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431  Re: Bath Bombs - packaging and expiration in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: June 21, 2009 01:16:25 PM
Hmm, I've wondered that before too! I know that I've given friends very old bath bombs and they still worked (fizzed)...I was going to throw them out but they were rescued by bath bomb lovers lol! Do you use oil in your recipe? I guess it would be a combo of the shelf life of the oil and the integrity of the bomb holding together. I think at least 3-6 months? Very possibly longer?

For packaging that sounds like a really cute idea! I do shrink bags, or when I'm feeling lazy/out of those I use plastic wrap and tie it around my bombs and tie the top with ribbon and hit the bottom with a bit of heat gun to tighten it up. That's when I use mini muffin tins for molds though, it probably wouldn't work as well for traditional sphere bombs...

I haven't sold bombs in forever, so here is the only pic I can find of how I package mine for craft fairs~ I stack two of the mini muffin kinds together so there is a flat bottom for them to stand on.

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432  Re: Make a Charm Pack Swap ~Gallery~ in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: June 21, 2009 12:35:22 PM
Here are my pretties! I've already received 4 charm packs!

My 3 packs from mambosushi:

Christmas~Not only are these great, but she took the time to arrange them in color groups! I have very few Christmas fabrics so I am loving these!

Asian~These are gorgeous, the large piece of purple with the dragon is so pretty!

Skulls/Pirates~I can't decide if I want to make something for my pirate loving nephews or a mod who loves day of the dead stuff! Maybe both!

She was so sweet and included FQ's to match each one! Thanks so much!

And my West Elm Contemporary pack from GatsbyGirl! It's so hard to pick a fave, but I do love the greens with the large scale prints, one is on top and one is kind of hard to see in my pic! I think they are next to each other in mambosushi's pic!

She sent really cute magnets (no pic) and some bonus squares that match that in home dec and corduroy fabrics! Thank you!
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433  Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap (Signups Closed, Sendouts Aug 3) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by MareMare on: June 18, 2009 10:26:10 AM
Name of Swap: Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: MareMare
Sign-up date range: June 18, 2009 July 2, 2009
Date to send item by: August 3, 2009

Gallery~ https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=312874.0

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Age requirement: 13, per Craftster rules

Swap Organizer himself/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

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES/NO
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:

For this swap, you will crochet a variety of motifs for 1, 2, or 3 partners. First time swappers are limited to 1 partner. For each partner, you will need to make a minimum of 6 different motifs that total at least 25 inches.

This swap is scavenger hunt style, meaning you get to pick your motifs from the variety of options listed below:

1. A flower motif
2. An animal or animal themed motif
3. Motif uses Front Post Double Crochet
4. Motif uses Bobble Stitches
5. A Lacy Motif
6. A tiny motif (less than 3 inches)
7. Motif is worked in the round
8. Motif is worked diagonally
9. Motif uses hairpin lace or broomstick lace
10. Motif is made up of smaller motifs (think grannys daughters, yo-yos, etc)
11. Motif is asymmetrical
12. A heritage motif.
13. Motif is made of at least 3 various shades or tones of one color
14. Motif is made with complimentary colors (opposite from each other on the color wheel)
15. Senders Choice

*Explanation/idea of heritage motif:
An "ethnic" motif. For example, I'm of Irish (25%), Scottish (25%), Lithuanian (25%), and Heinz 57 (25%... but probably a mix of English, Irish, Scottish and who knows what else... Gramps was from Maine from way back) descent. So, a shamrock, or a "plaid" motif, or a flag motif... or a ketchup bottle Wink

Note: If you are using motifs that are not symmetrical (such as a rectangle), you should use the smallest measurement to calculate your total inches.

Other rules: You should use worsted weight acrylic, unless your partner(s) indicates otherwise. All tails need to be woven in, unless your partner indicates otherwise. Communication is very important to me, please be sure to send pms to both myself and your partner when you send and receive. Please somehow label all your motifs with the pattern name and source so your partner and other swap members viewing the gallery will know where it came from, because we will want to duplicate them!   Grin

Link to Discussion Thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=309372.0
Link to Round 1 Thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=293026.0
Link to Round 1 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=297226.0

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:


Name of swap: Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap
Craftster username:

Email address:

Your real name:

Mailing address including the country, formatted for shipping:

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?

Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no)

How many partners would you like? (1, 2, or 3):

Please list your color scheme, if you have one:

List colors you absolutely do not want to receive:

Do you want to recieve variegates yarns or solids only?

If you are interested in motifs made with other types of yarn(novelty yarns, etc.), please list:

Do you have any allergies that would prevent you from being partnered with someone:

Please list potential allergens in your home or work area:


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Crochet motifs on the Lion Brand website- you need to register, but its free, and worth it!
Books (check your local library, too!):
Beyond the Square Motifs by Edie Eckman
201 Crochet Motifs, Blocks, Projects and Ideas by Melody Griffiths
The Harmony Guides: Crochet Stitch Motifs: 250 Stitches to Crochet by Erika Knight
Crochet Bouquet: Easy Designs for Dozens of Flowers by Suzann Thompson

(motif by fantasticmio in round 1)

Gallery~ https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=312874.0
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434  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 4: The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: June 14, 2009 10:23:30 PM
Package 1

Woot! I received my first package, and it is amazing! A couple times as I was opening things I once again thought "hmm, princesspimp81 and I must be twins that were separated at birth!"  But our birthdays are 6 days apart, she is nearly a whole week older than me!   Grin

Everything wrapped up all pretty and labeled! Can you believe my self-control in taking a pic before ripping into everything? Quite proud of myself really!

Something to make Miss Disney jealous. Or maybe Favorite Character
Neil Patrick Harris and crew from How I Met Your Mother! The best decorated box ever! There are awesome quotes all around the outside too! I love how she highlighted Robin  when she was a Canadian pop princess!

Something that smells good. She loves baked goods smells, and here are perfumes in creme brulee and choc peanut butter! Packaged in a crocheted ding-dong!

Favorite Game! Yay for goomba! And his star! This is so cute, and I'm sure the pic can't show how well made they are! I loves me some Mario too!

Favorite Holiday! OMG, this cracks me up!

Candy Corn earrings, hat, hot pad and adorable bag made with sequined material, fur material, and vinyl (?) I think!

Favorite Flower. Awesome crochet hook roll! Flower on the front, plus she said the colors are like her favorite flower! This is so well designed, best hook roll ever!

Related to Reading. We are both big book junkies, and like a ton of similar books and authors! These are really clever corner bookmarks, packaged in a crocheted cupcake bag! nom nom!

Related to Crafting. princesspimp81's main crafts are crochet and sewing....she combines them here with an awesome crocheted pin cushion (stem part) with a container thing in the top, and the whole thing looks like a mushroom, reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland! Plus button goodness! And Candy! There may have been more candy to start with.

Sentimental. One of her first crafts was sand art in bottles!! These earrings are filled with beads, but layered like sand art and packaged in a cute little bag. This made me go !!! because that was one of my first crafts too! I would make my parents take me downtown to Portland Saturday Market to buy supplies from the sand art guy down there!

Something edible! Delicious oatmeal white chocolate cookies! So glad I finished dinner before opening my package, I felt no guilt in eating two of these for dessert!

Something made with paper. Recipes for baked goodies in adorable pink notebook! My co-workers will be enjoying some Cinnamon Toast Cupcakes soon!


Package 2

Everything was wrapped up all lovely again, but I didn't have the patience for a pic this time! Actually I had to wait 2 days to take pictures beacuse I needed camera batteries!

Ok, I forgot the category for this (aka my nephew's "helped" me unwrap things and labels may have gotten eaten/misplaced), but I am going to guess "Favorite Craft" since I know princesspimp81 loves to make these cake boxes (and I love to receive them)! She can correct me as to the actual category lol. Filled with delicious Ghiradelli chocolate squares that are currently living in the fridge, but got to come out for pics!

Wisty surprise~A Zelda Scarf! Super great green scarf (my fave color!) with a triforce on each end! I Love it!

Craft kit~Loom Knitting! I told her how much I love knit items but knitting needles give me rage. 4 different looms and 4 pamphlets! Plus yummy soft chenille yarn!

Favorite Song~ "Birdhouse in Your Soul" by They Might Be Giants. Adorable birdhouse with decopouged pics and song lyrics! There is also a really cute night light, but it is needing to be glued, dang nephews struck again. (It's an easy fix, they just pulled the front off from the base). They LOVED this package the most!

Favorite Book~ The Handmaid's Tale. I love this book but have only read it once and am so happy to add it to my collection! I am a big re-reader! If you haven't read it, you need to! Margaret Atwood also has some amazing short stories that you should search out!

Birthday Bonus! My bday is coming up and she crocheted me the cutest little gal....Lea the Leo!  Grin

Thank you hon for another awesome package!


Package 3

I received my third package from princesspimp81!  She sent me an awesome purse! She crocheted a purse that is like a sewn one on my wists....I immediately recognized it! The yarn is really pretty and soft!



and.... a matching coin purse!

I got even more spoiled, a make-up bag with awesome pink goodies. I <3 pink! Lip balm, nail clippers, nail file, and nail polish!

And some yummy Halloween candy. There was more to start with, but my friend and I have already made quite a bit of it disappear!

Thanks princesspimp81! I've loved swapping with you! I hope you love your third package too!
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435  Re: IYP 12: The Sock Hop! gallery of awesomeness!!! in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: June 06, 2009 05:25:07 PM
Here is my awesome package from sevsonlygirl! She sent me a huge box of clothes for my monster boy nephews! They are so going to be so excited, I will post some actions shots after I see them. I'm not posting pics of everything, I think she may have bought some things, but besides what I have pictured that she stencilled she also included a ton of other cute outfits, pajamas, and even a little jacket for the oldest one! Little boys are messy and grow fast, so we never seem to have enough clothes lol! Thanks so much!

First, a pic of the monster boys in question Smiley They are 5, 3 1/2, and 1. Picture with my sil

They love lions, frogs, and ninja turtles, so these are so on the money!

Thanks so much sevsonlygirl!
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436  Re: Traveling Scarf Swap Gallery! (Round 6) in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: June 06, 2009 04:56:01 PM
Here is tcha345's scarf!

I did a long cable crocheted stitch on this one. The color is a kind of medium periwinkle, the pic isn't quite true to color.

With the section from tattooedcrafter

The whole thing, in two shots lol!

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437  Smitten Vanilla, Green Apple, and Grapefruit Tea Rose (don't look Sevsonlgirl!) in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by MareMare on: May 28, 2009 03:32:08 AM
Here are the non-disaster soaps from the other day's soaping (mis)adventures.

Smitten Vanilla (named for my girl smittenheart, natch) made with goat's milk, vanilla blossom fo, and vanilla bean flecks. The inside color is from the goat's milk, and the outer color is from the vanilla (oops, that's hard to see but it's super dark brown on the outside). I'll post new pics when the inside finishes discoloring!

Green Apple, I love this fragrance! Colored with neon green pigment.

Pink Grapefruit and Tea Rose~Overcolored with neon yellow, and since I don't have a good pink I combined neon red and neon violet to attempt a pink/red. It's a wee bit too bright  Wink This combo is awesome, if you've never tried floral with a citrus, go for it!

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438  Two Swirling Tutes, many photos in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by MareMare on: May 28, 2009 03:09:02 AM
I said I would post a couple tutes on swirling...I am so not the best swirler, and my fun swirl ended up not happening, but here is the cheesecake method and swirling in the pot. If some awesome swirler wants to post some tutes I would totally love it!

Cheesecake Method--Slab Mold

Get your colorants ready beforehand, you never know how fast you may have to work! I prepared some neon green pigment by mixing it with a couple tablespoons of my base oils (removed after measuring the oils out). Check if your colorant is water or oil soluble and then get it ready. I prepare a little more than I think I will need, so I can adjust the color after mixing into the raw soap base.

When your soap comes to a light trace and you've added your fragrance,

remove whatever amount you are going to swirl (about 1/3 of the total for this one). I like to put it in a spouted 2 cup measure so I can pour it back in easily. Color it with the prepared colorant and mix. Reserve a little pre-mixed color so it isn't too dark. Adjust as necessary.

If you are coloring your base color, do it now with the larger portion in the pot, (I didn't for this particular one) and then pour it into your lined slab mold.

With the spouted container, pour horizontal lines a couple inches apart across the mold. Hold the container around 6 inches above the mold to help it slip towards the bottom. If you are still at a light to medium trace it should mostly go to the bottom. This is good. Use about half of your colored soap doing this, and then take a spoon and working just above the soap in the mold, lightly spoon the soap over the lines you already did. This helps your swirl go throughout the thickness of the soap, rather than just sitting on the top or all sinking to the bottom. You may have to wait a few minutes for it to get a little thicker if it is still so thin it is sinking, but by this point it should be good to go.

With a plastic knife (or the handle of a plastic spoon) draw lines through the soap, first going top to bottom, then next going bottom to top, about 1 1/2 inches apart. Be sure to scrape all the way to the bottom.


And after cutting~ with this method you get some pieces that may look like leaves or hearts!

In The Pot Method--Log Mold

This is pretty much the easiest method ever. You don't get the beautiful swirls you do with slab molds, but if you are using log molds this is quick and easy and gives some fun color.

Prepare your colorant ahead of time (see above)

Bring your soap to a light trace and add your fragrance.** Remove the amount that you want to color, in multiple containers if you are doing multiple colors. Color the parts you removed, as well as what is in the pot if you want to color the base soap.

Pouring in a thin stream 6-10 inches or more above the pot, pour the colored soap back in. Zig-zag back and forth and around and around.

You can give the pot 1 stir with your spoon, or none at all, the rest of the swirling will take place when you pour it into the mold

Pour it into the mold, and watch the swirl take place before your eyes!

Forgot to take a pic of the mold, but here is the finished product!

** For fragrance oils that discolor badly (dragon's blood or very strong vanillas) you can do a type of reverse swirl using this method. Before you fragrance, remove a small amount (1/4 to 1/3 of the entire batch). Then add your fragrance oil to the pot (which will now act as colorant also, use the normal amount you would use for the whole batch). Swirl back in the part you removed, it will be a "white" (cream, pale yellow, whatever your unscented soap would be) swirl within the darker soap that ends up discoloring.
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439  I shall dub thee~Muppet Poop! (a pictoral story) in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by MareMare on: May 28, 2009 02:46:29 AM

This is some naughty soap! Actually it was the fragrance oil that was naughty, it seized and I got some soap on a stick.

Very unhappy that the supplier didn't give a warning about it. And yes, I know all the tricks to using difficult fo's, but I would prefer a heads up so that I don't waste good base oils. I stuck it on the stove and cooked it until it had gelled down and melted back together from the dry chunkiness that it was.

I had planned to do a beautiful complicated swirl. Hahaha! Instead I had hideously textured soap. I decided to color it anyways. Rose clay for the base, and chromium green oxide and neon purple pigment for the "swirls"

No pic of the purple on its own, too busy trying to work with the stupid stuff I guess! I attempted to "swirl" in the mold. Hard to do when the stuff is thicker than oatmeal! This is when I picked the name out.

After I smushed it down

I went ahead and cut it into bars, this definitely might get rebatched though!

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440  Lets See Pics of Tattoos You Designed! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by MareMare on: May 23, 2009 04:36:53 PM
Please keep this thread for...

Tattoos on yourself
Tattoos you've personally designed and have been inked on someone else
Tattoos you have physically tattooed on yourself or someone else

Please post ideas and discussions of tattoos you're considering in the future on this thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=30765.0
Thanks all!  

Hi all, I have started a new thread since the old one was getting rather long and kind of out of control (ie people hadn't been following the rules and I hadn't been properly moderating them)

This thread is for posting pics of tattoos you have designed yourself or actually tatooed yourself.  If you don't state that you have tattooed or designed it yourself I will start limbo-ing and pm'ing people to make sure (please respond to my pm's promptly or your posts will possibly be deleted). If it is clear you did not design it, I will move it to the new off-topic tattoo thread here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=306138.0 if you are a Friend of Craftster. Thanks, MareMare

The old thread is here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=291979.0

Roethke's awesome scissor tattoo, found on page 3!

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