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11  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: DIY Cloth Pads Tutorial on: March 01, 2006 12:45:32 PM
I may have contradicted myself. Waterresistent fabrics can breathe... I don't know if waterproof ones can. I didn't use this layer, so I'm not much help.
12  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: DIY Cloth Pads Tutorial on: March 01, 2006 12:01:59 PM
Absorbant: Just ask for flannel. 100% cotton. They should have tons. I also just noticed today that one fabric store sells diaper fabric by the yard, but flannel should be more than fine. I made some overnights with a couple layer of towelling, but I just cut up an old towel. I think a few extra layers of flannel would do the same (something I'm going to try).

Can't help w/ waterproof. I haven't needed it. I think Lunapads uses fleece (polyester), and some folks have used gym shorts (or the same kind of material). Breathable is key.
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: firefly/serenity swap (picture heavy) on: February 23, 2006 03:22:16 PM
I got my package today and couldn't wait to photograph and post! I don't know if Suzie plans to post what she got from me, but if you want a peek, I put it in my LJ (includes pics of the Tall Card deck).

Firefly Swap 1 Package from Suzie - Pic1

This was so much fun to open! And it's not all pictured. Keep going to see the rest.

In the tin: a collection of Firefly and Serenity magnets that are going on the fridge today; a Kaylee-inspired Serentiy necklace; a Zoe-inspired leather thong; a whole set of Inara-inspired jewelry in green: earrings, earcuff (right?), necklace, bracelet and ring. It must have rolled out of the way, but there is also a little rubber ball like the one in "Objects in Space."

Immediately to the left of the tin, you see a bobble-headed geisha doll. Then, a pretty silk sheath that holds two sets of chopsticks. Then a decorated tin (more details to follow), and a little silk coin purse.

It's all sitting on a wool vertical messenger bag that I'll be putting to good use pretty soon!
Firefly Swap 1 Package from Suzie - Pic2

Some detail of the jewelry. It's all so pretty!  Plus the back of the tin.
Firefly Swap 1 Package from Suzie - Inside the tin

A little quote, "Bye now. Have good sex." (Kaylee) And a bunch of knitting notions.
Firefly Swap 1 Package from Suzie - Dino Diorama

I think I might have more dinosaurs than Wash! Plus, the palm trees double as pens. Just to the left, which didn't make the picture (pout) is a little penguin. Not a Firefly thing -- a Suzie thing.
Firefly Swap 1 Package from Suzie - Firefly & Serenity Journal

Suzie spent some serious time cutting and pasting dozens of little pictures onto and into this journal. The front is all Firefly, the back is all Serentiy, and she added little bits on random pages inside.

Plus, a Blue Sun iron on.
Firefly Swap 1 Package from Suzie - Journal Back
The back of the journal.

I'd say this package rocks!
14  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Firefly/Serenity Swap (sign up by 11/23, send by 1/28/06) SIGN-UP CLOSED on: February 23, 2006 03:17:58 PM
Oops. Meant to put this in the gallery.
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Hot/Cold Pack on: February 21, 2006 06:10:11 AM
I'm loving the barley! Easy to find and cheap. It seems to take as long to heat up as rice.
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Dog Bone Cookies on: February 19, 2006 05:11:48 AM
My niece's 8th birthday and her dog's 1st birthday are one day apart, so my niece wanted a dog-themed party, which was last night. I promised to make some dog bone cookies. The plan was to get a dog bone cookie cutter and make sugar cookies decorated in my "usual" style, but then I saw the Scooby Doo graham crackers at the grocery store. Too perfect and way less work! Otherwise, this is my typical method of decorating cookies.

The crackers are actually better than a thinner sugar cookie - it was easier to tap off the excess frosting. Not one broke (unless already broken in the box).

So, this isn't quite a recipe, but they were a huge hit (mostly gone within an hour) so I wanted to share.

Specs: 1 box of Scooby graham crackers (from the cookie aisle), 1 tub of vanilla frosting (thinned in the microwave), 1 bottle of non-pariels. The beauty part of this (besides the no baking and minimal clean-up) is that if your kitchen is a mess (like mine), you can do the whole thing on your ironing board like I did.

I nuked the frosting for 1 minute to thin it, laid out some paper plates, and cut down a plastic cup and poured half the non-pariels into it. Then, I dipped half to three-quarters of each "biscuit" in the icing and tapped off the excess and scraped the bottom mostly clean. Finally, I dipped the end of most of the biscuits into the sprinkles (that was a little messy, so sometimes I just sprinkled some over the end). After they set for a few minutes, the icing was dry enough to put them on a platter.
Close-up. About 70% have sprinkles, 15% or so are dipped but w/o sprinkles, and the rest are plain. If you've ever had a graham cracker & frosting "sandwich," you'll know how good these taste (a little sweet, though).

Lesson learned (at least for my family): Fewer plain, more sprinkles. And 60-year-old men (the grandfathers) will insist on feeding the plain ones to the dog.

My SIL managed to find candy favors for the kids which were little plastic dishes (looked like dog food bowls) filled with candy that looked like kibble and a little candy dog bone. She decorates cakes, so there was a dog-themed cake too. My niece wore dog ears all night that she made out of construction paper. Kind of a strange theme for an 8-year-old's party, but she wanted it that way and had a blast, which is the important thing.
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: firefly/serenity swap on: February 14, 2006 03:46:00 AM
Fabulous, Batgrrl! What an eye for detail!!!! (I couldn't open Jayne's, but the rest -- wow.) I think my absolute fave is River's napkin ring, but it's hard to say for sure.
18  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: DIY Cloth Pads Tutorial on: February 11, 2006 01:59:15 PM
One set completed. I thought I'd try out one set of super-duper ultra long overnights (since I need them today and tonight), and if they work out, I'll make more.

The orange isn't quite that neon/radioactive, but there is no sun here, so this is the best I can do. I ADORE the color combo! I pretty much followed the tutorial, but made it longer for nighttime, and added the rickrac on the ends to hold the inserts. I didn't have to go out and get new flannel, since I have a basket full of it from Christmas projects, but I fell in love with the citrus fabric.

When I told my husband what I was doing, his first reaction was "ew, gross!" But he really will support anything that makes me happy (when it comes to my body and my period, I'm in charge (otherwise it's a partnership), but it makes it easier if you don't have to explain stuff all the time or defend your ideas). I'm sure he'll realize this may mean he'll never have to go to the drugstore on an emergency pad run again.
19  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: DIY Cloth Pads Tutorial on: February 11, 2006 06:00:31 AM
Honestly, when I first heard of these, there was NO way I was going to use them. But as I continue to have leakage and irritation issues, I'm becoming a convert. I hope to sew my first one this weekend.
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Firefly/Serenity Swap Round 2? on: February 11, 2006 05:39:53 AM
I'd do it again.
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