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21  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Cookie issues - with sad little pictures. on: November 01, 2008 03:06:54 PM
As opposed to the amount of butter, as Avian Flight mentions, it might actually be the temperature of the butter (or the shortening, or whatever) when the cookies go into the oven that makes the difference.  I remember seeing on one of those cooking shows on the Food Network (I think it was Good Eats?) a discussion of the perfect cookie, and one of the tips was to make sure your butter wasn't too soft.  I think I somewhat proved this fact to myself once when I over-microwaved a stick of butter to soften it, ended up with completely melted butter, and my cookies came out of the oven much thinner than usual.

Since you kind of need to soften the butter so you can mix it in, you could try chilling the dough for maybe ten minutes before popping it into the oven.  This will give the cookie dough enough time to solidify in the baking process before the heat of the oven causes the butter to become runny.  Don't over-chill, though, or you'll end up with the opposite problem:  tall cookie mounds that don't bake all the way through in the center.
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tiny bathroom in desperate need of help, pic included on: October 09, 2008 02:47:54 PM
Looks like the bathroom in my studio apartment is just about the same size as yours. Here's how I have it organized:

The apartment came with a "toilet paper stand" thingy, which fits between the bathtub and the toilet.  Something like this (http://www.improvementscatalog.com/product/code/300177.do?cm_mmc=Froogle-_-BathroomFixturesandAccessories-_-2008-_-300177&code-macs=MP8WFGL&code=MP8WFGL), but prettier. It's great, because then I don't have to worry about accidentally knocking my tp off the sink or other surface into the toilet, because I'm a klutz.

I try to make the best use of the space under my sink.  I just organized it to make it easier to find everything.  I keep extra TP (and I buy them in the 12-24 pack size), my hair dryer, curling iron, extra soap/shampoo/body wash, and plumbing snake down there.

Can't tell if you have a medicine cabinet or not above the sink.  If you do, I cram it (neatly is best, I've found) full of my makeup, body sprays, extra toothpaste and toothbrushes, and medicines.  If you don't have one, ask the landlord if one can be installed.  Great storage space.

In-use toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and washcloths I keep on the sink counter.  I have a little cup-stand thingy for the toothbrushes (one I keep around for my friend when he stays over), and the soap is in a liquid soap dispenser.  My washcloths I keep neatly folded to the sides, one for my face, one for guests to use to dry their hands.

I don't keep linens in the bathroom, except for my towel-in-use on the one towel bar (ask to get one installed if you don't have one ... though I guess you can hang it on the shower curtain to dry if necessary) and two bathrobes on the back of the door.  Space in my apartment is limited, but I still make room in my closet for my backup towels so I don't have to keep them in the bathroom.

All this use of hidden storage means I don't have to add extra shelving.  I would think that would add to the feeling of crampedness in the bathroom, since it takes away your open spaces.  I would try to keep unnecessary items out of the bathroom, if you can keep them in your closet.  Or even, if you're in a larger apartment with a hallway, having things like extra towels, hamper, etc., in some shelving or a standing cabinet right outside the bathroom door.  Much better than taking up your space inside the closet bathroom.

For decoration, I have some small framed pictures around the sink.  As has been suggested above, a shower curtain is a great space to express yourself -- I currently have a NYC Subway map curtain that I got on my last trip back east.  The floor is pretty much covered by a bath mat I got at Bed Bath & Beyond a while back.  It's pretty colored and makes the room seem less sterile.
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: My room for two Help me on: September 27, 2008 08:23:22 AM
Like others have said, it's hard to determine for sure, because I don't know how to-scale the chart you have is, but my suggestions, based on how the drawing appears to me:

1)  Get rid of some of those end tables.  You have four.  At most, you should need two, one for each bed.  The ones you have currently are taking a lot of space, and just encourage more clutter.  My only end table is one of those folding TV-dinner type tables, with my alarm clock and space for a couple books on it.  A lamp will fit, too.  Can the bench go out of your room somewhere, like the hallway or the apartment/house entryway?  Is there a reason you keep it in your bedroom?

2)  Rotate the bed 90 degrees, if it will fit lengthwise between the closet wall and the door.  Do the same for the futon, placing it in the opposite corner under the window.  I think this will open up more floor space in the middle of and entrance to the room, and also stop blocking the entrance to your closet. 

3)  Who is this roommate, and why are you storing her dresses?  Give them back to her, so you can fit more into your closet.  If they're your sister's, who traded the room with you, then I guess there's not much you can do.  But if you can give them back, do so.

4)  Move the craft boxes either into the closet (where the dresses were) or, if there's room, along the wall behind the door when it opens.  If you can fit the table there, that's where you can put the TV.  If not, maybe take one of those superfluous night stands and use that instead to keep the TV off the floor.

5)  Is the TV truly a necessity?  Wink  I don't have one and don't miss it ... and I would think if you live in an apartment or house, there should be a central TV in the living room for you to watch instead of really needing one in your bedroom.

Note:  I live in a studio apartment with limited space.  I learned really quick how much stuff I could fit in here, and how best to utilize the area I had, and the place feels pretty open and roomy (if i do say so myself). Smiley  Also note that I think my entire apartment has less furniture than your bedroom (even discounting the extra futon bed), and I don't have a TV to worry about (just my computer, which is on my desk).

These are just a few thoughts, and hopefully even trying some of them will let you see other (probably better) possibilities with your limited space.  Good luck!  And good for you, being such a great girlfriend.  I hope your boyfriend's surgery goes well.
24  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Soap making tutorial! on: September 09, 2008 07:27:37 AM
Awesome tute.  I'm a knitter/amateur ceramicist who has never even thought about making soap before, and stumbled on this while cruising the "Recent With Pics" feed.  You've really make me want to dive in and try it myself!  Bookmarked in case I ever get my arse together and have a quiet weekend to myself to experiment.  I could totally see making soaps and then knitting up washcloths to wrap them in for Giftmas!

Merci beaucoup!
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Kitchen Renovation on: August 06, 2008 07:31:54 AM
Funny thing is, I almost like it better without the cabinet doors ... so open and chic!  But maybe that's just because all your food and spices and dishes look so organized.  More so than mine would be.

Awesome job!  I don't know if I could ever take on a project like that by myself ... I'm incredibly jealous. Hope you guys have a dinner party soon to show the place off.
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Gold/Black/Houndstooth Prom Dress (very belated post) on: July 25, 2008 07:47:38 PM
Lovely dress!  Smiley  I certainly hope it helped you get into your school of choice!  It looks good on you.

I see you went to Lynbrook.  My best friend in HS went there, and I went to Prospect.  Kind of funny to run into a "neighbor" in the World Wide Intarwebs! Wink  ('course, we both graduated back in '98 ... gah, do I feel oldish!)
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My very first design on: May 11, 2008 07:24:20 PM
Adorable!  I love it.

By the way, what stitch pattern is that just under the bustline?   I can't quite see it (and I don't have any stitch pattern books yet, anyway, so I wouldn't be able to pull it from one). 

A great dress -- I hope you get lots of compliments on it when you wear it out!
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: quiver and gun cozy (by my sweetheart) on: March 01, 2008 02:08:03 PM
That quiver's pretty darn awesome -- did he bring the fox down himself (I'm guessing he's a hunter, but maybe not ...) or get the pelt elsewhere?
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Failed attempt at fulling on: February 19, 2008 06:32:18 PM
Not sure what instructions you used from here, but did you also remember to throw something large into the wash to agitate it against, like a couple pairs of jeans?  That might be it.

And again, like the poster above said, sometimes it just takes a few times before the stitches start becoming indistinct.  I think the Kitty Pi I felted took three times in the wash before I started to be happy with it.

It's also possible that the sweater's superwash, which means it's been treated so it won't felt.  Give it a few more rounds.  Also, you could try alternating a hot agitation with a dunk in cold water to "shock" the wool ... I've heard of that working, too.
30  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: "saturday morning" on: February 04, 2008 05:07:37 PM
Looks great!  I'm especially a fan of house you did the newspaper page.

Is that the Examiner's game page?  I only recognize it because I spend my lunch breaks at work doing the Kakuro and Classic Sudoko (the Pacific on Thursdays, when it's hard enough to be challenging).
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