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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My Curtains -- how do they look? on: June 23, 2014 08:05:26 AM
Forgive me, I'm still new to quilting.  I love the idea of quilting, and how beautiful some quilts are.  I'm just not ready to go into fancy quilting yet, so here is my version.

All my adult life, I've wanted to have things match.  I'm not very color coordinated when it comes to matching decor.  I recently have gotten an Accuquilt Go! Baby and the 3" finished square die to attempt to make a quilt for my son based off a knitting pattern, but wanted something to try out the cutting and making a "quilt".  We also had a need of a new door for the bathroom, since one of the dogs chewed up the original door.



When I sewed the blocks, I just used a regular foot, so I didn't have consistant seams.  That's why they don't looked lined up like they should.



This curtain is on my kitchen window. By this time, I found a foot for my machine that is for piecing blocks together.  Can't believe how much of a difference a new foot makes.  I also used the new foot to quilt the curtain.

Be honest, how does my efforts look?  I know I should get a walking foot to make quilting easier.  And I am planning on using this style for all my curtains.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Bra Sizes?? on: May 18, 2014 01:57:30 PM
ok, I'm a curvaceous gal.  I just recently bought this pattern ([url]http://www.sewinglingerie.com/patterns/front-closing-sport-bra.html/url] ) from Lingerie Secrets.  Now it has raised a whole host of questions for me.

By my measurements, and what I found online, I'm suppose to be a 50F/50FF.  I've always been able to wear a C cup, but the bras I usually buy off the rack, while they fit for the cup size, the band size is usually too small.  I am about to use the above pattern to make my own bras.  How can I be a 50F when C has always fit?  By the way, my measurements were 50 band, 56 around bust.

Also, wondering if this would work.  Instead of the hooks that are normally used to close a bra, can't I use snaps instead?  Would be nicer when laundering as the hooks won't get caught in the washer or dryer and tear apart.

Hope someone can help.
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Salt in Liquid soap?? on: April 04, 2014 01:17:57 PM
Forgive me for not posting in a while-- a lot has happened around here.  So much so that I had to give up making my own soap for a while. But telling you my sob-stories isn't what I'm asking about.

I found this site for Bulk Apothecary http://www.bulkapothecary.com/categories/unscented-bases.html and have decided to order some of their unscented bases. In some of the comments, people were saying that they thinned it down too much and have added salt to thicken it again.  If this is possible, what ratio of salt to liquid soap should I use, and can it help extend the use of the soap.

Think of it in this terms, using their site. I buy the gallon size of the shampoo base. Then I take that gallon, thin it down to 2 gallons and add my EOs.  How much salt (or salt solution) should I add to thicken it?

4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: DIY laundry "tabs" - quick, cheap, easy, MCS friendly! *pic light* ;D on: March 30, 2013 10:10:13 AM
I like this idea.  But was wondering, do they dissolve completely in the first round of washing?  So far, all my experiments  show that the soap won't "melt" unless using extreme hot water, so I've been using homemade liquid soap instead.  But I know someone that would love this recipe for her sensitive kids.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / I hope you can help me/ on: August 06, 2012 09:19:58 AM
I hope someone out there can help me.  Just last week I lost my sister-in-law.  Unfortunately she was the victim of a murder/suicide.  Several years ago she made my kids some blankets.  The kids were so attached to her that now they don't want to use the blankets.  I don't blame them.  Now I want to make them new ones that they can use, so we can preserve the ones their aunt made for them. The only problem I have is that I can't figure out the pattern, so I can't just sit down and copy it.

The following pictures show what one of the blankets look like, with a closeup on the stitches.  Please help!!!

 
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / I have a small EO question on: July 15, 2012 11:32:47 AM
Forgive me, have been busy working on my shampoo tute that I want to post for everyone to try, and also getting ready to make some bars for shipping for Christmas presents.  On some of them, when I first made them, I left out all EOs mainly because of the expense, and not sure what I would like to have them smell like. I also want to play with colors too.  The ones I'm sending out to everyone is my shaving soap, shampoo bar, coffee scrub bar, and a new one I wanna try is a bug bar.

I know the coffee scrub will naturally be dark, and scented with coffee.  I'm working on how much EO to put in my bug bar.  Shampoo bar might have tea tree and/or lavender in it and colored blue.  The shaving soap has me a little bugged.  I hated the nasty grey color it came out with when I made the first batch (still works, just don't like the color), so going to try to tint it red.  Was going to put EO in it as well, but looking over what I have,  would Peppermint or Eucalyptis be to strong or harmful for shaving soap? I don't know if the strong odors would affect people, or would it sting in any razor cuts (though since making my own shaving soap, don't have the problems of nicks anymore).  The people that are receiving these soaps are men and women of all ages and backgrounds, and in different parts of the US.

Can you give me any input into this, those that know more about EOs than I do?
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Fullmoon's Adventures with Laundry Detergent! on: July 10, 2012 05:15:55 PM
Sorry to chime in on this with negative comments, but I'm hoping I'm not the only one.  I tried to make my own laundry soap (powdered), and while I loved how it cleaned the clothes, I noticed after a while most of the clothes were coming out with holes in them.  I ended up switching to a homemade liquid laundry soap recipe I found on the net, and the holes stop showing up Shocked .  I did go back to the powder, even went as far as liquidfying it, and we started getting the holes again.  Then I tried to use the powder to clean the washer, and notice that the soap wasn't disolving.  And for my recipes I was using Ivory with washing soda and borax.

Is this something anyone else have noticed?  For now I will stick to the liquid recipe I found (if you want it, go to Youtube and look up Edenia Farms. She has two recipes there that I love, one for laundry soap and another for dish soap).
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Cloth pads and flannel wipes on: June 13, 2012 07:25:18 AM
Those look great. Never thought about making the wipes.  Makes sense in this house with the washer right in front of the toilet.

Those look great!! I wanna start making my own pads... save some money and save the planet Cheesy
DeadGirl, I started doing that almost 2 years ago, for both my daughter and myself.  The money saved have now gone to another addiction, fabric. Shocked
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you go from Shampoo to using soap? on: June 11, 2012 03:11:27 PM
Thank you Lisa- planning on diving into that one here shortly.  I did make the bars, and liked the way it turned out, but had a problem with getting it on my hair.  I've been having some medical problems that make it hard for me to use a bar on my head ( and I refuse to ask for help from anyone yet).  I did some playing with a shampoo bar recipe, and was able to turn it into a decent liquid shampoo soap.  I use KOH instead of lye, and recalculated the recipe for that fact.  Even the kids like it. The one thing we all have to remember is we have to use conditioner or ACV after using it, or the hair will have issues.  I don't want to go into the issues.

If anyone is interested, I can post my recipe and a pic.  I guess the whole thing has been an adventure for us.
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: silicon soap molds on: March 13, 2012 11:37:48 PM
After looking at that site, I was reminded of another site that might suit you better.  http://www.smooth-on.com/

When I'm working on soap, I'm either knitting, crocheting, or working on my castle crafts.  With the castle crafts, you can buy molds to get the individual bricks to build your own castle scenes.  Several members over there suggest going to Smooth-On to get the silicone needed to make custom molds.  Try them for the silicone for the molds, then make your desired shapes using Polymer clay.  One thing that was mentioned-- don't use Play-dough to make the masters of your soap-- it likes to react to the silicone during the molding process.
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