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11  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: sugar scrub assistance on: August 30, 2011 11:10:07 AM
Wow, thank you so much.. if the spices are at all irritating I'd rather omit them, I have skin allergies so I am the ultimate hypoallergenic tester :p (even water irritates my skin)

And thanks for the recipes..I think I will switch over, I just thought I could make that other one on the cheap.. but the lavendar one sounds great..and cheap! Smiley

Really thank you so much ^.^ I think I'll be doing this definitely.
12  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / sugar scrub assistance on: August 29, 2011 05:21:45 PM
Hello Smiley first time on this board (and I am also a complete lurker on craftster in general)
I am going to be absolutely broke by christmas, so am trying to get a head start on buying/planning christmas presents.

I wanted to try this http://www.care2.com/greenliving/brown-sugar-body-polish.html recipe. It's got cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, and then cardamon oil...however cardamon fragrance oil is really expensive! I was wondering if anybody had any idea of another fragrance that would complement that combination of spices?

Also, I noticed a lot of the fragrance oils are concentrated, would I have to dilute them with something before putting them in the scrub? To stop them irritating skin.

I am a complete newby to this, and this tutorial just seemed easy enough for me to follow.. if any of you think I should just give up and start again, I'll totally be open to that too ^.^
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Awesome Advent Calendar! on: November 27, 2010 05:01:30 PM
I made this as well, so I know how hard it was :p
It looks great though =] I'm sure if I was your sister I'd be begging to open the doors too =]
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: ADVENT CALENDAR IDEAS PLEASE!!! on: November 17, 2010 03:59:35 PM
I'm in the process of making my boyfriend a remake of this:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=132553.0 ,
and it has some great ideas for the days, however, i wouldn't really suggest you did it, as it has taken me forever and is tricky (i bought freakishly dense styrofoam)
I was just putting that for reference in case you could steal some of the ideas for filling it with ;p

I would suggest making him a fabric calendar, with just little pockets, if you have even rudimentary sewing ability I'd say it was the easiest way to go with it, (The number of times this evening that I wish I hadn't started the styrofoam one....)

Me and my boyfriend are also apart for the run up to Christmas, so unlike the advent calendar linked above, I couldn't bank on being with him on certain days, So I decided to have a small present for him on each of the days, rather than something to do together,
Here are some examples;
a bag of his favourite crisps (or chips if you're US)
Laptop cleaning wipes (not exactly exciting but he hates having dirt on his laptop...)
Homemade sweets
a snuggle set, I bought a mug for 40p from wilkinson, and some nice hot chocolates, and I still have half a kilo of mini marshmallows from my birthday party, so going to give him some of those too Smiley
ginger bread men
socks etc

If you can get sweets on special offer you can give him more...
Guitar Picks are an obviously good idea as Guitarists I know always seem to lose theirs, and the size thing,

For my advent calendar I am having a calendar and each day has a corresponding present, but that can be quite budget draining.
Just remember, that sometimes it seems cheaper to make something yourself...but it can end up much more expensive once you've bought all the equipment, I don't know if you fall into this trap, but I often do...

Oh, and Heat packs are always a good idea, I made about 3 in an hour, so they're fast, and all you need is cotton fabric and rice. Great if you live with parents and can steal their rice...

and as a small homage to his love of shoot em ups, a tiny squirty gun? like those ones which are the size of your finger, they should be no more than 1/$1 Smiley probably a lot less...would be a funny gift.

I realise that that post was rambling and probably made no sense, but I so rarely make sense that you're lucky it was actually that coherent >.<
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Givers and Needers Round 8 Gallery on: November 16, 2010 12:57:07 PM
Yay! Glad you like it, and I'm pleased it arrived quickly. At least one did! Wink

I really love the fabric choices too Smiley
It's great having something hand made, but from somebody else's stuff, because I usually buy 3meters of any fabric, It means I end up with endless reams of matching things, which is dull >.<
I like having like...variety
Cheesy so, yay Smiley
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Givers and Needers Round 8 Gallery on: November 16, 2010 07:41:52 AM
Just recieved my thank you present from Psyche Smiley
Think it's unfair on her that My package to her took about a month to arrive and hers got to me in like..8 days. When we used like...equal postal services D:
Evil parcelforce (the service I used)

ANYWAY, I Loooove it :3
It's a cute lunch sack

I love the colours and she even included two spares of the strawberry buttons :3 which I love as I have a tiny Button addiction :3

It's perfect as I received my swap package from a personal swap with Tlh, which was reeses, so have been using it to hide them from myself

thank you so much Psyche Smiley it's an awesome thank you gift

(and she even used some of the thread which i sent to her on the thank you  gift Smiley )
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Givers and Needers Round 8 Gallery on: November 07, 2010 01:16:12 PM
I'm glad you liked it Smiley
Sorry it took so long, in future I will use a different service, it said 'from 5 days' >.> I expected faster than like...25? or something.
Parcelforce smell D:

I sent the scrapbook for you to do while you were on your travels..but then I decided to stalk you (after the box was sent, and I realised you already had scrapbooks for it D:, but it was a decluttering/clutter somebody elses houses (>.> <.<) swap..so...no harms >.<

If you had needed fabric I had loads picked out of my pile, ended giving away a bin bag full on freecycle Smiley (tbh, i'm glad I didnt have to pay postage on that O_o)

anywayy Smiley glad you like...I just got rid of all my kitschy charms like..a month before this swap Sad so that was a bummer, but I gave all the beading stuff I had left (I know you didn't ask for dice beads, but I thought you might use them...they seemed sort of your style...)

Anywayy. Enough wittering Tongue
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Givers and Needers Round 8 Gallery on: October 23, 2010 01:25:09 PM
I know when I shipped from Canada to England, it took a month to get there.... So maybe expect the same time frame the other way? 

Thanks, I shipped something else to Canada and it took 20 days I think...just makes me worry because it always says 'from 5 days'
stupid postal services...
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Givers and Needers Round 8 Gallery on: October 23, 2010 05:29:18 AM
I'm beginning to worry about my giver package, I sent it on the 30th of September... and my receiver hasn't got it :S
has anybody else had trouble sending from England to Canada? I sent it Parcelforce :s
20  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Watercolor & ink thank you cards on: October 04, 2010 07:50:34 AM
These are really cute, and you did them just right...
i tried something similar and completely messed it up...i mean seriously..
and you got your lettering so neat Smiley
very cute indeed, a set  would make a great simple christmas present too Smiley
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