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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Evening of the Enigma Party on: June 21, 2007 12:53:56 PM
Ok, so two friends are coming over in August for a girls night.  Being that I've been studying astrology for seemingly my entire life, along with tarot, I told the girls we could do a drunken astrology night.  Basically, I'm doing their horoscopes & tarot, we're going to watch corny movies (think the 80s classic, Teen Witch), play light as a feather/stiff as a board, eat, and drink too much.

I had planned on giving each of the girls a circle skirt as a gift (there's a joke on the invite about stevie nicks attire being optional) and another has offered to bring candle making supplies so we can all make one. 

What I'm really looking for ideas on is food & beverages.  It's at 8:30pm probably until about midnight, so I don't expect a lot of food, but rather snacks.  I had planned on doing chocolate fondue and don't know what else.  Anybody have any suggestions?

Can anyone think of a cocktail with a mystical sounding name? 
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My little cowpoke's apron *a cute project for BOYS* on: June 06, 2007 02:48:37 PM
Just some background: I live within a 5 minute walk of Hancock Fabrics.  Unfortunately they closed last year, and I can no longer bathe myself in the beauty of $1 pattern sales every single weekend, with kindly older women who do not heed any attention to purchase limits.  When they were going out of business, I checked in 1-2 times a week to pick up fabrics at serious discounts.  They had a deal running where if you bought off the rest of the bolt, you got an additional 15% off (this is on top of 60-80%).  I had been eyeing this wicked awesome cowboy and cowgirl fabric for a while, and have to find a buttload of projects to use it for.

Fast forward to this Fall.  My son, Rollin, kept stealing my aprons.  So I made him his own Man Apron.  He wears it whenever he is "cooking" and it hangs on a hook next to mine.  It took about 30 minutes to make, is basically a rectangle sewed to a bigger rectangle which was gathered (most boys probably wouldn't like gathering, but he's only 2 so he doesn't know the difference) and then a tie at the waist and neck.


closeup of lustworthy fabric:


I'll have to get an action shot when he isn't napping.

Some of the other great deals were zippers 4/$1, and packs of buttons 8/$1, and spools of ribbon for 50 cents.  I didn't even get to the pattern section because in the final days it was like something out of Mad Max.  I still have dreams of how amazing the sales were and wishing I had more money to spend on fabric I'll never use.
13  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Ahoy hoy on: May 29, 2007 11:09:32 AM
Hi Group-

I've been a member of Craftster for a while, and a lurker even longer.  I sew (clothing and house stuff- pillows and the like), knit (and never finish anything), quilt (if I'm forced to), garden (plant stuff and make my husband take care of it), and enjoy household type things, especially related to eco friendly solutions (green cleaning products, composting, recycling, etc.).

My favorite things to sew are dresses & aprons, which I need to get off my butt and post in the clothing forum.

I am 23, live in Central Ohio, am married and have an almost 2 year old son.  One of the great things about having a son is finding ways to make crafts for boys.  He has his own apron, a finished knitted hat, booties that he never wears, lots of flannel jammie bottoms, and a few small stuffed animals (including one which is a robot that I think the cat buried in the back yard somewhere).  I work full time for The Man in the Social Services arena, and take classes whenever possible.  I am a stereotypical Capricorn in that I love working, and often get engulfed in my work (whether it is crafting or cooking or even work-work).

When it comes to crafting, I mostly make gifts.  My favorites being Halloween costumes or household things like curtains. 

I like pretentious movies, themed parties, 80s music, devouring books and anything with barbecue sauce on it.
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Turning a wheelchair ramp into a raised vegetable bed/greenhouse on: May 28, 2007 01:38:54 PM
My husband and I moved into our house four years ago this summer.  When we moved in it became very obvious that the previous owner was in a wheelchair because of some of the modifications done to our home (and the neighbors telling us their life story helped as well).  The entrance to our house requires you to walk up some steps, but because we have an attached garage the previous owners installed about a 10 foot long wheelchair ramp extending from the kitchen door entrance to the side of the garage.  

One of the first improvements we did to our home was to tear out the ramp to save space (our garage is actually made to hold 2 1/2 cars, but you lose the ability to hold that ever so important 1/2 car with the ramp in there).  We threw the ramp in the back yard in the fall of 2003 and it has set there collecting thistle and potato bugs ever since.  Having all that wood at the hands of two packrats/procrastinators is a dangerous thing.  The first few months were met with our insistence that "we'll make something when Spring rolls around".  Up until a few hours ago it was still sitting in the yard.

I've been flirting with the idea of raised vegetable beds for a while.  The reason they most appealed to me is that it required no tilling, and I hate yard work or any hard labor really.  The odd thing about me, though, is that I love building stuff.  

So after running my idea past the husband, thinking that he would brush it off as another one of my "wouldn't it be nice but I'll never do it" conversations, but instead he agreed that it was a splendid idea.  Shit.  That meant I actually had to do it.  

This is the ramp sitting with garbage on top of it in our back yard:
(The kiddie pool used to belong to the dog)

This is our son being more helpful and slightly less drunk than Ty Pennington:


Here is the ramp moved to its new home, in full sun, in a really bumpy part of our yard.  This mofo was heavy.  I removed the plywood pieces (which were the actual ramp) and threw them in the new, improved, smaller junk pile.  I will probably call them "compost" but really it means they are just going to rot in the yard.  That weird big chunk of wood was removed after a lot of effort on my part, and tons of brawn on the son's part

Over the Winter our back screen door flew off the hinges, and the glass popped out (it gets really windy here).  Since I had been saving the glass for "some kind of project", I decided that maybe, just maybe, it would fit over the ramp.  Voila!  We have a small greenhouse for my seedlings.  The glass is not fastened down in any way, so it can easily move between sections.  The end of the ramp where the wood is cut diagonally would probably be a good place to secure the glass section premanently, or do something else interesting.  I haven't really decided what the best use of it is yet, but I'm sure there'll be some sort of divine intervention to help me out.  Check out the lower right corner of the glass piece- it's one of those $5000 reward guard dog stickers.  I'm thinking of keeping it on there.

I still have to put more soil in the other sections, and plant the seeds.  But I'm feeling pretty damn satisfied.  The project took about one hour to do.  The next step for this puppy (other than filling it out with dirt & plants) is to take the blue kiddie pool, bore a hole into the side that can be plugged and unplugged, and then attach a long piece of PVC pipe with holes drilled into it and run it over the length of the vegetable bed.  My husband calls this a sistern.  I'm going to call it an irrigation system.  Either way, we are not paying for water to water our plants.  I had wanted to put a 50 gallon drum underneath each of our downspouts to use for water collection, until I realized that our downspouts run underground and empty in the street.

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