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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Suddenly lactose intolerant! on: August 21, 2010 01:22:29 PM
So, in the last few weeks, I've suddenly become lactose intolerant.  Apparently, it's pretty common to become lactose intolerant over a short period of time as you get older.  Anyway, after trying those lactase pills, I've found they don't work very well, and the experience was so unpleasant I'm very wary of eating anything with dairy now.  Anyone here have lactose intolerance?  What foods do you find you can and cannot eat? 

Are baked goods with milk in them fine, or a no-go?

Can I still eat butter and things made from butter and/or cream? 

I hear that yogurt and other cultured dairy products are easier to digest, is this true?

If lactase pills don't work, do lactaid milks work?  I tried some before and it seemed fine, but it seems that day by day I get more sensitive about it.

Thanks everyone!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sewing stiff-fabric skirt to stretch bodice... on: June 21, 2010 06:28:42 PM
I have seen some tutorials on similar things, but I'm not sure any of them are completely accurate.  I have a satiny sort of material that I want to gather and sew to a stretchy bodice to make a complete dress.  I'm pretty much a novice at sewing clothing, and the only time I ever did something similar I accomplished it basically by stretching the bodice over my knees and sewing it straight on, but unfortunately that really stretched out the top. Some people have suggested gathering the skirt first, pinning it on, and sewing with a "stretch stitch" (and I have no idea what kind of a stitch that is) but it seems that would be really stiff, and I'm trying to avoid having any sort of closure - I'd rather be able to slip this over my head.  I'd really appreciate any advice anyone has for me, and definitions of terms if possible!
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Dog poop? Why not? on: April 03, 2008 05:52:16 PM
Of course, my first post here would be something completely bizarre.

A while ago, I was cruising craft and art sites, and noticed a strange trend of charms, plushies, prints, and the like of some of the most disgusting things I could think of: pee, toilets, vomit, toilet paper, and, the most popular, poop.  And, the strange thing was, they were all just so cute that people were buying them as fast as people could make them.

So, of course, I had to do it differently.

Dog poop earrings, and, of course, a matching dog poop pendant on a dog collar!  I had to look at dozens of pictures of dog poop, rubber and real, to get the shape and texture right.  When I showed them to my dad, who works at a treatment plant, he assured me that they were quite accurate...disgustingly so.

a closeup of the earrings...and that's false fur in the background, by the way!

My version of an action shot...that's real fur in the foreground, by the way!

Closeup...he was a very good sport!

Enjoy!  Or...something!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Friendship bracelet pattern search on: February 15, 2008 06:15:08 PM
Hello, all...this is unfortunately my first post after lurking here for over a month, but I was thinking about things I could make between classes (I have a two hour break some days, which can be annoying if I don't have any work to finish), and I thought about making friendship bracelets again.  I searched for a long time, though, and couldn't find a particular pattern I used a lot when I was in high school.  The pattern I'm looking for is a simple two-color one in the shape of daisies with no border around them.  Sort of like:
      x x
    x  a x
      x x
      x x
    x  a x
      x x

but I'm not really sure if that was it, or if that would be even possible to do in the friendship bracelet style.  I can't remember the thread count, either, only that it was very thin, probably four to six threads.  I might have seen it in a craft book in my high school library or something, but I couldn't for the life of me find anyone who had even made a bracelet in that pattern so I could look at it and try to do it from scratch.  Does anyone know how to do this pattern? 

Thanks much!

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