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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / suggested machines for under 100$? on: June 11, 2010 09:14:17 PM
So my mom has a 30+ year old sewing machine that I am currently using and it work (even if it is finicky) but I am not going to be living at home much longer so I would like to get a machine of my own.

I don't have too much spare cash so I am looking the under 100$ range. I don't need anything fancy or new. I just need a machine that is reliable and can do a zigzag and straight stitch. A machine that has s smooth and even speed would be ideal (but I am use to one that is extremely finicky). Any suggestions?
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / excellent first sweater on: June 07, 2010 05:49:51 PM
So the crocheting saga continues with the creation of my first sweater! I know that sweaters may be a little out of season but I started it when it was in season. Then I proceeded to forget about it till this week when I busted out some mad skills and finished the bad boy. I hope you enjoy this crazy patternless sweater garb.



questions? comment? I'm interested and willing to help!

*lots of questions were answered in page 2 of the post. Also a ghetto pattern was added!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pleated Apron on: January 06, 2010 08:48:27 AM
 Just finished this rad apron. Now no one will be as stylish as me in the ceramics studio!

I hope you like it.
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Backpacking on a Buget: DIY Soda Can Stove! on: May 25, 2009 05:39:57 PM
Hey I'm back again!

Anyways my family was going on a weekend backpacking trip and I being a good daughter decided to help out and do a little research for the trip. As part of this research I came across this totally rad site about light weight backpacking http://www.ultimate-ultralight-backpacking.com/alcohol-stove.html and oh man any progress I would have made on planing the trip disappeared. I spent the better part of the next hour making the most kick ass stove ever.

my dad cooking some soup

close up on the stove

Why is this stove so awesome you ask?
-It weighs 3 oz which is super nice when you are carrying everything around on your back
-It is quick to make
-It's made out of everyday items
-It's a act of recycling
-It runs on 90% isopropyl alcohol that can be found next to rubbing alcohol at any local pharmacy
-The 90% isopropyl alcohol can be carried in plastic containers that is a lot lighter than the aluminum containers which most stove fuel needs
-The only thing you have to pay for is the fuel which compared to most stoves prices (in the hundreds) is a steal
-Once you get it started it cooks for food very fast
-It's fun for the whole family and more

A look at the rock portion of the stove

It's some serious awesomeness! Mine burns for about 20 min without refilling. I have plans to add a extra component to make the lighting process easier. Right now I just put a spoon of alcohol on a rock and place the unit on top before lighting the alcohol on the bottom. Sounds weird I know but it work pretty well.

Also I want to try out a few different stove versions such as the hobo stove also on the website mentioned above. There are versions all over the place on the web that can be found with a little research. I am adding a few websites but I am sure their are loads more. Or just U-Tube it the videos are super helpful.


The last one is the next one I plan on making!

Hope you guys also enjoy this as much as me! If you have any questions about the stove just ask!

Tomfoolery on the trail with a well fed woman!

Also check out this great idea we had for crocks.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Purple Grocery Bag of Doom Meets Fat Cat on: June 25, 2008 10:47:15 AM
I saw some cool grocery bags a bit ago and thought i would make one.

The bag with normal groceries (and the new David Sedaris book I am so pumped to read.) Its actually more of a purple color but the camera does not like me.

The bag with my fat cat in it.

my fat cat fleeing the bag.

Its all done without a pattern using some natura wintuk quality royal purple yarn. Its a little bigger then I would like cause when I put heavy things (like the cat) in it stretches.

Hope you like.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / reversible hat on: May 30, 2008 09:01:30 AM
So my family has two boxes filled with yarn that that no one really uses so i have decided to make some nifty things out of all the extra yarn to free up space.

This hat was inspired by a broomstick lace stitch and has a different look on the inside and outside. I used a hood sized 1/2.75 mm... its the smallest hook i have ever used.

Both top views:

A side view:

Two different details (one of each side):

Hope everyone enjoys it!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Large Mens Shirt to Smaller Women's Shirt w/ Stencil on: May 24, 2008 01:43:40 PM
So i had this huge plan black T in my closet that didn't fit and was just collecting dust. I cut it up and made a smaller shirt after adding this freaking awesome stencil of an old man I found in a National Geographic mag. I stenciled the cloth last night and made the shirt this morning. I am really pumped about the results!

Me in the porch with my groovy old man shirt. (we have the best weather today)

Close up of shirt. My sister on her cell phone. It fits her better than me!

The image that inspired it all!

Hope you all like. This was my very first stencil and I am hooked!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / First Posting- a Bag and Hood Scarf on: May 20, 2008 12:24:34 PM
I was poking around on Craftster for the last few weeks and am obsessed. So it is high time for me to post what I have been doing recently.

This bag I made out of postal string, which is a pretty awesome material to work with. It took me a while and the strap stretches a little more than I would like it to but I take it pretty much everywhere. It's crazy useful!


Yesterday I finished this nifty scarf/ hood thing. I am sure it has a name but I cant remember it. It is freezing where I live so it is nice to have something to snuggle up in. So much for spring

Hope you enjoy!
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