either of those examples.  I will never eat something raised in corporate farm "free range" nonsense or otherwise.  That said, it took me quite a long time to go completely vegan.  I am allergic to dairy and it was still hard to cut cheese out of my diet!  The easiest way to just stop eating these things?  I would say go to a chicken or egg manufacture.  If you can't do that, go online and look up pictures, commentaries, and videos of these places.  Seriously, eventhough you know these things are going on, it is different to see it.  If you think phasing out is best for you, by all means go for it that way.  It was easier for me to just go cold (veggie?) turkey.  And if you really miss meat you can find animal and environmentally friendly substitutes everywhere!  Even if it takes you a while or you have a lapse, take it easy on yourself- just think, each time you pass on some meat you are doing a good thing Smiley  Research will be your best friend, online you can find answers to all your questions, recipes, everything!  Try the veg links from PETA.com, veganlunchbox.com, and www.RMAD.org (although this is rocky mtn region I think they will send their free guide to being veg to anybody!).  The links from PETA also have a free guide and recipe booklets they will send you.  oh my! I just typed far more than I intended! LOL I just sorta got going....my bad!!  Heh, anyways, if you have ANY questions feel free to PM me (i sure am no expert, but I can always point you in the direction of one:))  I can even pull out some cookbooks and help you find some recipes your whole family will like Smiley Keep up the great work and enjoy your food!!!
92  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Re: What are you making your Mum for mothers day?? on: May 05, 2007 04:21:40 PM
manda,
     I know what you mean about the broke part Cheesy  When I was younger and lived with my mum and couldn't drive I would usually get her a present at work (aka books)  but she always liked the cards I made her best.  If you do any crafting or scrapbooking you will already have all the mats and skills you need!  Try using fun, free/cheap stuff if you don't have any of those fancy expensive supplies from jo-anns.  Parts of magazines, postcards, scraps, things like that- all mums seem to like anything that you put time and effort into, even more than a purchased gift.  Or one year, after I had recently learned to knit I made her a cute little belt which could also be a skinny scarf when it is cooler outside.  If I have some brilliant ideas I will let you know Cheesy
93  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Awesome new boho skirt!! on: May 05, 2007 04:03:47 PM
I love your skirt so much!!  I am going to go get that pattern and try it out myself!  How tall are you?  I'm afraid the skirt might come out too short and I'm not very good with altering patterns Sad Maybe I will do a dummy dress first.... I hope I can find some fabric like yours too! Cheesy If it turns out okay I will post it Cheesy
94  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: House Rabbits Need Crafty Goodness, too! (any ideas?) on: April 14, 2007 12:28:25 AM
Hey all,

I know this post is not new, but I still decided to reply.  First off, the absolute best play thing for a bunn is another bunny!  Almost all rabbits need another for companionship (a few are loners), and humans just can;t give the same kind of love ( i mean, do you want to lick out their ears...)lol
 For a house, we built the kind with the neat cubes with a short wood border for stability and chewing fun.  We looked at all sorts of bottoms at the hardware store and picked out one that turned out to be a dry-erase board type piece-its a little slippery so we make sure there is lots of hay and grass mats.
For toys, we like to pick up cheap baby toys like keys and rattles for them to chew and throw around.  Fun things to craft involved anything which can be stuffed with hay and other goodies: toilet paper tubes stuffed and then wrapped in brown paper, rattan 'tacos' (take one of those rattan paper plate holders, fold in half like a taco, stuff with goodies and then 'sew' up with raffia; tie up wooden beats/shapes and bells with raffia to hang from the cage; their absolute favorite toy ever is the huge 'bunny play-house' my boyfriend built them out of various cardboard boxes and pieces- it had a balcony and different rooms, many sealed off with a small hole in the side to encourage them to create doorways, and boy did they!! those only last so long before a new one is needed however Smiley and as someone else mentioned phonebooks left around the house provide much entertainment!!  One of the best things about leaving magazines and such around is that the bunns think they are being all sneaky and destroying something important, hiding when you look at them hehe.  Old towels and washcloths hanging around are good also.  The House Rabbit Society shelter shop near me sells handmade mason jar lid rings with little bells that they *love* throwing.  One of the fun, cheap toys they use for the shelter bunnies is a small orange juice can, emptied, with a ball or bell in side and then tape the small hole on top-a wonderful DIY rattle.   Other favorite toys are my stuffed animals i give them to snuggle with and play with ( i have a wonderfully awful story of the humping of a poor monkey toy....) 

As for keeping bunnies away from things:  use regular plastic tubes to cover cords or try the citrus-infused kind sold to keep them from chewing.  no matter how well hidden, it is dangerous to leave the bunns around any cords unsupervised.  For furniture and walls/trim try using either bitter apple or a bar of soap rubbed on there-very successful.  When we need areas of the apartment blocked off we make little gates of the neat cube parts. OH YEAH- as we all know a bored bunny is a destructive bunny!! so you gotta keep them busy and switch toys a lot.  we were having a problem with Lizzie digging so we got them a digging box- a closed in cat's litter box with a doorway and we fill it with extra litter (they actually do not use it for a litter box still).  a few treats in there make the digging extra fun- and best of all she quit digging in the carpet and in her litter box (which threw horrible stuff everywhere!).  Oh my, I cannot believe how LONG this post ended up, I just got on such a roll.... and the binkeys going on around the room have been keeping me inspired Cheesy

I am so sorry for all the blabbering!! I know i repeated a bunch of things, but I hope I may have helped someone!  I have a million more ideas if anyone has other questions or discussions or whatever, feel free to reply or pm me......Keep on with the bunny love!! Cheesy
I wish I knew how to add a picture, when I figure it out I will put a photo of the bunns up.
95  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bunny Travel bags on: April 13, 2007 11:40:59 PM
That sounds like a cool idea!  I once carried one of my late bunns in my yorkie's pouch....she wasn't that happy lol.  Her partner was waaay to big for me to carry like that, heh.  Our two bunns now are only 3 and 3 1/2 pounds each so they would probably fit into a tote....  When we take them places we use a hard doggy carrier that opens in the front and also separates the top half from the lower half for easy bunn-picking-up.  Sorry I'm not really any help, but I look forward to seeing what you come up with Cheesy

96  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: soles for ballet flats? on: April 13, 2007 09:41:37 PM
Do you have a pattern for ballet flats you are using? or are you just winging it? I haven't been able to find any that I like so I want to make some (in lime green) <grin>
97  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Faygo belt on: April 13, 2007 01:36:54 PM
Sid,

It would be brilliant if we could work out some kind of trade for those labels!! I'm not sure what I have to offer heh- lets see, colorado stuff.... want some of the snow outside? or Coors? lol I'm just kidding, let me know if there is something I can do for you! I've never done a craft swap before, maybe this can be my practice one Cheesy  I knit, sew, embroidery/ needlework, cook vegan food, and whatever other various and silly ideas pop into my head Smiley Also, my bf does stained glass and paints.... So, if there is something you would like I could make or get for you in return for some labels I would be more than thankful! 
What about some type of ICP belt buckle? Would that make it guy-y enough? Or only dark colored labels or something??
98  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Faygo belt on: April 11, 2007 10:08:57 PM
Sid- I *love* the belt!  I am going to have to make one now! (if its okay with you that i copy your design  Smiley)  I just have to figure out where I could get some faygo labels around here..... anyone know where to buy fago near Denver??  My boyfriend still has a faygo bottle from an ICP concert (his fav band lol).  Hmmm....do you have an idea how I could make this belt really, uh "masculine"?  That would be such an amazing gift!! I am sooo un-creative, anyone have any ideas/suggestions how I could turn this into a bf gift?
   Thank you thank you!
        Suri
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