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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Baby Quilts & Other Stuff on: November 14, 2013 07:34:46 AM
I have two friends who are having babies, one this month in November and one due just before Christmas.

The one friend doesn't know if it's a boy or a girl as they chose not to know the sex of the baby during their ultrasound.  They are going with browns and neutral colors for the nursery.  So I am going to make several items after the baby is born to be more gender specific.  But for her shower I made some unisex items.

I call these quilts my quick and easy strip quilts.  I made it start to finish in a day, but I worked pretty much non-stop.  It is machine quilted along all the borders.   I also don't use batting, and prefer to just make the top piece and back with it polar fleece.  This way it's a nice year round quilt the child can snuggle up with later when he/she is older.

More picts of the quilt close up can be found here on photobucket.  I use albums for different projects.

Then I also made her a matching diaper changing pad to shove in her diaper bag or to use at home on the changing table.   It has the giraffe print on the back.

Plus some burp cloths.  I used flannel for the top and cotton terry for the back.  She really likes them and wants me to make more for her.

Then the wife of my son's taekwondo teacher although she helps out with class when she isn't at the hospital delivering babies herself is having a baby this month.   So I made a quilt for them.  I chose this fabric because taekwondo is a big part of their life and I know their son will be taking classes as soon as he is old enough!  

This is just a quick cell phone pict as I haven't had the time to lay it out to take the pictures I normally take.

Then this week yet or weekend I will be using a infant layette pattern and using white flannel but redrafting the top a bit on the pattern.  I want to make it a bit more similar to the style of the taekwondo dobok they wear.   White flannel so it will be soft and perfect for a newborn.  But because it's a gift and not something I would ever sell because of copyright legal issues, I'm going to scan my son's patches and print them on iron on transfer paper to make it look a bit more like an ATA dobok.  I don't want to sew on patches because that takes away the comfort issue for a newborn.  I want it to be soft and flexible.  But it's a gift.   The one thing their Master always tells the kids as my son is in the first beginners class for youth (he tests for camo belt saturday) but he tells the other white belts that everyone including himself once started as a white belt, and that it takes practice to achieve goals.  Any goals, black belt included.  He's 7th degree black belt.  So I haven't decided if I'm going to make it with a white belt or a baby blue belt because it's going to be for a little boy.....  But it shouldn't take me long to whip that out once I have time to sew.  

Okay off to the kitchen to work on my orders for the day from my customers for the items I do make and sell......  

Oh and both new mama's and baby get their own bath and body products that I did make myself.   Plus some wonderful bastile soap for the new baby that is unscented, made with coconut milk and coconut water with only olive oil, shea butter and castor oil for the oils.  Unscented and aged about 2 1/2 years now, so it will be wonderful stuff for the baby's skin!  Castile and bastile soaps are best when they are over a year old otherwise the lather is more slimy when it's too fresh!

22  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Question on making bath fizzy things on: November 13, 2013 12:02:37 PM
That is half the fun, experimenting!   But sadly sometimes there are just tried and true ways of doing things.  But that doesn't mean we can't try new things of course!

My round bath bombs.... Ummmmm we won't go there because they look terrible..... I just don't spend enough time working on mastering the skill.

But I found round flat puck type ones are super simple! 

Here are two pictures to show what I mean.

I used a silicone muffin pan mold to make these....  The silicone is flexible so it makes it easy to remove them.   Once you use fragrance oil in them you don't want to use them for food again.  If you look at thrift stores or often times garage sales you can find lots of silicone bakewear to use for crafting! 

To make them all the same I did use a scale to weigh out the amount of bath bomb mixture so they stayed the same weight.  I used 4 oz or rather 115 grams because I like using grams to weigh things out because it's a bit more accurate.   The bigger the better in my opinion.  When I make them for myself, friends or family I do make them larger.....  Just remember all that goodness is going to be diluted in how many gallons of bath water.....

But I weighed out my mixture to put into the bomb, and I did use nitrile gloves to make these as well.  They are the blue kind like doctors wear.  I buy them in a 100 count box in the first aid section of a store.  But they have 1,001 uses around the home as well.  Seriously!  Even the hubby uses them for his own man cave... (he reloads bullets for hunting) but also when he grills meat... That way he can put meat on the grill without contaminating anything else or having to run in and wash his hands right away.  They are awesome for deep cleaning as well when your scrubbing...

But I put some of the bomb mixture into the mold and then tap it down with with a tool that I have.  But you can use anything that is flat that fits into the mold.  It doesn't have to fit all the way across as you can move it around so you get all the sides tapped down.  The idea is to compact it as much as you can.   The firmer it's compacted the longer it will take to fizz out in the tub.   If you have a chunk of closet rod doweling that is 1.5" to 2" that works like a dream!  My other secret is to use a hammer and yep it's a great stress relieving tool.... tap the top of the tool down with your hammer to compact them as much as you can.   

I let them sit in the mold overnight, but.... in a pinch I throw the mold in the oven on a cookie sheet lined with foil on the lowest setting for about 15-20 minutes.  That helps to dry them out. 

I know your just making for yourself and maybe some gifts so I want to share another source for fragrances.   I buy a couple from this company as they really are just a small mom and pop type business.   I need to get an order placed tonight for sandalwood and a few others or I'm going to be in trouble! 

This is the page to the descriptions of their scents.

Their site is a tad confusing because you add your shipping into your cart based on your order.  To find the shipping page, go to online catalog and click shipping options.
 It's not in order by price so scroll down to find the one you want.

You can get Four 1 oz bottles for $3.99 shipping
For $6.05 shipping you can get...
Up To 30 - 1 Oz. Bottles
Up To 8 - 4 Oz. Bottles
Up To 4 - 8 Oz. Bottles
I have gotten a mix of 8, 4 oz and 1 oz bottles with this option as I like to sample some of their scents.   I just email them to ask them what's okay to ship for that option.

The part I dislike about this site is finding the scents in the size you want.  It's not very user friendly as they have all the sizes on different pages and each scent for every size.....  It's a bit of a pain, but the prices are worth it.   They do have some really nice scents and their prices just can't be beat.   

So I thought since you are just making for yourself and family you might enjoy the price break as fragrances can be expensive especially if your ordering less than a pound.   I hate to admit that I have a LOT of 1 or 2 oz bottles from various suppliers that I buy from.... and I mean a lot, maybe around 100 or more... And add on another 100 or so that I bought larger bottles of but not all those scents are part of my regular inventory as I don't want to overwhelm my customers.   

23  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Hot/Cold "socks"... should I use Rice or Wheat? on: November 13, 2013 06:59:54 AM
I haven't made these in ages, but I used rice for mine.   I used a mist bottle of water to mist the outside down a tad before popping it into the microwave.   As the other poster said it's when they get dry they tend to burn so the misting is important.

They can also be tossed in the freezer for a cold pack as well.
24  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for info about fabric and heat... on: November 13, 2013 06:57:20 AM
Cotton and velcro?   I'm not sure why someone would keep a strap on a crockpot while it's in use.  But the outside of a crockpot doesn't get that hot... or at least not so hot that it would be close to starting a fire.... I would think.

I used my crockpot a week or so ago and forgot to turn it off when I was done.  It was left on high for about 3 days perhaps.... my son tossed a plastic bowl into it without the "stonewear" (not sure what to call it) liner that you put the food into.   So the bowl was on the bare metal part that heats up.  It didn't even melt the bowl.
25  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you dispose of your old sewing machines? on: November 13, 2013 06:53:13 AM
Mine are down the basement... I suppose someday my kids will be left with that problem. 

We live in a rural area and my parents have a farm out in the country and my dad keeps a pit open for larger things that don't burn.   They keep a burn barrel for regular trash like most farmers around here.   So we have tossed old unwanted items into that pit from time to time that we don't know how else to dispose of.  Then it gets buried when it's full and a new one started.  Which can take several years!   I guess it would be similar to the landfill on a much much much smaller scale.   But lots of local places have a city dump where you can take things.  I think here they charge by the truckload so that wouldn't be worth it to take out for two machines.   I think a lot of people also bury them in their trash bins so they are taken away with the weeks trash.  You may want to consider something like that for the one that is beyond repair.  But for the one that may be repaired or still used.... perhaps giving it away to someone who will have a use for it would be a good idea.  There are lots of places now that communities have set up to advertise such items to your local area. 
26  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: *Label Tutorial* Take one down, pass it around, 10 tubes of lip balm on the wall on: November 13, 2013 06:44:36 AM
Just remember if these are being sold you are required by law to have them labeled as the FDA requires.  Check out the FDA requirements on their pages for "cosmetics".   

There are certain things that need to be printed on the label.  Such as ingredient list in order from greatest to smallest ingredient.  If you are using a premade base then you need to know how to properly label bases that you are scenting/flavoring.   the actual weight of the product inside the container you can have more just not less of the product that what the label, your name and address, instructions for use, and a do not use if it causes irritation warning.  Oh as well as the product name.  Just to give you an idea of the basics.     

Even if you are giving them as gifts they should be properly labeled as there are people with allergies to certain ingredients.

Have fun lip balms are awesome!
27  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Question on making bath fizzy things on: November 13, 2013 06:38:39 AM
I believe your talking about bath bombs.   I am having a hard time thinking that you had much fizzing action because the citric acid is critical to that part.  The science behind bath bombs working is the fizzing comes from the chemical reaction between the citric acid and the baking soda when water (moisture) is added.   I don't use cream of tarter in my bombs.

I'm thinking what you actually made was more of just baking soda added to the bath water that just dissolved slowly because it was compacted with the other ingredients used.  The little fizzing action that you saw was because cream of tarter may have enough acid in it to react when moisture is added.  Baking soda is a water softener and is a key ingredient in bath salts as well.

I don't use cream of tarter in my bath bombs, but I do use it in solid bubble bath bars.

Anne-Marie as posted lots of recipes and different ideas for bath bombs on her blog the soap queen.  She is owner of the brambleberry company.  I have shopped with them plenty of times.

Citric acid can be bought a lot of places because it's commonly used in food making.  I have ordered mine off Amazon the last time I placed an order, but before that I ordered it from http://www.bulkfoods.com/cooking-ingredients/5381-citric-acid.html

Cream of tartar is also a bit more expensive than citric acid.  You may find it cheaper in the long run to buy a 5 pound bag of citric acid instead.
Just as an example a 5 lb bag of citric acid on bulk foods is $16.56
VS a 5 lb bag of cream of tartar is $38.19

Good luck and have fun!

28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My yellow dress on: October 21, 2013 07:15:48 AM
This is adorable

Plus it could be made any size, from a child size to an adult size without the need of an actual printed pattern.  I love those styles as I have made my pre-teen daughter a few of those type dresses and she would love this!   Now just to find some stretch fabric......

29  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Finally venturing into CP.... on: October 18, 2013 10:05:25 AM
Congrats on venturing in the CP world!!!!! 
It's a lot of fun and rewarding! 

Personally I prefer the soapcalc lye calculator.  It has the liquid amount given that you don't need to worry about. If your more experienced you can lower that amount, but for a beginner soapcalc is much better.   It also great for the benchmarks when you take the time to learn how to use them.

When making your first batch of soap I suggest that you use a recipe that is tried and true and not one found on the net net on someones blog from someone who makes one batch of soap and thinks they know it all.  There are a lot of BAD recipes that are NOT balanced on the net.  The oils and the amounts do make a difference.

Learn to make your recipes in percents instead, it's much easier.  Then convert them to the recipe size that you need.  It makes a difference because if you try a small recipe out and like it you can then make that exact recipe larger and it will be exact, not just close.

Milk cartons can be used as a mold, just cut them off on how tall you want your soap log to be and make it vertical instead of horizontal.   Then you can cut them into squares.  Cover the top with some press-n-seal, it's like saran wrap but it's sticky on one side so it will work nice on a milk carton.   You can line it if you want to but you don't have to because it's already wax lined.

You can also use other things like plastic drawer organizer or a box that you line with freezer paper.  There are plenty of tutorials online on how to do this. I prefer to use a quilting ruler to make my liner for my fold lines so it's fitted exactly rather than close.   But you can also line the milk carton if you want to and use it over and over.  I have not used a milk carton before myself.  You can also check out thrift stores or rummage sales (or buy new in stores) for silicone food pans.  Such as a loaf pan or muffin pans.  They work great for soap and it's easy to remove the soap from the mold.  Just don't use them for food once you have used them for soap!   

To figure out how much oil to use for your mold you use this math equation.

If you use a log mold that is 12 inches long, 3-1/2 inches wide, and you want to pour to a depth of 2-1/2 inches.

You take length X width X height of pour, that number X .40

12 X 3.5= 42

42 X 2.5= 105

105 X .40= 42 ounces of oils needed for this mold.

Or you could use this re-sizer calculator.

If you need help with a recipe post what oils that you have to use and I can help you with a recipe that will be good with the oils that you do have to work with. 

But if you ever do use a recipe found online, never use the lye and liquid amounts given on the recipe.  Don't trust the info posted for that and always run the recipe through a lye calculator yourself to get that information for yourself.   

Last but not least, even if you don't dress up like your going into a radioactive area, I personally don't wear long sleeve shirts (sometimes I wear tank tops), and I rarely wear gloves but I ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS wear goggles or eye protection.  Please don't ever make soap without eye protection.   If you do use gloves I suggest the blue nirtrile ones, you can buy them at walmart cheap enough.  They won't break down like latex gloves if oil touches the gloves. 

I also don't keep a gallon of vinegar at hand, but if there is a drip or spot I just dilute it with plain tap water by washing my hand or arm or whatever got splattered.   But I do know where my vinegar is if I need it, which IMHO is if there is a major spill, which I haven't ever had yet in hundreds of batches. 

Anywho I'll just leave it at that, if you have questions do ask....   

30  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Has anyone tried making crayon lipstick? on: October 18, 2013 09:39:10 AM
Sorry I didn't get back to you yesterday, it was a busy day working on orders for customers and then in the late afternoon I had to take my son out of town for ATA taekwondo class. 

Pigments will tint the skin and not just the lip balm.  But again amount used could also greatly affect this as well.  If not enough is used and it may just tint the lip balm rather than the lips.   These are the same colorants that are used to make lipsticks so think of it the same way as well.   

I buy a lot of things to test out so I can teach others as well.   So that's another reason why I buy a lot more than just what I use for my business.   But it's also a lot of fun as well.

I don't mind your questions at all, that's how one learns!!!!  I'm hear to learn from others as well as teaching others when I can.  It's a two way street!!!
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