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181  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Bento Love on: January 28, 2010 03:04:06 AM
Yum yum yum!

When I lived in Seattle I was really into bento because it was super easy to find nice boxes and "accessories", but now that I live in Minnesota and work an exhausting job I feel too lazy to put things in my box.

Maybe I'll have a little fun in the kitchen today! hahaha. You've inspired me to make a nice lunch for my boyfriend to take to work tonight.
182  COOKING / Dessert / Re: rainbow cheesecake...now with two attempts! updated 15Mar08 on: January 20, 2010 12:29:36 AM
Oh my goodness!

I never thought of coloring my cheesecakes. I always make bright, swirly birthday cakes, but I never eat it because I just never really liked cake... and then if I ended up getting a cheesecake (which I like infinitely more than normal cake...) it was always equally as boring looking as normal cake!

Gosh! I was going to try to make a key lime pie this weekend, but I think a funtastic cheesecake may be in order instead!

... or maybe I'll make a funky key lime pie.
183  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Porphyria - Fingerless Gloves on: January 01, 2010 03:06:30 PM
Ooohh, I love it! Especially in those colors.

But what a weird name for a pattern... Porphyria is a skin/nervous system disease. O_o
184  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Glue with Sensitizer as emulsion on: December 13, 2009 08:11:52 AM
Oh wow! I would like to know the answer to this as well! Sounds like it would be a lot cheaper than buying emulsion all the time.

But while you're waiting, you could get some drawing fluid and use that. Its kind of like emulsion, but you paint it on the screen where you don't want ink to go. Or is it the other way around? I just know what to do based on colors. One is drawn on blue, then covered with red, and the blue washes and leaves the red... and then the emulsion is green... ANYWAY.

It's generally a lot cheaper than emulsion, but you can't burn an image into it and it's harder to paint more detailed pieces or do shading. Just a thought if you're really itching to do some printing.
185  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yudu Screen Printing Machine on: December 13, 2009 08:07:15 AM
i am wary of this yudu thing. maybe it's because i learned to screen print using a traditional exposure unit, screens ect. i don't like the how you expose screens with those sheets and the ink costs to much (you can get a big thing of speedball for about the same price) and screens aren't that expensive (hint: cover your wood screen in duct tape - it keeps it from getting warped when you wash it out)

i dunno i think if your gonna get a home printing kit get a gocco!

I learned screen printing the traditional (and messy) way at school, and I personally think the Yudu thing is a waste of money. I saw it on TV at work one day and was kind of appalled at it. It made it seem like screen printing was some magical thing no one had ever heard of before... made me kind of angry, actually... but anyway.

Speedball makes a kit, complete with two screens, three inks (I think... maybe more), drawing fluid, fluid remover, emulsion mix, a squeegee, instructional booklet and DVD, and a printing board (has hinges that connect to your screen to keep it in the same place. Great for layered prints.), for about 100 bucks. The only thing missing is the exposure unit, which is super easy to make with a high watt light bulb and a pie tin.

Making your own screen frames, putting in fabric, and making your own exposure unit and printing board would cut the costs down even more.

But I guess the Yudu is just great for everyone who wants everything right there, right when they wanted it, or who aren't inclined to making their own screens/exposure unit/whatever.

I am kind of curious about these exposure sheets tho. It sounds a lot easier than spreading that green smelly goop all over the place.
186  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Creating a thicker lather with MP soap on: December 13, 2009 07:54:08 AM
I looked for castor oil at the grocery store I work at, and it's 6 bucks for a tiny little bottle (probably no more than 4 or 5 ounces). I haven't been able to get to Target or Walmart lately to look, though. Maybe they're cheaper.

Curse the recent midwest blizzard and my only mode of transportation being a bike! Makes it hard to go anywhere except work...
187  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Creating a thicker lather with MP soap on: December 11, 2009 11:18:19 PM
When I was looking up MP shampoo bar recipes, most of them included castor oil and said it increased the lather.

But I haven't personally tried it yet because the castor oil I found around here was ridiculously expensive.
188  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Firefly quote shirt - Wash's dinosaurs! on: December 03, 2009 08:13:50 AM
I didn't even have to look at the words to know what a stegosaurus + t rex meant. hahaha. *points at screen*

I've been wanting to make Firefly quote tees for a while now. I think the first one I'm going to do is a big picture of Serenity with the quote "Well, my sister's a ship. We had a complicated childhood." and then make my little sis wear it. hahaha.
189  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Cupcake Bath Bombs....with tutorial on: December 03, 2009 07:51:56 AM
I wonder if using liquid soap in place of the water in the frosting would make it more soapy...

Totally going to make these for my little sis for xmas, though! She loves fun bath stuff. (of course, I do too, and will be keeping most for myself. Mwhahaha).
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