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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 83 ENTRIES / Re: Shoebox-turned-classy gift basket :) on: March 04, 2013 02:28:19 PM
Wow, I am VERY impressed!! With both your ingenuity and patience!!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 83 ENTRIES / Re: Borrower's Box on: March 04, 2013 02:24:57 PM
This is truly awesome! I make miniatures and love any kind of dyi miniatures. These kind of mini projects are what it's all about. Taking odds and ends and creating something fabulous. Well done!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: a recipe for truffles on: February 04, 2013 03:22:21 PM
Sounds like a heart attack on a plate! In a very delicious way though. My hubby would adore those. I can't eat refined sugars anymore, my body vehemently opposes them. I get to have agave syrup and stevia (woot!) so I can still have sweets, I don't have them as much though since those two things are a pain to cook with.
Enjoy these over Valentines with whoever is lucky enough to be the recipient Cheesy
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Lego-style storage box on: January 08, 2013 04:49:18 PM
I love this! I'll have to share it with my friend, she's a mom who loves lego. And we go through tea lights like no body's business in our house to this is totally affordable and doable. The only downside for me would be they're not stackable! But I'm making one anyways!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Lego-style storage box on: January 08, 2013 04:41:37 PM
I love this! I'll have to share it with my friend, she's a mom who loves lego. And we go through tea lights like no body's business in our house to this is totally affordable and doable. The only downside for me would be they're not stackable! But I'm making one anyways!
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: B and B Challenge 3: Christmas Collection on: December 19, 2012 04:52:28 AM
Yeah, I love the teacup. One of my other passions is antiques. I can't afford bigger pieces like furtniture but I like picking up smaller items like the teacup and glass pitchers.
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: B and B Challenge 3: Christmas Collection on: November 30, 2012 09:05:35 AM
My hubby is allergic to artificial scents and I actually hate the small of airwick and scented candles you buy at the store so it's nice to have something that smells like Christmas! Makes me feel happe Smiley
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: B and B Challenge 3: Christmas Collection on: November 30, 2012 06:45:02 AM
Yes I love it! I was planning to use pine needle eo but then I used nutmeg and it turned out fab! I found the tea cup at this huge Anique Mall in our City. There were a tonne of Christmas tea cups. My budget is stretched to the max since I have been ordering a cold process soap mold online, ingredients to make shampoo, yay! and also miniatures on Etsy (sometimes it can work against you if you are too crafty Grin) or else I would have bought a bunch more. But I can always go back and buy more tea cups and make them for easter, mothers day, valentines day, ect. Very fun project!
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: B and B Challenge 3: Christmas Collection on: November 27, 2012 01:14:31 PM
Thanks MareMare. I enjoyed making them Grin
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: B and B Challenge 3: Christmas Collection on: November 27, 2012 10:27:11 AM
Sure! For the soap on a rope, I used a mold that I purchased, and I bought the rope at the same store. I used a goats milk m and p base. I cut the block of m and p base into cubes, melted that on the stove using the pyrex measuring cup in a pot of boiling water method, then poured it into the mold. It took me a while to get the hang of this. You have to have the mold set up with two heavy elastic bands holding it together, and with the rope placed inside the mold, about halfway down. If the rope isn't far enough down, as soon as you start using the soap it will come loose from the rope really quickly. You also have to pour slowly, so the melted m and p base doesn't fill up the mold to the point where soap attaches itself to the rope.

For the Christmas Morning Scented Lotion I used a recipe for lotion that I've used before that I got from a Natural Beauty Book. It contains Sweet Almond Oil, beeswax, and borax dissolved in distilled water. I heated the sweet almond oil and the beeswax in a water bath on the stove (oil and beeswax in a glass pyrex container, put the container in a pot, fill the pot with water, boil the water).
It's important to wait until the mixture on the stove is completely melted. From what I've learned with trial and error with this recipe, timing is very important, so I wait until everything is completely melted  on the stove stop and then heat the water with the borax dissolved in it as the recipe instructs. You should heat it until is is steaming, but not bubbling. Then you remove the melted oil/wax from heat and pour in the distilled water/borax mixture. Give it a quick stir, add your fragrance oil (I used a fragrance oil this time, but usually I use EOs). I've found for best results, either put it in a blender and whip it, or, my preferred choice, use an inexpensive milk frother to blend the ingredients right in the pyrex jar.
Pour into jars and allow to cool.
For the soy wax candle:
Melt soy wax flakes using the pyrex jar in a pot method, when melted completely remove from heat and add your EO, I chose Nutmeg. I had prepared the teacup by attaching putty to the bottom, attaching the wick to the putty, and placing to butter knives on either side of the wick because it has the tendency to lean. I saw this teacup candle idea on pinterest, and bought a kit on sale at the same store I bought the soap on a rope mold from, that's where I got the trouble shooting tips. When I make the teacup candles again I think I will use beeswax. I don't have the patience for grating beeswax, I buy beeswax pastilles, buying a solid block from the farmer's market isn't much cheaper. I thought maybe I would give the teacup candle away as a stocking stuffer/Christmas gift, but I like it so much I think I'll keep it for myself Grin
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