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361  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / You Put the Lime in the Coconut...plus shampoo bars and more 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!

362  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / October Bday Swap?? on: October 13, 2008 07:47:28 PM
Are there any bday babies that still want to do an october bday swap? I know it's like halfway through the month. I'm planning on organizing november, but just found out the oct organizer is not able to. I could probably organize if people want do the swap. Or if someone else wants to step up and organize october that is cool too!
363  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Breast Cancer Challenge on: October 09, 2008 10:30:14 PM
Since October is breast cancer awareness month (and I work in a hospital, and my best friend is a mammography tech) I have been noticing all kinds of breast cancer stuff lately. In magazines there are spreads about products to buy that support breast cancer...and after looking at some of them I think craftsters could make something much cooler! I saw a shirt that had a tiny pattern of pink ribbons all over it, but from far away you couldn't really tell what they were.

Anyhow I was trying to think of some cool way that the challenge could tie into a donation to charity but haven't quite thought it up yet. Maybe instead of a regular prize there could be a donation to a charity? Or everyone who entered the challenge could donate $1 or something?
364  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / FRIENDS TV Show Swap Gallery on: September 24, 2008 11:22:20 AM
Here's the gallery since we have a sender!

link to orginal thread  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=260946.0
365  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Make a Purse With This Stuff Gallery on: September 24, 2008 11:11:12 AM
Here's the gallery! Post pics of your materials and purses!

Link to original thread  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=265595.0
366  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / September 2008 Birthday Swap Gallery on: September 22, 2008 07:47:25 PM
Post your presents here!

Link to original thread

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=268587.0
367  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Crafter MIA since before sign-ups ended on: September 18, 2008 03:27:37 PM
I have someone who has not been on craftster since 9/9. Sign-ups closed 9/12 and she hadn't answered one of the questions about international shipping on her form, so I pm'd her and actually had to delay assigning partners since she didn't reply back. I've sent her a couple pm's, but she hasn't been on crafster to reply. This is a swap with 2 sendouts, where we are sending our own material out and then crafting a purse and sending it back to the person, so I am super leary of having a flaker. I finally put her in a group of 3, and the person that is sending to her is holding off to send out until we actually hear from her. Should I drop her from the swap?


ETA: I checked again, and she was on yesterday.  Undecided
368  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / An all black and white quilt? 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?
369  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / September 2008 Ongoing Birthday Swap (Sign-ups Sept 13-Sept 30) on: September 13, 2008 01:09:03 AM
PLEASE READ ALL RULES BEFORE YOU SEND YOUR INFO. SOME RULES HAVE BEEN CHANGED.

ALL BIRTHDAY BABES WHO POST A BIRTHDAY WISH LIST MUST FULFILL A BIRTHDAY WISH OF AT LEAST ONE FELLOW BIRTHDAY BABE. In other words, if you post a list and receive a gift, you must send at least one gift. Non-birthday craftsters may still send "unconditionally." Unconditionally in this swap means if someone fulfills one of your birthday wishes, you will send them a thank you note via snail mail. PM's or thank you posts do not count as thank you notes. Negative feedback will be given for those who post lists and receive, but never send. Please read below for the exact details.

PLEASE DO NOT POST YOUR LIST UNTIL I SEND YOU A PM SAYING TO DO SO.

Swap name: September 2008 Ongoing Birthday Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: MareMare

FOR POSTING BIRTHDAY LISTS Sign-up date range:  September 13-September 30, 2008
FOR CHOOSING A BIRTHDAY WISH TO FULFILL Sign-up date range:  September 13-September 30, 2008
DATE TO SEND ITEMS BY:  2 weeks after you claim someone unless other arrangements are made ahead of time

Limited to a certain number of people?: No.
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No.
You must be 13 years old to swap.

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

Details of swap:  This swap was organized so everyone can get something crafty for their birthday!  Please read the guidelines carefully.

    *This is a medium item swap. A medium item is defined as a craft or recon etc that takes you two hours to complete OR $20 worth of Store Bought Items. (If bought from a thrift store, estimate at what it would have cost new.) However you may also substitute a few small items for a medium.
    * If your birthday is in September, then you can post your birthday wish list for this month. To do that, you must first PM me with the Swap questionnaire filled out.
    * Once you have been approved, you may post your list of things that you would want to receive. You can have as many items on your list as you want to, but the minimum is 5. The more you have, the better are the chances to get claimed. Please try to have a good mix of items on your list. The last wish you will post is "a surprise."  Then you will post a bio about yourself. Please state at the beginning of your list where you are located.  Some people absolutely cannot send to people overseas for any number of reasons. We need to respect this valid concern. Also, please list any allergies or dislikes at the beginning of your post. Type allergies in red if they are severe.
    * Please post lists only. No discussion on this thread please. Discussion can be done here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=264492.0
    * Everyone will then go through the lists and choose a craftster they want to send a birthday gift to. Your birthday does not have to be in Septmeber for you to craft for someone! If you want to choose someone, just PM me with your info (including your address, please), who you want to craft for, and what item. Also send a pm to the person you are choosing to let them know and to ask them for their address
     * When you choose to fulfill a birthday wish, PM both me (MareMare) AND the chosen craftster. After that you have 2 weeks to get the item out the door unless you communicate in advance that something will take a bit longer. If two weeks pass, and I don't hear anything from youyou guessed it, negative feedback!
        * It is super important for everyone to keep good communication. It is REQUIRED that you PM me when you've sent and of course, don't forget the DC#. It is REQUIRED that when you receive, you PM me and publicly announce in the gallery (even if you don't have pictures).
    * You can choose to craft for as many people as you like, but you cannot "owe" more than 2 things. If you are a newbie and this is your first swap, you must successfully send once and the package must be received before choosing again.
    * REMEMBER THAT YOU WON'T NECESSARILY GET AS MANY PRESENTS AS YOU SEND. IT'S ALSO POSSIBLE THAT NOBODY CLAIMS YOU. In that case, you WON'T get an angel. The angels replace only flakers and lost packages.
     *When one of your items is chosen, please cross it out so that it is easier for others to see what has been chosen. It wouldn't hurt to thank the person at this time either.

If you have any more questions or suggestions, you can send me a PM with "September Birthday Swap" in the subject line.

If you want to SIGN UP TO POST YOUR BIRTHDAY LIST:
QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap- September 2008 Ongoing Birthday Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name:
Address (formatted for mailing):
When is your birthday?
Have you read and understand all of the rules to this swap?
Are you willing to send at least a medium item per claim?
(If not then you will not be approved.)
A medium item is the following-
A craft or recon etc that takes you two hours to complete.
Or
20$ worth of Store Bought Items (If bought from a thrift store, estimate at what it would have cost new.)
Or
Couple of smaller items
Who and what do you want to send to? (if you know already)
If shipping within the US, I agree to obtain a DC#: Yes/No


If you want to SEND TO A BIRTHDAY CRAFTSTER:
QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap- August 2008 Ongoing Birthday Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name:
Mailing address:
Chosen craftster and item:
If shipping within the US, I agree to obtain a DC#: Yes/No

If you are already a September birthday babe, you do not need to send me this info again. Just send me who you want to craft for and what you will be crafting.

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO THE ORGANIZER VIA PM AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

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370  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Ironing finished project on: September 09, 2008 01:51:18 PM
I just finished my first biggish cross stitch piece (that wasn't a kit that the whole thing fit inside my hoop). From moving the hoop around it has lots of hoop marks on it. Can I iron it? I am really worried the floss color will run onto the white fabric. Steam/no steam? I'm guessing I definitely want to use a pressing cloth. Help please!  It took so long to do I would hate to mess it up.
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