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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Across the Galaxy Shoes (Painted Converse) on: July 05, 2011 06:33:00 PM
Hi guys!  Haven't seen you for a long time.  Well, I'm back, this time with these new shoes:












I got the idea to paint shoes from the Art Club at our school, but decided I didn't want to wear some cheap canvas sneakers than would probably not last long or be comfortable to wear either.  Instead, I waited, forgot about the project for a while, and finally pounced when a pair of white Converse sneakers went on sale.  My inspiration to paint stars came from a friend, who wanted me to paint supernovas! Which I did.  (From top to bottom, first and second picture:  Swan Nebula, Milky Way, Crab Supernova, constellations including Leo and Cancer).

The Milky Way was inspired by that scene from Doctor Who (and really, my whole life, including these shoes, are) in Vincent and the Doctor where Vincent Van Gogh looks into the night sky and the viewer can see where the inspiration for the Starry Night came from.  Cheesy  Sorry, weird tangent.

I painted these over Spring Break, and it took me about a week to finish these?  I used artist quality acrylic paints that my friend gave me last year.  Then it took a while for me to use glossing medium to coat these (making them water-resistant and shiny) and finally wear them.  I think this is my favorite project to date! Smiley

Hope you like it~




2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Sherlock & John Plush dolls. (Warning EXTREMELY Photo heavy) on: February 23, 2011 06:10:24 PM
O.M.G.  I saw John's striped jumper and I was like it can't be!  But it is, and it looks amazing.  Now I want a set of my own.  BBC Sherlock is such an amazing show. Cheesy
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fish Bag on: February 17, 2009 09:37:12 PM
This is so awesome. Smiley  The fish is cute!
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Sparkle Smoothers [4 images] on: August 31, 2008 10:03:23 AM
so cute!  can I steal your idea to put them in cupcake wrappers?(I won't sell them)
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Queen Helene's Cocoa Butter? on: August 20, 2008 09:46:06 AM
Does any one know if Walmart still sells the cocoa butter sticks?  I don't want to order online for such a small amount.  Thanks!
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Emulsify, Stabilize, Clarify. Lotion? on: August 20, 2008 09:43:36 AM
If your recipe uses all oils and butters, I am happy to say that you probably don't need a preservative!  Smiley However, your hands should be clean while using it, can germs will be spread this way.
Emulsifiers and Stabilizers...how important are they in lotion/body butter making?

(Wait::before you scream IMPORTANT...read on, please!)

First off: I don't mind a two week shelf life. I'm completely over dry skin and as wholesome, basic, and nourishing as I can get is the goal.

Second:
If I'm mixing coconut oil, shea butter, some oil fragrance and various other oils and butters to create a lotion, how important is an emulsifier? Seems unnecessary, without any water based ingredients.

Third:
Stabilizing oil based products? Would the oils separate without it?

All info is appreciated. I can't seem to think of any water-based products I'd be using in a lotion, as I'm wanting to keep ingredients minimal, without the  use of scary sounding things like "stearic acid" and "polysorbate 20"....

Thanks!
Also, the oils won't "separate" because there are no water based products, just stir it well. However, because there isn't any water in your recipe, it will be A LOT thicker, but also more moisturizing.  It should last 2 weeks to a couple months.  This depends on your oils' shelf life.  One last note, don't be afraid of weird sounding things like stearic acid and polysorbate 20!  If you are making emulsified lotions, they will help you.  Quite a lot.  Polysorbate 20 could probably be substituted with emulsifying wax, though.  I'm new to lotions too, but I'm learning!  I'm waiting for my order to get in to make lotion bars.  Good luck!
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yaley's beeswax on: July 21, 2008 03:50:03 PM
It doesn't smell like honey, but like something else...  Anyway, thanks for the help!Just one more question, can I melt it in the microwave if I don't have a double boiler?
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Yaley's beeswax on: July 20, 2008 08:04:47 PM
The story goes like this...
When I was at Joann's, looking for beeswax to use for lip balm, I stumbled across a 1 lb. block of Yaley's White Beeswax for $1.97!  What a steal!  However, I saw that it didn't say what it was for.  So, I bought it anyway, and did research on its safety for use in cosmetics.  However, I couldn't find much, only that it was "100% pharmaceutical grade beeswax".  My question is, do any of you craftsters know anything about it?  From what I've seen, it is consistent in quality, but smells sort of odd.  Thins is my first time using beeswax, though, so I don't know a lot. Thanks!
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Supplies in California? on: July 16, 2008 09:47:27 PM
I was wondering, do you know of any suppliers near the SF bay area?  I'm looking for essential oils, flavor oils, waxes, and citric acid.  Thanks!
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 29 ENTRIES / Re: and will you succeed? yes indeed, yes indeed. 98 and 3/4% guaranteed! on: July 15, 2008 07:58:15 PM
Wow.  That is just too awesome, because
1.)  I like the Lorax(and I'm quite fond of trees)

2.)Your awesome Dr. Seuss-esque rhyming.
 
3.) Your general craftiness.

You just made my day! Grin
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