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401  Re: VDAY Cookie Swap Gallery of Sweets in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: March 03, 2009 06:49:26 PM
Here's what I sent to Songs4Drowning, she's having camera battery problems. I also sent some lip balms that I made, caramel and spearmint for her and her guy (smooching, valentines, it makes sense, right?) but forget to take a pic of those.

Chocolate Marble Cookies for him


Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate with Mini PB Cups for her


Cookie calendar


Some skull and cherry coasters


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402  Re: Traveling Scarf Swap Gallery! (Round 1) in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: March 03, 2009 06:39:46 PM
I'll stick yours in a bag when I pass it on tattoedcrafter!

Here's my block! I finally settled on a basketweave because that's always nice! I love this yarn, it is Caron Simply Soft Tweed, there are little flecks of red and yellow in it. I've been working on an Aran Isles type scarf (fake cables) for my mom in this yarn in Tweed in the red. It's pretty but I might take a hundred years to finish it!

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403  Featured Member--mullerslanefarm in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: February 04, 2009 01:31:03 PM
The first Craftster member to be a Bath and Body Featured Member is ~ mullerslanefarm! She has been a member of Craftster since November of 2007, and is a frequent poster on the Bath & Beauty Boards. She is especially helpful on the Discussions and Questions Board, always willing to share her knowledge gained from years of soapmaking with new members and veterans alike. She is also very active on the Fiber Spinning boards!








A little intro by mullerslanefarm:

It is a great honor to me to be a Featured Member on this forum.  I find myself more on the Fiber Forum but check in here sporadically to see if I can get inspiration or perhaps answer some questions.

A little about me.  My name is Cyndi and I'm in my late 40's, married to my best friend, Paul.  We have 4 children between us, boy, girl, boy, boy.

Only the youngest is still at home. We have always had an interest in American history and the way folks lived their lives in the early days of our country.

We make our home on an 11 acre, old fashion homestead.  We farm with our Belgian draft horses (time & weather permitting), raise 100% of our meat including beef, pork, poultry (chicken, duck, turkey, guinea), Have a Jersey milk cow for milk, butter, cheeses, yogurt, ice cream, et al. Have honeybee hives for honey and beeswax.  Large vegetable, herb & berry gardens, fruit orchard and grape vines.  We produce & can about 80% of our vegetables and fruits.  We heat primarily with an old cast iron wood stove in the winter.  For a while I had a wood cook stove set up, but it doesn't produce the heat to warm the house.  It's back in storage until we can build a primitive kitchen.

We have a website that has a lot of pictorials that we call "Lessons in Homesteading".  It includes things like making butter, making soap, making lotions & salves.  Also putting up the hay with horses, canning, brain tanning, among other things.

Our goal is pass along to others what we know about 'lost arts' to help folks become more self sufficient.

Again, I want to thank MareMare for this honor.  It means so much to me.


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

A: I began making Cold Process soaps in 1999.  It was another out reach of historical portrayal and I had an infant nephew who could not use any type of store bought soap.  I started with a simple 100% Olive Oil soap, and then explored other oils.  I noticed early that the selection of oils used in soap formulas would produce different types of soaps.  I went back to basics and created a lot of one-oil soaps, then started combining 2 oils in different percentages, then adding a 3rd, 4th oil and so on. 

I not only kept a lot of notes, I created my own lye calculator written in Excel that detailed the fatty acid percentages of soap formulas.  This elementary lye calculator became the basis for www.soapcalc.com.  The only request I had for the creator of soapcalc was that the calculator be free of charge.   

I also had some wonderful soap gurus to bounce ideas.  They were always free with their advice and only asked that, in the future to 'Pay it forward.'  Never refuse advice to someone and encourage them to always give advice to new soapers.

Q: What is your B&B philosophy (as far as all-natural, animal products, etc)?

A:  I am a huge fan of Lard for soapmaking.  Not only is it historically correct, using it as part of your soap formula contributes so much for a nice bar of soap.  Most of the Lard and Tallow I use is rendered from our own animals here on the homestead.

I personally prefer using Essential Oils, but do have a Fragrance Oil line in my products.


Q: Besides soap, what other B&B items do you make?

A:  Lotions, bath salts and balms (salves).


Q: How did your first soap making project go for you?

A:  Complete Disaster!!  I was not using a digital scale and did not want to 'waste' ingredients, so I made a small batch (just one pound).  The whole batch was ruined, being very lye heavy.  Ended up wasting it after all.  I recommend that new CP soapers start with a digital scale and make a formula using a minimum of 3 pounds of oil.


Q: You’ve mentioned “Master Batching” before, can you explain what that is and how/why you do it?

A:  Master Batching (which was not my original idea) is a wonderful way to save time when you are soaping and you consistently use the same recipe for your soaps.
Let's say your soap formula is 30% Olive Oil, 30% Lard, 30% Palm Kernel Oil and 10% Shea Butter.  Regardless if you are making a one lb or 30 lb batch of soap, your percentages will always be the same.

For discussion purposes, you make soap batches using 5 lb of oils and you usually make 3 batches at a time.  Instead of having to weigh out 24 oz each of Olive Oil, Lard & Palm Kernel and 8 oz of Shea Butter for each of your 3 batches (a total of weighing oils 12 times), Why not weigh up 72 oz each of  Olive Oil, Lard & Palm Kernel and 24 oz of Shea Butter.  Stir the oils well, then weigh out 80 oz of your combined oils for each of the batches. 

Instead of weighing 12 times, you'll only have to weigh the oils a total of 7 times.  Or, since you have the oils out anyway, weigh up 30# of oil (144 oz each of Olive Oil, Lard & Palm Kernel and 48 oz of Shea Butter).  Use half of that Master Batch to make your 3-5# batches today, and store the rest of the Master Batch until the next time you make soap.


Q: Do you have any other favorite techniques?

A: I'm a milk soaper that is fortunate to have a dairy animal and am able to use fresh, frozen, whole milk.  I place the milk in gallon zipper bags, lay the bags on their sides and freeze on a cookie sheet.  When I am ready to soap, I chunk the frozen milk into approximately 1".  You can also freeze the milk in ice cube trays, pop the frozen cubes out of the trays and store in freezer bags.   


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

A:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=236020.0


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

A: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=231950.0  I just love looking at all those soaps at once!  My other favorite is Addicted To Soap's post with how she took a round soap made in a Pringles can that she didn't like and turned it into something most beautiful!!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=288631.0


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

A: It would have to be any one of the Fiber Friday's that I have posted on.  I really don't have a 'favorite' yarn that I've spun.  It is always the latest yarn because each are so different!

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

A: Again, it would have to be any one of the Fiber Friday's threads.  The talent on the Fiber Forums is out of this world!  Each Friday I am inspired more and more.



Ok, so that is our first Featured Member! Please pm me if you are interested in being featured, or have a recommendation about someone you would like to see featured. Also let me know if you think of any questions I should add into the interview portion!
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404  Re: VDAY Cookie Swap Gallery of Sweets in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: February 04, 2009 01:10:48 AM
Here is what I received from Songs4Drowning!

There were more cookies to start with! I already ate some. I got white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, and bf got peanut butter. He said they were really good, but he's not sharing! Also there were some cookies for him with a chocolate icing drizzle!



Ridiculously cute heart spatula and measuring cups!



A red basket, so useful!



And some hand painted frames! One of them was broken (just the wood at the corners, easy to fix) and then I went and dropped the glass on the kitchen floor! D'oh! That's ok, who needs glass?? They are super cute!



Thanks Songs4Drowning!
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405  B&B Challenge 1~Unusual Ingredient~Congrats to Nymeria! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: January 26, 2009 11:52:28 PM
You voted, and the theme for this year's first challenge is~Unusual Ingredient!

Create a new product--soap, make-up, lotion, bath salts, sugar scrub, whatever you want, and do it with a twist! Your "unusual ingredient" needs to be....um, unusual! It doesn't have to be crazy unusual, but not something used everyday. It could potentially be an obscure item from a soap supplier, such as MSM powder or a really rare type of butter, or it could just be something you think would work well to add! You should have some reason for adding the item, just don't go throwing stuff around! Maybe something kinda odd that you think would make a great color in your soap, or something from your kitchen pantry that you think might impart ____ characteristic.

This challenge will last for 3 weeks, and close at 10 pm Pacific time on Feb 18. You may post your challenge entry as soon as the challenge folder goes up (we don't have one as of yet). I will link to it here when we get it! To enter, start a new topic in this folder.

The rules:

1. Post your entry, including pictures and an explanation of why you used the unusual ingredient you chose, and if it worked out the way you wanted!

2. Post before Feb 18, 10 pm Pacific time

3. There are no restrictions on who may enter, but each person may only enter once.

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

The Prize:

20 New Divided Containers~ I love these!



Example of what I have used these for in the past: a "lip kit" with a lip scrub, lip plumper, ultra balm, and 2 shades of gloss.



There will be a second prize if at least 10 people (legitamately) enter! More details to come  Grin
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406  Re: Make a Purse With This Stuff Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: January 24, 2009 11:48:40 AM
Here's what I sent ColoradoDeb! Such awesome fabrics to work with!

Modified "Pleatness" bag, made it taller so it wasn't so boxy, I think it shows off the fabrics nicely.



Inside:


Make-up bag
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407  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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408  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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409  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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410  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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