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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / DIY laundry "tabs" - quick, cheap, easy, MCS friendly! *pic light* ;D 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.)

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hair Clip Revamp easy, cheap & eco friendly! 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:

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Purple knitted "poppy seed head" tea cozy. 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:


4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Funky card holder (tutorial link) 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
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Sharpie marker saucer 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/

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Locked in the kitchen no more - an "anti-jammer" 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/

7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Back to basics - bottle cutting 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:

8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Cooling necklaces for those (elusive) hot summer days! 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.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Thread catcher, scraps bin, desk bin, whatever you want to call it. :-) on: September 06, 2012 06:12:07 PM

I've been wanting one of these for a long time, so that I wasn't constantly having all the ends of the thread get all stuck to the other bits on the table, or struggling to get it all to the bin without dropping it!

If you want to know how to make one, I did a fairly comprehensive tutorial here: http://snottydog.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/how-to-make-a-thread-catcher-or-scraps-bin/

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / can you seamlessly join knit from two directions..? on: August 03, 2012 10:39:40 AM
Hard to explain, but I want to do a shrug like a long tube with rib on either end for the wrists, and sewn part way so you put your arms in via the gap you didn't sew up.  Know what I mean?

BUT I want to do rib at both ends from casting on, not have one that is at the end and cast off.  

OR, do two "sleeves" and join them in the middle - BUT, I don't want a hulking great seam up the middle back.

Like one sleeve is here |------ going this way > and the other here -----| going that way < and I want a way of putting the || together without a line.

I have vague memories of seeing two bits woven together with a sort of ziggy zaggy stitch that mimics a line of knit.  But I don't know enough about knitting to know what it is called to do a search on it to find out if it would work for what I need, or not.

Do any of you know what I mean and can:

a) give me the name of it to search on,
b) point me at a tutorial with pictures,
c) tell me what this type of shrug is called,
d) point me at a tutorial or pattern for this kind of shrug where someone else has already figured this out, or
e) tell me I'm talking rubbish and I should think of another way.   Wink
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