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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / It's a Naughty Retail Christmas (Updated with new pics) on: November 25, 2011 07:37:00 PM
Ohhh the joys of working retail around the holidays Wink  Lets just say an international customer was less-than-pleased with my boyfriend's customer service skills this week Smiley

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The Back (not the fanciest/neatest):

Hopefully the whole holiday season won't be like this Wink

Thanks for looking!
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Tangled Christmas Lights Stocking on: November 12, 2011 02:57:23 PM
Hi Everybody!  So I saw this amazing Christmas stocking on Etsy and knew I had to try to make my own:


Ok, so she's waaaay more talented than I am and has a really really fancy sewing machine..  mine is much more basic:

Close up of the design:

The little electric plug is my favorite Smiley  It's all a mix of fleece and felt, and isn't anything fancy, but I like it anyway!

Thanks for looking Smiley
23  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Sweet and Sour Pickled Red Onions on: October 04, 2011 09:50:19 AM
I've been thinking about making this one for a while!


So basically $4.50 worth of red onions from Aldi and a little apple cider vinegar produced 4 pints of pink and savory loveliness Smiley

In process (note how red the literally smoking hot burner is):

The thing I loved about this recipe is that it was really really easy to pack the jars.  Because you par-boil the onions, they slide right in and you just have to top them off with brine.  You could basically put whatever spices you want in the brine, this mix is a little like a bread and butter pickle with more spice. 

What I didn't like about this recipe was the smell in my kitchen and on my hair and skin Sad  I smelled like a raw onion for like 3 days  Shocked   But they were heaven on earth on cream cheese and a cracker, so I guess it's worth it Smiley  Thanks for looking!
24  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Anise Peppermint CP Soap on: July 24, 2011 01:16:16 PM
I found a seller on Etsy who used this scent combo recently, and I thought it sounded amazing! 

Texture close up:

15 oz light olive oil
10 oz free trade sustainable palm oil
8 oz coconut oil
1 oz grapeseed oil (helps lather in small quantities)
9.45 oz water
4.75 oz lye

1 oz star anise EO
1 oz peppermint EO
2 pinches of finely ground alkanet root

This came together really well and the scent is fantastic..  very energizing, it's one of the best combos I've ever done Cheesy  Batch cost me $23 for 10 bars though..  meh

thanks for looking!
25  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Floral Beer Soap Batch on: July 13, 2011 07:16:19 PM
So because the beer store in my town is now selling my soap, I'm going to be making a batch every couple of weeks Smiley 

Floral Beer Batch

24 oz olive oil
23 oz sustainable free trade palm oil
22 oz coconut oil
3 oz grapeseed oil
2 oz lavender EO
2 oz ylang ylang EO
1 oz jasmine EO

23 oz Water/Beer mix (I used Holy Moses White Wheat beer from Great Lakes Brewing Co so it's quasi-local)

10.3 oz lye

Dried Jasmine flower

It smells so pretty, very girly and floral.  The beer doesn't really smell like anything, but adds a little warmth.

Action shots:

Lye beer mix (it volcanoed a little, but not bad):

Oils waiting to be mixed in...  I don't usually preheat my oils, it was warm that day anyway:

Half and Half cartons (the boyfriend is happy he has half and half for his coffee for like a month haha):

Close up of the floral fleck:

I feel like all my soap looks the same even if it smells totally different..  next month I'm going to try to do a green tea swirl in one batch and a purple alkanet swirl in the other Smiley

26  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Beer Batch Take Two on: May 17, 2011 03:32:35 PM
I got the beer soap feva' haha Smiley

Leinenkugel Citrusy Summer Soap

20 oz. Olive Oil
19 oz. Coconut Oil
18 oz. Palm Oil
2 oz. Grapeseed Oil

8.44 oz. lye
16.7 oz. Leinenkugel Summer Shandy (boiled, simmered, and allowed to cool)

1 oz. lemongrass EO
1 oz. lime EO
.5 oz. lemon EO
.25 oz. grapefruit EO

Zest of one lemon and one lime
2 half and half containers for molds

This batch smells completely amazing, and the color is this soft buttery yellow. 

Ok BIG NEWS!  I'm very pleased to announce the local artisan beer store in my town asked if they could sell my beer soap!!!  I'm super excited, check back for some packaging updates on this batch Cheesy  I'm already planning new beer batches..  next up I think I'll do a tea time batch with berryweis, bergamot, and lavender and then in the fall a pumpkin stout batch!
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bills, Bills, Bills on: May 03, 2011 07:44:20 PM
Some days, it just feels like you can't get ahead...

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I did a little clover to give myself better luck..  It's on Aida 14 natural, and I framed it in a little clear magnet frame..

Blech bills Wink
28  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Manly Man Beer Soap :) on: May 02, 2011 07:17:09 AM
I was worried about how it would come out, but I finally tried a batch of CP beer soap!

Close Up with Lime Zest:


16 oz light colored Olive Oil
14 oz Free Trade sustainable Palm Oil (or regular haha)
12 oz Coconut Oil
1.6 oz Grapeseed oil (it helps the lather, but you don't want too much)

13 oz VERY FLAT beer (I used Hoegarten, boiled it, simmered it, and let it sit on the counter for 2 days)
6.4 oz lye

1 oz basil essential oil
1 oz rosemary essential oil
.5 oz lime essential oil
drizzle of patchouli essential oil (not enough that it discolored the batch)
zest of one lime, dried overnight

The beer bubbled a little bit when I added the lye, but it didn't volcano..  it did smell freaking awful though Smiley  I melted all the oils together prior, this batch thickened really fast.  I think I only stick blended on low for about a minute and then another 30 seconds when I added the oils and zest.  I molded them in a milk carton and a cutie little heavy cream carton.

The smell is pretty good, I wish I'd had more Lime EO (I actually ordered a full ounce and they messed up my order so I only got a half an ounce).  Anyway, it's spicy and a little citrusy..  I think it's a good man batch, hopefully my man likes it Cheesy

29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Devo Collage Hoop of Love :) on: April 07, 2011 07:22:07 PM
So I got a new job and a new (actually good) boyfriend last week randomly..  Both were sort of a surprise actually (I wasn't sure I was going to get the job and I've been seeing the boy for a while, but I always assume I'm about to mess it up hehe).  Anyway, I wanted to make him something and he loves Devo, so I made a hoop collage with an Energy dome:

It's two layers of fabric scraps and the energy dome is made out of felt.  I dunno, do you think it looks like an energy dome?  He's a huge fan, I want it to look really good.

It's after dark here, all of the whites are much whiter in real life... 
30  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Essential Oil Mix to Replicate Incense? on: April 07, 2011 11:09:42 AM
Hi All,

I'm plotting my next soap batch and I'm really trying to only use EO's for fragrance from now on (I just wasn't pleased with the results I got from FO's).  Does anybody have a suggestion for an EO combination that would replicate the scent of incense?  Alternately, how do you all get a sense of what each EO smells like?  Is there a national store that has samples to test? 

Thanks!  the last thing I want to do is guess and end up with another batch that smells like wasp killer  Roll Eyes
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