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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Personalized Crayon Totes on: May 03, 2011 06:09:36 AM
Nice job!  I love the flower design...can you share where you found it?  These are more practical than the crayon rolls...I can see these bags just full of goodies! 
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pop Tab Prom Dress (Quite a Lot of Pics!) on: April 17, 2011 10:24:47 AM
this is incredible!  you did an amazing job... A+++++++
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: You Put the Lime in the Coconut...plus shampoo bars and more on: October 19, 2008 06:26:25 PM
I'm not a fan of hot process soap or rebatching either.  Fortunately, I don't have to do it very often, but when I do, it's only to save a batch as I hate loosing the oils and will try to figure out some way to save them!  I've also done batches like you have mentioned, chunking or grating into another fresh batch...giving a much better soap in the end.  Your green would be very pretty chunked into another white coco lime batch!  I really don't think you need to recalculate your formula for your coconut milk when using only a 5% discount...you have plenty of room for supperfatting using the coconut milk.  I actually use a 7% discount and don't have any problems when using a heavy cream.  It's likely that over time, the surface oils will absorb on this batch, but I wonder just how much will absorb from a oil pocket inside. 

Time will tell....give us a report in a week or two!!

ps...I still think it overheated  Smiley...wierd that you didn't feel a lot of heat from the batch!
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: You Put the Lime in the Coconut...plus shampoo bars and more on: October 19, 2008 09:33:11 AM
I think your batch of coco-lime overheated....adding the coconut milk could have caused this.  When this happens to me, I usually chunk it back up into a pot (keeping all the oils that escaped, if you can) and melt it back down ...almost like you would when you use the hot process method for making soap.  It probably will stay oily if you leave them in bars...and you will probably find some other pockets of oil when you go to use them.  After I get the pot of soap chunks melted (again, do it slow...oven seems to work best for me, covered with foil so you don't loose anymore liquid)...you may have to add a smidge more fragrance oil as the scent may burn off alittle bit.  Also, while melting, I like to add a little bit of liquid.  For me, milk  actually helps the soap to thin out a little more making your melting soap more smooth and pourable.  Then, just pour back into your lined mold and let it set back up.  By adding the extra liquid, it's going to take a little longer to dry back out when you cut it in bars.  Sometimes, just before I'm ready to pour, I add in some ground oatmeal.  I feel this helps make it dry out quicker!

After all this...you can now claim to have done your first "re-batch"!!  It's kind of a pain...but does help to "save" your batch!

Good luck! 

ps..I just poured a batch of coco-lime verbena this week, too!  And a hint...in the future, when you add the coconut milk to it...put the batch in a cooler spot or put a fan on it maybe not letting it gel...or at least not letting it go into a really "hot" gel...and you should be fine!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: appliqued wool jumper/dress on: September 21, 2008 01:57:10 PM
Just darling!  I'd be tempted with a flat, 4 hold button in the center...but then again, it's beautiful just the way it is!  I've recently picked up some very old, very expensive at one time (but was really cheap now!) pieces of wool at Goodwill.  You have insipired me to use some for my little 2 year old niece...I have this pattern, too!  A+ for a super-duper job!   Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Another plus size smock top on: September 08, 2008 06:31:09 AM
I think you did a fabulous job on this..and it looks nice on you, too!  I have some of the same issues as you do and find it hard to pick one of these cute styles for myself, because I feel they look like maternity tops on me!  I love the sleeve length as well, and agree, it's hard to find longer ones these days that cover my larger upper arms....

You did good!  And I think it looks nice on you, too!  Wink  A+  Smiley

Go ahead...make another one!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Bubble Romper on: May 27, 2008 07:50:24 PM
this is DARLING!   your little model is also adorable!  I really LOVE the fabric, too!  A+ to you!   Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: dress for my lil bug on: May 18, 2008 08:14:36 AM
You did a great job!  And your little model looks very sweet in this cute outfit!  A+ to you!!  ps...you should try your own pattern sometime...I think you are capable and would have fun, too!   Wink
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: A few recons for my girls on: May 09, 2008 07:39:18 AM
very cute dresses!  A+ to you!! Smiley
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Remembering Mary Poppins....my Old-fashioned Overnighter on: April 26, 2008 08:00:33 AM
beautiful and wonderful craftsmanship, too!  you should be proud!  A+
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