Sunday, September 18, 2011

It's Beginning to Smell a Lot Like Christmas...

...which is discombobulating, because it's still 95 degrees outside.  C'mooooonnnnn, Fall!

Here's a sneak peek at my holiday themed soaps, which will be available in late October:

ooo, shiny!

That's We Three Kings in the back and O Tannenbaum in the front.  I'm quite pleased with how the color turned out in O Tannenbaum -- I was going for a "blue spruce" effect, and chromium oxide blended with some blue-grey mica turned out really nice.

Now, you've heard of "comfort food?" Next up is "comfort soap":

Pumpkin Pie

Click on the picture to make it bigger -- see the little speckles throughout?  That's ground oatmeal.  It soothes the skin, provides gentle exfoliation, and because of its natural linoleic acid content, the lather is that much fluffier!  Don't worry, Jess, I'm saving you a bar.

And now for the party shelf:

On the left, Apple Cider.  On the right, Cranberry.  The guest linen closet smells AMAZING, I have to tell you.

Just don't expect to find any linens.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Win Free Soap!

Y'all, check it out, I'm a GUEST BLOGGER.  It's a new experience, and I'm so flattered to have been asked!  Go to Abigail Sharpe's collaborative project, Chicklets in the Kitchen, for an inside look at what goes on in my kitchen these days.  You can comment on the post for a chance to win 4 sample bars and a washcloth.  Woo-hoo!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

4 Down, 1 to Go

The Pumpkin Pie batch has just been insulated and put to bed for the overnight gel stage.  The ground oatmeal in it smells like comforting carbohydrates, ha ha!

The Apple Cider bars turned out fantastic -- it's the coolest swirl I've done yet.

The Cranberry soap is still in a 10-pound loaf, waiting to be cut into bars.

Monday I'll make the pièce de résistance -- O Tannenbaum, which smells like a blue spruce with the color to match.

I'll have pictures for you Friday!

Now, where on earth am I going to store another 160 bars of soap?

Friday, September 2, 2011

Gearing Up for the Holidays

"The holidays?  Woman, are you mad?  It's barely September!"

I know, I know, but I like for my soap to cure at least 6 weeks, so I have to start making my holiday-themed batches now in order to have them ready for prime shopping season.  They'll make their debut at an art, craft, and antique sale hosted by Wesley United Methodist Church on October 22 (see side bar for details).  Last night I made a batch of We Three Kings, scented with frankincense and myrrh, colored with gold mica. I can't wait to see how the "ore deposits" turned out.  It should be ready to cut into bars by tomorrow.

Last week, a friend asked if I'd do sampler packs, and I thought that was a terrific idea.  I just added them to the shop -- choose any 12 quarter-sized bars for the same price as 3 full-sized bars, and mix and match to your heart's content.  It's the perfect option for those of us with short attention spans!