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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re:Yarn - bits & pieces on: April 06, 2004 04:54:51 PM
eep!  Sounds like good stuffing for a pillow or stuffed animal, to me.
22  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re:Vegan Recipes on: April 06, 2004 04:51:44 PM
I've always just used water, not coffee-- but I like to do up fancy frostings in mocha, peanutbutter, almond, raspberry, etc.

PB frosting is especially easy as you can just whip pb directly into powdered sugar, and drip soy/rice/almond milk (or water) in til it reaches the right consistency.

A note on powdered sugars: powder your own using the blender!  That way you can use fructose crystals or organic cane sugar-- something that doesn't use animal bones to make it shiny white.
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re:How to make an insulated lunch bag? on: April 06, 2004 01:35:13 PM
Oooh ooh!  I would use a nylon twill type of fabric-- you need something that will either repel or wick water, not absorb it.  And I think I'd sandwich that styrofoam sheeting used for packaging in between two pieces of it.

For a pattern-- why not use a traditional brown paper bag?  You'd just need one big rectangle for the sides, which you'd sew at the ends to make a circle-- the sides of the bag-- and a rectangle or square for the bottom.  Does that make sense?

24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re:Men's v-neck sweater -> Distressed Cardigan on: April 06, 2004 01:16:37 PM
This is fabulous!  So often I pass by misshapen and ill-fitting sweaters at the thriftstore because restructuring a knitted garment via sewing seems as scary as trying to mix oil and water.  Thanks Anna!

25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:tried to make a shirt, don't have enough fabric. what can i do with knit fab on: April 06, 2004 01:13:37 PM
knit fabric is da bomb because it's stretchy and forgiving of design/pattern/tailoring.  How about making a tank top, a skirt, a hat, a shrug, gloves, mittens, or a pet bed.

You could also buy more fabric and sew it on to the edge where you need the extra inches.  It could be another color and/or pattern, and it'll be a surprise exactly where the new fabric will show up, since you'll have sewn the two pieces of fabric together before laying and cutting out the pattern pieces.

Good Luck!
26  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Coffee Tins, Glass Jars, Plastic Containers on: April 05, 2004 12:59:48 PM
what material, size, shape are they?  

They sound like they'd make cool covers for white xmas lights, to me.  If the tops seal well, they'd make great spice containers-- blue would keep out the light that spoils the flavor compounds.
27  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re:ATC Round Robin on: April 05, 2004 08:46:38 AM
I'm interested.  Are we going to have a theme?  
28  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re:Vegan Recipes on: April 04, 2004 06:12:41 PM
Awesome, J/A/S/O/N-- I've used that basic recipe for a friend's layered wedding cake, and everyone loved it.  

I've even substituted olive oil for the veg oil and rice wine vinegar for the vinegar (I usually use white) cos that's all I had.  The effect was very rich, receiving more complements than usual.

I really love How It All Vegan as a fun, hip vegan cookbook, but you can't beat the Farm cookbook written in the 70s for basics, and it's also fun to try some complicated recipes from Millenium Restaurant's cookbooks (it's in San Francisco-- fabulouso!).

29  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re:Vegan Recipes on: April 02, 2004 04:23:22 PM
I also agree with Toast.  I've been vegan for 7 years.  I did have anemia 6 years ago when I was in college taking 22 credits, working a late night dining hall job, and eating crap.  But not since then.  I eat fresh veggies and fruit as much as I can, and I try to eat a wide variety of them.  Broccoli is especially nutritious, as are bananas and nutritional yeast.  

I do take a daily multivitamin, but hey, I exercise 6 times a week and I need more than most people.  I also make sure to take a pill that does not have more than 100% of any vitamins-- overloading is just as scary and not getting enough.

I've been running long distance and training for a marathon for about a year, and although people are surprised and often discouraging when they learn I'm doing so while being vegan, no one knows I'm vegan unless I tell them.  

GummiSteph, you can do it, and you'll be so proud of yourself!
30  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re:New Swap! SURREAL ART! 6 person limit! on: April 02, 2004 03:11:58 PM
Surrealism is my thang.  rhinestonecom, I emailed you.  Hope I'm in...

Are we limited to collage, paste, drawing, and painting, and regular index cards?  Just curious.  I have some other materials in mind like plastic cards, sewing, fabric, etc.

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