January 11, 2017 at 9:36 pm #18220
Wouldn’t you like to know???
I think it was Autumn 2008? Or 2009? That was the big one. An entire month being told that I was forbidden to spend time outside unless it was to buy groceries. That was when swine flu hit northern China pretty bad.
And here you thought it was something dangerous! I still get a laugh remembering when the police showed up on my door step wanting to search my house as I ordered something like five kilos of lye online and they swore I was up to no good.
How are you doing in your book? I’m melting my lipstick Base down now to finish off the lipstick portion. Then all that’s left for me to make is the gel stuff. Silly me. For some reason I thought guar gum was xantham gum so didn’t preorder it! Grrr!
Christie, stop talking about your house in the mountains. You might get a visitor knocking on your door with a box full of goodies! I miss the mountains.January 12, 2017 at 7:51 am #18235ZilParticipant
I have been following Marie for years now (Eeek sounds stalkerish like that) and have been dying to chat up some of the other DIY addicts. I’m rocking it here in humble North Carolina, US. I have two cats and a dog that loves to steal and eat my lip balms. I look forward to hearing about your customizations, your disasters and your “OMG you have try this this”‘s. Let’s get this hive Buzzing!January 12, 2017 at 8:03 am #18236MistyParticipant
Hi Marie! Hi fellow DIYers! I’m Misty: North Georgia girl, respiratory therapist, single mom to a wonderful 20-year-old son, and enthusiastic DIY skin care newbie. I’ve only recently started my foray into skin care but since I have an all-or-nothing kind of personality, my selection of ingredients has exploded over the last couple of months. In fact, the growth of my collection has far out-paced my rate of production given that I work 60-80 hours a week. But wow, how awesome is this hobby!
I’ve found that I really love gifting, even when there’s no reason to gift. I’m supplying my department with hand cream, which manages to keep our hands moisturized nicely even in the face of hundreds of hand washes/hand sanitizer applications per 12-hour shift. I’ve whipped some up skin care gift bags for a few favorite patients who were heading home after an extended hospital stay. I randomly pass out clay masks and such to colleagues. Fun!
I’m looking forward to “meeting” all of you who share this addicting hobby. Thanks, Marie, for the forum and for all your hard work.January 13, 2017 at 8:40 am #18285
Penny, it’s a small world! China! That’s a far cry from our beloved St. Jacobs. Who DOESN’T love St. Jacobs!? One summer I found the MOST GIANT head of kale at the market there … seriously, I could hardly fit this thing in my car!! Out of that experience was born my Cucumber Kale Smoothie Bar … soap! lol! One can only juice so much kale … and I tend to have soap on the brain at all times. As in … hmmm, I don’t love this kombucha, but I’ll bet it would make great SOAP! lol!January 13, 2017 at 3:56 pm #18299
Lol! I was like that for years. Everything was soap, soap, soap. Now? It’s lotions lotions lotions!
Is that apple fritter stand still there? Oh and that conastoga fries?January 14, 2017 at 12:16 pm #18315Industrious MaidenParticipant
I’m Jenn. Currently living in Sacramento California but originally from Canada. Grew up in Sault Ste Marie, then moved to Toronto, then Kitchener-Waterloo. Super stoked about this forum. Been a HB&M fan for about 3 years. She supports my mad scientist side! Looking forward to getting all nerdy about DIY with ou all!
Jenn AKA Industrious MaidenJanuary 14, 2017 at 3:33 pm #18332
Now that’s wicked bonkers! Three of us from the K-W areaish? Truly a small world!January 14, 2017 at 4:32 pm #18347
Hi, everyone. I’m Cyn, no, really, I am. Write under the name Cynnara, everyone in my life calls me Cyn, except a dear friend in France who calls me Cynna. Let’s see- adult kids who are out of the house, husky who is my now child and is spoiled rotten. (Do not tell the fiancé I said that.) Fiance who I’ve been with for almost ten years, one day we’ll get married once he figures out how to put it together. *cackles madly*
I have loved aromatherapy for years and more. Stumbled onto Marie’s site…hmm…years ago and keep going back. So, between the day job in insurance, writing at night, studying for my aromatherapy certification, I decided it’d be fun to play with makeup too.
I live in Florida, where the humidity hates me and the weather laughs at my attempts to not use anything on my hair. It’s fun to see if I give in and use hair clips, scrunchy, or pull out the evil hairspray. Usually the scrunchy. Stupid weather. Lol.January 14, 2017 at 7:39 pm #18361BelindaSKParticipant
Hi Cyn! I love visiting Florida! We tend to get there about every other year to relax at the beach. We love the beach at Cape San Blas. Or going to Orlando and Disney World. The Tampa/St. Pete area is great too. I’d like to visit the Keys at some point. What area are you in? I’ll take Florida humidity over Memphis humidity any day of the week!😀January 15, 2017 at 10:34 am #18385
Lol, I’m actually between Tampa and Orlando in a small city off I4 called Lakeland. Which means family and friends love me when it’s time to do the parks. Lol
The weather here was chilly for a week, then warmed up to a balmy 72 degrees Farenheit. I feel for those suffering from snow though, I lived in Chicago for most of my childhood, NC, then in New England before ending up in Florida. I discovered that no snow is good. 😂January 15, 2017 at 1:39 pm #18397BelindaSKParticipant
I’ve heard of Lakeland! I have friends/family in Mt. Dora near Orlando, Tampa, and Miami. And yes, no snow is great! My husband is from Indiana, so when we go up there for Christmas, a lot of times there’s snow. My daughter LOVES it! Her mom, not so much. It snows occasionally here, which shuts down the city. My husband finds this greatly amusing! Luckily, it goes away quick.January 15, 2017 at 2:33 pm #18398
I enjoy the no shoveling aspect. It’s much better. Lol Plus my kids are in Florida, at least for now. Though the youngest says his job might transfer his butt to Virginia end of the year. Hmmm.
I’m not a fan of snow. Nope. LolJanuary 15, 2017 at 4:55 pm #18410
Jenn and Penny — whooda thought we’d find the three of us KW’ers all here together! lol! But back to St. Jacobs … Yes to the apple fritters, and YES to the Conestogo Fries. OMG, but and lest we forget the perogies and cabbage rolls inside. MMMMMM.
Yes, I’m a huge fan of Marie and all her crazy fun ideas! EVERY time I read a new blog post I’m cringing, just knowing that there will be something ELSE I now am yearning to make but don’t have time for! AArrgh! Life’s FULL of awesome good things to do! My friends and family are always willing guinea pigs (well, except for my daughter, who would choose MAC over Mom any old day. Her loss.)
Jenn, the fact that you’re from the Sault is crazy too, because I know two people who grew up there!January 15, 2017 at 4:58 pm #18412
Belinda, you reminded me of when we lived in Vancouver BC for a while. When it snowed there it was a MAJOR deal! People cancelled their appointments, businesses closed, everyone panicked! Hilarious! I LOVE the snow! Bring it on!January 16, 2017 at 9:32 am #18455SophieParticipant
Hello everyone and nice to meet you! I’m Sophie, a civil engineer from Greece. I’ve been following Marie for the last 3-4 years, but haven’t had the chance to DIY as much as I’d like. To remedy that, i’ve decided to try soapmaking and see how it goes!
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