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21  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where Do You Find These Things??? on: November 03, 2006 08:52:02 PM
Do you have a costco or a westfair foods wholesale store?  They might have it there.

22  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pretty hair for brunettes on: November 03, 2006 07:15:54 PM
I just got my hair cut tonight and I was speaking to my stylist about crazy things people do to their hair.  To make a long story short, she said when she was in school a girl dyed her hair platinum, so it dried out.  The instructor put mayonaise on it and the moisture was restored.
23  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Wrap Dress - Along on: November 03, 2006 07:08:04 PM
I can't believe I started this thread and have yet to post a pic of my dress, I have worn it many times.  I will try this weekend.

Michelle Giordano
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: I can't handle it on: October 20, 2006 07:08:01 PM
I agree with everything that's been said.

Maybe it would help to sit him down, duct tape him to a chair, and make him watch a few episodes of Clean Sweep, too.

Michellegiordano said the most important thing, I think - "You live there, too"

I am really into Neat, Room Service, & Mission Organization lately.   And The Smart Woman Survival Guide.  Its not really about decorating, but its still really good, its on the "W" network on mondays, and they play reruns most days too.  Totally worth checking out!

Speaking of Organizing, I am still trying to do it, three years into my marriage, its not as easy as it looks on TV.  I need a professional organizer and a whole bunch of money for all these storage solutions.  I just finally got a filing cabinet last week, and what a life saver.  The top drawer is a junk drawer, for junk we use alot and don't have a home for.  The middle drawer actually locks and thats where I keep files, and the bottom drawer locks too and I keep bigger items like the spare keyboard and phone book (why do we keep a phone book anyways?  - power outages - cause you can't look up phone numbers online then)

I have been wishing for a cubby shelf with baskets in every other shelf. 

Michelle Giordano
25  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stretchy thread? on: October 13, 2006 10:17:44 AM
You can use wooly nylon (sometimes called fleecy nylon) in the bobbin, and use a slight zig zag with normal thread.  don't forget to use special stretch needles. 

You can also use equal tension, which means you gently pull the fabric taut from the back and front as it goes through the needle.  don't pull too hard, let the machine feed the fabric, just keep it stretched.


Michelle Giordano
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: grey dress for daytime or evening on: October 09, 2006 06:27:12 PM
Great job on the dress! Congrats!

Don't be afraid of sleeves, just use the flat construction method. 

All you have to do is sew the shoulder seams, then lay the garment flat, then pin the sleeve on that and sew.  You can later sew the sleeve closed and continue sewing down the side seam of the shirt. 

Very easy, very fast.  Its how (so I have heard) they do it in factories.

27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: New to Sewing and Patterns. HELP. on: October 01, 2006 07:51:34 PM
dont go by clothing size when using patterns, check the measurements on the back of the envelope first, then check the finished measurement.  If you use simplicity it usually has a buttload of ease and will probably fit. 
28  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: I've Got Another Dumb Questions on: October 01, 2006 07:47:49 PM
I am also from canada, so lets see if I can help.

a yard is only 3" shorter than a meter (7.5cm), and the width will either be 60" or 45", fashion fabric is commonly 60" wide in canada, but if you are unsure ask the sales associate. 
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: quick question, rolled hem? on: October 01, 2006 07:43:47 PM
A rolled hem is done on a serger, and all the threads are visible.  What you want is a narrow hem, you can get a foot for your sewing machine.  I love my narrow hem foot, I use it all the time!  1/8" or 1/4" are good.
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: I can't handle it on: September 29, 2006 07:43:25 AM
I have some ideas, the first and most important is from experience.

Your Husband/Boyfriend/Partner (whatever we all have) is NOT the boss.  You live there too and if you don't own a doormat, get one, its not your role.  If there is too much its just interferring with real life.
(My experience in this is that I was the pack-rat and have since reformed)

*with that said I am off the soapbox*

Secondly, as mentioned before, slip covers are probably the answer for the furniture you can reasonably keep.  If you have to much you have to do a clean sweep and he has to realize it.  Encourage him by telling him he can devote one of the spare rooms to himself, and one for you, or something like that.  What guy doesn't want a gaming room or a weight room or some other room geared towards their interests. 

The other ideas mentioned like black paint are great for an asian theme. 

HTH * Best of Luck!

Michelle Giordano
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