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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Etsy vs Artfire? on: September 16, 2010 05:46:49 PM
I just found Artfire today. Never heard of it before. I am not selling anything right now, though I might in the future. For the time being I'm just curious.

Who has a shop where? What do you like/dislike about them? Which do you prefer?

Any other websites you sell at? What do you think of them??
12  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Homemade Yogurt on: August 08, 2010 11:31:09 AM
I've been looking at homemade yogurt recipes. I have the plain yogurt, now I need the recipe to make it.

In the recipes I've found they use different amounts of yogurt. Some are 1 quart milk, and 2 T yogurt while another says 1 quart milk and 1/4 cup yogurt. So why do they use different amounts of yogurt? Would it be better to use more or less yogurt??
13  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Homemade lip balms melt way too fast on: February 20, 2010 10:06:38 AM
All my lip balms melt really quickly. Like the second they touch my lips they turn to mush and it's so hard to use them.

I have used mango butter, shea butter, and cocoa butter. In turn, I have used them all plain.

Is there anything I can add to make them firmer and less likely to turn to mush?
14  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Machine Help on: January 26, 2010 07:18:20 PM
I know this might be a tough one, but I'm taking a shot in the dark.

My mom's sewing machine has been giving me problems. It will be working great one second and the next, it won't be picking up the bottom thread so then it ends up not sewing the material together and it's just a thread sitting on the top. I can't figure out why it's doing that. We also have no clue where her manual is for her sewing machine since it's quite old and it's been moved around a lot in the years. Has anybody else experienced this and know how to fix it??

As well, sometimes the thread will snap for no reason. The thread would be loose, but it will snap as if under a lot of pressure.

I really need to either get this one working or buy my own soon because I'm making my own grad dress and I can't exactly do that without a sewing machine so I'm taking a wild shot, hoping somebody else has experienced this...
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Measurements and drafting on: January 19, 2010 06:30:35 PM
So I am making a dress pattern right now. I have been making my own patterns for clothes for a while but I'm confused about something right now.

I'm doing a paneled dress so I take all my measurements and divide by 6 because I'm making six panels. I have taken all the measurements I need, the measuring tape was loose and I rounded up on my measurements. When I divide, I round up and I'm very exact about it when I draft it out. I add an 1/2 inch seam allowance, though I only sew a 1/4 inch seam.

But yet, the dress did not fit at all from bust down! The above bust/bust/below bust area fit, but then it was too small. I've only done it on a bed sheet so it's no big loss, but I'm curious as to why it ended up so small. I've never had this problem before. And I have checked the numbers and the measurements many times before and after drafting.

I held the measuring tape loosely, rounded up, and added MORE seam allowance than necessary. Shouldn't that mean it would fit? Where am I going wrong?? Sad
16  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Colours, colours, colours. What's best with red hair/blue eyes? on: October 01, 2009 09:00:44 PM
I have never been the best with colours. I'm making my grad dress this year and I don't have much of an idea for colours yet. I plan to scope out material before, but I have two ideas in mind of colours I wouldn't mind. I have blue eyes and red hair. I'm just wondering how these colours would work. Would they look good? Would they accentuate the colour of my eyes/hair? Or would they just look horrible?

This is my hair colour using natural light with the help of flash. (Best picture I could find, so don't mind the shot. I needed a length shot for something else)


And here are the two colours:
First is a blue like this:


The second is the purple dress:


Any other suggestions of what would look good? I'm looking for a darker colour like those two, not pastels or anything.
17  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Runny chicken lasagna? on: September 24, 2009 08:41:14 PM
So I've made three chicken lasagnas. Two different recipes. The last time I used less liquids than before (just didn't have enough). All three times the lasagna has turned out *really* liquidy.

How can I fix that?
18  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Homemade Apple Juice on: September 07, 2009 12:51:25 PM
Does anybody make their own apple juice? And I'm not talking like from a juicer type.

My grandma has various apple trees and she makes apple juice every year. The only kind of apple juice I like. I don't like the store-bought stuff. Tastes funny. haha But, anyway, this year we went and picked a whole bunch of apples from her trees and I'm making apple juice.

Just wondering how everybody does it. If they add anything to it to flavour it a bit differently.

My mom has a recipe where you just put the cut up apple chunks and boiling water in a bowl and let it sit for 24 hours then you add sugar to it. It tastes really good.
19  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Best way to freeze dill?? on: August 27, 2009 07:15:37 PM
What's the best way to freeze dill?

I just got a whole bunch of dill from my grandma's and I've never used dill before. We've never even had dill in our house before!
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How to fix faded black clothes? on: August 27, 2009 03:55:46 PM
I have some capris that were soo nice! They fit perfectly and they looked awesome. Except they were black..and now they've faded...and it sucks. lol

Anybody know how to fix that?

And I think from now on I'll be more careful. I've never had much of a problem before with blacks fading.
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