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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Belle


"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." -Josh Billings

Belle
August 17, 2000 - January 21, 2014
"Best Dog Ever"

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Back At It!

So I changed my plan for today and restocked Lucky. Mainly because I'm all out and ended up giving it all away last time before I could put up the Etsy listing, and also because I'm out of lye until the UPS man comes. And olive oil. And I just bought more olive oil yesterday? Quel dommage!!

I still have a bit of Vanilla Oak left and I have no idea what to do, scheme-wise, for Sweet Meyer Lemon. Maybe purple, green, and yellow? With my new swirly tools? We'll see once the lye come and the olive oil fairy makes an appearance.

Today I also made fizzy bubble bath cupcakes. I have some Cinnamon Cranberry Fizzy Bubble Bath Cupcakes listed in the shop right now, however I just received a sample of lemon cake fragrance in the Great Fragrance Oil Haul of 2014, so I figured why not make more cupcakes?

Yes, they are on top of frozen chicken and in and amongst frozen veg. I find if I put them in the freezer they tend to hold together better and the "frosting" is less likely to roll off the side and flop down flat. Flopped-down flat cupcake frosting is *not* attractive, it is just sad. They'll come out of the freezer soon. Then they will take part in a photo shoot and be tucked away in boxes, waiting for the day they can bubble and fizz their way to providing you with a delicious, refreshing, bubbly bathing experience =)

And, because I love pictures of pretty soap, is a picture of the Lucky batch.

It gave me a bit of trouble (thickened up like it was it's job before I even added the fragrance oil), but I think it was because I went crazy with the stick blender. It was a big batch, what can I say. I wanted to make sure it was mixed completely. This is made with my favorite mica, Cellini Blue. It's supposed to turn purple, but it's looking kind of mauve-y right now. Either way, I think it's pretty!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Worst Blogger Ever? Probably . . . .

I am a terrible blogger. For reals. It has been about 15 years, give or take, since my last post and there is absolutely no excuse!! None at all, I say.

One could argue that I have been busy, however I have weekends off, and if I have time to explore aliens and werewolves in The Sims 2, I could probably set aside some time for soap. I’ve been making soap. I’ve been making it like a mad woman. My kitchen is full of it. My soaping room is full of it. Yes! I have about a half of a room dedicated to soap making!! Woohoo!! I’ve launched the Etsy store, I have a Facebook page that I keep updated, and I talk about soap to anyone who will listen, however the sitting down and typing out a blog post just hasn’t been happening.

One could argue I type all day at work (one does not get reimbursed by MaineCare if one does not write progress notes). I drive a long way to work and back. One could argue many things, however they are all excuses. And the fact remains that soap is far more than a hobby for me, and if it means so much to me, I need to make the effort to share this soapy adoration with the world.

So without further ado: the remake of Verbena and Lemon with my handy-dandy hand-made swirly contraptions!!
Said swirler thingymadendums





And the premiere of my men’s line:  A Well Respected Man.  



                                                       

I think Sweet Myer Lemon is on deck for tomorrow, and maybe Vanilla Oak, too. And printer ink. I’ve redesigned my packaging (*again*) and need ink if I’m ever going to print the blasted labels out and package like the mad woman that I am =)