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11  Caffeine Soaps in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Garnet Bear on: July 09, 2007 11:24:13 PM
My husband and I have recently gotten into the whole soap addiction, and we coupled it with another of our favorite addictions: caffeine!  Living in the Seattle area, we are blessed with two fantastic soap supply shops, Zenith Supplies and the amazing Otion Soap Bar (owned by BrambleBerry).  Between those two stores we never want for perfume oil or soap molds!  Not trying to plug the shops, just wanted to pass along links to people who may be interested in starting soap making.
I'm looking into making my own molds though, and have found someone willing to do vacuum forming on a small scale for me.  So exciting!

Anyways, here's the caffeine soap in all it's goodness.  We've managed to develop a technique where we cook straight caffeine into the soap, leaving a wonderful smooth product.  I think of all of the scent combinations we've tried, the one that seems to be getting the best reviews is "rich lime" which combines two different lime scents with a little lemon essential oil.  It makes the shower smell like a super lime popsicle in the morning, it's sooo yummy.

Grizzly Bear rich lime:

Rooster rich lime:

Cheshire Cat pineapple cilantro (I love how the markings came out!):

For now, we're doing melt and pour, but my husband really wants to get into cold process work.  I think it's the chef in him, always wanting to go above and beyond what the standard fare is. Smiley
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12  Printable paper dragons for kids in Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions by Garnet Bear on: April 30, 2007 09:58:54 AM
Someone in another section of the forum was looking for simple art projects, and I remembered that I still had these little guys sitting on my hard drive.  I created these a few years ago for no particular reason, but I'm happy to get them out to share with whoever may enjoy an afternoon of whimsical crafting with their kids (or their own inner child!)

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13  Re: Help please! Crafting ideas for individuals with developmental disabilities...? in Discussion and Questions by Garnet Bear on: April 30, 2007 09:49:32 AM
I made these a few years ago, you're welcome to use 'em if you think they will be enjoyed.  (as is anyone else, I would love to see pictures of finished dragons!)

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14  Re: First Post.... Fun Retro Dress (Butterick 4790) in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by Garnet Bear on: April 17, 2007 07:00:27 PM
I both loved and hated this pattern.  It was my first dressmaking attempt, so of course there was one or two major botches along the way.  Frustrating, but at least I made it through this supposedly "very easy" pattern.  I've never done anything off of a pattern before, so there was a learning curve.  I'm overall happy with how it looks now that it's done, though yours fits you much better than mine fits me!

I also look like a total fruit loop with these my little ponies because I was stumped as to how to pose for my picture.   Undecided

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15  Re: Theme bathroom - polar bears in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Garnet Bear on: April 17, 2007 06:56:48 PM
Thanks for the tips, I like the idea of having all one-color picture frames.  I'll pick up a can of matte white spraypaint and take care of that sometime this week.
If I can't find a new fixture, I'll go with your idea for spraypainting the one we have in there.  Maybe I can even put some of the window-frosting spray over the silver or white, just to make it look more frosty.  

Finished images (minus the countertop)

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16  My first dress, perfect for summer. With tutorial. (better pics added) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Garnet Bear on: April 10, 2007 08:47:34 PM
I have this habit of hoarding small yardages of fabric, it's rare that I ever buy more than 2 yards of something at a time.  With small amounts, I have trouble coming up with projects that aren't just pillowcases, shopping bags, or pajama pants.
Anyways, here's something I kinda threw together with various stuff I had in my collection.  I started doing that t-shirt surgery thing a few years back, and again, had an overstock of shirts that needed to be used.  Because I used a lot of knit fabric in the areas that need stretch and give (chest, hips, tummy), I also didn't have to be as precise with my measurements, because the t-shirt fabric will pick up my slack where it's needed.
This dress came out really light and airy, and it's insanely comfy.  I made 2 last night!
Sorry for blurry pictures, had to take them myself, with no flash, and in a mirror.  I'll try to get better pics when my husband comes home.

This one makes me feel like I should be teaching elementary school art classes.  It demands either a matching apron or possibly some pockets.  The blue fabric has dinosaurs all over it, found it at the thrift store for $0.99 for around a yard (someone had made it into curtains, but it salvaged nicely), and then the green is a bright green/lime green "dragonscale" sort of print.  Bargain bin at a local craft store.  The t-shirt was a $2.99 special at the thrift store, it used to be a nike shirt.  Probably cost the original owner $35 just because it had the stupid "swoosh" embroiderd on it. 
This is what the dress looks like with two different cotton print fabrics used.

Pictured with my Strawberry Shortcake dress.
Total cost of materials for dress: less than $10 for each dress

And here's another, this one is pink with green dragons all over it.
Total cost of materials for this dress: about $15 (the dragon fabric was a bit spendy)

And the tutorial.  Sorry the pages are photographed instead of scanned.  I was really dumb and didn't check to make sure the paper I was using FIT IN MY SCANNER before I wrote the whole thing out!  Undecided

Click on the picture for a larger version.

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17  Re: April Card-a-Day Club GALLERY in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Garnet Bear on: April 10, 2007 08:16:00 PM
Laaaaate for me, sorry!  
Romantic Fool (card 2 in the April Fools series)

Plastic gemstones, 4 different kinds of paper, glitter glue, prismacolor pencils, foam mounting, etc etc, etc.  It's sparkly, and has a Siamese kitty this time.

Anyone have any ideas for the last two fools of the month?  I didn't give this much forethought. Smiley

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18  Goodnight Moon in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Garnet Bear on: April 09, 2007 04:01:22 AM
This book makes me feel all warm and safe.  It was my absolute favorite book when I was little.  It's a comfort blanket made of shiny cardboard pages.

Cards are made of many kinds of paper, cut out and patched together.  The stripes on the curtain are painted, as are the moons and stars.  They're simple, but they took quite a while to get everything exactly right, with the layering and the painting.  The insets scanned a little blurry, because the framing has them raised off of the scanner by about 3mm.  They have nice clean edges in person, I swear!

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19  My Little Craftroom (pic heavy) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Garnet Bear on: April 09, 2007 03:28:25 AM
One of the great perks to living in the house that I do is that my husband was more than happy to turn over one of the bedrooms to my massive collection of STUFF that didn't fit in my other bedroom.
I have a...small...plastic heroin My Little Pony...problem.  Small being about 220 of the colorful little horses.  Anyways, rather than condeming my little friends to life in a rubbermaid bin, I spiced up the walls with a few mondrian inspired squares (painted with some of my favorite symbols from the ponies, including glitter), and then threw some shelves up.  It doesn't really show in the pictures, but each shelf is 2 rows deep, the ponies are all consuming.
And besides them, I have an extensive collection of fabric (in those big silver bins, as well as the purple and red bins), yarn, feathers, drawing supplies, beads, books, leathercrafting stuff, hemp twine, felt, paints...it goes on and on.  I am finding new goodies hidden in my room every day, I swear.
The art table is awesome.  I got it at Ikea, and it has a built in lightbox!  I LOVE IT.  I also got that neat soft dragon supply holder at Ikea, he's my buddy.  He's also filled entirely with candy!  Pounds and pounds of it.  I hoard sugar.
The little cat-loaf is one of my siameses, December.  She likes random piles of fabric to sleep on and claim for her own.  Those cages contain my pet rats (5 total!), and the aquarium has my 3 little pet mice.  The milk bones above my desk are because I have two dogs who occasionally stop by and commence to be playful and rompy, which isn't great when I'm doing precision work.  Instead, I toss them treats and they scurry off elsewhere in the house. Wink Please ignore the scary teeth on TV, I guess it was a commercial or something while I was snapping photos.
All of those crazy masks and costumes are past works of mine.  I thought they looked better on the walls than stuffed away in storage.
Strawberry shortcake fabric thing on the door is a dress I just finished.

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20  Re: April Card-a-Day Club GALLERY in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Garnet Bear on: April 02, 2007 11:48:34 PM
Here's my Monday card, just under the wire!  I'll replace this picture with a clearer scan tomorrow, the glitter glue on the face of it is still wet and would get mushed if I tried to scan it now.
So for now, a camera phone picture.

Edit 4/3: replaced with a better scan

I went with the April Fools theme, I'll be doing a new fool for each week.  
It's a Japanese "lucky neko" type cat (typically a Japanese Bobtail), they are thought to invite fortune and good luck.  Green for money, and gold and silver because, well, they're money-ish.  Each of the dollar bills are hand cut, from a parchment cardstock, and individually colored with prismacolor pencils and a white paint pen.  The cash is mounted on the underside of the cat's paw with double sided foam, so it's raised and gives it some depth.  The background is dark green cardstock with some glittery gold parchment glued on top of it.  The cat is mounted on top of it with some more double sided foam.  The gold and silver is glitter glue, and the text reads a fool and his money..., written in glittery gold gelpen.

Next week I think I'll do "love fool", incorporating one of my favorite stupid poems:
o ye innocent victims of cupid,
remember this terse little verse.
to kiss a fool is stupid,
to let a kiss fool you is worse.
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