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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Thriftstore Pillowcase Skirt on: February 23, 2004 11:32:04 AM
is this a US or UK 14?  can't remember how it goes, US is a size smaller than UK right?  eg a US 14 would be a UK 16??  hehe, not that it really matters, i'm a UK 16  Grin

I think that the US sizes are 2 smaller than UK.  Like a UK 16 is a US 12.  I'm from the US, but did a study abroad program in Leeds last year and quickly learned I did not fit into the clothes that were the equivalent of the US size.  What a disappointment to the ego.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:sheet skirts on: February 23, 2004 11:22:49 AM
hey - i've also made a star wars sheet skirt, but mine originated from my older brother's empire skirts back sheets.  It looks a lot like the link in the previous post.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / simple belt buckle search on: February 20, 2004 12:21:29 PM
i'm trying to make a belt and only want a simple buckle.  i tried going to the joann's and michael's in the local area, but had no luck.  does anyone have good ideas on where to buy cheap buckles?  thanks.
4  UNITED STATES / New Jersey / trenton/princeton area thrift stores? on: February 20, 2004 12:18:14 PM
Hey all.  I just moved to NJ, near Trenton recently and need info on the thrift shops in the area.  Thanks!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re:messenger bag with gusset tutorial on: February 20, 2004 12:10:37 PM
If you're looking for funky retro cottons, though, I just love Reprodepot Fabrics online - http://www.reprodepotfabrics.com.  

Thanks for the website.  The selection looks great.  The only fabric store in my area is Joann's, which is very limited.
6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re:vegan granola recipes? on: February 20, 2004 12:06:48 PM
i do sometimes eat honey, but i'm looking for an alternative to that for my granola.
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Thrift Score on: February 19, 2004 06:51:44 PM
Thrift Score by Al Hoff.

It's not mainly abot crafts, but there are lots of crafty interpretations of things you can buy at a thrift store.  And clever ideas in general.

A highlight - there was a portrait of an artist who would put his artwork IN thrift stores to see if people buy them.

Unfortunately the book's out of print, but look for it at your local public library.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re:bean-lovers time savers on: February 19, 2004 06:29:31 PM
yea, but it really depends on what you like, here's some popular bean dishes:
hummus, refried beans, black bean soup, lentil soup, dal.

i'll just list the first two, which are my favs:

2 cups cooked chickpeas (you can cook em yourself or buy and drain a 14 oz can)
1-2 cloves garlic
1/4 c lemon juice
1/4 - 1/3 c sesame tahini (found in health food sections of supermarket)
1 t cumin powder
1/2 t salt (or to taste)
olive oil (to get a smooth consistency)

put all in blender/food processor and blend til smooth.
place in bowl and make a cross with paprika or cayenne powder over the hummus (my aunt who's from macedonia says it's tradition to keep evil spirits away).
serve with pita bread or in sandwiches.

refried beans:
2 c cooked pinto beans (or 14 oz can)
1 onion
1-2 jalapenos
1-2 cloves of garlic
2 t cumin powder
optional: 1 t chili powder, tomatoes, bell peppers

Saute the onion, jalapeno, garlic in olive oil til onion's ready and soft.  add cumin and other mexali spices.  cook about a minute.  add tomatoes and bell peppers if you like now.  add pinto beans with some water to prevent sticking and mash the pinto beans with a wooden spoon to achieve a lumpy viscous consistency.  add salt & pepper to taste.

oh man.  i just approx those recipes, but when in doubt taste it!

other tips: beans are great in stews and salads.  it's easy to add them in those dishes.
9  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / vegan granola recipes? on: February 19, 2004 06:13:47 PM
hey.  i know all you vegans out there dig granola, right?  post some crunchy favs, please!  i'm having issues with getting big clumply chunks in mine, nothing's sticking together very well.  help!
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / bean-lovers time savers on: February 19, 2004 06:08:28 PM
i love beans, but am far too picky (and cheap) to eat the canned ones, so I always take hours in the kitchen cooking the dried ones.  Until just recently...  

Quick dried beans tutorial for non-beanie types:
1)soak em overnight
3)add more water, cook 45-60+ minutes depending on type of bean
4) taste for doneness

My alteration was instead of cooking beans right before I made dinner, I cooked them in the morning before I went to work, since I normally get up about an hour before I leave the apt.  This has saved me soooo much time, cos then the bulk of my dinner cooking time is reduced, and I still get high quality food.
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