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11  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Stitched Mandala Swap (SU CLOSED, SO 8/15) on: August 10, 2016 06:29:08 AM
I'm finished. I should mail out today when the guys get back with the car.














12  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Stitched Mandala Swap (SU CLOSED, SO 8/15) on: August 03, 2016 06:45:43 AM
I have the main part done, just still sorting out finishing it. I did make mandala, sort of, cookies last night though. Wish I could share them with you all.
13  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Stitched Mandala Swap (SU CLOSED, SO 8/15) on: July 27, 2016 08:11:29 AM
I would like to have more progress on this. I'm hoping today will change that.
14  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Stitched Mandala Swap (SU CLOSED, SO 8/15) on: July 17, 2016 12:09:39 PM
Looking forward to a day off to sketch some things out.
15  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Stitched Mandala Swap (SU 7/5-7/15, SO 8/15) on: July 14, 2016 08:31:15 AM
Sent in questionnaire. This will be my first swap in a while. I had taken a break.
16  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Lipstick Swatches on: June 26, 2014 09:06:03 AM
I started keeping my lipsticks and glosses upside down so I could see the label to choose the color I wanted. I was not completely happy with that solution as I was concerned that they might melt or fall into  the cap resulting in an unusable mess. I was inspired by Juleps cap swatches and decided to create an accurate smudge proof swatch.

These are my finished lipsticks.


This is my inspiration; the Julep polishes. Note how easy it is to choose the color you want. Since you are using the actual polish the colors and finishes can be seen.


I had a few thoughts on how this could be done with lip products. One was to apply a sticky dot on lid, apply the lipstick and seal with tape and the other was to create some sort of bubble a lipstick swatch could be put inside. I decided to play with google eyes.


My first thought was to slit the side open to remove the black dot and place the product in. I found that difficult and dangerous, so I made a slit on the top above where the black dot was resting. I was then able to pull the black dot out using a crochet hook.



Two things I noted here. This left the cut edges lifted and rough, I found that if I burnished the smaller side flat I could slide the dot out easier. Both ways left a potential leaking of product. I then decided to fuse or flatten the swatches.


The other thing I noted it is much easier and much safer to prep the bubble while they are still on their sheet. Care should always be used when using an axacto knife as well.


To flatten them I pressed the lids against a hot iron covered with parchment paper. I found that it worked best if you pressed the cut side of the bubble first so you smushed the product into the bubble, not out. I also recommend removing the lid from your lipstick while doing this to prevent any possible melting.


Here is the before of my glosses.


This is the after. You will note some of the thinner glosses had issues of leaking out when sealing. This is before I started pressing the cut edge first. I can still see the color I want to use so they are still functionable.
17  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Cloth Toilet Paper on: February 26, 2014 01:54:25 PM
I want some, I just don't have time to make it right now. I have a bidet so I use washcloths to dry. I can always use more cloths.
18  Category Challenges / Bath and Beauty: Challenge Entries / Re: Teal French Tips on: October 21, 2013 02:26:17 PM
Those look great.
19  Category Challenges / Bath and Beauty: Challenge Entries / Spring to Fall Frankenpolish on: October 21, 2013 11:25:50 AM
I like to buy cheap little polishes to mix with. That way if I don't like it I can toss or dump it out. These polishes are often under pigmented, but have a base color to start with.



I then chose my loose mineral powder pigments or make up, clear polish, glitters, and polish colors to mix in.



I use my cuticle scoop to add and mix the powders. They powders need to be mixed in well and I sometimes need to thin it with the clear polish. Add a little at a time until you get the color you desire. For a few colors I may have to add a drop of colored polish or even a glitter polish to get the look I want.



Today I started with a sheer peach pearl color and added a pinch of dark brown pigment, a shimmery rose glow powder, a drop of red, 4 drops of clear, and 6 drops of pink glitter polish. Some loose glitters can melt and clump up.



These are more appropriate for fall now. A rosy nude with subtle glitter, an antique gold, a dark burgundy brown, a dark purplish burgundy, and a semi translucent bronze with gold and brown glitter.



This last one was made for adding a darker gradient to the tips. I really liked it paired with this silver gray here.



The burgundy colors were mixed because I did not have an oxblood polish. I like both in their own way. The antique gold was a happy accident found by mixing a sheer gold shimmer with olive eye shadow powder. I think it also looks great with a glitter over it.

20  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: The Awesome Manicure Thread! on: September 21, 2013 12:42:04 PM






It seems all my favorite manicures are in silver.
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