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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re:SUPPLY SWAP (sign up closed ; send by: 4/6/04) on: April 17, 2004 01:33:11 PM
So far we have nine boxes received, and a few more known to be delayed - I've contacted those recipients. It looks like some people's boxes are taking longer than expected to make it through the mail (no wonder "priority" was only an extra few cents, it doesn't seem to make it go any faster! Wink ).

If you haven't received a box by WEDNESDAY 4/21 please contact me. I think even non-priority packages should have made it through by then.

If you haven't sent your box yet, or you sent it late, please contact me ASAP. If you find you can't put a box together after all, that's okay, I've got plenty of stuff floating around, I'll cover you no questions asked!

The package from Singapore arrived safe and sound, but there's no word on the package <em>to</em> Singapore, and it doesn't look like things going to/from Canada or Hawaii have arrived either. Anyone shipping outside the continental US, could you do me a favor and let me know when your package is/was supposed to arrive?

Meanwhile, I finally have an afternoon to finish rooting through my box and start crafting, phew! Grin
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re:SUPPLY SWAP (sign up closed ; send by: 4/6/04) on: April 15, 2004 09:27:23 AM
Eeeep! You guys, I'm sorry I've been such a flake this week!! No sooner do I get my box mailed than real life and work invade and I disappear from the board... Sad

Anyway, THANK YOU KERI!! No pictures today, alas, but I have some really fun squares in my quilt stash now, and I just might get around to decorating my bathroom with shiny beads and foam seahorses, hoorah!  Cheesy

I don't have the list of matches here at work, but I'll start troubleshooting things tonight... I know a few people have mentioned that they sent their packages late, and there's one that will probably take a while because it's coming in from Singapore. But I do have a spare box handy if anyone really gets burned!
3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re:Vegan Recipes on: April 02, 2004 10:19:33 PM
I've never found vegan substitutes to be quite as good as the original; with traditional European animal-heavy cooking you can taste the difference. Which is not to say that it doesn't come out tasty - it's just not as luxurious as butter and lard. Smiley

Here's what I usually do when cooking for vegan friends:
  • Soy milk for milk of course - but soy milk tends to be a little sweeter than cow's milk (particularly the vanilla flavored stuff) so I often cut out some of the sugar from the recipe.
  • Coconut milk for cream. Coconut milk ice cream is super-duper tasty!
  • Avoid egg substitutes in anything more complicated than cookies. Eggs provide leavening (use baking powder or soda), binding (use more flour) and moistening (use applesauce, bananas, soft tofu, oil, etc) all at once, and the substitutes you need will really depend on why the egg is important to the dish. It's possible to make anything short of a full-blown vegan souffle (and maybe someone's even done that, I don't know) but I've never gotten it exactly right on the first try.
  • Avoid all substitute cheese products, they are nasty. There are no acceptable substitutes for cheese.
Recipes designed to be vegan are always tastier than hastily altered ones imo, and certainly more likely to coax us omnivores away from our precious, precious buckets of lard... Wink
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re:help converting english recipe to french on: April 02, 2004 12:46:42 PM
Flour and sugar are usually given in grams or kilograms in the European recipes I've used (French and Danish); this cooking conversion calculator has plenty of densities programmed in.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re:Fabric Scrap Quilt on: April 02, 2004 12:39:43 PM
I did actually figure out the batting - bought a craft-size roll of it. I decided to hand quilt it rather than buy a walking foot just yet, so I'm working on it in dribs and drabs whenever there's something interesting on TV. It's a bit slow; I think I might just tie the next one. Cheesy
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:TV on: March 29, 2004 09:48:41 AM
taking apart TVs is VERY DANGEROUS.

please don't try it yourself. take it to someone who knows what to do.
Hey, are we X-TREME or not?

Seriously, the danger in taking apart old TVs comes from the high-voltage capacitors inside, which can hold a charge for quite a long time after the set is unplugged - particularly in vacuum tube models. Touch the wrong terminal and POW! you've got a dangerous (or at least painful) electric shock.

Identifying and safely discharging these capacitors is not hard; you can discharge 'em using a screwdriver with a well-insulated handle, which makes a nice light show but runs a high risk of ruining components. Check out the safe discharge faq for better techniques if you want to keep your parts in working condition.

If you can't tell a capacitor from a hole in your head, then find someone who can and get them to help. But for heaven's sake don't just drop it off at a shop and pick it up sans guts, you'll never learn anything that way! Plus you'll miss the fun of discharging high-voltage capacitors with a screwdriver, and you won't be X-TREME.
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Pantyhose/Tights/Nylons on: March 20, 2004 01:27:29 PM
I know people who swear by old nylons for tying plants to trellises or stakes - the material won't bruise the vines.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / decoupaged tupperware? on: March 19, 2004 12:25:14 PM
I want to decorate a bunch of the old margarine tubs and things I pack lunches in, and I'm thinking decoupage. But I've never seen decoupaged objects that are meant to be flexed, bent and dunked in soapy water after they're finished, so I'm a little worried about peeling and cracking of the protective coat.

Is there a good non-toxic, washable, flexible clear coating that y'all can suggest? Doesn't have to be dishwasher safe.
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re:Quick and Easy Beer Bread on: March 18, 2004 01:16:22 PM
Mmm, beer bread! Great to make the day after a party where people have taken two swigs from a bottle and then abandoned it, maybe that's gross but I don't care, a 350 degree oven is sterile enough for me.  Grin

I've never tried adding the butter on top - it comes out fine without it, maybe the crust isn't as tasty but it's certainly healthier!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re:Awesome bedspreads and sheets on: March 16, 2004 07:39:02 PM
You know what I have a really hard time finding?  Sheets that are made for matresses that are 18+ inches thick that don't cost $100 a set.
Is your bed small enough to use flat sheets from the next size up? I can't do hospital corners worth a dadgum, but it's easy to pull all the wrinkles off to the sides/bottom and hide 'em with a comforter.
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