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4021  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Who knows what my kids were eating? on: February 08, 2011 10:55:31 AM
Here's craftster's tutorial list ...scroll down to the 'lip balm' area to check out the various recipes to get started:
4022  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Who knows what my kids were eating? on: February 08, 2011 10:50:19 AM
OOOOOOH!  This would be fun to try!  Was it very hard?  Did you just order the tubes online?

Can I add that your pictures are amazing?

I'm so glad you like the photos! My other computer died in December & I haven't quite gotten the hang of this one yet!

To answer your questions, yes, I found the tubes online. Did a search to find them relatively close to me so I wouldn't have to wait that long to receive them, but then the snow & ice came last week. LOL! Ah, well.
It was SO easy! I just altered a recipe I'd found based on which oils did what & melted it all together in a pan within a pan of hot water on the stove until all the oils were melty...stirring with a chopstick, then separated the batch into smaller dishes within the same pan of water...so the oil didn't set up while I added my flavorings & sweeteners. I then used a warmed syringe type of tube thingy to inject the liquid oils into the tubes. You can ask for them at your local pharmacy. Lucky me to think to ask for one while refilling a prescription over the weekend.
The balms set up within about 20 min to a half hour! Super fun!
4023  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Help?!?! Please? (craft ideas for Mothers of Preschoolers group?) on: February 08, 2011 10:42:25 AM
Thinking of a sweet Valentine idea ...how about mixing up a can of sweetened condensed milk & half a bag of chocolate chips & melting it in the top of a double boiler until it's all creamy & then pour into a jar. Voila! Chocolate body paint anyone?! 

Not into licking it off someone or having someone lick it off you, it doubles as a great sundae topping! Cheesy
4024  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Who knows what my kids were eating? on: February 08, 2011 10:36:49 AM

My 4 year old girl loves lip balm so much that she practically goes through an entire tube in a day or two...which has had me extremely concerned.
I've thought to myself, "What's in this stuff?"   Undecided

Deciphering the label on the tube she'd been using most recently, it's practically Greek to me, so I get the idea that maybe mixing up something here at home with all natural ingredients would be possible for a mom like me to do.

I learned the how to & read up on the various oils & stuff that went into doing this from various sites...including craftster & today I whipped up a batch!

I even experimented with various flavors...and my house smells just like I'd made Grandma's Christmas candy! Flavors I used were non flavored, peppermint, sassafras, bubblegum, strawberry, and one blueberry one for my mother in law!  Wink

The lip balms turned out fantastic! They glide on smooth, moisturize well, and taste fabulous! I accomplished what I set out to do! Yay!
I'll definitely be doing this again!  Grin
4025  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Vegas Shirts on: February 08, 2011 10:16:41 AM
WHat a great way to celebrate 5 years together! The shirts are all kinds of awesome!
4026  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Some of my skating dresses..pic heavy on: February 07, 2011 10:17:28 AM
What a phenominal amount of work & sheer skill it takes to do what you do! These are fantastic!
4027  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Long Flowy Flowery Shirt on: February 07, 2011 10:14:11 AM
Lovely work! It looks very nice on you too!
4028  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Trippy skirt into cute mini dress! on: February 07, 2011 09:54:27 AM
Love it! What fab fabric!  Wink
4029  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Amelie Swap - SignUp 02/01/11 - 02/15/11 Send By 03/18/11 on: February 06, 2011 06:07:10 PM
...hard to resist!
4030  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: A Little Mermaid on: February 06, 2011 03:19:37 PM
Aw, she's cute! I think the flesh color is a great compliment to the red & green! Lovely!
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