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11  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Dry, Acne Prone Skin? Home Remedy? on: May 27, 2009 10:03:12 PM
I know, it's an oxymoron right?  Nope.

I actually have dry, acne prone skin.....and I'm almost 30.  I'm not talking about whiteheads or black heads either.  I get really painful bumps under the skin that take a long time coming to a head (sorry, I know this is gross).  It's not cystic acne though.

I only get them on my chin  Sad

I've only had them since getting a depo provera shot 3-4 years ago.

I have seen my doctor.  He prescribed a benzoil peroxide cream which I think I'm immune to by now...I mean, come on...who with acne, hasn't already tried that...besides, on my already dry skin it's a nightmare.  Salycidic acid doesn't work for me either...

Any suggestions?
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How do you think the back of this dress looks? on: April 21, 2009 05:52:03 PM
I found a pic of this dress online and LOVE it!

It looks fairly simple to make with a few scarves.


one question though...I can't seem to find a picture of the back of the dress.  Anyone have any ideas how it might look?
13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Vintage Panel Fabric? on: April 21, 2009 01:58:10 PM
Got this fabric at the thrift store!  Couldn't pass it up, it's just soooo pretty!

But....what to do with it?  Each square (panel) is 29.5" x 33"

I was thinking a handkerchief dress?  But not sure how to construct one or if it would be flattering on a plus sized frame (I don't want to look preggers)...what do you think?

oh!  and a skirt won't work with this stuff...it's a little thin and I don't want to line it.  Plus, it gives the carpet cellulite!  I'd hate to see what it does with my butt!
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Steampunk question: How do I tell what the guts will look like? on: April 01, 2009 10:53:55 AM
I'd like to try making some steampunk pendants and other jewellery but I have a question.

If I am hitting up thrift stores and the like for broken/old watches...how do I tell which watches will have a nice movement inside and which will have nasty battery guts?
15  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Oscar the Grouch on: March 31, 2009 10:14:24 PM
Crocheted this for my boyfriend. 

He comes out of his can too (forgot to get a shot of that) and stands (sits) about 12" tall.

The yarn started out as a broomstick lace scarf that was cut short when I realized just what colour the yarn was!

16  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Chrochet Men's Sweater on: March 19, 2009 02:37:28 AM
Anyone have any good patterns of suggestions for a men's sweater?

Preferably a button ot zip up?
17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Plus Size Ideas for this fabric? on: February 23, 2009 10:22:30 PM
I have a meter (yard) of this fabric in a high stretch jersey.

Any ideas?

I was thinking a racerback tank.....what do you all think?
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / The Crochet Burberry? on: November 07, 2008 09:13:54 PM
Hey...so I stumbled across the Counterfeit crochet project while browsing the Design Milk website and I NEED that crochet scarf...




How is this done...I mean, how are all the switches in colour done?  Is this tunisian or something I'm not familiar with?
19  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Easy Oven Roasted Chicken Breast and Parsley Butter Tomato Pasta on: October 29, 2008 10:09:37 PM
This is a really delicious and special meal to make for a nice dinner in.  I serve this with a nice glass of white wine...my boyfriend and I sit and watch a movie in front of the fire with a big bowl each.

Takes a bit of prep...but SO worth it.  (Making for dinner tomorrow...I'll try to remember to post pics).

Serves two.


2 skin on, bone in Chicken Breasts
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, smashed with the side of a knife
salt and pepper to season

1 bunch parsley,
1/4 cup of butter (not marg!)
1 clove garlic
salt and pepper pinch

Enough fusilli pasta to serve 2

2 cloves of garlic sliced thin or diced
1 big can good quality whole tomatoes (at least 2 cups)
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

(and this is why this is dinner for two...all that garlic!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1.  In a oven proof skillet over medium heat add olive oil and smashed garlic cloves.  Saute garlic until fragrant.  About 2 minutes.  Do not allow garlic to brown...turn heat down if garlic starts to brown.

2.  Remove garlic from pan.

3.  Season chicken with salt and pepper and place skin side down in the pan.  Allow to saute in pan until chicken skin is golden-browned about 15 minutes.   Turn Chicken skin side up.

4.  Place skillet in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until juices run clear.

While chicken is cooking....

5.  In a food processor, add butter, parsley, garlic and salt and pepper, pulse until smooth, set aside.

6.  When done, remove chicken from oven and remove from skillet.  (I put the chicken on a plate and return to the over...now off....to keep warm).  In the chicken skillet, prepare the sauce.  (if there is not much for chicken drippings, add another tbsp olive oil) Saute garlic and pepper flakes briefly.  Add tomatoes and break down large pieces with your spoon. 

7.  While sauce is simmering boil pasta until al dente.  Stir parsley butter into warm pasta.

8.  While pasta is boiling, remove chicken carefully from the bone and slice.

To serve, top pasta with tomato sauce and chicken breast!  YUM!
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / A question about batting.... on: September 13, 2008 09:30:36 PM
Hi all....

I am making my first full sized quilt and have just finished the top...it's from the free pattern here...


I am at the stage where I need to choose batting.....the only place to get batting around here is Wal-Mart and Fabricland.

Fabricland has Warm and Natural....but for $34.98 for a queen sized (I need twin and would have to cut this down)....is this a normal price for this stuff?Huh

Wal-Mart has poly....I think it's Mountain Mist???

Here is my question.   How thick is the Warm and Natural Normally?Huh  The stuff I looked at seemed to be about an 1/8th of an inch thick.......was this normal?

Won't this make an awfully thin quilt?

The poly is thicker, but won't this make an really light quilt, that won't be very warm?

Hmmm....I am stuck......is there thicker Warm and Natural?  or should I just use a blanket or some sort for batting Huh
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