Friday, August 24, 2012

Ginger and Lavender

Two soaps to share today. It's been a good soaping week. The first is a Ginger-Lime blend. The soap swirled on its own, which is kind of awesome. It smells bright and fresh. 

And this retro look has a black amber and lavender fragrance. It's kind of sultry and very pleasant. With both of these soaps, the swirling pattern produces different patterns with each slice, which makes cutting the soap pretty fun. They will both be done around September 17th. Man, I hate to wait!

To Sharon, who so kindly asked if I would ever be selling to the public, thank you! I hope to get some things squared away before the end of the year to be able to do so. If you would like to send me your email, I'd be glad to send you an email when I do so. Or you can "follow the blog", and I'll let everyone know when I'm good to go with insurance and boring things like that. I really appreciate the question! Thanks.

Have a good weekend! We're having a tent revival at my church tomorrow and Sunday and my parents are coming into town tonight. Better go vacuum.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Chocolate Espresso Soap

Holy cow. I made some soap a couple days ago using Brambleberry's Chocolate Espresso fragrance oil and it smells ah-mazing. I was trying to do a sort of gentle layers, ie, not perfect layers, and ended up with a bit of a swirl. But, I am so happy with how great it looks. It will be ready for use in about 4 weeks, around September 20th. Forgive the terrible photo. I'm sure I'll find my camera any minute, or stop taking photos at night. :) Thanks for coming by!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Soapety Soap Soap Soap

Well, we are mostly settled into our new home. As I mentioned, one of our neighbors is a cow, another is my husband's church and the other one has a pool. Maybe? I can only see it when I peek around a bush from a distance, and that seems a little creepy. Ha ha. One of the things that has not yet appeared during the unpacking is our camera, so apologize for the quality as I share these crummy photos of my recent crafty endeavors. Instagram will only get you so far if the original picture is taken after dark.

This fun soap is scented with sandalwood fragrance. It was sold under the name "Sensuous Sandalwood" but this is family blog, so we'll stick with sandalwood :) It will be ready September 8th. The three colors are burgundy, brown and off white. Each bar looks different because of the swirl technique I used.

I made this batch of soap before we moved using a crazy fragrance called "dragon's blood". Yes, seriously. My brother chose it. The tan portion of the soap is darkening, so I'll update with a picture when it's ready in a week or so.
 And these two soaps started as the same batch. I made a regular sized batch, split it into 4 and scented each differently. The scent on the left has vanilla in it, which naturally darkens. I like both colors, and the natural component of the color. They, along with another yellow-colored soap, will be done on Friday. The brown is a complicated (in a good way) vanilla, the right is a citrus, and the other soap is called Tropical Vacation. It's a mix of mango, coconut and pineapple. The fourth fragrance did not behave itself and has been relegated to the gift basket for people we don't like. KIDDING, well, about the gift basket. That soap really has zero fragrance. So weird.  
What's your favorite soap fragrance?

Thursday, August 2, 2012

And on our new street...

I have perhaps mentioned a thousand times now that our family is moving. Perhaps I have seemed to believe that we are the first people to move in the history of time, or that our move is somehow harder than all other moves. It's just that we've had a lot of moves lately. This was just the one that included leaving our house and relocating in another one.

This is the one we're most excited about, at least for now. Theres (my apostrophe will not work now- great) a few more on the way.  Our son is now wandering around the new house, trying out different places for his toys. I had to stay back for a meeting tonight, and will head up soon with my 6 year old wedding dress, tons of soap that is still curing, great-grandmas china, two cats, and the fish. Feel free to start laughing at me now.

We haven't figured out the best part of our new home. Ben has been commuting up to the church since October, so we have a sense of our little village-to-be. I am guessing, though, the best part will be our neighbor. Who is a cow. Named Luigi. I guess he's probably technically a steer. I got a pretty good look at him last weekend when he jumped the fence and wandered into the churchs yard, which is adjacent to our house. This is going to be a grand adventure.

I think I'll have some cards up tomorrow. It will depend on whether we can find some internet access.

Oh, and big thanks to the new folks who are following the blog. It means so much to me!