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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Crooked Row 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
12  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Cappuccino Soap 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!
13  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Cowboy Soap :) 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
14  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Soap Party! 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!
15  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / My New Soap Molds! 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! 
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Happy Kidney Pillow Cover 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
17  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Dinner with Vincent Price :) 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!

18  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Almond and Oatmeal Wine Soap on: February 04, 2012 01:41:14 PM
This batch has so much going on!  First of all, I used ShiehDesignStudio's idea to add coconut milk to the batch.  I followed her directions, and added half the amount of water to the lye and then added the coconut milk to the oils later (to equal the amount of liquid that I needed).  I also boiled down a bottle of merlot to add as a colorant.  It's a nasty green color when you first do it, but it turns this lovely chocolate color later!  I ground oatmeal to add between the layers, and added it as a scrubby to the bars that aren't layered.  The scent is a mix of Brambleberry's Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey and Brambleberry's Almond FO.  It smells really nice and mild!  Ok, pics:

I used four molds:  a pringles can, a loaf mold, a tupperware container, and a half and half container..  Pictured is the tupperware container, the half n half container, and the loaf mold.

I'm going to a wine party tonight, so I'm bringing bars as my party favor..  do you get the joke?  Cheesy

Finally, check out this fugly bar!

The top of the pringles can expanded a little bit..  they look terrible but actually I've grown to love these bars the most for personal use (yeah, you can't sell that haha).  The knob on top makes it really easy to grab in the shower!

Woooo, I'm off to the wine swap, hopefully my wine soap with scrub away the evil tomorrow Cheesy
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Mario Fire Flower Pillow on: January 20, 2012 11:43:41 AM
So after seeing this link on Deviant Art, I just knew I had to try to make something similar!


Back (envelope closure):

The flower is felt and the background fabric is a 60's gold weave (really thick and shiney).

In process:

Artsy shot with the new man chair:

I think it's going to go live at my sister's new apartment Smiley  I'm really pleased with the way it came out, thanks for looking!
20  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Cranberry Green Tea CP Soap on: November 25, 2011 07:59:30 PM
I wanted to make a holiday-themed soap for Christmas gifts that wouldn't be all piney and cinnamony.

Cranberry Green Tea Soap:

34 oz Olive Oil
30 oz Coconut Oil
30 oz Palm Oil
1 oz Grapeseed Oil
30 oz Water
13.65 oz Lye
2 oz Cranberry Realistic (Brambleberry)
2 oz Green Tea Realistic (Brambleberry)
2 oz Lime Essential Oil
Green and Merlot Chromium Oxide

In a half and half container:

In a half and half container, in a milk carton, and in the fancy new mold my dad made me Smiley

Half of the batch together:

My new mold!

My dad molded plastic and then made two wooden ends that fit perfectly.  The soap popped out like an ice cube, it was so easy!

It's still dirty from the batch though, sorry..

It smells really clean and bright, I love the lime in the background!  It thickened really quickly, so that's why I ended up with so many air bubbles.

Thanks for looking Smiley

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