Bridal Shower Favors

June 6, 2015

I’ve been creating wedding and shower favors for a few years now (as you probably read in one of my previous posts).  It’s lots of fun, but occasionally very frustrating…like when I decided to create a new favor for my sister’s bridal shower.

I don’t know how I got the sunflower theme in my head, but it popped in there.  I think I was so fed up with snow and the fact that it was the end of March and we’d gotten yet another couple inches that I was in a “spring” mood when I started planning.  I saw a picture of a sunflower and went man I wish some of those were around right now.  And there it was I was going to do a sunflower themed shower.

I’d JUST finished making my Field of Sunflower soaps.  It took me THREE days to make the connection that I could make sunflower soaps for the shower.  When it finally dawned on me I got super excited.  I changed the soap up a bit for favors.  Instead of doing loafs I made individual cupcake soaps and piped the sunflowers on top.  Then I had custom tags made.

It seems simple right?  Let me tell you the process was anything but!  Oh my word.  I was trying to make the favors at times when I was short on time. That was my first mistake.  Then I had to deal with soap hardening to fast to pipe or not hardening enough.  It took me FOUR batches to finally get pretty tops.  When I got that last batch looking amazing I looked at all the ones I’d done previously and groaned.

I’m a perfectionist.  I had 15 lovely soaps from the last batch.  I looked at the other 40 I’d made and they just didn’t compare.  I thought I’d have to make them all over again. (Have I mention I’m a perfectionist?)

Decapitation to save the day! (What you ask?)  The bases where perfectly fine it was just the sunflowers that weren’t great.  I took out an exacto knife to see if I could pry off the sunflowers and reuse the bases.  Worked like a charm. Decapitation was a success!!

Decapitated Flower Heads:

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Perfectly Good Bases:

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Redone PERFECT Sunflower Soaps:

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Mini Soap Desserts

May 13, 2015

I’m less than thrilled with my work on these soaps.  I ran out of time and I rushed and when I rush…things just don’t go as I planned.  They’re okay, but by no means anything special.

Dessert 1: Coconut covered petit fours.  I think these are cute, but completely pointless as a soap.  I made my CP cubes then coated them in clear MP and dipped them in dried coconut.

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Dessert 2: Decorative petit fours.  If I’d done a better job at pipping I’d be happier with these.  The cubes are CP.  The decorative parts are mostly CP piped with MP soap fondant for the flowers. And a couple of them I used the sugar pearls on.

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Dessert 3: Mini Cakes.  CP soap with MP soap fondant and sugar pearls.  Let’s just say getting all those sugar pearls on these was a pain in the backside :)!  Oh my word.  I do like the effect of these, but again it’s not really a “useful” soap and it took me WAY too long to accomplish these.

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Dessert 4: Mini Bundt Cake.  Let’s just say this one was a complete disaster and leave it at that :P.

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There you have it…a less than stellar set of mini soap desserts *sigh*

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Failed Batch *head shake*

January 4, 2015

I’ve been making soap for a good while now and I haven’t had a failed batch in a long time.  I guess I was due.  I started my first batch of the new year off by leaving out an ingredient which created a lye heavy soap :P.

It happens to the best of us! So, don’t get discouraged if you have a failed batch or two from time to time.

Look at this lovely (insert sarcasm here) high pH.

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Pumpkin!

September 23, 2014

I have two pumpkin soaps: Pumpkin Spice and Pumpkin Cheesecake.  I had a small bottle of pumpkin spice and decided to make a small batch.  I LOVE this one. I wanted to do an orange and black soap. I love the colors together.  This one didn’t disappoint.

The Pumpkin Cheesecake on the other hand…SIGH!  I knew the vanilla content was high in this soap and would darken all the colors.  I just didn’t expect it to be as extreme as it was.  There’s very little definition between the elements in this soap.  Just looks like a dark bar.  I was going for a pumpkin embedded in the soap.  It definitely SMELLS amazing.  It was an extremely popular soap last year.  Hopefully people will still love it because it’s scent and forgive it’s rather unappealing look.

Pumpkin Spice

Love how the top came out.  Half is glitter and the other half is a mica swirl.  Such fun!

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Both are available!


Vanilla Verbena

February 6, 2013

*super big sigh*

Once again vanilla ruins my plans. I really do like this fragrance.  I’m not a fan of vanilla but this scent had more to it…there’s an earthiness in it.

Vanilla Verbena: Bright Verbena, Sicilian Lemon, Orange Zest, Jasmine, Creamy Helitrope, Amber, White Musk, Precious Woods

I thought the embeds would be fun and a great contrast to a pretty blue…while the fragrance didn’t affect the pink much (it’s a little darker than the original color) it completely morphed the blue.  (I didn’t add any fragrance to the white hearts).

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Nothing is technically “wrong” with this soap, but it’s not quite as pretty as I was going for (and after doing all that work for the embeds!)

Will be available in the store about mid-February.


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!


Your advice?

September 5, 2012

I need your advice.  I screwed up a recipe.

It was originally:

    • Avocado Oil 18.2%
    • Coconut Oil 18.2%
    • Sunflower Oil 27.3%
    • Sweet Almond 27.3%
    • Palm 9.1%

It’s made with Goat’s Milk (in place of water) and fresh pumpkin puree.

Well, I screwed up and instead of adding the coconut I added palm twice.  So the new recipe was:

  • Avocado Oil 18.2%
  • Sunflower Oil 27.3%
  • Sweet Almond 27.3%
  • Palm 27.3%.

Ran it thru the lye calculator and the lye/water is the same as my original recipe.  So it’s not lye heavy and still usable.  My question.  With the extra palm and no coconut how do you think the properties of the bar will be?  It’s super hard and I know I’ll lack some lather…but I think with the other oils in it it shouldn’t be too drying and should still be ok.  Your thoughts.


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