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361  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / I Spy Bags for Travelling on: May 22, 2009 01:08:17 AM
My family went on vacation...23 hours in the car in fact! I decided to make some I Spy bags to help keep my nephews occupied and to help save the sanity of my mom, brother, and sil. My 3 year old nephew went to the Fabric store with me and picked out the tractor fabric, the black for him and the cream colored for his 5 year old brother. But, he did let me know that the one he picked out for himself was better! Sadly, no action shots yet, as I barely got these finished the night before they left. (Procrastination--that's how I roll)

I made an I spy bag for a swap last year, but it took me this long to make them for my little guys! Here is the link to the first one I saw on here, I made some modifications (reinforced all the seams since I know how violent these little boy are, velcro pocket on the back for the pictures of the items, topstitching around the vinyl window for extra reinforcement) but it is the same general idea: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=261769.0

I also made these large zippered pouches to hold the I Spy bags along with a collection of coloring and sticker books, crayons, and other little goodies to help keep them occupied. The baby is 1 and didn't get an I Spy bag, but he got a little bag to hold his stuffed animals, rattly things, and his tiny tupperware (not sure why all my nephews like tiny tupperware, but I guess they just like things to put other things in!)

362  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Make a Charm Pack Swap--Stash bust that fabric! (US Only) on: May 15, 2009 12:28:46 AM
So, I have been a wee bit obsessed with fabric in general and charm packs specifically lately! Obsessing on etsy, drooling over awesome quilts by whoopdedoo_5 , doing the strip swap, organizing my fabric stash...all these things have helped feed the obsession! I was given a fun charm pack recently (moda Oh Cherry Oh, since you asked! Smiley ), and while cutting some squares from yardage of white on white fabric to go with it, I thought it would be fun to make our own charm packs to swap!

The idea~ Make charm packs in a set of color or theme and send them out to 5 people. I think putting people in groups of 6 would work nicely, experience swappers could have the option of doing more than 1 group. Charm packs could be 40 squares (more or less? that's pretty standard I think?) and people could list colors or themes they would have available. We could either include solids or not, but no more than 2 of each fabric per charm pack, preferably 1 of each fabric (maybe 2 of some that you think are super awesome if you need to round out the numbers?) I'm thinking this would maybe US only for quick turn-around and cheaper shipping?

So, for instance, in my sign-up I might list that I could do a browns and greens charm pack, or a charm pack with leafy patterns, or a certain tone/hue/shade, ie all deep jewel tones? Each person could list what their stash could yield as far as different themes/colors, and people would be sorted into groups according what would give a good variety. If you have a pretty random stash, you could see what you have that would go together nicely...maybe you have lots of polka dot prints, and you could put those all together and then add in prints and solids that match the colors. Maybe a theme could be "girly" with some conversation fabric of high heels, various pink, purples, and reds, and cherry and hearts fabrics! You might want to check your stash, and then pick up a half dozen FQ's to add with what you have for some extra good variety!

All fabric would need to be 100% cotton of course, and preferably good quality. I'm not really interested in getting any Wal Mart fabric for quilting, personally! And carefully cut to be 5 x 5 inches!

Yay? Nay?
363  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / March Bday Swap--1 Angel Found! on: May 13, 2009 10:14:36 PM
Swap Name: March 2009 Birthday Swap
Original Thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=294680.0
Gallery thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=294670.0
# of Flakers: 1
Angel: piinkfeline

I need one awesome angel to send a fabulous package to feelix, who was flaked on in the March Bday Swap! The Bday swap requires a medium item crafted (or enough smalls to make a medium). If you would like to angel for feelix, please send me a pm with what you can craft for her off of her list and how soon you could get it in the mail. Thanks!

Here is feelix's list:

Good Day! Thank you for reading and considering. March 14th will be my 30th Birthday. I have asked for more $$ to travel instead of a birthday party (My DH doesn't like to plan parties and I don't want to plan my own).  I am a SAHM for a 7month old and a wife to an engineering/gaming loving husband.As for Craftiness.... I love to bake... my first passion, my second passion is sewing as for all other crafty goodness it all equals 3rd place. I am into fun and practical. I love organization (although I'm a very cluttered person) and anything that might help me be organized. I also love anything for my baby - she is the highlight and motivation to my days. I also love receiving crafty items for my husband so is a huge Final Fantasy XI player. I love color - not a color I hate - so don't feel afraid. if you need a reference- blue, black, white, red... I do love surprises! So don't hesitate to be inspired!

My Wish List:

Crafted Items

The following items with a Dr. Pepper Theme/inspiration:
Key chain
Lunch Tote
Tote Bag
Soda Cozy
Apron (Size XL)
Fingerless gloves

I love to Travel (Although I don't get to as much as I would like). So anything that makes traveling easier.

Passport Wallet & Passport Cover : http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod39380135&ecid=NMCIGoogleBaseFeed&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=H1VDL

Pre- board organizer http://www.travelsmith.com/jump.jsp?itemID=1709&itemType=PRODUCT&path=1%2C2%2C252%2C331&iProductID=1709&sortBy=0

eye mask https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=266614.0

Tea Wallet  http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_14&listing_id=22092107&ga_search_query=Tea+Wallet&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=&min=&max=&order= (open to whatever style - old at least 4 tea bags please)

Pink Whipped Soap http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_6&listing_id=22116277&ga_search_query=travel&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=&min=&max=&order=

Box Tote http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_8&listing_id=22170571&ga_search_query=travel&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=2&min=&max=&order=

luggage tags http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_1&listing_id=22172987&ga_search_query=luggage+tags&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=&min=&max=&order=

monogrammed keychain http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_18&listing_id=22129012&ga_search_query=luggage+tags&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=&min=&max=&order=

Tissue Cover (not floral please) http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_19&listing_id=22047177&ga_search_query=tissue+cover&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=&min=&max=&order=

Travel Shampoo Bar http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_14&listing_id=18998889&ga_search_query=travel+shampoo&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=&min=&max=&order=

back pack http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_18&listing_id=22163661&ga_search_query=travel+tote&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=&min=&max=&order=  (pockets please)

Car Bag (the kind that hang on the back of the seat.

I also love crafting:
Sewing Machine Cover and pincushion/thread catcher http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_3&listing_id=21871210&ga_search_query=sewing+machine+cover&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=&min=&max=&order=

Pin cushion Ring http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_9&listing_id=18892999&ga_search_query=pin+cushion&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=&min=&max=&order=

Scrap Caddy http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_15&listing_id=22158736&ga_search_query=pin+cushion&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=&min=&max=&order=

Pin Cushion http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_11&listing_id=21752927&ga_search_query=pin+cushion&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=3&min=&max=&order=

Other Stuff I like
lady bug bag http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_20&listing_id=22173919&ga_search_query=sewing&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=&min=&max=&order=

The Donna Bag http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_1&listing_id=13343737&ga_search_query=sewing&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=3&min=&max=&order=

anything that embellishes

I love any Dove Product
I love Orbit Bubble mint gum
I love chocolate
I love gummy candy
364  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Mother's Day card making with kids...suggestions please? on: May 08, 2009 09:23:34 PM
So my nephews love to do "projects" with me, so I thought I would take some papery goodness over tomorrow and have them make cards for their mamas. They are 5, 3 1/2, and 1. I have big plans to get the baby's fingerprints in paint and let him scribble, but the older boys can actually do stuff lol! So, I was thinking glue dots since they aren't messy and maybe cutting some letters out with stencils beforehand but not sure what else. Any ideas? I do have a ton of paper supplies but would like to keep the mess to a minimum, (ie, my sil and I did a glitter project with the boys at Christmas and we're still cleaning up from it)
365  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Mini Art Quilt Swap (SIGN-UPS Closed, Sendouts EXTENDED to July 13) on: April 28, 2009 10:19:37 AM
Swap name: Mini Art Quilt Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: MareMare
Sign-up date range: April 28- May 13 New Sign-up End date---MAY 10 at 8pm PACIFIC
Date to send item by: July 10 Monday, July 13

Gallery Link:  

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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? n/a

Age requirement? 18

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:

Link to original discussion thread https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=296024.0

This swap is to make a mini quilt for your partner! We are only going to swap the mini quilt itself, no extras so we can focus on making the quilt. The size of the quilt should be between 1 and 2 feet square, with any size, shape, and dimensions that fits within those parameters. So 12 x 18 inches is ok, and so is a 15 inch circle, but any one side shouldnt be smaller than 12 inches or longer than 24 inches.
Use whatever methods you want to make a lovely art quilt for your partner! Piecing, embroidery, hand dying fabric, adding beads or charms, etc.
Since this is a longer swap I want everyone to know that they need to keep in contact both with the organizer and their partner. Im not going to implement anything as rigid as weekly check-ins, but post try to post to the thread at least every couple of weeks and please dont leave your partner or myself hanging if we pm you!  Please make sure you post in this thread for updates as soon as you sign-up/think about signing up.  Smiley

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

Name of swap: Mini Art Quilt Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name and 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)

Do you live in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, do you understand that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
   - If no, do you understand that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO
Please state that you understand that communication is very important in this swap, and you need to stay in touch with the organizer and your partner("poor communication" feedback will be given accordingly).

Would you describe your quilting skills as beginner, intermediate, or advanced?

What are your favorite colors:

What are some of the colors in the room of the house you might display this in:

What colors do you dislike:

What patterns/shapes/objects do you like:

What patterns/shapes/objects do you dislike:

Any specific fabric or quilt patterns you really like (ie, you  have really strong feelings towards paisley fabric or star type quilts)?

Any specific fabric or quilt patterns you really dislike?

Please list 5 themes/ideas to help your partner know the kinds of things you might like (they can be more specific, ie dolphins, or less specific, ie the ocean):

Are you someone that really wants to have one of these themes crafted for you, or are you ok if your partner does a little stalking to come up with other themes you might like?

Are you someone that is really helped by having a set list to craft from, or do you prefer to be a little freer and do some research/stalking?

Would you be ok with your art quilt containing 3d elements such as beads, sequins, charms, etc? This might have to do with how you plan to use it.

Do you plan on or think you might possibly use 3d elements in the art quilt you make?

Do you have an idea what you would use your art quilt for?

If yes, is there anything specific that the sender needs to know/do? (ie, a loop put on it would be good if you plan to hang it, please dont use 3d elements if its for a table, etc)

Do you have any allergies severe enough to prevent you from being partnered with someone? (ie, if you are only a tiny bit allergic to cats like me, dont put it down, but if someone sending something from a house with a cat will make you sick, please list it)

Do you have allergens like pets (specific) or smoking in your house?

Anything else you would like your partner to know?


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

Gallery Link:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=306811.0


1. MareMare
2. shout4joy
3. Melvinator (formerly huggiepeelow)
4. Jenicat
5. seamlessgem
6. Lmcbride
7. GothChics (co-organizer)
8. Retro_Rose
9. Pearliepie
10. TAOJ
11. Mamaphunk
12. CraftyMcCrafterson
13. meganlorraine
14. SugarySweet
15. craft minded
16. tinkrbella2005
17. onegroovyday
18. lukenlarry
19. goatgoddess
20. crosswind
21. RyverChyld
22. LauPre
23. chrsdx
24. zombiekilla
25. katcal
26. SewHelpMe
27. pjherbert
28. audio-astrophysics
29. Linda P
30. arimethia


katcal----> meganlorraine
meganlorraine ----> katcal

MareMare ----> TAOJ
TAOJ ----> MareMare

seamlessgem ----> GothChics
GothChics ----> seamlessgem

RyverChyld ----> SewHelpMe
SewHelpMe ----> RyverChyld

onegroovyday ----> pjherbert
pjherbert ----> onegroovyday

Linda P ----> audio-astrophysics
audio-astrophysics   ----> Linda P

mamaphunk ----> lukenlarry
lukenlarry    ----> mamaphunk

Jenicat ----> chrsdx
chrsdx ----> Jenicat

PearliePie   ----> zombiekilla
zombiekilla ----> Pearliepie

craftminded ----> crosswind
crosswind ----> craftminded

shout4joy ----> Lmcbride
Lmcbride    ----> shout4joy

LauPre ----> arimethia
arimethia ----> LauPre

tinkrbella2005 ----> CraftMcCrafterson
CraftyMcCraftersson ----> tinkrbella2005

Retro_Rose ----> goatgoddess
goatgoddess ---->    Retro_Rose

SugarySweet ----> Melvinator
Melvinator ----> SugarySweet

366  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / 1 Angel FOUND for January Bday Swap on: April 18, 2009 05:03:36 PM
I need one fabulous angel for Hollistercobabe to send a birthday package from her wishlist. If you would like to volunteer please pm me what you would like to make off her list and if you will be able to get it sent within 2 weeks. The requirement for this swap is one medium item or the equivalent.

Swap: January 2009 Bday Swap
Link to swap: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=285564.0
Gallery:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=285562.0
Angels needed: 1
Angels found: 1

Here is her list:

I live in Arlington, TX with my BF Andrew, our roommate Hiram and our 2 dogs. Riley is a male pomchi and Mika is a female long haired chi. I love to crochet, play with resin, do some soap work and some basic sewing. I pretty much live on craftsters. I collect weird earrings and track jackets.

My Wists: http://wists.com/hollistercobabe

Crafted Items:
Crochet Items for play Kitchen
Knit Items for play Kitchen
Felt Items for play Kitchen
Knit Food
Felt Food
Crochet/ Knit Legwarmers
Cool or Funky Shirts in a Woman's Large Check my Wists for ideas
Unusual Earrings
Weird Yarn
Knit Scarf and Hat set
Handspun Yarn
Geeky Laptop Bag for Lenovo T400 with a little extra room for accessories
Unusual design  Large purse
Bella Mittens
Guitar Strap with Amortem! written on it in Night of the living dead font
I have a weakness for knee socks

Anything for Amigurumis
Tape Measures in weird colors
Amigurumi crochet books especially Japanese ones here are the ones I have

Anything weird.
Anything fun for the puppies or the bf.
puppies love squeaky toys and treats
Bf is a WoW fanatic
367  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / May Bday Swap?--Organizer Found! on: April 18, 2009 11:37:02 AM
Is there interest in a May Bday Swap? It will need an organizer...  Thanks phnxreign99!
368  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Share great deals on suppliers here! on: April 13, 2009 05:12:00 PM
I just got a cool email from Elements bath and body and thought I would share. If anybody finds great deals on eo's, packaging, base oils, etc or sees sales or clearances please share them here! This thread is to share great finds for supplies, not to sell your own products or your supplies. We have a general suppliers thread here for suppliers we like and recommend, this thread is for specific items/sales, etc.

Elements Bath and Body~ 15% off of bases (mp, lip balm base, liquid soap, shampoo, lotion) Weekly sale so I'm guessing it will last....a week  Grin http://www.elementsbathandbody.com/Weekly-Specials-c-117.html
369  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Featured Projects--Quarter 1, 2009 on: April 05, 2009 12:58:07 PM
Here are the featured projects from the first quarter of 2009. All of these projects were posted in January, February, or March. Many of these were popular projects that have already been rocked or commented on quite a bit, and others might not have gotten quite as much attention the first time around. They were chosen by a combination of votes via the This Rocks button and my desire to highlight awesome, creative projects through a variety of soaps and other bath items as well as make-up and all the other great categories that fit under Bath and Beauty.

(click the pic to go to the thread)

First off, the winner of our first Bath & Beauty Board Challenge. The Challenge was to make a B&B product with an unusual item and Nymeria made soap with baby formula!

Next Step Baby Soap (aka infant formula) by Nymeria

And here are a few Valentines Day themed crafts:

Rose Bud Bath Melts (with recipe) by EmmyFNWL

My Tribute to Valentiness Day by simplyorganic

And an April Fools Day project! (or is it??...)

Dill Pickle Salt Scrub and Lip Gloss by EmmyFNWL

I doubt anyone hasnt seen this, it was a Craftster-wide Featured Project!
Anba: Troublesome Princess Cyber Soul by ambermi

And the rest of the Featured Projects!

Massage Melts by tinkswings

Cake, Anyone? by Nymeria

Rosemary Foot Scrub by Addicted to Soap

Mendi/Henna Designs by Solarwen

Soap Cigar Band Tutorial by Nymeria

8 Loaves of New Soap by mcook72677

My newest soap by shout4joy

Pin-Cushion Inspired Make-up by astr0zombie

My Latest Nails by malibukasey

CupcakesNoIts Candles by dip_n_dot

Massage Butter with Swiss Chocolate by PonyHuetchen

Thanks everyone for making and posting such great projects, and keep clicking This Rocks when you see something you love!

370  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Featured Member--swift on: April 05, 2009 11:52:33 AM
Here is our new Bath & Beauty Featured Member~swift!

Swift has been a Craftster since early 2005 and makes amazing B&B items like mineral make-up and facial cleansers! Besides posting great projects and recipes she also is free with her help on the Discussions and Questions board. Here are a couple of her posts that made me go "Dang!"  Grin
(click pic for link)

A little intro by Swift:

Although Im known as Swift (after the author, not a description of my speed!) or SwiftCraftyMonkey, in real life Im Susan. Im a crafting dilettante I run a few youth craft groups, so I have to come up with new ideas every week but my true passion is bath & body formulating. I love the way it challenges me scientifically and artistically!

As much as I love crafting, I love teaching, and I get such great joy at being part of that a-ha moment when someone learns something new. I work for a non-profit charity and I believe in giving back to the community, which is why I started my blog at http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com. And as someone who really doesnt play well with others in group settings I ask far too many questions and want to know everything! I find the net is the best way for me to learn.

A friend insulted my crafting skills and challenged me to learn how to cross-stitch in 1996. Which led me to learn to crochet, knit, bookbind, sew, and create bath & body products. In the last two years Ive added candle making, jewelry making, and polymer clay to my crafty repertoire.

In May 2009, Im marrying an amazing and supportive man who encourages me in everything I do. Raymond and I have an adorable-fur baby, Blondie, the little cutie pie in my avatar. And yes, we are crafting everything for the wedding.

Q: Why (and when) did you begin making Bath and Body items?

It was a happy accident that led to my obsession with creating bath & body products. My best friend and I were sewing purses one afternoon, and it turned out to be one of those days on which I could not get a single thing right! To alleviate the frustration, we decided to make bath salts, bath bombs, and melt & pour soap. Then a batch of bath bombs failed, and, being the kind of person who cant stand not knowing how things work, I had to find out what happened. (We were using the wrong kind of citric acid!) I stumbled upon the Soap Dish and saw people making lotions, hair care products, and more! I had no idea any of this was possible, so I tried a few things and became obsessed. That was almost three years ago.

Q: What is your B&B philosophy?

Creating incredible bath & body products is about knowing your ingredients. Get factual information and studies from reputable websites; dont believe urban legends or spam that shows up in your inbox! Be inquisitive. Why use sweet almond oil instead of sunflower oil? Youre not tied down to any one supplier when you know the INCI name of your supplies, and you can substitute what you want instead of the ones used by the recipe creators. I find this is the best way to customize your creations!

Know how your ingredients feel. Pour some oil on your hand, play with the hydrolyzed proteins, add a little conditioner to your body wash -- knowing what each ingredient brings to the party is essential for formulating. I thought my long, frizzy, coarse hair would love silk, but it became even frizzier! Thats how I found the protein my hair and skin loves.

Keep notes on everything. Get a notebook (or in my case, giant binder) and make notes about every single thing you did during each creation. I like to keep my recipes in a binder with plastic covers. I can write notes with a grease pencil and I transfer those notes to my computer if Ive done something significantly different. I always keep the dates of each batch and what I changed, and I always label every product with the ingredients. How else am I going to know which one I love and which one I will never ever try again?

Show no fear! If you want to make it, make it! Whats the worst case scenario? You waste a few supplies or create something you hate (although it might be something someone else adores). I always say I gain confidence from my successes, but I learn from my mistakes. If I hadnt failed on that third batch of bath bombs, I wouldnt have found this amazing craft!

Q: We love your mineral make-up, what can you share about the process?

Mineral make-up is the harmony of chemistry and art (wow, when you write it down, that really sounds cheesy!) Perfecting a base you love is the hardest part of mineral make-up creation, and its something most of us never think about because its not the cool, shiny part. A base can make the difference between a soft, powdery feel with longevity or a flaky mess that runs in the rain. I cant count how many batches of eye shadow base Ive made, sent out to friends for feedback, then tweaked before I found the one I love (the one posted on Craftster). But now Ive done that, I can create to my hearts content.

The actual process of making an eye shadow is very exciting. I choose a colour Id like to make something I saw, printed, or dreamed and think about how to get to that point. Do I start with something shiny or matte? Do I want to darken it with black? Do I want something highly pigmented or something sheer?

When you get your micas, iron oxides, and the like, put some on your hand and look at in the daylight. Note the main colour, then note the sheen, sparkle, and undertones. Make up a colour sheet with the name and a swatch of each colour on it so you know what each contributes to an eye shadow or foundation.

And try anything. Green and pink didnt go well together youve learned something not to do next time. Or perhaps they do, and youve created an amazing colour others covet. 

Q: What other B&B items do you make?

The short answer: Everything I use.

The long answer: I make every product in my bathroom, except the toothpaste and deodorant (and Im working on that!). Im a surfactant junkie, so I love making bubble baths, body washes, facial cleansers, and shampoos. Ive got a whole lotta hair, so I love working on new hair care products conditioners, leave in conditioners, de-frizzing potions and I love making lotions. Id never really used them before making them, and now I cant live without at least a body butter, hand lotion, and foot scrub!

Ive never tried cold process soap. Its not for fear of trying it, but I figure there are people in my community who have perfected their craft and Im happy to support their work!

Q: How did your first B&B project go for you?

My first attempts at bath bombs went very well, but the third was a dismal failure (see the happy accident story above!) Im very fortunate Ive only had one lotion go wrong, and that was because I made a massive mistake I didnt make sure the water and oil phases were at the same temperature. The water was barely lukewarm and the oils were above 70C. The lotion separated, and I learned a valuable lesson about the role of heat in emulsification! 
Q: Do you have any favorite techniques?

The techniques I use are pretty much what I consider good manufacturing practices, so its hard to really comment on the actual making of products. I like to have all the ingredients and utensils at hand, the fragrance or essential oils Ive chosen, and a large jug of distilled water at the ready. I make sure the landing area, where Im going to put the finished product to cool (fridge, freezer, countertop), is ready. When the product is cooling, I consider the packaging Id like to use (I have far too much, so this can take some time) and write down my notes for my labelling.

For formulating, I love to go through the stores or mooch through my friends bathrooms checking ingredient lists for products they like (with their permission, of course). I write down the ingredients and research each of them to see if they are essential to the product or just good marketing, then I try to recreate the essence of that product.

For mineral make-up creation, I get paint swatches or pieces of fabric or brochures from the cosmetics counter and use those as my reference for eye shadow ideas.

Q: What is your favorite B&B project on Craftster that youve posted?

My mineral make-up tutorial!

Although Im very pleased with my first tutorial on bath bombs!

Q: What is your favorite B&B project on Craftster that someone else has posted? 

I love Rayno24s cupcake soap tutorial!

Q: Besides B&B, what Craftster categories are you a frequent poster or lurker on?

All of them! Sewing purses, bookbinding, jewellery making, miscellaneous I read them all for ideas.

Q: What is your favorite non-B&B project on Craftster that you have posted? 

I liked these beeswax sushi candles, although there isnt much of a tutorial. I have changed the design somewhat since I posted this, but I still think theyre fun!  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=86418.msg815123#msg815123

Q: What is your favorite non-B&B project on Craftster that someone else has posted? 

I love this tiny wallet. Ive modified it to include a change section for my camping trips!
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