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1  California / California: Central / Paper Habit in Modesto--making double-plus ungood changes on: October 27, 2008 08:13:03 PM
If anyone else is here in Modesto, you'll probably be as bummed as I am that The Paper Habit (aka the only specialty yarn shop around) is closing out its yarn department. 

They're currently having a 30-50% off sale on all their yarn stock (and probably hardware too, but it's mostly geared towards knitters) until they're out...

So... great prices on very very nice fibers, but after a month or so, it's going to be online ordering for most of us who want something beyond the acrylic/wool selections at Joann's, Michael's, and Beverly's, and don't have the gas or gumption to drive to Sacramento.   Sad
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / Legitimately Ironic Tea Cozy! (pic heavy) on: September 03, 2008 12:17:31 AM
Oh Boy!  You gotta love irony-- it's literature's way of saying GOTCHA!!!!
Now, to understand my project here, we'll make like an old-timey movie... words... illustration... words... illustration... ready? ok!

My mom told me that when she was growing up, women of the house and young single ladies would certainly drink socially... sort of.  It was considered rude to be obvious, so the gals found a way around that little obstacle

Fast-forward roughly 35 years, and chickies my age have a whole 'nother issue... Street Cred. (In a manner of speaking)

As a 20-something California girl who has attended University, I am expected to be able to drink my weight in liquor.  But since I have other things on my mind (husband, job, dogs, mortgage, crocheting, reading, etc.) sobriety is a definite plus.  In fact, I was more excited to receive an authentic Japanese tea pot from my bro, than a free bottle of wine from our neighbor... But WAIT! 

SO! after a quick trip to the yarns 'n' hooks purse in the living room

and with the aid of one day off, two dogs, and season 3 of The Golden Girls

I whipped out this little sucker to prove to ANY disbeliever that I can still take a shot like a champ!

It's nice to know that more than three decades after women were encouraged to disguise their hooch as coffee, now I'm trying to pass off my green tea as booze-- now that's ironic  Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / circle skirts: which waist opening? on: April 16, 2008 07:46:36 PM
Since my husband works most nights, I'm always up doing crafty things... recently I found this incredibly soft jersey sheet in the back of our closet and thought "sheet? wouldn't you be happier attiring my bod?" to which sheet replied "duh"

It was a little disconcerting, as you can imagine...

Anyway, I've been plotting a circle skirt to be made, but I'm confused as to the waist opening:
or Slit?

Is there a difference in the hemline?  Or the swingy-ness?  I've seen the 'slit' version labeled a 'disco skirt', whatever that means...

I could definitely use some help from smarter/savvier/more experienced sewers, please!! Huh
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / AMAZINGLY teeny crochet animals! on: January 06, 2008 04:39:32 AM
I was browsing around for a goldfish design, and stumbled across these delightful lil guys-- Those crocheters have the most astounding patience!

(and, if it weren't for my husband barely tolerating all my 'ornamental' projects rather than practical, that lil fuzy bear would be home with me in a heartbeat!) Wink


5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Ovenless turkey? on: November 12, 2007 06:28:03 PM
Due to our work schedules this year, my husband and I are not traveling to So. California for Thanksgiving with my parents as we've done for the last few years...

So I'm determined to have our OWN special dinner for the two of us... and our two dogs (of COURSE!)... but here's the kicker:

we have no oven.

At the moment, our kitchen heating elements are a toaster oven and the gas range... Am I an idiot for trying to cook a turkey in these conditions?  Should I make a dinner of side-dishes only?

If anyone has any ideas, suggestions, or just some support, it'll help me resist breaking into the neighbor's house and cooking ninja-style at 3AM on November 21st. Embarrassed
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