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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / i didn't even know i liked yams on: December 17, 2006 08:17:51 PM
i've been meaning to post this for a while, but here's a superquick recipe for sauteed yams.  i didn't even know i liked yams.  it tastes kind of indian but it goes well with a lot of things.

nuke a sweet potato yam whatever in the mircrowave for like five minutes or until its kind of soft.  then cut it into smallish chunks.  you can take the skin off if you want, but i leave it on.  sautee some onions and garlic in butter or olive oil and then add yr yam.  throw in some ginger, cayenne pepper and a tiny bit of hot mustard and cook it until the outside gets kind of crispy.  salt and black pepper to taste.  its also good with curry instead of the ginger and mustard.  it only takes like ten minutes to make it and you can make as little or as much as you want so its nice when you're only cooking for yourself. 

i'm not even really a fan of fake meat but this goes pretty well with fake chicken patties.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Antique machine--Pfaff 130 advice and/or info? (HAS IMAGES) on: August 13, 2006 04:36:26 PM
that looks like a great machine!  i would take it in for a tune up, call around and find someone with experience with antique machines.  i sew with an early-60s singer, its the most wonderful machine ever.  pre-1970s machines will work forever because they have all metal parts, no computers to fry or break down.  lots of sewing machine makers had a program where you could trade your old machine for the latest model, then the dealers would take the traded-in machines out back and smash them to bits!  this kept the price of the machines up, since they weren't going to break down by themselves anytime soon.

have fun with your new/old machine!
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: hi, first stencils IMG heavy on: May 22, 2006 03:31:24 PM
giraffe edge?  Roll Eyes
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: stencil to fight hate on: May 14, 2006 07:11:51 AM

there's a bunch of anti-fascist stencils, if that's what you're looking for.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Vegan/Vegetarian Swap? on: April 19, 2006 02:42:12 PM
i'm in.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: How can I shorten a zip? (is it possible even??) on: February 28, 2006 06:15:59 PM
i shortened the zipper on a pair of boots this way:

cut the excess off the top, and then put a teeny dot of hot glue for the stop.  i wear these boots all the time and the glue has held perfectly.
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: first stencil i've made (Hot Hot Heat T) on: February 25, 2006 04:19:59 PM
cool points for liking xiu xiu.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 59 cent pillowcase dress (img heavy) on: February 25, 2006 03:45:14 PM
i request a tutorial!
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 9 ENTRIES / Re: "Drag" Doll DIY Twin Cake: She ain't image heavy, she's my drag queen cake on: February 04, 2006 08:08:03 AM
finally G.I. Joe can express himself!  all those pent-up years of military service...

this is so cool.  honestly.
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: some stuff i've done (image heavy) on: December 18, 2005 08:27:26 AM

1. how do you guys get your lines so dang clean?! i use regular freezer paper and sponge brushes and acrylic paint+fabric medium, but mine never seem to come as clean as i would like.  Sad

2. I'm making a shirt of a white bird on a light blue background, but i want to outline the bird in black. Is there any way to outline it using stencils, or would i just have to use fabric markers? sorry if this is a stupid question, i just wanted to know before i go paint shopping

1.  iron the crap out of the freezer paper, with the shiny side down, of course.  also, fabric screenprinting inks tend to bleed less than acrylics.  i use speedball brand.  let it dry overnight before trying to peel the freezer paper off

2.  you could make a double-layer stencil, there are instructions in the stickys somewhere.  if you have a steady hand it might be less trouble to use the fabric markers, but you'd have to get the kind with paint in them to keep it from looking like sharpie.
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