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11  Re: The Walking Dead Gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Mandyhello on: June 21, 2012 01:20:26 PM
I just got an awesome awesome package from Malbert!

Everything together:

Beautiful embroidered oven mitt with a great quote that gave me shivers.  I love that in her card, she wrote "RIP and thankful he never walked after death" about Dale too haha.  So true..  I think we're both crazy for embroidering inside of a pocket (I did the same thing on one of her crafts):

I'm always wicked jealous of anybody who can knit or crochet.  Malbert made me these amazing and helpful dish clothes/scrubbies and I LOVE the color!

I drink a lot of tea, so I'll totally use these amazin Daryl mugs Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

the Back!  Bahahahaha!  Cheesy

Finally, I am in complete awe of this pencil drawing of Rick from the comic!  I can't draw at all, this is absolutely amazing!

One happy swapper, thanks Malbert!

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12  Lime in the Coconut Soap (plus a bonus pie!) in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Mandyhello on: June 18, 2012 07:44:20 AM
Thanks Harry Nilsson, I'm now "Lime in the Coconut" obsessed Smiley  I decided to make a quick little Lime and Coconut batch of soap this weekend using leftover oils I had in my pantry:

Lime in the Coconut Soap:

35 oz Olive Oil
15 oz Coconut Oil
9 oz Palm Oil
6 oz Shortening (the cheap Veggie/Cottonseed Oil one)

8.9 oz Lye
10 oz Chilled Coconut Milk
10 oz Water
4 oz distilled Lime EO
Shredded Coconut and Lime zest

It was so warm out, I didn't even premelt my oils.  I added the coconut milk, EO, and half the shredded coconut and lime zest at trace.  I topped the bars with the other half when they were in the mold.  It has a great texture, I like the little flecks of lime zest, and it smells really nice!

After that, I was still obsessed, so I made a pie Smiley

yeah yeah, we ate half, whatever Wink  Basically, a stick of butter (yeah yeah a stick of butter, whatever!), enough flour to make a roux.  Then a can of coconut milk, juice and zest of 4 limes, a little milk, pinch of salt, sugar to taste, and an egg.  The crust is just like a graham cracker crust, but I used sugar cones all ground up instead!  Oooo, naughty Smiley
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13  Re: The Walking Dead Swap ( Sign-ups Closed - Send by June 15th ) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Mandyhello on: June 14, 2012 06:22:51 PM
So unrelated to everything Wink

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14  Crooked Row in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Mandyhello on: May 27, 2012 06:43:09 AM
So I'm just doing a basic checkerboard patch row, and it came out with a weird "C" curve in the bottom:

I wasn't super careful cutting on the blocks, but I thought it was looking ok until I got the whole thing together.  It curves by about 2 inches by the time you get to the bottom..  any easy fixes for this?  I can save the top and recut squares, but I'm lazy and hoping for something easier Smiley
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15  Cappuccino Soap in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Mandyhello on: May 06, 2012 01:09:43 PM
Hi everybody Smiley   I decided to try to make the biggest batch I've ever made this weekend (10 lb batch!).  I used Brambleberry's Turkish Mocha scent, which smells amazing, I seriously love it!  I wanted the soap to look like what a cappuccino would look like if you split the cup in half, hence the layers:

And check out this rebatch!  By rebatch I mean I just squished all the scraps together..  my boyfriend calls it the "A$$ Bar" and said I should try to sell it for a dollar Wink

Cappuccino Soap aka Wake and Bake

70 oz olive oil
35 oz coconut oil
35 oz palm oil
4 oz hemp oil

22.6 oz lye
18 oz water
1 can coconut milk, cold
1 beer (Hazed and Confused), boiled down to a syrup, cold
Dark Cocoa powder
Espresso Powder

I added the cold coconut milk at trace and separated out the base for the white layer.  Then I added the beer and the scent (since it discolors).  The bottom layer just has some cocoa powder mixed in.  I topped it with a little bit of espresso powder just to make it look more like a cappuccino.. 

It smells awesome, I hope the middle layer doesn't discolor more than it already has!  Ohhhh I forgot to mention, these are a massive 10 oz per bar!  I know I like the bigger bars, I hope other people do too Smiley

Thanks for looking!
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16  Cowboy Soap :) in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Mandyhello on: March 27, 2012 05:53:20 AM

I made a cowboy-inspired batch!

55 oz olive oil
30 oz coconut oil
30 oz palm oil
16.2 oz lye
30 oz water
5 oz beer syrup (12 oz beer boiled until it reduced by about two thirds)

From Brambleberry:
Beau Brummel FO
Bay Rum FO
Leather FO
Activated Charcoal

I usually add the beer to the lye, but this time I added it at trace with the FO's.  It retained a little bit of beer scent and didn't give the soap that ammonia smell that beer sometimes adds.  I colored half the batch with charcoal and the beer and FO's should discolor the other side to a darker shade than it is now.  Here's the top when I poured it:

It's smelling a little too manly right now haha..  the leather really smells like leather but the spiciness of the bay rum is cutting it a little bit at least.

thanks for looking Smiley
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17  Soap Party! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Mandyhello on: March 19, 2012 08:04:08 AM
I hosted a tea and soap party last weekend..  We tasted a few types of loose leaf tea and made Earl Grey-inspired all-natural soap!  I usually add FO's when I'm selling my soap, so this was a nice return to the kind of soap I actually like to make. 

The 4 lb loaf came out of the new mold perfectly!

These are huge 10 oz bars:

This is closer to the actual color of the soap:

Springy Earl Grey Soap

25 oz Olive Oil
14 oz Palm Oil
14 oz Coconut Oil
7.47 oz lye
9 oz water
9 oz cold coconut milk (accelerates trace slightly)

1.5 oz Bergamot EO
1 oz Lemon EO
1/2 oz Lavender EO
1/2 oz Rose Geranium EO

Dried Lemon Zest
Ground Apricot seed

I melted all the oils and let them get to room temperature.  I added the lye to the water and let it cool to slightly warm.  I mixed the lye with all the oils and didn't add the coconut milk until I added all the EO's and scrubbies.  The coconut milk accelerates trace slightly, but it was still very pourable.  I've still got about 4 weeks before I can use it, but I love the scent!

Yay soap party!
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18  My New Soap Molds! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Mandyhello on: March 07, 2012 08:01:17 AM
So after two years of using half and half containers/pringles cans/weird plastic molds, my lovely boyfriend decided to make me not 1 but 3 new soap molds!

Side view:


The loaf molds are three pounds, and I'm honestly not sure how much the bigger mold will hold but the dimensions are 10.5x10.5x1.75.  All three are beautifully sanded and we'll woodburn my logo onto the wooden knobs eventually.  I'll be trying it out this weekend, I'm so excited! 
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19  Happy Kidney Pillow Cover in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Mandyhello on: February 20, 2012 01:35:01 PM
My coworker's mom finally received a life-saving kidney transplant about a week ago.  My coworker has documented the entire process on her facebook page, it's pretty inspiring, and shows how important organ donation can be to a family:


My coworker asked me if I could make her mom a silly/fun/colorful gift to celebrate the amazing gift she's already received.  I thought a funky cute pillow might be fun:


Close Up of the Kidney and his happy veins Smiley

My coworker has a pillow she's going to use to fill it, I just made the cover.  I used weldbond to attach the felt to the fabric, it worked so well! 

Thanks for looking, I hope she likes this little guy Smiley
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20  Dinner with Vincent Price :) in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Mandyhello on: February 07, 2012 10:03:48 AM
For Christmas, my bf got me a copy of the Vincent and Mary Price cookbook titled "A treasury of Great Recipes".  It's wonderful because his celebrity allowed him to sample some of the greatest restaurants all around the world.  Each chapter is from a different country and includes menus and recipes from restaurants in that country.  It was written in the late 60's so it's really the height of that old-school Francophilic dining experience Smiley  Anyway, the recipe:


It's called Poulet en Civet au Vieux Bourgogne but it's basically a Chicken, Mushroom, and Bacon Ragu with garlic toast points and little pearl onions (ahhhhh, so retro!).

There aren't words for how delicious this was!  The crisp bacon and crunchy garlicky toast went perfectly with the wine-infused chicken and tender mushrooms.  We'll be trying a lot more recipes from this book, thanks Vinny!

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