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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 34 ENTRIES / Re: Deep Fried Gift Wrap on: January 08, 2009 05:09:13 AM
Wow, that's definitely creative!  I wonder if they know about that in Scotland, where everything can be deep fried, including pizza and Mars bars?

Genius.  And a little bit scary.
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 34 ENTRIES / Re: Button Down Bags - recon'd shirts to gift/lunch/tote bags (Image Massive-sorry) on: January 08, 2009 05:03:06 AM
Those are cool.  But I'm pretty sure one of those shirts used to be mine....  :-)
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone ever seen fabric with a timetable print? on: December 16, 2008 04:51:53 AM
Wow.  I never knew such a thing existed!  Have you ever used it?  How well does it hold up?
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: Here's an ethical green crafty question. on: December 10, 2008 03:55:41 PM
I heard an interesting piece on This American Life (I think? or a similar radio show) which followed the journey of two items of clothing given to a thrift store in Seattle.  They were both rejected by the local store for minor flaws; one ended up being sold for recycling, the other sold to a bulk dealer who sold the clothes on to suppliers for African market stalls.  Neither one stayed in the US.

Whether that's green or not, I'm not sure.  On the one hand, there is all the transportation involved.  On the other, a synthetic textile was re-used in both cases.  I guess either way it's not in a landfill.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: solution for rubbing thighs under a dress on: December 08, 2008 03:29:21 AM
Now, I was just thinking about the Monistat stuff (which I used for my wedding last year--it was great!) and wondering:

If the main feature of that stuff is that it is silicone-based, and therefore doesn't wash away or sweat off, would some silicone-based *ahem* personal lubricant work just as well?  I don't know if it is any less expensive but it just ocurred to me.

I usually wear cotton-blend bike shorts or some stretch cotton things I got at Marks & Spencer last year.  They tend to ride up a bit, especially if I wear them over tights, but they do keep my rear warm in the freaky freezing weather we've had here lately.  I actually find that they feel cooler than nothing under skirts in the summer, perhaps because the sweat evaporates more easily, and I don't stick to chairs and such?
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Walmart throws away patterns. on: December 08, 2008 02:21:41 AM
This is one of those areas in which I hope the current recession might actually be good for us all.  The more things cost, and the more people become aware of waste, (hopefully) the more these stupid corporate practices are threatened.  Well, I hope, anyway!
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Anyone ever seen fabric with a timetable print? on: December 08, 2008 02:03:55 AM
For my first project, I would like to make a slip case for DH's mobile phone and laptop.  He's obsessed with transportation and has a peculiar love of timetables.  Has anyone ever seen a fabric that would be suitable for a lining with a timetable pattern on it?  The closest thing I've seen has trains and bridges.

Thanks for any pointers!  I'm in the UK, BTW.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Brit's 'first' sewing machine on: December 07, 2008 06:46:17 AM
Might be too cheap and flimsy for your purposes, but Aldi have some sewing machines (Delta brand) on sale starting today for 40. 
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