Any suggestions for food in the Port Angeles and Seattle area?

We’re off on a camping trip tomorrow, so I turn to you for ideas for interesting meals! We’ll be cooking at the camp site, so suggestions for places to get good produce and things like cheese and bacon in the Port Angeles area would be most welcome. And if you have a suggestion for great...

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I’m teaching a few classes in Chilliwack…

I thought I’d share this with anyone interested in attending a class with me in Chilliwack through the Chilliwack Arts Council! Sunday, October 28th from 10 to 12pm – Bath products: Bath salts, bombs, and oils.Sunday, November 4th from 10 to 12 pm – Balms, butters & lotion barsSunday, November 18th from 10 am to...

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Question: How to weigh feather light things?

In this post, Julie asks: Speaking of difficulty weighing things, I’d love for you to cover this….Feather-light ingredients. I can’t figure out how to weigh my Silk Peptide. I don’t see how it could be by weight since it is so light. At 3% in a recipe I needed 5 grams of it. When I weighed...

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Dear Swift: Am I cheating on my books by buying an e-reader?

I bought a Kobo yesterday – it’s white and lilac, and it currently holds five books – but I feel like I’m cheating on my books. I love books! I love the feel of the paper, the sound of cracking a new book open, the ability to dog ear them so I can share a...

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Question: Can we use regular e-wax in a conditioner?

In this post on Rita BTMS-225, Julie asks: Can you use regular e wax in a conditioner? I’d love to try one just to try it, but I don’t want to have to buy a different emulsifier I probably wouldn’t use much.  The short answer is no, you can’t use regular e-wax in a conditioner. And...

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Why you don’t want to mix too much when using foamy & lathery surfactants!

When you’re making things like bubble bath, body wash, or shampoo, I encourage you to mix the product gently to avoid bubbles. Why? Because THIS happens! Two weeks later, and it still isn’t clear! And I didn’t think I mixed it THAT much! When we mix too much, we get bubbles. Not a bad thing...

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Give it time…

This week someone told me I was rude when I asked her if she felt she was ready to sell a lotion she had made for what sounded like the first time. I don’t think I was rude, but even if I was, I think it is a question that should he addressed by anyone...

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Newbie Tuesday: Let’s make a thick cream! (updated)

If you’ve never made a product before, welcome to Newbie Tuesday! If this is your third product from the Newbie Tuesday series, then get ready for more fun! You learned how to make lotion and body butter earlier this year, and making a cream is much like making those two products! If you need some information on...

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Experiments with Rita BTMS-225: My normal rinse off conditioner

I’ve been playing with Rita BTMS-225, a new conditioning emulsifier carried by Voyageur Soap & Candle. What do I think of it? In this post, Mychelle shared her experiences with Rita 225…I’ve been using the Rita BTMS 225 for a couple of months now and I really like it. As I predominantly used BTMS-25 from...

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Question: How to measure small amounts of preservative?

In this post, Ellbie asks:  Can you at some time during this Newbie series talk about a good technique for weighing your preservative? Specifically Germall Plus liquid. I have the dangest time trying to figure an accurate means of weighing this viscous liquid out. I am a tween (not really a newbie and with enough knowledge...

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