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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: My elven costume on: September 13, 2013 12:50:10 PM
I really love that you have created a single garment that can be worn for every situation imaginable. This is honestly one of the most amazingly well thought out pieces I've ever seen.
2  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: What fast meals do you ALWAYS have on hand? on: December 11, 2008 09:07:31 AM
Black beans and rice: a classic! I honestly make it all the time and my boyfriend (a carnivore) loves it and thanks me every time I make it. To make it extra-special I will drain the beans and, before adding them to the pot, I will melt about a tablespoon of butter or earth balance and add one chopped shallot and one or two chopped cloves of garlic. I will let that cook a little while until it smells fabulous and add some vegetable broth (another thing I always have) and the beans. Then I stir it up and let it simmer while I cook my rice.

I also always have beer. Best thing to have around for cooking EVER. In the above recipe, you can add beer instead of the vegetable broth. I always also make Beer Bread, either Whole Wheat or white. Super easy, hearty and delicious.
3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: ~*~*Reviews of Prepackaged Vegetarian and Vegan Foods*~*~ on: August 13, 2008 09:49:07 AM
I just tried the Fantastic World Foods' version of vegetarian broccoli cheddar soup, hoping it would be a good meal for between classes because it's kinda like those cup noodles. Well, let me tell you-- do not try them! If you don't heed my warnings, prepare to be disappointed. They are disgusting. I followed the directions exactly and the broccoli came out hard and the soup was extremely watery and bland.
4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: ~*~*Reviews of Prepackaged Vegetarian and Vegan Foods*~*~ on: August 10, 2008 09:14:12 PM
I'm really surprised nobody has reviewed anything from Amazing World Foods yet. It's not exactly pre-made, but it is most certainly pre-packaged. Everything is vegetarian, if not all vegan. I've only actually tried the Black bean, falafel and hummus so far.
Black Bean
5/5...This stuff is seriously easy to make. All you have to do is boil some water and stir the black bean mix in. I ate it with some rice in a taco and it was freaking amazing and deliciously spiced.

Falafel Mix
5/5...All you do with this one is pour some water into it, form it into balls, and either fry or broil them. It seriously takes like 10 minutes to make, perfect for a busy night and my omni boyfriend devours it. It's almost as good as I've had it in restaurants.

3/5...This is the only thing I've had from them that I don't totally love. It's easy in a pinch because like the others you just add water and stir, but it's really hard to get it mixed really well. Also, I think it lacks some acidity that I enjoy in the normal fresh hummus I get that I could pretty much eat at every meal.

Everything is no more than $3. Sorry if I sound like their salesperson or something, I'm just a poor, lazy, vegetarian college student.

5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Sooo, I guess I'm not a vegetable-type person on: August 10, 2008 12:32:40 PM
If trying vegetables doesn't work for you, but you still want to be vegetarian, try and finely grate veggies like zucchini and carrots into things like pasta sauces. There is also this book out called Deceptively Delicious that I saw in the bookstore that's meant for people with kids. It's meant for omnivores, but it would probably be really easy to adapt lots of those recipes to the veg diet. Go to the book store and write down some recipes. She claims her kids don't know the difference.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: 55 year old apple shape help on: July 08, 2008 10:00:51 PM
Wear a wrap dress. Those things look great on everyone. My mother wears separates a lot, in the same color and she looks fabulous in them.

Anything that lengthens you. Also, I think you'd like something with a matching jacket. It makes a nice vertical line and is so slimming. Try a dress that is not in two pieces ie. doesn't have a separate bodice and skirt. Or has a less gathered skirt.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Underwire Bra repair??Help!! on: July 08, 2008 09:52:40 PM
I am terribly short waisted. I mean, my waist is practically under my arms.

Now I'm addicted to granny bras. Ok, so they're not the prettiest things ever, right but let me tell you, they're the most comfortable bras anyone will ever wear. I mean, I would wear mine jogging or trampoline jumping before I'd slap a sports bra on. And I can wear them all day. With no underwire.

They come in pretty boxes and are dirt cheap.

Throw away your broken bra and get one that fits and won't stab you in the boob ever.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to get started? on: July 08, 2008 09:45:18 PM
Just try stuff. I started making dolls from a simple pattern. Then I bought Simplicity's Simply the Best Sewing Book or however it's called. I have a massively old one that was printed when it still included patternless sewing projects. I made a skirt from that out of some cheapo broadcloth and it was so exciting I became addicted to sewing.

Buy a book about sewing. Pick one with the most information possible. I still refer to that Simplicity book.

Find some simple patterns and attempt them. If you don't want to use up pretty fabric, use muslin. Prepare to fail. It's not all that bad. I still fail and costume design is my major in college.

After you've gotten really comfortable with sewing, go to the library and either find or have your library order (interlibrary loan, I don't know if yours does it, but mine does-- find out about this!) a pattern drafting book. Then you don't ever have to worry about buying another pattern again.
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making or altering a wig for a Marie Antoinette costume? on: July 01, 2008 10:25:27 AM
Cheapy wigs are ok. We did a production of Rocky Horror last fall and that's pretty much all we used. All we did for the bigger wigs was sew another wig on top of the other, or cut the wig in half and sew that half onto the top or back of the wig. The most important things about wigs is knowing whether they are synthetic or natural hair.

Synthetic wigs will only set with heat. If you curl a synthetic wig you have to use the hair dryer to set the curls. You can't reset the thing, really. You can try, but it won't look as good so if you use a synthetic wig and you plan to experiment, buy a lot because they're cheap.

Human hair wigs you can set again and again. They set hot or cold, but they don't hold styles as well because they're not permanent.

Either way use tons of hair spray. Also, we did a show a while ago with the huge hairdos and ships in them and all that. We didn't just use the hair in the wigs, we cut that foam tubing and sewed it onto wigs and wrapped the hair in the wigs around the tubing and as I recall used a light spray of shellac to coat it. THAT is the only way to get that ginormous hair.

Just adding to other peoples' comments.
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Silk Screening Methods?? on: June 07, 2008 03:30:54 PM
If you're an ok painter, you can use the screen filler/ drawing solution method. This is a more intuitive way to print because it's a lot like painting.
I roughly draw my design directly onto the screen with a pencil.
Then, I paint on it with drawing fluid and let it dry.
After that, I coat my screen with screen filler and let that dry.
Then, I rinse out my drawing fluid.
*Beware, drawing fluid has the consistency of grape jelly.

Or, you can draw your design onto the screen and paint around it with screen filler, creating a negative.

Or you can tape a paper stencil onto a screen.

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