Thursday, May 31, 2012

5.31 Scott Pilgrim WIP

We close out the updates for May with a shot of the completed Stephen Stills. Usually you never get to see a completed character, but this is how the timing shakes out.

Next up will be a small green bunny looking thing by Stephen's feet, followed by the next character to his left, Michael Comeau.

To the picture!

Friday, May 25, 2012

5.25 Scott Pilgrim WIP

Here we are!

It's the 20th update, so that means its time for a full project shot! There's a little bit of patchiness in Stephen Stills' shirt, but that's because I ran out of thread #938 and moved on until I could get to the store to get some more.

Enough babbling! On to the picture!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

5.17 Scott Pilgrim WIP

Stephen Stills is already his usual slightly surly self. I'll give him a shirt and pants eventually.

Next week: a full project shot! That's what we in the business (and by the business, I mean the industry) call a tease.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

5.12 Scott Pilgrim WIP

Last time, Julie's shirt wasn't done. Now, she's been finished up and I've moved on to Stephen Stills. The hard part is going to be keeping track of all the different shades of brown that go into Stephen's hair and clothes.

Let's go to the picture!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

5.3 Scott Pilgrim WIP

Welcome to the first update of May!

When last I left you, Julie's hair was done with a little bit of her glasses. Now we're done with her head and her arm, with only her shirt and a little bit of visible pants before we finish and move on!


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Lush Marathon Bubble Bar Dupe Attempt

THIS is the much-lamented, utterly discontinued Marathon Bubble Bar from Lush.

Sigh... how i miss you!

This particular product produced massive amounts of cinnamon leaf and peppermint scented bubbles.  It was fantastic the day after a particularly strenuous workout.  That could have been the effect of the essential oils or the luxury of the bubbles or just because you were soaking in a lovely hot bath, but however it worked, it worked.  When I found out this, my very favorite Lush product, had been discontinued, I was quite, quite sad.

Since then, I have learned to make several types of bath products, but bubble bars seemed too daunting.  Then just a few weeks ago I found this recipe and it looked simple enough.  So I purchased the one supply I didn't have on hand, and got ready to do some mad soap science.

I followed the recipe fairly closely.  For the essential oil, I used cinnamon leaf extract and peppermint.  I wish I'd used just a little bit more than I did.  I ended up using WAY too much orange pigment.  The color doesn't really start to show up until the liquid is added, so I kept adding more and more to the dry ingredients.  I still only had a pale orange mixture, until I started adding the glycerin, and then POW, ORANGE.  I will know in the future I don't have to use so much, but for now it doesn't hurt anything, and gives me orange bubbles in the bath.

I did add a little sweet almond oil in place of a bit of the glycerin.  This probably decreased the amount of bubbles I'm getting with these, but the texture of the bars is a little closer to the source inspiration, and also, I really like sweet almond oil in my bath.

This is what they looked like.  Weird little things.  :)

They are not totally solid, but after about 5 days, they held their shape enough to put them all in a ziplock bag so that the house didn't smell like them anymore.

As to what they do in the bath... I'm pleased.

Orange bubbles!

A fantastic amount of thanks to the wonderful Amber Johnstone for the inspiration for this project!