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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: felt cupcakey fun on: December 02, 2006 02:34:51 PM
so cute!!
2  California / California: South / Re: Calling SoCal Crafters on: December 02, 2006 02:31:09 PM
Just want to let any L.A. crafters who might be interested know that if you are looking for cool handmade stuff for holiday shopping (or want to sell your own work!) there's a cool December-only space in Silver Lake called Bingo's Craft Emporium. The owner, Sarah, is looking for new crafts to sell and you can call Pull My Daisy at 323-663-0608, or e-mail her at pullmydaisy at sbcglobal.net if you want to hear more info.

I went to the opening last night and there's some great stuff, I found some cute presents Smiley
3  California / California: South / Re: BIRD CALL at giant robot, nov. 11 on: December 02, 2006 02:26:10 PM
I loved your show, boygirlparty! It was beautiful, and your painted birds and flourishes on the walls were just divine. Congratulations!
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: December 01, 2006 06:08:39 PM

EDIT: Holy wow! I just was browsing the sampler site and came across this:
There was a write up in the blog from last month's sampler which the writer received. She got one of my bird pendants and there's a link to my shop and in the picture I'm up in the right corner!!! Squee! I love seeing my stuff some place else and I've been experiencing a jump in sales lately (almost double the number of sales in November compared to August/September/October sales combined!), wonder if this has anything to do with it.  Grin Grin Grin Just had to share!

hi! I wrote that review and just wanted to say again that your pendant is SO cute--I love it! I was so excited when I saw it in my Sampler. I'm so glad you saw the piece I wrote and liked it. I'm going to wear the pendant out tonight (and I'll bring your card with me, if anyone asks about it! Smiley

susanstars AKA west coast crafty

p.s. I love the Sampler--I always look at people's shops and keep an eye on their stuff after I get a cute card or a little something in the mix as a preview. I think it's such a nice way to cruise etsy as a shopper, too, because I get overwhelmed sometimes just looking for jewelry or something else broad.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re:Pillowcase ... Shirt! on: November 25, 2003 03:50:56 PM
damn that's cute! Smiley

I'm for sure making one for myself! And also for a few presents, I think my friends and family are jewelry-ed out!

thanks for posting it!
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / coffee-cinnamon infused bath salts--nice present! *new pics* on: November 25, 2003 12:35:20 AM
update: I originally posted this here three years ago (!) and wanted to add some pictures for new packaging ideas, and the green-tea ginger variation. Hope you like!
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Ive made bath salts and used essential oils to scent them before, but I thought Id try using kitchen stuff instead! It works really well, and its easy and pretty cheap to make a big batch. You can adjust the oil-salts ratio to your liking use more oil to make an exfoliating salt scrub, less to make more traditional bath salts.

Infused Bath Salts

Youll need:

1/2 - 1 cup extra-light olive oil
1/3 cup ground coffee
6 Tbsp cinnamon (or more if you really like cinnamon, mmm)

reusable coffee filter, or several paper filters, in a coffeemaker basket

3 lb. container of Epsom salts
1 cup baking soda (optional)

2 - 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup
large flat saucepan
mixing bowl

1. Warm the olive oil in the Pyrex container in a saucepan of boiling water. Mix in the coffee first, then the cinnamon, stirring to blend as the mixture heats. Continue to infuse for 20 minutes on the stove, stirring from time to time.
2. Pour the coffee-cinnamon-oil mixture through the coffee filter into the large mixing bowl, one-third at a time. Careful not to burn yourself here! Discard the grounds and keep the oil. Let it cool to room temperature.
3. Mix the infused oil with the salts (and soda if you're using it). Youre done!

Variation: green tea-ginger. Substitute 1/3 cup green tea and 1/4 cup powdered ginger (cheaper if you buy it in bulk) for the coffee and cinnamon.

Packaging Ideas (new)

I like to use recycled jars or flat plastic bags (very cheap at craft/scrapbooking stores) to package them for gifts. New idea for 2006: the button extravaganza you see here!

Just fill a Mason jar with your salt scrub and paint the lid a cool color (I used hot-pink enamel paint, but acrylic is fine too). When the paint is dry, hot-glue assorted buttons over it and on the sides of the jar. Add a piece of rick-rack around the side of the lid if you like, too. (I used my current favorites, glitter hot-glue for the buttons and Aleenes Tacky Glue for the rick-rack.)

Of course, you could glue on rhinestones, game pieces, or any flat-backed bits and pieces, too. Or make a personalized label: draw or print out something you like on colored paper, and then apply it to the jar with a glue stick. You can seal it with Delta Ceramcoat Gloss.

If you want to ornament a plain plastic bag, just cut a simple flower shape out in two colors of felt one 1.5 inches across with pinking shears, one 1 inch across with scissors. Glue them down as shown (Aleenes again) and let them dry completely. Tie it with a ribbon (I wish I could reach into that picture and re-tie that one it looks awful, sorry about that) and voila!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / nervy girl magazine on: November 24, 2003 11:46:13 PM
I don't know if you guys have seen nervy girl--it used to be a print monthly, but it's online only right now.  I write a new monthly craft column for them. The first one went up this month, it's on knitting your first scarf. On December 15, I'll have one on Winter Spa ideas, to pamper yourself when it's cold & gray! If you want to check it out, it's at http://nervygirlzine.com/200311/columns/diy.htm

Anyway, nervy girl is at  http://nervygirlzine.com/, and they're always looking for feature writers, so drop the editor a line if you're interested!

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