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21  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Nekomimi and Kiki on: February 20, 2006 10:25:12 PM
These are some dolls I made using Runo's wonderful doll making website

http://www.dab.hi-ho.ne.jp/runo/class/

These were Christmas gifts for my daughters. The one with the black ears is a cat, the gray one is supposed to be a fox

http://dragonflybooks.com/images/nekomimi.JPG

This one is for me, it's Kiki and Jiji from Kiki's Delivery Service
http://dragonflybooks.com/images/kikidoll.JPG

22  UNITED STATES / Ohio / Japanese Resources on: August 27, 2005 08:56:20 PM

Anyone know if it's possible to find Japanese craft books--or really any Japanese books/magazines in Ohio? I am in Cleveland, but would be willing to drive up to two hours to find stuff. So far the Asian stores that I have checked in Cleveland don't carry much Japanese stuff.
23  Ohio / Ohio: Northeast / Re: Any Clevelanders? on: January 07, 2005 10:00:03 PM
The West Side Stitch and Bitch that meets at Capsule is a lot of fun with a good mix of people. I have been going since back in September.

River Yarns is a new store in Westlake, across from the Target on Center Ridge Road. Yarns Knit by Sue at 22580 Lorain Rd. also seems good--I had to dash in quick to pick up some Lamb's Pride, so didn't get to take too good of a look, but for a small shop it has a lot and the owner is friendly and helpful.

Some of the shops in our teeny tiny Chinatown can be good--approximate borders are Chester, St. Clair, W. 20th up to W. 40th. I've bought a lot of Joss paper there.
24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dias de los Muertos Cat on: August 03, 2004 02:05:12 PM
My daughter and I made a sort of soft sculpture Day of the Dead figure:

 


I's about 10 inches, made of muslin and embroidered with floss, stuffed with wool batting.


I was going to make a small cat out of sculpey, but M was afraid it would break and wanted something soft to play with. I think it might have worked better to use wool felt instead of muslin, but still pleased with how it turned out.
25  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Even cheapskates need to eat on: June 29, 2004 10:41:46 PM
Someone beat me to the Red Beans and Rice recipe  Wink

If you can buy, or find someone to buy you, a pressure cooker, it very much simplifies bean cooking. Usually dried beans take forever to cook, but with a pressure cooker, you don't even have to soak them and in 15 minutes they are soft enough to eat. If you like your beans soupy, you will need to cook them longer, but that is still such an amazing time considering how long it usually takes. And dried beans are just so cheap

And if anyone remembers 1970's or 1960's pressure cookers, the ones today are much safer. When I first got mine as a Christmas gift, it took me 8 months to finally drag it out. I was terrified of it. I remembered my mom's warnings and was certain it would explode, showering me with red hot food particles. Even now, I sort of stay out of the kitchen when the valve starts rocking, just in case  Smiley But if you follow the directions, they really are safe.
26  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Henna/Mendhi Powder on: June 14, 2004 11:17:18 PM
You can make a tube for applying the henna out of a plastic bag. It helps to add a few drops of eucylyptus oil to the henna, and you can make a preparation of lemon juice and sugar--I just added enough sugar to lemon juice to make a it a bit thick--to dab on afterward to keep the henna moist--once it dries, it won't continue to color.

I know there are some good websites out there, but I guess I am not using the right search words and it's getting late. But making the cone out of a plastic bag is easy, you just push the henna paste down into the corner, fold the edges over so it's tight, and snip off the tip of the corner. Kind of like making a pastry bag for decorating cakes if you have ever done that.
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