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341  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap Gallery on: July 12, 2009 06:34:25 PM
Link to original thread~ https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=309698.0


1. MareMare x1
2. fantasticmio x3
3. craftADDchick x2 (or x3 if needed, thanks!) 2
4. love2teach x3
5. Slingmomma x1
6. crazee_b x 1 (Welcome first time swapper!)
7. tracethekat x2 or3 (Thanks for being flexible!) 3
8. raesmom x3
9. canto_xii x1 (Welcome first time swapper!)

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tracethekat --> MareMare

tracethekat --> fantasticmio
fantasticmio --> tracethekat

tracethekat   --> love2teach
love2teach --> tracethekat

fantasticmio --> Slingmomma
Slingmomma --> fantasticmio

fantasticmio --> raesmom
raesmom --> fantasticmio

craftADDchick --> canto_xi
canto_xi --> craftADDchick

craftADDchick --> love2teach
love2teach --> craftAddchick

love2teach --> raesmom
raesmom --> love2teach

raesmom --> crazee_b
crazee_b --> raesmom

342  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Featured Projects--Quarter 2, 2009 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

343  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / B&B Challenge 3 ~ Intensely Colorful! 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!
344  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Bath and Beauty Featured Member~ Nymeria! 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!
345  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Pre-cut fabric swap....Charm pack round 2, Layer cake, etc? on: July 01, 2009 11:39:07 AM
We are just finishing round 1 of the Make a Charm Pack Swap, here is the gallery~ https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=309687.0  Discussion/ideas for round 2 or other pre-cut fabric type sets?  In round 1 we did groups of 4 people, each sending out 40 charm squares (5x5 inch pieces of fabric) in a certain theme to each person in their group.
346  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap (Signups Closed, Sendouts Aug 3) on: June 18, 2009 10:26:10 AM
Name of Swap: Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: MareMare
Sign-up date range: June 18, 2009 July 2, 2009
Date to send item by: August 3, 2009

Gallery~ https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=312874.0

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Age requirement: 13, per Craftster rules

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES/NO
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:

For this swap, you will crochet a variety of motifs for 1, 2, or 3 partners. First time swappers are limited to 1 partner. For each partner, you will need to make a minimum of 6 different motifs that total at least 25 inches.

This swap is scavenger hunt style, meaning you get to pick your motifs from the variety of options listed below:

1. A flower motif
2. An animal or animal themed motif
3. Motif uses Front Post Double Crochet
4. Motif uses Bobble Stitches
5. A Lacy Motif
6. A tiny motif (less than 3 inches)
7. Motif is worked in the round
8. Motif is worked diagonally
9. Motif uses hairpin lace or broomstick lace
10. Motif is made up of smaller motifs (think grannys daughters, yo-yos, etc)
11. Motif is asymmetrical
12. A heritage motif.
13. Motif is made of at least 3 various shades or tones of one color
14. Motif is made with complimentary colors (opposite from each other on the color wheel)
15. Senders Choice

*Explanation/idea of heritage motif:
An "ethnic" motif. For example, I'm of Irish (25%), Scottish (25%), Lithuanian (25%), and Heinz 57 (25%... but probably a mix of English, Irish, Scottish and who knows what else... Gramps was from Maine from way back) descent. So, a shamrock, or a "plaid" motif, or a flag motif... or a ketchup bottle Wink

Note: If you are using motifs that are not symmetrical (such as a rectangle), you should use the smallest measurement to calculate your total inches.

Other rules: You should use worsted weight acrylic, unless your partner(s) indicates otherwise. All tails need to be woven in, unless your partner indicates otherwise. Communication is very important to me, please be sure to send pms to both myself and your partner when you send and receive. Please somehow label all your motifs with the pattern name and source so your partner and other swap members viewing the gallery will know where it came from, because we will want to duplicate them!   Grin

Link to Discussion Thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=309372.0
Link to Round 1 Thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=293026.0
Link to Round 1 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=297226.0

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:


Name of swap: Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap
Craftster username:

Email address:

Your real name:

Mailing address including the country, formatted for shipping:

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?

Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no)

How many partners would you like? (1, 2, or 3):

Please list your color scheme, if you have one:

List colors you absolutely do not want to receive:

Do you want to recieve variegates yarns or solids only?

If you are interested in motifs made with other types of yarn(novelty yarns, etc.), please list:

Do you have any allergies that would prevent you from being partnered with someone:

Please list potential allergens in your home or work area:


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Crochet motifs on the Lion Brand website- you need to register, but its free, and worth it!
Books (check your local library, too!):
Beyond the Square Motifs by Edie Eckman
201 Crochet Motifs, Blocks, Projects and Ideas by Melody Griffiths
The Harmony Guides: Crochet Stitch Motifs: 250 Stitches to Crochet by Erika Knight
Crochet Bouquet: Easy Designs for Dozens of Flowers by Suzann Thompson

(motif by fantasticmio in round 1)

Gallery~ https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=312874.0
347  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Make a Charm Pack Swap ~Gallery~ on: June 18, 2009 08:51:07 AM
Gallery!  Original Thread found here~ https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=306344.0

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GatsbyGirl--west elm contemporary

348  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Smitten Vanilla, Green Apple, and Grapefruit Tea Rose (don't look Sevsonlgirl!) on: May 28, 2009 03:32:08 AM
Here are the non-disaster soaps from the other day's soaping (mis)adventures.

Smitten Vanilla (named for my girl smittenheart, natch) made with goat's milk, vanilla blossom fo, and vanilla bean flecks. The inside color is from the goat's milk, and the outer color is from the vanilla (oops, that's hard to see but it's super dark brown on the outside). I'll post new pics when the inside finishes discoloring!

Green Apple, I love this fragrance! Colored with neon green pigment.

Pink Grapefruit and Tea Rose~Overcolored with neon yellow, and since I don't have a good pink I combined neon red and neon violet to attempt a pink/red. It's a wee bit too bright  Wink This combo is awesome, if you've never tried floral with a citrus, go for it!

349  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Two Swirling Tutes, many photos on: May 28, 2009 03:09:02 AM
I said I would post a couple tutes on swirling...I am so not the best swirler, and my fun swirl ended up not happening, but here is the cheesecake method and swirling in the pot. If some awesome swirler wants to post some tutes I would totally love it!

Cheesecake Method--Slab Mold

Get your colorants ready beforehand, you never know how fast you may have to work! I prepared some neon green pigment by mixing it with a couple tablespoons of my base oils (removed after measuring the oils out). Check if your colorant is water or oil soluble and then get it ready. I prepare a little more than I think I will need, so I can adjust the color after mixing into the raw soap base.

When your soap comes to a light trace and you've added your fragrance,

remove whatever amount you are going to swirl (about 1/3 of the total for this one). I like to put it in a spouted 2 cup measure so I can pour it back in easily. Color it with the prepared colorant and mix. Reserve a little pre-mixed color so it isn't too dark. Adjust as necessary.

If you are coloring your base color, do it now with the larger portion in the pot, (I didn't for this particular one) and then pour it into your lined slab mold.

With the spouted container, pour horizontal lines a couple inches apart across the mold. Hold the container around 6 inches above the mold to help it slip towards the bottom. If you are still at a light to medium trace it should mostly go to the bottom. This is good. Use about half of your colored soap doing this, and then take a spoon and working just above the soap in the mold, lightly spoon the soap over the lines you already did. This helps your swirl go throughout the thickness of the soap, rather than just sitting on the top or all sinking to the bottom. You may have to wait a few minutes for it to get a little thicker if it is still so thin it is sinking, but by this point it should be good to go.

With a plastic knife (or the handle of a plastic spoon) draw lines through the soap, first going top to bottom, then next going bottom to top, about 1 1/2 inches apart. Be sure to scrape all the way to the bottom.


And after cutting~ with this method you get some pieces that may look like leaves or hearts!

In The Pot Method--Log Mold

This is pretty much the easiest method ever. You don't get the beautiful swirls you do with slab molds, but if you are using log molds this is quick and easy and gives some fun color.

Prepare your colorant ahead of time (see above)

Bring your soap to a light trace and add your fragrance.** Remove the amount that you want to color, in multiple containers if you are doing multiple colors. Color the parts you removed, as well as what is in the pot if you want to color the base soap.

Pouring in a thin stream 6-10 inches or more above the pot, pour the colored soap back in. Zig-zag back and forth and around and around.

You can give the pot 1 stir with your spoon, or none at all, the rest of the swirling will take place when you pour it into the mold

Pour it into the mold, and watch the swirl take place before your eyes!

Forgot to take a pic of the mold, but here is the finished product!

** For fragrance oils that discolor badly (dragon's blood or very strong vanillas) you can do a type of reverse swirl using this method. Before you fragrance, remove a small amount (1/4 to 1/3 of the entire batch). Then add your fragrance oil to the pot (which will now act as colorant also, use the normal amount you would use for the whole batch). Swirl back in the part you removed, it will be a "white" (cream, pale yellow, whatever your unscented soap would be) swirl within the darker soap that ends up discoloring.
350  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / I shall dub thee~Muppet Poop! (a pictoral story) on: May 28, 2009 02:46:29 AM

This is some naughty soap! Actually it was the fragrance oil that was naughty, it seized and I got some soap on a stick.

Very unhappy that the supplier didn't give a warning about it. And yes, I know all the tricks to using difficult fo's, but I would prefer a heads up so that I don't waste good base oils. I stuck it on the stove and cooked it until it had gelled down and melted back together from the dry chunkiness that it was.

I had planned to do a beautiful complicated swirl. Hahaha! Instead I had hideously textured soap. I decided to color it anyways. Rose clay for the base, and chromium green oxide and neon purple pigment for the "swirls"

No pic of the purple on its own, too busy trying to work with the stupid stuff I guess! I attempted to "swirl" in the mold. Hard to do when the stuff is thicker than oatmeal! This is when I picked the name out.

After I smushed it down

I went ahead and cut it into bars, this definitely might get rebatched though!

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