Posted by: Beth Case | July 25, 2008

Free PDFs

Ok, so you know I encouraged you to go buy “Digital Magic” and “The Case of the Pitcher’s Pendant” on August 8, 2008 from Amazon if you like fantasy or like to support podcast novelists. Well, these two amazing authors (Phillipa Ballentine and Tee Morris, respectively) have released these books FREE as a PDF. I’m attaching them here. Download them, post them, share them with your friends. And if you like them, consider thanking the authors by buying the print versions from Amazon on August 8, 2008.

p.s. Ok, I’m having troubles figuring out how to attach PDFs to this post, so if you can’t see them, check out my other blog at Disability411.

Posted by: Beth Case | July 15, 2008

Help Support These Great Podcasters! Double Trouble…

You all know that I love to listen to novels through podcasts. Well, two of my favorite authors are both having their work actually published — on paper! — in August. In order to get some attention for their work from Amazon, they’re asking that anyone who is interested in buying their books buy them on August 8, 2008 (that’s 8/8/08 to make it easy!). If a lot of people buy them on the same day, it gives the books a boost in the rankings.

So, if you like fantasy, check out these two websites to learn more about their podcasts and their books that are being published. And if you’re so inclined, buy a copy from Amazon on 8/8/08.

I’ve attached an audio file explaining their goal.

Chasing the Bard (http://www.chasingthebard.com/)

Billibub Baddings (http://teemorris.com/billipodcast/)

Remember! Don’t order until 8/8/08!

Double Trouble Promo

Posted by: Beth Case | June 10, 2008

New soap batch

Last weekend, I made another batch of soap — the first one on my own and not in class.  I used a different recipe because I wanted to try something new.  This one was mostly olive oil, but also had some shea butter, palm oil, and I think the other one was coconut oil (I don’t have the recipe with me right now).  I used a rain forest scent to make something more refreshing (and less girly so I could gift it to male friends and family).

It went pretty well, but it seems like I had a hard time getting it to trace.  I think the wand mixer I bought isn’t as powerful as the one I used in class (I just couldn’t justify spending $40 on one) and maybe the combination of oils I used just take longer to trace.  Or maybe I was so nervous and excited about my soap in class that I didn’t notice how long it took.  Anyway, it finally did trace and it seems to be setting up just fine.

Right now, it’s a pale yellow color, but on the edges where it’s already starting to dry, it’s becoming a darker, golden color.  Almost like amber.  And it’s making my spare bedroom smell really nice!

My oatmeal/honey soap I made in class is now ready to use, but I haven’t tried it yet.

I’m going on a trip the weekend after next and I’m thinking of getting some cotton thread and making washcloths.  It’s an easy, portable project I can do on the plane, or carry in my purse, and starting now I can get plenty made to have on hand for gifts.  I think a bar of handmade soap, with a small container of handmade lotion and a handmade washcloth would make a really nice gift for Christmas or just to have on hand when you need a gift.  Of all those items, the washcloths take the longest to make (if you don’t count curing time for the soap)!

Posted by: Beth Case | May 30, 2008

Lotion making

This is a short post as I have to run off in a minute, but I haven’t posted in a while and wanted to do something quick!

After the soap-making class last week, I took a lotion-making class this week.  It’s magic — oil, water, and an emulsifier to make oil and water mix (I think of it like a match-maker *grin*), you have lotion! Ok, there’s a little more to it, but it’s easy, it’s fun, and after learning what they put in those mass-produced lotions, I’ll never buy J&J again!  This is so creamy, so good, and makes my skin feel so good, it’s homemade all the way, baby!

I’ll post more later with an update on the soap and more info later!

Posted by: Beth Case | May 23, 2008

Soap

I took a soap-making class on Wednesday.  Not melt-and-pour, but the actual whole hand-made process, from scratch using lye and oils.  It was so much fun!  And really much easier than I expected it to be.  I think I’m going to get some supplies to make a few more batches.  Do you think people will be insulted if I give them soap as a present?  It’s kinda like offering someone a breath mint…

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