Oi, it’s been a busy week, but I wanted to pop by and post one of my latest creations. I’ve been plotting and planning an oceany type soap for awhile in my head.I am very happy with the particular shade of sea foam, even though things didn’t quite work out the way I had planned in my head I suppose there is still a Oceany type way about this soap. The scent is fresh and clean and if you close your eyes and imagine you can smell the briny fresh perfume of Ocean Water.
Pale pink and topped with rose petals with a gentle hint of Geranium, this handcrafted artisan soap is definitely girlie. Summer Romance will be making her debut the end of February, and will be a seasonal part of the line through the Summer of 2014.
I have two (Woodfields’) log molds with silicone liners for sale. The first one is the newest and in excellent condition. The dimensions are Dimensions-15L x 3 1/4w x 2 3/4 h (15 bars)at 1″. Getting soap out is easy with silicone,and the outside of your log will be pristine-no wrinkles or marks. Clean up is a cinch-just warm water and soap if needed.
Double mold $220.50 + shipping
I also have a single log mold also a (Woodfields’). Dimensions are the same -15L x 3 1/4w x 2 3/4 h (15 bars)at 1″. This one has been gently used as well, but is the older more used of the two.
Single mold $104.80 + shipping
Sometimes, I just love to make an uncomplicated batch. This one is as about as simplistic as they come, but still there is something so beautiful about it. I love the color, the faint scent of Geranium and the pop of rose petals.
I actually find myself still inspired to make “Wintery” type soaps, but am trying to look forward towards Spring and Summer and the colors that work well for those months. Pink is always a winner and other than green and red orange, one of my very favorite colors(particularly pale pink.)
These are some things that I have been working on lately. I have been playing a lot with the latest technique of the Taiwan Swirl-there are so many variations one can do. It’s a very versatile and more importantly fun technique to have in your arsenal of techniques. I have been formulating in my head some sort of take on cactus flowers-I love the color combination so much, cacti are so surprising when they bloom the flowers and colors are magical, and somehow they bring a certain delicate nature to an otherwise ruggedly tenacious prickly plant.
The mica swirl was something I saw around and thought I would give it a try. I think it has many possibilities as well.I love the sparkly metallic against the almost black.
I am loving the overall look of this one,but will need to tweak just a bit(the run off is just tad gray, and easy enough fix.)
It’s finally Friday, and all listed soaps are $5 all day long.
I wanted to attempt the more fine feathery Taiwan swirls like those of Ruth Esteves, so I thought on how to achieve them for a few days and then dove on in. I was able to achieve the technique, but my colors were so light that I didn’t get the definition that I was hoping for. In retrospect I see that with this fine of a swirl you need colors with more contrast. Well, next time. Overall,I am very happy with it. I don’t know of you can see, but on the left side of there are very fine swirls.
And while I know that many soapmakers are looking ahead to Valentines Day and even Spring-it is still Winter, so I hope this one isn’t too out of place. This type of swirl reminds me of very fine evergreen needles-thus “White Woods” snow laden evergreen branches whisper in the hushed silence of a fresh snow fall. A crisp clean evergreen scent.
This image is a bit off-I suspect due to the white balance I have never taken the time to set correctly-Oops!
I’ve been dreaming of doing something in gradients of pink with a touch of white, and recently I’ve become a bit enamored with the Taiwan Swirl and it’s possibilities for modified versions. I finally had a go at my pink gradient that I’ve been sort of pondering on for awhile. I was pretty thrilled with how it came out. The swirl is just on the top,the base underneath is white. Later when I cut it I will post cut pics.
I love the Taiwan Swirl as it is one that you can let your imagination run wild with there are so many different looks you can achieve. My plan is to explore some variations over the next few days to see what kind of trouble I can get into.
Cut pics coming soon.
It’s always funny to me how deceptively easy techniques look (at least when Amy does them lol!) My first attempt at the Taiwan Swirl technique was unsuccessful to say the least-the color was pretty, it smells fabulous and it’s even prettyish-but it’s not a successful swirl. Clearly, I over stirred my batch and it was too thick at pour,but you know how it is you’re sort of committed at that point, so I tried again. This time I soaped quite cool and only allowed my batch to get just beyond emulsification(I soaped at a 25% discount-yes,call me crazy. I attempt this because I don’t like the ash I get with more water) I still got some trails because at that water discount things set up pretty quickly,but I did get what I would consider a more successful Taiwan Swirl, still room for improvement-but that’s the fun of all new techniques- working on them until you are satisfied you have them down,right?
btw, I realize that perhaps this technique lends itself better to being cut horizontally, but this is the way I cut my bars, my mold is geared towards cutting them this way-so that’s why I cut them the way I do. Many choose to cut there loaves on the horizontal as to get more of the pattern on the face of the bar.
Oh!and that gorgeous yellow is that infused Annatto once again. Gorgeous huh! I am loving that buttery yellow.
As many of you know,when you are attempting to run your own business(and you are passionate about it) it’s very easy to let the scales get tipped towards staying in “work” mode. This unintentionally leads to putting family on the back burner sometimes-often the very people we are trying to support with our endeavors.
A family member of mine texted this eloquently fabricated morsel of wisdom to me, and I loved it-since then I’ve seen it on Facebook so I’m not sure where it originated.
“A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles roll
ed into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’
The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..
‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—-your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—-and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else—-the small stuff.
‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.
If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.
Take care of the golf balls first—-the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.”