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11  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / My little range of bath gifts on: December 28, 2009 12:17:28 AM
So Ive been busy making, packaging and giving stuff for christmas gifts to my friends and family. Well since christmas is over they have received them and I think they like them!

I made bath salts, soaps, lip balms and sugar cube scrubs. I also made these crochet hanging tea towel thingys for the kitchen but I forgot to take photos of them and they arent really bath related but just take my word that they were pretty awesome lol. Sorry some of the photos aren't very good I only have an iphone to take photos with atm

Ginger souffle sugar cube scrubs - I got some awesome ice cube trays for $1.50!

These are a lip balm trio, the flavour is the same (caramel... yum) but one is natural, one coloured with amber bronze mica and one coloured with a very pink shade of lipstick

My labeling efforts

This is melon bath salts with kaolin clay and like an aquaish food colouring (I mixed blue with a touch of green) the colour isn't very melonish but I just thought it would look pretty in the bath!

These ones are coconut

The soaps! The ones that look white in the photo but are actually light orange are mango and coconut with a little shreded loofah on the top, the orange clear soaps are mango with jojoba and the pink ones are melon with jojoba

How I packaged the soaps - Parker Brown is a bit of a family joke its my last name with my partners last name

This is everything together before I wrapped them up

Next year I want to make bath bombs! Its ironic (and sad) that I dont actually have a bathtub in my house Sad Maybe I could get a kiddie pool and sit in the back yard lol
12  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Coconut lip balm! on: December 02, 2009 03:18:19 AM
I got a lip balm kit from www.aussiesoapsupplies.com.au it came with instructions and suggestions for recipes using varied ingredients... I thought getting the kit might be the way to go since I've never made lip balm before! I used the microwave to melt the beeswax and cocoa butter and it was easier than trying to melt chocolate! (I always burn chocolate that way) I made 6 little pots and I have to say when I first got the kit I thought it didnt look like it would make much but I only used half of the ingredients and it made heaps!

This was fun and inspiring! Next stop coconut and mango mp soap! I'm obessed with coconut!

I found that the balm was sticking to my jug... so I nuked it again!

The kit

Coconut lip balm flavoured spoon! hehe
13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Stretch fabric getting sucked into the feed dogs - help! on: October 30, 2009 04:08:56 AM
Hey, so this is my first attempt at sewing with a stretchy fabric (and I'm new to sewing) and it keeps getting sucked in and caught into the feed dogs. I made sure the foot pressure was on the lightest setting but other than that Im not sure what else I'm suppose to do... The machine used to be my mum's and I don't have the manual or alternative feed dogs - I do however have a trusty screwdriver that I have to keep using!!
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