Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Flowers, Love and Romance, Lace...........

Anyone that knows me knows that I dearly love flowers, lace, romance, beauty....  I like to wear lace and to decorate with lace.  I believe in love and romance for everyone---yes, I said everyone.  A romantic home and romantic clothing is of course full of lace.  Well, I ordered my new business cards for Custer Cottage, and they just arrived.  I had them printed with a lace design.  I think for a woman's business that specializes in feminine items for home and hearth, it works.  I am showing you the design and also a new lace scarf I was fortunate to purchase earlier today.  Blessings and love to all!

It floats!

I had to see how the soap looked, so I took one log of soap out of the mold.  Some of it stuck to the mold and did not come out as smooth on the bottom as I had hoped , but the soap looks very nice.  It is lighter in weight than most soaps.  I cut a little bit off of the uneven bottoms and rolled it together to test for floatability.  It floats!  Yeah!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Baby Me



I have two firsts I want to share with you today.  The first of the firsts, (LOL),  is something I have desired to have for many years, but I could not justify the expense.  Why would you switch mixers just to get a color you desire more?  I purchased a KitchenAid mixer years ago.  Shortly after that they came out with pink mixers for breast cancer research.  They were hard to find and KitchenAid is not cheap.  Obviously I have drooled at the pink mixers for years.   If I have a coffee maker, a toaster oven, a microwave, etc. all in pink, I should have a pink mixer too, right?  Well, I finally babied me and bought one.  I am using the old mixer for other things such as mixing oils for my soap.  The second first is making whipped soap.  I just made some and when it has set up, it should float.  The floating is one of the reasons for making whipped soap.  It is also to have a different texture and I am looking forward to experiencing that myself.  It is fragranced with baby powder and hence the name Baby Me.  I also used jojoba beads, a tiny amount of glitter, and some oxide to add a little interest and beauty to the soap.  We will see how I did when the soap is ready to be cut.  I understand that it may take longer for the soap to set up and it is also humid here in Kansas and that may also be a contributing factor to the soap taking longer to set up.  I'll see you soon.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I Found My Yarn Thief

I found the yarn thief.  Notice the pink ball of homespun yarn, or what is left of the pink ball of homespun yarn, on the right side of the thief.


Monday, April 18, 2011

New Soap and New Signs and a Purse Insert



I just cut 2 batches of soap.  One is a shea butter salt soap.  It is Baked Apple and it also contains apple cider and a small amount of apple liqueur.  The other batch is Antique Lace and as usual it also contains shea butter.  Both are vegan. 



I have been making signs to use for announcing the price and content of items.  I like to laminate signs and use a Sharpie to write on the signs.  The Sharpie is removable with finger nail polish remover. I learned to use chopsticks, but a straw covering the chopsticks helps tie in your sign colors.


My co-worker got an insert for her purse.  This one is from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  It seems to be taller than the first ones that came out and the fabric seems to be more washable.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Spring




I took pictures of the rabbits Sunday.  I thought I would treat you to a little spring visual. 



I purchased some muffin cups made by Vesti House.  They are a little hard to get, but I saw the pink muffin cups with white lace and I had to have them.  I thought they would be perfect to put a bath fizzie in.  The papers do not absorb oil, so that would help retain their beauty.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Flying Pig




























I was at The Flying Pig today.  I sell some of my products on consignment there.  It is a wonderful shop which contains all types of bath and body products, including home made soaps and lotions.  There are some antiques and vintage items, clothes for children, jewelry, garden decor, and many, many items for your home and for gift giving.  The sign was just painted a few weeks ago.  You can see the pig on the sign as far away as three blocks.  It is wonderful!   Dani, the shop owner also teaches soap making classes.  She is a very energetic proprietor and she makes it a delight to visit her shop.  I am posting some pictures of the shop inside and out.  Some of the items are mine and some are not.  If you look carefully you will see bubbles in the front of the store.  The pictures will enlarge if you click on them. Blessings!