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391  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: July 28, 2009 01:51:50 PM
I got my mini-quilt from Taoj! I love it!! Grin

She used my "dress form theme!"



Close-up of the tiny patchwork (which I love) on the top left dress form:



Awesome fancy boa!



Check out the cool embroidery! And the fabric is perfect!





Thanks TAOJ! I am so excited to hang this in my sewing room! I mailed yours yesterday, hopefully it won't take too long to go from the US to Canada!
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392  Re: Make a Charm Pack Swap ~Gallery~ in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: July 26, 2009 12:20:44 AM
Here are my belated pics of Smmarrt's charm pack! I apologize for taking so long to post them, but I kinda lost some stuff in my craft room. klum78 was over yesterday and she can attest to the fact that it's a giant mess!



My faves are on the bottom row of this pic...can you tell I love teals?!



And besides sending a ton more fabrics than required (thanks so much! Wink ) she also sent this awesome cinnamon ornament! I am not sure where I am gonna put it, but somewhere that I can smell it often!



Thanks hon!
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393  Re: Swap A Yard of Fabric July '09 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by MareMare on: July 23, 2009 02:14:10 PM
I claim from Lo{v}e:

12)black and white roses. cotton. FQ
3) batman. flannel. 3/4 yard (27x42 inches)


Claims Allowed (Outstanding): 3
Claims made: 3
Sendouts Not Sent: 1
Sendouts Sent: 1
Sendouts Received: 1

Most of my fabrics are unwashed, I will list if they are washed for sure!  Also some of my home dec stuff is 56", also listing that, otherwise standard width. I am happy to cut FQ's or 1/4 yd  increments. I can get better pics if you want to see more closely!





1. Baby Koala. Flannel, up to 2 yds

2. Blue and Brown Striped. Flannel, up to 1 yd

3. Blue, yellow, and white Plaid. Seersucker, 2 FQ or up to 1/2 yd. May be 56" wide





4. Green/Neutral Stripes/Plaid. Home Dec Weight, 56" wide, up to 1 1/2 yds. (pictured twice)

5. Solid Red. Home Dec Weight, many many yards, pre-washed

6. Shiny white on white floral. Kind of thick, ? 1 FQ



10. Solid turquoise blue. Cotton, pre-washed, 1 yd plus

11. Blue with construction vehicles. Cotton, pre-washed, 1 FQ

12. Animal alphabet/letters. Cotton, 1/4 yd plus



13. Canned goods. Cotton, vintage?, 1/4 yd

14. Tan with green print. Cotton, 1/2 yd + 1 FQ

15. Green leaves, cotton, 1/4 yd



16. Dark Tealish/Gray dots on Cream background. Home Dec, 56", 1 yd

17. Cream dots on Dark Tealish/Gray background, 56", 1 yd

18. Olive Green Faux Fur Fabric. Many yards available.





19. Asian Pagoda. Cotton, 1 FQ

20. Asian Parasols. Cotton, 1 FQ



21. Creepy. Cotton, 1 FQ

22. Winter Owls. Cotton, 1 FQ



23. Taupe Equestrian. Cotton, 1 FQ

24. Mustard Equestrian. Cotton, 1 FQ
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394  Re: Swap a Yard of fabric- July '09 in New Swap Theme Ideas by MareMare on: July 22, 2009 09:33:38 AM
Here ya go, and I added it to my other post too~

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395  Re: Swap A Yard of Fabric July '09 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by MareMare on: July 21, 2009 10:49:02 PM
I claim pixieval for:
26.   1 yard Jersey Knit stripes

Claims Allowed (Outstanding): 3
Claims made: 2
Sendouts Not Sent: 1
Sendouts Sent: 0
Sendouts Received: 0


Most of my fabrics are unwashed, I will list if they are washed for sure!  Also some of my home dec stuff is 56", also listing that, otherwise standard width. I am happy to cut FQ's or 1/4 yd  increments. I can get better pics if you want to see more closely!

[img width=500 height=375]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c165/maremare312/Swapayardjuly004.jpg

[img width=500 height=375]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c165/maremare312/Swapayardjuly006.jpg

1. Baby Koala. Flannel, up to 2 yds

2. Blue and Brown Striped. Flannel, up to 1 yd 1/2 yd remaining

3. Blue, yellow, and white Plaid. Seersucker, 2 FQ or up to 1/2 yd. May be 56" wide

[img width=500 height=375]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c165/maremare312/Swapayardjuly010.jpg

[img width=500 height=375]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c165/maremare312/Swapayardjuly008.jpg

4. Green Stripes. Home Dec Weight, 56" wide, up to 1 1/2 yds. (pictured twice)

5. Solid Red. Home Dec Weight, many many yards, pre-washed

6. Shiny white on white floral. Kind of thick, home dec-ish? 1 FQ

[img width=500 height=375]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c165/maremare312/Swapayardjuly012.jpg

7. Cat Silhouettes. Cotton, 1/4 yd only (no FQ)  plus free co-ordinating scraps, pre-washed

[img width=500 height=375]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c165/maremare312/Swapayardjuly.jpg

8. Cat Heads. Cotton, 1 FQ, pre-washed

9. Cats. Cotton, up to 3/4 yard, co-ordinates with Cat Heads, pre-washed


[img width=500 height=375]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c165/maremare312/Swapayardjuly013.jpg

10. Solid turquoise blue. Cotton, pre-washed, 1 yd plus

11. Blue with construction vehicles. Cotton, pre-washed, 1 FQ

12. Animal alphabet/letters. Cotton, 1/4 yd plus

[img width=500 height=375]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c165/maremare312/Swapayardjuly015.jpg

13. Canned goods. Cotton, vintage?, 1/4 yd

14. Tan with green print. Cotton, 1/2 yd + 1 FQ

15. Green leaves, cotton, 1/4 yd

[img width=500 height=375]http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c165/maremare312/Swapayardjuly016.jpg

16. Dark Tealish/Gray dots on Cream background. Home Dec, 56", 1 yd

17. Cream dots on Dark Tealish/Gray background, 56", 1 yd



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396  Featured Projects--Quarter 2, 2009 in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by MareMare on: July 06, 2009 06:55:16 PM
Featured ProjectsQuarter 2, 2009

Here are the featured projects from the second quarter of 2009. All of these projects were posted in April, May, or June. Many of these were popular projects that have already been rocked or commented on quite a bit, and others might not have gotten quite as much attention the first time around. They were chosen by a combination of votes via the This Rocks button and my desire to highlight awesome, creative projects through a variety of soaps and other bath items as well as make-up and all the other great categories that fit under Bath and Beauty.


First up, the winning entry from B&B Challenge 2! mcook72677 won the Eco-Friendly/All Natural challenge with her entry White Trash Beer Soaps-Ginger Bergamot-Recycled Packaging. Not only did she re-purpose beer, but she made lovely labels for her soaps from recycled grocery bags and magazines!



And this awesome DIY Batman Soap Tutorial by toque that was a Craftster-wide Featured Project recently!




And, in no particular order, more wonderful projects!~

 Soaps since the beginning of (my) soaping experience = lots o pics! by Fraugee728





Zombie Gore Make-up by MysMyers




Cameo Soap by mitchell-b





Aloe & Green Tea Goats Milk Bars by Nifty Crafter





Neopolitan Lip Balm by Tinkswings





Soap Fun in The Summertime by simplyorganic





Ivory Rebatch by anti-emily



The Princess and the Frog by Malibukasey



The Cullens have bitten my bath products  by tinkswings




Watermelon Soapsicle by Addicted to Soap.




Pandan Leaves with Rose Essentials by diy-me-amy


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397  B&B Challenge 3 ~ Intensely Colorful! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: July 05, 2009 10:15:01 AM
Challenge 3 is here! The theme is "Intensely Colorful." You may interpret that theme any way you see fit, and using any method or product that fits under Bath and Beauty.  Mineral Make-up, Soap, Lotion, Lip Balm, Bath Bombs, Hair Dye....lets see some color!



The rules:

1. Post your entry, including pictures and an explanation of why/how you created your item.

2. Post your entries between August 3 and August 12.  Entries must be posted by August 12, 9 pm Pacific time. After August 12 the voting will go up.

3. There are no restrictions on who may enter, but each person may only post one entry. The entry may consist of a set, but it needs to be one cohesive entry.

4. If you are using an existing recipe you did not create, please alter it at least 25%, and you must credit the source!

5. Post your entry by starting a new topic within this folder.

6. Your entry cannot be something you have posted before.


Prizes: TBA  But at least part of the prize will be some cool colorants and micas!
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398  Bath and Beauty Featured Member~ Nymeria! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: July 02, 2009 10:36:23 AM
The latest Craftster Bath & Beauty Featured Member is~ Nymeria!



Nymeria has been a member of Craftster since March of 2005, and is a frequent poster on the Bath & Beauty Boards. Not only is she especially helpful to newbies and seasoned soapers alike on the Discussion and Questions Board, but she has compiled many useful lists such as the FAQ List, the EO/FO Thread, and the Colorant Thread. She also helps me keep on top of editing and adding to some other popular threads like The Getting Started and Supplier Links thread!!  



Nymeria makes wonderful cold process soap as well as other bath goodies, and a couple of my personal favorite posts of hers are Eggs and Chocolate and My Dream Hand Cream. And, of course, Next Step Baby Soap, her winning entry in the 1st B&B Challenge, made withbaby formula? Grin



She is also the Cupcake Queen, but the kind you eat, not the kind you wash with while sadly wishing you could eat it! Check theseMargaritaville Cupcakes out!



A little intro by Nymeria:


My name is Jen and I make soap. I live in Denver with my husband, our beautiful daughter and a spazzoid cat. I describe myself as the epitome of nerddom; I like Warhammer 40,000, am a hardcore video gamer, and get excited talking about baking and soapmaking. I also spend way too much time on Craftster...

Im constantly experimenting with crafts and cooking alike and have discovered many hidden talents and no-so-hidden non-talents. Grin Im still trying to learn to crochet and sew (other than just basic stuff) and practice my paper crafts whenever I get the chance.

But obviously my love is above and beyond: soap. Smiley


Q: Why (and when) did you begin making Bath and Body items?

A: I started years ago because I have very sensitive skin and was tired of wasting money playing the Will this bother my skin? game. I started playing around with a few recipes and was hooked. I managed to get my hands on The Soapmakers Companion by Susan Miller Cavitch, and Soap: Making it and Enjoying it by Ann Bramson and those two books were my bibles for years. I soon discovered that I knew a lot of people with similar complaints and started sharing my soaps and it just kinda grew from there. Smiley


Q: What is your B&B philosophy?

A: Dont knock it til you try it! I totally admit to using both beef tallow & shortening in my soaps. Both items get a lot of slack from people as being subpar or whatever. I love them both. I like artificial fragrance oils, but I like essential oils, too. I use whatever I think makes the best for me and encourage others to do the same. A soap made with artificial fragrance oil & shortening can be every bit as luxurious as a bar made with essential oil & palm oil. And yes, I WILL take the Pepsi challenge on that!

Also, research, research, research. Never just take someones word for it, and yes that includes me, lol. Did someone tell you to not use x ingredient because it causes your skin to sprout blue fur? Do some research!! (and I read on Wikipedia, or Someone told me, does not count as research!) Also, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I had a lot of trial and (mostly) errors in my early work because I fell victim to the old wives tales.


Q: We know you make fabulous soap, what other B&B items do you make?

A: Lotions, lip balms, salves, bath fizzies (easily my weakest area Im still new to those), butters, etc. Really if it can go on your skin and means its one less product I need to buy at the store, Ill try to make it! Lotions are probably my big obsession right now. I love making them and experimenting with them. Lip balms are my other tried and true favorite. I make on that is uncannily similar to Burts Bees formula which is awesome in the Colorado winters!


Q: How did your first soap making project (or lotion, bath bomb, etc, insert word) go for you?

A: Actually my very first soap project went pretty well. A gal I knew had given me everything I needed and it was all weighed for me. The only problem was that I took her advice on scenting and put way too much lemongrass EO in. Oh my god it smelled like Lysol! (which is ironic, if you think about it) My second soap attempt was horrible. I didnt have a digital scale so I was trying to estimate where 7.65oz was on my scale it was a disaster. But it smelled great


Q: If you could only use one specialty oil, what would it be?

A: Jojoba. I just like saying the word, ho-ho-bah!


Q: Do you have any favorite techniques?

A: Not really. My least favorite is definitely layering. I think because Im not good at it. And Im not good at it because I never practice with it because I dont like it. Its a vicious cycle.


Q: If you could only make one soap recipe, what would it be and why?

A: It would be the modified castile soap recipe from Ann Bramsons Soap: Making It & Enjoy It Its like 70% olive oil & 30% tallow/palm/shortening. It makes a great hard bar that is moisturizing and lasts forever. Being a castile soap it doesnt make good lather, but Im not a lather girl. Smiley


Q: Whats your one best piece of advice for beginning soap makers?

A: Do your homework and start slow. You want to go in with a good knowledge base; check out some books, read some threads on here and feel familiar with the process. Start slow and simple; I know the soap recipes with the fancy shmancy oils sound really awesome, but you want to have some experience under your belt first. Nothings worse than a failed batch with expensive oils, and because youre a beginner, you have no idea why it failed (or can even begin to take a guess).

Also, dont get totally frustrated by failures. They happen. Even advanced soapmakers get a bum batch every now and then. Just go back and analyze every step you took and everything you did. Did you forget something? Make a note of it so you wont next time. Its all part of the learning process.

And speaking of that, keep a journal/notebook/scratch pad on your soaping adventures. Did that fabulous FO not smell to fabulous when combined with another? Did it fade? Was there too much, too little? Write it down!! Smiley


Q: What is your favorite B&B project on Craftster that you posted? And why?

A: My lavender swirls soap. That is the above recipe from Ann Bramsons book (I think, lol) and I just like how calm it looked.


Q: What is your favorite B&B project on Craftster that someone else has posted?

A: Sparklecookies puzzle soap. Its irreverent and makes me smile every time I see it. I think its the bright colors.

A close second is almost any of Malibukaseys nails. Im not a nail girl (the last time I had a manicure was for my wedding, 6 years ago), but the amount of time and skill involved in her projects blows my mind.


Q: What is your favorite non-B&B project on Craftster that you have posted?

A: That would be the Debbie Bliss Pinafore I knitted when I was pregnant. Yes that is all seed stitch. Yes it was on size 4 needles. Yes that thing is going to be preserved for all time!!!! I like it because my daughter looked adorable in it and it was one of those holy cow, I actually did it sort of projects.



Q: What is your favorite non-B&B project on Craftster that someone else has posted?

A: Macksters Jayne Cobb hat. I have made a few of these following her pattern because who can resist the awesomeness?? Like other favorite things, it just makes me smile. Grin

 
Thanks so much, Nymeria, for answering my questions and sharing about yourself with the Craftster community!
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399  Re: Bath Bombs - packaging and expiration in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: June 21, 2009 01:16:25 PM
Hmm, I've wondered that before too! I know that I've given friends very old bath bombs and they still worked (fizzed)...I was going to throw them out but they were rescued by bath bomb lovers lol! Do you use oil in your recipe? I guess it would be a combo of the shelf life of the oil and the integrity of the bomb holding together. I think at least 3-6 months? Very possibly longer?

For packaging that sounds like a really cute idea! I do shrink bags, or when I'm feeling lazy/out of those I use plastic wrap and tie it around my bombs and tie the top with ribbon and hit the bottom with a bit of heat gun to tighten it up. That's when I use mini muffin tins for molds though, it probably wouldn't work as well for traditional sphere bombs...

I haven't sold bombs in forever, so here is the only pic I can find of how I package mine for craft fairs~ I stack two of the mini muffin kinds together so there is a flat bottom for them to stand on.

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400  Re: Make a Charm Pack Swap ~Gallery~ in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: June 21, 2009 12:35:22 PM
Here are my pretties! I've already received 4 charm packs!


My 3 packs from mambosushi:

Christmas~Not only are these great, but she took the time to arrange them in color groups! I have very few Christmas fabrics so I am loving these!


Asian~These are gorgeous, the large piece of purple with the dragon is so pretty!


Skulls/Pirates~I can't decide if I want to make something for my pirate loving nephews or a mod who loves day of the dead stuff! Maybe both!


She was so sweet and included FQ's to match each one! Thanks so much!



And my West Elm Contemporary pack from GatsbyGirl! It's so hard to pick a fave, but I do love the greens with the large scale prints, one is on top and one is kind of hard to see in my pic! I think they are next to each other in mambosushi's pic!


She sent really cute magnets (no pic) and some bonus squares that match that in home dec and corduroy fabrics! Thank you!
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