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1  Knit Picks' Dawn sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by Nymeria on: November 24, 2013 04:57:14 PM
I fell in love with Knit Picks' Dawn pattern (http://www.knitpicks.com/patterns/Dawn_Child_Sweater___D11507220.html)  and knew I had to make it for my monkey. I did the size 6 pattern (she's a size 5T-6) and it fits pretty well. She has a little room to grow but sadly, it won't make it to next winter. Oh well, different color next time.

The pattern called for Knit Picks' Andes del Campo, but sadly my daughter inherited my wool allergy. So I used their worsted weight acrylic yarn in "fairytale." It's a really simple pattern and only took about 7 days to knit! You can't see the eyelet detail very well with her purple shirt underneath but it's there. Smiley

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2  Featured Projects Quarter 1, 2010 in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Nymeria on: March 30, 2010 08:24:14 PM
Can anyone else believe that the first quarter of 2010 is already gone? I know I can't! This was almost an impossibly hard list to make as people posted so many wonderful projects this quarter. It was crazy hard to just prune it down to a sampling, but I hope everyone enjoys what we've (and by "we," I mean you) have come up with! Smiley

Once again, I remind folks that featured projects are chosen two ways: the first is by you! When you hit the "This Rocks" button, it helps tell us what should be featured. But also, it's a nice way to pay homage to the B&B posters who contribute both on the Completed Projects and Discussion board; those friendly, helpful people we all know and adore. Smiley

Speaking of adoration, about about Smitthenheart's gorgeous Strawberry Swirl soap? The color is so girly, it looks good enough to eat!

Next we have Onegroovyday's funky Oh Oh Mama cloth pads. They are almost too pretty to use! Wink

RavingRosemary has burst into the B&B board with a host of lovely offerings, but I think her Cucumber Soap is the neatest, most interesting of the bunch. It's so earthy and cool!

Whenever EmmyFNWL shows up, you can bet it's going to be something really neat. Her Rainforest Lip Butter has oils I've never even heard of and sounds so ridiculously nourishing and exotic, it has to be featured! Cheesy

Envirocraft's Wedding Bath Bombs were in turn girly, sweet and such a neat idea for a wedding favor. I especially love the pearl accent.

It had been such a long time since we had a super fun makeup post, and Teapotdnky's super pretty Flamingo Inspired Makeup definitely fell into that category! If that didn't get you into the carnival spirit, I don't know what will!

MareMare's Soap-a-palooza showcases her ability to make soap that is so lovely, it looks good enough to eat! Grin

And finally, I think MareMare would chastise me if I didn't mention my Homemade Laundry Soap.

That was quarter 1, guys and dolls! I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with in quarter 2! Smiley
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3  Homemade Laundry Soap ** With Tute! ** (picture heavy) in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Nymeria on: March 10, 2010 11:49:20 AM
Finally a tutorial for homemade laundry soap! Why make your own laundry soap? Why not! Not only is it more cost effective (and who doesnt want to save money right now?), it can also be a great way to recycle your gallon-size milk cartons! Smells great and cleans well, whats not to love?


I feel I should point out that, just like regular laundry detergent you buy at the store, tough stains like oil, grass, ketchup, etc., will still need stain treatment. Its great stuff but its not a miracle worker. Grin

*** Please read through the entire tutorial before embarking on your laundry soap adventures. The recipe makes a concentrated laundry gel; read to the end to see how to make it useable! ***

Laundry Gel Ingredients & Materials:

5oz. soap (see note1)
4c. hot water
1c. washing soda (see note2)
1c. Borax

5-gallon bucket ($2-3 at Walmart or Home Depot)
a long metal or plastic spoon
large saucepan
cheese grater

Note1: You can really use any soap here you want, except for melt & pour soaps. Dont try it, trust me on this one. Most people tend to like to use laundry soaps such as Fels-Naptha, Zote or Meyers (I think?), but Lever 2000, Ivory, etc. will work. Homemade soaps also work well for this too (again, no M&P); if you have 5 oz. of soap shards, feel free to use them!

*** ETA: For people who have allergies, this works phenomenally well with unscented, dye-free soaps such as Kirk's Castile, Tom's, etc. When it doubt, stick with what you know works: if Ivory soap is what you use because it's all your skin will tolerate, use Ivory. One of the great things about this is how adaptable it is to your needs! Smiley ***

Note2: Washing soda, also known as sodium carbonate, is NOT the same thing as baking soda! Please note this!! Arm & Hammer makes washing soda (its available in some grocery stores and hardware stores), but always make sure it specifically says WASHING soda, and NOT baking soda. This process will NOT work with baking soda!! I cant stress this enough. You can also order washing soda from some soap suppliers online, if you cant find it in your area. Smiley  (I should also caution that caustic soda, also known as lye, will definitely NOT work!!! Know your sodas!!)

Using your cheese grater, grate your soap into a large sauce pan. This procedure can take awhile if youre using store-bought soap such as Zote, Fels-Naptha, Lever 2000, Ivory, etc. Good workout for the arms! F-N ends up looking awfully like grated cheddar...

Add 4c. of hot tap water to the sauce pan and place over a burner on medium-high heat. Stir constantly until soap is dissolved/melted. The mixture will smell VERY potent if youre using anything with a strong scent -- use your fan an open some windows!

(excuse my dirty stove top)

Once the soap is melted, remove from heat. Fill your 5-gallon bucket 1/2 full with hot tap water. This is not an exact science, so feel free to eyeball it. Add the washing soda, Borax and melted soap mixture. Stir vigorously until all powder is dissolved. The mixture will be fairly viscous at this point. I recommend using a metal spoon because they wash clean. Plastic tends to absorb scents.

Once dissolved, fill the bucket the rest of the way (I leave 3-4 of room, again this is not an exact science) with hot tap water. Stir to combine.

Place the lid on your bucket and set it somewhere safe overnight. I like to put mine someplace cool like the basement or our garage in the cooler months. So sad and lonely...

Did I mention this process really brings out the scent of the soap? Any whiney babies in your house who are sensitive to smells may not be pleased with you... super, awesome, supportive husbands will completely understand your love of crafting and being frugal! Wink

The next day you have concentrated laundry gel! Weeeee! See how thick and lovely it is? It's almost the consistency of good flan. Mine is still very yellow because of the Fels-Naptha soap. I once used an electric green soap and it made it a lovely minty color.

To use at this point, you will have to experiment with scooping. Some people use 2T., some people up to 1/2c. It depends on your washer, the load, etc. I prefer to dilute it for convenience factor.

To use as laundry soap!

Materials needed:
1-gallon container (milk containers are great for this)
Funnel (if your container has a small opening)
Concentrated laundry gel
Essential or Fragrance oil (see note3)

Note 3: If your soap was heavily perfumed, as Fels-Naptha is, Id be careful adding any scent. The laundry gel will retain that heavy scent, itll just be lighter, and actually quite nice. I remember using Lever 2000 and adding scent because it didnt really stick, though.

Fill your gallon container 1/2 full with laundry gel. Fill the rest of the way with water. This is the ratio for gel, 1:1, no matter what amount youre using. For 1 gallon, keep EO/FO to 1/4-1/2tsp. You dont want to get too crazy with it.

Shake well before each use. It tends to want to separate overnight. Shaking makes it good as new.

Top-loading machines: use around 3/4c. for a full load.

Front-loading machines: use around 1/4c. for a full load.


** Added: It is totally normal for your bucket of gel to have some condensation. You can either pour it into your washer, or just pour it down the drain. If you have more than 4-5" of liquid floating on top the next morning, that may be a warning sign that it wasn't mixed properly. But 1-2" is totally normal. Thanks, Honeylioness, for reminding me! Smiley ***
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4  Korean Donut Mix in Dessert by Nymeria on: February 17, 2010 09:14:39 AM
First, the money shot:

I was at H-Mart the other day and a box of donut mix managed to magic its way into my shopping cart. Don't you hate when that happens? Well naturally I couldn't just let it go to waste on my counter so I decided to whip it up. Problem was that the box was entirely in Korean. Entirely. All I can say is thank God for Arabic numbers.


For anyone who happens across this mix, I found about 1/2c. water, 1 egg and 1T. oil to be the ticket. Since I had no idea on amount of frying oil and had to assume that the (6~7) meant 6-7 minutes, I just heated up my Fry Daddy Jr. and set the timer. They showed you rolling the dough into an egg shape, but I was lazy, and unsure it was going to work, so I just used an ice cream scoop. Hence the giant mass, lol.


Took them out, threw them in the only paper bag I could find, dumped in some cinnamon & sugar and shook!:

And voila! Donuts! Next time I will take the time to flatten the dough and make them circular and therefore a little prettier. Smiley
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5  Bath & Beauty Featured Projects -- Quarter 4, 2009 in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Nymeria on: January 24, 2010 08:16:58 PM
I apologize for the tardiness of this post, but better late than never, right? These are fabulous Bath & Beauty projects posted between October, November & December. There were a lot of excellent Christmas entries, and all I can say is that I want to make it on some of our B&B girls' Christmas lists this year! Grin

First up we have KayKay84's luscious looking Lavender and Citrus Soaps. Not only do they look creamy and perfect, they're rocking uber-cool German labels!

Second is another offering from the talented Miss  KayKay84: Bath Bombs and Lipbalm. I don't think I could use either as they are just too pretty.

Next Donnevita's Christmas recipients were some lucky ducks with her Little range of bath gifts. The packaging on this scrub is so homey and holiday-looking.

Hellotheremary had some sugar scrubs in fancy jars that sound incredible and were packaged great. Who wouldn't want a yummy-smelling scrub in a fancy pants jar?

Just when we started forgetting how much fun MP soap can be, crafty gurll showed up with her mint scented, loofah embedded soaps. Plus she used recycled molds so they're eco-chic to boot!

Last, not intending to too my own horn, we have the Slippery Soap party favors I made for my daughter's 2nd birthday party. Turns out we have a lot of Team Steve members on this board! Wink

And those are our featured projects for the end of 2009! 2010 is already shaping up great -- just keep on craftin' and doing that voodoo that you do so well! Smiley

*** How are Featured Projects chosen? By you, of course! See something you think should be featured for quarter 1 of 2010? Hit the This Rocks! button and let us know! ***
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6  Blue's Clues Cake in Dessert by Nymeria on: December 29, 2009 02:42:13 PM
For my daughter's second birthday we made a Blue's Clues cake because she is absolutely wild about Blue. I had the Wilton pan from when Blue was first popular (1999-ish) and I had made it for a friend's daughter. Thank goodness I kept it!

Not a great picture, but best one I had. Of course she didn't quite understand why she couldn't just dive right into it...

Comments, criticisms always appreciated. Smiley
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7  Slippery Soap Party Favors! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Nymeria on: December 05, 2009 10:34:23 AM
My daughter is obsessed with Blue's Clues, easily her favorite show ever. So for her birthday we are doing a BC theme, however since BC is no longer popular, it's very hard to find party supplies. Being a crafty mom and, well, me, I decided to make Slippery Soap favors!

Here is a kind-of group shot. I used Wholesale Supplies Plus' acrylic soap paints and they proved a bit tricky. I'm totally willing to admit that I didn't mix them right because I found them a bit goopy. The faces aren't perfect but, hey, I doubt my <6-years recipients will care much. Wink

Action shot of one in DD's bathroom. Smiley

Reference shot of the actual Slippery Soap.

For anyone interested, I took 2lbs. of white MP base, added 2T. shea butter, colored with BB's liquid non-bleeding violet, added 1/8tsp. soap-safe iridescent glitter (gives them an ever so-subtle sparkly) and scented with 1/4tsp. BB's Blueberry Delight FO.

Over all it was an easy, but kinda kitschy craft for a bunch of toddlers! As always, comments, critiques, and cheesecake recipes are always welcome. Grin
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8  Re: Book Club and Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Nymeria on: November 05, 2009 05:51:07 PM
I received my box from banga and all I can say is "WOW." It was such an amazing box! Thank you!! Normally I dislike using thumbnails, but I took a TON of pictures!

This is what I saw when I opened the box:

A tea party kit!!

A menu with lovely recipes I cannot wait to try.

A custom tea tin! There picture of Alice is on a tea bag string/label. So cool!

Homemade jam! As a preserving fiend, this was definitely a hit! Grin

Tea party invitations! I host Mothers' Day tea every year so I will definitely be using these!!

Easily the coolest item in the box. It's a hand-bound book made from recycled card catalog cards! It's both green and English nerdtastic! Grin

Homemade cookies!! (see next pic...)

(excuse the messy hair and goofy look) I'm only mildly embarrassed to say the cookies did not survive the night. Between the three of us they disappeared fast.

Thank you SO much Banga. You were an amazing partner. Smiley
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9  Re: A Song of Ice and Fire/George RR Martin Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Nymeria on: October 30, 2009 11:34:50 AM
I received from Paleangellex today and let me say, I'm feelin' pretty damn loved right now! Like I seriously want to party with her, this box has that much uberness to it! Grin

(please excuse the cell phone pictures, my two-year old got hold of our digital camera battery charger and now we have no way to charge the battery! Sad)

The most awesome hat and arm warmers in Stark colors:

First off, I LOVE arm warmers but have never found a pair that is perfect. These definitely fit the bill. They are so snug but not too snug, perfectly warm and have awesome grey & button detailing. SO much love! The hat is also great; not so loose it falls off but not so tight it messes up your hair.

Awesome bag & patch:

The bag is my new official bookstore/library bag. I know she said embroidery was her specialty but wow. Amazing work! Love, love, love it! The Martel sunspear is just awesome.

But the really neat part about the bag is....:

Seriously. How cool is that??

Thank you SO much Paleangellex! I am in GRRM heaven right now! I only hope you like your box as much as I like mine. (Havin' some swap anxiety atm for sure!)
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10  Featured Projects -- Quarter 3, 2009 in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Nymeria on: September 30, 2009 09:46:53 PM
It's that time already, kids! Fall is upon us and with that, it's time for Featured Projects from Quarter 3! All of these projects were posted in July, August, & September and either received many "This Rocks!" votes, or are all around neat!

First up for all around yumminess and awesomeness is EmmyFNWL's Neopolatin Ice Cream Scrub. Not only does this look divine, she was kind enough to share her recipe, too!

Next is rock_goddess's crazy Leopard Print Hair. You can't not smile looking at this!

Speaking of more things that make you smile, hotbettie's Sugar Skull Make-up. Perfect for this time of year!

Leave it to Swift to make something awesome and with a complete tutorial so you, too, can has awesome. Her Lip Shimmer is another example of why we <3 Swift!

Fall must be neopolitan season, because here is Addicted to Soap's lovely Neopolatin Soapsicle. Lovely!

Pepperrose's Harry Potter Slytherin and Twilight Sleepmasks are a great example of what all B&B encompasses.

Mysmyers appears to be our resident expert on all things zombie/gore related with her awesome SFX: Latex Wounds post!

And last, Simplyorganic shows us yet another lovely creation with her Hand Designed Soap Bars

And that, my dear Bath & Beauty girls, is all she wrote! Keep up the fabulous work and I can't wait to see what lovelies make the Final Quarter! Smiley
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