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11  breakin' in wooden mold in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Eclecticlyfe on: October 16, 2009 01:55:31 PM

breaking in the new wooden mold- while trying my hand at goat's milk soap- used lavender fo.  soap is a shade darker than I would have liked.
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12  Learned a lot from this batch... in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Eclecticlyfe on: August 31, 2009 11:10:03 AM


Love This FO- Cashmere Woods from wholesalesuppliers - but I learned a lot- Like when the Tut says 'put in oven and don't peek' it means- DON'T PEEK Already....I wish I had a light in my oven...The soap did not stay insulated and it gelled in the middle. Then- I can't believe I did this (in my defense the house was full of guests that just arrived to stay a week and I was rattled) I actually put it back in the oven to see if it would firm- up- DUH- basic science here girl- the soap bars got all 'slouchy' on me - I cut away the outside edges that were melted looking and got small square bars. I re-batched the scraps into MP molds. The re-batch is not so pretty- the swirls lost their appeal in the re-batch. This was also my first attempt at swirls- I liked them before I ruined them. All is not lost they still smell FANTASTIC ! I'll attempt to do this same recipie again but with out all the peeking and we'll see what happens.
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13  Re: Soap making tutorial! photo heavy in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Eclecticlyfe on: August 09, 2009 08:10:59 AM
YEAH! Yeah Yeah! Finally did it ! Thanks so much everybody !I've been doing melt n' pour but this is my first batch of CP ! I'm so excited. This is from the recipie from the soap tutorial. I'm going to attempt to attatch pictures.
This is the Basic Olive Oil soap recipie (w/ coconut oil)- the vegan recipie. Next time I'm going to add the lard so I can see the differences in how it processes. I was a little nervous about the measuring because it seemed that the scale switched from oz to grams in the middle of my measuring- but I think it turned out okay. Someone else mentioned that you may want to have an extra mold ready- I shoulda had it ready- I scrambled and came up with a small 'side-dish' for the extra. I was also impatient with how long it takes the lye-solution to cool down to temp.- I guess I should have realized that but anyway that was the longest part of the process. The soap smelled just fantastic even though it's 'unscented' the olive oil had a delicious fruity smell-made me want to bake bread next- but I was like 'hey my oven will be occupied for the next 15 hours' LOL. I was very curious about how long the whole process would take i.e. how long would my husband need to keep the children occupied in the back yard while I played around in the kitchen. For others needing to schedule their time so tightly I say give yourself an hour from set-up to clean-up. I did some basic cleaning and wiping down of surfaces while waiting for the lye-solution to cool down.  ANYWAY....I'm hooked !This last pic is what I did with the extra bits that were left in the molds - I have to work on my mold situation (that's a phrase commonly heard in Katrina territory).
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14  Finally ! First Batch o' CP Soap ! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Eclecticlyfe on: August 09, 2009 07:55:00 AM
I've been doing melt n' pour but this is my first batch of CP ! I'm so excited. This is from the recipie from the soap tutorial by o'happyday.(search site to find tut.) I'm going to attempt to attatch pictures.
This is the Basic Olive Oil soap recipie (w/ coconut oil)- the vegan recipie. Next time I'm going to add the lard so I can see the differences in how it processes. I was a little nervous about the measuring because it seemed that the scale switched from oz to grams in the middle of my measuring- but I think it turned out okay. Someone else mentioned that you may want to have an extra mold ready- I shoulda had it ready- I scrambled and came up with a small 'side-dish' for the extra. I was also impatient with how long it takes the lye-solution to cool down to temp.- I guess I should have realized that but anyway that was the longest part of the process. The soap smelled just fantastic even though it's 'unscented' the olive oil had a delicious fruity smell-made me want to bake bread next- but I was like 'hey my oven will be occupied for the next 15 hours' LOL. I was very curious about how long the whole process would take i.e. how long would my husband need to keep the children occupied in the back yard while I played around in the kitchen. For others needing to schedule their time so tightly I say give yourself an hour from set-up to clean-up. I did some basic cleaning and wiping down of surfaces while waiting for the lye-solution to cool down.  ANYWAY....I'm hooked !
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15  Book shelf doll house in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Eclecticlyfe on: June 09, 2009 01:33:56 PM
Hi there I hope this is the best place to post this. I was just recently given a HUGE container of Wall paper rolls- What to do? Ha make an insert for a Very deep bookshelf in the playroom! The two walls in the middle swing back and forth to allow to expand the middle (ballroom) or completely hide it, making the living room and the secret garden room larger! The whole thing is made from scrap cardboard and wallpaper- the ball room has some fancy trim glued into place ! Yeah Heavens knows the Madame Alexander dolls have been wondering when we would accomadate their style !!!
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16  Coffee Can Lanterns in Completed Projects by Eclecticlyfe on: February 28, 2009 10:54:14 AM
These have been done before of course- But they are so much fun I had to share. I have real trouble photographing them though. This one is a Coffee can - I use all sizes of cans. This is an owl with 'wind swirls'. The pictures don't show the light casting on the walls `so cool ! I've got to figure out how to make a chandileir or 'mobile' out of a bunch of small ones- I can envision them attatched to a cool branch or something and hung out in the yard....whatcha think???
TUT: fill can with water and let freeze well. I always begin the hole punching at the top of the can so that if it begins to thaw, I can put in more water and let it re-freeze. When the ice gets soft the nail bends the can more than I like. Then I progress to the bottom of the can. At the bottom I usually put a series of holes at the very bottom (on the sides, not the actual bottom) so that rain can run out and not. Of course this can also let wax run out if you use a big candle (I usually use tealights so the light is at the very bottom and shines up). When I'm done punching- I put the can with remaining ice in a bucket of water to thaw- usually in the bucket I leave out for the dogs- This is usually a summer craft for me. Then in about 3 minutes or so- the chunk of remaining ice falls out - leave it in the bucket to chill the dogs water Smiley. You can seal in the shiny color of the can with a sealant now or let'er rust Smiley
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17  Re: Recon Dog Food Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Eclecticlyfe on: February 14, 2009 09:11:12 AM
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18  Recon Dog Food Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Eclecticlyfe on: February 14, 2009 09:04:54 AM
Check out the Guard Dog for my new bag- cute huh?  Kept seeing the empty dog food bags and they just called out to be re-purposed- I love the picture of the Golden Retriever on the front- so now he can go everywhere with us. I attempted to attatch the pictures here but couldn't figure it out- not enough caffine yet I 'spose. Feel free to help me in that dept. However I think you can see the pics in my Gallery?? This is my first post- so when I get it figured out I'll fix it. So for a quick Tutorial- I chose a lining for my bag- cut out the dog food bag to the size I wanted including seam allowances- washed it off so I wouldn't attract stray dogs while walking down the street with a bag smellinglike dog food. Then I positioned the front piece (dog food bag) on the lining which has been cut slightly larger so that it could be turned down over the edges for a nice finished edge- to do this I found it helped to tape the pieces together to keep them from shifting. Then (here is where i tell you what I'd advise doing rather than what I actually did~learning curve ya' know) I would go ahead and attatch two straps - positioned one on each side - not end to end like you see in the pic- I was doing thirteen things at once when I made this one Tongue . Avoid turning the bag inside out and back again when possible- the material sews well but doesn't like to be bent alot- it detracts from the puppies picture and makes him all wrinkly. Now that you've sewn on your straps- lay it with the lining side out and sew your side seams. Now - this may be tricky to explain- but take the corners at the bottom of your bag still with the bag inside out and pinch them perpendicular to how they are now so that they form little triangles then play with them a bit until you get them to the size you want the bottom of your bag to be- this will form a flat bottom for your bag- once you have them like you like them sew them across in the direction going from one side of the bag to the other - I'm sure some other tutorial explains this better. I wish my scanner worked I would draw a pic. any way even if you don't do the corner's you'll still have a nice bac- it just won't stand up on a flat bottom. So now very carefully turn your finnished bag inside out- And your off to the store to fill your bag with whatever 
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