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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing machine repair, as a career on: January 17, 2012 06:26:45 PM
I have two sewing machines (a home-use and an industrial) and a serger. There is very little work I am willing to do on any of those machines because I lack the skills. I've had my home-use machine for 15 years & take it in for a tune up every 1-2 years...I've had the serger for 4 and its in the shop now (because of needle/threading issues--I took it apart and was not able to get it back together!) and the industrial machine...I would never work on that myself....waaaay too complicated. The amount of $$ I'm willing to spend taking the machines into the shop is well worth it because I prefer to use a machine that I'm comfortable with rather than spending $$ on a new one. I hope that helps and I hope you decide to make this your career...best of luck!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Artisan 797AB Industrial Sewing Machine--HELP! on: January 15, 2012 05:49:00 PM
Does anyone out there have experience using an Artisan or other industrial sewing machine? I inherited one last year and am trying to make friends with it and not being successful. Main issue is threading the bobbin, proper bobbin/thread tension, getting the needle to draw the bobbin thread up. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Mixing oils for a facial serum? on: November 14, 2011 01:34:08 PM
I would figure out how many ounces of the final product you need first. Then calculate your formula/ratios of the base oils you want to use, measure them into a bowl & whisk the base oils together. Let that mixture rest for a while (half hour or so) then gently whisk in the rosemary essential oil (no more than a few drops per oz of base oils) & bottle the finished product. Heating the oils you listed really isn't necessary since, as you said, they're all oils. Hope that helps!
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: perfume? on: November 04, 2011 07:26:49 PM
do you want to make oil based or alcohol based perfumes? oil based are pretty easy, alcohol based can be more of a challenge and more fun, imho. There are a ton of books about perfume making--check out your local library first...that way you can check them out before spending $$ on a book that you don't like. and try to find a different fragrance oil supplier--I can imagine that the FO's available at wally world are not the best/highest quality. MareMare put together a very comprehensive list of online suppliers of everything that you'd need to make bath/body/perfume products.
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Itchy scalp remedies? (due to using a commercial shampoo) on: November 04, 2011 07:18:37 PM
an after shampoo infusion/rinse made with (any combo of the following...): rosemary, calendula, chamomile, peppermint should help. you can also try adding some cider vinegar and peppermint, tea tree &/or rosemary essential oils (at a concentration of no more than 8 drops per ounce of infusion) to the rinse you make. I like to do an overnight infusion, that way the tea is at room temp when you need it. I know what you're going through--I have had dry skin/scalp issues most of my life. Msg me if you have other questions.
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: face cleanser from scratch on: November 04, 2011 07:12:49 PM
your initial idea of castile (I'm assuming you are using liquid castile soap?) & aloe vera should work; try mixing them at a 1:1 ratio (maybe try w/ a teaspoon or tablespoon of each), whisk it in a bowl & leave it overnight...if that ratio is too much/too little of one of the ingredients, try a 2:1 or 3:1 using the castile as the greater amount of the two. Castile is a soap and even though its liquid, I honestly don't think you'll need a preservative. If you are really concerned about bacteria/mold growth, add some honey--its antibacterial, anti fungal, reduces redness & is a humectant.
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Make your own laundry detergent. on: October 24, 2011 06:14:47 PM
Thanks for the formula. I tried a liquid laundry soap recipe a year ago (still using the 2+ gallons it made) but it was really thick, gooey & even when I added more water, it was still thick. I'm assuming its the CP soap I used because it always wants to re-gel with other CP soap molecules. We have an HE machine...I'm sure this will work just fine. I keep two 4 oz dropper bottles of sweet orange & lavender essential oils above the washer so I can sent each load (or not--depending on what I'm washing).
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Just say "No"- Safe Cosmetics Act 2011 on: July 17, 2011 05:44:33 PM
Thank you for posting this. I've been aware of the Safe Cosmetics Act since 2009 or so. I have a bath/body business (www.memecosmetics.net--not trying to drum up biz here--just FYI) and honestly, I do not think this act will pass. Seems to me that Congress, the Senate & government as a whole (local, county, state, federal) have, as the cliche goes, "bigger fish to fry". I am not attempting to downgrade the seriousness of this bill; I will may go out of business if this passes or move to Canada & take my job creating business with me.
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: incense on: July 17, 2011 05:40:00 PM
not to over simplify, but you can also use an eyedropper & drip the essential or fragrance oils directly onto the unscented sticks (I'm making that suggestion b/c I'm not a fan of DPG). I've done that for years and it works pretty well. Its best to allow the sticks to dry a bit and store them in a bag until you are ready to light them. You can also burn resins (frankincense, myrrh, dragon's blood, tree sap--I'm fond of doug fir & cedar sap since I live in the PNW) on charcoal cakes. Hope that helps!
10  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Re: Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA craft shows? on: October 12, 2010 09:16:41 AM
I noticed a mention of an east side (of vancouver) farmers/artist market.

There are two separate vancouver farmer's/artist markets; one is in downtown Vancouver @ 8th & Esther Streets the other just started this year on the campus of the Evergreen School Dist. admin offices (13501 NE 28th; Saturdays only 9/11-10/30/2010). I'm on the Artisan Committee for the downtown Vancouver Farmer's Market and we are accepting applications from non-VFM members (your products will be juried prior to the sale) for our Holiday Market in December starting on October 24th. You can download an application : www.vancouverfarmersmarket.com  or email me (info@memecosmetics.net) if you have questions.

There is also a "Vancouver Saturday Market" on 112th/Gher road --- do not waste your time w/ this one; its a flea market, non-juried, commercial/resale type market.
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