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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Science Quilt! on: July 24, 2009 03:55:12 PM
Oh, this is awesome! I love the inclusion of the EEG patterns! So weel thought out. And totally geektastic. I think I'm going to study ECG interpretation by quilting arrythmias from now on...
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Manly Cabled Hat! on: January 24, 2009 11:34:44 PM
Every year I make that hat for my brother, and every year he wears it out again by Christmas and asks for another one. A very good manly hat I'd say!
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Yummy yummy Chocolates. With gold dust, ganache, and drizzles... on: September 04, 2008 01:05:54 PM
Ohhh, they look so REAL......You're making me hungry!
4  CANADA / Alberta / Re: Sewing Lessons in Calgary on: November 22, 2007 01:21:29 PM

I'm moving to Calgary right after Christmas. I've been teaching sewing classes in Ontario for 4 years, and I want to keep going. I don't know where I'm going to run classes yet or anything, but I know I want to keep teaching.

What kind of sewing do you want to do, and what have you done before?

5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: I need some MAJOR advice; Vegetarianism on the GO on: March 14, 2007 04:05:58 PM
I am also a vegetarian constantly on the go. My latest obsession is bulgur wheat. It's a cracked wheat products, kind of nutty-tasting. I buy the coarse stuff. Some grocery stores have it or you might have to go to a bulk food store. But it's fabulous because to cook it all you have to do is soak it in boiling water for 15 minutes and then it's a healthy base for a meal. I make it in large quantities when I have time, stick it in my fridge, and then throw it in a container in the morning with beans/chickpeas/lentils(Yay complete protein!)/currants/whatever spices I have in my cupboard/whatever random food I have in my fridge and some olive oil and or flavoured vinegar (sometimes I do this step before I go to bed at night). Makes an easy meal to take with me wherever, and you can dress it up to suit your own tastes.
6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Hey you Vegetarians! I have a question on: March 14, 2007 03:54:42 PM
Hi! I became vegetarian at age 6, so I've had a lot of experience with it. Still, somehow, at every family dinner, the person hosting is always asking 'well, what is she going to eat?'. Honestly, I've been going to these dinners my whole life and I've never starved yet! With the way we centrate around meat as the staple of a meal in Western culture, you'd be surprised how much of what we eat is actually vegetarian. Put some of the stuffing in a bowl before it goes into the turkey, and then put it in the oven with the turkey. Grab some sauce before they put the meat in it. And there are always the peripheral mashed potatoes, squash, casseroles, pastas, salads etc. that are all good veggie foods. Taking the foods your family normally eats and grabbing your portion before the meat goes in (and maybe adding some protien powder) is a good way to make the transition.
7  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Why are you Vegetarian/Vegan? on: March 14, 2007 03:42:33 PM
My mother swears that I liked meat when I was little, but I don't remember and so I don't entirely believe her. Because the first I remember, when I was 6, I suddenly hated the taste of all meat (a distaste that extends to most animal products, though I'm not officially vegan because i can't give up cheese or ice cream) and refused to eat it. I'm one of the lucky ones whose mother actually let her become veggie at that age.

This was 14 years ago, before being vegetarian really came into vogue, and man was I glad when it did! When I was about 10, I remember going on a trip with my family where we ate out for every meal. I had Ceasar salads for dinner six days in a row, because it was the only option any of the restaurants had for me where I could at least tell them not to put bacon on it. Then, all of a sudden, all of the restaurants and grocery stores started carrying options for vegetarians, and there was actually real food for me to eat!
It's interesting for me because I've gotten pretty much all of the reactions to vegetarians by now, and they have definitely changed over the years. A lot of people used to act like I was some kind of freak, and some even told my parents that they should force feed me or I would turn out to be weak and wimpy (I still have not seen this happen to any vegetarian!). Nowadays, vegetarianism is so mainstream that no one is even surprised when I tell them, and most of my friends either are vegetarian or have tried it. What I get most now is people who assume that I am an animal rights activist, which I'm really not, just because that's not really my area of interest. I have opinions about it but they're not particularly vivid forces in my life. Since I've been vegetarian for so long, I kind of bypassed that phase, because I was vegetarian anyway, so why pay attention to campaigns trying to make people become veggie?

Only problem is, I didn't do vegetarianism properly when I was younger, didn't get enough protein, and ended up slightly stunting my growth, so I am significantly shorter than all of my siblings, which  is somewhat frustrating!  Smiley. So my advice to any newer veggies is that if you're going to do it, do it right, because you really only get one shot with your body.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: New "Dream" Sewing Machine on: February 16, 2006 08:25:24 AM
The Viking Quilt Designer II would be really good for that price too- it'll do large-scale embroideries, and it's a little less than $5000, so with the extra you could get the emroidery software and a bunch of stitch cards.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Which sewing machine do I REALLY need? on: February 16, 2006 08:18:12 AM
The old Singers were really good but then they went to offshore manufacturing and the quality went way down.

Pfaff has a lower priced line right now called Hobby that I love. They don't have as many bells and whistles as other brands but they're really good quality and they run so smoothy. (They cost $200-$500 American I think, there's 3 different models, the 1122, 1132, and 1142 (sorry, I'm Canadian so I don't know the exact American prices, just that they're lower than ours!))
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Serger reconmendations on: February 16, 2006 08:12:40 AM
I've got a White 2000ATS that I've had for 7 years and never had a problem with it. What I love about it most is that the whole front of it opens up so it's SO easy to thread. The White 1934D and 1300DE are less expensive models but have the same ease of threading. All of them also do a really easy rolled hem as well. The 1600 is also a good machine but not as easy to thread.
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