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11  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Lumberjack Soap on: January 10, 2013 10:44:07 AM
When I got my last order from Brambleberry, the sample was Vetyver (based on the essential oil, but it's a FO)...  I fell completely in love with it and knew I wanted to use it for my next batch!  I sell my soap at a local beer store, so this scent is the perfect manly scent that still has female appeal.

Lumberjacked (aka "I'm a Lumberjack and I'm ok"):

80 oz pomace Olive oil
40 oz Coconut oil
40 oz Palm oil
22.44 oz lye
33 oz water
14 oz coconut milk
3 oz beer syrup (I used a beer made out of pine needles, and boiled it until it was a thick syrup)

9 oz Vetyver FO
1 oz Pine EO
Green Mica
Dried Rosemary

I'm going to do some upcycled packaging and get a used plaid shirt from Goodwill to wrap the bars in, and then I'll do a paper tag and attach it with twine.  My whole house smells so manly, I think this one should do really well (and my bf can't wait to try it!).
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: 11th hour xmas jumper! on: December 28, 2012 07:52:32 AM
I'm totally using "Merry Whatever doesn't Offend You" next year Smiley  This sweater is absolutely amazing!  Nobody's doing naughty crafts any more, I was so excited to see the NSFW notification!
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bug Taxidermy Cross Stitch on: December 22, 2012 02:29:44 PM
My sister is really into bug taxidermy right now for some reason..  I got her a painted beetle (a real taxidermied one) for xmas, but I also wanted to make her a cross stitch bug as an accent for her display wall.

The pattern was from an old Japanese cross stitch book..  I wanted to put the latin for this bug under it, but i ran out of canvas Smiley  My bf was lovely enough to frame it, i think it looks really good now actually!

happy holidays to everybody Smiley
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Universal Monster Cross Stitch on: December 10, 2012 09:43:17 AM
This is so cute!
15  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Soap Dimensions? on: November 28, 2012 05:09:27 AM
Hey all Smiley

So my lovely boyfriend is thinking about making me some new soap molds and ordering me a bar cutter for christmas (I know, it's awesome haha).  Quick question..  what are the average dimensions of one of your bars of soap?  I'm making huge 8-10 oz bars right now that are 3.5" tall by 4.5" wide by over an inch thick, but it's kind of cutting into my profit margin to make them that big.  I'm thinking 3x3 square right now, but the boyfriend is disagreeing (he thinks that's still too big, and it may be).

16  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: B&B Challenge 3: The Peppermint Twist on: November 26, 2012 04:21:07 PM
That looks gorgeous, I adore it, but I do wonder if it should have been halloween soap?

I thought of that too haha Smiley  I wanted to make a James Bond batch, this would have been perfect...  hopefully it looks more Christmassy once it's in it's packaging and such...
17  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / B&B Challenge 3: The Peppermint Twist on: November 26, 2012 10:14:29 AM
The beer store where I sell my soap was asking if I wanted to do a special Christmas gift thingy and I said maybe haha Smiley  This is the soap I ended up making..  it's the usual Olive/Coconut/Palm oil mix and it's scented with peppermint EO and Vanilla (non-discoloring) FO.  The color is a mix of mostly madder root added right to the batch and a little brick oxide (which hopefully won't act up like it did in the last batch).

It smells pretty awesome so far Smiley  The gift basket is going to be a big bar of soap (all my bars are around 8-10 oz), a peppermint candle made in a vintage tea cup, in a gift bag with a candy cane, ribbon, and a gift tag. 

thanks for looking!
18  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bath and Beauty Challenge 3: Autumn or Winter on: November 10, 2012 06:08:12 AM
I'm just getting ready to make my holiday batch, I'm in!  Thanks for the invite Smiley
19  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Vodka Cranberry Soap (aka the Cape Codda!) on: October 27, 2012 06:22:12 AM
Pretty pretty soap - and I like the labels a lot. Are the labels custom? Or computer generated?

I made the labels..  the front labels are just a design on cardstock that I cut out and double sided taped to the cigar band.  The cigar band is regular printer paper, and the label on the back is edge-to-edge glossy printer labels (which look fantastic, I may be using this on both sides from now on).  I really like doing the graphic design part of the labels Smiley
20  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Vodka Cranberry Soap (aka the Cape Codda!) on: October 26, 2012 12:29:40 PM
So this batch almost killed me, but it looks pretty good with the packaging on it Smiley

Cranberry Lime Soap

70 oz pomace olive oil
30 oz coconut oil
30 oz palm oil

18.10 oz lye
22 oz water
13 oz coconut milk, cold
4 oz beer boiled down to a syrup and allowed to cool

8 oz cranberry sweet FO (brambleberry)
2 oz lime EO (distilled)
.5 oz rose clay

This batch thickened up like a mother, I almost couldn't get it in the molds!  I found out later that:

A.  My oils weren't melted enough
B.  You never ever evvvver water discount soap with clay in it!  Turns out the clay absorbs water (duh and/or hello, Mandy...)

It smells really nice, I have to admit I like the sweet cranberry from Brambleberry more than the tart.  The lime is a nice addition too.

The actual soap (lots of air bubbles, BF thinks it's "barbie skin color", but it smells good)

I'm going with a nice easy peppermint next time, damn!

Thanks for looking Smiley
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