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1891  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Greenthumbs Swap Rnd 2 CLOSED (MAIL BY 5/8/06) on: March 30, 2006 07:33:53 PM
I found another fun book at my local public library!  The beaded garden : creating flowers with beads and thread by Diane Fitzgerald.  And, wow, it can get pretty intricate.  The finished product looks really neat, though!  She has a few garden critters in the back, too.  There are beetles, caterpillars, millipedes, and butterflies.
1892  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Greenthumbs Swap on: March 30, 2006 07:28:30 PM
Yep, I made the soap myself.  I learned how to do it from two excellent books: Beautiful Handmade Natural Soaps: Practical Ways to Make Hand-Milled Soap and Bath Essentials (Included -- Charming Ways to Wrap, Label, & Present Your Creations as Gifts)
by Marie Browning
AND
The Complete Soapmaker: Tips, Techniques & Recipes For Luxurious Handmade Soaps
by Norma Coney

How this bar was made was called hand-milling.  So the soap isn't actually made from scratch with lye and all that.  It's just a jazzed up bar of plain soap.
You take a bar of unscented glycerin soap (mine was bought at the Co-op, so it was hypo-allergenic and not animal-tested) and grate it into a pot.  Then you double boil it.  So you have the pot with the boiling water on the bottom, the pot with the melting soap on top.  Once it's all melty, you add your ingredients.  The recipe that I used called for about 2 cups of cornmeal, but I eyeballed it since I melted four bars together at once.  The orange peel I picked up from the Co-op, so you could easily just buy an orange, eat it, and dry the peel yourself.  Anywho, once it's all stirred together, you put it into your mold.  There are a lot of plastic and silicone molds out which make it easy to just push in one end and the soap just pops out, but the mold I used for this I happened to find one day at Houseworks (a thrift housewares place).  It's a copper rectangle with a bird imprint.  I'm not sure what it was actually used for.  It may have just been decoration.  But anyway, you want to Pam that baby so the soap won't get stuck inside!  Once it's poured in, stick it in the freezer until it's hardened.  I think mine was fifteen minutes maybe.  I had to coax mine out a put with a butter knife, but then it slid right out and I placed it back into the freezer overnight so I could reuse the mold and it could fully harden.
I think this site also has some recipes in it:  http://www.craftbits.com/home.do

There are some excellent recipes in those books, though.  I found mine at my local public library.  You can get crazy with clear soap like hiding little toys or putting images in it.  There are all sorts of natural ingredients that are useful for particular things, even if you just want a nice-smelling bar of soap.
1893  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: The 2006 Wishlist March on: March 30, 2006 01:08:25 PM
Thank you all for such a lovely month of swapping!  And congratulations!  This month we had 59 swappers!  I'm going to close this one now and work on starting up the new one, I'll post a link when I'm ready!  Hope to see you next month!
1894  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Greenthumbs Swap on: March 30, 2006 12:53:38 PM
snacker received from me!  Here's what I sent:

     
recipe cards featuring peppers   plant markers for the seeds I sent   a pepper-shaped caliente charm   gardening gloves
       
pepper fabric                            a kitschy pot                      a clay pot                 a sculpeyed sunflower magnet   
   
seeds                  a real dried gerbera daisy in a deep frame    an invisible necklace with green beads and glass  pepper
     
cacti n succulent potting mix   a woven plastic farmer's market bag   homemade abrasive soap that has cornmeal and dried orange peel in it 

Not Pictured:  sheet protected printout with notes on peppers and how to raise cacti

I think I may have gone a little overboard on this swap, but to be fair, snacker sent me a lot of great stuff, too.  Most of these are just cute little things.
1895  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Doggie Lovers Swap Gallery on: March 29, 2006 02:18:41 PM
Awww... so cute!
1896  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: DIY Kit Round III Gallery on: March 29, 2006 08:44:56 AM
interesting.... thank you!
1897  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Greenthumbs Swap Rnd 2 CLOSED (MAIL BY 5/8/06) on: March 29, 2006 08:43:24 AM
Thank you!  I know some plants you can grow indoors or on a sun porch, but if it's something intended for outside, then it would be best to know the zones, you know?
1898  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The 2006 Wishlist March Gallery on: March 29, 2006 08:40:28 AM
batgirl- Could you explain the wists a little bit?  They look like the wishlist from amazon... but you can put anything from any website on it?
1899  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing Stuff I Can Make Round 2-- SWAP CLOSED on: March 29, 2006 08:37:08 AM
I would offer, if I weren't already behind on a a one skein wonder w/long sleeves.  Plus I have baby booties for a baby shower yet to make!
1900  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Greenthumbs Swap on: March 28, 2006 11:07:59 AM
Here it is, Rnd 2!  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=87174.new#new
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