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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Yet Another Bag of Bags on: July 08, 2006 08:32:08 PM
nicely done.  i like how you broke it up with some filet.

Actualy, I was running out of yarn. I had two balls, almost the same size. When I started the filet I had just finished the first ball and figured I needed to save some yarn in order to finish the bag without making more yarn. Smiley
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Yet Another Bag of Bags on: July 08, 2006 12:42:15 PM
I had to try my hand at this. I used no pattern at all, just tried to remember what I did many years ago, when I made a bag out of heavy cotton yarn. This one will be seeing much more use, with cotton the bag ended up being to heavy.

I found it easy, cheap and charming. Let me know what you guys think.

I wrote a post about it on my weblog,  in portuguese.
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: clear vinyl wallets on: June 17, 2006 12:43:48 PM
so your suggesting that they use 2 fabrics... one for the inside, one for the outside.  and sorry...  here in brazil we dont have stitch witchery.  what's that?  WE DON'T EVEN GET DUCK TAPE!!!!  I DONT KNOW WHAT IT IS TO PLAY WITH DUCK TAPE!!!  we only get the silver one...  ai caramba!

Duct tape is called silver tape in Brazil. There are plenty of colours now red, blue, even camouflaged, but it used to be only silver, it's the stuff skaters used to fix their tennis with.

I've found it at Kalunga - they call it "fita adesiva multiuso".
Here is the red one

I should know, I have a bunch. They are the best to fix stuff. Smiley
You should find it anywhere in Brazil. Check the hardware stores.
14  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Fresh produce tips for a little family on: June 01, 2006 06:09:55 PM
I also have a family of two, me and Mr Veggie lover. We go to the local produce market one a week and stock on veggies and fruit.
My tips are:

If its already washed, you'll probably eat it. Lazyness is paramount to rotting vegetables.
Fruit should be easy to see. I like mine on room temperature. So we keep the fruit on the counter. If the fruit are hidden away in the fridge, I'll forget about them  for weeks.
Some kinds of vegetables rot faster than others. I only buy greens that live longer. Letuce is allways the first to go bad.
Don't buy more than you can eat. Even if it is cheap.
Potatoes and onions will last longer -almost forever - if you keep them in the fridge. It actually helps reduce the "crying effect" of onions if you chop them cold.

My significant other is a picky eater, despite liking vegetables, but it helps to find out some more foods he will like to eat if you ask about childhood memories. The food we loved as children, we will love forever. Smiley
15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Plus sized bras on: May 29, 2006 07:25:18 AM

Distimica- I too only have two bras, one black and one white.  Same exact style and size.  I used to have a strapless bra.. But i lost it Sad  Anyway, maybe you could try ordering a few bras over the internet?  I'm sure you could find some not so expensive ones incase the sizing isn't quite right.  After all this talk about the JUst My Size bras, I looked them up figureing they would be expensive, but they're not!  They seem to be under $12 dollars.  Which is much better than the 40 - 50 I usually spend!  Especially if they fit!  Of course, I don't know how much shipping to Brazil would be.. The sizing there seems crazy though..  I can't even begin to comprehend..  Just having to eyeball all the bras to see if you should even try them on?  *shudder*  Good luck finding a new one!

I have checked Just My Size, and figured out what my size should be - a 30 DD. But they don't have anything that small. Now that I know best, I'll look online. $12 is pretty much what a cheap (but decent) bra costs in Brazil, I would be glad to pay some $10 extra for something that fits. Shipping here is not that expensive.
16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Plus sized bras on: May 28, 2006 07:59:36 AM
I know it's tough.

But you guys should really see what goes on here in Brazil before complaining. The concept of band-size x cup size never really caught on here. Bras are sold in more or less the same way as pants - 38, 40, 42 wich would be in the States 6, 7, 8 and so on. Cup sizes are a matter of style or lack of - the larger the uglier.

I am not even plus size and I have tried dozens of bras in the last visit I made to the store only to pick one that fits one of my breasts. Fitting services are another concept that never was fully understood here.

My mother is plus sized and now she is reduced to using what I call band-aids. Those ugly as hell beige body armours, because they are the only ones that can fit and hold her breasts. Bras only cut her back and never fit entirely the breasts - even the uglier.

I am in dread, because my two - yes, two - bras are old and decaying and soon I must give some BIG store another visit and try another few dozend bras. I just hope to find one that can fit both breasts at once.
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: bra or no bra? on: May 26, 2006 08:07:14 AM
Keep it. Your measurements should allways be done with the underwear you intend to use with the clothes. Smiley
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / how to make (not to tie) a bow tie on: May 25, 2006 08:55:15 PM
Hey, maybe you guys can help me

I need a bow tie to use for a photoshoot. The tie that comes with the outfit I intend to rent looks too much like "mariage material" and I need a real cheap, but not cheap looking bow tie to go with it.

I figured that if I can get a pattern, I might be able to get a couple of regular ties on a trift store and pull this of, does anyone have access to a real bow tie that can tell me how its constructed and maybe draft a pattern?

Thanks in advance.

I searched google and the archives here, to no avail.

19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL - first pattern I designed myself!! warning, too many pictures!!! on: April 05, 2006 05:57:21 AM
Nice tutorial.

I is very clear, even with minimal explanations.

I've been to your site, your bags are very creative  and well done. I love "chita" and it's shameless prints.

On your site: why don't you make an english version so you can sell the bags all around the world? I am a programmer, I live in So Paulo and maybe I can help. Send me a PM if you are interested.
20  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: Buying perspex and getting it cut? on: March 21, 2006 05:27:03 PM
Find somewhere that sells acrilic plates, they usually cut them too. Might charge something for the cut, but its easier to pay for one cut than to pay for all the machinery, if you are not going to use them a lot.
Make a cardboard mock up in the exact size you want, this would make it simpler for the shop guys to understand what you think.
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