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I'm "retired", and now have time for all the creative things I've done since I was a child. I especially like anything with texture.....fabric, wood, glass, stones....even rusty objects. I have a LARGE fabric collection (hopefully to make into quilts etc) and an even larger button collection. I love being able to see how other people have turned everyday items into something special.

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  • Beer Soap Made The Old Fashioned Way.....By Hand

    Thank you so much.....no you can use any oils/fats you want or have on hand. You can certainly make a soap from just 1 oil/fat.....for example "castile" soap is 100% olive oil soap (olive oil, water, and lye). In the old days a lot of people used ONLY tallow (beef fat) or lard (pig fat) depending on what animals they raised. The really IMPORTANT part is to use a LYE CALCULATOR www.thesage.com is one of my favorites. You can click on each individual fat/oil, to see what properties each one has.......All oils/fats are NOT created equal. I do make a 100% coconut oil soap BUT you have to understand that coconut oil is VERY cleansing and if used in amounts over about 25% it can leave your skin feeling dry. I really wouldn't suggest using beer with the coconut oil. Beer has a lot of...see more »Thank you so much.....no you can use any oils/fats you want or have on hand. You can certainly make a soap from just 1 oil/fat.....for example "castile" soap is 100% olive oil soap (olive oil, water, and lye). In the old days a lot of people used ONLY tallow (beef fat) or lard (pig fat) depending on what animals they raised. The really IMPORTANT part is to use a LYE CALCULATOR www.thesage.com is one of my favorites. You can click on each individual fat/oil, to see what properties each one has.......All oils/fats are NOT created equal. I do make a 100% coconut oil soap BUT you have to understand that coconut oil is VERY cleansing and if used in amounts over about 25% it can leave your skin feeling dry. I really wouldn't suggest using beer with the coconut oil. Beer has a lot of sugar in it which will cause the soap to heat up very fast (when in the mold) AND Coconut oil also gets very hot, so I'm afraid it will cause the soap to overheat and burn.....of "volcano" out of the mold. 100% coconut oil soap also gets VERY hard very fast, so you would want to cut the soap (with gloves on) as soon as the soap is solid (maybe 12 hrs). Here is an interesting article http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/SpecialtySoapRecipes/a/100-Coconut-Oil-Soap-With-20-Superfat.htm

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  • MaryT8M commented on TerriJ20's instructable How to Make Bloody Mary Pickles3 months ago
    How to Make Bloody Mary Pickles

    I made these today.....now the waiting begins! I added the leafy tops of celery to my jars. My Mom used to do that when ever she wanted more of a "celery" taste. She added them to soups and when canning tomatoes. Nice recipe!

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  • MaryT8M commented on TerriJ20's instructable How to Make Bloody Mary Pickles4 months ago
    How to Make Bloody Mary Pickles

    OMG this sounds SO good.....why hadn't I ever thought of it??? My daughter ALWAYS orders her Bloody Marys "spicy and with a dill pickle" instead of the olive! I will be trying these VERY soon! Thanks

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  • Beer Soap Made the Old Fashioned Way.....By Hand

    You are ABSOLUTELY correct. I always stress that.......step #2 Equipment.....it's in all caps, bold and underlined. It's VERY important to remember.

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  • Beer Soap Made the Old Fashioned Way.....By Hand

    We haven't used commercial "soap" since 1996....I used to buy from a friend, then she taught me to make my own. I have ordered from Soap Making Resource. I think most of the places I order from carry natural colorants. Too bad more people don't at least try handmade soap there would be far fewer skin problems.

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  • Beer Soap Made the Old Fashioned Way.....By Hand

    Hi, I've been making soap for over 16 years.....or maybe closer to 20 now that I think about it. I teach soap making classes, and I need to tell you that white vinegar is great to keep handy but NOT as a first action on your skin. White vinegar is only a 5% solution and against lye it would take a much more concentrated acid to actually neutralize the strong alkaline. The newer accepted way to handle raw soap or a lye spill is to flush with copious amounts of water first. I always wash all my counters and any drips I get on the floor or counter off with vinegar. I was a "purest" about adding fruits and veggies to soap (yet I used fragrance oils and colorants like Mica LOL) I like cucumber or Aloe in soap, and make a great coffee soap with triple brewed (cold) coffee. I'm in LO...see more »Hi, I've been making soap for over 16 years.....or maybe closer to 20 now that I think about it. I teach soap making classes, and I need to tell you that white vinegar is great to keep handy but NOT as a first action on your skin. White vinegar is only a 5% solution and against lye it would take a much more concentrated acid to actually neutralize the strong alkaline. The newer accepted way to handle raw soap or a lye spill is to flush with copious amounts of water first. I always wash all my counters and any drips I get on the floor or counter off with vinegar. I was a "purest" about adding fruits and veggies to soap (yet I used fragrance oils and colorants like Mica LOL) I like cucumber or Aloe in soap, and make a great coffee soap with triple brewed (cold) coffee. I'm in LOVE with the beer soap, as is my family

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