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1  Re: What do you look for in a purse/bag? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by Krissy.me on: March 07, 2014 06:56:39 AM
I have made several bags (different shapes and sizes) before but I haven't made a "purse".... yet..... it is on my to-do list....  But I really want to, but I don't want a pattern as I plan on drafting it myself.

But for me it's pockets and as dumb as that sounds, that scares me a bit as I know they have to be put in place before the bag is sewn together.... I want pockets all around on the inside to organize the bag, but also on the outside as well.   I like my cell phone (bigger smart phone) to go on the outside so I can hear it when it goes off but easy to grab, but I also am a fountain pen freak and carry at least 6-8 with me in my purse so having pens slots that work for bigger pens than cheaper skinny BIC type pens.

I also want to put a ring on the outside to be able to clip my truck keys to.  That is a must for me so they are handy to find.  I clip my key ring to a small Carabiner (3" maybe) that I clip to the outside of my purse.  But rather than the strap ring I want a dedicated ring sewn to the side of the purse to hook that onto.   If I don't put them in the same place every time I loose them....

Living in the land of thecold, ice and snow that makes it handy to be able to find my keys to use the auto start on the key ring while I am still inside so it's warmed up before I get there.  (also easier on the motor for cold starts)  Not just me, but often the kids will start the truck before we need to leave so they can do that without digging through my purse to find the keys.   

I agree if it's too big you just have junk in it but I do want it big enough to hold a larger notebook as I make notes a lot to myself but also for my kindle fire HD so I can take it with and have it when waiting for doctors appointments and such. 

My other must have is the handles.   I have looked at some of those that are handmade on ebay and etsy and I did buy two but the handles were so short to be functional for me.   So many have a short drop which is fine if your shaped like Barbie and live in California, which I am not and I don't......  I like to be able to put my purse over my shoulder and carry it that way, but I do carry a few extra pounds and live up north where you need to wear a warm winter coat which adds more bulk.  So my dream purse would have at least a 15" drop rather than the 9-10" usually seen.   

But I have made some cosmetic bags that I used the really stiff pellon (not sure what it's called but that is what the lighter stuff is called) that is used for things like the brim of a baseball cap.   But I used two layers of it, one ironed onto each side of the outer fabric and the lining fabric.  So it gave the bag enough stiffness that I think would be perfect for a purse to help hold it's shape.   Don't forget to sew it into the handles as well so they hold their shape.   I made a school bag for my daughter and didn't and the bag looks great but the handles look wimpy especially after being laundered.   The two purses that I bought just had a layer of batting (perhaps polar fleece) between the outer layer and lining.  It was a huge disappointment as the bag didn't hold it's shape at all.   They were also a bit smaller than I envisioned being a nice size for a purse, yes the seller gave measurements looking at a tape measure is one thing and looking at the real thing another.   Not sure if they gave the cut length - height of the fabric but it sure didn't feel that big but I didn't measure after I got it either.   But they weren't a total waste as my daughter uses them and they come in handy when we go on car trips to put her stuff into that she may want for the trip. 

fabric used is another deal breaker.  I think holiday purses would be fun to make and use, but I also see quite a number of them being sold using two prints that compete with each other and actually make it unattractive to look at rather than appealing.   Perhaps it's just me......  The bones are good as they have a great concept/pattern but they have a poor choice in fabrics IMHO.  That and very short straps because I think they are using a 45" length of fabric and using one strip to make two handles rather than waste a bit of fabric to make them longer.  I want to put my purse over my shoulder rather than just hold the handles.  Then using different print/solid for the handle looks odd to me as well.   

I do look at ebay and etsy quite often for ideas.....   Pinterest is also good for ideas as well.....
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2  Burp Cloths in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by Krissy.me on: February 19, 2014 11:46:45 AM
Burp Cloths are essential to any new mother.  So they make wonderful gifts or personal use.  My kids are long past that stage with my youngest being 10.  But I do need a gift every once in awhile.

This is how I make mine..... 

Fabric choices..... this is critical IMHO....  When an urp happens something absorbent is needed NOW!   Personally while cottons are cute and come in so many more cute prints, I don't use them for burp cloths or bibs.  While they are absorbent they just aren't absorbent enough for either IMHO because they don't hold much for liquids.    Instead for the  front I use good ol' flannel.   

The backing leaves a lot of choices, when my kids were little I use two layers of flannel and well I personally wasn't happy with them.  I wanted more absorbency.   So I don't do that anymore.  For some recent gifts I use cotton terry (the stuff bath towels are made out of but found on the bolt, but towels would also work) and they were beautiful.  But there are also some new great fabrics on the market that are still very absorbent but thinner, such as bamboo terry or bamboo fleece (not to be confused with polar fleece)   While polar fleece is plush and cushy it's just not absorbent, in fact polar fleece is actually water resistant and repels liquids. 

Then because I hate turning things inside out, and working hard to get my seams even and nice I cheat.  I sew wrong sides together and cover the raw edges with double fold bias tape.  You can buy this or make your own.  I make my own and have the bias tape maker made by simplicity.  Because I'm not going around any round edges I just cut strips with my rotary cutter, quilting ruler and cutting make.  I can make them matching in a solid or print super fast and easy. 
http://www.amazon.com/Simplicity-Creative-Group-Inc-881925/dp/B002CT3YX2

Honestly I like the plain rectangle ones.  My daughter when she was a baby had gurds so she spit up a LOT, and I wanted that extra neck protection.  While the curved ones look cool, they don't provide a lot of protection where you may need it the most.  I would rather not have spit up running down my neck and inside the collar of my top.

Last but not least.....  SIZE......
I started with buying my prints in 3/8 yard cuts.  Zigzag the raw edges before washing and fold as you would to make sure it's straight and even.   Then simply cut it in half, so your 45" long is now half that and still 3/8 yard wide.  I place my backing fabric on behind, wrong sides together and trim out as needed.  Grant your burp cloths won't be exactly the same size but close enough.   If your picky just cut them all out the same.  You can cut both layers at the same time to save time.  Pin sides together before lifting and I do a quick stitch around so they don't shift when I am sewing on the bias tape binding.   Sew on bias tape using your favorite method.  I like to sew it onto the back first (when I don't forget), and then onto the front so I make sure it looks really nice from the top.  Sometimes I may use clear thread for the top for a nicer look.

For the bias tape binding I would suggest a cotton because you don't want the extra bulk of the flannel for the binding.   You can use prints or cottons, however personally I usually use cheaper solid prints just to keep the cost down a tad since I am using the more expensive cotton terry for the backing and a nice flannel print for the front.

But either way they make nice burp cloths and after the baby is grown can be used as cleaning rags or whatever rags and will last a very long time because they are made well and very durable.    There are so many cute flannel prints these days to take advantage of. 

I've gotten a lot of compliments on these from the new mom's i have given them to.








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3  Reusable Grocery or Shopping Bags/Totes OPINIONS WANTED in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by Krissy.me on: February 07, 2014 12:52:45 PM
I am tired of the plastic bags from grocery stores and super stores (target, k-mart, walmart) and I want to make myself some fabric ones.   I live in a rural community and I have never seen anyone use them anywhere local to me before, although I have seen them for sale in stores.

But I want to sew myself some pretty ones.... Although I buy most of my meat in the butcher shop, I plan on using animal print fabric for bags that will be used with meat exclusively.  Most of the meat bought at the grocery store is for my dogs, (two eat a raw diet) so I want separate bags just for meat.  That way I can make sure I don't have cross contamination with meat and non-meat items and they are washed more frequently.  


But my question is this, does anyone have a style or size they like the best?  I have seen various styles posted on sites like pinterest and blogs.  But I thought I would get some feedback from those that already use them.

I don't want them too big so they aren't overfilled and get too heavy.  I have bad fibromyalgia and often my hands hurt badly so I don't want to encourage store staff to overfill them.  But also so my kids can lift them when I get home to bring the shopping in as well.  

I'm thinking they need to be lined so there are two layers of fabric to make them more durable, as I can imagine a single layer of fabric ripping easily.   Because I want pretty bags I plan on using quilters fabric on the outside but keeping costs down a tad by using a regular solid fabric on the inside.  

I've made simple bags before that are rectangles and added matching fabric straps or is the single cut better that is shaped more like store plastic bags?

I googled these images and put them side by side in one pict in case you weren't sure what I was talking about.  I've made plenty of simple bags like #2 with cutting out rectangles for the sides and sewing them all together and adding handles.  (they make great trick-or-treat bags)
  

Thoughts?
Other Options?
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4  Re: Baby Quilts & Other Stuff in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by Krissy.me on: December 26, 2013 08:19:25 AM
I finished the second quilt, and dobok.


http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj142/iiapco2/TaekWonDo%20Baby/TaekwondoBaby4-700.jpg

http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj142/iiapco2/TaekWonDo%20Baby/TaekwondoBaby3-700.jpg

http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj142/iiapco2/TaekWonDo%20Baby/TaekwondoBaby2-700.jpg

The back is black minky..... pain to work with but oh so soft and cuddly!

But the little dobok was greatly appreciated!






I did use iron on transfer for the patches (that I made using google for the images) and because this was a gift it's okay.  But I'm adding this note because I know many people come here looking for ideas to make and sell.  So I do want to note that it would be illegal to make your own patches like I did using iron on transfer paper and selling them.  Those patches are registered trademarked items by ATA.   That isn't a good spot to be in with BIG companies because they do go after small guys and win.  However for personal use and gifting is fine.  I did this because I didn't want the rough rough hard patches on the top of the dobok as I wanted to keep it soft.  So that is why I did what I did.

I did photograph the burpcloths and put them into an album here. http://s271.photobucket.com/user/iiapco2/library/Burp%20Cloths%201?sort=4&page=1

And I put the diaper changing pads in their own album here. http://s271.photobucket.com/user/iiapco2/library/Diaper%20Changing%20Pads%201?sort=4&page=1

I love how everything turned out.
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5  Re: Lotion recipe hunt in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by Krissy.me on: December 10, 2013 11:22:43 AM
I hear you on having your mum going through chemo.   Mine went through the strongest radiation possible and the strongest chemo possible along with two stem cell transplants.  But she was dealing with a very aggressive and rare brain cancer as there are such few survivors they are still trying to learn about the best way to treat this cancer at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN.  And cancer won the war for our family.  I hope your family wins the war.

What you ended up making really isn't a lotion but instead more of a non-petroleum jelly.  It has more in common with a body butter than a lotion/cream.  The reason why is it doesn't contain water, and is made with beeswax instead of a proper emulsifying product.   Body butters include both liquid oils and butters, such as shea butter, mango butter.  non-petroleum jelly and body butters contain a high percent of oils to 100% oils as they do not contain water. 

But it's actually a good choice for your mums skin, but if you wanted to take it up a notch replace the basic coconut oil and olive oil with other skin loving oils that have more benefits.  In your recipe it's the beexwax that gives its consistency.

HOWEVER AND THIS IS IN CAPS BECAUSE I WANT TO STRESS THE POINT!  PLEASE MAKE ANOTHER BATCH AND LEAVE IT UNSCENTED.  THE REASON BEING IS SCENTED PRODUCTS, EITHER FO OR EO (MOSTLY EO) CAN REDUCE THE EFFECTS OF THE CHEMO TREATMENT. 

I have a cousin (but she is so much older than me, so I don't know her well, but she was with my aunt at a family get together my dad had at his place with some of his siblings.  I wanted to make care packages for all my aunts and her since she was there.  But I wanted to use ingredients that would benefit her skin and was looking into which EO's would be best as I have several to choose from or if there was one I didn't have but it was beneficial, I was planning on ordering it.   But multiple sources it said to avoid scented products of all kinds, including deodorant, soap, shampoo if it's still being used.... EVERYTHING.  But EO because they are basically an OTC drug without being regulated with medicinal properties is why it shouldn't be used for those going through chemo.   Some FO do have EO in them so those should be avoided as well.  So just make unscented for her.  If she wants the aroma use a tart warmer with scented wax tarts.  I can't stress this enough!!!!!


I would also suggest learning to write you recipes in percents and use actual weight measures to be more accurate.   There is a calculator on the WSP site that you can enter the ingredient name and the percent and once you give it the total batch size you want to make it will tell you how much of each ingredient to use.   The benefit to this is that you can make a small 1 oz batch of your lotion, cream, body butter, non-petroleum jelly to test out.  Then if you like it you just increase the batch size and it's EXACTLY the same, and not just close.


If you want to make an actual lotion I suggest going to a soapmaking forum rather than blogs written by someone who makes it once and thinks they are an expect.  When it comes to lotions, creams and the like there is so much BAD INFO being passed around on the net because it looks good.

Given the reduced immune system of your mum because of the chemo you will want to stick with body butters that don't contain a preservative because they don't contain water.  But be extra careful not to put wet fingers into the jar when using it.   Personally I would NOT gift these types of items because of the preservative issue and just use them for personal use.  You don't know how the user will use them and if they will follow directions or not.  So best be safe right from the state.   

But if you wanted to make an actual lotion or a cream that contains water (or I like to use aloe juice instead of water) along with a percent of oils.  Usually lotions contain anywhere between 8% and 13% oils where creams are usually between 10% and 35% oils.  So the type of oil used and how much will make a difference on greasy it feels.  I haven't found a body butter yet that didn't feel greasy to some point to me.  With the rest of the percents equaling a number of other things to finish up and make 100% of the product.

If you make a cream or a lotion with water (or aloe juice with or without milk) I would highly suggest using a preservative.  This is critical if you are going to gift it.   Especially with your mom's immune system you will want that preservative to keep her safe.  Remember many germs, bacteria and mold are present long before it can be scent with the naked eye.  So that's another reason why I don't recommend them.   There aren't any affordable and natural preservatives being made.   There have been some made with natural preservatives being sold at Whole Foods and even they aren't very good and will mold.

Here is a good example.  Whole Foods brand Lotion made with so-called natural preservative.  Not very good stuff, and the crud is there long before it's seen to the naked eye, and IMHO that can be dangerous to many people.... like your mum.   Even storing the lotion in the fridge won't help, the products need a preservative.
   

There are a lot of blogs written by people who don't know what they are talking about, and yet others read it and accept it as gospel.  Not very cool IMHO....  But things like Grapefruit Seed Extract, Rosemary Oleoresin, Tocopheryl, and other things like Citric Acid are being called natural preservatives and they are anything but a natural preservative! 
So that's why preservatives are not optional but essential.  A good option that is paraben free is Liquid Germall Plus.  You can buy this at several sites but WSP also carries it.   Use it at the rate of 1% as suggested by someone who had their lotion lab tested and they were told that by the lab.

The fun thing with lotions is you can have fun.  But you also want to keep food products to a minimum as they are hard to preserve.  No more than 10% or a total of 10% should be used of these types of products.

If you are using green tea extract that was purchased by a cosmetic ingredient vendor that would be safe, but don't make tea and try to add it to your own lotion.  Tea is one of the hardest ingredients to preserve so it's best to avoid it, and not use even small amounts!!!   

Adding oatmeal is also great but it also needs to be kept to a minimum.   Oat milk can also be used if you don't want the grit of oatmeal, but again it needs to be kept to a minimum.

Cows Milk, Goats Milk, Yogurt (natural and unsweetened), Heavy Whipping Cream are all fun and great to include into your lotion.  But again, no more than 10% or a total of 10% if you are using multiples into your product so the preservative can handle it.

But also great ingredients can be bought and added into lotions as well to really benefit the skin.

One other thing is using the right emulsifiers.  Beeswax is not a good emulsifier for lotion, the product will separate and it doesn't make for a nice product to use.  That's why few people use it and serious lotion makers buy the right ingredients.  Emulsifying wax is most likely the most common and is cheap.  BTMS is a bit more expensive but IMHO it's a lot nicer to use.  Stearic Acid is often used to thicken a product up more from what the emulsifier has done.  The job of an emulsifier to to blend the oils and water together and keep them together without separating.   

If your new to lotion making I would suggest reading up on SwiftMonkey blog on lotion making and the importance of heat and hold.  http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com/2010/01/if-youre-new-to-lotion-making.html
Read up on her blog in different articles about the safety of making your own.  Yes it's very important if not critical! 

If you are going to gift this please go to the FDA website and read up under cosmetics for labeling requirements.  Granted it you are not required by law to label properly if your gifting, but it makes a more professional looking product.  But eventually someone is going to ask you to sell it and in that case it will NEED to be labeled according to the law.  You can get in trouble with the law if it's not and that's not good at all.  If your going to sell then you will need insurance (not homeowners) to cover your butt in case someone has a reaction or any issue with your product and decides to sue you.   If your selling or giving lotion away without a preservative this is a good reason not to..... they can sue you over it and if they say cut their leg while shaving and applied that lotion to the leg after.  The mold and bacteria wasn't seen to the naked eye yet but present and they used it.  Got an infection that required medical care.... well you would be held responsible.   So please read up into stuff like that before deciding to sell.

If you want help formulating a recipe just let me know what you have to work with and I would be happy to create one for you.
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6  Baby Quilts & Other Stuff in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by Krissy.me on: November 14, 2013 07:34:46 AM
I have two friends who are having babies, one this month in November and one due just before Christmas.

The one friend doesn't know if it's a boy or a girl as they chose not to know the sex of the baby during their ultrasound.  They are going with browns and neutral colors for the nursery.  So I am going to make several items after the baby is born to be more gender specific.  But for her shower I made some unisex items.

I call these quilts my quick and easy strip quilts.  I made it start to finish in a day, but I worked pretty much non-stop.  It is machine quilted along all the borders.   I also don't use batting, and prefer to just make the top piece and back with it polar fleece.  This way it's a nice year round quilt the child can snuggle up with later when he/she is older.





More picts of the quilt close up can be found here on photobucket.  I use albums for different projects.
http://s271.photobucket.com/user/iiapco2/library/Anderson%20Baby%202013?sort=4&page=1

Then I also made her a matching diaper changing pad to shove in her diaper bag or to use at home on the changing table.   It has the giraffe print on the back.



Plus some burp cloths.  I used flannel for the top and cotton terry for the back.  She really likes them and wants me to make more for her.
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj142/iiapco2/Anderson%20Baby%202013/AndersonBaby7.jpg
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj142/iiapco2/Anderson%20Baby%202013/AndersonBaby8.jpg
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj142/iiapco2/Anderson%20Baby%202013/AndersonBaby9.jpg
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj142/iiapco2/Anderson%20Baby%202013/AndersonBaby10.jpg



Then the wife of my son's taekwondo teacher although she helps out with class when she isn't at the hospital delivering babies herself is having a baby this month.   So I made a quilt for them.  I chose this fabric because taekwondo is a big part of their life and I know their son will be taking classes as soon as he is old enough!  

This is just a quick cell phone pict as I haven't had the time to lay it out to take the pictures I normally take.




Then this week yet or weekend I will be using a infant layette pattern and using white flannel but redrafting the top a bit on the pattern.  I want to make it a bit more similar to the style of the taekwondo dobok they wear.   White flannel so it will be soft and perfect for a newborn.  But because it's a gift and not something I would ever sell because of copyright legal issues, I'm going to scan my son's patches and print them on iron on transfer paper to make it look a bit more like an ATA dobok.  I don't want to sew on patches because that takes away the comfort issue for a newborn.  I want it to be soft and flexible.  But it's a gift.   The one thing their Master always tells the kids as my son is in the first beginners class for youth (he tests for camo belt saturday) but he tells the other white belts that everyone including himself once started as a white belt, and that it takes practice to achieve goals.  Any goals, black belt included.  He's 7th degree black belt.  So I haven't decided if I'm going to make it with a white belt or a baby blue belt because it's going to be for a little boy.....  But it shouldn't take me long to whip that out once I have time to sew.  

Okay off to the kitchen to work on my orders for the day from my customers for the items I do make and sell......  

Oh and both new mama's and baby get their own bath and body products that I did make myself.   Plus some wonderful bastile soap for the new baby that is unscented, made with coconut milk and coconut water with only olive oil, shea butter and castor oil for the oils.  Unscented and aged about 2 1/2 years now, so it will be wonderful stuff for the baby's skin!  Castile and bastile soaps are best when they are over a year old otherwise the lather is more slimy when it's too fresh!

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7  Re: Question on making bath fizzy things in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by Krissy.me on: November 13, 2013 12:02:37 PM
That is half the fun, experimenting!   But sadly sometimes there are just tried and true ways of doing things.  But that doesn't mean we can't try new things of course!

My round bath bombs.... Ummmmm we won't go there because they look terrible..... I just don't spend enough time working on mastering the skill.

But I found round flat puck type ones are super simple! 

Here are two pictures to show what I mean.




I used a silicone muffin pan mold to make these....  The silicone is flexible so it makes it easy to remove them.   Once you use fragrance oil in them you don't want to use them for food again.  If you look at thrift stores or often times garage sales you can find lots of silicone bakewear to use for crafting! 

To make them all the same I did use a scale to weigh out the amount of bath bomb mixture so they stayed the same weight.  I used 4 oz or rather 115 grams because I like using grams to weigh things out because it's a bit more accurate.   The bigger the better in my opinion.  When I make them for myself, friends or family I do make them larger.....  Just remember all that goodness is going to be diluted in how many gallons of bath water.....

But I weighed out my mixture to put into the bomb, and I did use nitrile gloves to make these as well.  They are the blue kind like doctors wear.  I buy them in a 100 count box in the first aid section of a store.  But they have 1,001 uses around the home as well.  Seriously!  Even the hubby uses them for his own man cave... (he reloads bullets for hunting) but also when he grills meat... That way he can put meat on the grill without contaminating anything else or having to run in and wash his hands right away.  They are awesome for deep cleaning as well when your scrubbing...

But I put some of the bomb mixture into the mold and then tap it down with with a tool that I have.  But you can use anything that is flat that fits into the mold.  It doesn't have to fit all the way across as you can move it around so you get all the sides tapped down.  The idea is to compact it as much as you can.   The firmer it's compacted the longer it will take to fizz out in the tub.   If you have a chunk of closet rod doweling that is 1.5" to 2" that works like a dream!  My other secret is to use a hammer and yep it's a great stress relieving tool.... tap the top of the tool down with your hammer to compact them as much as you can.   

I let them sit in the mold overnight, but.... in a pinch I throw the mold in the oven on a cookie sheet lined with foil on the lowest setting for about 15-20 minutes.  That helps to dry them out. 

I know your just making for yourself and maybe some gifts so I want to share another source for fragrances.   I buy a couple from this company as they really are just a small mom and pop type business.   I need to get an order placed tonight for sandalwood and a few others or I'm going to be in trouble! 

This is the page to the descriptions of their scents.
http://www.thecandlesource.com/id1.html

Their site is a tad confusing because you add your shipping into your cart based on your order.  To find the shipping page, go to online catalog and click shipping options.
 It's not in order by price so scroll down to find the one you want.

You can get Four 1 oz bottles for $3.99 shipping
For $6.05 shipping you can get...
Up To 30 - 1 Oz. Bottles
Up To 8 - 4 Oz. Bottles
Up To 4 - 8 Oz. Bottles
I have gotten a mix of 8, 4 oz and 1 oz bottles with this option as I like to sample some of their scents.   I just email them to ask them what's okay to ship for that option.

The part I dislike about this site is finding the scents in the size you want.  It's not very user friendly as they have all the sizes on different pages and each scent for every size.....  It's a bit of a pain, but the prices are worth it.   They do have some really nice scents and their prices just can't be beat.   

So I thought since you are just making for yourself and family you might enjoy the price break as fragrances can be expensive especially if your ordering less than a pound.   I hate to admit that I have a LOT of 1 or 2 oz bottles from various suppliers that I buy from.... and I mean a lot, maybe around 100 or more... And add on another 100 or so that I bought larger bottles of but not all those scents are part of my regular inventory as I don't want to overwhelm my customers.   

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8  Re: My yellow dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Krissy.me on: October 21, 2013 07:15:48 AM
This is adorable

Plus it could be made any size, from a child size to an adult size without the need of an actual printed pattern.  I love those styles as I have made my pre-teen daughter a few of those type dresses and she would love this!   Now just to find some stretch fabric......

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9  Re: Blood Worms....Yum! in Halloween Decor and Parties by Krissy.me on: October 16, 2013 02:31:59 PM
Ummmmmmmm

But Oooooh my kids bring their lunches to school instead of eating at the school.  THEIR PREFERENCE, as they like my lunches better.
But this gives me an idea.....  
Ooooh I'm going to make them up while they are in school.... hide them by the time they get home.   Then pack them the next morning. (without telling them of course)  I think my youngest (age 9) might let out a shriek, so I guess I had put a note in with them....

.... sometimes parenthood has it's rewards.....

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10  Re: Has anyone tried making crayon lipstick? in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by Krissy.me on: October 15, 2013 02:58:17 PM
A "kit" really isn't necessary.   You may be over paying than if you just bought the ingredients.  I know on ebay perhaps etsy as well you can buy small amounts of some ingredients, of course they are making a profit as well.  But if you prefer they are available.  Just be aware that some people use a pre-made lip balm base they buy.  If that is a concern check the ingredient list out.  

You could also buy from a popular supplier everything you need in one place from WSP.
http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/Default.aspx
or http://www.elementsbathandbody.com/
I've bought from this supplier many times!  

I make a lot of lip balm and it is something offered to my customers, and here is a pretty basic recipe.  You can use what you have and what to use for each percent and divide the percents up as needed.  
29% Beeswax
29% Cocoa Butter
10% Coconut Oil
10% Shea Butter
19% Liquid Oil Of Choice Or Divided Among A Couple Different Liquid Oils *
 3% Flavoring

Both the beeswax and cocoa butter give the lip balm the necessary hardness.  I like to add in some coconut oil because it's a good oil to use, but also because it adds to the hardness a tad since it's harder than a liquid oil.  It's a matter of balancing out the recipe between hard and soft ingredients.  If you have to much of one or the other it will seriously affect the entire recipe.   I also like to use the shea butter for the same reason.  The liquid oil percent can be all one type of oil or split between multiple liquid oils.

If you don't have a scale I would highly recommend getting on if you are going to make bath and body products.  Simply because some recipes it's critical to have the right amounts and it's difficult to measure with spoons, but you can't argue with weight of an item.   I suggest weighing in grams because it's more accurate than ounces and easier.  There are 28 grams to the 1 ounce.  

If you don't know how to convert the percents to weights, here is a handy dandy calculator to do that with!
http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/Calculators/Batch_Size_Calculator.aspx

Enjoy making these goodies with your daughter!

If you give them away as gifts don't forget to label them, especially with ingredient list.  This past valentines day my daughter and I made a bunch of lip balms as part of her valentines for her classmates.
I did make the labels, but altered them for the occasion.   I didn't use honey in them because it doesn't incorporate well, but used honey flavor oil, and of course beeswax!   For the image I just googled one as I wasn't selling them.  The kids and teachers loved them.



If you want to use a base and flavor it with a flavor oil (oil based, not water based), here are a few.

http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/ProductDetail.aspx?CatalogID=2&GroupID=332&CategoryID=785&ProductID=6741&ProductName=Crafters+Choice%E2%84%A2+Lip+Balm+Base+for+Sticks
Shipping is included in the price of the item, but I believe they have a $30 minimum if it's less I think they charge $5 for small order fee.  

http://www.elementsbathandbody.com/Natural-Lip-Balm-or-Body-Butter-Base-pr-674.html
I have gotten a sample of their lip balm with an order and it was quite lovely!
Offers cheap shipping for small orders.  They also have great flavor oils and also have the tubes.  
If your going to make a lot of lip balms, now or in the future, I highly suggest the lip balm filling tray.
http://www.elementsbathandbody.com/Lip-Balm-Fill-Tray-pr-918.html
I usually make 12 at a time but offer lots of flavors, you can fill up to 50 tubes with this tray, but I just seal off the area not using by one simple strip of electrical tape to outline the area I need and don't need.  Then put an empty tube or two in the other side of the tray so it stands up properly.   I highly recommend the tray for filling lip balms, it makes life much easier and it makes it stress free.  I just use a butter knife and remove the unused stuff on the top and reheat and re-pour.  This allows you to pour the lip balm right into the top and you don't worry about overfill.  There is a picture tutorial on the link for the tray.
I've done a tutorial on how to make and fill lip balm on another site, I can edit my photo's (remove the url of that site) and post it here.
but I quick edited one of the photo's to show how I fill the tubes.


http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/candlemaking-soap-supplies/item/lipbalm/--All-Natural-Lip-Balm-Base--1-pound.html
your buying a lot but it's cheap, but their shipping isn't the cheapest since it's UPS.  


Ohhhh you mentioned separation issues, what type of flavoring were you using?  Was it perchance water based?  Used for candy type?  

Just as a side note if you buy flavoring you want to make sure it's flavor oil and not fragrance oil. I have seen reviews where people posted a negative comment about the product because they used it in lip balm and it burned their lips.... There is a difference.....

  
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