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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / bathtime duckies on: August 03, 2011 09:26:14 PM
Hi all! I made some terrycloth and sponge duckies for my cousin's baby shower.  They're made with facecloths and stuffed with sponges so that they can be used as a bath toy or as a wash duck.  I got the idea and instructions from Martha Stewart http://www.marthastewart.com/266169/washcloth-duckie?backto=true&backtourl=/photogallery/handcrafted-baby-shower-gifts

I had trouble printing out the template, so I had to do a fair bit of trial and error, but I ended up with this:

12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: First ever sweater! on: August 03, 2011 04:45:38 PM
I did gauge, I swear!  I've put on a little weight since I started the sweater, and it seems to have mostly gone to ma boobs (mixed blessing...).  I've noticed it in my other clothes. Sad
13  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Tasty meals for beginners? on: July 21, 2011 10:25:05 PM
My fianc makes the BEST taco filling.  He starts by browning the beef (you can use ground chicken or veggie ground if you like) in a frying pan then adding in salsa, green chilies, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.  I know salsa is technically a prepared food, but if you read the label you'll surely find a brand that has nice simple pronounceable ingredients. It makes the meat nice and saucy and lovely Smiley  It goes nicely with guacamole (basically mashed avocado with lime juice and salsa mixed in), some nice chopped fresh tomatoes, some lettuce and a little bit of cheese in a soft tortilla.
14  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Help! I have a "meat eater" hubby! on: July 21, 2011 10:03:23 PM
Stew, curries, and chili come to mind.  Stew's great because everything ends up tasting like the meat, but you can add all kinds of veggies.  Curries and chili are nice and spicy, which might put a spin on the tastes that he'll find he likes. Lasagna is another great veggie vehicle, thanks to cheese and tomato sauce. I'd also try cooking veggies in a variety of ways with different spices.  I used to HATE cooked carrots until I tried cooking them lightly, glazed with ginger ale and chili flakes.  I've since grown out of most of my food aversions  Grin 

15  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What's for supper? on: July 21, 2011 09:36:49 PM
Empty-the-fridge fritatta!  Onions, spinach, rosemary and red peppers from the farmers market, left over mashed potatoes, and fresh local eggs.
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How can I fix the top of this dress? on: July 20, 2011 04:06:57 PM
You could also add some pretty trim that picks up colours from the flowers on the skirt.  Green or pink ribbon or something, that you could line up with the stitching along the neckline.
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How can I fix the top of this dress? on: July 20, 2011 04:03:35 PM
Iron on sticky stuff sure exists!

You can also get similar stuff in sheats at your friendly neighborhood fabric store Smiley
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First ever sweater! on: July 05, 2011 08:03:22 AM
Hi all! I just finished my first sweater, Knitty's Que Sera.  Sadly, I underestimated my bust measurement (or grew since I casted on...) and I can't comfortably button it up all the way.  Still, it's super cute when buttoned at the waist!

19  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Freeform Octopus on: July 04, 2011 08:00:18 PM
Them be some mad skillz.   I'm in awe of your freeforming abilities!  And the colours! Magnificent! I like how he kinda looks scowly.  I would call him Christopher the Cranky Cephalopod,
20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Star Trek Themed Birthday Party - Need help on: June 13, 2011 08:53:17 PM
I've made Star Trek uniforms for Halloween before! I did them without patterns, which I do not suggest (it's a fight to get in and out of my Nurse Chapel dress...) They were in technicolour velour and awesome, but a pain in the rear to sew. In retrospect, it would have been way easier to start with a t-shirt and alter it with paint, patches, rick rack and dyes. I found a website that might help

If you really want to sew them, you can use an old t-shirt as a  pattern for his tunic (just add black bias tape around the neck), but you should buy a pattern for the dress.  It'll be way simpler, especially if you're still developing your sewing skills.
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