Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Another Natural Cosmetics course

I'm running another Natural cosmetics class - As before, you can learn to make your own luxurious lotions, exfoliants, bath bombs using natural ingredients. And you'll learn to make beautiful origami boxes to package your products.

The class takes place on March 9th, at Mullingar ETNS 7:30-9:30pm, €35. To book, email me at or 087 2222562

Friday, February 19, 2010

Boy Belt giveaway

Great tutorial and Boy Belt giveaway here.

I'm inspired to get one of those snap setter kits - can see a myriad of uses...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Craft related post

Can't avoid the Olympics coverage, and noticed a photo of the US team - all wearing Aran jumpers! Dug round a bit, and found that Ralph Lauren designed the 'All American' look - harking back to a 1932 US team at Lake Placid. Don't know about you, but I didn't think that Aran jumpers (sweaters?) were American in origin? Maybe if you add a bit of cashmere and charge $425...

And the winner is...

Sarah Lynne! Thanks for Dara for folding up all the entries, and being the one to pick out the winner. Sorry that you all couldn't be winners.

Castille Soap giveaway - picking a winner

Thanks to all of you who left comments, told their friends, followed me on twitter. Later today I will get my son to pick a winner and I'll let you know who the lucky person is....

Friday, February 5, 2010

Castille soap Giveaway - now finished.

It's spring, and with the sun still low in the sky you can see all the dust and dirt in your home, very clearly. Yuck! Roll on the summer when we can stay outside as much as possible, and ignore the messy inside stuff.

Instead of cleaning, I made a batch of Castille soap - main ingredient is Olive oil. It's lightly scented with orange oil, and lathers beautifully. Commercial soaps have the glycerin that is a natural by-product of soap making removed, so they may be quite drying. My soap leaves your skin feeling very soft. See Photo above - I could probably improve the unmolding and cutting part :-)

It's also great for felting with, as we discovered at last weeks felting workshop.

So I'm giving away a couple of bars of the soap, and will throw in a few packets of seeds I've saved myself, if you're interested. More about that kind of thing at my gardening blog.

Here’s what you need to do to win this package. Get one entry for each of these actions:

- Post about this giveaway in your blog.
- Follow me on twitter (greenannabrowne) and retweet this post. You can use the retweet button on the right side of this post to do it.
- If you're not on twitter or blogging, email your friends.

If you’ve done any or all of the above, please leave a comment on this post with a link to your post or your twitter name. Or just leave a comment with your email in the format "annambrowne at gmail dot com".

The giveaway will be closed on Monday, 15th February, around 10:00pm Irish Time (GMT), so please leave your comment here before that time.
The winner will be picked randomly and announced on Tuesday, 16th February. I will then contact the winner for a complete address and the package will be sent to wherever you are.

If you're not lucky this time, I'll be running soap making courses in Mullingar soon, and at the Organic Center later in the year.

Thank you!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Crafts for Boys

Here's one dear to my heart - things you can make for Boys!

Here's a blog which will be featuring lots of projects for the month of Feb - all about boys!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Felted slippers


So here is the result of a full felting day - one pair of beautiful slippers. Read Nicola's blog for a description of the day, and for more photos. I ended up making a piece of felt large enough to make slippers out of, and later that day, sewed the slippers up, and with Nicola's help, felted them more.

They are warm, comfy, durable, and extremely cute. I'm delighted! You gotta love the little red elf tails coming out of the fronts of them - the kitten has not spotted them yet, but there will be fun when she does!

See more photos at Nicola's Flickr stream, and working at getting some uploaded to mine.

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