January 10, 2017 at 5:53 pm #18135
So I’m so excited about having a forum. Thank you Marie! Some of my best friends are Strangers On The Internet that I met through the forums on a weight loss site. I’ve got a ton of facebook friends from there that I’ve not actually met, but who I really get. I’m not really involved with that weight loss site (give me one more New Years and maybe things change on that front), but the friendships remain.
I hope something similar happens here. Though there were some terribly ugly threads over there and some heavy need for moderation. But that won’t be us, right? I’d hate to have Marie regret giving us yet another wonderful thing.
Anyway, I’m from Minnesota and am blessed with a husband who always seems excited to see me making something. My daughter, a teen, likes to give make up advice, so I just let her. But she’d rather spend her money at Sephora, so I let her. She’s always talking about this palette and that palette and they’re limited and she’ll be so sad if she doesn’t get it. I remember that stage, but I far prefer the one I’m in now.January 10, 2017 at 6:01 pm #18138
Hi Kathie! Thank you so much for jumping into my new little project with so much enthusiasm—I really appreciate it 🙂 I, too, hope this forum can become a great place for people to share and help one another, and maybe even swap surplus ingredients or help fellow readers get a hold of things that aren’t available locally. I am definitely hoping I won’t have to spend a ton of time moderating this, but at least the software that runs the forum allows me to create moderators who could hopefully help with that if it gets too crazy!
Here’s to strangers on the internet! 🍻 I hope this grows and can become a fantastic resource 🙂January 10, 2017 at 6:47 pm #18141
I love love love forums. I too have hung out on quite a few and have seen the ugly but I met one of my favorite friends in the whole world 10 years ago online. We’ve gone through motherhood stories, her divorce, her dating and her incredible new life as a new married woman, together.
She’s spent a few nights glued to her phone for hours, comforting me as tornadic storms swept over my area. Nothing in our lives has happened that we don’t know. We send gifts for Christmas and birthdays and she’s my main recipient for Marie’s concoctions. Lucky her.
We’ve shared more as ‘strangers’ than most people can. We text daily, for 10 years but have never heard each other’s voice. We’re text pals.
Thank you, Marie for giving this a go! I’m going to love it. I think we all are. Now I must go gush about Marie’s life altering foundation.January 10, 2017 at 7:17 pm #18143
Hey Ladies! Thank you Marie, for getting this forum going! I’m brand spankin’ new at using a forum, but I’m old hat at making stuff. Once I get started, you just can’t stop me. I look forward to sharing and learning from one another! Cheers!January 10, 2017 at 8:06 pm #18151
I’m very excited to be part of this! I love Marie’s blog, reading the comments for some wisdoms and recipe ideas as well as finding out what ingredients I should maybe try next. I hope that this forum becomes a smash hit with everyone, because I can’t think of a better way to share our collective knowledge and experience with each other 🙂January 10, 2017 at 8:44 pm #18153
Hello everyone! Thank you Marie for creating this forum! I’ve lurked on various forums before but never participated. What a great way to make friends, swap ideas, and help each other out!
I’m from Tennessee and have a husband, three grown stepsons, an 11 year old daughter, two dogs, and a cat. Life is very busy! My husband travels quite a bit for his job so I am Mom and Dad some weeks. My daughter had Down syndrome so we are involved with several organizations that offer support and activities for adults and children with special needs. And, in my “spare” time, I dabble in making my own personal care products! My absolute favorite is making lotion and CP soap. There’s something about watching the emulsification process that just excites me! I feel like such a dork for saying that, but, it is what it is! Haha! Next up, thanks to Marie’s fabulous book, is making cosmetics. I’ve looked at doing that on other occasions and it never quite clicked with me, but Marie’s book has such easy to follow instructions that I couldn’t wait to try it! Now I’m impatiently waiting on a shipment from TKB so I can get started. I am looking forward to seeing everyone else’s lovely creations posted here and making new “crafty” friends!😀January 11, 2017 at 3:19 am #18166
Arrrrgh! The joys of VPN’s and internet in China!
But yay! A place to put my feet up, grab a cup of tea and discuss the great things in life that makes everyone’s eyes glaze over as I demand their skin to try new stuff on. Or I talk about stuff and they just don’t even understand. I’m very used to talking to myself these days.
So! Hello other prolific posters! It’s great to meet you and learn more about you! I love hearing about people’s back stories and the things they have done.
So! I’m Penny (really Barb, I had some issues years ago and now it’s just a habit to use Penny online), and I am a Canadian living in China where I’ve been living for the past fifteen years. It’s a fantastic place and one I’ve been allowed to watch grow and experience history first hand for so many things. House arrest is amazing when you are DIY’er. While everyone else is complaining about being bored you’re secretly praying this will go on for a little while longer as you need more soap. More lotions. More! More! More!
I can’t wait to be able to talk to you guys about colours and the little measurement changes you’ve made to your recipes!January 11, 2017 at 7:18 am #18174
You know, after reading these last few posts, I’m thinking this whole forum was born at the BEST time ever! I LOVE the “after-Christmas” season. Although January is a busy one for me work-wise (Yes, I unfortunately do have work commitments and can’t spend 24/7 making soap, as I’d like to! lol! However, given that I work at home, and for my husband, my hours are generally pretty loosey-goosey and if I “need” to make a batch of something, I can do that and work on invoicing afterward!) my very favourite month of the year is FEBRUARY! The month so many people dread! But truly … there’s no “fall craft show preparations”, no “pre-Christmas rush”, no “Christmas insanity”, and we’ve yet to reach the “spring gardening” time of year! AAAaaaaah, PEACEFUL February! You can watch the snow fall, drink hot chocolate, sit by the fireplace knitting, or go to your kitchen and make all those fun concoctions that you thought of but didn’t have time for over Christmas!!
I do love winter. I live in Ontario, and we get our fair share of snow, but given that I grew up in NORTHERN Manitoba, I just laugh when Ontarians complain about how LONG and COLD the winters are here. They really have no idea …. haha!
I have a wonderful husband, 2 cats, a couple of horses, 2 kids — a brilliant and beautiful daughter away at university and a son who lives on a little country property with his sweeetheart and they are organic gardeners, creative musicians, budding entrepreneurs and all-round wonderful hippies! My little daughter-in-law is brilliant with making natural products and she really knows her stuff. I bought Make It Up for both her and I for Christmas, and we both LOVE it! We can share ideas, plans, and ingredients! Life’s GOOD!!January 11, 2017 at 7:46 am #18177
I’m Sarah, and I’m currently a graduate student in Maine (about to graduate and desperately looking for laboratory or cosmetic-making jobs in the area). I feel like I’ve mastered lotions and balms but I’m still working on the soap. Recently, I made a “woodshop” soap (smells EXACTLY like a woodshop) and blended two colors of brown to create a striped wood pattern. However, I didn’t take into account the fact that I didn’t have enough lard, so I substituted the last 50g with coconut oil. I didn’t anticipate that it would quadruple the curing time, and so my soap wasn’t ready to hand out for Christmas. Need to work on that!!
I’m super glad that this forum exists now. I think my boyfriend is too since now I won’t talk his ear off about ingredients anymore XD hahaha. Anyways, I’m from Virginia but moved to Massachusetts for undergrad and now live in Maine. I’ve got a pet chinchilla, I love to sew (just got an overlocker so yay!) and make things, and I’m obsessed with vintage makeup and fashion. If anyone has seen my Instagram, I’m sure you’ve realized this. And I’m always on the lookout for awesome vintage makeup containers and palettes (so I don’t have to keep buying pre-filled ones from places and empty out the expensive makeup that came with it). I recently got a 1970’s Wedgewood powder bowl that is currently holding my travel-sized makeup — because for some reason I decided not to put my powder in it…
Also, if anyone has tips for where to get amazing containers and where I could apply for jobs in the Portland, ME (or Portsmouth, NH, etc.) area, please let me know! I need a job. Preferably in a laboratory or factory where I can make cosmetics and skincare products. I already checked Badger Balm and they’re currently not hiring…January 11, 2017 at 1:42 pm #18183
Hey! Wendy! Where abouts in Ontario? I’m originally from Ontario!January 11, 2017 at 2:43 pm #18192
Hi Penny. I’m in the country near Guelph … sort of Guelph/Cambridge area. We were in Cambridge for 13 years but our daughter became a horse girl and lobbied for a move to the country so she could have her horses in her own back yard! Jeez, the things we do for our kids! But I LOVE living in the country! We’ve been here 10 years. I love everything about it. Our daughter has grown up and gone off to university, but now I’m the one who has fallen in love with this place! Where were you from?January 11, 2017 at 3:49 pm #18196
Hilarious! I’m originally from the Mannheim (KW area). I know exactly what you mean. I miss the countryside!January 11, 2017 at 4:14 pm #18197
I kind of know where that is, Penny. I have friends in New Hamburg. Where do you live now?January 11, 2017 at 5:24 pm #18203
Yup! New Hamburg was part of my old stomping grounds! I so miss St. Jacobs! I’m currently living in China.January 11, 2017 at 9:20 pm #18219
House arrest??? Do tell Penny!
I’m married, two beautiful sons and four minus one dog. I was born in Michigan and moved to Savannah, Georgia some years ago. After a few years of serious goal planning, we sold our house and paid cash for our home in the mountains. We are 100% debt free. My youngest son is building a house next to us and our oldest just obtained the property on our other side. What I’m saying is I’m the happiest I’ve been in my life. I come to this website happy and complete and looking for online friends.
Marie’s beautiful site and her totally down to earth and humble personality earned my attention over all others out there.
But I dislike winter, you happy Canadians. I am from Michigan after all and it was brutal. Granted, my winters are on the mild side and short but I miss outside. I miss jumping on my ATV and going without bundling up. I miss my garden. I miss picnics in the forest.
OK I can still picnic but I have to wear a coat.
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