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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / How to Package Holiday Baking? on: December 16, 2009 08:07:25 PM
I hope this is in the right place.

For the holiday season I have decided to do a ton of baking for everyone. Usually around this time I would only bake for a couple of people and so I generally simply put the treats in some of my tins, which are eventually returned to me. However, this year, I have decided to make a lot more and to give them as gifts.

I am not entirely sure what to use to package my goods. To give an example of what I plan to give everyone:
~ 2-3 muffins
~ 6-10 cookies (small "sandwich" cookies like Oreos but thicker, naturally)
~ 2-3 chocolate truffles
I intend to make about a dozen of these packages.

I have been looking around for boxes at the local dollar stores but I can't seem to find any of sufficient size. I have a small budget but I want the packaging to be either recyclable (paper or cardboard) or reusable. Can anyone offer any tips from previous experiences or just good logic for this?

Thank you all very much in advance!

(P.S. I am aware that they make specialized "pastry boxes" [I used to work in a bakery] but the only ones I have found for general purchase have been Martha Stewart and they're super pricy!)
2  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Vogue 8361 anyone? on: March 10, 2009 06:07:14 PM
Has anyone used this pattern? I'd love to see the sorts of results people got.

I'm also wondering if it would be possible to make it without cutting the pieces on the bias. The fabric I have (I didn't buy it exclusively for use with this pattern) is extremely flowy on its own and I was wondering how critical it would be to have a bias cut as opposed to just the grainline hanging straight down.

Here's a photo for anyone interested:

I'm interested in making view A (the gold/yellow one) if that helps any.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Little Black Dress sewalong? on: November 27, 2008 02:20:06 PM
Infinity dresses are the bomb! I once had to go to a party and whipped one up half an hour before I had to head out.

My dress is comprised of a cut-out pattern and a neat pile of folded fabric...I was hoping to make it for next weekend, too. Maybe not...I've been running on very little sleep lately, preparing for a preview for our school's play. That and I'm making my prom dress in my spare time Tongue
4  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Little Black Dress sewalong? on: November 16, 2008 04:49:04 PM
Can I participate? I'm intending on making one using this pattern:

I'm making the one with the diamond inlay on the back, with some slinky black fabric I picked up in a buy 1m, get 2m free sale. I know it's not little per-se, but I'm a long dress person. That and I already have a beloved LBD I got for $30!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! on: November 16, 2008 04:43:26 PM
I started my dress early. No pictures yet, but so far I have it all cut out, made a mock-up of the bodice, and got most of the skirt done. That was all done yesterday and today actually.

I want to get mine done as soon as possible because I suspect a few friends have been hinting around for some commissions...

P.S. If I go with a boy to prom, I definitely would make his outfit for him!
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