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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Lovely Lavender CP Soap on: January 18, 2006 03:17:37 PM
 Can't wait to see your pics.  I bet it lathers up great with all that coconut oil in it.
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / No more Red Devil Lye. Now what soapmakers? on: October 12, 2005 01:28:23 AM
At first I thought it was just a cruel rumor.  But after some google researching I've found it to be true.
Red Devil is no longer making their lye.
Two reasons seem to be given:  it wasn't selling well and it is used in the making of meth

But now what?  I was getting ready to try my hand at my first batch of CP soap soon.  I have been reading and studying, but when I went to my local stores to find lye, guess what...it's gone!

So now what?  I'm just starting this hobby, I don't want/can't afford to buy a large quantity of lye from the chemical stores.  And buying online is looking like a nightmare with expensive hazardous material shipping and hazmat waivers that need to be faxed before purchase.

agggg!  I'm discouraged and I haven't even started yet?  And advice soapmakers?

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas Candy on: October 07, 2005 12:46:02 PM
I do recommend the peppermint bark.  I made it last year and was a big hit.

I gave out Rocky Road drops last year too, also a big hit.  This one is super easy

12 oz bag of milk choc. chips
mini marshmellows
chopped up nuts of choice (i usually use peanuts and almonds)

melt the choc. chips in a bowl in the microwave at half power.  Make sure to pull them out just as they melt, do not leave them in too long or the chocolate will scorch and seize. 
I didn't put in how much marshmallows and nuts to use because it is up to you.  Mix in the amount you thinks looks good.  I usually put in a cup of nuts and then as many marshmellows as the chocolate will hold together.
Then just plop the mixture out in mounds on some wax paper.  Make them as big or little as you like.  And then let them solidify.  This can take awhile, sometimes overnight. You can also put them in the refriderator to speed up the drying, but don't leave them in there too long.
These look great packaged up in cellophane with ribbons.  And you can change the ingredients all you want.  Make peanut clusters using only peanuts, or peanut raisin clusters.  Or use white chocolate.  I made smores drops using marshmellows and Graham crackers (coarsely crushed.). 

A big hit with my family every year and they only take a few minutes to make.

I also have a lovely dipped chocolate almond truffle recipe if anyone is interested.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Handmade Christmas. on: September 16, 2005 02:25:54 PM
Starting to make handmade gifts can be dangerous!  This is my third year doing it now and it is expected, when I give storebought items people seem disappointed! We are blessed with so many friends and family in the area, my list is so very very long.  I started in July, my husband calls my craft room "Santa's workshop"

Just some of my list:
2 costume trunks
7 handpainted banners (long story)
6 personalized fleece tied blankets w/ matching pillows
9 Advent calendars with goodies
3 Rosaries with pouches
6 Aprons
6 Stockings
Many wax dipped pinecone ornaments/air fresheners
Too many jar candles and votives to count ( I make my own candles)
And SO SO much candy, brownies, and cookies

Not to mention I have to finish my Halloween crafts first  Shocked
Good lord!  Why am I dorking around on my computer...I have to get to work!
5  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Candy Corn! (Img Heavy) on: August 30, 2005 05:56:27 PM
I like the plushie one!  He looks somewhat shocked! Shocked
6  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: halloween ornaments on: August 30, 2005 05:54:04 PM
Those are awesome!  Thanks for the inspiration.  I made some and turned them into magnets to give out as favors at my upcoming halloween party.  I made some skulls, spiders, and cats too!  I must say, mine aren't sewn nearly as well as the ones pictured, it's harder than it looks!
Thanks again.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: need help with stiffening seed bead ornaments on: July 01, 2005 04:38:57 PM
Oh my lord...those ornaments are so beautiful!
I just bought a huge lot of seed beads off ebay and I don't know why....I couldn't help myself.
Now I know what I can do with them....to justify my...um...itchy "buy it now' trigger finger.
Thanks for the links Laughing Lark, they will be helpful.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Chocolate Party on: June 30, 2005 02:52:06 AM
Um...can I come.  No really...please! Grin
Anyway for decorations maybe you can make big Hersey kisses out of aluminum foil.  Or cut out big circles from colored paper and draw/paint a big M on them for M&M's.  You could string them together for a banner or to go around tables or something.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Computer Case Mod Project on: June 30, 2005 02:46:25 AM
My wife is a lurker around here on these forums, thought I would show off my "craft" as well.

I am not a lurker!  geez... Roll Eyes
 Tongue  Anyway, he is doing good.  It's his first crafty project.  Yea!
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 3 ENTRIES / Re: Welcome to Roswell on: June 29, 2005 04:09:51 PM
Yea the little X-es on the eyes make the  diorama!
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