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February 23rd, 2003
Hobbies

In addition to soap and cosmetic making, I have two other obsessions (which I haven’t actually indulged yet, but I will once I’m employed). They are papermaking and weaving. I don’t know what it is with fibers, be they yarns, cloth, or plant/paper fibers, I really dig ‘em. I’m especially interested in hemp, cotton, and flax, both for weaving and papermaking.

I want a tri-loom. You can see them here. They stand on tripods and you can make shawls, blankets, and other fabrics on them. I really, really want one. They take up less room than a floor loom, and one would make a great conversation piece in your living room. Ooooh, how I want one.

As for papermaking, I mostly just need to get or make myself a mold and deckle. You can make them by buying the frames for stretching canvas (painter’s canvas) and stapling mesh screening to one instead. The deckle just looks like a picture frame on top. I’ll probably do this sooner than the loom, it’s cheaper. I long to make paper…

My last obsession is fabric. I want some hemp fabrics to make myself clothes. Some of the ones I want can be found here. I’ve ordered some of the hemp terry to make washclothes for Soap Dreams, but I want some more to make towels, and some of the dress fabrics to make slacks and skirts. These things I can do now, since I already own a sewing machine. I love to sew, too…

What are your hobbies?

Posted by Claire at 08:16 PM | Yarn Addiction | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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February 22nd, 2003
Soapers

I met some other Oregon soapmakers today. That was fun :) I also got a COOL recipe for bath candy and some free jellybean molds to make it in. I plan on doing these up in little bags, like real candy.

Nothing else new. We were in Portland again, so we drooled over the apartment once more. I really want to live there.

Please hire me.

Posted by Claire at 10:15 PM | Days Go By | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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February 21st, 2003
Hot Jobs

I applied for a job as an administrative assistant for the Oregon School of Massage. I’d really like that one.

I took up samples of my stuff yesterday to be juried for the Portland Saturday Market. Cross your fingers, it would be really really cool to be able to sell there. Soap Dreams could stay in business with that venue.

We found The Perfect Apartment, but with no job, we can’t move into the apartment they have available. Makes me want to cry because it’s so perfect and we’d love it.

I hate being jobless. Won’t someone call and at least give me an interview???

Posted by Claire at 05:33 PM | Days Go By | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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February 20th, 2003
Fat Links

Ooh, some really good links about culture and fat. I can’t agree more.

The Absent Fatso from Alas, a Blog. The Absent Fatso soothes us because we don’t have to face up to the cruelty of fat jokes, and admit that fat hatred is wrong.

Hollywood’s Big New Minstrel Show concisely sums up why fat suits deeply offend me. My favorite quote comes from the footnotes: ?Gwynnie,” I want to say, ?fat and pretty are like chocolate and peanut butter: two great tastes that taste great together.? (In reference to a quote by Gwyneth Paltrow that basically spells out her belief that thin=pretty and fat=ugly).

For some actual REAL sized women in movies, do check out Real Women Have Curves. The preview had be seriously chuckling, and also very pleased to see actual women onscreen. It’s also a movie made by a Latina director. I haven’t seen it yet (it’s hard to find, being a limited release). Don’t even get me started on why this movie isn’t mainstream. I’m betting some combination of anti-fat hysteria on the part of movie distributors and theatres, and just plain ol’ racism.

Posted by Claire at 05:33 AM | Fat!So?, Rant | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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February 19th, 2003
Black-eyed peas

Mmm. This was too good.

1 lb. dried black-eyed peas
2 cups cubed cooked ham
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 chopped onion
salt and pepper to taste
1 dried chipotle chile (optional)

Put the peas in a pot with 2 quarts of water. Add the rest of the ingredients, and simmer until the peas are tender, about 2 hours. Serve hot.

I had no idea black-eyed peas were so yummy and buttery. Yum.

Posted by Claire at 09:13 PM | Good Eats | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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