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21  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Basic Sketchpad/Journal created with with all salvaged dorm stuff on: September 12, 2009 10:34:54 PM
So, my Developmental Biology professor (btw, COOLEST subject ever) is really nifty and wants us to also think about the different philosophical issues and ethical arguments in the course, as well as just observe daily things around us that have to do with the course.

For this, she requested that we maintain a journal of sorts, though she wanted it on unlined pages, to allow us to draw and scribble whatever whenever, as well as utilize it as a lab journal. (we also made our microsurgery tools out of our own hair, pretty darn sweet).
Funnily enough, my school and the local supermarket do NOT sell any sketchpads. So what's a desperate student to do, but to create her own?

I've never really done any papercrafts, so I utilized this tutorial and adjusted it to fit my needs.

Cereal Box
Paper (cut/folded/adjusted to size, made from these huuuge academic calenders they slide under everyone's door. Most end up as scrap paper, in the recycling bin, or worse, in the trash can >.<)
More cardboard (from the back of the calender)
Needle (from my sewing kit, to fix rips and such...really more of a necessity for college kids than you'd realize =P)
Thread (also from sewing kit)
Ruler - I found one in my dissection kit
Pushpin (instead of an awl, drill, whatever. Used for making the holes for binding)
Binder clips (for holding the thing - grab some bigger ones. I got by with just 3 binder clips of varying sizes, but I wished I had larger ones, and more).
Scrap piece of ribbon (not necessary - was added because I messed up in the binding)
Tape (used to bind even tighter, since I couldn't find ANY liquid glues)
Rice (make yourself some rice glue by taking a small bit of rice, adding a bit of water, and smooshing it well. You'll know when its good when it sticks your fingers together. Makes a great eco-friendly, biodegradable glue, haha)

22  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Slapdash Insect Repellent - mixing it into lotion? on: August 20, 2009 12:45:12 AM
So, my mom decided she wants to explore the great outdoors with my father and I, and signed us up for a nice little vacation on a whim.
I've realized that the rashes that are getting progressively worse during the summer are not simple heat rashes, but rather a lovely bout of eczema.

How are these related? We'll need bug repellent, haha. And we're bringing some, but I'm just worried that my body's going to say NO to that, and that my vacation will just be me being an itchy, uncomfortable, oozing sort of mess. Hot stuff.

I've figured out which lotions I CAN use, and also have a bottle of Citronella EO (and random other ones that may have some anti-bug effects). I sort of figured it probably wouldn't be hard to grab a lotion bottle and add in some, shake it up really well, and use that (extremely regularly, like every hour or more). Is this POSSIBLE though? Will the EO actually get dispersed, or will it simply sit on top of the lotion? Should I heat the lotion up and then add?
How much EO to how much lotion (for instance, 20 drops to 8fl oz of lotion)? I remember people saying that lemongrass is uncommonly pungent and strong - does this need to be taken into account for citronella, since they're pretty similar (of the same genus, even)?
Do you think that amount of EO would be irritating to the skin?

And last but not least, because we're bringing along my puppy (who's really 9.5 years old, but who would know Wink ), do you think it's safe to place a drop or two of citronella and such on her collar, on the outside? I've never read citronella being contraindicated for canines (though I believe it's so for felines), but if anyone has had experience otherwise, I'd love to hear about it. She's also got all her shots and will have freshly applied Frontline and worm pills, so this is just extra precaution.
23  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Plantain and Tea Tree Oil Salve on: August 17, 2009 03:10:18 AM
I was just looking up stuff for making bug bits less itchy, and ran across a plantain mention again.... and WHAT! Haha. I've read the botanical.com article on it before, but didn't quite realize it was this fella. He's the annoying guy in lawns!

Anyhow, summertime is probably the perfect time to experiment with this, haha. Tons of skinning my knees and mosquito bites and all that jazz. Out of curiosity, can you smell the plantain in the finish product?  I know you mentioned you think it's a bit light on the tea tree - how do you know the plantain's present in high enough quantity?
24  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random soapy babble thread on: August 12, 2009 05:58:47 PM
Hahaha, congrats! I can't imagine trying to store that in my dinky little dorm room, but that's hilarious. xD

Football players like their fried bacon. Wink You might have some visitors after all.
25  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Buckwheat - Did I buy 4 lbs of the wrong stuff??? on: August 12, 2009 05:55:52 PM
Mmm, buckwheat tastes delicious, if nothing else turns up. I'm pretty sure you can grind it up and treat it as a gluten-free flour in any type of baking or dough making (makes a great pancake), and it makes an interesting addition to rice if you let it soak for a day or so and cook/mix with rice (nice and toothy and adds great flavor), and I know there's a great toasted buckwheat tea. But anyhow...

Since it can be treated like a grain, I'd imagine it'd be like how people can put rice in pillows and stuff. Dry, it should hold and radiate heat pretty well, as well as having a thick, dense, kneadable feel, just the thing for sore muscles! If you were aiming for eye pillows I'd guess it'd be a bit too hot and heavy for the job, but those shoulder pillows that sling around the neck would probably work okay, I'd guess.
Worst comes to worst, make a tiny square to try it out, and turn it into a hackey sack if it's not that great =P
26  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Superfat and You! (aka Superfat defined) on: August 12, 2009 05:45:42 PM
Ah, that makes sense.
Haha, I WAS thinking of VCO, whoops. Quite a shame that the scent doesn't come through more, in that case.

Vaguely related question - if you take a bar that wasn't superfatted at all, and rebatch it (and calculate the amount of oil so that it would have been that 5%) and add the extra oil, does the bar act/feel any different than a normally 5% superfatted bar? (Assuming that your rebatch was perfect and somehow they don't feel too different?) If rebatched, I'm assuming that unless the bar is very young, that oil that you're adding in will not (or only trace bits) be saponified?
27  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Superfat and You! (aka Superfat defined) on: August 12, 2009 12:06:56 AM
Mmm, my friend lives on a coconut plantation and I'm forever begging for her to mail me a tree, haha.

But anyhow... this may be a dumb question, but I just never found it explicitly stated.
So the lye and oil react to make soap, and the EXTRA oil (the superfatting oil) is left behind to pamper the skin, yes? Therefore, let's say I do create a soap completely with olive oil...but with coconut oil as the superfatting oil. From what I'm understanding, that oil will not have the characteristic big bubbles but rather that creamy castile feel, with the addition of whatever properties coconut oil has (maybe that nice scent)? Whereas, if I swapped out that coconut oil for avocado oil, it'll still be luxurious but maybe have that stink to it, haha?
On the other hand, if I make a coconut oil and lye bar, and superfat with olive oil, it'll still be rather strong/harsh, right?
I'm using the scents (even though at such low concentrations they might not really be discernable) because I can't come up with any crazy properties that really stand out, haha.
28  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Plantain and Tea Tree Oil Salve on: July 07, 2009 10:16:58 PM
Haha, I always thought they were the same plant! Whenever I passed them in supermarkets I wondered what it'd be like if I mashed one up and smeared it wherever, but I figured that'd be too weird even for me to try.

Thanks for clearing that up, haha. Love the little drawing and label, and I bet it's great to carry around in a purse or something. I certainly know I use the neosporin I have stashed in there, and this looks far nicer.
29  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bath and Beauty Featured Member~ Nymeria! on: July 07, 2009 10:12:12 PM
I still think that baby soap is beyond hilarious and pure genius and then some. Congrats Nymeria! You deserve this so soo much - all of your threads have helped me out a LOT. What you said about tallow really clicks with me too, and man... your egg soap makes me drool. I SO am going to have to try some of that, someday... Mmm.

Btw, that's a brilliant flavor of cupcake. I can't stand super sugary sweet cupcakes, that one might just do it for me...
30  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random soapy babble thread on: July 07, 2009 07:22:33 PM
Oh, hahaha, serves me right for only looking in um, kitchen/crafty stores like that. ^^" I think there's a few department stores going out of business around here, I'll have to visit soon. =D Thanks for the tip, those seem like they'd make life easier, to say the least.

Speaking of lousy "stainless steel" from other places... My dog's food bowls say they're stainless steel. The random rust spots inside say they're not. Silly dollar store. =P Country of origin is India. Most of my blades at home are either from nice places in Taiwan, or Japan. Some were made by family friends - if they're gypping us, they're going to get an earful, haha. But I guess that's good to keep in mind.
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