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1  DIY laundry "tabs" - quick, cheap, easy, MCS friendly! *pic light* ;D in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by chickybiker on: February 22, 2013 10:04:13 AM
Et voila!

All you need is some bar soap, some washing soda crystals, water, and that's about it!  It works really well, it's all I have used to wash our clothes for months now. 

There's a really mild scent of the soap in the box these live in, but your clothes are virtually scent free (assuming you don't use essential oils, that is), and would be totally scent free if you used unscented soap.  I guess it just depends on whether you have MCS* or not, and if so, to what degree.

I have MCS, but not to the point of needing a mask - although I have had perfume make me sick once while out shopping and walking by a woman who I think took a bath in it!   Roll Eyes

You don't need a softener either! 

I wrote out destructions on how to make it on my blog: http://snottydog.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/eco-friendly-washing-tabs/

Hope that helps someone.  Smiley

(*Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.)

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2  Hair Clip Revamp easy, cheap & eco friendly! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by chickybiker on: February 11, 2013 03:28:04 PM

Hiya, I'm really not sure if this is the right place for this post, so mods, please move it if it should be elsewhere! Ta!

This is so simple an idea as to be barely Craftster worthy, but I figured I would share it anyway, because you never know what ideas things will set off with us creative types from just seeing one thing, so here goes...

The paint layer fell off one of my hair clips, and I figured rather than throw it away I would take off the paint from the others, and paint them with nail varnish instead.  Thereby saving the clip, saving me buying new, and giving me colours that I actually liked, rather than the minging yellow and dull grey they were before.

This is a "matt finish" varnish, so it hasn't gone on very thick, but it gives a really nice finish.   Smiley

More info and photos:

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3  Purple knitted "poppy seed head" tea cozy. in Knitting: Completed Projects by chickybiker on: February 08, 2013 08:37:31 AM

I haven't ever made one before, but since it's been too cold to do much else while sitting under a blanket, I figured I ought to give it a shot.  This is what happened.  :-)

I put basic instructions and further details here, just in case anyone also has a bodum tea "press" and wants to make one:


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4  Re: Sharpie marker saucer in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by chickybiker on: October 08, 2012 05:28:01 AM

Very pretty! 

Thanks for experimenting with it too.  It's good to know that it holds up to a dishwasher.  Grin

Thanks SneakyFoxeh.  Grin

Well true to my word, I experimented a bit more, and I'm sad to say that the second go in the dishwasher wasn't as successful as the first:

And as you can see it has taken off quite a lot of the marker. 

Now that *could* be down to my not baking it long enough, nor on a high enough heat, (or even the type of pot this is done on, the type of finish, or the cleaning solution used before drawing it on), but I don't know enough about these things to say either way.

But going off this, I would say that this technique is good for display plates only, because if you do spend a long time drawing and get a result you're really happy with, you aren't going to be pleased if this happens, especially if it's a present!

But since this is only a doodle, it doesn't matter.  Smiley
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5  Funky card holder (tutorial link) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by chickybiker on: October 07, 2012 07:55:32 PM
Hi fellow Craftsters!  I kept seeing business card holders on Pinterest, and decided that since I now had cards to store that I wanted to make one, but one that had my own unique twist:  

And the great thing is, it fits all your store and credit cards perfectly too!

If you would like the pattern and instructions, I have done a full tutorial on my "snotty dog" blog -

(Freegle, in case any of you were wondering, is the UK's national, volunteer run, reuse network, and it rocks!)  Grin
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6  Sharpie marker saucer in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by chickybiker on: September 23, 2012 10:09:06 AM

I only discovered this technique after seeing it pinned on Pinterest - and knowing I had the stuff to play with already - isn't it great when you have everything you need for something new! - I figured I would give it a go. 

Well, you just have to really in those circumstances, don't you?   Grin

The back, with my new logo on:

A couple more pictures and the inspiration here: http://snottydog.wordpress.com/2012/09/23/sharpie-marker-saucer/

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7  Locked in the kitchen no more - an "anti-jammer" in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by chickybiker on: September 23, 2012 07:26:40 AM

I'm usually kickass at fixing things, (no, really), but the kitchen door handle eluded me this time - there appears to be nothing wrong with the workings, the hinges are all sound and haven't moved, same as the frame, but still it is possible to be locked in the kitchen unable to get out unless there is someone on the other side to pull the handle that little bit further.

I was at a loss quite what to do about it, until I saw a picture on Pinterest that looked like something that would help. 

So here is the "anti-jammer":

And laid out flat:

It would also be great for muffling the sound of doors closing if you happen to have a "little slammer" or even a "big" slammer, in the house!!   Wink

I put a tutorial on my blog if you want to know how to make one: http://snottydog.wordpress.com/2012/09/23/door-anti-jammer-how-to/

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8  Back to basics - bottle cutting in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by chickybiker on: September 14, 2012 02:11:35 PM

I am in awe of the projects in here - they're simply amazing.  I would LOVE to be able to join you, but fundage is seriously lacking, so I do what I can with what I have.

And what I have, is a bottle.  And what I can, is cut it down into a container.  Wink

It's my first ever attempt, and I now know a few things to do or not do the next time.  But I'm pleased with how this one came out.  If you haven't already, you should try it - it's super easy - next stop glasses out of wine and beer bottles......

More info and pics here on my blog:

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9  Re: 09/07/12 - You can now upload images directly into your post! in Latest News by chickybiker on: September 07, 2012 11:33:28 AM

I'm loving this new feature.  It's fabulous!!   Grin Grin Grin

I put up my last two threads with it:

Nice one Craftster!!  Thank you for making posting easier!!   Grin Grin Grin

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10  Cooling necklaces for those (elusive) hot summer days! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by chickybiker on: September 07, 2012 08:32:24 AM

If you've ever seen those cooling bandanas with the water retaining gel inside, then you know where I got the general idea from. 

They work SO well, but I thought they could do with a bit of a fashion revamp.  Something a little more feminine.  So I had a play with some fabric, and this is what I came up with.

I figured since we are having a rare hot summer day here in Cambridgeshire, I would share it here, in case you're having good weather too, and need a project like this.   Wink

As you can see, it doesn't look like much when you first put it in to soak.  (Excuse the chips - I don't think I own a bowl without a chip in it!)

But it soon swells up to full "beady glory"!

And if these beads are a little big, and you want one to double round....

You can find a tutorial here: http://snottydog.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/make-your-own-funky-reusable-cooling-necklace/

If you make one, do share a picture!  Smiley

This work by Louise @ Snotty Dog is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
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