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1  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

2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / cracked kiddie pool? on: July 02, 2008 05:45:13 PM
So my son's little snapset pool blew down the street last week in a storm.  A nice neighbor put it on the curb for the owners to see and take, which we did.  Took it home to find a crack in the plastic side wall.  So it won't work as a pool anymore, any ideas what to do with it?  Here's a link to a picture so you know what it looks like.  It's one of those kind with a vinyl bottom and rigid plastic sides.


Any ideas?
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Screens Pre-Emulsioned? on: July 01, 2008 09:04:11 AM
Besides StencilPro and PhotoEZ, does anyone know of a source for screens that already have emulsion on them and are ready to expose?
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Mica Shift Pendant on: June 12, 2008 07:30:31 PM
This was my first attempt at real poly clay work.  Up until now I've mostly dont basic modelling (kind of cartoonish stuff).  I wasn't sure how it would work without a pasta machine, and I never did find out because I decided to break down and just buy one. Smiley  I'm still thinking about trying it out just with a roller.  (Diane, I'll let you know my results when I try it out)

Anyway, it is a polymer clay pendant using mica shift technique and rubber stamping.  Its such a cool effect where although the piece looks 3 dimensional, it is actually flat on top. Neat, eh?

Here's a link to the tutorial I used, the audio was really faint for me but I pressed my ear up against the speaker. Tongue
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / mica shift without pasta machine? on: June 07, 2008 07:47:39 PM
I'm pretty new to pc and don't have a pasta machine yet.  I found a tutorial I'd like to try which involves mica shift.  She aligns the mica by repeatedly rolling the clay through a pasta machine, but I was wondering if it's possible to do the same thing without one? Can I just roll and fold the same way using my acylic roller?  Thanks!
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Slate Shingles? on: May 27, 2008 06:25:50 AM
My grandpa has gifted me two very large stacks of old slate roof tiles.  They are in great condition only having nail holes in them from being used as shingles.  He was thinking I might come up with something crafty to do with them to make a little money at the craft fair this fall.  I stink at painting, what else could I do with them?  Any suggestions appreciated!

7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Gumby and George on: May 16, 2008 08:39:55 PM
I'm putting together a stamping kit for OWS and had to pick up an extra set of supplies to give this stamp carving a go for myself. Smiley  These are the first two stamps I came up with.  Thanks to everyone who has posted tips/tricks/tutorials, so much help!

Gumby will be living with my MIL's girlfriend who loves the green guy (yeah, I gotta get some green ink before the Gumby police come after me). My son was so excited about the first stamp that after he fell asleep tonight I decided to carve him a George, so he'll have a little suprise waiting for him tomorrow. Smiley

Definatly not perfect, but not too shabby either!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Embroidered Bitty Booties on: May 12, 2008 06:08:37 AM
I guess this could go in either the embroidery forum or here, so I just picked one. Smiley  I made a pair of baby booties for the Ongoing Wish Swap using a pattern for Bitty Booties available here: http://heatherbailey.typepad.com/heather_bailey/2006/06/bitty_booties.html.  The pattern was easy to follow, and I was so happy with how they turned out!  I used wool felt and made fabric yo-yos for the blossoms and embroidered the stems, butterflies, and some grass.  This was my first time embroidering and making yo-yos, it was a lot of fun!  Here is a pic taken by the recipient, Banga, as her photos turned out much better than mine. Smiley

9  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / For those who have the Craft Pad... on: May 02, 2008 12:12:39 PM
I'm dipping my toe into the embroidery pool and bought Jenny's Sublime Stitching book, which I'm having lots of fun with.  All of her patterns are so tempting I kind of want to buy them all, lol, but that's not so great on the pocketbook right now (even with the 10% off, which is great!).  Does the Craft Pad have a lot of the same patterns that are available for individual purchase?  I think I read somewhere that there were a lot of repeats and 25ish new patterns.  I guess what I'm asking is, would buying the Craft Pad be a good way to sample the individual patterns without buying the whole slew?  Thanks for your insight!

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / assorted yarn? on: April 12, 2008 06:22:10 PM
I'm trying to find a way to buy many colors of yarn for amigurumi without commiting to full skeins.  Any suggestions?  I did get a grab bag from a nice woman on freecycle, no luck at my local thrift store but I've planned a trip to a neighboring town to check there.  Any other ideas?
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