Wednesday, July 28, 2010
In order to have a whiter bar of soap and one that is harder and lasts longer, I needed to add palm stearic acid and titanium dioxide. They are natural ingredients, but not something I can grow in my back yard. I just finished making a 17 pound batch of soap and it is setting up. Hopefully it will be ready to cut soon! I get so anxious to see my creations. The picture shows the soap in molds setting up. I place a plastic bag and a blanket over the soap while it sets up. I ordered a new cutter a couple of weeks ago, but I doubt that it will be here in time for me to use for cutting this batch of soap. I want to make the bars a tiny bit larger and the new cutter will allow me to cut one inch wide bars of soap. Making soap intoxicates you and all you can think of is the next batch and how you will improve upon it, change the colors, change the fragrance, etc. My house smells so wonderful! The fragrance reminds me of my grandfather's favorite kind of ice cream, cherry vanilla. Yummy!
Monday, July 26, 2010
I purchased mohair from a farmer and I washed it, dyed it, and picked it out by hand. I spun the this mohair thick and thin. Any pattern would not be visible with this type of spinning, so I just crocheted a plain circular pattern in crochet. I made a backing for this hot pad from cotton fabric and lined it with cotton batting. Instead of sewing the backing on, I placed 6 buttons around the outside of the backing and button the hot pad on. The hot pad can be removed for washing separately or both pieces may be used separately. The buttons are gold with a pink rhinestone center. What bling!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
I made a prototype of a corn cob hot pad. I think it looks best in a canning jar. I need to tack the leaves down so they do not drag into the burner.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Coconut Blueberry Soap Ingredients:
coconut oil, lard, sunflower oil, shea butter, water, lye, jojoba oil infused with lemon verbena, avocado butter, fragrance oil, unsweetened natural coconut pureed, sweet almond oil, powdered coconut milk , pigment , palm stearic acid, mica, powdered silk, cosmetic grade glitter, blueberry seeds, blueberry fiber
I am almost finished with this shawl scarf. I had the perfect button for the front, but I am not sure where I put it. Are people that have everything organized and in it's place creative?
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Soap ingredients: sunflower oil, lard, water, coconut oil, fragrance oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil, pureed coconut flakes, coconut milk powder, sunflower petals, lavender buds, coloring, cosmetic grade glitter mica
Saturday, July 10, 2010
It occurred to me that many of people do not know how to make soap. I seldom make small batches since it can be quite a lot of work. I may gather and weigh the oils one day and make the soap the next day. Once I make the soap, I need to let it sit in the molds and harden for 12 to 24 hours. Then I remove the soap from the molds and cut the soap into bars. Once the soap is cut, it will need to cure so it hardens and the PH lowers.
These first two photos show some of the molds I use.
With my soap cutter I am able to cut 9 uniform bars of soap with this cutter.
Soap curing and will soon will be ready to use.
Monday, July 5, 2010
I just finished making a new soap. I named it after a friend and call it Freaky Frank. Frank is a friend of mine who farms and sells produce at the Farm Market on Saturdays. The soap is made with the usual ingredients, but I also added blackberry and lime juice, brandy, and lime zest. The marbling from mica and and specks from the lime zest looks very nice in the soap.
Soap Ingredients: tallow, water, lye, coconut oil, shea butter, brandy, fragrance oil, blackberry juice, sweet almond oil, lime juice, powdered goat milk, powdered coconut milk, powdered butter, pigment, lime zest, lime essential oil, and mica