Something a little bit different

This weekend was spent doing something different.   I have been making soaps and lotions for so long, that my sewing fell behind schedule.   I was able to catch it up this weekend, though, and I am just two projects short of being done.

To round out my gift to my sister and her girls when I go see them in a couple of weeks, I make them some cute pillowcases and cell phone wristlet purses.

I have made these for them many times before, but they so look forward every year to getting a new one. Continue reading “Something a little bit different”

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The amount of fun you had is proportional to the size of the mess you made! A weekend wrap-up!

Wow, what a weekend I had!   I made 6 batches of bath bombs and two batches of soap!

I owe my sister a visit soon, and all the things I have been making for months are really stacking up!   My dining room and kitchen were a total mess, but the way I see it, if you didn’t make a mess, then you weren’t having fun!

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Sanitization – Two Methods

When making soap, cleanliness is important, of course, but when making lotion, you need to achieve another level of cleanliness — which is sanitization.

To “clean” something means to wash away the debris.  Think of it like washing your dishes by hand.  The warm soapy water and agitation with a wash cloth removes the dirt, grease and grime, but the rinse water can contain bacteria.   The dish towel you wipe the dishes dry with can also contain bacteria.  So the dishes may be “clean” but they are not bacteria-free.

To “sanitize” something means that the item is clean, but also has had about 99% of the bacteria killed off.  Think of it like washing your dishes in the dishwasher — the intense heat and duration of exposure to the heat kills the bacteria. Continue reading “Sanitization – Two Methods”

Well, Isn’t THAT Special?

Vacation is off to a start now for me, and I have my plans all worked out.   Today, I was going to go up north and see my sister.   Of course, it can never be THAT simple.

So I get up this morning to take a shower.   Couldn’t get any hot water to wash my face, but –ok– no problem, sometimes it takes a long time for hot water to get all the way upstairs.

So I turn on the shower and wait a few minutes… still no hot water.  Hmm… getting concerned now… Continue reading “Well, Isn’t THAT Special?”

New (to me) Fragrances from Brambleberry and Nurture Soap – First Impressions

I am so excited.  I ordered some fragrances so I can play and have fun on my upcoming vacation from work.   They arrived already (with a week to spare)!   Of course, I am not going to wait for vacation to come to try them out — I don’t have that level of willpower!

 

I bought several different fragrances from Brambleberry and Nurture Soap.    I buy things all the time from Brambleberry, but have never tried these fragrances.   This was my first purchase from Nurture Soap.

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Getting there…and moving on.

After months and months of making the same products over and over again, I am getting close to the end of that project and already starting to do my research and stocking up for my next project.

Today I received a haul from Camden Grey and LotionCrafter.  Tomorrow I am expecting a few things from Nature’s Garden, and perhaps Saturday, from Glenbrook Farms Herbs.

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Which shots have the most impact? Will you help me decide?

I took some photos today of my soaps.  Now that this batch is cured, I got the opportunity to clean them up and get better pictures of them.

I have distinctly different styles of photography going on with these.  My original pictures that I took a couple of weeks ago were more staged and dreamy, whereas my newer pictures are more minimalist and clear.   I think they both have a place, but I am not sure which I prefer.  I like them both.  Still I have to make a decision on my “style”, so I need some help determining which ones are better.   Do you have an opinion you would be willing to share? Continue reading “Which shots have the most impact? Will you help me decide?”