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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: how do you make mushrooms appetizing? on: June 20, 2013 02:41:14 PM
I get my kids to eat portabellos by first lightly sauteing them gill side down, then building them up like a pizza. a layer of spinach for the first layer, topped with chopped tomatoes, fontina cheese, and a few italian herbs. broil it until the cheese is good and melted and lightly browned and enjoy

Tried this today for lunch - me and the man're taking tenative steps into the veggie world in order to support our daughter's choice when she's home from school. It's a bit of an adventure learning new methods of putting flavors and textures together but this is a winner! For 2 'srooms I mixed up abt 2/3 can of organic fire roasted tomatoes with pizza spices then topped with cheese, black olives and for some crunch, fresh green beans cut in 1/4" pieces. It made a more satisfying mouthful than the original pizza spin and had all the flavor. I think that if you're really hungry one wouldn't fill you and you'd better provide for a second or have a satisfying side dish. It's definately something I would recommend to convert a meat-eater tho. Didn't miss the meat and didn't have any slippery squishy mushroom goo.
2  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Spicy Walnuts on: June 18, 2013 01:49:14 AM
I used pecans (my fave!) to test this recipe. Don't know many kids who would like this much 'peppers' heat on a snack but it's very yummy with a sweet hint. Thanks much for the recommend. Next time I'll cut the Cayenne and Paprika for my own preferences but this is sooo a keeper!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / 2-yr-old's new apron on: October 30, 2010 08:06:58 PM

Recycled from golden-brown corduroy jeans with additional print stretch denim. From a reprinted vintage pattern.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Vintage Linen Apron Dress on: October 30, 2010 07:57:59 PM
I used a Portobello Pixie pattern for the dress. Instead of using the apron pattern piece I used part of a dresser linen that wasn't ruined. I was happy with it.

The bodice is eyelet with a contrasting 'tie-dyed' peachy/vanilla colour vintage looking cotton for the sleeves, skirt, and bloomers.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: A couple Shirts, a Reconstruction, and some questions *Updated* on: June 27, 2010 05:24:47 PM
The halter is really cute but I wonder if, on the first attempt, you remembered to clip the seam before you turned it. The instructions would have told you to have sewn the bodice to the inner lining around the neck and clip the seam to the sewing line. If you worry that it might fray, just shorten the length of the stitches but you MUST clip the seam all the way to the line. On really tight curves you can even cut small notches out of the fabric so that the fabric won't get extra layers by overlapping. When you have clipped it, iron it flat (before turning it right-side out to set the seam) then turn it right-side out and iron it again even if you never intend to ever iron it again. It will set it up right for the rest of it's life. It took me a long time to become a devote of ironing-while-sewing but I've become a true believer.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please help with disintegrating dress ! on: May 09, 2010 05:36:36 PM
Start with the fabric - One of the reasons that flannel is so soft is the looser weave (it is also brushed but that doesn't affect the seams). The loose weave gives the stitching very little to grab onto so all seams need to be protected with flannel. There are several ways to do that. a) short stitches to ensure that you catch as much of the fabric as possible so there will be as little to slip as possible b) extra seam allowance c) finishing the seams on the inside of the garment so they are more protected (covered) and d) always allowing extra ease where clothing generally pulls (at the joints) - Flannel is generally best suited for loose-fitting clothing where there will be little pulling on seams. With flannel I've found it works best if you use more than 1 of these on the seams.  A lot of that I learned the hard way too. :-(

The good news is there are a few things you can do. If you have a few scraps, you can cut the destructo seam out from behind an arm and add a diamond-shaped insert, and in sleeves you can add an insert into the cap to give more room too - a slit of a matching fabric, lace, yo yos, etc and it'll look like you meant it to be there if you treat the dress/top design in a similar patchwork way. I think the casual design that you have there should work well.

Just FYI and doubtless, more than you want to know (so skim it fast!) All fabric holds up and feels differently based on the finish the fabric receives. You've noticed that 100% cotton fabric may be very stiff even after washing it several times whereas another 100% cotton that has similar thicknesses and prints is very soft and silky and only gets softer? Both may still be equally good quality 'Quilt Shop' fabrics but the finish they receive changes how stiff the fibers stay and how they lock together even how absorbant they will be. It, of course, doesn't change the weave or the type of fiber that is in them. Those chemicals in the dyes, reagents, fire resistants, or stain resistants etc do a lot to change the hand of a fabric.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Finished the Christening/Blessing Gown! on: January 04, 2010 11:38:21 PM
Whoo Hoo!
Yeah, there are things I learned with this (my first whitework) gown but overall I'm pleased, the baby's mom is pleased, and I want to do another as soon as I can get rid of all the back-up stuff that has collected while I was doing this!

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / updated unused crib mobile on: January 04, 2010 11:08:16 PM
I used the same framework as the old mobile - the new baby set is very different so it had to be changed. The new set is less ruffly so the design is different though the dimensions are the same. I used the pattern at www.spoolsewing.com for the birds, adding a colour-change beak to the pattern.

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Crafts for kids on: January 04, 2010 10:43:13 PM
A knitting board is easy to make - a row of small-headed nails in a board - and everyone likes to make their own scarf. It is the easiest thing in the world to do (both making the board and knitting!) and instructions can be found using an internet search. You will likely be able to find all kinds of cast-off yarn at thrift shops for almost nothing. If you have as good of a shop as I do, you will see some quite good quality yarn - just not large quantities of any one color as the people who knit and crochet tend to have almost a full skein left over but they don't have enough for another project or it was for someone whose taste was different than their own so they'll never use the left-over.
Frames for class photos are good - decorate sticks or popsicle sticks around the pic and stick a magnet on the back or recover/decorate old frames.
Paper mache mask - paint/feltpen it, varnish it, tie a string on the back.
Make an altered book starting with a new cover ( www.urbanthreads.com/pages?id=366 ) You can have the kids bring in their own trash hardcover book or pick them up at a thriftstore or library sale. You will probably have to simplify some of the cutting shown on the site so it can be done with scissors but individuality is most of the fun.
Have the kids bring single-color T-shirts from home and do some fabric painting. If you add fabric medium to plain acrylic paint it is washable on fabrics.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Free Patterns for Clothing on: December 15, 2009 06:17:27 PM
No, I haven't posted the foreign-language translations for instructions or patterns from other peoples' sites in English but www.Dictionary.com has a very good translation site.
Thanks for all the sites from everyone else!

Adult Clothing/Acessories:
Adult Size Chart: http://www.annegeddes.com/modules/stores/sizechart.aspx
Aviator's cap & full length shaped bib apron: www.steampunkmagazine.com
jacket zip-in expansion insert for a store-bought jacket to accommodate a baby bump or a front baby carrier/sling under the jacket: www.kiddiesgames.com/jacketinserts/
Customization of a store-bought jacket for a back baby carrier under the jacket: http://zozor.canalblog.com/archives/tuto_couture/index.html
     (scroll down near the bottom for "FAIRE LA VESTE DE PORTAGE")
Aligator Shoes: http://pub18.bravenet.com/forum/static/show.php?usernum=1505510207&frmid=22&msgid=1472080
Gamer Die Handbag: www.evilmadscientist.com/article.php/d12bagv2instrux
Legionnaire Hat (billed cap with neck protection) & Aussi-style Rain Hat: www.funfabric.com
Patterns for adults and children from the mid 1800's from Godey's: http://www.uvm.edu/~hag/godey/fashion/di.html
Knit a dead fish hat for kids or adults: http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter08/PATTfishy.php
watch hat or balaclava: www.shelby.fi/kaava/403/403.php
LED cycling safety jacket: http://instructables.com/id/Light-for-life-Shining-bright-cycling-jacket/
Huge list of supplies sites, patterns sites, etc: http://www.lilyabello.com/sewdir.htm#TOC

Baby Clothes & Accessories:
Baby size chart: http://www.annegeddes.com/modules/stores/sizechart.aspx
wrap mittens: http://crearsouille.blogspot.com/2007/11/des-mouffles-bis.html
Pixie hat poncho: http://lafraisemasquee.canalblog.com/archives/2007/10/18/index.html (more photos http://lafraisemasquee.canalblog.com/archives/2007/10/15/index.html )
5 different hats: http://www.canadianliving.com/crafts/sewing/hats_for_little_heads.php
miss muffet hat: http://www.everythingsewing.net/floppyhat.htm
idiot-proof baby trousers: www.make-baby-stuff.com/baby-pants-baby-pattern.html
Traditional practical outdoor bonnet: http://blog.ohelene.net/?p=9
Baby Bear Hoodie Towel: www.livingwithlindsay.com/2009/05/teach-me-tuesday-how-to-make-teddy-bear.html#comment-form
In colours it is a knit flower hat but in pink it looks like a strawberry preemie hat! http://www.scribd.com/doc/11454408/Flower-Fairy-Preemie-Hat
   Note: There was a prob when a friend tried to make this hat but the author was quick to reply with the pattern corrections
Various patterns for children. Save what you want because they eventually dissapear. http://www.ottobredesign.com/fi/kaavat/index.html
    Note: it's an international site but many patterns are English - sewing tips are often not

Handicap Accessory Craftables:
Cupholder for wheelchair: www.gearability.com/2007/07/02/diy-a-simple-cupholder-for-a-wheelchair/
Door and Drawer pulls for Wheelchair accessablility: www.mda.org/publications/Quest/extra/qe14-5_diy.html
Various inventions by those think cleverly: http://www.abledata.com/abledata.cfm?pageid=19327&ksectionid=19327

Crochet, Embroidery, and Knitting:
Antique Pattern Library: http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/completelist.htm

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