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641  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: eco-craftalong on: July 26, 2007 05:20:34 PM
As far as paper vs washing and drying cloth, I feel that reusable is almost always better than disposable.  The electricity that the dryer uses would just keep going down the power lines, it's not like it gets saved for later if you don't use it, unfortunatly.

That said, I air dry everything, because it costs $1.50 a load.  I use drying racks inside.  I have a pretty small apartment, 550 sq ft, but I can fit two racks in front of my patio door, or one in my bathtub.  If I wash in the afternoon everything is usually dry by morning.
642  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: First Skirt Ever! Whatcha think? plus Circle Skirt Discussion on: July 24, 2007 10:00:01 AM
Problem #1

Your math is fine but you forgot one equation: Stretchy Fabric + cutting on the bias = very stretched out waistline.  Next time starts smaller, You can always trim it down to make it bigger, but once it's too big it won't get smaller.

Problem #2

There are a variety of things that can cause this.  Try pressing it out again first, it could be just that it needs more ironing.  Other potential culprits are using the wrong needle for knits (should be ball point, not sharp) or using a straight stitch instead of a zig zag or stretch stitch.
643  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: eco-craftalong on: July 19, 2007 01:31:36 PM
I'm getting in on this late, but better late than never, right?

I just finished making a swiffer wet-mop cover.  I took one of my husbands old standard issue Army towels that are too small to be bath towels but to big for hand towels.  I folded it in half, cut it to fit, pinned elastic to one edge inside, sewed only that edge, turned it right side out, then attached the elastic to the other side.  It only took me about 20 minutes, and that was including testing it out mopping my kitchen.  It works great!  At least as well as the disposable kind.
644  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Some of my clothes I've made.. Tut for apron dress pg 4 & seminole patchwk pg 5 on: July 14, 2007 10:12:13 AM
You've done an excellent job on everything!  I like how much more proffessional the patches look when sewn on the diagonal.  I'd like to try one of the dresses, but I think I'm going to put a panel under the lacing and make wide non ajustable straps to cover my bra.
645  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tiered, layered and fluffy tulle petticoat on: July 12, 2007 10:17:56 AM
It looks very nice.  The satin binding would look nice, but it will make the hem flare out more, which may or may not be what you want.
646  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Red with white polka-dots; rockabilly dress on: July 11, 2007 10:01:33 AM
Nice job!  I love that pattern.
647  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: College/Cheap but not horribly unhealthy ideas on: July 06, 2007 02:21:57 PM
I like the pre-cooked rotisserie chickens.  they're easy, versatile, and cheaper than whole raw chicken (at least where I live).  Here's what I do with them:

Meal one: Grocery day
serve still hot chicken with spinach from a frozen package

Meal two: with pasta
Boil pasta, Drain
heat cream soup in noodle pot (I use cream of mushroom) and thin with a little milk
Add some shredded chicken and the noodles to the pot, stir and serve

Meal three: Chicken Noodle Casserole
Boil noodles, drain
shred 1-2 cups chicken, scrape off all the remaining usable meat
use one cup or whatever is left from the spinach in meal one
combine chicken, noodles, cream soup, spinach, and a little milk in a baking dish
top with parmesan cheese and bits of butter
Bake at 350 for 30-40 min in a conventional oven, 20 min for a toaster oven
Serves 2-4

This all costs me about $17, with plenty of leftover milk, parmesan, butter, and noodles.
648  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Rachael Ray... love and hate. on: July 06, 2007 01:33:41 PM
I agree that she has too many shows.  I mean she has 4 shows on Food Network and her network talk show.  I can't think of anyone else off the top of my head who has 5 concurrent TV shows.
649  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Clothing Accents...Hats hats hats..and my first post.. on: July 05, 2007 02:15:00 PM
Those are very pretty.  Are they as small as they look?  If so, how do they stay on?
650  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Cheap AND Diabetic friendly recipes? on: June 28, 2007 12:00:54 AM
Those sound good so far, thanks!  I might try the tuna salad myself.

Thanks Pheather.  It's amazing the difference now that he's got everything under cortrol and two years ago when he started getting sick.
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