June 5, 2015
I entered two of my soaps in this year’s Saponifier Contest! Check them out here:
Embedded Circle: Enter #14
Reverse Stamp: Entry #15
Take a moment to vote for your favorite! Anyone can participate! If you like mine best help me out pretty please :D. Pick your favorite in each entry and vote!!
Vote HERE: http://saponifier.com/design-mania-contest-2015/
June 2, 2015
This was the second soap I did for the Saponifier Challenge. They call it am “Embedded Circle” technique, but I really think it should be called a double embed. That’s really what it is. You’re creating one embed and then embedding it into a batch then taking that new soap and embedding it AGAIN into another batch.
I’ve done double embeds many times before. It’s a massive amount of work for a bar of soap! That said I love the technique. I will usually only do it on limited edition soaps (because it is so much work). When I saw this as a challenge I knew right off I’d be adding my own twist. I had a fragrance called “Seaside Escape” that I had been sketching out different designs for, but hadn’t settled on one I really liked. The only thing I knew was I wanted a nautical theme. The challenge kind of solidified everything for me.
Step 1: First I had to make a batch of swirled soap in a circular mold. I went for a subtle mix of blues/greens that made me think of the ocean.
Step 2: I had these mini ocean themed cookie cutters. The problem was that they were only 1/2″ deep. I had to take the circle embed I made and cut them in my soap cutter twice (so that they were 1/2″ deep and then I had to cookie cut EACH SOAP! Tedious.
Step 3: Next I embedded all the pieces into a cube mold I had and poured a white soap around the cut outs.
(Sorry this isn’t the best picture. I cut open one of the cubes, so you could see how the white soap filled in around my circles.)
Step 4: Once I unmolded the cubes I put them into a loaf mold and then made a new batch of teal soap to pour around the cubes. I had to do a mica top on it! You all know how much I love that technique.
The end result:
Totally worth it, but a three day process to make this soap and a lot of work to prep each stage.
May 29, 2015
I have to admit I love a challenge–most days. Sometimes I wish life would just go easy on me, but most of the time I’m all for pushing myself and seeing just what I can accomplish. I look back and am amazed at the results. The best example is of course starting my own business. I didn’t really think through the implications of creating my own business would have or the things it would require of me. It kind of came about because my hand was forced (so to speak). I think if I had stopped to realize what I was getting into I might have bailed–then again maybe not.
It’s been a struggle no doubt, but the rewards have been worth it. And I realized that (three years later) I really can do this. It’s quite the feeling!
May 27, 2015
This technique had been on my to try list for about 6 months. I even had all the supplies I needed for it, I just never got around to making it! It was fun. There are a lot of possibilities with this one and I’ll definitely play around more with it in the future. I did two batches this go around. One with a simple criss-cross pattern and one with a weird swirl pattern.
Garden Soap (Cool Citrus Basil):
May 24, 2015
Here’s Black Tie Affair–a soap for the men! I love the colors of this soap. It just makes me smile!
Black Tie Affair: Sophisticated notes of black peppercorn and leather are carefully crafted with warm woods, patchouli, musk and citrus.
Now available! Find it HERE.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dessert 4: Mini Bundt Cake. Let’s just say this one was a complete disaster and leave it at that :P.
There you have it…a less than stellar set of mini soap desserts *sigh*