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1  CANADA / Ontario / attention Toronto designers/crafters on: January 25, 2006 10:41:03 AM
The Fresh Collective on Queen West is seeking your talents!
(women&kids wear, jewellery and accessories)
Yes, you must work one day a week in the store but its a great way to expose your product to the masses.

If youre interested, please visit their site for more info:
2  CANADA / Ontario / toronto knitting cafe? on: September 23, 2004 06:03:21 PM
I have heard that there's a "Knitting Cafe" opening soon on Queen West? (near Ossington?)
Anyone know about this? Its kinda ironic since I just picked up my copy of Stitch'n'bitch this week....
3  CANADA / Ontario / learn to make oils,lotions,etc (oakville/Mississauga Crafsters) on: June 10, 2004 06:23:15 PM
Attention Craftsters in the Oakville/Mississuaga areas:

Alternatives markets will be having some "how-to" demos for making lotions,oils,scrubs,creams, etc (including sunscreen, aftershave and even insect-deterrent!) There is a fee for each class.

You can go to the website for more detailed information here:
(scroll down to last page)

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / scented clothespins on: May 29, 2004 04:17:55 PM
Another simple/quick/affordable crafty gift idea I'm happy to share with all of you!

You'll need:

-wooden clothespins (the old-fashioned kind used to make those stupid clothespin dolls, haha. Any craft supply store stocks them)
-scented oil or essential oil of your choice
-packaging (cello bag, ribbon)
-optional: dried herbs/potpourri of your choice (that corresponds to the scents you use) I like to use lavender for this project.

1.Lay the clothespins on a covered surface.
2.Spray/drip scented oil on the pins.
3.Let dry.
4.Turn pins over, repeat Step #2 and #3.
5.Depending on how strong smelling you want the pins to be, repeat steps #2-#4 a few times.
6.Package up into cello baggie and secure with ribbon.
7.If you have any corresponding  dried herbs/potpourri, put a small amount  into the bags as well. (It looks nice and of course ads to the scent.)

How to use:
Simply tuck a scented clothespin wherever: in drawers, linen closets, jacket pockets, purses, etc.

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / make tea for Mothers Day! on: May 03, 2004 08:46:23 AM
Here's a great Mother's Day gift idea (providing your mom loves tea like mine does!) It is a relaxing herbal tea blend. All you need is to package it in a nice tin with a tea ball (can get them at most Dollar Stores) and voila, instant crafty gift!

"Quiet Spirit" Tea:

1/2 cup dried Rosemary
1/2 cup dried Lavender
1/2 cup dried mint
1/4 cup dried chaomile
1/4 cup dried cloves

Combine herbs and store in an airtight tin or bag.
Use about 1 teaspoon of tea mix (in tea ball or tea bag) for every 6 ounces of boiling water. Let steep for 5-8 minutes and enjoy!

6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / "Pigsty" soap idea... on: May 01, 2004 06:28:44 PM
I just made the cutest little soaps (sorry, no picture available) the other day.
So here's the simple instructions using a clear M&P soap base.

"Pigsty" Soaps:

1. Mix chocolate scent and brown soap dye/tint into your melted soap base.
2. Pour into shallow molds (I used MilkyWay's basic square guest molds)
3. Place a plastic toy pig into the soap...basically you want it to look like a pig standing in mud, hence why it's called "Pigsty" soap.
4. Let cool, and voila, instant adorable soap creation!

7  CANADA / Ontario / sell your crafts at Lakeshore Festival? on: April 29, 2004 04:38:45 PM
If anyone in the Toronto West area is interested:

The Lakeshore Community Festival is seeking vendors to sell arts&crafts,etc on June 12th, 2004. It will be held at the Assembly Hall at Kipling/Lakeshore (the TTC 501 street car stops right in front of the building) There will be food, midway, live entertainment,etc at this festival.
The cost is $20.00 per space and that includes one 8 foot table. The deadline for applications is May 31st, call 416-244-2805 (and ask for Christine.)
I am thinking about getting a table since the cost is very reasonable.
If you do get a table, consider that this is a family-friendly event so no "naughty" themed crafts, haha.
This particular area of Lakeshore offers a diverse mix of people (rich Yuppies in Lake condos, working class, Humber College students,etc) so you may want to consider that factor in the crafts you want to sell.
I'll put a post up if I decide to rent a table.
8  CANADA / Ontario / Where can I get those Rollabind disc thingies? on: April 29, 2004 03:54:04 PM
Anyone know where I can get those Rollabind disc thingies in Toronto (or surrounding area)?
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / solid perfume on: February 17, 2004 06:46:34 AM
Hey, I just found this site and am SO totally inspired by everyone's ideas I just had to join (and I NEVER join in any forums) and share some ideas.
I have been making funky crafts (soap,jewlery,etc) for a while now and just keep getting more and more ideas. Thanks to this site, I will have more stuff to create!
So I am pleased to share this simple receipe:

Solid Perfume

2 oz beeswax
3 oz Shea butter
4 oz olive oil
1 oz fragrance

Slowly melt all ingredients in a double boiler, adding the fragrance last. Mix well!
Remove from heat, pour into lipbalm pots.
Let cool.
Put lids on the pots and voila, instant solid perfume to sell or give as a gift! (Best to make a label: Rub a desired amount of solid perfume on skin, NOT to be used as a lipbalm!)
This receipe yields about 12-13 lipbalm pots, you can double the amounts if you want to make more.
I like to use the Icewine or Orchid fragrances I get from SoapScope (store in Toronto but they do mail order as well)
The best thing about the solid perfume is that it is easy to slip into your pocket or purse and you never have to worry about it breaking/leaking all over everything. Another bonus is that it is alcohol free.

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