Applejack Peel/Apple, Peach, Cinnamon

September 28, 2012

*groan*

Yeah this soap just didn’t make me happy this year.  Bramble Berry changed their fragrance from last year and it just wasn’t the same.  I was heart broken!  But I went looking for some other applejacks and found one that was similar to BB’s.  Similar in smell but sooooo much more yellow than BB’s.  It killed my colors.  These swirls are not what I wanted because the yellow of the fragrance really altered them.

So I tried a second batch. This time I did things different knowing how my colors would be affected.  No color in the white.  And I used apple fragrance in the pink and then the gray is applejack.  It worked better, but the design isn’t really doing it for me.

Extremely frustrated at this point I said that’s it.  No more applejack.  Last year I was introduced to Apple, Peach, Cinnamon (which is pretty similar to applejack, but I actually like better).  And it behaves better when it comes to color!  And finally I got a batch I really like!


Holiday Berry

September 25, 2012

I LOVE this soap. The designs and the fragrance.  Of all my winter soaps this is my favorite.  I’m totally getting a bar for myself this year! Last year I didn’t have enough and never got a bar for myself!

I think why I love this is the simple design with the piped berries on top.

This was the second version I tried.

Holiday Berry:


Accidents Happen (and so does stupidity)

September 24, 2012

Sometimes I wonder where my brain goes…

Quite the impressive bandage huh?  That’s the result of six stitches and three hours in the emergency last night.  I can’t tell you how frustrated I am with myself right now.  I was cleaning up from making soap last night.  I ALWAYS unplug my stick blender, remove the bottom, and then start to clean the excess soap out of it.  Last night I picked it up (still plugged in and attached) and started to clean it and my hand went right to the button (as is habit when the stick blender is together) and yup you got it I pressed the button.

I won’t be making any soap for a week or so.  Or writing or doing much of anything that involves my right index finger.  I can’t tell you how mad I am at myself.  I’ve never been quite this stupid before and I still don’t know what I was thinking (or not) last night. SIGH!

PS: Typing without your right index finger is hard!


Christmas Wreath

September 21, 2012

I used to like this scent until I used Cedar & Balsam ha :)  This is a very pine/wreath like scent.  I like how this turned out.  This colors are awesome and just remind me so much of Christmas!


Fresh Snow

September 19, 2012

After Holiday Berry this is my favorite winter scent.  It’s fresh, clean, and just smells soooooo good.  I did two different variations of this.  A modified hanger swirl and embedded snowflakes.

I love the blues and gray and white of this soap.  It just came out so bright and bold and vibrant! Everything I wanted it to be.

The second version I wanted to use the blues and grays from the first batch and then embed white snowflakes.  I did an in the pot swirl.  It worked well but the blues didn’t come out as vibrant.  And that I think is because I ran out of refined hemp seed oil and had to use unrefined and it’s soooooooo green.  I mean REALLY green and the normally light oil mixture was murky and affected the blues a bit.

This was last years “Fresh Snow” – this years is much improved design wise (though I love the color combination from last year), but still the great soap it was last year :D


Soap Fancies: Winter Themes

September 18, 2012

There are three winter themed soaps in this series.  I’ve had some ideas for other designs which I might or might not try but for now I’m really pleased with how the first two turned out.

Winter Berries
Simple and elegant.  I just love these.

Snowman
These were harder to make than I thought they’d be.  Not quite perfect but still cute.  Fresh Snow fragrance = to die for (so clean and fresh smelling!)

Peppermint Candy

This one just didn’t work.  I was trying to make it look like a peppermint candy.  When that didn’t work I tried candy canes, but wasn’t really happy with them.  So I fooled around and just didn’t get anything I liked.  They smell YUMMY though!

That didn’t work so next came the candy canes:

Random…at this point I was frustrated ha!


Soap Fancies: Oscar the Grouch

September 17, 2012

I had planned to leave it at Cookie Monster.  Then my friend goes wouldn’t it be cool to do an Oscar Fancy…and once the idea was in my head that was it.  I had to do an Oscar Fancy.  I like it.  Oscar doesn’t always look grouchy ha!  But it’s still cute and fun!

When I was looking at pictures of Oscar I cam across this one:

I thought it would be really cool to try it.  I sort of did it.  I like the effect, but I realized I should have done the base in gray (so it looked like a garbage can) and just had a little green popping up from it.  Next time.  I only did a few garbage can ones with this batch because I wasn’t sure if it would work.

I tried piping the top of the garbage can on a couple.  Even though it’s not perfect I think I still like it better than the ones where it’s just a disc.


Soap Fancies: The Everday Designs

September 16, 2012

I’ve got lots of ideas I want to try as I move forward but here the first 4 designs I experimented with.

Cookie Monster

I can’t tell you how pleased I was with these.  They make me smile every time I look at them.  I had to make the cookie embeds and the white of the eyes one day.  Then I pipped the black on the eyes another day and then I finally make the base to embed the eyes and cookies into.  A lot of work but worth it!

When it was all done this is what I got:

Prince Charming (a.k.a Froggie)

Fact #8 about me…I have a slight obsession with frogs…it’s all my family’s fault.  In college my mom got me a frog and made some comment about finding my prince charming and it seems ever since that moment people started associating me with frogs and well…you should see the college of frog items I have around the house.

This one involved a little bit of prep work too. I had to make the eyes ahead of time. Similar to the cookie monster eyes I poured a white base (cookie cutter cut circles from the flat batch, these eyes are larger than the cookie monster eyes).  Then the next day I piped the black eyes.  Then from there I made the frogs.

They’re staring at you!!

“Aarrr”

There’s just something about pirates!  They make me smile and want to play my Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack.  The black got a little too thick on me and it was hard to pipe the face.  Next time I’ll do better. :D

Sweet Cherries

I’ve been obsessed lately with anything cherry so that’s kind of how these came about.  Pink and white swirled bases with come cherries on top. :D


Soap Fancies

September 14, 2012

I present to you: Soap Fancies by Jennifer’s Handmade Soap!

What are Soap Fancies?

Soap Fancies are part mini cupcake and part artful imagination.  The base is simply the bottom of a mini cupcakes.  The top is whatever design your imagination can create!

They are small 1+ ounce soaps.  They’re easy to use, but don’t last that long.  They’re not meant to be an everyday soap bar.  These are great for little stocking stuffers, gift baskets items, birthday gifts and other special occasions where someone is in search of something different that will put a smile on someone’s face.  That is how the name “fancies” was born.  It’s something simple but special…a little something extra to “tickle your fancy.”

How did they come about?

It started out with my obsession over soap cupcakes.  I am always trying to come up with new designs for my cupcakes.  More often than not I would come up with a really cute idea but I just couldn’t translate it into a cupcake.  I realized though that I could take those ideas and almost “paint” it on top of the cupcake base.

Different Designs:

The possibilities are endless!  I’ve had so much fun coming up with all sorts of different designs.  Some have worked better than others, some have surprised me, and some have turned out too cute for words alone!

They’re not  hard to do, but they do take time and patience.  You have to like piping soap and be willing to make embeds the day before.  The end result is totally worth it though!

I have been working hard on three different series.  The first one I’m going to share with you are my Halloween Fancies.  Stay tuned the next couple of days as I present my Everyday Fancies and my Holiday Fancies.

Halloween Themed Fancies:


Seven Things You Didn’t Know About Me

September 9, 2012

Texas Pioneer Nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger Award.  Very sweet of her.  I am so lucky to have all of you who read and enjoy my blog.  I love following yours and sharing my insights, lessons learns, photos and so much more.  One of the things the Award asked the blogger to do is share seven facts about yourself that others don’t know.  And I thought this would be a perfect way to let you all get to know me a little bit better!  So here goes:

FACT 1

I was an Army Brat.  I had moved thirteen times before my eighteenth birthday.  Some of those moves included Germany and France.  In fact I spent a total of ten years (not all consecutive) of my first eighteen living in Europe.

FACT 2

I majored in architecture as an undergraduate student and worked in the field for 11 years.  I just recently had a “change” of plans in my career options.  I love the creative design element of architecture.  I love working on commercial buildings.  I hate working on houses.

FACT 3

I got my masters in Creative Writing with a focus in Children’s Literature.  I didn’t start writing  until I was in college and I fell in love with it.  It was a creative outlet for me that helped alleviate the stress a bit.  When I went back for my masters it wasn’t because I planned on using it in any way to help my career.  I just wanted to get it for me.  I wanted to have some formal education in writing.  I still hope to get published some day.

FACT 4

I teach at a local community college.  I’m an adjunct teacher.  I teach architecture related classes and English Comp classes.  That masters degree came in handy (something I never planned on putting to use for any reason, but am glad I have it now). The funny thing is: I hated writing when I was young.  It wasn’t until college that I began to like to write.  Now I teach reluctant college students to write and even occasionally get them to admit that English Comp wasn’t as bad as they were expecting and they learned something. :)

FACT 5

I speak French.  Not so fluently anymore, but I understand it and can read it well still.  When I was in 9th – 11th grade we were living in France.  There were no American bases so I had to attend a French school.  It was the best experience of my life.  It wasn’t always easy but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

FACT 6

I’m the oldest of three.  And my parents/family say I have a Type A squared personality. I get things done.  Put me in charge of something and you know it will be accomplished.

FACT 7

I dislike all cooked vegetables except bean sprouts, corn on the cob, and potatoes.  I’m the pickiest eater.  I do like some vegetables but I’ll only eat them raw.


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