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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Yummy Smelling Heat Pads - With TUTORIAL on: February 17, 2010 10:45:32 PM
You definitely could.  I used a sewing machine, but even if you don't have one, it's small enough that it could be hand sewn quickly.
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Yummy Smelling Heat Pads - With TUTORIAL on: February 13, 2010 09:54:37 PM
I made a bunch of these heating pads as holiday gifts and they are so easy!  I thought they would be the perfect thing for warming up on a cold winter day.  I put together a tutorial so that  you can try them, too.  I know I'm not the first person to ever make heating pads from rice, so I'm definitely not claiming credit, but this tutorial shows how I do it.

Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions!

What you need:
- A fat quarter of fabric (or just a regular 1/4 yard)
-Straight pins
-Needle and thread (and sewing machine if you have one)
-Essential oils
-Funnel or a sheet of paper
-Bowl & spatula

Now put it together:

1) Cut your fat quarter in half.

2) With the right sides of the fabric together (the sides with the pattern on it), fold the fabric in half again and pin together.

3)  Sew around all 3 edges using a straight stitch with about 1/2″ of seam allowance.  Make sure that you dont sew it closed entirely, though.  Leave about 3 inches open so that you can fill it up later. (Sew where the yellow lines are in the picture)

4) Turn your fabric right side out.
5) Put your rice in a bowl and add a few drops of the essential oil(s) of your choice (I used orange and bergamot, so it smelled like Earl Grey tea) and mix thoroughly.
6) Use either a wide-mouthed funnel (like what you use for canning) or a piece of paper rolled into a funnel and fill your bag about half-full with rice.
7) Turn down the edges of the opening in your bag and then use whip stitch to sew it closed. (Again, sew where the yellow line is in the picture).

8 ) To heat up your pad, put it in the microwave for about a minute, then test it.  If it needs more time, heat it up in 30 second increments until its warm enough.

Voila!  Something to warm up all your aches and pains.

P.S.  I thought that the bath and beauty was the most appropriate board, but if this is the wrong place, just let me know and I'll be happy to move it.
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Something Fishy - IMAGE HEAVY on: November 20, 2009 08:42:17 PM
Wow, this is great!  You did an excellent job painting and the theme is so unique.  I bet the kids love it.
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Butternut Squash Soup on: November 15, 2009 09:44:02 PM
I tried this recipe but it came out very, very thin.  I added a can of pumpkin, but it's still pretty watery.  What I tried tasted really great, though, so it's on the stove simmering a little longer to hopefully get it to thicken up.  I'll definitely try it again but maybe only 3 or 4 cups of water instead of 6.  Thanks for sharing this with us!
5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegan Banh Mi/Vietnamese Sandwiches on: November 11, 2009 06:37:33 PM
That looks seriously delicious.  I don't  know of anything else to add, but it does look a lot like what I get at restaurants around here.
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: It Tickles When We Kiss on: October 19, 2009 10:54:00 PM
So charming!  I love it just the way it is - don't think you need a border. 
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Too cute stuffed buns (dates and taro fillings) on: October 19, 2009 10:38:34 PM
Those are so, so cute!  What a great way to use all the extra filling.

Do you have the recipe for the taro filling?  I'd love to try and make these.
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Homemade soothing face mask recipe on: September 22, 2009 11:28:26 PM
Ooh, I'll have to try almond oil next time.  I'll bet it smells really good.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lotus Dress (img heavy) on: September 19, 2009 11:22:58 PM
Wow, that lotus applique is beautiful!  I'm sure your sister is really going to love the dress.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Frozen Beauty on: September 11, 2009 01:31:11 AM
I haven't made it yet, but anyone who is interested can buy the pattern for this beautiful hat on Ravelry.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/frozen-beauty
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