Thursday, September 23, 2010

FrontPage

Two days ago I made a treasury named: Men at work.
It was 1 of my better treasuries and this one went straight to the frontpage :)
All this time I thought that only a select group of curators could make it into the frontpage but I got it wrong, so take a look:



Now I will definetely make some more theme-treasuries

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The best way to wake up

... is turning around in my bed
... admire the mini notebook (Samsung n130) that I bought yesterday with the sewing machine

... turning the lightweight notebook on
... checking the emails
... and having an etsy sale again

Hooorayy!, It' s my thirth sale this month and I can't wait to have sales every day :D

Monday, September 13, 2010

My first sewing machine!

Today I bought my first sewing machine: a Janome jr1012

Multifunctional sewing machine. 14 stitches: straight, overlock, stretch, decorative, four step buttonhole. The JR1012 is such an easy machine to use, great for anyone who is thinking about taking up sewing for the first time.

Ideal for scrapbooking - technique that allows to decorate photos, postcards, calendars etc.
I haven't tried it yet, I have no table space for it:( but I'll write some updates about this machine very soon.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Afraid

I´m afraid of...

[ ] the dark
[ ] staying single forever
[ ] being a parent
[ ] giving birth
[ ] being myself in front of others
[ ] open spaces
[ ] closed spaces
[ ] heights
[ ] dogs
[ ] birds
[ ] fish
[ ] spiders
[ ] flowers or other plants
[ ] being touched
[ ] fire
[x] deep water


[ ] snakes
[ ] silk
[ ] the ocean
[x] failure
[ ] success
[ ] thunder/lightning
[ ] frogs/toads
[ ] my boyfriends/girlfriends dad
[ ] boyfriends/girlfriends mom
[ ] rats
[ ] jumping from high places
[ ] snow
[ ] rain
[ ] wind
[ ] crossing hanging bridges


[x] death (If you don't fear The Death, you must be in pain or you are fearless)
[ ] heaven
[x] being robbed
[ ] falling
[ ] clown
[ ] dolls
[ ] large crowds of people
[ ] men
[ ] women
[x] having great responsibilities
[x] doctors, including dentists
[ ] tornadoes
[x] hurricanes
[x] incurable diseases
[ ] sharks
[ ] Friday the 13th
[x] ghosts


[ ] poverty
[ ] Halloween
[ ] school
[ ] trains
[ ] odd numbers
[ ] even numbers
[ ] being alone
[x] becoming blind
[x] becoming deaf
[ ] growing up
[x] creepy noises in the night
[ ] bee stings
[ ] not accomplishing my dreams/goals
[ ] needles
[ ] dinosaurs
[ ] the welcome mat
[ ] high speed
[x] throwing up
[ ] falling in love
[ ] super secrets
[x] dogshit


Total : 14

If you get more than 30, I strongly recommend some counseling
If you get more than 20, you’re paranoid
If you get 10-20, you are normal
If you get 10 or less, you’re fearless

Yeah , I'm normal ... they say >;)

Friday, September 3, 2010

A lovely daisy-like flower

Here's one of my new and latest resin creations.
A casted white (fake) flower

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Making soap - final results

Yesterday I made my first batch of soap and here is the result



I am happy with it, it's firm and it smells very orange.
The holes don't bother me this first time but I think I know what caused the holes: blending in the essential oil while it was already thickened.
So next time I will watch this while making green colored 4 oil soap with eucalyptus, my favorite smell.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Making soap - part 1

Today I made my first batch of handmade soap.
A couple of weeks ago I bought two books about soap making:
Soapmaking the natural way: 45 Melt-And-Pour Recipes Using Herbs, Flowers & Essential Oils from Rebecca Ittner


In this book it's about making soap with melt and pour soap - glycerine soap.

Soap maker's workshop from dr. Robert S. and Katherina J. McDaniel
But I wanted to make lye soap first and used a recipe from this book: Basic four-oil soap.

What you need:



Gloves ,protective glasses, a blender, measuring cups, a scale , thermometers, lye, a silicone very flexible mould , butters and oils.
I used some wooden stirrsticks (for the lye) and some spoons for the oils.

Ingredients:
214.28 grams coconut oil
71.42 grams olive oil
200 grams soybean oil
171.42 grams palm oil
essental oil
88 grams lye
239 grams water

It's perfect for my 1000 grams soap mould.

First I measured the butters and oils in a cup and heated it in the microwave.



In the meantime I put my gloves on and measured the water and poured the lye in the cup made out of glass. While stirring it you can feel how hot it gets.
After it became translucent I put a thermometer in the cup: 90 degrees!



Now you have to wait untill the temperature is like 50 degrees in both cups and the mixing and blending can begin. I poured the lye solution into the cup with oils and started to blend with the blender. It takes a couple of minutes before you can see the "trace" in the cup while blending and if you see it it's time to pour some essential oil drops in it. I choose orange essential oil, because of the yellow orange color of the soap.
But mixing the oil while it's thickened is hard, the next time I just pour the fragrance before mixing the oils.

Tadaa, the result:



I placed a plastic bag over the top of the mould and covered it with towels to cure.In a couple of days I will take the soap out of the mould and take some new pictures.
It takes 3-6 weeks before you can use the soap; first the lye has to come out.
It's fun making soap, it doenst take long only the cleaning process is less funny. But I will definitely make some more soap in the future !