Monday, November 14, 2011

Pitter Pattern Designs on Good Day Sacramento!

My appearance on Good Day Sacramento. I am working really hard not to pass out, throw up, or anything of that sort. Overall, I had fun though. :) I still can't believe that guy took an actual bite out of that soap. He can't say I didn't warn him! Yeah, I let them keep those...

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cupcake Soap, Swirls, and Other Exciting News!!



Raspberry Cupcake Soap
I have been extremely busy making soap of course, but also with some custom orders and getting a little PR.  I also redesigned my banner for the blog and my Etsy shop.  What do you think?!

These are the cupcake soaps I have been working on lately.  I have been selling quite a bit wholesale and they are always popular during the holidays.  I have added several new "flavors:" Raspberry, Georgia Peach, a redo of my "Fresh Pear" ( now Ginger Pear), and Chocolate Mint. These are all available in the mini size as well.

Georgia Peach Cupcake Soap


Ginger Pear Cupcake Soap


Chocolate Mint Cupcake Soap
Although I have been restocking most of my soap bars in my traditional loaf molds, I have mixed it up and redesigned a few soaps using a slab mold.  I am having a ton of fun making all these swirls.  There is just so much more room to work.  Can you tell I am in love? <3 <3
Sparkling Ginger

Gardenia




I have been talking with the editor of a local magazine the last few months about doing a little feature on my cupcake soaps.  So here it is in the November issue of Sacramento Parent Magazine!

This week has also been pretty exciting.  A local news program will be having me on their show on Sunday (Good Day Sacramento - Channel 31 during the 7 o'clock hour).  I am quite nervous, but luckily it is a very casual show.  I don't do well with this sort of attention, so I am hoping I will be able to form a complete sentence, remember my name...you know, stuff like that. ;)

For those of you who are local (Northern California), I will be in Auburn the weekend after Thanksgiving (Nov. 26th and 27th from 10-5) at the Gold County Fair Grounds selling soap and bath goodies.  Also, you can catch me at the City of Roseville Craft Fair.  This event is at the Maidu Community Center in Roseville.  After that, I will be focusing on my online orders, getting stuff together for my own kiddos and family, as well as planning my late Winter and Spring Soap.  Crazy!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

My Memories Suite Scrapbooking Software Giveaway

Can you believe it is November already?  The holidays are approaching!  Pretty soon it will be time to make our holiday cards and start our holiday scrapbooking projects.  This is why I am excited to be hosting a giveaway for the My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking software.  This is wonderful software for scrapbooking of course, but also for holiday cards, invitations, and anything else where you want to add embellished pictures.  

My memories sent me a copy of the software to try, and I had a blast playing around with their different layouts and embellishments.  One of the best things about this software is that it is super easy to use.  Everything is labeled and the layout is simple and self-explanatory.  It is also easy to save your pages and albums for later use or to upload and print.  

This is a scrapbook page I created using their super cute ready-to-use templates.


I also created a scrapbook page and holiday card using their "create your own" feature, which allows you to use their embellishments with your own layout.



I used their basic program to create a these pages, but it is easy to add more embellishment kits from their site. They have free pages to upload and add to your software, or you can purchase kits, which are quite affordable from $0.99- $6.99.

You can receive $10 off the My Memories Suite V2 software and a $10 coupon for the MyMemories.com store (a $20 value!) by visiting My Memories, purchasing the My Memories Suite V2, and using this coupon code upon checkout:

STMMMS13944

(I recommend copying and pasting it to avoid mistakes)

Now for the giveaway. 
My memories is giving away a copy of the My Memories Suite V2 (a $40 value).  

To enter follow the steps below:
(please leave a separate comment for each entry. Thanks!)

1. Visit the My Memories website and comment here about something you see that you love. (Please add your email address so that I can contact you if you win)

2. Visit the My Memories Suite Facebook Page, like their page and comment again, or tweet:
  "I entered the @MymemoriesSuite #giveaway @pitterpatsoap" 
for an additional entries.

3. Share about this contest on Facebook and comment again to gain yet another entry.

This contest will be open until Midnight (PST) next Thursday (November 10).  I will announce the winner via Facebook & Twitter and I will send out an email as well.
Good luck!




Sunday, October 23, 2011

Soapmaking Birthday Party!!


We had a soap making birthday party for my daughter's 9th birthday this weekend.  It was a lot of fun.  I didn't get any pictures of the girls making the soap (I was too busy controlling the chaos), but I got a couple afterward.  I only included pictures of my own children, but everybody made really cool stuff.  Our theme was neon and peace signs (two of Julia's favorite things).

The soapmaking itself was chaotic but fun.  I had all the girls add one color and one fragrance, which they used for one big soap and several small soaps.  After the soap was cooled, we popped them out and the girls used the smaller soaps to swap with each other so they ended up with a few colors and scents.  Here are what my two ended up with.




We put their soap in a paper bag and I put this in a larger bag along with their party favors.  This was then tied up in a ribbon and put aside until it was time to go.  It is my experience that once the party favors, etc. are opened and messed with, they end up being left, mixed up, or generally tossed around, so this final step prevented that dilemma.

The cupcakes were lemon with neon pink frosting.  They match the cupcake party favors that I made for the girls.  No one probably noticed this, but Julia was excited about it, and that is all that matters.  All of the girls LOVED the pink frosting, and of course, they put it on their lips like lipstick.  Silly girls!





Each girl went home with their soap, a cupcake soap, and a lip balm.  I found these tiny little lip balm tubs (I want to squeal every time I see them).  I put a little flower sticker on top, and they were perfect to go along with their cupcake soap.  Since Julia is really into peace signs right now, I customized her label to include that along with her special birthday message.




The girls loved the party and requested a repeat next year! We had so much fun!!

Friday, September 9, 2011

A couple new soapies

I just listed a couple new soaps in the Etsy shop.  I redesigned the Cherry Almond, adding a little more almond, as the last batch was really, really strong on the cherry.




Turkish Mocha is a scrumptious combination of coffee and chocolate.  I am already getting a lot of hungry customers at the farmer's market who want to eat this one.



I also made a new batch of Meyer Lemon.  My first batch did not last long.  I made the top a little more colorful this time. :)



I have a very busy weekend planned in the soap kitchen.  I am providing mini soap cupcakes for a birthday party next week and have a fairly large wholesale cupcake soap order pending, so I really need to stock up on cupcake soaps.  Yea!!

My daughter is also turning nine at the end of October.  We have a very soapy birthday planned with melt and pour soapmaking for the girls and mini cupcake party favors (Julia wants neon pink frosting with neon yellow and white bottoms and green glitter).  We are also making matching real cupcakes.  I can hardly wait (Why yes!  I do like to plan ahead. Just a bit).  Of course I will take plenty of pictures. :)

What do you have planned this weekend?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Just cut - Happy Swirling!

My kids are all back in school (and adjusted), so I have been able to get busy soaping this week!  This first one is Karma, and although karma is colorless, this colors came to mind when I got ready to make this soap.  I believe the bottom portion will settle into a nice tan color and the top colors may mellow out a bit as the fragrance discolors.  We will see...





My Oatmeal Stout Beer Soap has been such a hit at all my markets and fairs (who doesn't love beer, right?), that I added this Honey Ale to the mix.  It was a fast mover for me, so it didn't go as planned, but it definitely has its own personality (my mom said the bottom one looked like an egg ;)).




I have also been running low on my Black Tea Shaving Soap.  I cut this soap this morning, and I couldn't get over how cool the swirls turned out this time.  Every bar turned out awesome.  I am one happy soaper! I had to take several pictures of this one because they turned out so different.  All of this soap will, of course, be available in the Etsy shop in about 4 weeks.




I am off to make more soap... I am taking a break from the market tomorrow to take care of some boring  business stuff, but I will be back at it next week!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Just a little soapy goodness

I have been really busy attending events in my area and my weekly farmer's market.  I finally was able to catch up on my soap pictures and Etsy listings.  I thought I'd share a few pictures.  You can find all of these soaps in my Etsy shop.  Happy Monday!!  

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

New Soap Mold Love

The bottom has already turned a nice, rich
brown.


My dad loves to make things with wood: tables, desks, chests, etc.  So when I mentioned to him that I might want to make a wooden soap mold, my dad graciously volunteered to make one for me. I told him it was no hurry, that I am perfectly happy with my log molds, but I would like to have a wooden slab mold in the future.  So, a couple weeks later, he and my mom gave one to me for my birthday and bought dividers for it and everything!  Like I said before, I have always been happy with my log molds, but with all the awesome soap swirling going around, I wanted to play. Thanks Dad!

This is my first soap with the mold, and I am completely in love.  It was so much fun to have such a large area to work with.  I can see that I will use this mold a lot in the near future. I just didn't know what I was missing!




I have also been working on some new lip balms.  The tubes in the back are the new ones.  I made up some new labels that are a little cleaner looking that the old ones.  I have to take some product pics for the Etsy shop, and then I will be ready to add them.  The new flavors are Acai, Asian Pear, and Creme de Menthe.  I also made some in Butter Creme, Coconut, and Passionfruit Rose.




Cupcake soaps have been quite a hit at the farmer's market I attend each week.  I make some this weekend in Blackberry Sage and Sweet Strawberry to replenish my supply.  I am loving the new glitters I have been using. They add a hint of color along with the sparkle.



A few more pictures of the market this week.




My little helper