Friday, October 29, 2010

A Little Last Minute Wickedness...

Am I a little obsessed with these treasuries?  Yep.  They are so much fun!  I find the coolest stuff by just picking a theme and hunting around.  I was feeling in the Halloween mood today (I finally got around to putting up my Halloween stuff), so I decided to do a Halloween themed treasury.  It's a little late for shoppers but fun nonetheless.  See something you like?  Visit the treasury here.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ginger Pear and Neroli Soap

I know I already posted about these soaps, but I took the pictures for my Etsy site today.  The sun was shining and it was a pretty good day for taking pictures outside.  I am very excited about these two creations.  I have already had about half of my ginger pear batch reserved for purchase and I am sending part of my Neroli batch for the Bramble Berry soap swap (probably early next week).  I am very excited about the swap.  I know I am going to get to try some extraordinary creations from other soapers.

I listed the Ginger Pear today, and I will list the Neroli tomorrow.

Find this Ginger Pear soap here.

 Find this Neroli soap here!

Find the Neroli soap here.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Winter Grapefruit

Just listed this soap on Etsy today.  Winter grapefruit has the sweet/slightly bitter smell of grapefruit with just a hint of pine tree.  I love this fragrance.  I seem to have a thing for grapefruit scent, as this is not the first grapefruit scent I have used (see Girly Grapefruit).  The swirl on this one turned out rather nicely too... I really like this soap (Although I think I say that about all of them, don't I?!)

Find this soap here.

No picture of the packaging quite yet, but I will add that to the listing soon.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

New Projects

I haven't been blogging lately, as I have been really busy getting ready for the holiday rush.  I have several new projects in the works!

I cut this soap this morning.  It is called "Winter". The scent is an intoxicating combination of chocolate and mint. I added a little cocoa powder and espresso powder at trace to accentuate the chocolate scent and added Spearmint Eucalyptus to the top to highlight the mint.  I am in love!  I can't wait to try this soap once it cures.

I have also been experimenting with lotion bars.  I have wanted to try making these for a while.  I like the idea of using the bar instead of all the watered down lotions.  I often get too much lotion and then I take forever to rub it in.  These bars allow you to use very little and it lasts and lasts.  I am exploring ways to package these babies and then I will likely add them to the shop (and take better pictures!!).

I also put together this basket for the school raffle this Friday.  I think it turned out really nice.  It has a pumpkin theme with a pumpkin pie soap, a pumpkin pie cupcake soap, and some harvest sugar scrubs.  Yum. (Of course, I'm looking at this picture and it looks like I put the label on upside down.  I think it was just turned the wrong way in the photo...doh!)

Monday, October 11, 2010

What did you do this weekend?

OK, so I didn't actually do this project this weekend, but I did do it on a weekend, so I think it still counts.  A while ago, I showed you how I covered my daughter's wheelchair armrests with the same basic method that you would cover a chair.  I promised on that post that I would be doing my kitchen chairs.  Well, I finally did it!  I have learned a few things since then and I think it turned out really well.

So, this is what the kitchen chairs looked like before.  They were OK, but nothing really exciting.  This is microfiber, which does clean up fairly easily (if you don't have children who spill on them daily).  I was tired of having to use copious amounts of carpet cleaner while scrubbing the heck out of these things weekly, so I decided to find a really pretty fabric to cover them and then put vinyl over that.  You may find this unappealing...but then I would guess that you were a person without children (or that you had really tidy children, which I do not). Practicality rules at this house.

I found this really pretty and
 neutral fabric at IKEA.
I really like their textile patterns.

First, I removed the seats and stapled the fabric all around, just like with the wheelchair armrests (although this was much easier because I had more area to work with.  See my posting with the wheelchair covers here.
Then I just did the same with the vinyl over the fabric.  One VERY useful tip I learned since then is to use a blow dryer to heat up the vinyl slightly when doing the corners.  This allows you to get a very smooth corner, which is easy to do with regular fabric and not so easy to do with vinyl.

Ta da! Here is the finished product!  It is so much easier to wipe down, and I am happy.  The same could be done with oilcloth, as I did with the wheelchair (and you would have one less step), but I had a difficult time finding a neutral oilcloth that wouldn't clash with what I already have going in my kitchen. Many oilcloth patterns are very traditional (which are still really nice if you have the decor to go with it!). You can find more contemporary laminated fabrics but I found them to be a little pricey.  I did six chairs with two yard of fabric at $6.99 a yard and two yards of vinyl at $2.99 a yard.  I also had a lot of both left over.  So it cost me less than $20 to do all six chairs (not too bad!). 

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Soap Preview

I have been making soap like a crazy person this week!  I have a couple of holiday craft shows coming up, and I signed up to participate in a soap swap with some fans of Brambleberry (my favorite soaping supply company).  I am very excited about everything.  So this week, I made a couple of soaps and I am experimenting with a mold that I love.

Earlier in the week I made this Ginger Pear soap. This is a favorite scent among family and friends.  I have switched to CPOP (cold process/oven process) for a while.  I am getting better results with it right now, and I especially like how my soap turns out when I am doing something more on the herbal side.  I don't know exactly what it is, but I like it!  I used nettle leaf powder and paprika infused olive oil to color this soap, and I am really happy with the result!  This picture really isn't doing the soap justice. I will take more time when I take the final photos, but I am just too lazy to do it right now. It is also really overcast this week, which messes up my natural light.

This next one I am going to use for my Brambleberry soap swap.  It is scented with Neroli.  I CPOPed this one as well.  My inspiration was the neroli plant and its blooms.  It turned out looking really fresh.  The smell of this one was pretty overpowering when I was making it, but it has calmed down a lot overnight and smells wonderful.

This last little guy is the coi fish I have been experimenting with.  Isn't he cute?  I made some green ones the other day too, but I think I'd like to try some really bright colors.

Of course everything will have to cure for several weeks and I will have much better pictures then, but I thought I'd give you a little peek!

Monday, October 4, 2010

A Bookshelf Fantasy

Found it here

I dream of one day having a library full of books. I love the smell of the pages and the look of them all stacked there, waiting for me to read them all.  I would also love to have one of those ladders that slides across the top, and I can just see myself sliding from side to side with the wind in my hair...  Does this make me a little weird?  Maybe, but I want it just the same.

I have come across some amazing bookshelves that have stoked this fantasy recently.

This is a color coded library.  So pretty...

Found this here

Could it be?  Library AND wine storage?  I would never leave my house...

Library Cellar Dining Room
Found this here

Some unusual bookshelves...

Hamster bookshelf

Hidden bookshelf (I love)

I came across this on a site titled...bookshelf porn (couldn't really put it a better way myself).

(via midinette + jujasp)
notice the ladder ;)

And this one is just too cool not to include...





i’m in love.

(via conanthelibrarian)

Alas, I will have to wait until the children are grown and I can afford to create my ultimate library.  For now, I will settle for my little bookshelf (and maybe a step ladder), my many piles of books, and the list of books within my Kindle to get me through.