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11  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Good recipe for coq au vin? on: August 05, 2009 10:27:01 AM
Does anyone have a good recipe for coq au vin?  I want to suprise my bf with something nice (as he does most of the cooking), but all of the recipes I've found online look either WAY complicated or got mediocre ratings. . .  Too bad my boy is allergic to fish . . . my (former) "culinary specialty" was shrimp scampi, sigh . . .
12  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Here's a link for some helpful craftshow info! on: July 31, 2009 11:32:15 AM
Hi guys.  I've been worrying about how much inventory to make for a craft show I signed up for (and other similar questions.)  I found a useful link.  This is geared specifically for soapers, but I'm sure a lot of the advice will apply to craft fair vendors in general.  Here it is:  http://www.teachsoap.com/craftshows.html

Hope it helps!
13  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / How far ahead can I make soaps for a fair/ event? on: July 13, 2009 04:04:09 PM
So, I signed up in April (or March?) for a BIG craft fair extravaganza kinda thing in November.  This is a reasonably big event that will take place in the local "merchandise mart" type setting.  I don't remember how many people the website said this event draws, but I would think it would be a large or even VERY large crowd.  I'm going to be making and selling (MP) soaps, bath salts, lip balm, etc.  My biggest question at this moment is, is it Too Soon to start making up soaps?  I know that after a few weeks left out in the open air, my lovely-scented soapy creations tend to lose some or most of their scent.  If I carefully shink-wrapped all of my soaps as soon as they were ready to demold, would the scent "stick" and still be good in November?  Should I work on bath salts for now, and start doing soaps in maybe September or October?  Of course, my problem with that scenario is I'm gonna be going back to classes in August, so I can foresee pulling my hair out for general lack-of-time. . . Ideas?  Thoughts?  Opinions?  (If anyone thinks this should be posted under the crafty business thread, please feel free to move it!)

Thanks!!
14  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Tupperware type containers as MP molds? on: May 21, 2009 09:31:29 AM
Does anyone know if Tupperware type containers would work okay as inexpensive loaf molds for MP soap?  I had read that such molds are a decent alternative to shoe boxes or wooden loaf molds for CP, but I'm not sure about MP.  I guess the real issue would be demolding the soap from a mold that's made of a less flexible plastic.  Another, related, question, is:  what about empty yogurt containers, mini pudding cups, etc?  I just got a couple of packages of those mini jello/ pudding cups (the joys of having a raging sore throat!) and I'd love to be able to reuse all that wasteful plastic!

Thanks, all!
15  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Springtime melt and pour soaps on: May 07, 2009 05:24:33 PM
I don't think these really compare to the cool CP soaps people post on here . . . but until I can afford a nice digital scale (and track down some lye!) this is what I've been doing.  I sold some of these at a recent craft fair, and a few more to a co-worker for Mother's Day.   



These are goatsmilk and lavender, shown with a sachet of lavender and a candle (can't take credit for the votive; it was from one of those "buy stuff" parties a former co-worker had).



The dark red are olive oil pomegranate-vanilla, the flower shapes are goatsmilk pomegranate-vanilla, and the white-and-pink swirls are shea butter chamomile-wildflower.



Olive oil citrus-rosemary, which smelled wonderful!  Along with chamomile and mint sachets and more excess votives.



Goatsmilk soap with an imbedded loofah slice--I saw the directions on About.com and I just HAD to do it . . . I think it looks cool, like a slice of cucumber or melon or something.  It's scented with cucumber-melon . . . gonna go into a gift basket, probably one for my step-mom and one for my bf's mom.  If anyone wants the link for the tutorial, please let me know!



The rest of the goatsmilk cucumber-melon soaps.  I think I may call some of these "Demeter's Garden."  Please excuse the poor picture;  I didn't feel the urge to set it up all pretty-like. 
16  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Best way to wrap or package melt n pour soaps? on: May 07, 2009 04:01:15 PM
Hi, all . . . I've been busily making some fun MP soaps recently (may even post pics, yay), and when trying to sell them at craft fairs and give as gifts, it's occured to me that I need some sort of packaging for them.  I've been using plain ol' plastic cling wrap with okay results, but I don't really like the resulting slightly rumpled look of the plastic wrap . . . and I don't know of a "tidy' way to fold the ends over the back of the soap without making it all bunchy and annoying looking.  Any suggestions/ solutions?  I've thought that maybe shrink-wrap might work, but I think you need heat to make shrink wrap "shrink," and I'm not sure if that will make my soaps melty and nasty or not.  Any thoughts? 

Thanks, all!
17  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Pomegranate soap molds? on: March 13, 2009 11:13:26 AM
Does anyone know where I can find a pomegranate shaped soap mold?  Thanks.
18  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / A few questions on coloring and ingredients on: March 11, 2009 01:40:56 PM
Hi, there . . . I'm new.  I've been lurking for awhile, reading up on all the awesome info on this forum.  There are some really cool projects and recipes!

Anyway, I'd like to start doing soaps, probably MP to start, and then CP when I've managed to get a digital scale.  I have a few questions before I start, though.  First of all, a question on colorants:  I have some natural dyes (I also dye scarves), and I'm wondering if turmeric, cochineal, and indigo would be safe soap colorants.  I would think cochineal would be all right, since it's frequently used as a food dye (yes, there is ground up BUG juice in bubblegum!!), but I'm not sure about the indigo, as it dyed my bathtub blue . . . If there is a better place to ask this question, let me know!

Question number two:  I've found recipes online that call for powdered goat's milk or whole milk.  Is this the same powdered milk that's found in the baking section of grocery stores, or is it different? 

My last question (for now at least) is:  I've found "powdered honey" on soap supply websites.  Does this have the same benefits as liquid/regular honey?  I'd really like to make a milk-and-honey bath, but I'd imagine using the liquid versions would maean the product would have to be used very quickly.

Okay, sorry for the long post. 

Thanks!
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