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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Pricing on scarves on: April 14, 2009 02:48:37 PM
My school has started selling student arts/crafts in the bookstore, and I want to sell some scarves there, but i don't know what to price them at. They're both plain pink scarves, about 80 inches by 2.5 inches,  made out of this thin yarn I salvaged off an ugly sweater. The fiber is 40% merino, 30% viscose, 20% angora, 10% cashmere.

It's really nice yarn, but I have no idea how much scarves usually go for. Any help?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Kick-@$$ fuzzy pants! on: December 13, 2008 10:46:38 PM
Howdy doody, everybody. It's been a while since I've been around.

So Jo-anns had a Black Friday sale that just couldn't be beat. Polar fleece was $2.99 a yard, even the patterned stuff, plus you got 20% off your entire purchase.

I originally went to get stuff for making christmas presents, but then I saw this fabric and did the math, realizing that I could have a pair of polar fleece pants for $3.60.

Hells YEAH.

I whipped these up using Simplicity pattern 3640. It took about 2 hours; or rather, it would have taken 2 hours if I'd worked at it straight, and the internet didn't keep distracting me. As it was, it took about 2 days to finish Undecided

BUT... now I have awesome fuzzy pants.



The awesome fuzzy pants.



A close up of the fabric.



Me wearing my fuzzy pants in my very messy room.


3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Approximately how large is a 1 year old's head? on: December 09, 2008 08:43:16 PM
I am making a hat and scarf for my cousin's baby daughter, and I'm not sure how big around to make the hat. She is about 14 months old, and neither exceptionally large nor exceptionally small.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / How large is a 1 year old's head? on: December 09, 2008 08:40:59 PM
I am making a hat and scarf for my cousin's baby daughter, and I'm not sure how big around to make the hat. She is about 14 months old, and neither exceptionally large nor exceptionally small.
5  COOKING / Dessert / More oatmeal breakfast bar goodness, this time in mint chocolate! on: December 07, 2008 04:17:19 PM
My first batch of the oatmeal cookies is running dangerously low (already...) so I decided it was time for round two. This time, I attempted to recreate my very favoritest Cool Mint Chocolate ClifBars.

My recipe:
3 c. oats (NOT instant oatmeal)
1 c. flour (I used whole wheat)
3/4 c. applesauce
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1/3 c. milk
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp. mint extract
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Step 1. Mix together the applesauce and sugar.
Step 2. Add the rest of the liquid ingredients.
Step 3. Add all the solid ingredients. Adding the cocoa powder and flour before the oatmeal will make this easier to mix.
Step 4. Form 12 equal bars on a greased baking pan and bake for 10 minutes at 375 F.


The Results:
It definitely doesn't taste like ClifBars, but it doesn't taste bad, either. It was a little to minty (even for me, who loves mint with the great passion of a thousand suns) and not chocolaty enough. I would suggest cutting down to 1 tsp or even 1/2 tsp of mint extract, and either adding more cocoa powder, or adding some dark chocolate chunks. It also has a very different texture from Clifbars; because of the baking soda, they're much lighter and fluffier.
6  COOKING / Dessert / Awesome Oatmeal Cookies/Breakfast Bars on: December 05, 2008 05:56:57 PM
I was searching the intarwebs for a good, lowfat oatmeal cookie that I could eat for breakfast. Kind of like those 90 calorie Quaker breakfast cookies. I found one here (/http://caloriecount.about.com/chewy-oatmeal-cookies-recipe-r435) that I was able to modify for my needs.

First thing I did was take out the raisins. I have never quite been sure why everyone thinks that raisins and oatmeal are best buds. They're not. Raisins are nobody's best bud because they are disgusting and squishy and generally ruin everything they're put in.

I also upped the vanilla and cinnamon considerably, cuz that's how I roll.

My new recipe:
3 c. oats (NOT instant oatmeal)
1 c. flour (I used whole wheat)
3/4 c. applesauce
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1/3 c. milk
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2-3 tsp. vanilla extract
2-3 tsp. cinnamon

1. Mix the applesauce and the brown sugar together until the sugar is completely dissolved.
2. Mix in the egg, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon.
3. Mix in the other dry ingredients. Let it sit for a little while while you preheat the oven to 375 F, grease the baking sheets, and clean up a little. This will let the moisture absorb into the oats.
4. If you want cookies, drop by the teaspoon onto the baking sheets. If you would rather have something more like a breakfast bar, drop about 2 tbsp of dough in a vaguely rectangular-ish form. Bake for 8-10 minutes. I would suggest you make it closer to the 10 than the 8. I took mine out at 8 minutes, paranoid that they would become brick hard once they cooled, but they weren't quite done.

And there you have it. The batch I made came out to about 30 cookies. I ran all the numbers, and here's the nutritional data per cookie:
Calories- 110
Fat-1.5
Carbohydrates-20.5
Protein-3.6

These things are friggin' FANTASTIC. I wish I'd found this recipe 3 months ago so I could have made a bunch up to eat when I had 1st period class every day. I was a little skeptical at first about replacing the oil/butter normally in oatmeal cookies with applesauce, but they turned out very tasty. I would even say you could probably cut out 1/4 c. of the sugar, because they are very sweet.

I will probably do a little dinking around with this recipe to replicate my favorite Clif-Bars. Next on the list is chocolate and peppermint. MMM-mmmm...
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Bath Products made from cheap supplies around the home on: December 01, 2008 03:12:43 PM
Every year I help my old Girl Scout troop make stuff for Trefoil Bazaar, an event where troops bring inexpensive holiday-ish stuff and the girls go around and buy things off other troops. Last year, we had great success with bath salts, and nominal success with sugar scrub.

I'm looking to expand our repertoire, since these make great inexpensive gifts for the girls to buy for their moms, aunts, and big sisters. However, it needs to be inexpensive to make; no jojoba or cocoa butter or extra virgin olive oil. Does anyone have recipes for bath or spa products made with cheap, household products, like rock salt or sugar or baking soda or powdered milk or oatmeal? If so, the troop and myself would be very grateful.

Thanks for your help!
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Super Easy Orange Chicken on: May 01, 2008 06:56:59 PM
My friends and I cook dinner every saturday evening for our Persian organization Wedge Wedge Sideways Wedge. And by "my friends and I", I mean I usually do most of the cooking and preparation. Last saturday I was feeling particularly lazy, so I looked up some recipes online, and kind of mushed them together into a really awesome, really easy orange chicken recipe. It goes as follows:

1 large orange (or 1 cup orange juice)
2-3 tablespoons honey
Dash of pepper
4 Chicken Breasts

Peel the orange and stick it in a blender with the honey and pepper. Blend until there are no chunks of orange left. Put the chicken in a pan, pour the orange glop all over it, and bake it in the oven at 350.

Go find something to do for 30-45 minutes. Take the chicken out once it isn't pink on the inside.

Drain all the sauce that hasn't stuck on the chicken into a saucepan and boil it down for 15-20 minutes. It should start looking less pulpy and more transparent. Pour that over the chicken and voila! Serve with rice.

Also, you could probably shove all this stuff in a crockpot and let it sit for 4-6 hours and you'd get about the same thing.

Happy cooking!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / pretty summer dresses on: April 22, 2008 08:45:46 PM
These are actually from last summer, but it's finally gotten warm enough that I can pull them out of storage and wear them again.

This is from some McCalls pattern. The first is just made out of plain unbleached linen, and unfortunately requires the wearing of either a slip or white undies due to see-through-ness.



The second is made out of some cotton fabric I got at walmart for about $2 before they got rid of their fabric and craft section (those losers.) In case you can't tell through the blurriness, it has white paisley on top of the blue.



10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Another ballgown on: April 18, 2008 02:06:44 PM
My sewing machine is broken  Cry so now I have to get my crafty fix by posting all the stuff I have made here on craftster.

This was supposed to go only a little bit past my knees, so I could wear it for latin dances.



Oops. In any case, it's pretty, and a lot of fun to dance in because of the poofyness. Though it doesn't flatter my tuckus very well...
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