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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Gazeeeeeeeebo on: June 01, 2012 06:53:19 PM
So, as we live in a rental with no shade in the blazing hot back yard, we bought a standard gazebo. I looked at outdoor furniture, and my cheap little soul rebelled at shelling out so much for stuff the kids would climb all over. I got a friend from work to drive me in his truck, and we picked up pallets from the industrial area in town. I started to paint them white and got tired. So I just nailed them in an "L" shape, and good enough. I went to Fabricland when they were having a huge(ish) sale, and bought some grey outdoor fabric. I used old blankets to put in them, made some pillows, and it's awesome. The kids can be kids, no worries about keeping them off the furniture. In total, the furniture (and white sheers/curtains from Sears and Jysk) cost me less than $75.

12  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Vanilla/Chocolate Soap on: June 01, 2012 06:46:53 PM
So, inspired by Mandyhello's cappucino soap, I decided to bite the bullet - and I made a Vanilla/Chocolate soap. I'm so happy with the way it turned out. There's ground Double Dutch Chocolate Coffee on the top. It looks and smells like cake.

13  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / making wooden soap mold - the math part on: March 16, 2012 12:34:46 PM
I'm actually needing help figuring out the interior dimensions for a 1lb soap mold and for a 2lb soap mold. My little shrivelled brain tries to detach from my spinal column when I try to do the math. If anyone can help me, I will build a shrine to you and worship it every morning when I wake up.
14  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Using Botanical and Bits in HP Soap on: November 17, 2011 07:48:34 PM
So I'd really like to use herbs and other 'bits' (citrus zest, etc) in my HP Soap, but i'm not really sure where to start. I have looked for recipes on the net, but haven't really found anything that I like. If anyone has any recipes or links or suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it!  Grin
15  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Beer Soap Failure (the Second) on: October 30, 2011 09:00:40 AM
I was so excited for this one! I loved the color, and I was so thrilled ... and it failed again! It separated into a solid layer and then an oily emulsion on top. I made sure the lye was well dissolved into the beer -  i cooled down the oils and the lye mixture, they hit trace - definitely! The only thing I did different with this batch was to add a bit of honey after I hit light trace. (This was Cold Process Oven Process soap, btw). My only idea is that apparently the beer in our house only wants to be ingested, not created into something better.
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Cloak Clasp on: July 17, 2011 07:00:01 AM
So, I made a patchwork cloak in a private swap, and I also made a cloak clasp (because what good is a cloak you can't close?) I used dollar store clear and white glass stones, layered with a brick red stone I got at a local bead store. I kind of really liked the red stone, as the cloak was meant to be Harry Potter inspired - and the shape of the bead with the gold wire through it reminded me of the symbol for the Deathly Hallows.

This is the clasp together.

One side.

And the other.
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / patchwork cloak - pic heavy on: July 16, 2011 08:45:00 PM
Made for a private swap with lvl0rg4n. This took about 18 hours of sewing (not including the swearing time, the time using my daughter to model it to figure out what the heck I was supposed to be doing, or the time just staring at it glassy-eyed with despair), and a few more to line the hood, put beading on it, etc.

This is the right side (the cloak is about knee length  -  it's just hanging on my desk chair).

the red cord is around the hood - the bright pink sheer is the lining for the hood. If you look close, you can sort of see the tassels that hang from the tip of the pointed hood.

Work In Progress - this was just after I finished the hood. It was a pain in the arse.

When she posts pics, I'll ask my awesome swap partner to post some pictures of herself in it. This was really rewarding. It was a PAIN to figure out, but I liked the challenge of it. And, I used up a ton of scraps, which is always a good thing.

18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ludo FRIEND on: June 20, 2011 08:44:53 PM
for the Labyrinth swap, I made this Ludo stuffie for her. How can you not love Ludo?? I will say that working with the fun fur was as enjoyable as being stabbed in the eye with a red hot french fry.

19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / zombie poppet with removable bits (Image heavy) on: June 20, 2011 09:05:50 AM
so, for the Labyrinth swap, a million years ago, deadbathducky and I were partnered up and decided to do 'extras' for each other. I got an amazing TARDIS shadowbox for my husband, and deadbathducky requested a zombie plush with removable organs. It took me three tries, and I was so very unhappy with the first two (they were Weapons Grade Ugly, people). I was going to send the second, but couldn't bring myself to inflict such ugliness and bad crafting, so it was middle of the night crafting and I finally made something I was proud of. She *just* got the package, so I'm happy to post the pics of it.

her face! so proud of this! I'm glad I made it of corderoy, I like the texture.

in her altogether

I needed a way to make her limbs removable - ties were terrible, velcro was a mess - but buttons were a go!

and I needed a chest cavity

for her innards!

heart, stomach, liver, kidneys, lungs, small intestine, large intestine, gall bladder, and bladder

a head flap??

for her braaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiinnnnnn

deadbathducky was really hoping for a removable brain (for the doll), so I came up with this - a styrofoam ball cut into basic brain shape, hot glue and greyish paint

and now, to misquote Miss Patsy Cline, she fell to pieces ... (hmm mmm mmm mmm)

and dressed and just hanging out.

20  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / cp soap did not set up on: May 03, 2011 06:42:24 PM
weird- ness. So, i made a batch of soap using my husband's ipa that had no carbonation .... that seemed okay, i mixed some cocoa into some i'd set aside so i could swirl .... put it in the oven overnight - and when I took it out of the oven 24hours later, it hadn't set up totally .... there was some liquidy goop in the top, which i poured down the drain; as i unwrapped my soap (milk carton), there's goop in the bottom too. Does anyone know what the heck happened? I'll post pics in a minute.
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