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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Fall Harvest Soap

Fall Harvest


I made this soap earlier this week.  The fragrance I used is called pumpkin souffle.  It actually smells more like the fragrance burnt sugar. This fragrance turns the soap a darker color.  I used a brown mica soap mixture, plain soap batter, and a white soap mixture with titanium dioxide to make the swirls.  I love how every bar is totally different.

What have you made lately?

I hope you have a great weekend!!!  Dawnie 


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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Good, Bad, and Ugly

About a month ago I made blueberry soap.  I used a fragrance oil I had in stock.  It tends to turn soap a little brown and some of the blue micas will morph when used with it.  It turned very ugly.  The swirls were great, but the it almost had a greenish-brown film on the outside.  When the film is removed, it appears again.  This soap was requested and I couldn't sell something that looked like this mess.  I made another batch of blueberry soap last week.  I purchased a new fragrance oil and coloring.  Instead of micas, I used pigment.  Pigment tends to hold up better when soap is acidic.  There is a tiny bit of darkening, but the blue is pretty.

New batch of blueberry soap: 






Old batch of blueberry soap after curing a month.  Yuck!:


You can see the big difference.  Even seasoned soap makers make ugly soap on occasion.


Plain Jane soap without color or fragrance.  Colloidal oatmeal is on on top and in the soap.
New Christmas Holiday soap in the mold.


Grand-baby and her chicken.  She isn't quite 2 in this pictures and she goes out to the chicken coop with her daddy and helps with collecting eggs and feeding the chickens.  She will also pick up chickens and give them loving hugs. 

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I hope you have a wonderful week!  
Dawnie


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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Cherry Almond Soap & Other Things

I turned 60.

Evening blooms.


Cherry Almond Soap.




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Monday, March 21, 2016

Tea Cozy for Odd Shaped Teapot

When you have an unusual shaped teapot, it is easier to use a dome-type tea cozy to cover it.  I have a picture to work with, so it is a little harder to do.  Since I have a teapot like the picture, I have a head's up, unless they make that pot in other sizes.  LOL



I knitted 2-4 rows in various pink art yarns.

---inside---  I crocheted the last 2 rows.


Is it too pink?  It is on the teapot here.

What do you think of my display.  I borrowed my grand-daughter's high chair and toy.  Dawnie

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Dirty Hands Soap






Just out of the mold. 
Soap for People Who Get Their Hands Dirty

Shea Butter, cocoa butter, 4 types of exfoliants, colloidal oatmeal, and raw cow milk are just a few of the wonderful ingredients inside this soap.

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Dawnie

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Monday, February 29, 2016

A SOAP WITH NO NAME



I made a new soap this weekend.  I have enjoyed the teal green color lately, so I had to add 2 of those colors and some soap shred which is blue-green in color.  On the top I added a little oatmeal for decoration.

I also added a secret ingredient.  Can you name it?  Here is the hint:

The fragrance will probably make the soap a little darker after it cures.
The soap lightened after it was cut.  The one on the right was cut first.





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FOX NEWS FEATURE ABOUT SOAP:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Stf8QC4cE6c&feature=youtu.be


Do you give up yet???  Well here it is:



I have been making soap since the 1980's.  I haven't used colloidal oatmeal until now?  I hope it is a great addition to my soap.  I also used tallow, raw cow milk, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, sunflower oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, glycerin, fragrance, soap shreds, titanium dioxide, coloring, and oatmeal.

So far, the soap has no name, but it has great texture!

The fragrance I used was oatmeal, milk, and honey.  The soap shreds contained another fragrance and the fragrances blended a little.  It still has a great smell.  

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I hope you had a good weekend!  Thank you for reading my blog!  Dawnie

Monday, February 22, 2016

Black and red reversible tea cozy with alternate toppers



I completed this reversible tea cozy this weekend.  It is knitted with a yarn that is mostly wool.  An iridescent fiber is added to the yarn which gives off the sparkle  The edges are trimmed are in crochet.  I like using wool which keeps the teapot warmer than many fibers.  Making a lining also aids the teapot in keeping warm.  If I am going to line the cozy, why not make the lining reversible? There is a pom pom to tie on the top loops on either side, or a jewel to hang.  My sister made the cameo jewel.  I am not much of a jewelry maker.  I love jewelry, but I can't wear it due to allergies.
This yarn happens to be machine washable, but the toppers need to removed.  I always recommend to hand wash handmade items, even if the yarn is machine washable. Do you like the crazy looking tea cozies or the more traditional looking cozies?

Thank you for viewing my blog post.  Dawnie

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