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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / vinyl floor tiles - I've got questions... on: March 04, 2008 01:59:18 PM
Our bathroom and kitchen are right next to each other and share the same gross old vinyl sheet flooring. Overall it's in fairly good condition (not cracked or peeling) but I just can't get rid of the stains.

Can I just clean it really well and lay down those self-adhesive vinyl floor tiles? Or do I need to tear up what's already there first? Also, if I can just lay it down right over the original do I need to pry up the quarter round that goes along the baseboard and then reattach when I'm done? Also, how long of a life do these floor tiles have? I'd hate to go through the trouble of laying it all down and find out that after a year they start to peel off or something. And is the seal (or glue) really good? I guess I'm picturing mopping the floor and the water getting down in the seams and the edges peeling up.

Thanks so much for the information!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / beginner sewer needs help with altering pattern sizes....... on: February 28, 2008 12:30:19 PM
thanks in advance for the help!

I'm new at making adult clothes and am really having trouble figuring out how to alter a pattern so that it will fit me. I am tall (5'10") and am apple shaped and here are how my measurements look.

front view....

side view....

My problems are.....

I have a really small chest but a large ribcage so the bodices I make just gape in the front and look ridiculous.

I have no waist to speak of. Just a straight line from top to bottom.

My hips in relationship to my waist are very narrow. And I have small thighs compared to everything else so I don't need all the extra room that patterns give me.

I also have this lovely spare tire that lies in between where my waist and my hips are. I have lost about 40 lbs over the last several years and unfortunately I think that roll will be with me forever so I need to figure out how to sew around it.

My main question is......what is easier to go with a pattern that is large enough that fits my waist and then ends up being huge for my hips and bust and try to take those in or do I go with a pattern size that is right for my bust and hips and try to enlarge the waist?

Any pointers would be appreciated even if they seem obvious I'd love to hear it.
3  COOKING / Dessert / Need some cake decorating help - (trees, water, buildings, etc.) on: November 08, 2007 06:27:13 AM
I am making my son a birthday cake on Sunday and need some suggestions for decorating. I will be making a large jelly roll pan size and have already found at the dollar store a small battery operated train and track. I just need ideas on what else to put on top.

I'm thinking a pond, trees and maybe some buildings. Any other ideas? And is there a way to make these edible or a place I could look to find them cheap?

Thanks so much!  Smiley
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Anyone paint vinyl siding? on: November 05, 2007 09:30:59 AM
I've looked online and apparently it is possible to paint vinyl siding but I'm wondering if anyone has actually done it that would like to tell me the pros and cons. I'm specifically worried about how many coats it would take to go over white siding to get a nice finish and if there is a problem with peeling or chipping.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / It's a THOMAS-aurus Rex on: October 25, 2007 02:25:16 PM

Get it!?!? My soon to be 4 year old DS loves Thomas the Train and Dinosaurs and couldn't decide between the two on what to be for Halloween.

So I give you the Thomas-aurus Rex --

That's my DH in his store-bought costume  Tongue
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Sushi....please educate me. on: September 25, 2007 12:47:08 PM
With all the posts recently I've gotten curious. I've never had sushi before but would like to try it. I don't think I'd like the raw seafood kind. But isn't there a kind that has cooked seafood in it and then one kind that is strictly vegetarian? Can someone tell me what the names are or point me in the right direction. I see it at Whole Foods and another local grocery makes it fresh but don't know what to pick out.

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / how many yards for twin and queen size quilt? on: September 21, 2007 05:15:20 PM
I am having trouble figuring out how many total yards is needed for a quilt. I want to make a quilt for my son (twin size) and for me (queen size) but I don't know how much fabric to buy. I would hate to get too little and then have to hunt around for a match. Or get too much because I'm on a tight budget.

Any ideas? Is there a trick to figuring out yardage?  Undecided

8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / A whale of a first stenciling project on: September 20, 2007 07:33:06 AM
My first stenciling project. Done for my 3-year old who loves whales. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out but I wish I had used the silver metallic paint on a darker shirt because it's kind of hard to see. Oh, well, next time.  Smiley Big thank you to Shakespear for her inspiration.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / New PJ's for my little guy. on: September 06, 2007 03:20:19 PM
My first sewing project posted. I'm so proud of these.  Grin Up until now I've only made my son halloween costumes. This is the first clothing item I've made for him. I think they turned out pretty cute. I had to put the big block of fabric on the shirt to cover up all the little holes I made trying to applique the individual dinosaurs to the shirt. Big mistake. At least you can't see the holes anymore.

My Model.....

Finished PJ's....

Close-up of fabric.....
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Lemony Pesto Pasta with Shrimp on: August 24, 2007 06:50:00 AM

Serves: 4

9 oz dried pasta (I used penne)
7 oz pesto sauce
8 oz shrimp, peeled and deveined
1-1/2 tsp lemon zest
olive oil
3 green onions, sliced

Cook pasta according to directions. In a separate skillet cook shrimp in olive oil. Take off heat and add pesto sauce and zest to shrimp. Mix into drained pasta and top with green onions.

This was a huge disappointment for me. I have had pesto in other things but in much smaller amounts but this was too much for me. Disappointing because it looks sooooo good and was really easy to make but I didn't care for the taste. Maybe another pesto lover will try it and like it.

Note: I would add more shrimp than the recipe calls for because I love shrimp and only 2 oz per person isn't nearly enough Grin
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