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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making an Ipod cozy from something other than yarn or fabric? on: January 12, 2005 05:54:44 PM
A woodburning tool or soldering iron might work for the record. If he has the tools, how about using tin snips and a rubber mallet on sheet metal (or license plates, etc) or leather/pvc and rivets?
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: How to close stuffed items on: January 11, 2005 07:11:53 PM
I use something called ladder stitch which is different from the embroidery type of ladder stitch (aka open chain stitch). It takes some practice to get it, but just pin and press your fabric to avoid puckers.

You can generally find more info about ladder stitch in dollmaking books.
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: 11 1/2" Doll Patterns on: January 11, 2005 07:03:42 PM
Uh, I think that's still piracy, unless they're distributed under a creative commons license. Which they're not, just to be clear.
24  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Do you or Dont you put raw meat in crock pots on: January 10, 2005 12:29:17 PM
Searing the meat first to make it safer makes no sense -- the interior of the meat is still raw. 

From what I've heard, searing meat as a safety precaution works because the highest concentration of food poisoning-causing bacteria is found on the surface on the meat. Raw meat in and of itself won't cause food poisoning, else I'd be dead several times over.
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: e-6000 flammible? on: January 09, 2005 12:57:55 PM
AFAIK, e6000 is non-flammable once it has cured fully.
26  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Do you or Dont you put raw meat in crock pots on: January 09, 2005 12:13:08 PM
As long as the temp of the food reaches at least 165 F all around, you'll be fine. Don't overfill your crock pot or use one with a chipped crock or a faulty heating element and don't lift the lid.
27  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / cheap variation on crepe paper roses. on: January 08, 2005 11:00:21 PM
These are just ordinary crepe paper strip/foam strip roses done on a smaller scale with straws. Cheap because you can get a whole box for a dollar or just accumulate them from the fast food place a month or so in advance. The softer (cheaper) and longer the straw, the better it works. Don't use bendy straws, though.

Insert the scissors into the straw, cut one end of your straw about 2 inches.

Open up the cut

Start at one corner of the open flap, roll diagonally

Keep rolling all the way up to the end of the cut.

Keep rolling, the end of the cut will create a little bump, this forms the bud/center of the rose.

The angle of the roll will make the straw rise above the top of the rose. When this happens, fold the straw under and keep on a-rollin'

Rol,l roll, roll, fold, roll some more

Until the end of the straw

End of straw sticking out

Fold the end under till it overlaps the stem

Tape the end with some tape (masking, floral, electrical or just magic tape) and wrap the stem in a downward spiral. Color with a magic marker if you're using masking.
I did a pretty crappy job on this one, but you get the picture.

I shouldn't have used a clear straw, since it made photographing much harder, but it's the only kind I have on hand.
28  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Origami flowers on: January 08, 2005 10:11:45 PM
You can get free diagrams for similar roses here and here
they require some origami experience though. (or a lot of patience)
29  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Need to Make ~50 Valentines! AHHH Help on: January 08, 2005 10:08:45 PM
How about rubberstamping or hole punches? You can churn out 50 cards with one stamp and a set of magic markers, esp if you get a big one where you can use only parts of the stamp to get 3-4 different designs.
30  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: My PETCO shirt!! on: January 08, 2005 07:11:25 PM
Not to turn this into a political discussion, but petco does sponsor adoption programs where they can get cooperation from the local shelters. It might be as constructive to contact Petco about the local store near you if you feel that they're not operating to par. Two sides to every story after all.


It is a nice stencilling job, though. Smiley
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