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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Steampunk Parasol on: August 09, 2012 04:46:36 PM
Hello, all!  I'm getting ready for Dragon*Con, and decided I needed a parasol to go with my Steampunk costume.  I was inspired by the Alexia Tarabotti novels.  



I took a paper parasol, spray painted it brown and stenciled some designs in gold.  Then I added an old candlestick as a handle, made a keypad on the upper handle, added some old lamp parts, and added some "aether crystals" to power it!




2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Worthy charity on: January 16, 2011 07:15:26 PM
I just wanted to share with my fellow crocheters a charity that I make hats for.  Warmth for Warriors, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation, was formed to show appreciation for the sacrifices made by our soldiers and their families.  You might not realize it, but it's cold in the mountains of Afghanistan!  Just crochet (or knit) hats and mail them to the lovely ladies who run this organization.  They take care of getting them to the troops who need the warmth and the reminder that we remember them here in the states. 
Please visit them at http://warmthforwarriors.com/

                                     
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Quick question about bath bombs on: January 16, 2011 10:01:58 AM
Can I use food coloring to color bath bombs?  Will it mix thru nicely, or will it just kind of clump up?  Has anyone tried this before?
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Make a duck...or something... on: January 15, 2011 09:16:50 PM
My mom asked me to make a stuffed animal for a baby shower she's going to attend.  I asked what she wanted.  "Whatever...make a duck...or something..."  So this is what she got!



Used the basic body I use for all amigurimi, then was inspired by patterns I found online for ducks.  Hope the baby likes it!

( Now I realize that with the blue shirt, it looks like Donald...)
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / First try at bath bombs and sugar scrub...Olive Oil for the win! on: January 15, 2011 09:12:27 PM
Well, I've tried my hand at making some bath goodies.  I made some bath bombs using Mare Mare's recipe (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=203285.0).  I added vanilla and lavender fragrance oil, as well as some lavender flower bits.  I used olive oil instead of something fancier because I'm cheap.  (also, since I know I had some problems finding citric acid in stores, I thought I'd mention that I found it at Ace hardware!  They have a canning section.  I love Ace!)  I also had to warn my husband not to eat the stuff in the muffin tin on the stove...I know him too well...
 

I also made a lemon tea sugar scrub (recipe here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=270092.0).  Also, used olive oil.  I thought at first that it was going to be way to oily and that I'd have to wash and wash it off.  But I found that rinsing with hot water, then washing normally left me so soft!
 

I love olive oil now on my skin now!  I've used bath bombs from Lush before, but never has one left me silky afterward.  The olive oil in the bomb was perfect! 
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Silly question about types of yarn on: January 15, 2011 07:33:16 PM
I decided to make a bath puff for myself (since the nylon ones always fall apart, and I'm poor right now!).  In looking for a pattern, I came across many patterns for wash/dishcloths, poofs, and other bath and kitchen items.  ALL of them recommend using cotton.  Why?Huh?  Isn't acrylic better?  Cotton is too absorbent and will take longer to dry out; the rougher varieties of acrylic (Red Heart...) will scrub better than softer yarns; a synthetic yarn will be less likely to develop mildew than the cotton; and finally, crappy acrylic yarn is cheaper to use for a "working" item.  Am I missing something great about cotton?  Or is it just one of those things that everyone does because Grandma did it that way?

Sorry to bother with a silly question, but I just get to wondering, and then I won't be able to sleep....
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Fresh herbs in soap? on: January 31, 2010 06:45:28 PM
Hi!  I'm a baby soap maker...in fact, I haven't actually made any yet.  I do have supplies on the way, and hope to start playing soon.  One question I can't really find a great answer to:  Do fresh herbs give a noticeable scent to soaps?   Rosemary is on my mind...I'd rather smell like rosemary than any flower.  Also, tea....will my loose-leaf Earl Grey scent the soap?  It seems that most people use teas in soap for their "health" properties, good for the skin, etc, but no one mentions the scent....

I'm hesitant to use EOs or FOs, especially bought online, because I have such an allergy to so many scented products, and I never know what exactly will give me a migraine.  I appreciate any experience that you can lend.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Yet more wreaths..... on: December 07, 2009 01:53:09 PM
I fell in love with this idea as a gift for fellow crafters.  The blue and silver one is for my fiance's mother.  I never know what to give her for Chanukah; there are only so many knitting pattern books you can give before you feel cheesy, you know?

The "knitting needles" are wooden chopsticks with wooden pegs glued to the ends.


This one is for my best friend who loves purple.  "Then why did you do it in blue?" you might be saying....well, it really is super PURLE!  I swear! 
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Clank ami from "Girl Genius" on: October 25, 2009 03:33:04 PM
My fianc loves the little stuffed animals I make and his desk is home to yet another...He reads an online comic called "Girl Genius".  It's a tale set in a steampunk world....the title character is a mechanical genius who makes little robots called "clanks."  The ones that do work for her are basically walking pocket watches.  So I made one....
 

And here's an image of the original for reference...

I must go now...Clank is taking apart my appliances to make more clanks.....

(And, if you're interested, read it here....http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / woven crystal bracelet on: September 30, 2009 08:04:53 AM
My mom and I saw these at a local bead store, but figured $25 plus materials was way too much to pay to learn how to make it.  So we just figured it out at home.  Whatcha think?
 
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