May 30, 2016
As Memorial Day falls upon us again I want to take a special moment to remember all who gave their lives for this great country of ours.
All gave some. Some gave all.
In the words of General George S. Patton:
“Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American Soldier. One died for your soul; the other for your freedom.”
May 27, 2016
I’m back from my conference. I have a list a million items long (or so it feels) to do/study/experiment with now (on top of everything I already had). I’ve been doing some tutorials lately which are fun and I’d like to build my library of tutorials so I’m asking you: What do you want to see? Whether it’s working with a design technique or a specific “material” or “color” or anything! Let me know.
If you have a challenge for me let me here it! I’m all ears!😀
June 22, 2015
I always loved the idea of the bubble bars. I DID NOT like the idea of making them. Previous attempts had left me discouraged and not liking the time it took to make them or the results. While looking for some bubble bath for my niece this past Christmas I came across someone who made a crumble instead of a bar. I was sold on the idea before I even heard how my niece liked it!
I pulled out my old notes, did some more research, formulated a half dozen recipes. Then tested them. It was an interesting process to say the least. I had lots of fun testing the bubbles in my sink. As well as a few mishaps! I finally settled on a recipe. Had friends and family test it and love it.
I feel like a little kid again every time I make a batch of the bubble bath. It’s great! I forget how much I like to play around with new creations and formulate recipes. Even the disasters are fun and moments I can look back on and laugh at.
I have to give a shout out to my best friend. I had this idea for the labels. I sketched it out and said can you do this? We all know that final designs RARELY come out like the sketches, but she recreated my sketch exactly!!
June 16, 2015
I make these solid sugar scrubs that I LOVE. Bramble Berry first introduced me to them. Over time I’ve made a couple alterations to the recipe to get them to be just how I love them. The problem is they melt in the summer months. It was frustrating having scrubs that I couldn’t sell year round.
For the past two years I’d been trying out different emulsified scrubs. I’d start with base recipes and play around with them. I kept trying to alter them to resemble my solid scrub recipe. I was never happy with any of them. Then I tried yet another new recipe. I liked it. It was the first scrub that was anywhere close to what I wanted. I set to work altering the recipe and when I was done I was in love with the final product.
These scrubs aren’t 100% like the solid scrubs, but they’re close. They’re a bit more silky feeling and a little less “oily” feeling, but they still leave my skin feeling so nice when I get out of the shower. And best of all they are packaged in jars and I can sell them year round!
Look at that beautiful emulsified scrub! Firm, but still soft enough to scoop out of a jar, and filled with skin loving oils and butters.
I did a coffee and foot (pumice) emulsified scrub too.
June 8, 2015
My sister is getting married in July. As maid of honor I was responsible for the bridal shower. I have to say all that planning (and stress) paid off. It was a success!
After a long brutal winter I decided to go with a sunflower theme. I’m so glad I did. It all came together lovely. We did the table center pieces, decorations, invites, recipe cards, and soap favors to follow the sunflower theme.
I also made custom tags for the shower. Was really pleased with how they turned out.
CENTERPIECES: I had bowls with sunflowers in them and then I made baskets to hold the napkins and games we played. Everyone had fun with the games!
FOOD: No one went hungry! We had cheese, veggies, hot foot, fruit bowls, a candy station, cookies…and of course a CAKE!
DECORATIONS: I really did turn out so nice. Everyone enjoyed themselves and had a great time! I couldn’t have asked for more.
My sister and I. 🙂
May 4, 2015
I was back at it experimenting in February! I wanted to make a lip scrub in November when the temps started to drop and I felt like my lips could use a little “extra something.” Of course NOTHING gets done between October and December. I’m too busy just trying to keep up with my shows and restocking product to have two minutes to play around with something new.
I did a bunch of research looking into lip scrubs. I came to the conclusion that I basically had three options:
- Oil and butter mix
- All oil
- All butter
I then created recipes from that. I decided which butters/oils I wanted to use and at what percentage and set about testing.
I ended up creating 4 recipes. Two were oil/butter mixes. I was testing out different combinations of oil to butter ratios. Then I tried one all oil and one all butter. I definitely like the mixed ones best. Still waiting on feedback from some my testers to see where their preference lies, but on the whole the butter/oil combo was the favorite.
Oil and Butter Combo: I like this best because it’s semi-solid. Solid enough to stay in place in the jar but easy to scoop out.
All Oil: Too messy for me. It works great, but harder to apply and more messy all around.
All Butter: There was absolutely nothing wrong with this version I just didn’t like it. It was easy to scoop out, easy to put on, no mess, but it just lacked something to me. (Still hardening in this picture.)
Interested in trying out the lip scrubs? Check them out here!
March 14, 2015
Last summer I started playing around with an under eye balm recipe. I’d gotten a couple sample oils from the soap conference that were more exotic and too nice to (I thought) use in soap. I was reading one of the blogs I followed that had posted a recipe that used one of those oils and I got inspired to try and create my own “eye butter.”
The first batch worked well enough, but it was not what I was going for. I tried to whip the butter but that ended up no working and it didn’t cool evenly so it was a little grainy and just overall it worked but I wasn’t happy.
I adjusted my recipe a bit and I liked it, but it wasn’t what I wanted. I set it aside when the holidays came (there was no time to do much of anything outside of restocks!). I started playing around again with it in January.
I had narrowed down my trial recipes to one (with two variations). One contained beeswax while the other didn’t. I loved the final results. I’m having some people test it and so far results have been good. Always excited when I create a new recipe to my satisfaction!
The beeswax is a balm (and I really like it…it should hold up well in the summer). The other which has no beeswax I whipped it. And I actually LOVE this one. I’ve noticed that it’s really not greasy either. I’ve been using it on my entire face not just under the eyes.