Valentine’s Day Gifts: Chocolate-y goodness

Chocolate! Who doesn’t love chocolate? And when it’s made with love, then it’s lovely chocolate for a lovely day. My previous posts on this topic can be found:Part 1: The basics of chocolate making; and Part 2: Painting and filling chocolates HOW TO VALENTINE UP YOUR CHOCOLATESMake some candy heart bark: Melt about 20 grams...

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Valentine’s Day Gifts: Bath & body products (updated)

Who doesn’t love love? And by extension, who doesn’t love Valentine’s Day? It’s a cheap excuse to make some heart shaped things and give them to people you love! So I bring you some wonderful ideas for Valentine’s bath & body products… BATH BOMBS These are super easy if you follow the instructions properly. Bath...

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Sleepy thoughts

I woke up this morning thinking about one of my favourite products from the Simpsons – “Much Ado about Stuffing”. Why do these things pop into your head? (Okay, I know these thoughts are called hypnopompic thoughts, just like those crazy thoughts you have while falling asleep are called hypnogognic thoughts, but I wonder where...

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Mineral make-up – Part 7: Purple using ultramarine purple

Purples are lovely colours, and you make pretty much any variation you want by using the right iron oxides (well, ultramarines and manganeses) and micas. This week we’re going to focus on purples made with ultramarine purple. (Next week we’ll use manganese violet and the week after that, variations using iron oxide blue, ultramarine pink,...

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Digital scrapbooking! Part 2: Putting it together

Putting your digital scrapbooking page together is as simple as putting together a paper based scrapbooking page — only slightly easier, as you can manipulate your elements without having to cut or paste papers, photos, and cardstock. (Okay, you actually will cut & paste in a computer sense, not in a real world sense.) If...

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Digital scrapbooking! Part 1: Finding your elements

As you might know, I’m not the greatest scrapbooker in the world. I’m not very visual, so I take forever to make something very very basic. But Wanda is the queen of scrapbookers, and has been struggling to help me be more visual. For me, digital scrapbooking is a great thing! I can play with...

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Edible Settlers of Catan!

How to make games night better? Make the games out of food! That way if you win – you can eat the game. And if you lose, you can punish the game by eating it! It’s win-win! (As a note, we’re doing cupcake and cookie decorating in the spring…anyone up for this?)So I bring you...

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New Year’s resolutions: Update, week 3

Week 3 update…Organization: Well, the jewellery is organized, but the workshop is a disaster area. I have to figure out a better system! Not brushing my teeth so hard: Again, going well. I’ll stop updating this one. Working on my blood sugar: Going well, but I kind of forgot to go for my HgA1C (it’s...

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Mineral make-up – Not a part, but an aside

If you’re thinking about making mineral make-up (MMU), you’re probably wondering what are the essentials I need to make this stuff and how much is it going to cost me? Great questions…so here’s a list of what I consider the essentials for eye shadow (and a brief explanation of why…)Mineral make-up essentials…1. Treated sericite –...

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Candle making for Yarrow craft group – your links and handouts!

I did up the tutorials for these in November, but I’ll save you the trouble of mooching through the archived posts. (You’ll notice the picture to the left uses the honeycombed beeswax. We used mostly smooth beeswax, but you can use either type!)Click here for information on beeswax candles, including where to get supplies and...

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