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41  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Help with Printing on Fabric on: November 06, 2008 04:39:39 PM
Little background info: My boyfriend is a chemistry major; he gets ridiculously excited about chemistry and I think it's not only the cutest thing ever but I'm so proud that he found something he's extremely passionate about. Now, for Christmas this year I decided to be old-lady ish (I'm 20) and make him a quilt with the periodic table of the elements. (it's also kind of a pre-housewarming gift since we're moving in together in the spring when my current lease runs up). So this is the image I will be using for reference:

I'm going to simply use rectangles sewed together and insert the right colours in the right places to make the basic table shape. Since I have never quilted before, nor printed on fabric without silk-screening (which I do not currently have access to),  I am swallowing my pride and turning to you other experienced crafters to answer my question:

What would be the best way to print the letters and numbers onto the individual squares to signify the different elements?

I have black fabric paint, but I'm unsure whether I should stamp, stencil, etc. The fabric will most likely be simple cotton because it is easy to work with and I like the texture, not to mention it's amazing for printing (at least as far as silkscreening goes)

Any suggestions would be highly appreciated!!
42  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / the "get-rid-of-all-these-taters!" dinner on: September 28, 2008 09:01:14 AM
Okay, so I am a University student and I live on my own, but every time my mom visits she brings me some kind of food item for my use. Problem is, shes used to having 4 people in the house, 4 of which eat like monsters, (unlike me) so she usually brings atrociously huge amounts of food that mainly go bad before I get to them. Last time she decided it was a good idea to give me a 10lb bag of potatoes, and seeing as theyve been in the cupboard for almost 2 months they are starting to go soft. (Id eaten like 4 up to this point) ANYWAY so on to the goods, I decided to make a huge potato bake that could be refrigerated/frozen once I was done with my first helping. For fun, I made up my own recipe using whatever I had in the kitchen.

Sorry about this picture, by the time it was done we had started drinking and I was just so excited for food I dug into it without taking a picture. It filled 3 of these containers and we ate one. Smiley 

1.   9 round deep-dish glass baking dish
2.   whisk or hand mixer
1.   8-10 small/medium potatoes
2.   200mL milk (I used skim cause thats what I drink but I imagine if you dont care about calories whole milk would be delicious)
3.   200mL water
4.   15mL minced garlic (I used 3 cloves, and fyi I really like garlic/onion so you COULD cut these amounts down a little if you dont)
5.   50-60mL chopped onion
6.   50mL melted butter
7.   15 mL crushed chili peppers
8.   2-5 mL cayenne pepper (I also love spicy food, I used 5mL)
9.   4mL salt (didnt quit fill the 5mL spoon)
10.   2mL pepper
11.   and the university-student telling ingredient: 70mL macaroni-and-cheese-dinner cheese mix(did you know you can buy it on its own at bulk barn!!!? That totally excited me, even though its not quite as good as real Kraft Dinner cheese)

glass dish and taters!!

Preheat oven to 350, and to begin combine milk, water, melted butter, minced garlic, chopped onion, chili peppers, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and KD cheese in a bowl and mix well. (this is where the whisk comes in handy, cause the cheese powder likes to clump, I used this nifty mixer deal that my room-mate has, and which is usually only used for meal replacement shakes, but was incredibly good for this purpose)

Slice the potatoes thinly, and in a large bowl mix with the wet mixture, ensuring that the onion and garlic lumps are evenly dispersed, then move into the baking dish. (I got my hands totally messy doing this, but it works better than a spoon.) The dish should be somewhat half full with liquid under the potatoes. Cover with tin-foil and place in the oven. Let it bake for 30 minutes, then remove the dish and turn the potatoes so that the ones on top sit in the liquid. Re-cover and replace in oven for 30 more minutes, then remove tinfoil. After these 30 minutes I expected it to be done, but the potatoes were not cooked and there was a ton of liquid left. I ended up leaving it in the oven for another hour with the tinfoil off, turning the potatoes 2 or 3 more times, (but our oven is a McLarey Easy from 1963 and doesnt work the best) so I would say just watch it until the liquid is almost all gone, and then it will be done. It turned out pretty delicious, a little cheesy and a little spicy(watch the cayenne- 5mL and its actually rather hot) and full of carbs: just what I like! (oh, and I added some grated cheese on top about 15 minutes before I took it out, and I would recommend some bread crumbs as well but I didnt have any.) Have fun and enjoy, hope you like it!

43  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hair Accessories for Halloween on: September 28, 2008 07:51:29 AM
This year for halloween I decided to be a goldfish (don't ask where the idea came from, it just popped into my head, and it's different!) So I haven't made the dress yet, but I started with accessories, and decided that I wanted seashells in my hair, so I got some small alligator clips from the dollar store and raided my stash of seashells from Italy and England, and I intend to have all of these in my hair!!!

Alligator clips:

Holding the seashell upright to allow epoxy to dry:

The whole gang:

I don't know if you guys remember these, they were popular in the early '90's when I was a kid, but I figured since I have pretty short hair it would be quite effective at making sort of a "fin" with my hair which I will then surround with these seashells:

and just for fun, the great deal i got for my dress: I found these huge nightshirts at wal-mart for $6, so I am using the fabric from that to make most of my dress! (sry it's sideways)

44  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Alesana fan-dolls. gifts for the band members! on: July 30, 2008 06:55:22 PM
Okay so the story is: my sister who is into hardcore music wanted to go to Warped Tour this year. So I volunteered to go with her, since a ska band that I liked was playing anyway. Her favourite band Alesana was playing and it happened to be the screamer's birthday. She wanted to make a cake for them but we figured we'd never get it past security, so instead we made little stuffed dolls of the band members, put them on keychains, gave the b-day one a party hat, and gave those to them as a celebratory thing. It was good fun. they're not too fancy or complicated but we had to do 6 of them in 2 days and we were both working both of those days....but they loved them and said they were to coolest thing they had ever gotten! my sister was thrilled. Smiley enough of my rambing, here they are.

lol sorry about the last picture, I forgot to take a "finished" shot so that picture is on my lap in the car while we were waiting for the gates to open.
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