Monday, November 19, 2012

Ducky Soap

Want a simple project?  Try making these Ducky soaps that couldn't be simplier or cuter!
Just pour some blue tinted clear soap base into a mold 1/4 inch from the top of the mold.  Allow to form a skin .  Set a rubber duck on film and pour more soap to the top of mold.  Pouing in two steps like this gives the duck something to set on.  If you just pour once and but the ducks on the still liquid soap,  they will sink to the bottom. 
Here is an example of colder weather setting in.  The white soap base looks like ice!
With peppermint fragrance, this will be great for Christmas presents.  Diana

Friday, November 16, 2012

Elves Need Pampering Too

So what do elves do after a hard day's work?  Take a bubble bath of course!
This is a simple project that anyone can master.  All you need are some bendable elves (I got mine from Oriental Trading Company), clear melt and pour soap base, White melt and pour soap base, blue soap dye, rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and fragrance of your choice.
Bend elves into a lounging position and place in mold. 
I liked having a least one foot above the top of mold.
Melt clear soap base in microwave until just melted.  Don't melt too long or soap will boil over.
Add just a drop of blue dye to make it resemble water. Add fragrance.   Pour into molds put leave at least 1/4 inch unfilled for next layer.  Spray with rubbing alcohol to remove bubbles.  Allow soap to cool and firm.  You can put the filled molds in the fridge to speed up cooling.
Melt white soap base til just melted.  Add fragrance.  Pour over clear soap layer so it appears to be bubble bath.
Allow to completely cool and set up.  Pop out of molds and let your elves take a break from their hectic lives.  Diana

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Drop Cloth 10 Minute Curtains

I am still working on redecorating my bedroom and today I tackled the curtains.  If I had known how easy it was to make curtains from drop cloths, I would have gotten these done a lot sooner!
Did you know that drop cloths come already hemmed?  I didn't!  Imagine my surprise when I opened the packages and found that out!  Add that to the super cheap price of these babies and I couldn't have been happier.  This is all I had to do to have these lovelies. 
I bought them at Lowes for about 15 bucks per panel.  They were 9 feet by 6 feet.  Next I washed them.  Then I turned one short end under 6 inches and pressed.  I sewed a curtain pocket at 3 inches and 6 inches from the folded edge, ironed out the wrinkles and hung them on the old curtain rods.  Times the 10 minutes per panel and in 30 minutes I had 3 panels sewn and hung.  Yippee!  My vintage bedroom is one step closer to being done.  If you want to see other projects look here and here.  Diana