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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / When good food goes bad (and how do I tell?) on: May 23, 2006 07:02:26 AM
I am just starting to be a grown up and cook my own meals:Because I live alone and only cook for myself sometimes food sits in my fridge for awhile before I get to it.
I am afraid of eating food that is going bad but I also don't want to throw away perfectly good meat and produce

can anyone tell me their rule of thumb for how long to keep fresh food around?
Like how long after the "sell by" date can I still eat this food?

2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / The Brokeback Barn Ball costume on: April 10, 2006 08:19:06 AM
I went to a western themed dance called the "brokeback barn ball" on friday...I didn't have any western clothes so  bought some cheap faux leather and made myself a vest and some chaps....they were fairly easy..just pants with no crotch or butt....

everyone loved the outfit especially the chaps! they are just so fun..I am really tempted to wear them around campus all week just for the hell of it!

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I listened to the beatles while making this dress.......... on: February 26, 2006 10:31:11 AM
I decided that this spring I am going to wear dresses. I have never really worn day dresses but I decided tp make a 60's inspired shirt-ish dress....now if it would only get warmer so I could wear it....
(My dress form didnt do this justice so I am self-modeling (thus the picture quality has suffered)

My humps:

here is a close up of the print and the decorative stitching

I would kill on America's Next top Model....take THAT tyra
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / dying already red curtains. on: January 28, 2006 10:28:46 AM
hey guys I searched for this with no avail so if there is a thread you know about this please just point me in the right direction!

I inherited some kinda cheap 100% cotton curtains. they are BRIGHT RED like fire engine red..which is cool but the art on my walls is a cranberry color.

any ideas about dying curtains that arent white to start with? like common sense tells me if I add just a little bit of black dye they will become the color I want...but that's when mixing paint...i've never dyed fabric before

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Sewing tool belt on: January 14, 2006 05:12:25 PM
I used to work at a fabric store and we had these goofy aprons that we had to wear...but I liked them because they made it so I couldn't lose my scissors.

 I decided to make a tougher version to wear in design class so I don't have to run from machine to machine looking for the tools that i left all over.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / new years =havoc for jeans on: January 07, 2006 09:36:37 PM
Ok so here is the back story:  when I am not crafting I am a gymnastics instructor at a local gym. So on new years eve after some adult beverages my friends coaxed me into showing off my tumbling skills.

in the middle of my first back handspring I heard an all to familiar riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiip

I came out ok..but my sexy jeans didn't fair so well

the rip is in a realllly bad spot ....and I don't need anymore demin skirts ...any cute (non cheesy)  patching ideas/solutions? or should I start shopping for a new pair of sexy jeans
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Altering (taking in) blazers/jackets on: September 24, 2005 11:25:54 PM
I searched the archive but didnt find exactly what I am looking for so bear with me if this is a repeat.

I bought this kick ass suit jacket from a department store today. But its a little boxy for my taste. there is a seam down the back and I know tailors will take in a back seam as opposed to taking in a side seam.

PROBLEM: I would really prefer not to cut the lining. I guess I could take it half off and then re attach it but thats alot of work for a 17$ jacket. so any ideas?

REAL QUESTION: does anyone know how tailors go about taking in jackets with lining? like what the "professional" way? and is that the most efficent? has anyone done this? and who is the leader of chile? (ok that isnt a craft related question I just wanted to have five questions)
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / sewing jersey..(T-shirt material) on: June 20, 2005 08:52:22 PM
hey guys *long time lurker first time poster*

I am in the process of converting most of my old t-shirts into new treasures (shrugs,skirts,tanks etc)

I am starting to get frusterated with hand sewing the shirts that "ruffle" when you hem them.

I tried heat and bond but after washing it doesnt stick well and frankly I want to be a bit rough in these clothes and not have to cold wash and hang them everytime they get dirty

any ideas? (I hear zig zag stitch might work but I have yet to try ...)
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