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21  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / A whack o' bath bombs! (image heavy!) on: July 26, 2006 06:40:15 AM
I'm really pleased with this batch of bath bombs. I made them as demos for my youth craft class using the craftbits.com recipe (without the added water) and some flexible ice cube trays from Ikea and Superstore. The yellow are pina colada scented, the blue are blueberry scented, and the pink are strawberry shortcake scented. The only problem is that now I'm addicted to buying scents!

The whack o' bombs!

The happy sun bath bombs!

The cutie flower bath bombs!
22  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Where do you get funky soap moulds? on: July 22, 2006 10:12:04 PM
I'm looking for suggestions for fun and funky soap moulds for my melt & pour soap (I'm teaching a class to youth!) I love The Soap Goat and Brambleberry, but would love to learn about other shops. I'm in BC, Canada, so something Canadian is always welcome, but I'd be happy to order online. I have a few funky soap moulds from candy making suppliers, but I'm on the look out for more! I'm questing for pirate stuff and sheep stuff, but I'm up for any kind of fun mould!
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Tutorial for tiny beeswax tapered candles on: July 14, 2006 07:41:53 AM
I have searched high and low, both on these boards and on the web, and I'm wondering if anyone can suggest a tutorial for making the tiny beeswax tapered candles one might find on a Christmas tree or in a small card? I am pretty sure it will be like the large tapered candles, but figure there will be some modification. If anyone can help, I'd be really grateful! Thanks!
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Gelly candles -- a tutorial? on: July 12, 2006 05:56:42 AM
Hi everyone! I think I'm in over my head with these gelly candles! I am supposed to be teaching a craft class on the topic in 4 weeks, but it seems they are very complicated with all kinds of warnings. Has anyone used this stuff before (I have a container of Gelly Candle "As Seen on TV" mix to use) and, if so, what happened? I am a little worried about all the warnings I see about these candles, but I wonder if it relates specifically to this product as opposed to the other "gel candle" information I see. Any information or direction to tutorials would be great! (I did search the boards, but couldn't find anything specific to these candles!) Any help is greatly appreciated!
25  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Help for my fiance's sunburn! on: July 04, 2006 08:28:55 AM
My fiance was badly sunburned on his legs and feet this weekend while tubing, and I wondered if anyone had suggestions for lotions and the like. We have aloe vera, and I saw the aloe vera soap bar and the moisturizing sun wraps on Craftbits.com, but I wondered if anyone knew of a bath bomb recipe or modification I could make to a bath bomb? I was thinking about adding some aloe vera to one and including the corn starch, because I've heard that is good for soothing skin, but I wonder if anyone has suggestions for EOs or smells or other additives. (And would aloe vera actually work in a bath bomb?) And I'm wondering if I could make a solid massage bar with something like aloe vera or the like that he could take to work tomorrow. Any suggestions are appreciated as I want to make him feel better!

26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Camcorder bag for a Sony? on: June 27, 2006 06:07:11 AM
Does anyone know of a tutorial or pattern for a Sony camcorder? I would like to keep my baby safe without adding all the extra bulkiness of a store bought bag. She doesn't need much protection, as she has a protective outer shell, but she would like to be kept away from the fluff and other debris of my purse. It would be cool to have space for her batteries and extra tapes, but it isn't necessary. Any suggestions? I would love a pointer to a tutorial or a pattern I could buy (preferably in a shop, not on line, as I'm eager to get started today).

I'm a newbie sewer, so creating my own pattern for such an elaborate item is pretty much right out at this time. Maybe some day.....sigh....

27  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / My Bath Cookies went horribly wrong! on: May 23, 2006 06:07:25 AM
Can anyone give me some information on why my bath cookies went horribly wrong? As you can see, the cookies all melted together and made a giant sheet of goo. The underside was hard, like salt, and they oozed all over the oven!

We used epsom salts (small bits, almost like table salt), which was probably the problem, but I didn't think it would make THAT big a difference. We also added some colours and a bit of fragrance (bath making colour stuff and vanilla). We used grapeseed oil, in addition to the other ingredients as listed. We baked at the right temperature. We baked it on a cookie sheet in the oven.

Should I have used larger grain salt? What did we do wrong?

28  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Flexible ice cube trays as molds for m&p soap? on: May 04, 2006 07:16:28 AM
I'm doing a craft class for youth at my library, and we wanted to do the melt & pour soaps. Can I use those flexible ice cube trays from Ikea for a mold? I want to make small ones that will set before the youth go home -- it's a 2 hour class -- and I figured these were funky and cheap. Can anyone shed light on this?
29  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for hand sewing class for youth? on: May 04, 2006 07:08:25 AM
I'm starting a crafts group at my library for youth ages 11 or so to 18. I am doing a class on hand sewing, and I thought for a first project a small drawstring bag might be a good idea. The point is to teach the participants how to cut out a pattern, put it together, and sew away. It doesn't all have to be done in the class -- the students will be taking home their pattern, fabric, and needles to complete at home as we only have 2 hours. But it does have to be super basic as there is no guarantee they can ask their parents for help and it needs to be do-able by hand. I figured a drawstring bag (or a small bag with a snap or something) would be the easiest way to start.

But is this the right first project?

Any suggestions for fun things we could do for a first project for kids who may have never sewn? Something simple but funky cool. As this is a great board full of purses and totes and everything else, I figured if I could get some good ideas they would be found here!

If you have suggestions for an easy first time project using a pattern (which I can create) that would wow the youth, please let me know!
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Mexican themed team day craft ideas? on: May 01, 2006 08:20:24 AM
Hey everyone! I figured this would be the place to ask about Mexican themed party ideas. We are having a team day at work and it has a Mexican theme. I want to make a pinata, but I wondered about some other ideas for Mexican crafts and the like. For our Christmas party I did little Chinese take out boxes with strange fortunes inside with some chocolates and two cute erasers I found at the dollar shop, and I would like to do something similar for this party.

As a note, I thought about doing the tiny pinatas from notmartha -- I think that could be fun. But what to put in them? Anyone familiar with easy paper craft or other small things I could do with a Mexican theme? There are 16 on my team and I have about a month.
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