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2161  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Old jeans = toddler dungarees *link to tute* on: February 25, 2008 07:23:00 AM
thx for the tute! they are fab, and I have pairs of jeans to chop up all the time- my hubby's an engineer and the crotch always goes first  Roll Eyes
2162  COOKING / Dessert / Re: ice cream igloo cake with penguins on: February 22, 2008 07:08:29 AM
your penguins look like Pingu!!! my daughter would worship you like a god lol!!!

(http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/pingu for non brits)
2163  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Banana Split cake on: February 22, 2008 07:00:39 AM
wow! that looks yummy!
2164  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Multi use marinade-works on meat AND veggies. on: February 22, 2008 02:46:58 AM
I just wanted to pass on a recipe which has so much flavour you'll die and works with just about anything (I've so far used it on both meat and veggies). I served the veg version of the recipe to some vegans as an alternative to our new years meatfest and they loved it- as did the meat eaters!!!
I'm fairly sure it would work with fish too but I've not tried it. it's one of my store cupboard staples.

1 bunch fresh corriander, stalks included- to measure, put your first finger tip against your thumb knuckle- that's the diameter of the bunch you're looking for lol! alternatively by a coriander plant from a store and chop it up mercilessly. don't use coriander powder, it has a different taste.
1 fat red chilli, finely chopped- OR 1tsp (ish, to taste) dried chilli flakes. don't use the powder in this, it doesn't work as well.
juice of half a lemon, plus zest
4 cardamom pods cracked open and their contents smashed- don't use cardamom powder, it loses flavour too quickly
1 garlic clove shmooshed or finely chopped
3 pinches dried oregano- fresh is good, but oregano if one of the few herbs that really works better when dried.
very finely chopped onion- small onion for this, about 2 in in diameter
2 tbsps oil- any flavourless oil works
salt and pepper to taste- i use multi-pepper, the red, green, white and black corns you can get in some delis and supermarkets 'cos they rock, but black works really well too.

basic marinade
mix it all in a bowl except the oil. add the oil bit by bit until you have a chunky paste mixture. then spread over your chosen meat. rub in well. scoring the surface of the meat works well too. oven bake until done, remembering to turn halfway through and baste with any remaining marinade.

to do with veg, choose harder veggies that will stand up to being oven blasted.I like a mix of celeriac, parsnip, carrot, swede, potato and sweet potato. cut them into bite size chunks, mix with marinade, stick in a deep roasting tin or lasagne dish and cook until they are tender- make sure you remember to turn them occasionally.

interetsing pasta sauce
make up marinade but use less oil. pour over some vine tomatoes which have been scored on the bottom. place in a lasagne dish and bake until the toms go soft, basting regularly with the marinade. remove from oven and allow toms to cool. remove stalks and then either mash with a fork or blend if you like it smoother. you can remove the skins if you are that way inclinde but I never do 'cos i can never be bothered. add any left over marinade so long as it's not touched meat.
stir into hot spaghetti or taggliatelle. the heat of the pasta will heat the sauce up. remember, it's to coat the pasta not leave it swimming.

lamb koftas
for 2 people i use 250g lamb mince. I mince my own 'cos it works out cheaper but the packet fresh stuff works really well. frozen isn't quite so good, but it still works
handfull rolled oats
egg yolk if wanted

reduce the oil in the marinade to just a dribble. mix the marinade into the lamb. you can do this by hand or use a processor but I prefer the texture hand working gives. it is messy though.
once it's mixed, squidge a bit in your hand to see if it sticks together. if not add an egg yolk. if this makes it too wet, add a handful of rolled oats or breadcrumbs- it's all about balance.I use oats because I don't have that much bread about; yet I always have oats.
take a small lump and fry it until done, taste and adjust seasoning in the mixture.
now roll into sausage shapes and brown off gently in a pan. if you like your lamb pink you can serve it once they're browned off, but I don't so I then grill or bake them for 10-15 mins until thoroughly cooked.
serve with salad in pita breads, chapattis, tortillas... whatever flatbread you have.
I like yogourt on mine, my hubby likes Brother BruBru's sauce or Lingham's Chilli.

Please let me know if you try this, I'd love to know what others think about it 'cos it's a firm family favorite here.


2165  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 24 ENTRIES / Re: Not-A-New-Me Digital Scrapbook (img heavy) on: February 22, 2008 01:46:06 AM
I love this, I so want to make one to pass to my daughter! I never thought of doing it and getting it printed as a picbook!!!

for crafters in the uk i can highly recommend www.photobox.com as printers for photo books. they're the company I use to get any of my commissioned work printed for clients. And their courier service is amazing if you're pushed for time.
2166  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 24 ENTRIES / Re: drink more water bracelet on: February 22, 2008 01:28:01 AM
wow that is soo cool! it's like a baby kick bracelet I saw when I was pregnant; only that had 10 beads instead of 8.
2167  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 24 ENTRIES / Re: Sweat, baby, sweat! on: February 22, 2008 01:26:31 AM
fabbo dress.

do bear in mind muscle weighs more than fat and if you do a huge amount of muscle building (and belly dancing does a lot of muscle building and toning) your bmi will never be low- but you will still be healthy. bmi is not a helathy way to base a diet. just a heads up from an ex-anorexic.
2168  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: My version of Kimberlina's Reversible Retro Wrap Jumper Top on: February 22, 2008 01:12:40 AM
yay for a bumbo shot!!!
love the dress, adore the smile!
2169  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Reversible Retro Wrap Jumper Top- NEW Semi-TUTE (Way IMG heavy) on: February 22, 2008 01:02:54 AM
omg that is sooooooo cute and I have the PERFECT material for one! thanks so much for the tute. Think I'm gonna annoy my hubby and try that this evening while he's trying to watch telly *evil laugh*!!!

Oh, and bit o'trivia for ya: according to general copyright law, you were right not to post the actual pattern as due to the age of it it wont become copyright free for another 20 years  Shocked 50 years is the general cut off point, but this can vary for things like books which have been reprinted and are therefore technically less than 50 years old.

mind you I can't really see simplicity sueing anyone for breach of copyright this old- but then again, better safe than sorry.
2170  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My Mei Tai thingummy (inc a very pic heavy tute) on: February 21, 2008 10:44:26 AM
I decided to make a back carrier to put my squidge in because she gets bored in the buggy, but she still has very little legs and gets tired easily. I figured, even if she hated it it'd keep me sane for a while AND I've just found out my uncle and aunt are expecting so there'd be someone for it go to!
I liked the tutes I'd seen on other sites, but thought  could improve on the design/ease of making a little. It's taking ideas from Scandis and Mei Tais mainly, with a little bit of me thrown in to boot lol!!!

Select your materials, a decorative outer, a heavy duty inner (it will eventually be folded double) and some medium heavy material for straps. I used home tye-dyed cotton, cotton based upholstry canvas and calico. Plus a little decoration in the form of a flower.

I made the straps according to another tute I found online, 12" x 90" for the shoulder straps and 10" x 90" for the waist ones.
For the body piece I used inner material (the red canvas) which was the same size as a standard UK/US pillow case.
the cotton was slightly larger for seam allowances. This body piece will be folded in half and end up double layered and about 18" x 12" approx.

I started off by covering a stain on the dyed fabric with a flower and did my first bit of machine appliqu.

it's a bit wonky but not all that bad.

Place the canvas on the cotton so it is centred. fold over and tack all edges. check it's all even with no rucks or creases, then sew. I sewed all sides first, leaving about 1/2 cm gap where corners were, then folded them in and sewed them separately.

you should have something like this:

I then set about hemming the shoulder straps. I originally tried to use my hem rolling foot on the machine but it's not keen on frayed fabric and raher than painstakingly trim it, I decided to make a feature out of it by using decorative but structural sewing, and a double needle on the machine.

Now take the end of the shoulder strap which will be attached to the body piece and fold it like this:

then sew to hold. I used a triple running stitch. which is incredibly strong.

Now do that again with the other shoulder strap. once done, put aside, have a break.

fold a waist strap in half lengthways. sew along long side.

do this with both. Now to get them the right way out, I was going to use my normal trick of concertina-ing it all down onto a surgical clamp... but there was just too much material so I had to resort to something else...

my kitchen roll holder.

if you knwo a better way to do this, or don't have a similar holder, don't panic- this is just what I did.
I inserted holder into waist strap thus:

concertina'd waist strap down onto holder, pinned the two sides together and pulled.....

then I pressed them flat and hemmed one end of each.

to attach the shoulder straps, position them against the top corners, put them against the side of the material which will be the INSIDE of the backpack... Sew an X box (not the console lol!!! if I could do that I'd be the best wife in the world to my hubby lol!!!) ok so mine turned out more of an X Trapeziod but you get the idea.

I did my X box in the really strong triple running stitch again. bugger to unpick if a mistake happens, but it rocks on safety.

surgical clamps have many uses

now you should have a rectangle with cut off corners and 2 long ties attached to one of the short ends.
fold up the other end until it matches the end with the ties sewn on. I do hope this makes sense, my camera batteries started to die!!!

place a pin  or mark with chalk where the fold is on both edges and unfold.

line up your waist straps with this mark so that what will be the bottom edge of the waist straps is in line with the marks. overlap the straps, and pin in place. tack, again making sure they will be sewn to the INSIDE of the carrier.

I overlapped my waist straps and sewed a couple of centimetres of just straight stitching to hold them in place a bit more.

Sew an x box on each side just before the edge of the body material.

you should now have an oblong with blunt corners which is this shape, including the straps:
(my camera gave up the fight for battery life and died...it takes 45 mins to recharge)

if it looks like this you went wrong somewhere:

fold up the bottom (strapless) half to meet the top, align and overstitch. This time I only used the double running stitch rather thn the triple. still strong.
this is what shape it should now be.

you're ready to try it on... I used these instructions: http://www.freehandbaby.com/wear-baby.php

this was just a quick tie and Fluff's feet were tucked under her 'cos she didn't want to be photographed.
please ignore mess and flabby arms lol!!!

I love this thing. already today we have been for a walk and Princess's really happy in it.
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