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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Acrylic paint disaster! on: March 15, 2007 08:40:55 PM
I went to my painting class this afternoon, wearing a pair of pants that I had just (as in, five minutes before I left the house) finished altering to fit me properly, and when I got home I discovered that someone had spilled a lot of white paint on the stool that I sat on.  Needless to say, I am furious.  Unfortunately, since it was a three hour painting class, and I didn't discover it until I got home, it had already mostly dried.  My mom and I went into emergency scrubbing mode, and tried everything from dishsoap to paint thinner on them, but to no avail.  I know I shouldn't care so much, since until I reconned them they were junk pants anyway, but I'm more than a little disappointed that I put that much time into fixing them and now I'll never get to wear them again anyway.  So I charge you, the legion of crafsters:  Is there any way to get white paint (presumably acrylic, although it could also be gesso or latex) out of polyester?  Or should I just toss them out and try to get on with my life?
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Holiday appetizers? on: December 15, 2006 08:48:59 PM
Help!  I'm going to a Christmas party this weekend.  The host is doing most of the cooking, but she has asked that we all bring some fingerfoods to share, to make her job easier.  Easy enough, right?  But I've never had to make appetizers before, so I don't know what to bring!  Factor in wheat, dairy, egg, and chocolate allergies in the invitees, and all of a sudden you've got trouble.  I know I'll probably not be able to make something that everyone can eat, but I'd like to accomodate at least most of us.  Can anyone suggest any tasty morsels I could try?
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / What do you get a 17 year-old? on: June 18, 2005 02:51:10 PM
So I have to buy not one, but two birthday presents for a pair of seventeen year-olds, and I have no idea what to do!  For the first, I was thinking of putting together a mix CD and maybe throwing together a tote bag or something, but the second one just has me stumped.  I don't really know what her taste in music is, and I would make her something she can wear but I don't know her size, and I couldn't possibly find out without being found out myself.  I was thinking of making something edible, like marzipan mice, but wouldn't you know it, she's allergic to everything.  So here's my question: what do you get seventeen year-old girl who can't eat dairy, eggs, or chocolate without spending a lot of money, and keeping in mind that I only have a little over a week to get everything together?
I would really really appreciate any kind of suggestions!  Please!  SOS!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Ruffles and skirts on: March 28, 2005 03:07:26 AM
Ruffles on skirts seem to be amazingly populart these days, and being something of a trendwhore, my next skirt is going to be all ruffley.  I want to do a fairly deep waistband, and then a single layer of ruffles beneath that.  I don't have a ruffle foot, but I do know how to make nice even ruffles without one, and I know how to set it in the waistband so that the ruffle layer sits nice and flat.  Here lies the problem: I don't have a pattern.  I can make most of it up easily, but I am stumped by one little thing.  When I cut the lower layer, the ruffled one, what shape should it be?  Should it be a straight rectangle, or more of a trapezoid?  If the trapezoid idea is the way to go, does the longer end become the top of the ruffle or the hem?  I'm not making this a particularly puffy skirt or anything, so I don't want the hem end to be big.  I just don't really know for certain how to balance a ruffley skirt with a non-poofy skirt.
Thanks all!

Also, I said ruffle 9 times there.  I consider that quite a feat. Smiley
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