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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Scrubby Soap on: June 14, 2011 08:12:21 AM
Possibly.  Other people have suggested that for grinding nut shells on the internet.
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Scrubby Soap on: June 13, 2011 09:53:57 PM
Just a simple melt and pour soap.  I used a clear suspension base, orange oil, and ground up pistachio shells (this was a recycling project).  At first I tried grinding them up in the food processor but it couldn't even touch them so I used my Vitamix, which survived but the shells did pit some of the surface of the plastic of the jug so be warned if you have a Vitamix and want to attempt grinding nut shells in it (really you're supposed to use the dry jug/blade but I didn't want to shell out another 125 bucks for a separate pitcher/blade).  The idea was to make a bar a soap that could really clean grime off your hands.  Haven't tried it yet but it was fun and simple to make.

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Big Project stitch-along 2010 on: October 15, 2010 10:54:52 PM
They just don't make games like they used to!  I love the old point and click adventures- I think MI was my first big one, I was about 12 when I discovered it.  Though I remember some of the text-based ones on the commodore 64 (Wizard of Oz?) Nowadays I think people don't have the attention span for them so much... =(  So nobody really makes them anymore.  I loved KQVI, and of course all the LucasArts games.  That would be so awesome seeing more people do old skool computer game needleworks.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Big Project stitch-along 2010 on: October 15, 2010 06:48:14 PM
Finished her hands, chest, shoulder, and part of her robe:

Also, I'm going to start another project simultaneously because I just can't resist:

It's from the Secret of Monkey Island, original version of course ^_^  Imported into KXStitch.  Just waiting for my black aida cloth to come in the mail (nobody sells 18 count black aida around here....)
5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 7/12/10 - The Craftster Newsletter has arrived!! on: October 11, 2010 09:37:49 PM
I've changed my email address and updated it in my profile- do I need to sign up for the newsletter again with the different email address or will I automatically get the newsletter sent to the new one since I updated my profile?
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: This ship will be with you till you die. That's cause she's a death trap, sir. on: October 08, 2010 10:38:39 AM
That's pretty sweet.  Is it crewel work?
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Using a darker aida cloth? on: October 07, 2010 08:04:25 PM
Awesome, I think I'll use black cloth.  I always use at least two strands anyway.  I might use three for white and maybe for the colors that are really dark so they all either stand out or are totally solid.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Using a darker aida cloth? on: October 07, 2010 02:23:51 PM
So, if/when I ever finish my current BAP, I want to do a cross stitch of this image (imported into KXstitch, which works beautifully I might add):

I was thinking of going with a black or very dark blue colored aida cloth so I wouldn't have as much busywork but mostly I've only used light colors of cloth in the past.  How much would the background color of the cloth show through or tint lighter-colored stitches if I went this route?
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Big Project stitch-along 2010 on: October 02, 2010 11:43:23 AM
I would like to join and add mine too.  It's Dimension's "Enchanting Geisha" from the Gold Collection.  I started working on her back in late 2008 in bits and pieces.  It's unlikely I'll finish her by 2011 since my first child is due in three weeks!  But I figure a 2011 thread will be started eventually.....

Here's what the finished one is supposed to look like:

And here's what I've got thus far:

10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: KXStitch - Cross Stitch Program for Linux/Ubuntu on: October 01, 2010 08:04:12 AM
I run Ubuntu on my laptop.....I will definitely have to try this software out as soon as I finish my current BAP....
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