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431  You Put the Lime in the Coconut...plus shampoo bars and more in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by MareMare on: October 19, 2008 12:16:47 AM

I made 5 batches of soap on thursday, and I seemed to biff them up a little bit!

I did a batch of coconut lime verbena with coconut milk for half the water. It turned out really oddly--I have pockets of oil in it!  It's not lye, it's definitely oil. I've never had that problem before, but I'm thinking it was just too superfatted with the coconut milk in it. I think I did a 5% lye discount, and then all the extra fat in the coconut milk maybe? Anybody have any other ideas? It is only along the top of the bars, and the holes are pretty big in some of them. I may end up trimming the tops on the bad ones so that the bars are small and square! I actually had to drain the oil holes and wipe all the bars down before I put them on paper towels on the curing rack.

A batch that turned out well, so far~ I finally did a shampoo bar that I have been wanting to do for a while. I did coconut oil, a little bit of olive, hemp, jojoba and walnut. I also added some liquid silk to this batch, I love the texture of soaps that I add liquid silk to! It has rosemary EO in it.

I did a batch with a fragrance called berry kisses. I can't remember the scent description, but it is a very sweet scent. I added some rose clay to the whole batch and then swirled in a little bit of purple pigment in.

Another batch that I messed up on a little~I was making peppermint and trying to swirl  red and white like candy canes or peppermint candy, and I did a lovely in the mold swirl, I usually swirl in the pot. Then I realized I hadn't added the fragrance! I had already mixed up peppermint essential oil with a touch of non-discoloring vanilla to tone down the fragrance and I forgot it. I had already made a batch of unscented so I didn't want another one, so I had to dump it back in the pot to add the fragrance and I ruined my lovely swirl!

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432  Re: IYP 10: The Craftster Cotillion Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: October 19, 2008 12:04:39 AM
I got my fabulous package from Lunanne!

She made me a couple things to show my love/nerdiness for nintendo, an awesome pixelated Link shirt and a beaded bracelet that looks like an NES controller! I just realized I forgot to take a pic of the bracelet so will have to add that later.

And she made me another shirt that I've been wanting for a long time. It says "Made in the 80's" I love the colors!

I also got a fabulous cross stitched piece with my 3 nephews' names on it! It is soooo cute!

AND~ (I am so spoiled!) a really cute bag in brown and pink, some of my fave colors! I love it, I think it's going to become my new work bag!

And she was really sweet and sent little pencil cases for the boys with pencils and stickers inside! I bet Aidan is going to put his "moneys" in it. He had a roll of pennies last week and was telling me he was going to buy "lots and lots of candies!"   Cheesy

Thank you so much Lunanne, I love it all! I should get your stuff out soon, just need to wait for the soap I just made to cure a little!
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433  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 38 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: October 16, 2008 10:20:56 PM
I am so behind on posting pics! I am so sorry!

I got a wonderful skirt off of my wists from farmgirljane! The fabric is great, I love black and white and it is lovely and light and flowy!

Sansa sent me project bags and a quilt pattern! I love the fabrics she chose, there is an Egyptian one and a Geisha one, which are some of my fave themes. Now my in progress projects can be organized and not get lost when I stuff them in plastic bags!  Grin

The other side of the geisha one

And I received 2 great packages yesterday!

From sullengal I got an awesome pincatcher! I love the colors and I needed a pincushion so badly! I have already used it as you can see.

And I got some great crocheted squares for my craftster afghan from zombiecazz. I'm not sure which one is my fave, I like the ones with gray but the white ones are really great patterns too!

Thank you so much everyone!
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434  Re: FRIENDS TV Show Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: October 10, 2008 08:34:21 PM
Shoot I thought I had went back and posted this, but then remembered that I had computer problems the other day! Here is my trivia game from the lovely beckashell! With envelope for lightning round questions! Yay!

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435  Re: IYP 10: The Craftster Cotillion Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: October 05, 2008 05:00:04 PM
Here are action pics of my nephews and the felt food atsuko made!

Excited about the motorcycle Lana sent him

Aidan and Dane playing with the food

Tristan got one lonely donut to play with (you can see his taggie cookie monster blanket that was made for him in the OWS...it's his favorite!)

Dane made a birthday cake for grandma out of pancakes, a donut, a sausage, and an orange and sang happy birthday to her. It was not her birthday.

Attacking dad with the food...it turned into a food fight!

Thanks atsuko! They had so much fun, when we got home from the movies Dane wanted some food...I thought he was nuts because he just had popcorn and candy, but he wanted the play food!
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436  Re: FRIENDS TV Show Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: October 01, 2008 07:06:35 PM
I received the best package from beckashell today! Thank you so much, I love everything!

It was super creative and had a story~

A note from Treeger telling me some Friends had moved out of apartments 19 and 20 and wanted me to have some things~

And everything was wrapped with notes from the Friend that sent it to me!

From Rachel, a Central Perk coffee mug!~

From Phoebe (I think) a really cool jar, decorated, with Friends quotes to cheer me up and lots and lots of orgami stars! They are so cute, I can't imagine how long it took to make these!~

From Joey, Some Joey Love in the form of cross stitch!~

From Phoebe, a book of her song lyrics! I wanted to take a pic of every page, they are all amazing!~

From Monica, some coasters that Chandler gave her that she didn't like! I love Mario!~

From Chandler, some recipe cards of favorite Friends recipes including the Joey Special (2 pizzas!) and Phoebe's grandma's cookies! My fave are Peanut butter fingers!~

Friends shopping lists and To Do lists!

and from Treeger, a pic of the Friends building with a decorated mat~

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437  Re: IYP 10: The Craftster Cotillion Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: October 01, 2008 06:55:50 PM
Wist buttons: Activate! Ok, I feel like I just got 4 swap packages worth of goodies from Atsuko! I am so spolied!!

A T-shirt I have been wanting forever, I am a total nintendo nerd! She did such a great job!

Amazing jewelry off of my wists! Button earrings in my favorite colors and a really cool bracelet and earring set with green stone flowers! Also owls with silver rings, I love silver circle jewelry!

Spoliage for my nephews~ Fun soaps in puzzles and lego shapes! They love soap, especially the middle one, he loves to wash his hands.

And cherry blossom lotion, one of my fave scents!

Felt foods for the boys! A huge amount of felt food! Aidan has been pretending lately that pieces of paper are pizza, and offering it to people and telling them to "eat it, it's good!" He's gonna be so excited! I'll post action shots next time I see the boys. Oh, and their favorite foods really are pancakes and strawberries and sausage!


Donuts, fruit and strawberries!

Eggs, pancakes, and sausage.

And a special birthday present from Lana, with a card she made! Aidan just turned 3, and he is obsessed with motorcycles, so this is perfect!

Thank you so much atsuko! Everything is amazing! I am going to have to send you the world's biggest box of soap! Grin
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438  An all black and white quilt? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: September 17, 2008 01:05:04 AM
So, I have made 2 quilt squares so far, 1 I biffed up and posted in Stitch and Botch with cherries, and the second is this one. I really like black and white fabrics, and am wanting to do all black and white squares, but not sure if this will be boring or lack visual interest? Any thoughts/comments/suggestions?
Should I stick in a few colored fabrics? Or do a colored sashing and binding? I also really like scarlet red with  black and white...if I did like 5% scarlet with the black and white blocks would that be a good amount for a pop of color?

And here are some of my black and white fabrics

Also, I've been reading some quilting books and around on here, but haven't seen any kind of "formula" to figure out how much fabric I need. I'm not sure if I should buy more fabric before I get started or just dig in. LIke, x number of FQ's will make this many squares of this size. I know it probably depends on a ton of variables, but is there some general rule?
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439  Re: A Mario Bros. Them Quilt in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: September 17, 2008 12:52:47 AM
I don't have any advice, but here is a Mario quilt MommyTheMaid made for me in the multi-theme swap. It is one of my most treasured possessions! And if my boyfriend steals it like he is threatening I WILL hurt him!

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440  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 38 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: September 17, 2008 12:18:39 AM
I got 2 lovely packages yesterday! It was my first day back to work after almost 8 weeks off, so it was really nice to have some presents when I came home all tired (and why oh why did I start back up with full 10 hr shifts??)

From Kartiana I received a deckle and something off my wists--button earrings and bracelet! I love buttons, and the bright colors are so fun! I am so excited for the deckle, I got a paper making kit in a swap last year, everything except a deckle, so now I can play with that too!

And from Therisa I got zippers and handmade journals! Yay, I am so excited about the zippers, I love all the colors! And the journals are gorgeous, and I really like the size and shape.

Thank you so much ladies!

ETA: I totally forgot, I also got some yummy lindt chocolate..I forget which package it was in though! Embarrassed It was a super hot day so as soon as I opened it I put it in the fridge. Thank you! It's half gone already.
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