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11  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What's your weird guilty pleasure? on: January 14, 2009 09:15:51 PM
This is probably not so weird, but a post about putting leftover frosting on graham crackers made me think of it, so I thought I'd share:

I mix sugar and cream cheese and spread it on graham crackers  Grin  This was born out of a need to dispose of leftover strawberry pie-making scraps... the pie recipe calls for 4 oz of cream cheese blended with 2 T of sugar, which you smear on the bottom of the pie shell... but I always have some extra, so I bake the crust scraps into cookies (grandma has a name for them, I forget what it is) and spread the extra creamcheesesugar onto them...

But when I'm not making pie, I use graham crackers and just mix cream cheese and sugar in whatever ratio looks/tastes right.  Best midnight snack EVER.
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: hats! january - new year's resolution on: January 12, 2009 09:59:37 AM
I got a sewing machine for Christmas and promptly made two fleece hats with it... actually, the more complicated one I made *before* I got my sewing machine (used mom's, lol).  So I very recently tried out making a hat - any hat - for the first time.

I have loads of leftover fleece, though... so if time permits (classes start today + I'm an RA) I'll try to come up with something else new to try  Tongue  If time doesn't permit, I'm going to consider the hats I made in December as counting, just to boost my own ego, haha.  They were literally like a week before this month's topic was announced.

Oh, and I *just* learned the word touque.  I don't live anywhere near Canada, so I'd use that as an excuse, but my best friend's citizenship is Canadian... lol.
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Fun Place to Get Married in Fredericksburg VA? on: January 09, 2009 10:06:11 PM
If you go with the canoe trip idea (which probably isn't the most practical, honestly)... I've canoed the Rappahannock right above Fredericksburg twice, and it's a really cool stretch of river, and it doesn't require much canoeing experience or skill. 

I live in the Richmond area, so other than the good canoeing spots and Potomac Mills, I don't know much else around Fredericksburg  Tongue
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Please help me! on: December 29, 2008 11:33:18 PM
My guy would go for this -- dunno if most would -- but I would make a "teddy bear"-ish snuggly doll of myself, make a very "me" outfit for it by recreating a doll version of an outfit I wear a lot/particularly like (say, an Aerosmith tshirt, jeans, and black converse).  I would make sure to include details to make it extra personal... for example, if its shoes were removable, I would embroider a copy of my tattoo onto it in the appropriate spot (though if you were going to do that, it may be difficult with more complicated tats... I've only got a little line-art daisy on my toe).  I'd give its eyes denim irises, because that's what mine look like... etc.

Basically I would make a little plush replica of myself for him to snuggle with whenever he needed snugglin.  I'd make it big enough for cuddling but not so big that it was like some kind of creepy blowup doll... maybe 18" tall or something.

A blanket is always a good option, but I recently made my boyfriend a blanket, so I'd kinda be forced to come up with something non-blanket if I were faced with the same situation you're in.

and OMG being apart for 8 mos must SUCK.  I'm sorry  Sad
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / My brother loves serger thread... on: December 29, 2008 06:12:27 PM
Ok, so my little brother and I went to Joann's today.  He LOVES Joann's.  He wouldn't go in at first, because he's a 15 year old boy and it's a fabric store, yada yada, but it's pretty much his new favorite store.  See, he's a competitive yoyo-er, and he and his friend like to make and sell their own custom yoyo strings, for which they need to buy thread.  LOTS of thread.  That first time I managed to drag him into Joann's was the day he discovered the big serger cones  Cheesy  I *told* him he'd find what he needed there, lol.

ANYWAY, so we were in Joann's today, and I was digging through the remnant bin because remnants were 70% off regular price instead of the normal 50%.  He came over from whatever he'd been looking at, went "oooh" and pulled out this roll of forest-camo polyester sweatshirt fabric (the jersey-backed fleece).  Then he acted all embarrassed about getting excited over a fabric remnant (boys  Roll Eyes), so I bought it to tease him with cuz it was only $2.  I figured I'd make him a hat or something out of it. 

I got it home, only to have my mom say, "Oh, yeah, but I just bought him a new warm hat for xmas."  Apparently I hadn't seen this new hat.  Grrr!

So my question for y'all is this: What should I make for him?  I've got 3/4 yard, so it's not quite enough for sweatpants because my brother is tall, but he's a twig, so I might have enough for some kind of jacket/vest... except I have zero experience trying to put something like that together, and it seems silly to spend more on a pattern than I did on the fabric... Or do you think I should make him something for his yoyos?  I could make a whole mess of yoyo holsters... like the cell phone pouches you can slide onto your belt... and he could sell them with his strings?

(Oh, not a "shameless plug" for him or anything, but just because I know there are those of you going, "Huh? Competitive yoyoing?" like I did.... here's the link to the website he and his buddy sell their strings on.  If you click the "videos" link, you can see video of them actually yoyoing.  Will is my bro, Alex lives across the street... http://www.new-age-string.co.nr/.  And yes, it does hurt me that they are incapable of basic spelling... and I have no idea what the deal is with the .co.nr, we are totally not in Nauru.  I don't even know where that is.)

Just looking for some input and 2nd/3rd/4th opinions  Smiley TIA!
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: high school boys and eurotrip... on: December 28, 2008 10:05:51 PM
OMG, can I have the Vandersexxx one?  Your friend doesn't really NEED it  Wink

Maybe I'll just have to steal your idea  Grin
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: cute babydoll top on: December 28, 2008 10:03:13 PM
I got a sewing machine for xmas, too  Tongue  I hear ya on the getting excited and playing with it thing, lol.

That's way cuter than anything I've made yet.  I've been doing the resizing shirts bit  Wink  Way to go!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Newborn Eco-Friendly Diaper Tutorial (IMG HEAVY!) on: December 28, 2008 09:59:46 PM
I'll have to remember this is here when I have my eventual kids... I have to cloth diaper, or I'll feel stupid about being so into my DivaCup but using disposable diapers  Tongue  It would be contradictory.  Excellent tute!  You clearly put so much love and effort into making it AWESOME!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: easiest baby wrap/sling/carrier ever (and a really cute baby) on: December 28, 2008 09:11:39 PM
congratulations on the new niece! i love the sling, i would be so scared to use one though in case i had a loose stitch or something and baby ended up on the floor!!
really. you get them in there wrapped up tight and the baby isnt going anywhere,

These things don't really have that many seams, though, do they?  Isn't the stitching really more in the hemming/edging?  So it would be the fabric holding the baby's weight, not your stitching anyway.
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Blue/Green Color Wheel Quilt on: December 27, 2008 08:33:40 PM
Soooo pretty.  When I saw the thumbnail on the main page, I was like, "Oooh, undersea color wheel!"  While the page was loading, I was thinking you should call it "Surf n Turf", lol.  But the Arthur thing suits the recipient as well as the quilt... btw, your son has great taste in literature  Grin  I'm an English major and I'm seriously thinking about doing some grad work in Medieval lit.  It's way better than... everything.
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