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21  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / 1 more angel FOUND: Disease Swap Rd 4 on: November 17, 2009 01:03:32 AM
GamerGirl is angeling for lindsayrose. Thank you!

Swap Name: I Have a Disease Round 4

Original Thread link:

Gallery thread link:

# of Flakersangels needed: 1

lindsayrose' partner sent out a package and the post office returned it to her, absolutely crushed. Her partner can't re-send, so we need an angel for lindsayrose! She lives in the United States, Vermont.

The requirements are a minimum of 4 points, and communication with her is a MUST!

In her sign-up, she said that what she would really love is a kit to learn something new.

Please pm me if you would like to angel for her!
22  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / 1 Angel FOUND : Disease Swap on: November 15, 2009 01:21:50 PM
ANGEL FOUND! Nobodyhasthisoneyet is angeling! Thank you!

Swap Name: I Have a Disease Round 4

Original Thread link:

Gallery thread link:

# of Flakers: 1

I need an angel for snazzyjazzy for the I Have a Disease swap! She is in New Zealand.

The requirements are a minimum of 4 points, and communication with snazzyjazzy is a MUST!

From her swap sign-up:

What are some ideas for a "survival kit" that you can suggest? Something I can talk to, something I can take my anger out on, something to make me smile?

Is there anything you'd really like? I love the Crow, and Paul from Kingdom Hospital. Um, Charlie the Unicorn always makes me laugh too. So anything to do with those, I'd love!

Please pm me if you would like to angel for her!
23  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Sugar Scrub Crumblies on: November 11, 2009 01:47:01 PM
The other night I sat down and made some of the Solid Sugar Scrub Cubes from the Soap Queen's blog: http://soap-queen.blogspot.com/2009/07/solid-bath-sugar-cubes-tutorial.html

I used a shea butter suspension MP soap base, grapeseed oil for most of the batches and olive oil when I ran out of the grapeseed, regular white sugar, cucumber melon FO and some generic "soap colorants" that I picked up from Michaels when I was getting the MP base. I think the shea butter MP is thicker than regular because I wasn't able to pour or spoon the mixture into the molds I used (tupperware) and the set scrub came out really crumbly. I don't mind, though, I love this stuff! Even though I chose a "girly" scent that I like, the boyfriend uses them too....in fact I keep catching him using chunks to wash his hands because he likes the way they make them feel. rofl!

I took a lot of pictures, because while it's dark and dreary outside, my boyfriend's dad has a sweet white light lamp that I thought made the jar of scrub look cool.

Jars set out all in a row in my kitchen cabinet. We gave away quite a few jars to close friends but we still have a TON! This is only half of what we have left, lol. I went a little overboard. Good thing we like to use it! The jars that are made of just crumbles and no chunks are for the boyfriend's handwashing needs.  Roll Eyes

I thought this was interesting. I used the exact same amount of colorant in every batch, but the batches with olive oil turned the seafoam green to a more sage-like color and turned the peach into an orange. When I saw the color change, I decided not to do a purple batch with olive oil, because I was worried the color would be less than flattering. Hee hee.

24  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Fragrance Oil rate of usage question on: October 22, 2009 02:14:12 PM
I haven't started CP yet, but I'm already losing sleep over it. Cheesy Is that normal?

I'm keeping a notebook of recipes and types of soap I want to try for when I get together everything and start soaping, but I came across a conundrum today! I saw on a couple of places that a good generic salt bar recipe is 80% coconut oil, 20% liquid oils with a 20% superfat to help keep the bar from being drying and then half the weight of the oils in salt, added at trace after the other additives, yes? So I'm writing down the recipe in the amount I want to try so that it's there and ready to be played with when I have supplies.

Here's the recipe I have so far, for a batch that uses 50 oz of oils

40oz coconut oil
10oz castor oil (I'm thinking of playing with ratios of jojoba and avocado here, but the first batch I want to keep it simple.)
16.5 oz liquid
6.72 oz lye (I used the Brambleberry lye calculator. It only goes up to 10% superfat, so I figured out the rate of stagger between percentages and then did the math to take it to 20%)

25 oz coarse sea salt at trace
White Tea and Ginger F.O. from Wholesale Supplies Plus

Okay, sorry I'm so long winded! But my question is this: Where I saw the simple recipe (with percentages) for the salt bar, they didn't mention anything about fragrance oil. On the information page for the F.O. I want to use, it says the max. use level for bar soap is 34.5%

34 percent of 50 ounces is 17.5. But putting 17+ ounces of F.O. in a batch of soap seems to be exceptionally unwise. 35% of what exactly, then? I'm so confuuuused!
25  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Cold Process Soap question on: October 11, 2009 09:02:26 AM
I'm currently collecting the supplies to dip into cold process soap making. I plan on starting simple with unscented, uncolored bars, but I've already got quite a few ideas for later tries. Among these is a soda pop scented soap, but how would I achieve an authentic scent? Has anyone else scented soaps successfully with a cola scent? I went looking for fragrance oil, but the Dr. Pepper I found said it wasn't soap safe and the Mt. Dew one I found didn't have that listed. For the Mt. Dew, I suppose I could order some and go through it, trial and error style...
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Get off my lawn! on: August 30, 2009 07:28:10 AM
I made this to be a companion for first cross-stitch, the NSFW one. ;-) https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=312198.msg3587824#msg3587824

In that thread, I got a lot of great ideas from other Craftsters about including a shotgun and rocking chairs and Gran Torino love. So I googled what gun Clint Eastwood used in the movie and used knitpro to graph it and the shilhouette of a rocking chair, graphed it all up with my wording and then bumped Gran Torino to the top of my Netflix queue. I had it mostly done by the time we got to watch the movie, and as it ended, I was hanging this bad boy up. Smiley It's just above our lamp, by the windows that look over the front of the apartment complex, and not a lot of people really notice it. Tongue But that's okay with me.

I wish I'd thought to get a picture of the back of the piece, because it was much cleaner than my first one! I thought about putting an argyle border around it, but it wouldn't have fit in the frame, and I thought that Walt would agree that the simplicity is nice. Cheesy
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / I Have a Disease 4 Gallery on: August 25, 2009 06:21:42 AM
Original Thread

We have a sender, so that means gallery time!

Late, with communication
Contact the organizer, please!
Feedback Given

snazzyjazzy <--> missprissypirate Nobodyhasthisoneyet (angel)
Faren --> TwistedTruth  --> rockmygypsysoul
Craft The World <--> quaisior
pseudo_pix <--> Annchen
bronzfrog <--> eemmjj
Burgz <--> thatkid
la_fille_muette <--> lindsayrose
babalina58 <--> hotgluegert
Ladycakes <--> GatorWrangler
Songs4Drowning <--> Lo{ve}
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Operation Beautiful - edited More pics! on: July 21, 2009 03:31:10 PM
Not too long ago, I stumbled upon http://www.operationbeautiful.com and found it to be really inspiring. I got the idea after several days of watching the blog to combine the idea of inspiring post it notes with craft. Leaving stitched words of encouragement seemed like the ultimate use for my new-found love of the almighty needlecraft.

I've gotten so many great suggestions from other Craftsters for how to make the fabric sticky on the back without leaving behind too much residue and ruining things, but I haven't made a run to the craft store yet and I finished my first little "note" tonight and I really want to place it.

After I'd stitched it, taken pictures and was contemplating just how I should beg the boyfriend to take me to get the sticking agents, I noticed I had some eyelets and I got the idea of making it into a keychain and leaving it somewhere the ring could be hung. I'm really happy with how it turned out, and I still plan on making Aida post it notes with the sticking agents, but I think a good mix is awesome!

So we won't be placing it until tonight when the manflesh gets off work, but there will be pictures updated afterwards so you guys can be in on the sneaky sneakiness and see where I put it! For now, I'll shut up and get to the pics.

After stitching:

With eyelet and ring:

And in the spirit of operation beauty submissions, the mirror picture that you see so often on the site. I think this will be my new myspace/facebook pic. I need to be reminded sometimes that I am, in fact, beautiful.

It's hard to take a picture like this in the mirror and get the angle right to not block your face, what you're holding, and keep the light right so the camera doesn't flash!

I used 6 strands of floss on 14pt aida. I wanted the words to be thick and really pop. The dots (for the "i" and the period) are beaded with a 60g opalescent glass bead. The url of the site (http://www.operationbeautiful.com in case you've forgotten!) is written on the back with black permanent marker.


I made another and we went to our local Wal-Mart to drop both. I wish I was all seeing so that I could see if someone found them! The first we hid just under a mirror in the cosmetics section and the second we hid on the hangar of a pair of plus size jeans. A couple of years ago it was the devil trying to find a pair of jeans that fit me and going to buy them depressed me so much so I hope it cheers someone up and makes their day!

29  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / I Have a Disease Round 4 (sign up closed send out 10/12/09) on: July 12, 2009 05:14:03 PM
Gallery can be found HERE

Swap name: I Have A Disease Swap, Round 4
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Songs4Drowning
Sign-up date range: 07/12/09 to 08/02/09
Date to send item by: 10/12/09

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Nope

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages

Swap Organizer 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
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed at least one swap successfully before signing up for more: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

Details of swap:
From past swaps: "*So we are a sickly crew, and when illnesses and diseases flare up, it is not fun. Heck, the day to day of it isn't fun. So let's bond together to make the best of the situation."

Because day to day dealing with these sorts of diseases are hectic enough, this swap has a small point minimum of 4 points and a longer crafting time. Early senders and extras won't be persecuted, of course, but the point of this is to take a break from the bad parts of dealing with our illnesses and getting to have some fun with fellow crafters who understand what it's like. I'd also like to encourage crafty parents of kids dealing with these things to join, because they're dealing with it in the same boat as the rest of us!

There are a lot of things you could craft, not just bags for holding medical supplies. For diabetes alone, there are so many crafts you could do extolling the virtues of synthetic insulin, chastising a lazy pancreas or making pretty altered log books for keeping track of food and glucose levels. The chances for some awesome subversive crafting are high, because the best thing for being sick is a wry sense of humor and crafting supplies, amirite? C'mon sickos - we gotta stick together! Let's make each other some great stuff. Sick day care kits/survival kits are also a huge chance for some fun.

Please please please communicate with your partner. That's one of the most important things for making this swap a success, and you may even gain a new friend from it. Also, some people may not be open to the same sort of humor as you are about their illness. Talking with your partner will help to ensure that no one gets their feelings hurt or is offended by anything they receive.

Examples of Sizes
3 points - Large: 3 hours or more; $30 or more in value, shawl, shirt, project tote, apron, set of pillowcases, set of tea towels, large stuffie
2 points - Medium: 2 hours but no more than 3 hours to complete, $15-$30 in value, necklace, belt, bracelet, scarf, deluxe pincushion
1 point - Small: at least 1 hour but no more than 2 hours to complete, up to $15 in value, pouch, stickers, earrings, bookmark

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

Name of swap:  I Have A Disease Swap, Round 4
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US/your country?
What illness(es) do you have?
What are the symptoms?
What are some ideas for a "survival kit" that you can suggest?
Would you prefer someone with the same/similar disease, or would you mind learning about someone else's ailments?
Is there anything you'd really like?
Is there any sort of craft that you absolutely do not want?


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.
30  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Tunisian stitched tapestry with filet crochet bat. on: July 11, 2009 03:34:01 AM
In the Monster Mash swap, my partner mentioned that she liked sexy monsters as well as cute and silly and scary. So I went searching for a sexy pictures of those monsters who do sexy things all the time: vampires. I found http://xxdevilishonexx.deviantart.com/art/vampire-kisses-88201623. Then I taught myself how to do the tunisian crochet stitch. So easy! I worked the image up in photoshop to add more contrast and lighten it up so there weren't so many different grades of shading and graphed it out with the knitPro web app and got to work! The border is done in the Cathedral edging and for the bottom I did one pattern of the bat curtains in filet crochet from out of the Happy Hooker book by Deb Stoller.

It was a lot of work, days of crochet and I thought my hand would never uncramp a few times! But I'm really happy with it and I hope she loves it.

In progress shots:

Hanging on the wall:

For fun, the teaser pic I'd posted in the swap thread for her.
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