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401  Featured Projects--Quarter 4 2008 in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by MareMare on: January 14, 2009 10:59:58 PM
Here are the Featured Projects for Quarter 4 of 2008. I plan to (try) to do Featured Projects Quarterly  Grin  All of these projects were posted in October, November, or December of 2008. 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. I did not “double dip” any projects that were already featured in Craftster Best of 2008 so we could look at a wider variety of projects!  Click on the pic for the full thread.

We all love Melt and Pour that looks like something else…especially when it looks like gemstones!

Gemstone Soap by angels walk.

We love Cold Process soap that looks like something else too!  Mmm, ice cream!

Mint Chip and Chocolate&Lavender CP Soaps by mcook72677

And mcook72677 was the friggin’ soaping queen the last couple months! Check out these colorful soaps!

A Lot of Friggin’ Soap! by mcook72677

Fingernails are a very tiny palette for art, but some people are still able to rock it!

My wicked awesome nails by MalibuKasey

A rainbow can brighten up the grayest day!

Rainbow Soapy by SparkleCookie

Who wants to pay a trillion dollars an ounce for mineral make-up? Now you don’t have to!

Mineral make-up: Make your own basic eye shadow by swift

Can you ever get enough of looking at beautiful soap swirls?? I can’t!

Marbling/Swirling Attempt by Nymeria

Yay for Cookies! Or delicious looking bath treats masquerading as cookies!

Coco-Lime Bath Tub Cookies! (With Recipe!) by EmmyFNWL

And seasonal soaps are always nice, especially when displayed with an awesome Halloween tablescape!

Pumpkin Soaps by KungFuGirlfriend

Soaking in a tub after a long day? Try this!

Champagne Pomegranate Sea Salt and Goat Milk Soap by DaBunny

Bunnies and puppies and mousies, oh my!

Velveteen Rabbit Make-up Designs by lil_abi

Here are some great twists on plain old vanilla!

Finally getting around to posting my cp soaps by smittenheart

For smooth skin, just exfoliate!

My version of the loofah soaps by Onyxnox

And in an awesome nod to The Office, a stapler embedded in jello! Um, I mean soap!

Stapler Soap by spekah

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402  Re: Bath and Beauty Challenges--YOUR input needed! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: January 12, 2009 06:53:09 PM
LOL just waiting for more theme suggestions! Also have a fear that nobody will vote or enter lol.

Ok, I was thinking of this for a prize, will get a better pic later, I just stole this one from a sweat shoppe swap I did a while back. This is really fun packaging, is a small flat container with five sections. You can never have enough fun packaging, right??  Could be used for lip balm or solid perfume or other things I'm sure. Let me know if it isn't a good prize, I was thinking maybe 15 or 20 of them? (uh, lip balm not included). The one pictured was a "lip kit" that had a lip scrub, mega lip balm, lip plumper, and I think 2 kinds of lip gloss. So you can do all kinds of stuff with it.

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403  Re: Wist Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: December 22, 2008 10:40:22 PM
I have to apologize to my awesome partner ThatsWhatSheSaid for taking so long to post pics! I've been waiting to get batteries for my camera, but that's not going to happen for awhile, so at least here are some pics from my phone!

An awesome shadow box/artwork of a flower! And some ribbon wrapped bracelets!

More supercool wall art, I love the birdie and there is a page of french behind it!

And! The world's best scarf! I love it, it had to take about a hundred years to knit! My fave color!

Close-up of stitches

Thanks so much hon, everything is awesome. If you have better pics please post!
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404  Re: Questions About Hairstyles! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: December 15, 2008 04:17:31 PM
Does anyone have any idea what I can do about my poor hair?
A month ago I got it highlighted at the hairdressers. It was black and it went brown with goldy bits. It was nice and everyone said it suited me, but I didn't like it.
I coped with it for a month though, and a few days ago I box-dyed it a colour that I thought was brown with a reddish tint, but it actually came out dark red with light red bits (I assume where the lightest blonde was before).
It's bearable, but it's just not me. I was thinking about putting a semi-permanent box of light/medium brown on it, does anyone think that'll work? My natural colour is a dark/medium brown and I really don't want it to go black again.

This is the blonde-ish: [img]http://c3.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/40/m_7ff21dec0e4842b0ac90797a8893cdbe.jpg

This is the red: [img]http://c2.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/59/l_db31bbda00e04a88abf2e19d05672171.jpg
I know they're not the best photos...

Aw I think the red is really pretty...but it's easy to get sick of red too!  Post new pics please when you end up deciding on something!   Grin
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405  Re: First HP Attempt... in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by MareMare on: December 13, 2008 06:03:41 PM
Nymeria - Thanks for the encouragement!

MareMare - Yes, I think I just cooked it too long.  My second batch came out MUCH nicer!

[img width=500 height=374]http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/DSCN2765.JPG

I used black tea FO and swirled tea grounds(?) into it.  It smells lovely and is a lot smoother than the first try.

Looks awesome! I've never smelled black tea fo, is it kind of mellow?
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406  Re: Make a Purse With This Stuff Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: December 08, 2008 11:48:10 PM
Yay, here are mine! It took forever to get them off the camera, stupid computer! ColoradoDeb made me two awesome bags!

This bigger bag, with an awesome cell phone pocket on the side that is elasticized so my phone won't fall out, pockets and a zippered pocket inside, and she left the strap loose so I can sew it the exact length I want! So fabulous! 

And the second back is also so cute, sweet handles and I love how she worked the various fabrics into it.

And a felt flower, it is great!

Thanks so much!
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407  Re: Lap Quilts For All Swap: Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: November 17, 2008 08:05:00 PM
Sent fabric to Group 1 and Group 3 on 11/29

Have received all fabric

Group 1--FlashleyAshley

FlashleyAshley block complete, sent 2/19 received block from
whoopdedoo_5   block complete, sent 2/17received block from
1boy1girl1kitty2 block complete, sent 2/17 received block from
glittergirl94 block complete, sent 2/17received block from
LouraPalmr block complete, sent 2/17 received block from 12/26
j_q_adams block complete, sent 2/19received block from 12/26
audrey1999 block complete, sent 2/17 received block from
southern flower block complete, sent 2/19
gordongirl  block complete, sent 2/17received block from
LibbyK    block complete, sent 2/17 received block from
poerava block complete, sent 2/17 received block from

Group 3--SouthernFlower

southern flower block complete, sent 2/19
whoopdedoo_5   block complete, sent 2/17received block from
1boy1girl1kitty2 block complete, sent 2/17 received block from
glittergirl94 block complete, sent 2/17received block from
kaishabackwards  block complete, sent 2/17received block from
j_q_adams  block complete, sent 2/19received block from 12/26
thatbluesea block complete, sent 2/17received block from
klum78 block complete, sent 2/19received block from
KRB    block complete, sent 2/17 received block from 12/13
EOcrafter block complete, sent 2/19received block from
Laural  block complete, sent 2/17 received block from 12/26

A block I made with my Group 1 fabric:

A block with my Group 3 fabric:

Yay, finally posting some completed blocks! So far I have used "Railroad Crossing," "Thrifty," "Alabama," "Spinner," and "Fair and Square" from 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks by Judy Hopkins.

Two for 1boy1girl1kitty2







LouraPalmr--I'm kinda scared of the scrappy fabrics, hope it's ok!

Two for whoopdedoo_5



Two for glittergirl94
I'm sorry, this one came out a little small so I put a border on it. It is too big, but I figured you can trim the border down as much as you need when you put it together.


j_q_adams x 2



Southern Flower

That's all of 'em!
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408  Re: TUTORIAL: clutch clutch clutch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by MareMare on: November 17, 2008 06:49:12 PM
I just made one of these, it was on someone's birthday wishlist swap! I didn't really follow the tutorial because it is just easier for me to make it up as I go, but thank you so much for the idea and the dimensions! It is really cute, I will post pics after my partner receives.

Here's what I made!

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409  Re: Lap Quilts For All Swap- Round 4! signups end tomorrow! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by MareMare on: November 16, 2008 05:55:05 PM
I got my fabrics! I am so excited, my sil helped me pick them out.

These are the 5 I just bought tonight.

The dark brown is really pretty, it has a brown on brown pattern, can't really see it here.

And I recently just did a project with greens and browns, and this is what I have from that, I love the top one, may use it for this too, but I have less than a yard of it.

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410  You Put the Lime in the Coconut...plus shampoo bars and more in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by MareMare on: October 19, 2008 12:16:47 AM

I made 5 batches of soap on thursday, and I seemed to biff them up a little bit!

I did a batch of coconut lime verbena with coconut milk for half the water. It turned out really oddly--I have pockets of oil in it!  It's not lye, it's definitely oil. I've never had that problem before, but I'm thinking it was just too superfatted with the coconut milk in it. I think I did a 5% lye discount, and then all the extra fat in the coconut milk maybe? Anybody have any other ideas? It is only along the top of the bars, and the holes are pretty big in some of them. I may end up trimming the tops on the bad ones so that the bars are small and square! I actually had to drain the oil holes and wipe all the bars down before I put them on paper towels on the curing rack.

A batch that turned out well, so far~ I finally did a shampoo bar that I have been wanting to do for a while. I did coconut oil, a little bit of olive, hemp, jojoba and walnut. I also added some liquid silk to this batch, I love the texture of soaps that I add liquid silk to! It has rosemary EO in it.

I did a batch with a fragrance called berry kisses. I can't remember the scent description, but it is a very sweet scent. I added some rose clay to the whole batch and then swirled in a little bit of purple pigment in.

Another batch that I messed up on a little~I was making peppermint and trying to swirl  red and white like candy canes or peppermint candy, and I did a lovely in the mold swirl, I usually swirl in the pot. Then I realized I hadn't added the fragrance! I had already mixed up peppermint essential oil with a touch of non-discoloring vanilla to tone down the fragrance and I forgot it. I had already made a batch of unscented so I didn't want another one, so I had to dump it back in the pot to add the fragrance and I ruined my lovely swirl!

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