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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I hate my quilting! Do you hate it too? on: October 01, 2009 08:38:19 PM
I like the random swirliness of it.  Including the sharper angles right next to the big smooth curves.  I'm sure they'll love it.  I like your color selection, too (even though that's not what you're asking about!)
I've always wanted to quilt, but judging how long it takes me to finish MUCH smaller projects, I haven't allowed myself to try it yet.  Smiley
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: One Piece DIY Cloth Menstrual Pads *Tutorial* on: June 22, 2007 06:57:41 AM
I make mine of relatively smooth flannel.  The only time I've noticed chafing is when I've gone all day with the same pad.  (Obviously on a relatively low-flow day!)  I quickly learned to plan ahead a little better than that.  I don't think a soft terry would chafe either, as I've used a wash cloth before, but I haven't officially sewn any terry pads.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: eco-craftalong on: June 12, 2007 05:47:35 PM
Fredpie - As nasty as the water is, I think it's actually better to put it in the plumbing system where it will be treated. If it's picking up chemicals, etc. from the carpet you don't want to just set that loose. 50 gallons or so really isn't that much in the grand scheme of things. My stepdaughter can run through that much hot water in a single shower.

Yeah, it ended up being little more than a full bathtub.  We dumped the buckets into the tub, too.  My husband let the water out.  I think he was tired of waiting for me.  Smiley  It just FELT like so much water.  On the bright side, the water has really stirred up the snails, which my boys and some friends are capturing.  I think I'll ask for the empty shells they find.  Grin

Now that that's all dealt with, I'm going to follow up on ElleBee85's suggestions.  Smiley
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: eco-craftalong on: June 12, 2007 05:51:54 AM
Aspartame - good for killing ants! Bad for human health!
Eeek!  I've always avoided that stuff, deciding the 16 calories (I think) in a packet of sugar was not enough to worry about.  Then seeing it linked to ADD/ADHD made me skip it for the kids, just because.  NOW I have a kid who can't have corn in ANY form, so I've let him drink a few diet sodas ... that's stopping now.  Jones Soda is sweetened with cane sugar.  I'll pay the extra $$ for it.  (Besides, it's yummmmy!  Smiley)

Quote from: motleycruiser
If its just regular water with not much extra in it I would use it to water your flowers.
it's kinda ugly yellowish and sudsy.  What we pulled up with the shop vac and the carpet shampooer was VERY sudsy.  I thought maybe the shop vac had soap residue in it (it's borrowed) until I'd rinsed it and dumped my 3rd batch into the tub and it was STILL sudsy.  What came out of the carpet was also nearly black.  Yucko.  Now, I admit I don't often vacuum the basement, but still: gross!  I usually dump the shampooer water into the toilet also, but with this many gallons, I thought it wouldn't be good to put it in the sanitary sewer.  It's 10 I scooped up off the floor with a cup and buckets, then probably at least 25 gallons in the tub. 
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: eco-craftalong on: June 11, 2007 10:25:21 PM
I gave in and put out Terro ant killer Embarrassed  We cleaned like fiends, and the ants were unfazed.  My in laws are staying with us all month and I HAD to have them gone before that!

We also have moths.  We thought we'd taken away their food source, but still find them.  I was about to make rice for dinner and picked out a larva. Angry  The moths are usually just an annoyance, but yuck!   I changed grocery stores because one of them had larvae in 3 bags of rice in a row (as in I bought them on 3 separate trips and found larvae in each of them) and then while inspecting them in the store, I found a live ADULT moth.  Never Buying Rice There AGAIN.  Anyone ever tried those teabag looking things?  Apparently my moths don't particularly mind cedar, which I have in my pantry/craft room.  (Which is where the rice jar lives.)  I want to find something that will keep them away for good sometime. 

And the last thing: does anyone know the responsible way to dispose of basement floodwaters??  We had our basement flood for the first time ever.  I've lived here nearly a decade.  I know you're not supposed to dump it down the bathtub, because if everybody does that, that will flood out the sanitary sewer (which is separate from the storm sewer here), but if I pump it right back outside, I'm just pumping the same water over and over.  The water table is currently bout 2 inches higher than the top of my sump hole.  Sad  I have 2 5-gallon buckets sitting next to the sump hole in the vain hope that it will drain enough that I can just dump them back down it, and a basement bathtub full of nasty shopvac water (the drain is stopped) also waiting for the same vain hope.  It's supposed to rain more this week....  My husband wants to pull the plug in the tub and call that the end of it.  Any better suggestions???
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: eco-craftalong on: June 10, 2007 07:49:09 AM
Diaper Wipe ramblings:
Brought up in our disposable culture, I hunted around for the "best" disposable wipe that didn't irritate my sons' sensitive skin, didn't stink to high heaven (why why why do they put SO MUCH perfume in these things?), and actually wiped something off in one go, rather than using 5 wipes per diaper change.  I was never completely satisfied, even after buying "feels just like cloth" unscented "with Aloe!" wipes.  They were still scratchy and wimpy.  I found that just sticking the littler one's bum in the sink and running lukewarm water over him did a better job with less irritation. 
DUHH!!  This is when I finally realized I could just use a wash cloth, soap at my own discretion, and warm water.  What a revelation!  Grin 
The funny part is, someone gave me cloth diapers which I embraced wholeheartedly, but it still took me that long to realize the wipes didn't have to be disposable.

Since then, I've found so many disposable things I can do without. 

Oh! and I don't think I mentioned, sunshine is the best diaper rash cure I ever found.  Let the kid crawl around in the grass nakie for 20 minutes, and diaper rash is soothed immensely!  Sooo much better than his grandma's method of zinc oxide + vaseline + (what looked like a whole bottle of) powder.  The kid felt like a wheel bearing and smelled ... well, awful.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: What's wrong with my curtain?? on: June 06, 2007 01:22:06 PM
So pretty!  I would have pretended I meant to do that.  Grin
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is this going to be ridiculously difficult? on: June 06, 2007 01:14:18 PM
I've looked at it, then my scrap pile, then it, then my scrap pile and decided to make it four times this size.

Just not today. I'm all sewed out.  Cheesy

WOW!  Shocked  That is so cool looking!  I love the brown/green square left and below center.  I love the whole thing!  I can't wait to watch it grow even bigger.  Smiley
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: eco-craftalong on: June 05, 2007 05:10:24 PM
I am always looking for #6 plastic (I think that is the kind) for cheapo shrinky dinks.... not much luck yet

Store-bought cupcakes and cookies, shrinkwrapped tomatoes, many other overpackaged produce.  Tongue  My son had a birthday party in his class right before school let out and asked the teacher to save the cupcake trays for me. Roll Eyes  Want me to mail 'em to you??  We don't seem to be getting around to 'em.   
I need to look up the instructions again.  We've saved a lot, colored a few, but not baked any.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: eco-craftalong on: June 03, 2007 07:37:35 AM
I've been chopping the bottoms off them this morning to use the bases as storage contains for some of my crafty bits and bobs.
I think I still have some of those from my grandmother.  She was a reuse-reuse-reuse goddess.  Drove her husband absolutely NUTS!   Cheesy
I've been thinking of cutting the milk bottles into little squares and joining them with jump rings to make a screen for my bathroom window - I think the neighbours are getting sick of seeing us naked  Wink and the opaque plastic would still let plenty of light in.
I am totally stealing this idea!  It'll probably look like those expensive shell things, but will be totally scrubbable if needed.  (My boys can get --anything-- dirty.)
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