Tutorial – Coin Purse / Gift Card Wallet

I was missing in action last weekend because I took the weekend off — well — almost!  I didn’t blog, but I did sew.

With Christmas right around the corner, I decided to use up some fabric scraps and make little gift card / coin purses for my giftees.

I had a bunch of them to make up, but luckily, they don’t use much fabric and they take less than an hour each (even less time if you assembly line them, like I did). Continue reading “Tutorial – Coin Purse / Gift Card Wallet”

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My little product photography setup (how a terrible photographer manages the task)

We are all students of life.  Often times our horizons expand, forcing us to learn new things in order to accomplish another thing.  Such is the case with me and photography.

I have always been a terrible photographer.  Even with “no-shake” technology built into cameras, I still manage to get blurry pictures.   Cameras and I have never gotten along! Continue reading “My little product photography setup (how a terrible photographer manages the task)”

Refills and Remakes

I realized about mid week this last week that I was almost out of some of my favorite things — Peach Hair Conditioner and Butter Mints Body Butter.

I also dreamed all week long about getting time to experiment further with some more ideas for emulgels, since my first experiment with them turned out so great.

This weekend was spent doing both things!  It was a good weekend.

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Kraken Slime – A big NOPE

With my recent success at making an emulgel and learning that it is not a true “gel cream” because my emulgel contained a traditional emulsifier (Polawax) along with carbomer instead of using all polymeric emulsifiers, I was left thinking all week long about how to accomplish a true “gel cream”.

I have Sepimax Zen and Carbomer (pre neutralized) so I decided to give a try to a formula containing these two items to make a gel cream.

I did do previous experiments with Sepimax Zen and didn’t care for it, but I thought maybe it could redeem itself in a gel cream rather than as a clear gel.

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Labeling (for personal use)

Part of the perceived value of a product is the packaging.  We don’t want to admit it — but it’s so true!

If I were to slap a handwritten label on my bottle of lotion, it would be nice enough, would get the job done, and be presentable for personal use.  However, the message that a handwritten label sends is that the product is “homespun” and that has a value attached to it.  Some people find that value high (if they are a natural loving person) and some find the value low (if they consider commercial brands to be superior).  Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder!  A thing of beauty is a joy to behold!  (and so forth).

With a product like handmade, natural soaps, the homespun label fits the product type.  With lotions, however, there is nothing natural about them and the homespun label would completely send the wrong message — at least for my lotions. Continue reading “Labeling (for personal use)”

Island Escape Lotion

Brambleberry’s Island Escape fragrance is one of the scents that is often requested among my family.    They just love anything I make from it — soaps, candles, reed diffusers and …you name it.   They just love it!

The one thing they haven’t had just yet is a lotion made with this scent, so they are in for a treat this Christmas!

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…Just Gellin’…

Lately I have been having a blast playing with sodium carbomer and making gels.

I recently posted a few of my adventures in this regard, and this post is to round out my weekend of gel making, with some new gels I made Saturday and Sunday.

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