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21  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: nightshade allergies on: April 25, 2009 06:14:57 PM

I have a mild potato allergy, so I can give you a couple of tips, if not actual recipes. (My cooking = lame).

1) Check ingredient lists for "modified food starch." It gets me every time.
2) Buy tuna packed in oil. It's out there, though it may be more expensive. I don't remember the name of the brand I usually get, but the label is a goldish brown color and it's "high end." It is also much much tastier. Smiley

22  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ideas for an older kitty on: April 18, 2009 05:04:55 PM
What a big cat! My mother has a cat like that-- his name is Bustipher, and he's black like your Napoleon and similarly HUGE. Before he was even fully grown, stretching out on my lap from front paw to back toes he was over three feet long, and now he's even bigger! Picking him up is like hugging a small bear Smiley

I think the treat my mother's cats like the most is the birdfeeder she put up next to the windows. Both the stick-to-the-window kind and also the hanging-in-the-yard kind. Her older cat especially likes to sit in her window seat and watch the birds. She makes those clicking noises and tiny threatening mews. She doesn't enjoy playing much, but apparently nothing beats telling the birds to get offa her lawn!

My cats like hideaways. My apartment is small and I move a lot, so I don't have a cat tree, but a  cardboard box upsidedown on the floor with a couple of doorways cut out of the sides is plenty of fun. Good for hiding in, and also good for sticking paws out of to give stealth-swats to passersby. Also, they gnaw on the sides of the doors.

Small pots of catgrass are always appreciated. Decorate a pretty pot and plant some whole wheat or rye berries in it. You can usually find them in the bulk section at the grocery store. I think uncut (and obviously unrolled) oats may also work.

Hope you find something he likes!
23  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: Do the tea towels shrink? on: March 03, 2009 05:09:16 PM
Thanks for the tips. I do sew, which is why I wondered about the shrinkage. I just also noticed that I've never seen anything in the Sublime Stitching instructions that I have about preshrinking, and since it's written for beginners who might not know better, I wondered if their towels might be preshrunk or something.

Thank you
24  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Do the tea towels shrink? on: February 28, 2009 08:38:37 AM

I just ordered some of the tea towels and other textiles from sublime stitching to do some embroidery on, and I was wondering whether or not they will shrink in the wash. (IE, do I need to wash them before I embroider them, or will they be ready to go straight out of the box?)

I tried searching, but came up with nothing.

25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Triangle scarves from jersey? on: February 20, 2009 11:49:39 AM
Sounds worth a shot to me. Maybe if you knot the fringe?
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Triangle scarves from jersey? on: February 18, 2009 09:52:48 PM
Could you maybe link to a picture of the ones you mean?
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: draw string jeans? on: February 18, 2009 09:51:38 PM
I think the reason you don't find jeans with waistbands like that is because the denim is too thick. Any kind of stretchy waistband (other than the elasticized ones that they sell, which are stitched all over in a weird way if I remember) would cause any excess fabric to gather, which wouldn't work well with such a bulky fabric. You could try a thinner denim, but then the pants might not look so jeans-like.

Then again, they have stretchy bands for maternity jeans, so maybe I'm wrong. It wouldn't hurt to find a pair of those and see how they attach the band. It can't be that hard to copy!

Jeans never fit right on me, either. It's not a matter of exercise. It's just that the manufacturers try to make them as "average" as possible, so they can sell them to as many people as possible. So if you're shaped any differently than their model, the jeans won't fit. I'm blessed in the hip department myself, so anything that fits the booty stands out from my waist like a paper bag. (Which means they don't stay up. Belts do not help because of the aforementioned gathering issue.) I've kind of given up lately and started wearing either skirts or exercise pants.
28  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Free fabric?? on: January 17, 2009 01:43:17 PM
I often end up with free fabric from friends and family. Even if it's in the form of old clothes or linens, it's still all good! Put the word out that you're willing to accept that kind of stuff, and see what happens!
29  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Rotary Cutting Mats - No PVC on: January 17, 2009 01:36:03 PM
I will chime in because I am also obsessive about PVC. I don't have any recommendations for better cutting mats, BUT I can tell you that in cutting mat form, it should pose very little health risk, from what I can tell.

Does it smell like vinyl? (That's what PVC is. Also known as #3 plastic.) If it has that new shower curtain smell, you should probably let it air out. And if you're serious about avoiding that health risk, avoid anything with that smell.

It is true, though, that you're likely exposed to much more PVC than the cutting mat, from a lot of sources that you would not expect. Comparatively, the cutting mat is small potatoes. So you can either decide not to worry over it, like Penlowe and Sew Classic suggest, or you can do some research and start looking into some slightly bigger changes that may make more of an impact. Anyway, whatever you do, good luck! And if you do find a non-pvc rotary cutting mat, let me know!
30  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: what do YOU do with your scraps? on: December 07, 2008 10:46:20 AM
Pieces that are too small to really do much with get snipped into confetti and saved for stuffing. Anything of a reasonable size (like as big as an index card or larger) goes back in the stash for future projects. Waste not want not!
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