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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Super easy veggie snack on: September 04, 2009 08:50:21 AM
This is super simple, but its something I don't think a lot of people would think about so I wanted to share it.

As a child I never got into radishes, but I visited my parents the other day and my Mom had some fresh so I decided to try them out. And guess what? I loved them! Especially with a little vegan ranch dressing....

I started to play around with different toppings and found that fresh herbs such as basil, rosemary, lavender, parsley, and thyme were a great addition to the veggie/ranch combo! If you have fresh herbs around you should try it out, even if you don't have ranch. It adds a nice flavor.

I also tried the ranch and herbs with cherry tomatoes and it was delish. I think the herbs would be good on just about any vegetable that ranch would be good on.

In the photo there's beets and cherry tomatoes with the ranch and herbs!

You can check this and much more out on my blog
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Flowery Maternity Wrap Dress on: July 30, 2008 07:51:17 PM
For my apparel construction 3 class, we had to make garments for different age groups. Out of the four (toddler, elementary, maternity, elderly) the maternity turned out to be my favorite.
I designed, drafted and sewed this dress. Too bad I'm not pregnant (JUST KIDDING!hah). Anyway here are the pictures

it can be tied in the front or back

pleats for the growing belly

If you want to find out more info check out my blog
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Beatles Decoupaged Lunchbox on: July 22, 2008 09:02:44 PM
This project was inspired by two items that I feel are totally different - a Beatles calendar and a tin lunchbox I bought in middle school. Sadly I do not have a before picture of the lunchbox, but let me tell you, it was horrible. It said "Princess of Everything" on it and was bright pink with a crown. I don't know what I was thinking when I spent $20 on it... The calendar was my boyfriends and when the year was over I couldn't let him discard it because of the great pictures.
After a few months I finally came upon both items and realized the lunchbox could be saved. I cut out my favorite pictures, then went to work cutting out little pieces of paper in different colors to make a border. Then I used one of my favorite products, Mod Podge, to attach the pictures and paper pieces to the lunchbox. A few hours later this was the result.

I'm really happy with how it turned out, and wish I had more lunchboxes like this to put pictures on.

I wasn't sure if this was the right forum, so mods feel free to move it if it needs to be somewhere else.

If you want to see more projects, here's the link to this page on my blog -
or here's the link to the whole blog - http://www.krisaki.wordpress.com
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / cute little bento (edit:more bentos added) on: May 18, 2008 01:04:22 PM
I was inspired by acidtrix's topic about her first bento to take the plunge and get my own. So after scouring the internet for a couple days I came upon this.

The cutest bento box ever! So I had to get it. While I was waiting for it to come in the mail I bought another bento box but that's another story. Anyways, it came in yesterday so I had to make myself lunch!

On the left theres jasmine tea bags, a fortune cookie, and a mint.
On the right theres soy crisps, nori maki, a key lime, strawberries, grapes, and raspberries.
Since I got the other bento, I've been collecting accessories for it. So far I have small heart shaped cupcake baking cups (seen in the bento on the right), little cookie cutters, regular cupcake papers w/ stars on them and all kinds of little cute snacks. It's an addiction already.

Edit: I made a couple bentos last night for my friend and I. They're almost the same, but there's little differences because she's a picky eater. They both have mushroom flavor udon noodles, pan fried tofu, and yellow bell pepper and onions on the right layers and various fruits/berries on the left. Mine has blanched asparagus and she has pretzels and a fortune cookie.

Here's her bento

And here's mine
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Red Dress for Heart Health on: February 13, 2008 08:36:42 PM
My University has a red dress fashion show and health fair every year. This dress is an original design by me and I made my own pattern for it. I'm really happy with the results. Unfortunately they didn't have the competition this year but my professors loved it so that's always a plus. I wasn't able to get good shots of the runway part, but it's easier to see the details in these pictures anyways.


Here's another dress I made, this time for myself. It's a popular pattern, I forgot the number right now though. I changed around the back though to make it more interesting and made the skirt part very short.

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / purse mishaps w/pic on: April 25, 2007 09:48:53 AM
Here's a couple mishaps I've had lately...

I make a lot of custom purses for people and a couple weeks ago a girl asked me to make a large purse with an inner pocket, and eyelets on the top with fabric threaded through. After finding the material she wanted, which was pretty expensive, I set to work. All was well until I got to the inner pocket. When I went to sew in the zipper, the slight stretchiness of the material messed it all up, so I decided to try a different pocket style.
Too bad I ran out of material, so I had to go back to the store and buy more fabric. I get home and try to attach the pocket via zig zag stitch... and it also didn't work out. So I give up on the whole pocket thing and tell the girl I'll take $5 off since I wasn't able to add the pocket. After putting the purse together, it was time to  make the holes for the eyelets. Of course, I didn't have a punch for the holes, so I improvised and used my seam ripper.
After getting the first hole done, I moved on to the second... then woopse, I ripped a hole over an inch long through 4 layers of fabric and two of thick interfacing!  For a while I thought I would have to do some weird appliqué or something, but alas! my dad had larger eyelets, a hole punch and helped me get all the eyelets in. Finally the  dang thing was done, so I email the girl and she's excited... until her mom takes away her money and won't let her buy any more purses! So after all that work and stress, I haven't even sold it yet! Here's a picture of the finished thing.

The next custom purse I made wasn't so dreadful, but I still had problems. A chick wanted a purse to have a skull & crossbones & bow appliqué and the wording "I'm a mother fucking princess" on the front. So after doing the applique, I used my not so good MS Paint skills to do the wording and print it out on iron on paper. Fortunately I cut out each word separately, because on the "I'm" I found out it wasn't going to work at all. The iron on looked really bad on the black fabric, and you couldn't see the wording at all. So I went to work using my nails to scrape off the iron on stuff until I couldn't take it anymore and cut off part of it and finished the purse up. I didn't get a picture of that purse, but here's a picture of one that it was based off of and has the same style/applique.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / retro sweetheart dress on: September 28, 2006 06:52:39 PM
I just finished this dress last night. The fabric is red with white polka dots. I altered the top from a pattern that I already had and added the white part. Unfortunately I didn't have a long enough zipper for the back so I made it lace up. I think it turned out nicely in the end though.

Comments are greatly appreciated!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / blue as can be on: September 13, 2006 03:06:13 PM
My boyfriend's mom gave me a bunch of fabric that she didn't use anymore so I made this purse for her for thanks. I think she liked it and I hope she uses it sometime. I'm really happy with how the pocket came out and I like the blues together.

Tell me what you think, good or bad!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / I <3 buttons on: August 01, 2006 11:40:32 AM
This is the newest purse I made, I really love how the button heart came out.

button detail

The big inside pocket

I'd love your comments and feedback! Thanks for looking!

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10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / heart, leopard, and animal purses... plus more on: July 29, 2006 04:01:05 PM
These are a few purses I've made lately. Well here they are, I put links for the interior pictures of the purses.






These are the first purses I'm selling, so feedback and comments are greatly appreciated, thanks in advance!

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