Inspirational Friday

May 18, 2018

Raise your hand if you ever make excuses! *waves hand* I think we’re all guilty of this from time to time.  How many times do I look at something that’s hard or a lot of work and I find a reason not to do it? More often than I probably care to admit.  Excuses don’t get anything accomplished.

I have a post I started writing (and just haven’t finished) on my personal blog that was titled “Am I a Quitter?”  As you know I’m working on my Master Certification.  Well, getting my research topic approved just about did me in.  What I wanted to do wasn’t approved. I was so frustrated I almost said screw the test. I don’t “need” the certification.  It took me a couple months to readjust my thinking and tackle a new research topic.  I made excuses for why I should just quit.  That didn’t sit well with me.  It’s a master level test. It’s not supposed to be easy.  And I was STRONGER than my excuses.  I could do this. I could change my topic. I would still learn something valuable from the new topic, even if it’s wasn’t what I was originally going for.  It was all about my attitude.  I’m not a quitter.  I stopped making excuses.

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April 12 in 12

April 30, 2018

I got slightly obsessed this month with mermaids.  I probably could have filled half the month with posts of just mermaids!  I restrained from doing this ha!  Here you go: April–where the weather is kind of sort of finally getting warmer and spring feels like it might actually get here!

April 1, 2018: Dragon’s Blood

I was mostly caught up on restocks, but I had a few soaps I still needed to make. One was  Dragon’s Blood.  I really like the simplicity of this one.  And the stamp is just too perfect.

April 3, 2018: Custom Favors

These were for a Winnie the Pooh themed Baby Shower. I can’t help smiling every time I see them!  The gift sets I created came out so cute.

Here they are all packaged up in their gift sets and ready to go out! I’m in love with them. They turned out so cute!

April 4, 2018: Studying

I’m making progress…I think ha!  I’ve actually started writing the research paper. I’m studying the essay questions and I’m making the soaps for my 9 months of testing this week (2nd week of April).  This is progress, even if I can’t physically check any thing off my list yet.

April 5, 2018: National Shrink Wrap System

This beauty got ordered a little sooner than I planed, but I needed it for an order in April.  It’s definitely taking some practice to get used to, but it will in the long run save me so much time on packaging!

April 6, 2018: More custom favors!

It’s that time of year: lots of showers and weddings going on.  I’ve been busy making favors.  I love that I can create something unique and special for someone.

April 8, 2018: NaOH 

Can’t make soap without lye.  Another shipment of it arrived.  I think I’m all set for a while.

April 12, 2018: Mermaids!

If you’ve been following my FB page you know I’ve been slightly (okay, maybe more than slightly) obsessed with mermaids.  I have been playing around with a bunch of different designs and I think I have decided on what I like best.  I can’t wait until these are ready!

April 14, 2018: Oh look! More Mermaids! 🙂

Here you go.  May your eyes be happy taking in these cute soaps!

April 16, 2018: And yet more custom favors! (It’s that time of year!)

Did I already mention it’s that time of year?  Yes? Ah, well here are some more favors I’ve made!

April 18, 2018: There’s a running theme here! Cupcake Favors!

I made  A LOT of custom favors this month (not all have been pictured), but it should give you an idea of how my month went in the terms of soap making :D.  These cupcakes turned out so sweet!  Can’t wait until they’re ready to go to their new home!

April 18, 2018: Single Tails and Creating Labels

I wanted to have some mermaids for my event on April 21st. The bar soaps weren’t going to be ready so I decided to package up sets of three tails.  Of course that meant creating labels and figuring out how to package them.  A few kinks to work out, but I really like these!

April 23, 2018: Bubble Scoops

I had a little too much fun with these. I didn’t plan to go make a bunch…it just kind of happened after I made a batch with a friend.  They were just so cute I was like I need a rainbow!  And now I have Bubble Scoops. Lots of bubble scoops ha!

April 28, 2018: New England Local Chapter Meet Up (BONUS)

Lots was going on in April and I had to include a bonus day: Our First New England Chapter Meet Up.  I’m so excited to work on building our community of soap makers up here in New England. We had an awesome day!  I proctored a test session, we made ghost swirl soap, funnel pour soap, and bubble bars!  New England HSCG Members if you’re not already a part of our Local Chapter please consider joining us! We have a FB group as well where updates, challenges, and all sorts of stuff happens! Come check it out!


Mermaid Soaps

April 24, 2018

I don’t know what made me want to make these. I’m sure I saw someone post one and it probably caught my fancy and I thought they’d be fun to make.  Whatever the reason, I was browsing online looking for a mold and came across the mermaid tail molds…and next thing I know I’m making mermaid tails.

I spent a couple days sketching ideas for how I wanted to make the mermaids and ultimately had three designs I wanted to try and a couple that were a variation of the original designs.  Some of these turned out great others I really didn’t like. Ultimately there were two designs I’ve decided to go with moving forward.

Here’s a peak at the process and the trial and errors of making mermaid soaps.  It’s safe to say I got a little obsessed with these fellas.  They just make me smile and I can’t help but want to make more and more!

Look at these tails!

Design 1: Swimming in the Ocean (rectangle)

I used multiple techniques for these and I really liked them.  It’s one of the designs I’m going with.

Design 2: Color base and Oval Mold

First off, the color morphed and I really hate the color it became.  Second, the fragrance accelerated and I couldn’t get the swirl on the top I wanted.  Third, I just didn’t like the appearance or shape at all.

Design 3: Piping Ocean Foam

I think if I had a bigger rectangular mold these would have worked better, but there just wasn’t enough space for everything to work. Too much of the tail got covered.

Design 4: The Beach and Ocean

I loved the beach look of these. They’re more work to make and definitely a bit of a pain to do the sand (though I love the end result).  These and Design 1 are my two favs!

 

Just Tails

Then I created little three packs of just tails.  I love the bars, but I also could stare at the tails all day long!And I had fun with the packaging!  The mermaid “sayings” on the back just make me smile!


Inspirational Friday

April 20, 2018

The hole will only get deeper.  How do you get yourself out?  That’s what sets you apart.  Realize you’re in a hole and figure out how to get yourself out without digging yourself in any deeper!


Field of Flowers (aka Peony)

April 16, 2018

Most people see this soap and love the design.  It is NOT what I was going for. The flowers are just a complete disaster.  They were not what I was going for, but it’s what I had to settle for as it’s all I could actually manage to save the top.  Win some, lose some!

Peony is a romantic, powdery, floral. By far one the finest florals we have ever smelled.


Gardenia

April 13, 2018

I’d recently seen a number of soaps with colored salt on the top of the bars and I loved (like REALLY loved) the effect. That’s what inspired this soap.  I’ll definitely use the salt top more in future designs. It’s a simple effect but so pretty!

This fragrance is a floral blend of gardenia and jasmine with a strong orange flavor bottom note.


Agave Lime

April 10, 2018

Yum!  I’m a citrus girl.  So, I am naturally pulled toward these scents, but this one is definitely finding a home in my shower!  I love the design of this one.  It too was nothing like what I had planned, but I realized as I was making it I was gonna have to kind of go by the seat of my pants as the fragrance started to thicken my soap.  Thick soap usually makes for decent hanger swirls and so I gave it a shot and it paid off.

The fragrance is a shimmering citrus blend of high concentrations of the following essential oils:  lime, lemon, and orange creates an effervescent top note for this exotic scent, while accents of liquid ozone add a refreshing highlight.  Tropical floral notes and exotic agave greens balance at the heart of the fragrance.  Clear musk and rich sandalwood form a soft background for this highly textured scent.

Top Notes:  lime, lemon, orange, ozone
Mid Notes:  agave greens, hibiscus, plumeria
Base Notes:  musk, sandalwood