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41  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / newbie questions on: February 20, 2009 08:14:05 AM
I'm thinking about making a quilt for a friends new baby.  I've never quilted before, so I'd like some input.  About how big should it be?  Would it work to use fleece for the backing and leave out the batting?  She lives in California, so it's ok if it's not super warm.  Thanks! Cheesy
42  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / how can I fix this? on: February 10, 2009 08:50:01 PM
I'm doing this for a swap, so I don't want to give away too many details.  I made what was supposed to be a pendant out of shrinking plastic, but I broke the loop for the jump ring off.  Now what?  I think it's too small to drill a hole in.  Is there something else I can do with it?  It's about an inch long and less than half an inch wide.  I know I'm being vague, but I just can't think of anything to do with this little plastic deal.
43  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / No onion, no tomato recipes? on: January 14, 2009 07:18:05 AM
I'm getting a little tired of the fact that most of the things I make (chili, spaghetti, etc.) are tomato based.  As for onions, well they hate me.  I was at a friends house a few weeks ago, he cut up an onion, half an hour later I walked into the kitchen and my eyes started burning!  So, no chopped onions for me then!  Cheesy

Unfortuantly most all of the recipes I've come across have  at least one of these two things.  What are some recipes you guys like that lack these items?
44  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Does everyone who publishes recipes need remedial geometry?! on: January 10, 2009 06:37:48 AM
I have a Betty Crocker cookbook, and one of the recipes tells me to cut a piece of meat into 1/8 inch wide strips, even though the picture clearly shows them to be thicker than that.  And just today I read a cookie recipe that says "roll out a portion of the dough to just under 1/16 of an inch thick" before cutting it with a cookie cutter and putting it in the oven.  Is that even possible?  Wouldnt that burn almost instantly?

What's going on here?  Is everyone trying to get away from the grandma method of preparing things "'till it looks right?" but just making up measurements, not even looking to see how tiny a 16th of an inch really is?
45  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / A-Cen costume, how can I do this? on: October 16, 2008 11:31:28 AM
Now that we've moved to the Chicago area we get to go to Anime Central!  My husband and I were talking about costumes, and he thought it would be cool to go as Ramba Ral from Gundam.  We like to have our costumes go together but I'm way to short to pass as Ramba Ral's wife.  So I decided to make some sort of Gouf-girl costume.  To give you an idea of what I'm talking about, here are some images:


example of a "Gouf-girl:"

I'm not trying to make it exactly like that, but it's the type of thing I'm going for.  I'm just not sure how to go about it.  What kind of materials can I use?  How can I attatch all the pieces?  I may need to remove the shoulder spikes if I want to be in the audience for the masqerade, so those will have to be seperate.  I'm trying to avoid using cardboard, I don't want it to get crushed immediatly.  Any ideas?
46  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / adding pockets on: July 15, 2008 09:56:39 PM
So I've decided that I'm tired of dresses and skirts not having pockets, and now every time I make one, I need to find a way to incorporate them.  I'm working on a dress from this pattern http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M8107.htm?search=8107&page=1 out of a brown cotton with pink rosed printed on it.  I was thinking about doing side pockets, but the only lining type fabric I have is black or fuchia, and I'm afraid that self fabric pockets will stick to the dress fabric and bunch up weirdly, since cotton loves to stick to itself.  I don't really want to go out and buy lining fabric for this one thing, so would a patch pocket be better, or is black ok?  Now that I think about it I might still have some pink lining from my grandmother's stash, but I'm not sure about that either.
47  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Frugal Craftalong on: June 10, 2008 12:08:50 PM
Would anyone be interested in this?  I've made a few things to save money, but I'm running out of ideas, and I'd love to see what anyone else can come up with.
48  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / top from scraps on: May 23, 2008 10:29:18 AM
I had some leftover black stretch velvet, but not quite enough to make a whole top.  No matter how I laid out the pieces, the best I could do was one sleeve short!  So I used some other scrap fabric to make the top half of the front, and made the sleeves 3/4, and I had enough.  I still haven't hemmed it.  I was thinking about using the contrasting fabric to make cuffs so the sleeves would be long enough but I might just leave it.

If anyone is interested, I used Butterick 3344 view C, but raised the neckline.  The neck isn't really lopsided, that's just how it's sitting on my dressform.
49  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dress from 3 yards on: January 16, 2008 01:52:06 PM
I bought 3 yards of fabric to make a skirt, but I decided I want a dress instead.  I can't seem to find any pattern I like though.  It's polyester peachskin, so it's rather flowey, and 45 inches wide.  It's a little too, um, polyester for a summer dress, but I'm not sure if I have enough for anything appropriete for cooler weather.  Does anyone know of any dress patterns or tutorials that would look good for this fabric, that only require 3 yards or less?
50  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Final gift finished! on: November 29, 2007 01:33:32 PM
I just finished this a few minutes ago.  I am finished with Christmas gift crafts, except for the secret santa that we haven't drawn names for yet at work, and the 2 pillows my coworker is paying me to make if she ever gets a chance to buy the fabric for them.

I was inspired by this thread http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=163046.0 but made mine pink, and minus any mettalic parts, as my SIL is allergic to everything.

And now, the picture!
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