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101  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by dreadlocklove on: January 02, 2012 01:07:53 PM
I made some body butter today!  It contains cocoa butter, shea butter, apricot kernel oil, grapeseed oil, extra virgin olive oil, as well as honey powder.  It's based on the formula shared in the "Whipped Body Butter" thread in the Bath and Body section.

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102  FLOW! - Send by March 12, 2012 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by dreadlocklove on: January 02, 2012 06:27:51 AM
GALLERY! - (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=405153.0)

Swap name: FLOW!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: dreadlocklove
Sign-up date range: January 2 – January 15, 2012 (partners January 16)
Date to send item by: March 12, 2012
Limited to a certain number of people?: No
Restricted to people who all live in Canada? No
Age requirement? 18+

Swap Organizer herself meets these conditions:

- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

- Is at least 18 years old: YES/NO

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:

- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 18 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

My invitation to Brecken's “Waves” hoop class has been accepted!  It's time to prep for outdoor flow season with a swap!

Here is the link for the “Run Away with the Circus” swap, held in June 2010:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=350381.0

FLOW! is open to anyone who plays with toys, however skilled, or to anyone feeling inspired to learn.  Poi, staff, buugeng, hoop dance, unicycle, levistick, contact juggling, etc.  Gift ideas can include a variety of handmade toys and accessories, inspirational art, fire safety kits, tutorial videos, clothing, etc.  

There is no point system that must be followed this round, just let your ideas flow.  This works seemingly well for the other swaps I've organized and I'd like to try to keep it open to accommodate possible budget and crafting time limitations.  Be sure to pay attention to your partner's questionnaire though and to dedicate your full potential and energy to each gift you can offer.  While efforts can be made between partners to avoid a largely unbalanced exchange, it is important to understand and accept that such an outcome may occur regardless.

One other point I'd like to make clear is that your primary/"big'" gift must be:

A- crafted.  You are free to purchase extras but your main gift must be created by you.

B- created specifically for this swap and specifically for your partner.  This is obviously difficult to enforce but please wait until you know who your partner is and take the time to stalk him/her!  You'll be all the more thoughtful about your gift if you do.  With the freedom in the amount you craft and almost two months to create the main gift, this seems like a reasonable request to make.

If you would like to participate, complete and submit the following questionnaire to me, dreadlocklove.  Please include “FLOW!” in the subject line.


Name of swap: FLOW!
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name and mailing address, including the country (please include the appropriate line breaks):

Are you 18 years or older? YES/NO

Have you read and understood all of the conditions outlined in the Swap Info Guide, and do you agree to swap accordingly?  YES/NO

Do you agree to be an active participant in the discussion forum – perhaps a post to keep everyone updated on your progress each week – as well as communicate regularly with your partner? YES/NO

Do you agree to put 100% effort in each gift you create for your partner? YES/NO

Are you willing to ship your package to an international destination? YES/NO

Are you willing to provide a delivery confirmation number to your organizer and partner upon shipping your package?  If your partner lives outside of your country, do you agree to provide a copy of your receipt? YES/NO

Are you willing to take photographs of the packages both sent and received, as well as post a photo of the gifts you received in the gallery? YES/NO

Which toys are you most skilled at and are there any others you've played with?

Where do you play?

Are there any toys you would like to try?

What types of crafts do you enjoy and/or are there any specific gifts you would like to create?

Which crafts would you rather not create?

What is your FLOW! Wishlist (include a minimum of 5-10 items)?

Are there any gifts you would rather not receive, whether due to allergies or general aversions?

Do you have any preferred colour schemes?  Are there any colours you dislike?

What is your general personality/style?

Are there any websites your partner can visit to get a better sense of who you are (ie: Wists, Etsy, Blogs, etc.)?

Is smoking permitted in your home?
Do you have petmates?

Is there any other relevant information that you would like to share?


Also remember to read and understand the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.
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103  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by dreadlocklove on: December 30, 2011 09:18:40 AM
50 Projects

Completed 15/50

‎01 Quilt and sheet set for Reiki table
02 Yarn bomb Timmins!
03 Landscape
     Pallet Garden (http://lifeonthebalcony.com/how-to-turn-a-pallet-into-a-garden/)

04 Surprises for Ava and Brahmi

05 Clothing for myself

06 Surprises for Barnabas
07 Pendulums

08 Spin fiber

09 Add to the herbal medicine chest
10 Crochet a rag rug

11 Birthday gifts

12 Donation packages

13 Soap molds
14 Crocheted poi sets
15 Renovate the kids' rooms

16 New (/postworthy) vegan dishes

17 Bath and body products


19 Eye pillows
20 Hoop carrying bag
21 Have another go at learning to knit WIP
22 Dream Journal

23 Marketing materials for my business Gathered Roots

     Website - www.gathered-roots.com

24 Beeswax candles or melts
25 Loaf of bread from scratch
26 T-shirt quilt
27 Tile mosaic
28 Crocheted maryjanes
29 Herbal incense
30 Windchime
31 Hemp necklace
32 Meditation mat
33 Double staff
34 Wallhanging
35 Coat rack
36 Mug rugs
37 Handmade stamp
38 Reusable shopping bags
39 Curtains
40 Baskets

41 Laundry soap

42 Wood buttons

43 Dishcloths

44 Outdoor weaving loom
45 Set up Yudu machine and USE it!
46 Host a craft event

47 Open an Etsy shop WIP
     - Create product labels
     - Take product photos
     - Determine shipping costs

48 Try beading
49 Herbal paper
50 Learn canning
51 Spirit doll
52 Write a crochet pattern
53 Miniature house WIP
54 Renovate the treatment room WIP
55 Pay it forward
     Tina W.
56 Festival decos
     30 foot diameter 5v dome
     (http://blog.freepeople.com/2010/11/wednes-diy-49/) but with UV fabrics
57 Reiki Burning Bowl
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104  Carrot and Cardamom Oatmeal - Slow Cooker in Vegetarian / Vegan by dreadlocklove on: December 12, 2011 12:28:15 PM
I'm discovering the joys of slow cooking!

I had a slow cooker but it was used for soap making.  Recently though, someone gifted me one and I've been browsing online for recipes.

Here's what we had for breakfast this morning:

I followed the recipe as written, except I substituted with a cardamom spice mix I blended a while back. 

It was delicious and I highly recommend it!

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105  Bare Nesta in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by dreadlocklove on: December 12, 2011 12:20:01 PM
I've been soaping almost two years now but don't know if I've ever even posted any photos here.

Meet Bare Nesta, a 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil soap I cut earlier this afternoon.  This is the second castile I've attempted.

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106  Re: Energy Healing - Round 2 (GALLERY) in The Swap Gallery by dreadlocklove on: November 22, 2011 11:25:01 AM
Ok, so whoa.  I guess our deal to stick to a small went out the window!  The parcel arrived this afternoon and the box...  was bulging.

Let's begin!

A few containers.  I was especially in need of a recipe box.  They have the Usui Reiki symbols woodburned on them.

Yes, they were all filled with something...


Herbs...  Laundry soap.  Chai tea, ginger root powder, licorice root powder, crystalized ginger, orris root (have been waiting so long to get my hands on some of this!), licorice root, black peppercorns, cardamom (yay because I ran out!), ginger root, mugwort and holy basil (my favourites!).

Recipe cards with miscellaneous recipes.  Essential oil blends (Ayurveda Blend for Kapha, Elevation Kapha Blend, Whisper Kapha Blend, Breathe Kapha Blend.  Psst, Monica...  you'll have to send me the formulas.  They smell fantastic!)

Gemstones (black obsidian, rose quartz, turquoise, yellow jasper, sodalite, purple amethyst, orange calcite)!  There are a few new ones to add to my collection!

A wrapped sea glass necklace.  A pendulum, as well as extra pieces for me to make my own (pendulum-making may become a new hobby of mine).

Body lotion and spray (for Kaphas).  Soap (Holiday Spice Soap, Gardener's Soap, Pumpkin Spice) and an assortment of labels for various products I make.

Stencils, a flower press, and books (meditation journals).

Two pouches and fabric to make a milk bag.

Yoga socks!

A yoga strap and a Cho Ku Rei made of bent wire. 

I love the yoga shorts!  The photo does not do the actual colours justice but lighting is bad in my house.  I wish I could have gotten an action shot but there is nobody to take a picture of me... 

The kids are sleeping so I couldn't get shots of them wearing their stuff.  I'll have to make time in the next few days.  But I'm sure they will love it!

Thanks so much Monica!
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107  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 72 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by dreadlocklove on: August 12, 2011 10:32:17 AM
No kidding, that shirt is awesome.

In other news, I LOVE MY PANTA!

The beautiful thing about this panta is that it's button closure.  So if I wash it and it shrinks a bit, I can adjust things to still make it fit.  You can't tell from the photo but the yarn has hints of green and red mixed in with the brown.  I'm so prepared for winter!  

Thanks myloveasdeep!
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108  Quinoa With Toasted Rice Noodle Salad in Vegetarian / Vegan by dreadlocklove on: August 10, 2011 11:27:45 AM
I'd like to share a photo of a recipe found in Miriam Hospodar's "Heaven's Banquet" that I've been making fairly often.

The original recipe calls for bulgar wheat and almonds but recommends quinoa and pumpkin seeds for Kapha constitutions (that's me).

Ingredients (in no particular order):  Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Fresh Ginger Root, Quinoa, Brown Rice Vermicelli, Cucumber, Radishes, Vegetable Bouillon, Water, Pumpkin Seeds, Fresh Mint, Parsley, Salt, Cinnamon, All-Spice, Lemon Juice.
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109  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 72 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by dreadlocklove on: August 02, 2011 09:51:05 AM
I received my package from bergman during my holiday.

I was really excited about the beeswax candles since I haven't burnt any in a while.  They smell terrific.  The larger ones were made using local beeswax.  There are also some supplies for the kids.

Bergman also sewed me a crochet hook roll with a velcro strap.  My largest hook fits, which is great and the case folds perfectly despite the long tunisian hook.  Sorry about the crappy photo on this one.  I can't find my memory card for the digital and this was the best I could do using my laptop.

Thanks Bergman and I hope you enjoy the parcel I sent you earlier today!
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110  Embroidered and Quilted Needle Roll in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by dreadlocklove on: May 27, 2011 09:08:16 AM
I'm not sure.  It's hand embroidered and quilted though...

I made the needle roll for Zombie_Queen as part of our personal swap.  This is one of the most creative projects I've worked on and I'm really pleased with the outcome.  It's pretty long and gives a decent fold so the needles don't fall out.

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