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441  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 13 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: April 16, 2008 09:50:53 AM
Here is a pic of all my goodies! What an awesome round of this swap, I am so pleased, I got all this useful, gorgeous stuff!

Clockwise from top left:

tissue cozies from beadbakery
hand sanitizer w/ cozy from crappiefisher
tea wallet from athenamat
pinup girl notecards from mlsocci74
turk's knot coasters from Cabin Fever

Thanks everybody!!

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442  Re: Goonies Never Say Die Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: April 14, 2008 09:26:04 PM
K, here's some teasers for craft_princess!

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443  Kitschy Hawaiian Soap-tacular Seascape in CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES by MareMare on: April 03, 2008 10:36:48 AM

I knew going into this challenge that I wanted to make soap, its my main craft. I just had to figure out the execution. Since dollar stores now sell all kinds of food, I figured I could find some oil. After wandering around I found a kitschy theme too (after all, you cant do a dollar store challenge without some kitsch, right? If only I could have incorporated the tiki torch, but I was at the $10 limit!).


6-pk of Blue Squeezy Juice
(2) Bottles of Vegetable Oil
Cinnamon Sugar
Kosher Salt
Gladware type containers
Hawaiian style plastic platter
Blue soap dish
Umbrella drink sticks
Plastic Craft sticks

From my stash:
Blue pigment (youll see why)
Glue gun/glue

The "idea"~
The juice acts as both colorant and fragrance, acting as the water portion of my soap recipe. The sugar in the juice makes a harder bar, and the Kosher salt adds lots of creamy lather. I usually use sea salt in my salt bars, but hey, gotta go with what you can get at the dollar store, right? Same with the oil, it is a soybean/sunflower blend, and I dont use soybean oil usually to soap but ya gotta make some sacrifices!   Grin  The wanna-be gladware containers are the soap molds. The salt is actually going to be important to this recipe since Im not using coconut or palm or another oil that is traditionally used for getting a nice hard  bar.


32 ounces Soybean/Sunflower Oil
12 ounces Squeezy Juice
4 ounces lye
2/3 cup Kosher Salt, added at trace

Measured Juice, Lye, and Oil in their respective containers.

Added lye to juice...oops, it turned orange! Miscalculation,  I guess it's not going to work as blue colorant now! Blue pigment from my stash to the rescue. Will add that after trace.

Added lye and juice mixture to oil and began to blend.

Molded and topped with cinnamon/sugar "sand" once it had set up a little

Now for decorations!  The craft sticks, with some hot glue, got turned into a little Adirondack chair. Everything arranged with Hawaiian kitchiness and little umbrellas. Now if only I could craft a mini Corona

*Noteits usually not considered wise to use a bottle of blended oils to make soap since you dont know the exact proportion to figure out the correct amount of lye to use (each oil has a different sapoification value, the amount of lye it takes to turn it into soap). This can be dangerous in case your soap is lye heavy. However, I did different calculations on what the proportions of oil were, including an all soybean or all sunflower soap just to compare. The range of values, at 7% lye discount were 4.0 ounces to 4.06 ounces. Really not a significant amount at all for this particular batch! In a really large batch it might make more of a difference.
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444  Re: Gallery of Bath/Spa Swap Goodies!! in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: April 02, 2008 08:29:59 PM
I have to apologize to my partner Kayrun, I thought I had already posted pics! I'm so sorry! She sent me some truly amazing stuff!

Really pretty washcloths and some cool pattern cards (for cotton yarn, I <3 cotton yarn!)

Yummy floral tealights, a soap sack, headbands (I adore headbands!), and a beautiful calorimetry that my mom is already trying to steal from me!

Coffee AND tea and pretty magnets!

And my fave~a really clever knit eye mask! It is super amazing, I can't imagine what tiny needles this was knit on!

Thanks Kayrun! This was a great swap!   Grin
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445  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 13 (signups CLOSED)(sendouts by April 5) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by MareMare on: April 02, 2008 08:24:46 PM
I've got my wallets done! Everybody got their first pick!

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446  Re: Shop the Swap 12 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: March 26, 2008 06:08:36 PM
Man I kinda hate looking through this gallery and seeing all the cool stuff I missed out on!

Here are the soaps atsuko claimed for her sister, she wanted me to wrap them pretty. I used ribbon and mulberry paper and scrapbooking paper. Also included a lip balm for her and for pinkandinky for participating in my sale!  Wink

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447  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 31 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: March 24, 2008 10:17:17 PM
I got a very cool learn to knit kit from kitty1256! She started a fabulous basketweave scarf for me in my fave color! And sent along the coolest extras!  I swear she stalked me about stuff that there is no way she could have found out from craftster...like she was in my head! Warning: it's spooky!

Scarf, I adore the pattern, hopefully I will be able to finish it!

Grow-a-pirate! Ok, maybe somewhere I have mentioned that my nephews LOVE pirates! We're gonna grow this guy on saturday, the boys will be so excited!

Candy flavored lip glosses (I love tootsie pops), creme savers hard candies (seriously, the only hard candy I like, and never tried these flavors, but are delish, yum strawberry cheesecake!), and passionfruit body butter.(Seriously, I have never said that passionfruit is my fave smell/flavor...have I?)

AND most awesomely, these completely adorable lip balm and lip gloss shaped and flavored like Vanilla Pepsi. Not only are they super cute, but my new boyfriend's fave drink is vanilla pepsi (well, vanilla coke, but that's pretty darn close!) Hehehe!

Thanks kitty1256! You're a super awesomes stalker/maybe psychic!   Grin
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448  Re: Gallery of Bath/Spa Swap Goodies!! in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: March 24, 2008 10:06:23 PM
Ta-Da! And here they are! One of the lemon poppyseed soaps is already missing from the pics because it already got used in the shower! mcook sent me awesome soaps, they are nice and hard and yummy smelling! And everything is wrapped super cute, I love it!!

Everything together:

Soaps, minus one, and lotion bar

Knit dishcloths, perfect size to wash my face!

Green crochetedheadband! I love the color, my hair is wet right now but will try it on later!

Really cute tart melter and lemon tarts...in cameo shapes! Seriously, nobody knows that I LOVE cameos...freaky!

Thanks, I love everything so much!   Grin
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449  Aran Isles dishcloth....wall hanging? in Crochet: Completed Projects by MareMare on: March 24, 2008 09:33:58 PM
My friend Sheryle at work is always way way impressed with anything I crochet (not that it's amazing, she just doesn't crochet and thinks it's neat). Anyhow I decided to make her a dishcloth 'cause it's nice when someone actually appreciates when you make something! I basically used the pattern for the aran isles muffler from Donna Kooler's Encylclopedia of Crochet. I just did 2 repeats and then bordered it in two rows of single crochet. Sheryle is so cute, she said she can't wash dishes with it, she's going to frame it and hang it on her wall lol! I told her to just use it, and since it's white cotton she could bleach it but she refused!

I'm also making this as an actual scarf for my mom in red, it is about a foot and a half long but I haven't worked on it in a while!

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450  List of Tutorials on Craftster in Bath & Beauty (Includes project thumbnails!) in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by MareMare on: March 16, 2008 10:16:35 PM
Here is what should be a completely thorough list of the tutorials that are available in the Bath & Beauty boards.  Some tutorials may have been excluded for lack of clarity and no tutorials listed solely on other sites were included.

If you find another tutorial that you feel should be included here, please reply! If you notice that a link is incorrect or a description is not correct, please let us know here, too. We want this to be as easy to use as possible.


Melt and Pour Soap
A Craftster Quickies Video Tutorial
Melt and Pour Soap in a Jello MoldPlastic Egg Molded Melt and Pour Soap
Gem Shaped Melt and Pour Soap
(No in progress pictures.)
Donut Shaped Melt and Pour Soap (with "icing")3-layer "Apple Tart" Melt and Pour Soap
(No in progress pictures.)
Melt and Pour Soap with Foam EmbedMelt and Pour Soap with Bracelet EmbedMelt and Pour Soap with Loofah Embed
Goldfish in a Bag SoapMelt and Pour Soap with Soap Swirl Embed"Water and Sand" Beach Soap
(This thread is in the Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries.)
Melt & Pour "Cupcake Icing" Soap
(No in progress pictures.)
Shampoo Bar
(No in progress pictures.)
Cold Process Soap
(No in progress pictures.)
Cold Process Crayon Soap
(No in progress pictures.)
Cold Process Oven Process SoapHot Process Soap
Egg SoapLiquid SoapColored Soap Flakes
(No in progress pictures.)
Adding a Honeycomb Texture to SoapSwirling SoapRendering Tallow for Soapmaking
(No in progress pictures.)
Liquid Laundry SoapPowdered Laundry Detergent
(No in progress pictures.)

Other Bath Products

Sugar Scrubs and Bath Salts
A Craftster Quickies Video Tutorial
Infused Bath Salts
(No in progress pictures.)
Lavender Brown Sugar Scrub
(No in progress pictures.)
Salt Body Scrub
(No in progress pictures.)
"Neapolitan Ice Cream" Salt Scrub
(No in progress pictures.)
Sugar Scrub Cubes
(No in progress pictures.)
Rose Bud Bath Melts
(No in progress pictures.)
Fizzing Bath Melts
(No in progress pictures.)
DIY Bath Bombs
No-Fail Bath BombsCupcake Bath Bombs
(No in progress pictures.)
Solid Cookie Shaped Bath Salt
(No in progress pictures.)
Cookie Shaped Bath Melt
(No in progress pictures.)
Whipped Lotion
(No in progress pictures.)
Chocolate Lavender Lotion
(No in progress pictures.)
Firm Body Butter
(No in progress pictures.)
Creamy Body Butter
(No in progress pictures.)
Beeswax Body Butter
Facial Cleanser
(No in progress pictures.)
Homemade Deodorant
Homemade Vapor Rub
(No in progress pictures.)
Petroleum Jelly Based Lip Gloss
(No in progress pictures.)
Petroleum Jelly Based Lip Balm
(No in progress pictures.)
Tinned Lip Butter
(No in progress pictures.)
Basic Beeswax Lip Balm
(No in progress pictures.)
Beeswax Lip Balm #1
Beeswax Lip Balm #2Sugar Lip Scrub
(No in progress pictures.)
Adding scent to an existing powdered product

Makeup, Henna, Hair, & Nails

Foundation ApplicationMineral Bronzer
(No in progress pictures.)
Eyeliner Application
Eyeshadow PrimerMineral Eyeshadow #1
(No in progress pictures.)
Mineral Eyeshadow #2
(No in progress pictures.)
10 Minute Monochromatic EyesTwo-tone Eyeshadow ApplicationRainbow Eye Make-up Application
Rainbow Eye Make-up Application #2Bright Rainbow Eye Make-up ApplicationFlamingo Inspired Makeup Application
Creating very red lips
Preparing Henna #1
(No in progress pictures.)
Preparing Henna #2
Mixing and Applying HennaHow to Extend the Life of your Henna Designs
(No in progress pictures.)
Sparkley Temporary Tattoo
Dyeing Your Hair With HennaHair CurlsHair Roller from a Sock
(Includes info on curling hair)
Fake Bettie Page BangsFull Wig
(No in progress pictures.)
Feather Hair Extensions
Yarn Falls
(No in progress pictures.)
Felt Hair Falls
(No in progress pictures.)
Synthetic Hair Falls
Foam Hair FallsWashi tape nailsZebra stamp nails
Sunset nailsPolka Dots Nails
Small Polka Dot Tips
Rainbow Striped NailsScalloped Nail Design"Corset" Nail Design
Blood splattered nailsMakeup PaletteMakeup Display from a Box

Miscellaneous Items

Herbal Tinctures
(No in progress pictures.)
Pandan Leaves Potpourri
(No in progress pictures.)
Rock Shaped Potpourri
(No in progress pictures.)
Wax Melts from Candle ScrapsFelted Soap
(No in progress pictures.)
Rice-filled Heating Pad
Cloth Pads with Inserts #1Cloth Pads with Inserts #2Foldable Cloth Pads with Inserts
Cloth PadsLarger Overnight Cloth PadSerged Wingless Cloth Pad
Upcycled Wingless Cloth Pads
Sleeping Mask
Pattern Only
Tulle Bath PoufShower Cap from Ziploc Bag
(No in progress pictures.)
Massage ClothDecoupaged Mirror Compact
(No in progress pictures.)
Tampon Holder from a Lip Balm Container
(No in progress pictures.)
Sewn Cozy for Lip BalmLip Balm LabelsSoap Cigar Band
Wooden Soap MoldNail Polish Rack

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