January 31, 2009

Possible new crafts

I was feeling inspired to do a new craft. I wanted to do some kind of portrait but and since I'm not very good with painting I though of embroidery. My grandma used to embroider and she taught be how many years ago but I have not done it since. Luckily embroidery is very easy and I'm sure I can remember in a jiffy.

Austin has the Austin Craft Mafia, a group of local ladies banding together in the name of all things craft.

One of those women made Sublime Stitching which makes embroidery patterns as well as books and gifts.

I'm really digging the mermaid one.

I don't think I'll use a pattern but I kind of want to make portraits of Justin and I. Embroidery is a nice craft because you can do it almost anywhere and it can go by very quickly (unlike sewing which I always seem to mess up and have to go back five steps or knitting which takes months for me to finish a project! speaking of knitting, I still haven't even started on my scarf that I bought that nice red yarn for. Bad Dixie!)

January 11, 2009

Christmas Crafts

I finally uploaded these pictures. For Christmas I was going to make some votive candles for gifts. Well that didn't turn out well. In fact I made a huge mess of wax all over the kitchen floor, some of which is still there. I'm still not completely sure some of the dishes I used are clean or not from wax residue. Those were with traditional wax.

Later I tried using gel wax - that transparent jello like stuff with bubbles in it. It worked muuuuccchhh better. Better to cut little pieces of, easier to melt and peel out of the pot.

So I got some mason jars and some cool looking shells from Hobby Lobby and came up with these:

The ones on the left are fresher, hence more bubbles on top.

I've also heard that the higher the temp of the gel the more bubbles there will be in the end result. Or maybe it's the other way around. I also noticed that as it cools the gel sinks a little bit. Probably the air bubbles being released (the bubbles float to the top).

And I also made soap:

Shea butter soap which I mixed with lavender vanilla scented oil and bits of orange peel and lavender. The orange spread out but the lavender floated to the top/bottom.

Justin also decided to make soap for his Mom for Christmas. Slightly gay, I know but he gets really creative sometimes.