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21  Almond and Oatmeal Wine Soap in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Mandyhello on: February 04, 2012 01:41:14 PM
This batch has so much going on!  First of all, I used ShiehDesignStudio's idea to add coconut milk to the batch.  I followed her directions, and added half the amount of water to the lye and then added the coconut milk to the oils later (to equal the amount of liquid that I needed).  I also boiled down a bottle of merlot to add as a colorant.  It's a nasty green color when you first do it, but it turns this lovely chocolate color later!  I ground oatmeal to add between the layers, and added it as a scrubby to the bars that aren't layered.  The scent is a mix of Brambleberry's Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey and Brambleberry's Almond FO.  It smells really nice and mild!  Ok, pics:

I used four molds:  a pringles can, a loaf mold, a tupperware container, and a half and half container..  Pictured is the tupperware container, the half n half container, and the loaf mold.

I'm going to a wine party tonight, so I'm bringing bars as my party favor..  do you get the joke?  Cheesy

Finally, check out this fugly bar!

The top of the pringles can expanded a little bit..  they look terrible but actually I've grown to love these bars the most for personal use (yeah, you can't sell that haha).  The knob on top makes it really easy to grab in the shower!

Woooo, I'm off to the wine swap, hopefully my wine soap with scrub away the evil tomorrow Cheesy
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22  Mario Fire Flower Pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Mandyhello on: January 20, 2012 11:43:41 AM
So after seeing this link on Deviant Art, I just knew I had to try to make something similar!


Back (envelope closure):

The flower is felt and the background fabric is a 60's gold weave (really thick and shiney).

In process:

Artsy shot with the new man chair:

I think it's going to go live at my sister's new apartment Smiley  I'm really pleased with the way it came out, thanks for looking!
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23  Cranberry Green Tea CP Soap in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Mandyhello on: November 25, 2011 07:59:30 PM
I wanted to make a holiday-themed soap for Christmas gifts that wouldn't be all piney and cinnamony.

Cranberry Green Tea Soap:

34 oz Olive Oil
30 oz Coconut Oil
30 oz Palm Oil
1 oz Grapeseed Oil
30 oz Water
13.65 oz Lye
2 oz Cranberry Realistic (Brambleberry)
2 oz Green Tea Realistic (Brambleberry)
2 oz Lime Essential Oil
Green and Merlot Chromium Oxide

In a half and half container:

In a half and half container, in a milk carton, and in the fancy new mold my dad made me Smiley

Half of the batch together:

My new mold!

My dad molded plastic and then made two wooden ends that fit perfectly.  The soap popped out like an ice cube, it was so easy!

It's still dirty from the batch though, sorry..

It smells really clean and bright, I love the lime in the background!  It thickened really quickly, so that's why I ended up with so many air bubbles.

Thanks for looking Smiley

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24  It's a Naughty Retail Christmas (Updated with new pics) in Needlework: Completed Projects by Mandyhello on: November 25, 2011 07:37:00 PM
Ohhh the joys of working retail around the holidays Wink  Lets just say an international customer was less-than-pleased with my boyfriend's customer service skills this week Smiley

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The Back (not the fanciest/neatest):

Hopefully the whole holiday season won't be like this Wink

Thanks for looking!
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25  Tangled Christmas Lights Stocking in Winter Holidays by Mandyhello on: November 12, 2011 02:57:23 PM
Hi Everybody!  So I saw this amazing Christmas stocking on Etsy and knew I had to try to make my own:


Ok, so she's waaaay more talented than I am and has a really really fancy sewing machine..  mine is much more basic:

Close up of the design:

The little electric plug is my favorite Smiley  It's all a mix of fleece and felt, and isn't anything fancy, but I like it anyway!

Thanks for looking Smiley
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26  Re: When you gaze into the soap.... in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Mandyhello on: October 30, 2011 01:31:59 PM
This guy is giving me a look!

So cute, I'm completely in awe of how you would even try to make soap with faces in it Wink  It smells completely divine too!  My whole house smells good now, thanks soapy pirate (and RR) Smiley
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27  Sweet and Sour Pickled Red Onions in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Mandyhello on: October 04, 2011 09:50:19 AM
I've been thinking about making this one for a while!


So basically $4.50 worth of red onions from Aldi and a little apple cider vinegar produced 4 pints of pink and savory loveliness Smiley

In process (note how red the literally smoking hot burner is):

The thing I loved about this recipe is that it was really really easy to pack the jars.  Because you par-boil the onions, they slide right in and you just have to top them off with brine.  You could basically put whatever spices you want in the brine, this mix is a little like a bread and butter pickle with more spice. 

What I didn't like about this recipe was the smell in my kitchen and on my hair and skin Sad  I smelled like a raw onion for like 3 days  Shocked   But they were heaven on earth on cream cheese and a cracker, so I guess it's worth it Smiley  Thanks for looking!
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28  Anise Peppermint CP Soap in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Mandyhello on: July 24, 2011 01:16:16 PM
I found a seller on Etsy who used this scent combo recently, and I thought it sounded amazing! 

Texture close up:

15 oz light olive oil
10 oz free trade sustainable palm oil
8 oz coconut oil
1 oz grapeseed oil (helps lather in small quantities)
9.45 oz water
4.75 oz lye

1 oz star anise EO
1 oz peppermint EO
2 pinches of finely ground alkanet root

This came together really well and the scent is fantastic..  very energizing, it's one of the best combos I've ever done Cheesy  Batch cost me $23 for 10 bars though..  meh

thanks for looking!
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29  Floral Beer Soap Batch in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Mandyhello on: July 13, 2011 07:16:19 PM
So because the beer store in my town is now selling my soap, I'm going to be making a batch every couple of weeks Smiley 

Floral Beer Batch

24 oz olive oil
23 oz sustainable free trade palm oil
22 oz coconut oil
3 oz grapeseed oil
2 oz lavender EO
2 oz ylang ylang EO
1 oz jasmine EO

23 oz Water/Beer mix (I used Holy Moses White Wheat beer from Great Lakes Brewing Co so it's quasi-local)

10.3 oz lye

Dried Jasmine flower

It smells so pretty, very girly and floral.  The beer doesn't really smell like anything, but adds a little warmth.

Action shots:

Lye beer mix (it volcanoed a little, but not bad):

Oils waiting to be mixed in...  I don't usually preheat my oils, it was warm that day anyway:

Half and Half cartons (the boyfriend is happy he has half and half for his coffee for like a month haha):

Close up of the floral fleck:

I feel like all my soap looks the same even if it smells totally different..  next month I'm going to try to do a green tea swirl in one batch and a purple alkanet swirl in the other Smiley

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30  Beer Batch Take Two in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Mandyhello on: May 17, 2011 03:32:35 PM
I got the beer soap feva' haha Smiley

Leinenkugel Citrusy Summer Soap

20 oz. Olive Oil
19 oz. Coconut Oil
18 oz. Palm Oil
2 oz. Grapeseed Oil

8.44 oz. lye
16.7 oz. Leinenkugel Summer Shandy (boiled, simmered, and allowed to cool)

1 oz. lemongrass EO
1 oz. lime EO
.5 oz. lemon EO
.25 oz. grapefruit EO

Zest of one lemon and one lime
2 half and half containers for molds

This batch smells completely amazing, and the color is this soft buttery yellow. 

Ok BIG NEWS!  I'm very pleased to announce the local artisan beer store in my town asked if they could sell my beer soap!!!  I'm super excited, check back for some packaging updates on this batch Cheesy  I'm already planning new beer batches..  next up I think I'll do a tea time batch with berryweis, bergamot, and lavender and then in the fall a pumpkin stout batch!
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