Uh-Oh, and a fix for the Uh-Oh!

Liz wrote this at 12:53 :

Yesterday my DD took the scissors to her gorgeous hair. She cut it pretty short on the fringe - unfixable really. The bit missing off the back and sides just blends in. School photos are this week, on Wednesday, not really enough time for it to grow back. :( So scissors are banned without parent supervision for two weeks.

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Today I made her up some headbands to help the lack of fringe. She picked the fabrics and I made the pattern up, based roughly on a RTW one that she has, it is a hand me down from a cousin and she loves it. It also looks gorgeous on her. So do the new ones!

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Cheers!

Baby Love

Liz wrote this at 12:49 :

No - not for me! But for me to spoil - or at least make things for :)
I saw a gorgeous set made from the New Conceptions Baby Essentials pattern, and just knew I really should get mine out and make. So I did. Twice. Both the same, but oh so cute!

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I also made some soft and fluffy burp cloths, using a free pattern on You Can Make This. They are a great shape and really straight forward to sew. And a great way to use up the flannelette I have left over from making pj’s, plus it is super soft on baby’s face. I used cotton towelling for the back, so they are nice and absorbent.

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Cheers!

Soapy Delight

Liz wrote this at 13:05 :

I un-moulded my soaps yesterday afternoon. The Sunshine Soap was still a bit damp on the top, almost like it had sweated a little, but it appears to have dried now. They have both settled in colour which I am very happy about.

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Here you can just see the slight swirling of the white and yellow soap.

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Now, I needed somewhere to store my soap whilst it cured. I have no space inside the house that is suitable - airy, dry and out of the sun. Here is where my darling husband steps in! We had the shell of an old microwave sitting around, so DH drilled a hole in the back, and inserted a fan to circulate the air and help the soaps to dry more evenly and hopefully a bit quicker and harder.
The fan runs off of our 12V network (see more on hubby’s site here, under Renewable Power: http://bjblaster.com/), and hubby has installed a LED on the front to show when the fan is on or off.

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It also wafts the gorgeous scent of the drying soaps around under my verandah :)

Cheers!

Soapy Goodness

Liz wrote this at 09:02 :

I have been itching to make some more soap since my DH made me some soap moulds way back here http://lizardslittle … uff-not-enough-time/
but I never quite got there. So after receiving a soap book for my birthday, I made sure that I went through and picked out the recipes I was really interested in. I bought the oils and fats that I needed and set to it this weekend. Both of the recipes I used were from “The Handmade Soap Book” by Melinda Coss.

First up was Pink Lavender & Lime Soap. It was my first time using an animal fat - dripping for this recipe. I will pass judgement on the use of the animal fats once I have used a bar of soap containing it. As I was weighing the lye, it looked slightly odd - like it was too much. So I looked at the recipe to confirm, and that is what it stated (turns out that it WAS too much - making the soap lye heavy. I am unsure exactly what properties this creates to the finished soap, as it was only 16g too much. Important note - ALWAYS run your recipe through a lye calculator first!! Turns out many of the recipes in this book are lye heavy, so I went through and recalculated every recipe and pencilled the changes in. Luckily I worked out the correct amount before doing my second batch).
I also used colour for the first time - wheee - that is so much fun lol I added bentonite clay beads to the soap to give it slight exfoliating properties. It was bright blue going into the moulds. Hopefully it will subdue somewhat.

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The pink is the clay beads.

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The next batch I did was Sunshine Soap. It used lard as one of the fats. That stuff does not smell pretty when melted! So it may very well be the last time I use that - unless of course the soap that results is the best stuff ever! lol
I used a fragrance oil called Sea Salty Breeze for this soap, and the yellow colouring as it suggested. Now, why I didn’t use blue or green colouring to match the scent, I have no idea “duh”. But that is why it is called learning I suppose. Anyways, I took a small amount of the un-coloured soap out of the pot, as I wanted to have a go at swirling it in. When I added the colour I nearly choked! It looked like pumpkin soup! Argh - not a good look. Fingers really tightly crossed that it fades well. It also looked a little chunky as I poured it into the mould, so I suspect that I traced it slightly too much.

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I will update with their progress out of the moulds very soon! Off to check them.

Cheers, Liz

Boxy Bag & A Scarf

Liz wrote this at 14:13 :

Ever since seeing a tutorial for a boxy bag, I have wanted to make one. Only problem was, I wanted no visible inside seams. So I started with this tutorial http://patchyapple.w … e-boxy-bag-tutorial/ to get the rough measurements, as I wasn’t really up to working them out myself. I did the outside and inside in two pieces, so I have a seam at the bottom. This made it easier to sew the zip in, and also to do the lining.
I used fusible wadding/fleece to help strengthen the bag and help it to hold its shape. That proved to be a challenge in itself!! I sewed the zip on and unpicked the zip 3 times, as the fleece kept pushing my sewing off track, and my stitching would just drive off the side. Argh! Finally I sewed it on and it was perfect! Until I turned it over, and I had sewn the zip in upside down. So the inner fabric was going to be the outside. So I unpicked it AGAIN! 5th time lucky, I got it in perfectly. And the second half of the zip was a doddle after that lol
I put in a handle and a tab at the opposite end. I hand stitched the turning opening in the lining, as I am proud to say that I am finally getting better at it! :)
The fabric was a remnant from SL that is soooooo soft! It is like a heavier cotton, though not as heavy as a drill. It sews beautifully and I love the circles. The inside is also a remnant of cotton from SL.

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Close up of the hand sewing :)

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This scarf is finally finished! It was an UFO from a preious post, and I finished it a few weeks ago but have only just got around to taking photos. It is so warm and soft. I found the pattern here http://suzies-yarnie … rf-slant-stitch.html.
I love the stitch design, though it does look better in a finer yarn and a single colour. But I followed a pattern from start until finish and it worked!

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Cheers!