I know carrier oils have different properties, but does it really matter if I use sweet almond oil or jojoba oil or macademia oil? I have normal skin and would just like a moisturizing, easily absorbed and emollient carrier oil as a base in body scrubs. I know alligatorjuice started a topic on this a while ago but I just get confused the more I read info on carrier oils because they all seem so similar. If anyone has a personal favorite, tried and tested oil they prefer, could you please let me know? thank you!
hey, i need some ideas for a gift exchange i'm having at work:
occasion: christmas gift exchange (around $15 for a gift, but i'd be willing to spend more) person: not really one person... i think we are just going to bring our gifts and then randomly select them, so the age group is big-- 20 years old to potentially 50s..., but mainly between 19 years old to 40 years old) sex: women only. likes/dislikes: not really sure since i'm not getting a gift for a certain person. it has to be something that lots of women would like, but still unique. (i don't think i want to just get bath stuff which is so typical). Fitness and health stuff is the theme I want to go with, since I work at a gym. I don't want to get lululemon stuff because we always get lululemon stuff for going away gifts, etc., but something related to health/fitness/relaxation would be good. So far I'm thinking fancy "relaxation" tea but if I got that, I want something to supplement it, and I want it to have a sort of theme. hope that is enough info! thanks
just came across a bead/jewelry store in vancouver (1520 west 13th ave) that i never knew about. I didn't look around much but i think they specialize mainly in semi precious stones/beads (sold by strand AND (FINALLY) individually as well. They also sell custom made jewelry (the ppl who work there are apparently designers, according to their site) and offer classes. The downside: i have the feeling they are pricey... the store looked very high end/snobby. But GORGEOUS stuff... cool findings (silver, gold, vermeil) and beautiful, unique jewelry (take a look at the jewelry section on their site for awesome inspiration) - www.skanda.ca They also have a store in victoria according to their site. Has anyone heard of this store or been in it? Does anyone know the price range for findings and semi-precious stones? ... or any other info? i'm excited to have found a new possible store to buy beads at, but want to know the price range before i get too excited, if you know what i mean...
This necklace was inspired by an anthropologie necklace I saw in an issue of Beadstyle. Here is my rendition of the artsy, bohemian look. The beads are from all sorts of places- old necklaces, Michaels, and other bead stores, recycled beads, and most importantly, seemingly "wrecked" beads... they give a nice earthy feel to the piece. They are strung on gold wire and then there is a blue silk ribbon tied to the wire... the ribbon acts as the clasp- all I do is adjust the length and tie a bow.
Some recent jewelry I have made: Cluster bracelet on chain and matching earrings:
Chandelier earrings, drop earrings (jump ring chain and swarovski crystal briolettes) and a pearl drop with filigree bead cap and chain:
illusion necklace with freshwater pearls on clear transite using crimps to keep pearls "floating":
My take on the goth-chic look for fall. Purple glass bicones, filigree bead caps, freshwater pearls and glass beads with an oil slick- like finish:
Aegean sea necklace (got the name from the colour of the ribbon). Necklace made with big blue wooden beads and sea foam green dupioni silk ribbon. I got the idea for this necklace from an issue of Beadstyle:
I'm trying to use up all those beads and jewelry making materials that tend to accumulate in one's bead box... you know those beads you buy because you like them but don't have a project for them in mind when you buy them? I figure if I use up what I have now, then I can go on a big shopping trip and stock up on new stuff. Anyway, this necklace is one of the recent pieces I've made using odds and end beads and findings I had laying around. I used light blue crochet beads from Michaels, lapi lazuli beads from an old necklace, delicate silver filigree bead caps and large silver bead caps from a really old necklace of my mom's, with a few plain old glass beads thrown in for good measure. They are strung randomly on wire and attached to a bit of chain that I took from yet another old necklace that I was simply bored with. I was going for a utilitarian yet feminine, military-inspired look. Comments appreciated! Thanks for looking.
for some reason, i cannot do wrapped loops with cheap wire: they turn out terribly. is this just me? or am i just incapable of doing wire wrapping with all wire types? if anyone could explain to me different types of wire and their qualities (ie copper tin, sterling silver, etc) i'd appreciate it. I think i can only do beautiful wrapped loops with sterling silver wire in 24 gauge, which is a problem, because for some reason i cannot find this at my local Michaels. Which michael's bead brand/product makes sterling silver wire? does blue moon beads, designer beads, bead heaven or elite beads make such a thing? if you have an idea, please please tell me since this is a v. frustrating problem. thanks!