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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Patched-Up Jeans on: December 26, 2008 08:43:57 PM
Oooh or you could put three buttons (to match the three on the heart) in a row along the outer side-seam of the opposite leg... either just under the pocket or down near the ankle.  That would be soooo cute.  They're already really cute, but you're right, it would make it a little more even to add the extra buttons.  I bet other moms ask where you bought them  Tongue
22  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: easiest baby wrap/sling/carrier ever (and a really cute baby) on: December 26, 2008 08:27:26 PM
Aww, so cutes =D  I'm gonna need one of these at some point... in like 8 years, if the babies agree to follow my plans (after I graduate college, this will become slightly more negotiable... but not much).

My baby cousin (we're the only two granddaughters on that side of my family... and we're almost 19 years apart, even though my dad is only 10 years older than hers and *my* parents didn't have kids til their mid/late 30s) was born on Christmas Eve 2 years ago.  I was trying to explain to her why this was a tactical error on her part, that she should have at LEAST waited until her due date (like a week into January), because everyone's going to lump Christmas and her birthday together and try to get away with only giving her one gift.  She wasn't really listening to me, though, she was way more interested in trying to eat her hand. 

Bet your sis was excited to be un-pregnant and have a new baby "present" for Christmas  Grin  The first birthday present my brother ever gave my mom was to be born 2 days before her birthday, so she didn't have to be gigantically pregnant on her birthday, lol.
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: plain white t-shirt on: December 26, 2008 08:05:33 PM
Put it through the dryer before you wash it!!!

That will set the stain.  Just treat that shirt exactly the opposite way you'd treat it if you got yellow mustard or something on it  Tongue.  I've got several t-shirts from camp that people signed with sharpies (multiple colors, not all black but some black included); my mom told me to run them through the dryer before washing, and while they have faded some, it hasn't been drastic... and that's after a couple years of regular wearing/washing.  They started out as plain white undershirts, 100% cotton... there's some sharpie artwork on them too (because we were counselors, and counselors at my camp use "camp names", the signatures for which often include little doodles and such... like the girl whose camp name is Pickles drew a pickle... etc.)

I suppose ironing would also work, but I haven't personally tried that tactic.
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Un-wearisome wifebeaters on: December 26, 2008 07:58:19 PM
I was going to mention the textile medium, but I see it's already been mentioned  Tongue  Do they sell it at Walmart, though?  I work at a craft store and I've seen it at work, but Walmart's acrylic paint selection always seems to really suck.
25  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Pizza dipped in WHAT? on: December 24, 2008 08:45:05 PM
Ranch... but I was unaware that this was weird  Tongue  I *usually* dip just the crust, but a bite or two of the "real" part of the pizza sometimes gets dipped, too.  Ranch and hot molten cheese go together so nicely, and I never get stuffed crust.

And let's be honest, the university dining hall's pizza is not the best, but their ranch dressing is (or maybe that's 10+ years of girl scout camp with Sysco supplying the food for both that's taught me to LOVE that ranch dressing.  That ranch dressing is the reason for my username, for chrissakes.)
26  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Loud Neighbors on: December 23, 2008 09:52:48 PM
Haha, that's awesome!  I'm an RA for a freshman floor (I'm a junior) in my residence hall at college.  There are 55 of them on the hall, and not only are they loud, but I *have* to go say something to them, because it's my job.  I can't just sit and try to tune them out, I gotta get up and go "confront the situation", as we call it.  Ughhhhh.  Not only do I get all irritated by their noise, but it also stresses me out because I *have* to do something about it, I can't just choose to ignore/drown it out (I don't like confrontation, so I stall, which gives me time to get more annoyed/stressed).  I can totally feel your friend's pain!  They always misbehave when I've got a major paper to write, too.  Sharing walls with neighbors is hard!

But it might make me a bad RA if I make voodoo dolls of all my residents  Wink
27  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Does Felt Melt ? on: December 20, 2008 05:56:37 PM
I made one with flannel that holds up fine in the microwave (though that was expected...).  It's only like 3"x3", for putting on specific owwie spots, like if I sleep on my neck funny.

My ex-roommate had a regular-sized one that her friend made for her that was made of fleece, and she used that thing almost every night (bad ankle) and it never did anything funny in the microwave.

I think any of it *should* be safe for the microwave, because microwaves don't actually get hot, they work by exciting the water molecules in your food, and there shouldn't be any water molecules in your fabric, which means the fabric would only melt if you heated the rice so hot that the rice melted the fabric, which would be definitely too hot for booboos!  (Mom explained this to me the day she brain-farted and put petroleum jelly in the microwave to melt it, then when nothing happened she felt dumb, because she knew all this stuff all along.  She wanted to dip cotton balls in the jelly to make fire starters for a camping trip.  Setting the jar in a dish of water in the microwave ended up working quite well  Roll Eyes)

You could test a scrap of fabric to see if it's microwave-safe using the same method for testing whether a dish is microwave-safe.  I'm sure you can find instructions for that online; I've never tried it but I've read instructions somewhere... like you put the thing to be tested in the microwave, and you put a little water (like a cup or so) in a container of known-safeness, like a glass measuring cup, in the microwave next to it.  Then you turn the microwave on for like 30 seconds or so.  Then feel both.  If the water is warmer, the item is microwave safe; if the item is warmer than the water, then it's not microwave safe.

But google that and double-check me on the amount of water and the time/power setting to use  Wink
Ha, found a link (albeit not a very good one): http://www.wikihow.com/Test-if-a-Dish-Is-Microwave-Safe
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: keyboard keys purse on: December 20, 2008 03:53:23 PM
The drilling/sewing method will probably be sturdier/last longer, though.  I wouldn't trust that foam and glue to keep the keys from popping off after a couple of uses, especially if you banged it into a checkout counter or something.
29  UNITED STATES / Virginia / Re: cheap places for yarn? on: December 17, 2008 09:34:17 PM
If you're in the Richmond area, keep an eye out for Ben Franklin's clearance  Grin  I work at the Short Pump store, and I've seen some great deals, particularly on Fun Fur and similar.  (Not a knitter, so I usually don't jump on those deals, but I recognize them just the same  Tongue)  They let me keep a whole pack of blue and green eyelash yarn that the labels rotted off of... but somehow the labels rotted and the yarn was perfect, so yay!  I've still got like 10 or 11 out of the original 12 skeins.  (There was a second dozen; my friend kept those).
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Teeny mice from reclaimed fabrics on: December 17, 2008 08:29:43 PM
I wish my cat would play with stuff like this... they look so fun to make  Smiley  She can't be bothered putting effort into chasing something unless it runs and is made of meat.  And she's one of those cats who has no reaction to catnip.
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