Piping Challenge

September 16, 2016

I started this challenge with the idea to do a flower scene. Then I read the “rules” for entering and I realized my idea wouldn’t meet those requirements.  Bummed I played around with some random piping of flowers, but I was uninspired and didn’t like what I was doing. And may I mention I REALLY REALLY REALLY dislike piping flowers.  I don’t know what it is about them, but they’re not fun for me. Yes, they’re pretty and people like them, but it’s like having a tooth pulled for me–NOT FUN!

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I was almost ready to call it quits and just say forget about it, when I remembered years and years ago I did some mini soaps of Oscar and Cookie Monster.  Remaking those as large versions appealed to me and I was re-inspired to making something.  What follows is the process it took to make these.  Way too much work and not something I plan to make more of, but for the challenge they were fun.

*UPDATE* I still couldn’t entered my character soaps. When entering I realized it also said “no embellishments” so that takes my character soaps out of the running. Don’t know where my brain’s been lately!

Since I was making a “face” I needed to pre-make several pieces: eyes, mouth, and cookies.  I did these by pouring soap into a circle mold, unmolding, and then slicing them in thin pieces and then cutting those pieces in half (for the cookies and mouths).

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Next I made the base of the characters.  Gray for Oscar (since he is sitting in his garbage can) and brown for Cookie Monster (because I didn’t want an all blue soap).  I filled the base only half way (I used two different cupcake molds because I like the different effects for each character).  Then I piped their bodies.

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I used tip 233 to make their “fur” or body.  Because we had to use at least two tones in one element of piping I did two different color greens for Oscar, which I love how they turned out.  And two different blues (light and a dark) for Cookie, but the blues kind of melded together and there’s not a lot of distinction between them. I was a little bummed over that, but they still look cute.

After piping their tops I then embedded the eyes, mouth, and cookies.

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From there I had to pipe the eye balls on the white eye pieces.  I used tip 10.  I also had to pipe the eye brows for Oscar.  I used tip 16.  Lastly I had to pipe the “tongue” on to Oscar’s mouth.  I used tip 3 for that.

Overall I really like them.  They’re cute.  They’re different.  But best of all they’re not flowers😉.

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I had had some left over soap from another batch of embeds I was making and so I just poured it into some round mold cavities I had.  I didn’t know what to do with them.  I had leftover soap better for Oscar and Cookie and I was like I’ll pipe the rest on top of the extra round soaps.  I liked it. More so than the cupcake ones.  If I ever do anything like this again I’ll probably use that as a base as opposed to cupcake holders.

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And a bonus: Mummies!  I had left over soap again from a different batch and I knew I was going to be piping for the challenge so I made black bases, know I could turn them into mummies.  It’s made me really tempted to make other Halloween faces now like pumpkins, monsters, and whatever else I can think up!

 

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And there you have it: my piped soaps.


Wedding and Shower Favors

May 19, 2015

I’ve been making wedding and shower favors for over two years now (in fact it’s almost been three years)!  I love doing it.  I recently did a Bridal Expo, which forced me to really update my webpage and I decided to expand on the options I offered.

Well one change led to another which led to another (which if you know me is par for the course).  The results were worth all the time and effort though.

Before I started all this custom orders were made via emailing me. I had a section on my webpage that explained the favors, but you couldn’t order on it.  That’s all changed!  All my favors can be ordered directly from the webpage now! Yay!  Check it out: Custom Soap Favors

I offer mini cupcakes (always a favorite).  They’re just so cute though!!  I also have a variety of different shaped glycerin soaps and four (soon to be five) different Cold Process half bar options.

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And then I spent hours creating new tags to match my new soaps.  This I have to admit was fun and I had to tear myself away from it to move on to other things. I love creating the custom labels.  Here’s an example of a few of the new tags!

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Bridal Expo

What an interesting experience–and this was a relatively small one compared to some.  I shared a table with another lady (a photographer).  Half a table to display my products…it was a bit challenging, but I think we managed to make our table look pretty nice!

I created a brochure for the event.  That was more work than I thought ha!  But the results were well worth it and I loved having something I could give the people who visited my table that had all my contact info, pricing, pictures, and links on it.  I also sent anyone who stopped by my table home with a sample soap.

It’s amazing what I thought would be a relatively simple event turned into quite the ordeal.  I’m glad I did it though and finally took the time to update my webpage and offerings.  It’s been something I’ve needed to do for a long time but never could seem to find the time.


Winter Cupcakes

October 16, 2013

Peppermint Cupcakes!

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Snowflake Cupcakes!

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Soap…soap…oh and more soap!

August 2, 2013

It’s a good thing I like making soap because that is all I’ve done in the past two months. I’ve had maybe 4 or 5 days in the past two months where I HAVE NOT made soap and those days were typically because I was either at a ll day market (though even then I’d usually come home and make a batch) or had family or teaching responsibilities that kept me away from home the entire day.

I have a dry rack at my parents (for over flow) and it’s currently full!  Here are my two dry racks!

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(The one row on the bottom that is empty is actually full😀 I just have to cut the soap first then it’ll go in that spot.)

In the past two months I’ve made 1,641 bar soaps/cupcake soaps.  This doesn’t include any of the other product I’ve made (bath and body products, popsicles, dryer balls…and I’ve made a ton of those too!)  Yes, I’ve been busy.  It’s crazy how much things have grown.  I’m super excited about it, but it’s also got me thinking about production and how to meet the demand I currently have in the most efficient way possible.

And now I’m off to start on the winter soaps ha!  Oh it never ends. 😀


Mouse Cupcakes

May 10, 2013

I saw some cupcakes made to look like mouse cupcakes and I fell in love.  I decided right then I needed to replicated them in soap!  I think they came out pretty darn cute🙂

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Fresh Fun Cupcakes Anyone?

February 8, 2013

I normally do my birthday cupcakes in these bright bold colors and decided it was time to do some “non-birthday” ones in the fun bright colors.  They’re scented with Summer Melon Spritzer…a fragrance I love.  I used it last year and it didn’t discolor my soap, but it turned my blue a really funky muted blue (it was a BRIGHT blue).  Not sure why it did that, but they’re still fun and smell great.

Summer Melon Spritzer: Cantaloupes, Watermelons and Canary Melons come together in this fragrance for a sweet, summery delight. Supporting top notes of Japanese Grapefruit, Crisp Apple and Pomelo bring a bright and cheery melding to the bottom note of Tonka Bean. The secret ingredient to this fragrance is Tonic Water (thus the ‘spritzer’).

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Look for them in my store the first week of March!


Chocolate Cupcakes and Strawberries for Valentine’s Day

January 5, 2013

I’ve been asked many times if I had “chocolate” cupcakes.  And for some reason (I’m not sure why…other than possibly I don’t really like the chocolate scent) I’ve never made chocolate cupcakes.  I’ve made just about every other one imaginable, but not chocolate.

With Valentine’s Day coming up I figured now would be as good as time as any to make some. So, I did :)! Chocolate base with vanilla frosting and chocolate sauce drizzle and a little pink and red decoration to top it off.  They actually look good enough to eat! Will be ready for purchase on February 1st at http://www.jennifersoap.com

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Then I also made so chocolate strawberries. I found this mold discounted 75% off last summer at Pier 1.  I’ve never used it. Couldn’t figure out what to do with it and finally an occasion presented itself.

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Then I had a little left over soap from these two so I poured the extra into some mini heart molds I had and decorated them.  I’d picked up these half size skewer sticks a while back and I thought it’d be cute to put the hearts on a stick.  They did crack a bit as I put them on.  I know they’ll shrink a bit as they cure so hopefully they’ll still stay intact.

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