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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Chinese themed crafts for Chinese language students? on: March 29, 2011 01:23:05 PM
Hey there!
I am a private Chinese tutor, and I am looking for suggestions for fun and easy Chinese themed crafts.
So far I have done:
*Cutout of double happiness character.
*Creating your own Beijing Opera mask and learning about the meanings of the colors.

Ideas I'd like to develop but need more inspiration:
*Using calligraphy - I have the tools, but no idea
*Year of the rabbit theme
*Dragons theme
*Colors in China and their meanings
*Something with silk or brocade?
*China - pottery

Thanks/Xiexie in advance for any advice!!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mosaic Art Project turned Quilt on: June 05, 2006 11:22:15 PM
I created this for a project in a humanities class. We had to make a mosaic using early Christian symbols. Everyone was doing either tile/grout or paper triangles, but I wanted to try something I knew more about.
I decided that a quilt is basically a mosaic- the cloth pieces=tesserae and the actual quilting stitches=the grout.
The picture is a sunrise with the light touching the cypress trees. The cypress trees represent death and the sunrise represents the advent of christ and the ressurection.
The quilt itself is all diamond pieces, about two inches in length. The stitching is white thread, and I did not quilt around every little diamond, I skipped rows. It is kinda hard to see in the picture. The quilt is about 3.5 feet x 3 feet.

I definately suggest making a quilt sometime in your life, this was my first and it was quite a challenge, even for its small size. It taught me a serious lesson about how good it feels to finish such an in-depth project and not cut corners.
3  COOKING / Dessert / summer popsicles on: June 05, 2006 10:49:18 PM
I came upon this idea while making a smoothie-
there was no one to eat my leftover smoothieness, so I froze some in a cup. The next day when I ate it I was surprised at how refreshing it was.
Inspiration attack!!
I remembered having popsicle molds when I was a kid, and I loved them, so I thought I should try it again!
I went to target and bought some molds for about 3 dollars, and then over the past few weeks I have stocked up on various frozen fruits that were on sale.
In my freezer I have containers special for
-pineapple (you can't buy this frozen, but if you buy a pineapple when they are on sale and then chop it up and freeze it, it tastes amazing just to snack on it when it is cold cold cold)

I combined different amounts of those with about 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt, a little orange juice or pineapple juice frozen concentrate, and then some liquid juice. Lately I have had fresh peach and raspberry, so I added those after the frozen fruit. Then I zipped it up, and poured it into my popsicle molds! I feel like I have a fancy smoothie joint in my kitchen!
Then by the end of the day when I am properly hot, I grab a super yummy popsicle from my freezer!
try it! It's worth it!

4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / hardcore sewing machine with not so hardcore fabric? on: August 02, 2005 01:56:33 PM
my brother is totally into the whole airsoft games stuff, he even sews his own camouflage gear and clothing!
We have this old sewing machine and it's tension is all messed up- even after we've taken it in to be fixed twice. (they promised it wouldn't get messed up again... but surprise. it still is wonky.) So my bro decided to go find a tough machine that would sew through the many layers of thick material he works with.
I have been taking a break from sewing things because of my anger towards our sewing machine, but I'm not sure if it's ok to sew with regular type cloths on this beast of a machine.
does anyone have any experience with this?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / not another prom-blem! on: April 24, 2005 10:54:37 PM
does anyone ever just have the urge to get some fabric and start making a dress? I have always wanted to do that but I dont have a clear vision of what I want yet. (maybe a ballerina-minus-the-tutu feel) (something with tiny sleeves- cap sleeves or wide style straps) (i just wanna look pretty. but dont we all...)

Is it crazy to try sewing a prom-worthy dress without a pattern? has anyone tried this?

6  COOKING / Dessert / thai love cake on: January 15, 2005 11:38:22 AM
I had an NHS potluck meeting at lunch yesterday and our theme was thai food becuase we were introducing our tsunami fundraiser. Of course, no one knew what to bring (me included) so I went into my pantry and found a cake mix...

i had 3 different colors of frosting that I made- green, blue and red.
(frosting is really easy, just a stick of butter, a little milk, and lots of powdered sugar. and mix it a lot with a blender. Its the best frosting in my opinion...)
on top of the 13x9 cake i made a blue ocean, a green island in the middle, and a red heart in the middle of the island to symbolize the love and serivce that is going on in the east amongst the sorrow.
The cake was a hit!

the cake mix I used was a new flavor I have never seen before. It was natural vanilla cake (I think betty crocker makes it...?) but its got those little vanilla bean flecks in it like natural vanilla ice cream. I definately reccomend this cake flavor- it was so smooth and yummy!

please dont forget the tsunami victims- and those around the country being affected by flooding!
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / munch-a-lunch? on: January 06, 2005 09:13:11 PM
I am in high school and I am a very busy person. I get maybe 10 minutes max in the morning to pack my lunch and I dont have to bring a lunch every day... usually just 2 or 3 out of the 5 days of the week. But I am having some issues figuring out what to bring for my lunch!! I usually end up with pb & j and some crackers (boring wheat thins...) and maybe an apple. I go with my mom to get "good lunch stuff" at the store and I always end up with the same things every week!

Does anyone have any ideas for a savvy teenage lunch that I can prepare either beforehand or really fast in the morning? I play sports so it needs to be healthy and filling. I also have access to a microwave at school btu I really hate those "healthy" tv dinners... yarg. gross.

please lend a hand to someone who likes to eat as much as you!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / urban outfitters shirt....dress? on: December 28, 2004 10:58:52 AM
so I got this shirt from clearance at urban outfitters and I love it so so much. Here is kinda what it looks like


...but not all meshy like this one. its blue and has kinda this ribbing/stripes of darker blue thing going on. One of the buttons fell off and as I was about to sew it back on, I thought of a dress I saw at the store that had the same torso design as my shirt. I'm thinking... since the dress is insanely expensive, I could figure out a way to make my shirt into some sort of dress with a button-on skirt so I can have it as a shirt or a dress. And then maybe a tie aroudn the center to make it not so obvious or something. I like maybe a soft linen type fabric so its kinda hangy on the bottom.
any advice/ideas? has anyone tried turning a shirt into a dress before?
thanks much
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / africa boy on: December 16, 2004 09:11:29 AM
ok so my brother just got home from living in africa for 2 years (he talks about it ALL the time...)  and I am his little sister he never really got to know till he came back. (he's 21 now.) So he and I are really close and he taught me how to weld and screenprint shirts and I taught him how to sew.

But now its christmas, I'm out of mon-ay, and he needs a killer present cause he's been so cool to me.
I'm thinking of sewing him something... But I cant think of much...

help help help!!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / fried green tomatoes inspiration on: December 03, 2004 10:03:11 PM
ok so a pre-emptive sorry for no pictures... but I thought I had to share this:
My sister and I were inspred to re-vamp my room and we decided to paint the walls. She saw some lady on Fried Green Tomatoes who planted a "rose garden" on her wall, and we decided to do the same, but bigger scale.
So we ordered a ton of flower catalogues and sat on the couch cutting all the flowers out. So we ended up with a billion little squares of flowers and we threw in some outlined roses (they were rose-shaped not square)
So then I took to the wall and with my trusty spray glue I pasted each and every flower decoupage-like on my wall. It took so long, but is so worth it cause it looks freakin awesome!!!!
when I am older and have kids I'm gonna take my little girls and be all "show me your favorite flower on the wall!"
crazy-colorful!! it brings such prettyness to my room.
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