All stocked up at the Tornado Gallery – 19th and Buddy Holly
Tierra Verde Handmade Soaps are now in stock for your Christmas shopping pleasure at the Tornado Gallery 19th and Buddy Holly just in time for the First Friday Art Trail on December 6. In stock, are a variety of the round soaps from the “Naturals” line-Fir Needle, Lemongrass with Calendula,Orange Honey Drizzle with Oats, Tea Tree, Frankincense and Myrrh, Chef’s Soap, and Olive Oil and Goat’s Milk. Also, there are a variety of swirly soap ornaments in Spearmint,Cool Mint,Fir Needle and Star Anise, and for a limited time-Aromatic Cedar infused with Lavender. Aromatic Cedar is reputed to repel moths while Lavender gently scents drawers, sweaters, and linens.
Also this Friday, the Tornado Gallery will host a variety of artists; Baron Batch,John Chinn,Brittany Ross,and Tyler Thompson. Also featured, are the in house artists Lee Ware,Bren Merritt,Tony Greer,Melissa Jones, and Benna Ellis. The weather outside might be frightful,but it’s warm and delightful at 19th and Buddy Holly. Park you care and take the trolley.
I am getting so excited,the Homespun Artisan Showcase is right here upon us-this Saturday December 7, 2013 from 10-6 at the Del Paso Museum in Lamesa Texas. I’m afraid the weather might be a bit of a challenge,but so far I plan to be there.
I’m working this week to tie up loose ends so that things will be all ready to go. I’ll have lots of soap from the “Naturals” line,aromatic cedar with Lavender, hand balms, swirly ornaments and more.
We’re Celebrating Small Business Saturday with 25% off all soap in the “Naturals” line throughout the day. Support local small business and support your community=simple as that!
Why shop small?
“You get your coffee here.
You get your haircut here.
You find that certain thing you were looking for, here.
But actually, you get so much more.
When you shop at these small local businesses, you support all the things that make your community great.
The money you spend here, stays here. In this place you call your neighborhood.”
For the past couple of years I’ve had some regular custom orders for Christmas soaps. I really enjoy them, it’s fun to get away from the regular label. I always love the ideas that other people have for labels. Custom soaps are a unique gift with personality-each label is a collaboration between you the customer and myself. So fun!
Shimmery pine cones will hold a card with a description of each different soap.
Beautiful, yet rustic pine cone garland
Snowflakes will tie the garland in with the table top and give it a wintery theme.
I haven’t worked a market in a very long time and I knew I was going to have to tie a dark brown burlap table cloth into a Christmas theme. I had no idea what I was going to do until a week before the show,seriously,just as panic was setting in I stumbled upon the pine cone idea. I needed to work with things I already had on hand in order to keep the cost down. I just don’t have a big budget for display items. Of course, I had things like glue,glitter,printable business cards,ribbon,twine and cedar pickets(I’ll save this to show you on another day) etc. I chose to make almost all of my display items and spent just a few dollars on snowflakes(just a couple of bucks worth) and galvanized buckets. The galvanized buckets were the most expensive market display element I purchased,but I bought them knowing I could use them over and over with different displays to hold soap and other products. I viewed them as more of an “investment.”
My overall theme is rustic Christmas. Pine cones will hold a description of each kind of soap. I gave them a bit of shimmer with silver glitter. Across the front of my table I will have a swag of pine cone strung on hemp twine with ribbons in between each pine cone-very simply yet rustic elegant. Tossed about among the pine cone sign holders and buckets of soap will be a few snowflakes to tie it all together. Simple and low budget. I hope it will all look as nice as I have it planned in my head. I’m planning to use this same set up in a couple of weeks for a show in Lamesa, so I’m actually getting a lot of bang for my buck-and when the shows are over the garland and shimmery pine cones will decorate my house for Christmas too.
Tierra Verde Handmade Soaps-All Natural Hand Balms
Tierra Verde Handmade Soaps All Natural Hand Balms with Beeswax 1oz.
I had a few tins left for hand balms, so I made some up for the Homespun Artisan Showcase coming up in Lamesa on December 7. I thought it would be nice if they were ready for stocking stuffing, so each hand balm comes tucked away in this cute muslin drawstring bag that I hand stamped with a cute leaf motif.
I have learned so much making all these swirls for a fun Christmas idea. I always appreciate a chance to do something over and over as the repetitive process allows me to really get to know and become familiar with the idiosyncratic nature of soap. I learn everyday about how to do something better or differently. I also know that with anything new there is a slightly frustrating time in which the learning curve can get the better of us if we let it. I remember years ago when I was starting out,I thought that if I used an essential oil like Sweet Orange to scent my soap it would smell heavenly just like out of the bottle,boy was I naive. I almost gave up on essential oil blending, but perseverance paid off and now I can blend with much more confidence. Color is new to me, and so I’m still learning so much about it-rate of usage, how easily or not easily they dissolve,which colors morph or disappear, which ones work best with oil or water-there’s always so much to learn.
Some of these fun swirly soaps will be heading to the Homespun Artisan Showcase in Lamesa, Tex-Dec. 7th.
Tierra Verde Handmade Soaps will be participating in two upcoming artisan events here in the next few weeks.
The first event, will be the”Backyard Boutique” here in Lubbock on November 23 (that’s a week from today folks!) There will be plenty of fabulous handmade soap for you to pick up for those stocking stuffers – (don’t forget to pick up some for yourself while you’re at it. ) Plus lots of other unique handmade goodness from hair bows, to maxi skirts, handmade wreaths to refinished furniture, and I hear Sweetie Pies will be there ya’ll.
Backyard Boutique-Local Event
The second event is the “Homespun Artisan Showcase” in Lamesa,Tex on December 7, 2013 at the Dal Paso Museum located at 125 N. Main Street Lamesa, Texas. This show will feature a small variety of vendors from the surrounding area all uniquely skilled in a different medium for the one day holiday event.
Artisan Showcase-Lamesa, Texas
For more information and a wee map click on the “Events” tab at the top of the page for the Events Calendar. Ya’ll come!!
Tea Tree a great choice for those who like “hardcore” clean (this is a wonderful option for those that like the serious commercial cleansing bars)Tea Tree has a herbal medicinal clean type scent. These Tea Tree rounds are part of the “natural” line scented with high quality Australian Tea Tree Essential oils,and no colorant for that clean fresh look and feel. Tea Tree naturally lends itself to being a great shave soap for the guys too!
Is Cold Process the only method for making handmade soap?
No, there are actually 2 methods of true “handmade” soap.
Cold Process is a method in which minimal heat is used (just enough to melt the hard oil part of the total oils)that are then combined with sodium hydroxide (lye) which begins the saponification process. The entire process from mixing to cure takes 4 to 6 weeks during which time the water evaporates and the soap becomes milder and harder. The base oils and additives in Cold Process soap determine properties such as lather type, creaminess, hardness etc.
The Hot Process method of soapmaking is much the same as Cold Process except that heat is applied to the oil and lye mixture to accelerate the saponification process. Hot Process soap has a more mottled texture than Cold Process because of the cook it undergoes; however it retains the same beneficial properties of Cold Process.
Melt and Pour
Melt and Pour- is a type of ready made base that is melted down so that fragrance and color can be added then poured into a mold. Melt and pour bases are not natural and contain emulsifiers and very often (sodium lauryl sulfate or SLS) to create abundant lather.
Why is handmade soap more expensive than commercial?
Handmade soaps are often made with fine food quality base oils, essential oils and other additives such as honey, milk, botanicals, and herbs. Base oils can be oils such as Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil, Coconut Oil and even Cocoa Butter. Handmade soap is a labor intensive process as well, each batch is weighed out, mixed, scented, poured, cut by hand then cured, cleaned and packaged. Much thought and attention to detail goes into each and every batch.
What is the difference in Fragrance Oils and Essential Oils?
Fragrance oils are a synthetically derived fragrance. Many soapmakers use them because of the wide variety of scents available in fragrance oil. Soaps that are berry scented, fruit scented, foody scented, and some florals (that can not be extracted from the flower) are fragrance oils.
Essential Oils are extracted directly from the plant typically through distillation. Many essential oils contain beneficial properties.
Handmade soap care instructions
Handmade soap is easy to care for really. Because of the composition of handmade soap(and because it doesn’t typically have chemicals added to make it hard)it is more prone do dissolving if left in water or under dripping water. It is very important to keep your soap up out of sitting water and allow to air dry in between uses. Use soap dishes that are grooved or that have holes for good drainage.