Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Stuff Your Stocking!

Lychee Red Tea Lotion Bar

I listed a bunch of stuff on my Etsy site today.  Everything I listed could be used as a stocking stuffer too, which makes a great a pre-Thanksgiving post.  I have been going crazy lately with lotions and lip balms (both of which I need to use often), and I made some very adorable snow globe soaps.  They were very difficult to photograph well, but I did the best I could.  I am personally stuffing my stocking with these things this year.

I made three flavors of lip balm: Butter Creme, Passionfruit Rose, and Sweet Strawberries and Honey.  I absolutely love all three, but if I had to choose a favorite, it would be the Passionfruit Rose.  I personally do not like sweeteners in my lip balm, so these only have the flavor oil.  You can definitely taste those, but you don't have that extra sweet aftertaste.

This Lychee Red Tea Lotion Bar joins my other two varieties Lavender Herb & Honey and Girly Grapefruit to be one of my favorite products.  Anyone would be happy to find this in their stocking.  

I made these little cuties for a local craft show, and since I had some left over, I had to post them on the Etsy site.  I made some for all the little ones I am giving gifts to this year. I am using them for gift toppers, but they would make a great stocking stuffer as well.  The larger of the two features a large standing doe and the smaller dome has either a baby deer or a sitting doe.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Lavender Herb Complexion/Shaving Soap

Lavender is always a good scent in soap.  This Lavender Herb does not disappoint.  Combined with the kaolin clay, which creates a really thick lather, makes this soap great for your face or for shaving.  This is the last cold process soap I am making until after the holidays.  This is a super small batch.  I made it for a special request.

Find this soap here.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Spearmint Eucalyptus Shaving/Complexion Bar

So, I have been wanting to try some shaving soap for sometime.  I kind of wanted to make one in a mug, but then I thought, "what about me and all the other ladies that would like a good soap for shaving our legs?"  I decided to make it in a bar instead.  There are a lot of really nice clays that you can add to soap to make it nice for shaving and I finally settled on kaolin clay, not only because it makes for a nice shaving soap, but also because it is mild and beneficial for all kinds of skin.  I wanted a really luxurious bar, so I also made this one with coconut milk.

I love mint and I love eucalyptus, and this scent is a perfect pairing of the two.  When I smelled it, I automatically thought snow, so that was the inspiration behind this bar of soap.  I think the dusting of mica on the top really makes it.

Find this soap here.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Mouse Tea Party

I promised more rodents, so here they are.  This is another Christmas gift to my girls from last year.  I found a tutorial for this pyramid purse (find the link here).  The matching picnic blanket gives them a place to sit (only one of which survived the year - the other is in the toy abyss), and the figures are fashioned from Fimo clay (love that stuff!).  You can just let your imagination go for that part!  The most useful tool that is readily found around the house was a bamboo skewer for detail (and I used a glass to flatten the plates). I suppose if you got really serious about your Fimo creations, you would get some more sophisticated tools, but I wanted to use what I had lying around. Follow the instructions on the Fimo packaging to harden the clay, and you're finished!

When the mice are finished with their picnic, just have them crawl back into the bag until next time!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Felted Rodents (Squeak!)

I love making gifts for my friends and family.  Last year I made a good portion of the Christmas gifts.  I plan to make most of my Christmas gifts this year as well, so I thought I would try to share most of them here (and I promise... not all of them are soap!).

I have shared in the past that my younger children have a rodent fixation.  They also love anything and everything in miniature.  Last year I decided to felt them little rodents (guinea pigs and mice specifically).  They were fairly easy to do if you have the right felting materials. Each guinea pig is about 1" long and the mice are about 2".  The mice are made entirely out of wool roving. The eyes are made with seed beads and I used embroidery thread for the whiskers and paws.  This one has his tail curled up on his back (although it makes him look a little bit like a hunchback in this picture).

The guinea pigs presented a problem.  How was I going to make their little feet?  I tried to use wool, but they looked really funny, so I made some little feet out of Fimo clay and glued them on with fabric glue.  I've seen other felted animals that are a lot smoother than mine, but the girls love them.  That's all that really matters.

This one is my favorite

This will not be the last rodent DIY.  Later in the week I will show you the rodent picnic I made for the girls out of Fimo clay.  You'll love it!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

New Soap for Winter

These two soaps have some of my favorite things, mint combined with chocolate and beer.  Luckily, these are two separate soaps! 

This Oatmeal Stout Beer soap is nice in smell and texture.  While I was making it, my house smelled so good. One of the best things about this soap is that it is made with actual beer!  It was all my husband and I could do not to eat this stuff.  Now that it has cured, it has a really nice, warm smell that is much more masculine than it was initially.  Find this soap here.

This next soap combines everything I love about winter, which is probably why the name is so fitting.  The smell and appearance remind me of hot cocoa and snow, warm and cold.  I also added cocoa and espresso powder to accentuate the already chocolaty smell of the scent.  Espresso powder wakes up your pores as the mint wakes up your senses.

This Winter soap is listed here.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Lotion Bars

I finally got these lotion bars perfected, packaged, and ready for public consumption (hopefully!). I am every bit as excited about these lotion bars as I am about soap, and that is saying a lot.  I have been using these bars for a few weeks now, and I can see a dramatic change in my skin.  I tend to have dry itchy skin, especially on my lower legs, and guess what??  Dry skin no more!!!  I also like the shape of them as they are the perfect shape to cup in your hand while you apply it to your skin.

Lavender Herb and Honey can be found here.

Girly Grapefruit Lotion Bars can be found here.