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21  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / goat giveaway VOTE! on: September 25, 2009 08:40:44 AM
Alright guys, I don't really know where to put this topic, but since you're all interested in fiber animals...

Martha's Vineyard Fiber Farm is hosting a giveaway for a small flock of angora goats. To enter, you had to write an essay explaining why YOU should get these goats. The signups are over, but now they need people to vote for the winning essay!

I'm pretty excited about this because I wanted to signup, but I knew as a college student I am in no shape to start a fiber farm yet haha. and because the MV fiber farm is pretty darn local (about an hour away).

I guess a friend of the spinners in my guild is hoping to win. but I think it's wrong of me to give you all their name and tell you to vote for them. So if everyone could just go read a few essays (I say a few... cause theres a lot of 'em) and pick who you think should win, that would be swell.

Thanks guys!
link to the giveaway: www.fiberfarm.com/goat-giveaway

22  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / candle dye in soap? on: September 18, 2009 09:54:03 AM
Hey guys!

Is it ok to use candle dye in soap making? I'm pretty sure it's not skin safe, but this website says you can:

http://lemelange.com/soap_dye.htm [about halfway down the page where it says "soap dye chips..."]
"Need to color bigger batches or want a larger variety of color? Visit our Candle Dye page. Candle dyes can also be used to dye soap"

Should I trust them?

and do any of you use crayons to color your soap?
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Mesh/lace tank pattern? on: June 04, 2009 07:55:13 PM
Anybody know of a pattern for a tank like this?

It's not a great picture... I'll look for a better one if need be.

I have searched and searched all over the internet and ravelry (cause they're two separate worlds ya know Tongue) and I can't find a similar pattern. I've found bikini patterns that I can use for the top, but I'm not very good at crochet so I don't know how to freestyle the bottom part.

Please and thank you Cheesy
24  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Using aloe in soaps on: May 15, 2009 09:38:55 PM
Ok so I harvested my aloe plant like... 2 weeks ago. and I didn't have any grapeseed oil at the time. Now my aloe is all reddish. Like grapefruit colored. Is it still usable? Should I add the oil in now? (I just got some)

Also... how do I add the aloe into a CPHP recipe? Do I add it in as a superfatting oil? Or is there a specific recipe I should follow? I haven't seen Aloe on the lye calculators, so I'm unsure.

Thanks for the help loves!
25  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Recipe generator machine thing? on: May 13, 2009 04:40:01 PM
I know there's a website where you can enter the ingredients you have on hand, and it generates a bunch of recipes that you can make with said ingredients. But I can't for the life of me remember what it was called.

Anyone know?
26  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Coffee Mountain, tea tree/vanilla swirl on: April 14, 2009 09:04:14 PM
I need to start a soap journal so I can keep track of when I made what... and what recipe I used haha.

Tea tree essential oil and vanilla fragrance, swirled with freshly spent coffee grounds. This one was definitely an experiment, but it went surprisingly well! I split the batch and added the tea tree oil to one part, and vanilla fragrance and the coffee grounds to the other. Then I flattened them out a bit, put the one on top of the other, and rolled it like a cinnamon bun. I need to collect some more pringles cans to use as molds Smiley

So I kinda let the soap cool a bit TOO much before taking it out of my crock pot. There was a thick layer of hardened soap stuck in there. So I remelted it with some of my morning coffee (the coffee pot is right next to the crock pot lol) also threw in some more coffee grounds. and some oatmeal milk & honey fragrance. It's basically the most yummiest soap mountain ever.

I bet it's gonna take forever to cure due to the excess amount of coffee I added in. Buuuut it will most definitely be worth the wait!

Ugh! I want to experiment/play/make more, but I'm out of supplies!
(and now I know why Smitten is always going nuts when she doesn't have soaping supplies! LOL)
27  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / using Glycerin in HP soap? on: April 06, 2009 04:35:31 PM
I saw a video on youtube of a guy making OHP soap http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41PU6TJCOGI. He adds a bit of glycerin to the soap before he molds it. Does anybody else do this? What's the purpose?

I hope this isn't obvious/silly!
28  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / yummy merino and falkland. on: April 03, 2009 11:19:09 AM
I bought some Wiltons dye last weekend and dyed a bunch of falkland and merino wool. They are sooo soft! I definitely want to keep them all, but my etsy is starting to develop cobwebs from neglect haha.

29  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Nag Champa & Energy (CP / HP) on: April 02, 2009 07:29:29 PM
So my boy and I ADORE Nag Champa soap. And when our local hippie shop stopped carrying it, I decided I absolutely needed to make some. I guess that was my initial "push" and then a great tutorial from OhHappyDay was the kicker. I'm addicted.

CP Nag Champa soap

Is the weird cracklyness normal for CP soap? I used a plastic mold...

Then I tried CPHP. (when I first saw that abbreviation I was like "what? cold process, hot process? how does that work..." haha) I really like the crockpot method, I just wish my crockpot were bigger!

I used Energy FO and wiltons food color paste. I don't know if I used enough to color skin... but if I did, I can always give the soaps to people I'm not too fond of! Grin

(icky bottom!) I tried to make a marbled effect with the orange/white, and I must say I do approve!

Well what do you guys think of my newbeeee status? Grin

30  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Pop tabs / beer bottle tops / plastic bubble things ? on: March 21, 2009 01:39:49 PM
I have thousands of soda can pop tabs. a bunch of different beer bottle tops. and those little plastic bubbles that are home to the toys you get out of the 25 cent machines.

Ok so I'm an oddling. I collect all these things with no intention of using them, I just NEED to save them. well I used to make things out of pop tabs yearrrrrs ago, but it was short lived.

So what I'm wondering is... Does anybody want them?
I can't bear to throw anything away...
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