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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: First 3 Batches on: February 04, 2010 07:13:47 AM
McJulie-O  You are right, there are tons of experienced soapers who are willing to lend a hand and offer advice, it's like having your own personal mentor, haha!

KayKay  Thanks for the info, glad I read this before I tried it out.  Not that there would be anything wrong with the soap, but it would save me some heartache as far as color goes.  I guess I'll just order some micas Smiley
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: First 3 Batches on: February 03, 2010 03:06:28 PM
Thanks for the links and photos, I think I'll just have to try this out myself and let you know how it goes! 
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: First 3 Batches on: February 03, 2010 01:02:47 PM
Thanks everyone, it is like a foreign language at first but it's really not too complicated once you understannd the lingo and how the process works, Smiley

MareMare, the coffee one smells really nice now! The lye water really stunk and it did smell for the first few days of curing but it smells really sweet like the fragrance oil now.  Maybe the oven process helped with that?  It did gel super quickly after I put it in the oven, probably due to the coffee.  

Thanks for your compliments, it was really fun to do!  Can't wait to make some more.... I'm thinking either a honeysuckle bar or maybe a pomegranite shaving bar with clay in it?

I thought about using some blueberry tea (really strong brewed, purple/pink color) to color a batch, any experience with using brewed tea as a colorant?  I thought if I reserve some of the water before adding lye and then add strong tea at trace then I might have a better chance of the color sticking.
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / First 3 Batches on: February 03, 2010 10:56:46 AM
Just wanted to share my first soaps, I'm addicted already!

My first batch was olive oil, coconut oil, and lard. Left this one unscented to keep things simple and get a feel for the whole soapmaking thing.  I didn't have a mold so I used a few empty milk cartons. They warped a little during the curing but I think it turned out really well for my first batch! This one was cpop, big thanks to OhHappyDay for her tutorial, it was a great beginner recipe and helped me not to be afraid to give soap making a try!

My second batch was olive oil, coconut oil, and soybean oil. I used strong coffee in place of the water (phew did that stink!), and added hazelnut cappuccino and fresh brewed coffee fragrances as well as some used coffee grounds at trace. Made this one in a mold my dad made for me (thanks, Dad!), and attempted to oven proccess, but it started to get foamy on top, any ideas on that? Everything seems okay, no zap and it smells great and is curing nicely.

Just did my third batch last night with palm oil, coconut oil, and olive oil. Added Oatmeal, milk & honey fragrance and some ground oatmeal at trace. I left this one out to try to prevent gel, but up close it looks like it might have paritally gelled? Not really sure? Anyhow, it sliced up nicely and I can't wait to see how to cures! I think it might brown a little since the fragrance said it contains vanilla (this one was from WSP).

Anyway, I'm really excited about how my first attempts have turned out! No complete failures yet, but I don't expect every recipe to turn out as nice as these ones, haha.

Thanks for reading and offering opinions!
Oh and the soaps are all actually pretty nice and straight despite how the photo looks.  I took it on my phone and the angle was kind of wierd?  LOL

5  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: One Skein Scarves on: December 09, 2008 07:35:09 PM
Skellerz, you can find the pattern in Debbie Stollers book, The Happy Hooker.  Lots of great patterns in that one, definatly worth buying or checking out at the library.

Cocomarie, your scarves turned out great!  I love that pattern, still have a few I'd like to make as Christmas gifts. Smiley
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: My Country Doesn't Have That Round 11 Gallery on: August 09, 2008 07:55:15 PM
I got a great German package today from princesspepper! The box looked like it had been through a war zone and unfortunatly the saucers that go with my new awesome coffee mugs were damaged.  Actually, one arrived broken in half and the other one must have broken and fallen out of a hole in the side of the box!  Shocked  But everything else was just fine and I love it all!  Without further ado:

For my two kids she included a copy of one of her favorite stories and two stuffed birds.  My older son promptly claimed the green one! Smiley  He also decided that the coin bank will be his as well. 

For the dh and I a few coffee mugs for our morning joe, as well as some chocolate mix (is this for chocolate milk or hot chocolate?)

Also, some gravy mixes (my moms favorite kind, will be gifting two to her and one for myself!), fruit drink mixes (to be mixed with club soda!), some really cute decorative papers (cats, zebras, elephants, floral), transparent paper (vellum), some neat postcards from her hometown, some grwat magazines (Burda, a cooking magazine, and a German edition of Glamour), TONS of candy!!! and most specially a really cute hanfbag which I've done a rotten job of photographing.  I'll be posting a better pic of that one tomorrow. 

Thanks Nadja from me and my family, we love everything!
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: My Country Doesn't Have That Round 11(Signups June 1 - 20; Sendouts July 30th) on: August 07, 2008 10:28:53 AM
Yay!  I'm so glad everything arrived and you like it! Cheesy
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: My Country Doesn't Have That Round 11(Signups June 1 - 20; Sendouts July 30th) on: July 31, 2008 08:36:32 PM
I can'y wait for someone to recieve! I love watching the galleries!
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: My Country Doesn't Have That Round 11(Signups June 1 - 20; Sendouts July 30th) on: July 21, 2008 07:57:18 PM
Eek, 9 days to send outs!  I better get my butt in gear!  Smiley
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Round 2 on: July 19, 2008 06:33:07 PM
I still love my HP stamp!
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