Inspirational Friday

November 4, 2016

What’s a time you’ve had to stop and tell yourself it’s okay not to be perfect?  One of the biggest times I come across me wanting to be perfect is when I teach.  I “am” the teacher.  I should “know” everything. I know I can’t know everything, but I usually feel like I should. I’m sharing my knowledge. I should be able to answer my students questions.

I’ve learned though, that I don’t know everything and it’s okay.  I’ve also learned to turn those moments into a “learning” moment.  I’m a teaching. I’m not perfect. I don’t know everything.  But my students and I can stop and look up an answer to a question we don’t know.  Or experiment. Or do some research.  And in the end I’ve gained yet more knowledge (that usually I’m no likely to forget either!)


Inspirational Friday

October 14, 2016

You all know I trapeze…well this quote was posted on a trapeze board I’m part of.  It’s so true with trapezing (as with most things in life).  There are times where it’s easy to work on the same tricks over and over because you can do them, but it’s oh so good to venture out of your comfort zone.  This year I’ve done just that.  And as a side note I took my swing out of lines!!  Me! Swinging with no safety lines.  I never thought that day would come!

make mistakes

Fall Soaps: Cranberry Fig

October 14, 2016

This soap is nothing like what I planned. I accidentally used the color theme I was going to do for this soap with my Plum Spice soap and I didn’t want to use the same colors.  So I randomly decided on two purples swirled with white as two separate layers.  Sometimes it is good when plans go awry.  I really liked what I ended up with.  The redesign colors actually are really nice and work well for this scent.

I made Bramble Berry’s Cranberry Fig years ago (like 3-4 years…).  I decided to come back to it this year because I’ve always liked its tartness.

Is an excellent compromise between the tart bit or Cranberries and the sweet, mild allure of Fig.


Fall Soaps: Plum Spice

October 6, 2016

This one smells like bubblegum candy to me.  Not the overpowering kid bubblegum, but a mellow and spicy yummy bubblegum.  I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as did.

Sweet Cakes describes it as:

A nice, mellow blend — the sweetness of plum warmed up and mellowed with a spice mixture.

I did a reverse imprint on the bottom of the soap.  Isn’t it pretty?  I was surprised how much I liked it.  I think I like the balance and contrast of the overall bar.


The loaf before I cut it. The pink one I was trying to fill in the void with color but it didn’t stick. I used a mica in oil and the soap just absorbed the oil. Next time I’d try painting it with dry mica.


Simple, but one of my favorites from the fall soap design.


Inspirational Friday

September 30, 2016

Okay, so this isn’t really “inspirational,” but the English teacher in me couldn’t stop laughing and I just had to share it. Hope it gives you a smile!


Fall Soaps: Pumpkin Lager w/ Beer

September 29, 2016

I’m a pumpkin fan…especially when it comes to pumpkin and baked goods!  This is probably my favorite pumpkin scent of all the pumpkins I’ve tried in the past years and of the ones I’ve made this year (which include: spiced pumpkin, pumpkin spice, and pumpkin lager).  Of course I had to make this soap with beer😀.

Wholesale Supplies Plus describes it:

A seasonal malt blend of fresh picked pumpkin, nutmeg and finishing notes of fermented warm vanilla.

So yummy!  This is another one that I knew would morph. I added orange mica to it so the soap didn’t become dark brown but has that orange hue to it.  Then I stamped it with a like orange mica and it really pops!

Prior to discoloration:


I actually think the soap looks better fully cured and with the darker brown orange.  It makes the stamp stand out more.


Fall Soaps: Oatmeal Stout w/ Beer

September 22, 2016

I love this scent.  I’ve used it once before, and I don’t know why I stopped using it.  It’s just down right yummy!  Bramble Berry describes the fragrance as follows:

This fragrance smells positively edible! It’s a full bodied and smooth beer fragrance blended with Creamy Oatmeal, Orange Peel, Butterscotch, Farm-fresh Milk, Nutty Almond and Rich Vanilla.

I knew the vanilla content was high and I planned my design accordingly.  The white layer is unscented.  The dark brown layer has no color (the fragrance did all the coloring there).  Then the top layer I used TD.  With the vanilla it ended up a medium brown.  I added mica lines between each later (in hopes of preventing some of the bleeding of fragrance (and hence color morphing) into the white later.

As a side note:  Look at this soap just after I cut it and what the finished soap ended up looking like.  Crazy how much it darkened!


Just after I cut the soap.