Friday, August 28, 2009

Kid Stuff

School starts next week so I'm monkeying around and making prototypes and things.

Here you have half an eyeball...

It's my take on a Soap-Queen tutorial posted today!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I want one for myself!

Here's today's project, and frankly, I'm amazed. I loved this soap so much, that I filled up my pot with water... let it soak up the soap left over in the pot... and I bottled the water to keep for myself. That's insane. But true.

Oils of palm, coconut, olive, shea, cocoa butter, sweet almond, jojoba, oatmeal, honey, calendula petals, chamomile extract and calendula extract. - H

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Who knew soap could be so sassy looking?

But there you go. This was fun to make. - H

Knitting yarn soap

I tried a new glycerin soap yesterday. I love the mold (I got it from Bramble Berry) the bars are a lot bigger than I thought. Which is a good thing considering the detail on it.

Not the greatest picture, but I was in low light and I haven't had the opportunity to take more yet.

I scented it with Buttercream and Snickerdoodle, just because I thought is was fun. They smell yummy.

I almost forgot to update you on my cool treat from the Farmer's Market in Friday Harbor!

This is called "Bone Garden - Summer" I love it. Some people view this as "gothy" but I don't. It's more themed around Day of the Dead art than anything I suppose, but I'm not the artist so who am I to say. Anyway, I love it. It's one in a set of four. There is one for every season, and this one is the summer print. When fall hits I am going to get the fall print and so on until I have all four. (Collect them all!!!) Har. The artist is Rosa Blair who is here in Friday Harbor.

- H

Monday, August 10, 2009

The cupcake reveal...

I am really happy with how my cupcake soaps turned out. Two are already gone. And I think I want to give one to my mom... so maybe I should just plan on making another batch right away. I am not known for my cake decorating skills, so the frosting isn't perfect looking, but I'm satisfied.

If it weren't for the fragrance oil, these would be all natural. The bottom is carrot cake scented, with cocoa butter, cinnamon and honey. The top is cream cheese frosting scented with shea butter.

Think next time I'll do a swirl frosting. Looks better, I think. - H

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Hello beautiful, and goodbye sweet babies.

I am attempting to make my version of cupcake soaps this weekend. So far so good.

This is the bottom. It's a really yummy, rustic soap filled with honey, oats and cinnamon. I did add scent to it for the whole "cupcake effect." The scent? CARROT CAAAAAKE! It gets better... I've got Cream Cheese Frosting scent that will go on top. Well... the scent won't go on top, but the soap that I pipe onto the cupcakes to frost them will be. Oh yeah.

Now, I need to calm down a little, because this is my first try at cupcake soap. And let me tell you, there are some pretty amazing cupcake soaps out there. And if I have a disaster trying to get the frosting "just right" well... we won't go there. Yet.

Next up...

These lovelies are going to Compost It this weekend. If I can get the ingredient labels printed. the light-colored soaps in the back row are all natural Ylang Ylang. I'm not a fan of the scent, but the soaps turned out great. The small brown bars are all natural oat and honey bars. The large bars just haven't been cut yet. Isn't the coloring interesting in the bars? I added the honey in the large bars a little later than I usually do in the soapmaking process, so they are a lighter color. And I have some Orca soaps going to Compost It as well. Fun!

I'll be sure to post when I get the "frosting" on those beauties. Stay tuned. - H

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Cute as a bug.

Like my super-cute prototype ladybug?

Other cute things...

This jar of Peach Vanilla Bean jam I bought at the Farmer's Market.

And this tea! Hand blended by Amanda of Isla Botanica. I wish I would have taken a picture of the package it came in, but I forgot. I gave it to a friend. And saved half for myself. Yum.

It's a black tea called Vanilla rose. Real locally harvested rose in there. Amazing. Click on the image for a closer look. Seriously. There's a rose petal in there that looks like a seashell.

All for now. - H

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Gah! I am like, so bisseh!

Or at least it feels that way.

So, you know when you are looking through your pictures and you think, "oh, I need to blog about that." Or, "oh, I totally forgot to blog about that." Those are the times when you've been ignoring your bloggy duties.

Granted, blogging isn't going to get my laundry done, or mow the yard so... I mow. Instead of blog. (Hey! Wake up out there! I'm talking!)

So this week, I'm working on soaps for Compost It. Compost It is a shop here in Friday Harbor that carries all sorts of neat stuff. Huge variety of things that are fun, handy, local goods, environmentally sound goods, you get the picture. Really good stuff.

I've been buying a good chunk of essential oils from them for my soaps. Did I mention that they are selling my soap in their shop? How cool is that? They carry mini bars of mine, and also my Orca Soaps.

The shop!

Look! A composter that says "Compost It!" Clever sharks.

So when you come to Friday Harbor, and I know you will, go to Compost It.

Did you know, that when I make an oatmeal soap, I hand grind the oats so that you get yummy exfoliation without getting too scratchy? Well. Know you know.

I know I've got much more to blog about, but I'm plum out of words. You know where to find me. - H