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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Super light bath/shower oil? on: December 28, 2009 10:54:25 PM
Hola --

I've been a  fan of neutrogena rainbath and nivea bath and shower oils for a long time. Now that I live in Denver, I really love the stuff. I need it. My skin gets so incredibly dry in the winter, mere lotion doesn't do the trick.

It also seems to do the deed for my love's psoriosis. His flares up in the winter. The oils seem to really help.

So here's the rub. This stuff is EXPENSIVE to buy. 10-15 bucks for a bottle that lasts us maybe a month on a good month.

So I know the neutrogena is light sesame. Nivea has avacado oil i believe.

I'd like to buy bulk. Maybe even add my own fragrance, maybe even make a nice blend.

Any suggestions of the best light, leave on, in shower oils? I like light, light oil. I want moisturization, not french fry skin.

I am asking the experts here....also, where to buy?
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / An ambitious recipe for this weekend....Poached pears over pecan phyllo crisps on: September 24, 2009 09:44:15 PM
Ok peeps...

A long time ago, I worked at a tapas restaurant in Orlando, FL.

They had an amazing dish, called roasted pears over pecan crisps.  This is my own recipe, with my own twists.

I am just working out the recipe, so I will be making them saturday.


Poaching liquid -

2 cups Reisling wine
Zest + Juice of one orange
1 tbls honey
4 slices of fresh ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
5 cloves

Bring to a simmer

Peel two pears, slice in half and core.

Simmer pears until al dente. Not quite done. Finish pears in oven at 350 until fork tender.

Phyllo pecan crust:

3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 cup pecans

Process in blender or food processor until pecans are a meal like consistancy, like corn meal or a little larger

Brush 1 layer of phyllo with softened butter, sprinkle with pecan mixture, put another layer of phyllo on, press down enough to make a difference...repeat 4 layers.
Bake at 350 until phyllo is browned and crisp

Balsamic reduction glaze:

1/4 cup balsamic
1 tbsp honey
3 cloves
1 slice fresh ginger
Juice of 1/2 orange

Simmer until reduced to coat back of spoon


Cut phyllo crisps into rectangles. Place one on plate. Top with a small amount of arugala or watercress, very lightly dressed with EVOO, salt and pepper (very lightly dressed). Top with 1/2 pear, sliced pretty, like a fan. Drizzle with balsamic glaze, top with 1 tsp -1.5 tsp gorgonzola cheese.

Serve warm or chilled.

Should be amazing with a Pinot Gris, or other amazing white wine, or CHAMPAGNE.

I'll post pics after I cook it this weekend and let you know how it goes.

3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / about 100 spools of misc. crochetting threads in various colors...and i don't do on: September 21, 2009 03:51:57 AM
doilies. I also don't think I have the patience to work doilies.

So, what do I do with it? I inherieted it all, and it is taking up precious craft space. It's pretty lovely, wish I did doily, but I don't.

4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Anyone here make mineral makeup? on: September 17, 2009 12:17:30 AM
I am becoming increasingly interested in either making, or working with someone to make, my own bath and beauty supplies...more than anything, healthy makeup because my skin is fussy.

I want to make:

Mineral Powder foundation
Mineral blush
Mineral eye colors
Lip gloss/balm that is tinted
Mascara if it's even possible

These are all the makeup I wear.

Ideally, I want to do something that can be blended with a (preferrably home made) daily facial lotion if wanted (especially foundation, as my regular routine now is to add some powdered foundation to my daily lotion for coverage).

I am terrified of the colors. Know ziltch about chemicals or where to begin.

Once I get a bigger place, I want to start making soaps, hair care, lotions, body sprays, facial cleansers/toners for myself. My place now is far too small and craft packed to try to take this on.

Does anyone here make makeup? How hard is it? Where do I begin?

What about facial lotion? For really sensitive skin?

I have zero desire to start a business, i just want supplies for myself.  I think it would be cool to make my own.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Help? Some direction? Old broken watches to steampunk jewelry? on: September 11, 2009 01:43:00 PM
Anyone have any tutorials?
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / So i've made a bunch of these quilt blocks... on: September 05, 2009 03:48:16 PM
But they are not all the same size....They have weird edges, ends, etc. Some are off my 1" or more from the template. This is my first quilt where I did something other than just sew precut squares together.

They are kind of a square in a square/log cabin/window pane type blocks.  Some have 1/2"-1" extra hanging off a side, others are 1/2" bigger than the rest.

Basically, i sucked at the measuring part.

So, if I want to put them together, should i somehow cut them to all the same size? And how do i do that? I am kind of clueless here.

If you need pictures to help me, I'll try to take and upload some today.

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / rotary cutter = evil on: September 04, 2009 08:31:51 PM
so i just got home from the hospital. All for a quilted pillow i am making.  Cut about 1/2 an inch of my thumb off, nail and all.  those things are EVIL.  I read all the warnings and swore it wouldn't happen to me... HA.
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Is poetry considered Art around here? on: August 01, 2009 02:54:23 AM
If so, would any of you be interested in reading any?  I am a poet in my spare time, and published. I'd love to share some with you.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / DAMN YOU Tree of Life Pendants! Damn you to HELL! on: August 01, 2009 01:13:32 AM
You have haunted me...especially you pearl ones. You made me want you and I resisted. I resisted you like I resisted Kanzashi....as long as I could. But I could not escape the bandwagon. I had to have you.

You made me cut up a stretchy cheap faux pearl necklace, damn you!

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My first Kanzashi on: July 30, 2009 05:48:35 PM
I am giving complete and total credit for these to PetalMixer. Totally my inspiration to try it.

I am NOT a trinket or jewelry person. I sew. But I absolutely LOVE what you guys do. I am in love with the tree of life pendants and of course, the kanzashi.

So, here are my first 3.  I sewed them rather than glued, then hot glued them to the frame and used fabric covered pennies for the centers.

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