MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Monday, December 03, 2018

Bubble, bubble, toil....and redo.....


Over the weekend I made my first attempt at making lotion bars and after several tries I think I got it.  I hope!  I bought a lovely new mold that I thought would be perfect....but.....it's hard-sided and not the silicone type I use for making soap.  So, I melted the ingredients and poured them in.  Waited the appropriate length of time and then....drumroll....could NOT get them out of the mold.  Hmmm.....

Aha! Light bulb moment!

What if I put them in the fridge and let them cool a bit?  Woo hoo - it worked.  But....in all the efforts to remove them earlier they looked like something the cat had chewed.  Back to the drawing board....

A re-melt later, along with a cooling period and then a time out in the fridge resulted in lovely little hearts that just popped right out of the mold.  Success?

Not so much.

They were just too soft.  I couldn't even pick one up without it melting into a puddle of goo.  Hmmm....

I am nothing if not stubborn!
So.....

Another re-melt and an addition of quite a bit more beeswax resulted in something that I *think* will stand up to use.  See?.....




- There's a tutorial HERE to make a man's wallet (Christmas gift, perhaps?)

- If you like to make your own Christmas cards, perhaps some of the ideas found HERE might spark your creativity.  I believe you can click on each picture and it will take you to the directions.

- There are some wonderful (and free!) planning pages for December available HERE.  Good way to keep yourself on track during this busy time of the year.

- THESE are rather cute cross stitch snowflakes that could have a number of uses.

- The American Quilt Society is beginning their Christmas Quilt Along and you can find details HERE.  There are links in their post to the patterns from 2015, 2016 and 2017.  LOTS of great ideas!!

- THIS is strictly for Canadians (sorry!), but it's great to know what stores might price match here and help you save a little money!  And for something else that might help you save money, how about creating a price book using the tips found HERE

- There's a pattern HERE for some really cute Christmas ornaments  with a bear theme.

- If the Santa in your house likes to include a chocolate bar in the Christmas stockings, how about using THIS free printable to make them look festive?  These would also look wonderful as a favor on a Christmas table.

Today your quote is from Lyndon B. Johnson...."Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose"










12 comments:

  1. You & I must have the same saying, "Where there's a will there's a way. Good job on the lotion bars. Got to be some science in that recipe. While looking at the AQS Christmas quilt along, I found a JOY pillow to add to my collection! Thanks!

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  2. Wow you are very good in my opinion!!

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  3. Thanks so much for posting a link to my Santa chocolate bar wrapper! I really appreciate it. I already pinned one of your posts on Pinterest (linking to your blog, of course) and will go through and find others to pin.

    Happy holidays. :-)

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  4. The lotion bars look fabulous Mary Anne! Well worth the effort! Hugs Christine xx

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  5. I would not call you stubborn. I would say tenacious.
    xx, Carol

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  6. Sweet friend, is there anything you can't do? Truly, you are amazing! Your lotion bars look amazing!

    Hugs to you!

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  7. You ARE persistent!! I've not tried lotion bars but I do love buying and using them. I've made soap and that worked well. I tried those shower melts . . . big fail. They said to store in an airtight container which I did. The next day they had all melted. So I had one big glob of a shower melt haha!

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  8. You are the craft diva!
    That's what it's all about experimenting and sticking to it.
    After a while you know you're going to get it right. Then the
    victory dance!
    Great story. Thanks for the tips and good quote too

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  9. The lotion bars are so pretty. I'm glad you persevered! And I really like those snowflake cross stitch patterns.

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    1. I think the lotion bars look pretty too - altho' it was a trial getting them out of the mold, until I hit upon the idea of putting them in the fridge first. That worked like a charm!

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  10. You certainly do try lots of different 'stuff'. Good for you! I enjoyed reading about the tries to get the perfect soap.

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